Get Paid To Be You! Create A Hire Me Page: (Progress Report #3 July 2012)

Up until this point, I have not tried to make one dime, schilling or centime from this site. But that’s about to change. Want to find out how? Read my latest progress report.

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QUICK SUMMARY: for new readers

A year ago I had this crazy Idea to HELP PEOPLE learn how to take time off from work (career break)  and life to do something GREAT,  FULFILLING, maybe even WORLD CHANGING. Like experience long term travel, or spend up to a year abroad like i’m doing in the south of France with my family.  As Chris Guillebeau would say, “Live an unconventional life in a conventional world”.

Every few months, In between my career break tips, tricks and resources i share my entrepreneurial journey and progress with you in a progress report like this one. Follow along or join in if you like.  This is my third progress report.  Here are my other reports  | #1 April 2012#2 May 2012 | [/box]

Want To Start An Internet Based Business?

You would be surprised at what kind of internet based businesses people are creating to earn a living.

THE CAT POO WHISPERER

Take for example Aston Lau, aka The Poo Whisperer who has a product which trains your cat to pee and poo in the toilette for $29.00 USD.

Here’s an actual video of a cat Aston trained.

MUSIC LESSONS via SKYPE VIDEO

Or Alistair who teaches guitar using live video over skype. 60 minutes = £30.

[quote]They Can Work From Anywhere Thanks To The Internet[/quote]

If You Build It Will They Buy?

As I showed you above, A blog or website is a fantastic way to generate awareness, drive targeted search engine traffic and build trust with your audience to attract your idea paying customer online.

But to get your site to that point takes time and lots of work.

Unfortunately, too many people have unrealistic expectations and GIVE UP before they see any success.

You Have To Fail Before You Can Succeed

Talk to anyone who is currently making a living using a website to market their business or service and they will share some story with you about how they tried several tiems and failed before they came up with the formula that now makes them successfull. Or they will share how they worked for months even years before they started making money online.

My friend lisa Stoops is a good example. She tried several times to make a living online before she finally found the right formula for her now successful online business where she sells PLR (private label rights) content.

Adrienne Smith of Adreinnesmith.net went from zero online website knowledge to hero. She now has an amazing following online and she teaches you how to get your business site the publicity and web traffic you are looking for in a no nonsense kind of way. Each of her articles gets at least 80 comments from readers which is a good indication of how engaging her content is.

My point is this…. all those people online you see making money from their products and services are working their asses off.

What I’ve Don’e So Far

For about a year , I’ve been painstakingly building my website www.AnnieAndre.com as an AUTHORITY SITE in the area of career breaks, family sabbaticals and long term travel.

[quote]My goal is to become a “Go To Resource for families with kids, couples and burnt out professionals who need inspiration and practical knowledge on how they can take a career break to travel long term. (six months or more)”.[/quote]

I think i’ve done a pretty good job establishing myself as an authority figure in this area.  I even made a video for my site that caught the attention of a T.V. show and I was featured on the very popular American T.V. show House Hunters International 500th episode called “Dreaming of Marseille” in June of 2012. (It was basically free exposure for my crusade and drove heaps of traffic to my site and lots of inquires. woo hoo).

Ways To Monetize: In other words make money

Alas, a woman cannot live on love alone. I need to work and make money.

Up until recently, there has been no mention of me selling any products or services. I have given my knowledge away for free. I’ve even helped people over skype and email for free by answering their questions. Call it good will.

But It’s time to start thinking about how I can start to monetize this website and use it as a tool to earn some money.

I have a lot of things in the works including a digital book, a course and online workshop all aimed at helping people plan and pursue a career break and family sabbatical to travel.

But these products all take time. I have to write the book and conduct research for it. I have to plot and plan the workshop material. So they are not ready yet.

There is something I can do right now to let people know I’m for hire. Something you can do too.

Create A Hire Me or Work With Me Page

I created a “WORK WITH ME PAGE”.  A work with me page is just a way of showcasing your services on a page of your site so that everyone can see you are an awesome hire-able person who can solve all their problems.

You can call your page whatever your want. 

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  • Hire me page
  • Rent my brain page
  • Services page
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I did a lot of research on the topic of creating a Services page / Hire me page. Rather than going into specifics of all my findings I will highlight just a few of the most important things I implemented.

VERY IMPORTANT:

Do People Know You Are For Hire?

