Want to make your first $1,000 in business? Oh, do we remember that feeling all too well.
When we started Bluchic in 2012, we didn’t know if our crazy ideas would turn into an actual legitimate business that could completely fund our family and lifestyle.
That first $1,000 made us feel like we could do anything and that our business ideas weren’t completely insane. Real people wanted to buy products from us. Products that we created…from scratch!
It was one of the best feelings and we want to help you make your first $1,000 in business too.
This post details the steps you need to follow to make your first $1,000 in business.
How to Make Your First $1,000 in Business
1 | Identify what your offer is
Before you can make your first $1,000 in business, you need to figure what your business will be!
Now don’t get too hung up on this step. Many people’s businesses end up changing over time and that’s totally okay (and normal, actually!). But we’ve got to start somewhere so let’s start brainstorming.
When deciding on what to offer…you can first start with selling one of these three options:
- Services: 1-on-1 services such as graphic design, marketing, social media management, copywriting, advertising, etc. Can also include coaching or consulting.
- Digital products: Ebooks, online courses, templates, software, audio/video recordings, etc. (We are in the digital product business!)
- Physical products: gifts, stationery, print artwork, self-care products, clothing, jewelry, etc.
Again, of course, you can have a combination of these things later, but we suggest focusing in on one to get started.
Also, these are just a few examples, the options really are endless!
If you’re just beginning a business, selling services is most likely the lowest barrier to entry and is the easiest to start.
A key point to keep in mind is that whatever it is that you’re selling, it needs to solve a problem for someone. And you’re going to figure out who that someone is in the next step!
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2 | Narrow in on who your offer is for
Once you’ve decided what you’re selling, it’s time to think about who this product is for.
A few questions to ask yourself:
- Who’s problem am I solving?
- Who is going to get the most value out of your offering?
- What are their demographics? (age, sex, location, personality traits, job, income, needs, education, etc.)
- Who is your competition?
Knowing who your audience is is a crucial piece in learning how to make your first $1,000.
If you don’t know who you’re selling to, you won’t sell much!
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3 | Create a website
Now that we know what we’re offering and who it’s for, it’s time to create a place to send those people.
We’re obviously partial to creating your website on WordPress so that’s what we’d recommend.
If you aren’t sure how to get started, check out our easy guide to your first WordPress website.
We have theme options that are great for both service-based business owners, digital product-based business owners and physical product-based business owners.
Here’s what we’d recommend for each:
Service-based businesses: the ChicServe Theme.
Product-based businesses (both digital & physical products): the ChicShop Theme.
Service-based businesses who also sell digital products: the ChicBoss Theme.
Health and wellness businesses: the ChicWell Theme.
4 | Create content related to your offer
Alright, so far, we’ve got our:
Now it’s time to create some content to drive traffic back to our website!
Here’s why having a content strategy is the one thing you need to focus on for your business.
There are a variety of ways you can create content. Pick which one you’re most excited about and don’t worry about the rest.
A few ways you can create content:
- Blog posts
- YouTube videos
- Podcast episodes
- Instagram posts
- Facebook live videos
Now here’s the key: this content needs to be directly related to your paid offer.
Because if you’re creating content that isn’t leading people to your paid products you aren’t going to make much money.
Brainstorm topics that are related to your paid offering. This could be anything from:
- Teach your readers something
- Common misconceptions
- What people need to know before buying
- Industry trends
Consider how you can help your audience before selling to them. It’s all about building that relationship!
Another thing to keep in mind: If you are doing videos, social media posts or podcast episodes, your call to actions should be to go back to your website so they can purchase whatever you’re selling.
We want to send people to our beautiful website so they can purchase our offer and so you can make your first $1,000!
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5 | Promote that content
Now that you’ve created some awesome content, it’s time to promote!
One thing that is commonly misconstrued in online business is if “you build it, they will come” and that’s so not the case. (p.s. Here are the best nearly free ways to promote your business that will give you a big return)
You need to promote yourself and you need to do it consistently.
If you aren’t talking about the content you’ve created, who will?
Ways to promote content:
- Facebook / Facebook groups
- Word of mouth
- Email newsletter
- Paid advertising
- Guest post on other websites
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Once you’ve followed these steps all you have to do is rinse and repeat the process!
If you haven’t made your first $1,000 in business yet, don’t get down. All hope is not lost!
Sometimes these things take time but we’re sure that if you put in the hard work it will pay off eventually.
If you’re looking to create and launch your website, we invite you to sign up for our free dream website roadmap below.