Small Business Skills (How To Succeed With An Online Business)
SUMMARY: My Wealthy Affiliate Review 2018 – (Small Business Skills).
WA’s open educational resources, online business building technology, shared skills, and experience improve your Small Business prospects in a changing and challenging world economy.
You’ll learn everything there’s to know from a gross blunt overview of the subject down to the finer more sophisticated skills of affiliate marketing.
Next up, (NEW STEEL) A Good Reason Why You’d Read On!
“There’s New Steel” (Data)
with which you can build new business models…technology is going be a feature of every job in a not too distant future. We may not know this for certain, but I’m sure we all sense it in some way! True?
But, the folks attending the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos (see just below for more) have set an ambitious goal in this very direction regardless – “to reach one million people with resources and training opportunities by 2021”. The intent is to set about “re-skilling the global workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).”
Every man, woman and child with Internet connection could work in this new economy, NOW!
Is your skill set up to it?
If so, you’ll be able to create new business models, find new consumers, discover what they’re looking for (using Data and Technology) and help them find it.
Imagine that! Imagine if you will, the skill set required to take advantage of all this change as it continues to unfold.
Are yours up to it, if not where would you start?
We’ll answer that soon, a little down page. Before that, please take a look at 4IR, would you?
I’ll beat you’ll have your suspicions confirmed!
Next up – What’s 4IR?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Skill Set (How to Expand or Get it – Wealthy Affiliate)
Wealthy Affiliate – The Core & Rankings
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Owners: Kyle & Carson (Co-Founders)
Website URL: www.WealthyAffiliate.com
Training: 8 out of 10
Support: 10 out of 10
Website Builder: 9 out 0f 10
WordPress Hosting: 10 out of 10
Research Tools: 9out of 10
Success Stories: 9 out of 10
Price Points: Starter Member (FREE), Premium Membership ($49/mth or $359/year)
smallbusinesskills.com Rating: 9 out of 10
Next up, The Owners
Kyle and Carson. (Live it or leave it)
“Since the inception of Wealthy Affiliate in Sept, 2005, I have a new found passion — helping others succeed online. This is not an easiest of tasks, and everyone coming to WA comes from a different background, with a different story, but my (and Carson’s) goal is to continue to work towards creating a system that will induce widespread success among the WA community members.” Kyle.
My Impression of Kyle
Kyle is easy to like. Why? Well, he’s engaged, and he means what he says. There’s no hidden agenda in anything he or Carson say or do (they’re co-founders/owners of Wealthy Affiliate).
Kyle is more public facing within Wealthy Affiliate than Carson.
In the few months I’ve been a member I have been able to contact Kyle directly (because he’s engaged and available) through private messaging, in chat or within classrooms.
Kyle lives Wealthy Affiliate.
“I got my first Computer in 1994, and since then technology has always sparked my interest. Kyle and I created Wealthy Affiliate to bridge the gap between education, social networking, and technology. We’re a small tech company (in a sense) with big ideas!” Carson.
My Impression of Carson
Like Kyle, Carson’s easy to like and is engaged within the member community of Wealthy Affiliate, but it seems to me, to a lesser degree.
It makes sense, a technology driven platform such as WA needs someone behind scenes to see to smooth runnings, that’s Carson.
That said, Carson is still available to members through message boards and chat.
Next up! A look at WA educational resources.
Re-skill (Training) for the New Industrial Revolution Economy
One thing that never changes; is change! It’s Constant, If we look at the world of today to that of 5 years ago or even less it’s hard to pin point anything not undergoing some sort of change.
A new economy’s emerging as a result of Technology, Data and we live a connected life because of it, like it or not.
I don’t think there’s ever been as much opportunity available to individuals as exits today, an exciting opportunity for us all.
But, we’ll want to gain or expand our skills adequate enough to the job at hand.
What skills I hear you ask?
Coding yes, but we’re NOT talking about coding only, not by a longshot.
How about; sales opportunities, about consumers and their ability to find information on exactly the things they want or would like!
Relationships, marketing, helping people, market research, search engine optimization, and content writing to name but a few digital age skills we’ll want as we move forward.
These skill sets plus, are central to the Fourth Industrial Revolution intiative and where Wealthy Affiliate’s education and training platform shines.
Let’s get into Wealthy Affiliate. OK?