Place your hire me page prominently where people can see it. Otherwise how will people know about your awesome services?

I decided to put links and images in different areas of my site to make it more obvious what I have to offer. When I create my digital products and courses I will no doubt make a separate page for those too.

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  • Navigation Menu: I put a text link that says [ Work with me] front and center in my navigation menu. See it there in the screenshot below on the left?
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hire-me-page-screen shot for career break mentor and strategist

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  • Create Visual Aids: I also created special banners in different sizes which I will place at different areas of my site. One area where I placed a banner is in the right hand rail. Pictured above. When clcked it goes to the same  [ Work with me] page as the text link goes to.
  • I created several versions of that banner which i will use in differnt areas like these other two banners.
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career break family sabbatical mentor Annie Andre

Do People Trust You?

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  •  To remove risk and encourage people to try out my services, I included a “MONEY BACK GUARANTEE” .  I’m confident enough In my services to offer this guarantee and so should you be. Often times I won’t buy from a business unless I know I can get my money back so I wanted to eliminate that barrier for my potential clients.
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You Need A Way To Collect Money Online Instantly

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  •  I need to be able to accept credit card payments so I created a buy now button using pay pal.The last thing you want to do is deal with checks and the time waiting for a check to clear.  It’s easy to create and you can find out more by going to the Paypal and reading their tutorials. You can also google it and find plenty of tutorials.
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BUY NOW PAY PAL BUTTON. HIRE ME AS YOUR CAREER BREAK FAMILY SABBATICAL BUTTON

I did loads of other stuff too but ultimately you need to do your own research. My advice. Go find a dozen “HIRE ME” pages that you like. Save them and study what you like about them then implement those things into your own hire me page.

Putting up your hire me page is only the beginning. Now comes the hard part of promoting it and getting clients. To be continued………

If you are looking for some resources to help you build a business online check out my “tools and resources page”

Over to you.

What do you think? Is having a hire me page a good idea or bad one?  What are some things you have seen on Hire me pages that you liked or disliked? Do you have a hire me page? I want to know.

Share your thoughts in the comment below on the blog.

Lisa

Like the new look! I can’t wait to get a new look. 😉 Wow you went a whole year without monetizing this site!?! Amazing. Yep, if you want to make money through services then you should definitely have a work with me page on your site! I like the banner idea too!

    Annie Andre

    Hi Lisa,
    a year i know it seems like forever.
    2 months of that was spent getting my site set up. and then I didn’t have the focus i have today. It’s really only been six months of eagle eye focus that has gotten me to this point i am at now. I look at it as a journey.

Oliver Tausend

Hi Annie,

what can I say ? Great job on your blog and your business. A hire-me! page is a terrific idea…well, you are right on: People need to know that you are to hire !

Thanks for sharing your insighs and keep up your great work.

Be blessed

Oliver
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    Annie Andre

    Thanks Oliver. It i hope that my transparency will help others in their own pursuit. Too often we only see the end result of success and not the in between hard work that goes into building that success. Seeing something built from nothing can be a real eye opener.

Adrienne

Hey Miss Annie,

Thanks so much for mention and I also love the new look. So tell me young lady, who did your banners? I might need me some of those… :-)

But you are right, let people know what services you have to offer and believe in yourself. Know that you’re worth the money and you’ll give them exactly what they asked for. As you know, I recently stepped out of the box and now have my own consulting as well.

You’ll do fabulously Annie! That I do know for sure.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne
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    Annie Andre

    Adrienne,
    Thank you, i think the new look is more Fresh and updated.

    I did know about your stepping out into consultancy. Its part of the reason i stepped out too. That and i’ve been wanting to for a long time just been apprehensive.

    ps
    I do my own banners. LOL…

Sylviane Nuccio

Hi Annie,

Yes, you’ve been working hard and your site has improved greatly by the way.

It is of the most importance that people know that you are for hire and we need to make it obvious on our site.

In two of my three blogs I do have a service for sale and I am about to make some professional looking banners as well. I have to say that at the beginning I wasn’t making it obvious and frankly I am myself wondering why now.

I was inspired by what you did with your banners I have to say. So, thanks, Annie :)
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    Annie Andre

    Thank You Sylviane,
    I understand your questions “why now”. I think you just have to be ready. If you don’t try how will you know if it’s the right or wrong thing to do…?

