Website Hosting For Beginners – Who To Choose?

website hosting providers simplified choosing a website hosting provider by Belinda Owen

High fives, you’ve decided to take the leap and build yourself a WordPress website. I’m not going to hit you with roses and lollipops, it’s going to be a learning curve. But once you master it you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

The first thing you need to do before you start is find yourself a hosting provider. In today’s blog I am going to show what to look for in a hosting provider and how to choose the best plan for you.Continue Reading →

Is work life balance a myth when you run your own business?

Work Life Balance work at home mum struggles

The balancing act between life and running a small business is a fine line. I’ve read all the blogs about being your own boss, running your own business and working around your family and life commitments. How it’s so easy. You can work your own hours, get paid and life is great. Heck, I’ve even written a blog or fifty about it. Well the last few weeks I have been the centre of that exact subject. And to say it’s been a challenge is generous.Continue Reading →

This is Why I do What I do

this is why i became a virtual assistant

This blog is not being written for SEO or page rankings because, well, the simple fact is there won’t be a key word in here that people will want to search Google for! That is unless someone Googles “why did Belinda Owen start her business?” Jokes aside, sometimes you just need to write a blog to share a bit of yourself. In a virtual world it is hard to really know people. And while I am not an advocate of sharing every little detail (sorry folks), I do think there is an element that is relevant to my business and journey.Continue Reading →

The $64m Question – How to price yourself as a VA or freelancer?

freelance-va-rates-how to price yourself as a va

Whether you call yourself a freelancer, contractor, virtual assistant or consultant, knowing how to charge for your services can be a daunting concept. Price yourself too low and you end up working for peanuts, price yourself too high and people ask why.

It’s the one thing as a small business owner that can send you completely batty. Sleepless nights wondering if you are priced correctly and whether you are competitive in your market. Stressed to the max every time you have to quote on a job.Continue Reading →

Three game-changers you are missing on your website

re-target customers with your website

I say it on my own website and I say it to clients, your website is your shop window. The virtual world doesn’t allow for passers by to stop by your store, wander in and see what you have. You have to get your site out there, entice them in and then hope they stay for longer than the 8 second average visit.

Think of your website as being located in the biggest shopping centre in the world. One of millions of stores vying for customers. How do you get those customers to even find you in the maze let alone actually walk in?Continue Reading →

Generating an Income From a Start up Business is Impossible!

generating an income from a start up business

So often starting your own business or working from home is presented as being an easy option to make some extra money. Contribute to the family income while looking after your kids or between jobs. In reality, this is one of the hardest times to start a business. Your odds of generating an income from a start up business in the first few months are low.

In my experience, the best time to start your own business is while you are still receiving an income from another source.Continue Reading →

The perfect example of a business hard sell fail.

business hard sell epic fail

Wow! I was watching an online training session today with well known motivational speakers.

Now, I want to say it was beneficial and well worth the 93 minutes that it went for, but I was left disappointed.

I was looking forward to this all week and even had it saved in my diary which I never do! My husband put me onto them as I never really have time to look for these sort of things.Continue Reading →

To Blog or Not to Blog? The Benefits of Blogging

benefits of blogging for your business

I remember back when I first started out in online business that, whilst I had a blog, I never really put much effort into it. My business was an eCommerce store selling baby and toddler shoes and accessories. The products being super cute started to sell themselves after a while (thankfully), but it was a tough gig!

Since I have sold that business and changed paths, I realise that I didn’t use my blog to it’s full potential. I mainly used it to promote a new product or advertise a sale. It didn’t really earn me much traction and I only updated it every few months. I lost out on building a blog platform that could generate leads and help Mums out. My best rating blog was one I wrote about a Chocolate Mud Cake recipe I made! Not overly baby related, but unexpectedly it seemed to work!Continue Reading →