There are a lot of ways to reach financial independence and creating a website is one of them.
If you think that building one is complicated, that it takes hours of programming or that you need to be some kind of genius then let me tell you that you’re completely wrong. More and more people are doing it using platforms like WordPress (the one I use), Blogger, Squarespace… These services makes site creation much easier. So why not building one?
Here are 4 reasons why you should create a website.
If you have a website you can make an extra income every month. If you’re good, you can even quit your job and work full time on it. And if you’re really really good you can even make more money than your own boss. I am thinking about Pat Flynn (his incomes).
So how does this work? Well there are many ways but I am just going to give you 2 examples so you get an idea:
- The PPC (Pay Per Click): basically every time someone who visits your website clicks on an ads you get paid.
- The affiliate links: every time you get a sale by promoting a product or service using links on your website, you get a commission.
A website is a way to show that you are pro-active to a recruiter for example.
When you start a website you prove that you are passionate about something, which is really different than writing it on your CV.
See the difference in this example:
“I’m really passionate about cooking”
“I’m so passionate about cooking that I created a website where I share my recipes that 1,000 people read every week”
Recruiters love candidates who are driven by something, who take action and are proactive. Building a website is a great way to show it.
Build your network
I usually say that building a website is one of the best ways I know to start networking.
When you have a website you can approach people more easily because you have a reason to. Let’s say you work in a certain industry and you want to reach an influencer because you know he could have great advices or he can potentially help you get a job. If you don’t have any website you could send him an email, introduce yourself and ask him some questions. You could get an answer if he’s nice but most of the time influencers don’t pay attention to those kind of email because they are swamped.
If you have a website and you send him an email that’s different. After a small introduction,you can ask him for an interview that you would post on your website. In this case you might get him interested. Why? Because you give him exposure. Influencers love exposure because that’s the occasion for them to pitch their business.
Having a website is also great because with it you can build a community and start to get noticed in your industry. After building my first website in E-sport I started to get in touch with CEOs and managers who were familiar with my website. If I didn’t have it I would have never known them.
I can’t stress enough the importance of building relations with successful people. This is the best way to be successful too.
Develop a new skill
If you want to be financially independent you need to be skilled. I am pretty sure that you have your own expertise today but don’t stop here. Always look for new skills and new knowledge.
Building a website will bring you new kind of competence that will always be useful in any context.
You work in a company and they want to build a new website? If you know how to do it you can certainly help them and get paid for it! Or you can also give lessons about creating a website and ask money in return…there are so many ways! I think that now you have reasons to start a website!