Sonia

This is a great idea and I enjoyed this post. My page is a work in progress, but I sure appreciate the advice you have shared here. Creating this page is hard work because at the end of the day you want to share what value you can offer new customers. I am totally stealing your ideas and thank you!
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    Annie Andre

    Sonia,
    isn’t it harder than it looks? I seriously thought i could get my hire me page up in one day but then it ended up taking me two weeks to put up. I had to do research, figure out what services to offer. Making the banners. getting the payment stuff going. and then all that copy and re-writing the copy over and over again. I’m tired just thinking about it.

Alan

Hey Annie,

It should say Hire Me – I’m Awesome.

The only problem is if you say that, it might come off as a little full of yourself.

I am allowed – and qualified – to say it though.

Hire Annie – you would be in good hands – plus, she is AWESOME.

Seriously – anyone reading this who is interested in learning from someone living and breathing sabbaticals and everything that goes with it (from the courage and mindset to the practicalities)… you know what to do. Don’t look any further, you’re in the right place right here.

Best wishes for the new services Annie.
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    Annie Andre

    aahhh Alan, you i’ll pay you later..
    I actually looked at your page as one of the many pages when i created my hire me page. I especially liked your email consulting section. So thank you.

Donna Merrill

I am so thrilled by this Annie! You’ve done it! I have to say your new page is awesome. But your new idea Rocks!

I know how much goes into building a business like this with the “collect money” link (which was a hard decision for us to make) and all the bits and pieces to create this masterpiece!
Bravo!
Donna
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Tim Bonner

Hi Annie

I think a Work With Me page is a great idea. If I were thinking of taking a sabbatical, I’d know where to come.

Your site looks so professional and I love the banners you have created.

I don’t have a Work With Me or Hire Me Page as yet. I’m a relative newbie so got to get some credibility behind me first I think!

I definitely agree about the ‘Money Back Guarantee’. I am less likely to buy something online if there isn’t a way of getting my money back if I’m not satisfied with the product or service.

Thanks for sharing Annie.

Tim
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    Annie Andre

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    I understand your feeling that you need to wait until you have some more credibility behind you first. I think if I were to do it all over again, I would have put up a hire me page sooner.

    Credibility is a subjective thing. Will you wait until you have 6 months to a year of blogging? Will you wait until you have 3 testimonials from people you’ve helped? Will you wait until you have an eBook? That’s what you need to decide.

    I say, go for it NOW. Don’t wait.

Steve

Hey Annie, I love this idea. I was actually wondering when you’d be doing something like this.

I think you’ve done a great job in establishing yourself as an expert in career breaks and sabatticals. I know that if I run into anyone who is looking for advice in this area, I send them right over to you. So if I send someone to you who buys your services, I get a referral right? haha just kidding.

Anyways good luck in your new services.
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    Annie Andre

    Oh Steve.
    I had no idea that you were such a prankster.

    and yes, just tell them to enter secret code STEVE during checkout and you’ll get a commission. Thanks for the well wishes too.

Devesh

Great idea and fantastic post, Annie. You’ve done a fantastic work with page and banner designs.

My “Hire me” page is in progress and it should be up within a 2-3 weeks.

I appreciate the advice you’ve shared here. Keep up the good work.

-Dev
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    Annie Andre

    Good Luck Devesh,
    Not that you will need it but the hire me page took me so much longer than i thought. It really forces you to look at what you want to offer and what you don’t want to offer.

    Let me know how it goes and when it’s up and ready to view. I would love to check it out and see what you did.

Cat Alexandra

Hey Annie,

Gosh, I have been a bit less regular in blog comments lately due to so much fun activity going on in my business, but I just noticed that you’ve done a blog makeover! It looks really cool! Way to go on that. I’m actually working on some revamps for my own as well!

I love the idea of making a hire me page. I used to have something like this up when I was doing work for people on Thesis theme, building self-hosted blogs for people in the online network marketing community. I had to stop doing that because I had become just so busy with my business that I had to prioritize. – But I think it’s such a great idea to let people know that you are for hire.

I LOVE the banners you made! These are fabulous! You’ve got quite a knack for this online lifestyle, Annie. I love your message and what you’re doing! Thanks for being a beacon of light to inspire others about new ways they can self-empower!

Hope that it’s been an amazing week for you and the family in Marseille!

<3,
Cat
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Monty

Exceptional ideas; I plan to implement them immediately. Thank you, and I wish you much success with your efforts
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