Wealthy Affiliate Training – Two Main Routes
(1.) Online Entrepreneur Certification
(2.) Affiliate Bootcamp
(1.) Online Entrepreneur Certification
Summary: Online Entrepeneur Cert; tech and educational resources all on one platform and available to anyone who’d like to get rolling right on up to and achieving maximum success as an online business builder (or entrepreneur). Wealthy Affiliate’s Certification is designed to expand your digital skill set from complete novice to expert. On completion, you’ll have a sound foundation creating a successful business online as you learn.
Bonus Outcome: You’ll learn skills for online business creation that you can apply to a bricks and mortar business small, medium or large. Ex; Market Research using Keyword Research (the modern way to finding out what consumers want) is just one of many tools you learn to use in this course that you’ll be in a position to apply to a “bricks and mortar” business.
I’m already putting them to use in our cleaning business. Not bad eh?
(2.) Affiliate Bootcamp
Summary: Wealthy Affiliate (WA) owners Kyle and Carson affiliates before birth! (Eventually they co-founded WA). But, before that, involved themselves in 100’s of affiliate programs over the years and have firsthand experience of what affiliates want.
Out of that they created one of the best affiliate programs available to all members of WA, they’ve designed comprehensive training to develop skills specific to marketing WA as affiliates. Affiliate Bootcamp.
“We live and breathe Wealthy Affiliate and as time goes on, the platform here truly evolves and gets better with every day that passes. We built WA based on helping people succeed, and we don’t have any plans to divert from our core principles.” Kyle.
Check out the video.
Next up, I’m Asked About My Training Here
How’s the Training James?
Glad you asked, thanks!
I’m doing it all Part Time…least ways til I get rocking with it…take that into consideration as you read forward, however, so far it’s…
It’s good, but then at the same time, it’s been tough too, and not always a walk in the park. Certainly not for the fainthearted. And, there’s work, and commitment!
Sometimes, I’ve back tracked and reset the courses (or parts of them) and come forward again. That’s ok.
Anytime I’m unsure on anything I backrack and find what I missed. That’s gold.
It’s a beautiful thing; and one of many benefits of WA Premium Membership, unlimited educational resources. Including unlimited times through material NO ADDED COST or SURPRISES. NONE. PERIOD!
So, in all, I’m very pleased with my progress.
That you’re reading this far into this review is kinda testimony to the question; how’s the training been for you, James?
Don’t ya think? Anyway, it’s in line with a plan (My Little Plan).
My Little Plan.
I came to WA acting on inspiration & with my eyes open, in a bid to succeed over time in building an online business, gain new skills, and create a new businesses, while expanding our existing bricks and mortar business in new directions. I said to my wife “give me 12 months”.
As kyle said in a private message sent me only a few days ago:
“People that segment and give their success time limits, rarely ever achieve it. That is something I have seen over the years and giving yourself minimum of a year of effort is such a small fragment of time in the scheme of things…but a time allotment that can truly allow you to have breakthroughs in your business”. Kyle
Next up, More Resources.
Additional Training – For FREE
In addition to everything mentioned above, as if that isn’t already enough, you’ll have access to FREE Live Video Classes:
- Local SEO 2018: Earning Income from Clients
- Ampllify Your Brand
- On Page SEO Primer
- Writing Convincing Product Reviews
- Understanding your Audience
- 21 Minute Ranking Method in 7 Steps
- Build a Niche Site
- Buiding Websites for Clients
- The Simplicity Of Growing Your Email List
These are but a few of many FREE additional training videos available to WA Premium Members.
Below, a screen snip (small sample of WA’s Additional Training)
Next up, Tech Support
Tech Support – $250/Mth Value (Included In Membership)
Summary: Site Support within WA is incredible value considering it’s included within the Premium Membership. It’s not added on for an extra fee.
That’s right, Tech Support is included within WA’s Premium Membership is unlimtied in all things WordPress. It’s Premium support & would cost you somewhere between $150 and $250 per month anywhere else. Here’s what some members are saying about Tech Support at WA.
See my screen snip of the only two times I had to contact support since I started my membership in WA.
Take a look at GoDaddy’s Site Support Plans.
Next up, Build My Website
Build My Website (Websites In Under 30 Sec’s)
Build Your Website for FREE here..
Next up, Hosting
Hosting SiteRubix. Puzzle Solved
Rubix suggests puzzles…at least most have heard of a puzzling (cube) which a stir some years ago…and it’s still available even to this day. But that’s off point.
Website Hosting (Hosted WordPress) puzzles are now solved, thanks to SiteRubix Hosting.
