How To Start An Online Business In South Africa-2 Legit Ways To Show You Its Possible
Hi there! This is Roopesh from Passive Income For All. If you are new to the online world, then I am sure starting an online business can feel overwhelming at the moment. But it does not have to be.
Today, I want to keep things simple. There are many ways by which one can make money online. I am going to discuss 2 Legit Ways on how to start an online business in South Africa.
The first way is if you have a product of your own to sell. And the second way is if you do not have any product but would like to get started on earning a share of the internet market.
Either way, I believe that going online is a smart move. Across the globe, there is a huge transition. People are turning to the internet. Be it for information, shopping or communication, the internet has become the obvious choice.
Social Media and e-mail are bringing products and services right to people’s doorsteps.
Would you not consider this an opportunity for yourself as well?
Is It Worthwhile to Have an Online Business In South Africa?
Here are some facts that are worth considering:
- Almost half of the South African Population use the Internet (25 million people).
- Many people research online before making a purchase (you can capitalize on this-I will explain later).
- All major retailers have online stores.
- Most of them have affiliate programs (this is good news for you).
- In 2016, the e-commerce sales rocketed to R9 billion.
Can you imagine what the sales figure will be when we reach the end of 2018?
Ready to learn more? Great! Let’s begin.
How To Make Money Online -PART ONE- WITH A PRODUCT
Let’s say that you have a traditional brick and mortar business, that involves the selling of tangible items, then a smart move would be to open an e-commerce store.
As I’ve shown you earlier on, having an e-commerce store can be lucrative. Apart from the ‘money’ side of things, there is a host of other benefits that your business will get to enjoy. These are;
- Increased business exposure
- Online presence- people can shop from the convenience of their armchair, using a laptop or smartphone
- Advertising can be tried and tested at a fractional price as compared to conventional advertising
- You can target your audience/market by specifying the particular age, demographics, etc
How can you get started with your own e-commerce store?
The good news is that there is a platform called Shopify, that offers a 14-Day Free Trial.
To learn more, read my detailed review here.
Alternatively, click on the banner above to go directly to the official website and learn how it works.
How To Make Money Online -PART TWO –WITHOUT A PRODUCT
So, you don’t own a product of your own-is your dreams of owning an online business over?
Actually, it can a be a good thing.
Because it opens the door for you to make money by promoting other people’s products.
All you’ve got to do is promote a company’s product on your blog (website). You will earn a commission on every sale that takes place via your promotion.
I know what you are thinking- “Roopesh, I don’t have a website” or, “I don’t even know how to build one” or, “I don’t know anything about marketing“.
Relax, that is the least of your worries. I am going to give two FREE Websites later on, and I am going to show you how to get started for free.
Let me first talk to you a little more, about this commission marketing concept.
It’s actually got a fancier name, its called Affiliate Marketing.
WHAT IS AFFILIATE MARKETING?- Giving Everyone a Chance
The diagram below outlines how this process works.
We all, at some point, will become an affiliate marketer, without even realizing it.
Let me prove it to you.
I recently watched Thor Ragnarok at a Nu-Metro cinema. I thought that it was a really good movie.
At a friend’s braai (South Africa’s name for a barbeque), the topic of movies came up. Naturally, I ended up raving about the movie, as I am a huge Marvel Comics fan.
My friends ended up going to watch the movie. I became an affiliate for Nu-Metro. They got the business as result of my recommendation.
Sadly though, Nu-Metro did not pay me anything for my recommendation.
You Can Become an Affiliate Marketer In Almost Any Niche
There are 3.75 billion people using Google daily to search for products or services.
Affiliate marketing is growing by the day.
Online retailers want to capitalize on these growing numbers. What better way than to recruit affiliate marketers like you and me?
They would benefit by,
- saving themselves lots of time on huge advertising costs. (Remember they only pay you, once you make a sale.)
You as an affiliate will benefit as,
- Registration is free to become an affiliate,
- You can have unlimited earning potential-(the more people click on your affiliate links, the more potential commission you can earn),
- Your business is open 24-7, and
- You can choose to operate locally in South Africa or Internationally.
And since there is a huge audience out there. You can build your business on almost any niche you want!
AFFILIATE MERCHANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA IS GROWING
These are just some of the affiliate merchants in South Africa. In other words, you can join their affiliate program, promote their products and earn moola!
- Bid or Buy
Take my earlier example of the Thor movie at Nu-metro.
As I am passionate about movies, I could build a website around Movie reviews or even Movie Memorabilia.
I can promote DVD’S and Blu-rays and send my customers to Loot or Bid or Buy. I can also promote memorabilia like vinyl figurines and send them to Mantality.
Everywhere you look there is a niche or an interest. It does not have to be hard to find a niche.
You can build a site on whatever you like. If you are passionate about something, chances are that someone out there likes it too.
Oh, and the best part is that you are not limited to only the South African market.
You can expand your brand internationally and register with affiliate companies like;
The list goes on and on.
Imagine, you can have a customer buying from you in the Netherlands whilst you are sleeping.
How exciting is that?
HOW DO I START AN AFFILIATE MARKETING BUSINESS?
The platform that I recommend you sign up with, is called Wealthy Affiliate.
They are an overseas-based company, but they accept South African citizens.
I have been with them for 3 years now and they are the real deal.
Why Wealthy Affiliate?
- They are in existence for 14 years-Good Track Record
- Easy to follow step-by-step lessons
- Helpful Community of over 800 000 people (its one of a kind)
- Top Notch Support
- Free Trial
- 2 Free Websites upon sign-up
By taking up the free trial, you will unlock the FIRST LEVEL (10 LESSONS), that teaches you how to get started with a solid online foundation. You also are given Two Free Websites.
The best part is that NO CREDIT CARD info is needed to unlock these Wealthy Affiliate features.
Watch my video, to learn more. I show proof of my first payment (in dollars!), and how I came to find this awesome opportunity.
CONCLUSION – MAKE 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR YET
Of the two ways on how to start an online business in South Africa, which one would you go for?
I would love to hear your thoughts.
If there is anything that you would like to know or if you have any comments, please place them in the section below. I promise I will get back to you.
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