Every entrepenurial story is different and it requires a unique approach to the craft. However, we’ve decided to compile step-by-step guide to help you launch your side project online.
1. Validate your product/service idea
The first step to creating an online freelance business is to validate the idea of the product or a service that you are planning to sell. Research is useful when you’re still in the “idea stage”. Exploring the current market can also help you remove the risk and build confidence in your idea before investing too much of your time. Ensure there is enough demand by doing an analysis of your competitors.
2. Find your audience
A niche is like a group of clients – the targeted audience. This kind of audience is a group of people who has specific needs, wants and interests. Niche audiences have a lot value because they are the ones who are the most engaged and active with your business processes. Due to their specific interests, it makes easy to reach out to them but as well to market your business in a way that your target audience can comprehend.
3. Solve your client’s pain point – or simply be creative
Put yourself in the shoes of your target audience. Understand what’s really painful point for them that you have a solution for. One major misconception today is that you have to provide complex problem-solving products. There are no “business problems”, but there are human problems. As an example, a lot of software companies are struggling with PR today. Address your solution and prepare to build your product or a service around it.
4. Create an online store
The cool thing about the internet is that it allows you to build and sell a product or a service in the way that’s unique and Gigrove is there to support you with that through different kinds of Sales Formats for e-commerce. You are in the control how the product looks and what does it do – and Gigrove is there to help you decided how the product is bought – for an example, if you want to sell your teachings, you can do through several sales formats on Gigrove. You can sell downloadable file and offer tutoring through bookable calendar. After creating your gig store on Gigrove, one example would be selling your specialized knowledge through an e-book with the help of our Digital Downloads integration. The other way would be to give one-on-one classes to online students by letting them book your services through our Bookable Service integration.
5. Accept online payments for your work
Of course, essential part of any online commerce are the online payments. Gigrove is there to leave the worry behind on how to start accepting online payments from your clients. Through different payment methods like credit card, PayPal or a bank transfer, we are covering all the possibilities that your clients may prefer, making sure that you don’t lose them due to lack of payment methods. The client is introduced with a payment wall and whole purchase is done within a minute. Besides having a Gigrove account, it is to good to have a bank account or a PayPal where Gigrove can pay you your earnings.