SiteRubix is a Hosted WordPress platform and is within Wealthy Affiliate, available on both Starter and Premium Memberships.
It’s a complete package of services.
Next up – Research.
Keyword Research (Find Your People)
Summary: Jaaxy Keyword tool is available to all who sign up with WA Starter and Premium Memberships. It’s owned by co-founders of WA (Kyle and Carson). Until recently (13 Dec 2017) searches on Jaaxy by WA members were limited to 30 searches (unless you had either “Pro” or “Enterprise” membership within Jaaxy, a seperate service altogether and at a fee).
It’s now completely integrated for both Starter and Premium members.
.Keyword research replaces Market Research of old.
Because of Data and Technology. And, we’ve tools to help us research and locate markets. A small business can find small niche groups looking for very specific things by learned use of a Keyword tool such as Jaaxy.
Keyword Research; is where we’ll find terms people are using to find info or stuff, and or (as we well know) things to buys or sell.
The funny part about this is; people actually tell us what they want, all we have to do is communicate with them about it. In other words help them to get what it is they want. Show them where and link the two together.
We’ll work in micro markets carved from volumes of people who search the Internet everyday. They’ll become our small segment of Billions of people.
Google alone, fields 3.5 Billion searches every day. That’s HUGE, don’t you think?
So, we find our micro market (Niche), create our website (important), and round up the ways we can communicate with this relatively very small number of people.
Let’s take an inside peek at Keyword Research using Jaaxy…
Next up, Successes
Success Stories – Start Your Business.
Next up, Price Points
Price Points – Whoa! No Credit Card Needed
Summary: Two, and only two price points – Starter and Premium
Premium: $49/month or $359 for year if paid up front or read
How $19 Get’s You Time (TIP) – Down page a little.
Starter membership…no credit cards or any BS like that, just complete a few easy steps, and for the first 7 days you get unlimited access to all parts of Wealthy Affiliate, just as though you were a Premium Member.
Next up, What Happens At Day 8 – Starter?
Limited Access, that’s what!
After that, day 8, you’ll be limited in what you can access.
But you could stay as Starter Membership for as long as you want, keeping the 2 free websites on the platform for FREE.
You’ll get your start, and a taste of what could be, and if you”re resourceful you could make it work.
And to that end here’s a tutorial to help you keep going until you’re ready to decide to go Premium.
Next up, How to Get Started…For $19
How $19 Get’s You Time
How to get started…And Work it To Your Advantage! Step-By-Step
- You start with a Starter Membership ( you’ll have 7 days of unlimited access, NO MORE.)
- Before day 7 ends upgrade to premium (PayPal or Credit Card required). Because you did it within 7 days your first full month is discounted to $19 USD from $49 USD. But only if you upgrade to premium within that first 7 days of Starter Membership. Otherwise stay on starter, but upgrading to premium after that (as soon as you roll into day 8) you’ll pay full amount. $49 USD (Monthly). Ouch!
- You’re a Premium Member now! For less than a couple of coffees a week.
- Now, get busy and do as much training as can before the month ends. You’ll know one way or the other whether to continue. If you continue you’ll pay $49 for the next and further months. Or pull the pin and say goodbye.
- Somewhere along the way you’ll decide to either continue or withdraw. If you decide to continue then you pay $49 and get on with it. Or read step (6).
- This exactly what I did, but, I decided to pay a year in advance and saved a lot of money. I call it premium two ways, drip feed monthly @ $49 per, or go for broke and pay $359 in advance for the year. Do the math…12months x $49 is a tad under $600. Give or take. That’s close to $240 saved for the year. It’s well worth it, checkout the options table here.
Checkout the Membership Options
Next up, In Summary
My hope for you is that you’ll take a chance on yourself and Wealthy Affiliate, decide to join the best affiliate training platform available. It’s after all an open source educational facility, a community of like minded, fun individuals from all nations and all walks of live (how could it be otherwise, we live in a connected world now).
We share our stories, aspirations, successes and set-backs with the knowledge we’ll get support and encouragement as we go forward.
Like it or not, we’re all on the cusp of a different world to that of our parents and certainly their parents. Whether it’s a new Industrial Revolution or not remains to be seen. Regardless, it never hurts to re-skill and try something new. Who knows where it might take you?
If you’re left with more questions than answers after our peek into Wealthy Affiliate, please post them below. If you’ve something to add perhaps an experience or three of WA, post ’em up too!
It’s been a pleasure to have you here with us, thank you.