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Why Almost All Businesses End Up With Employees

Blog and Retire Case Study Update Week 21

Help WantedAlmost all businesses end up with employees because there tends to just be too much to do. There are only so many hours each day so there is only so much you can do yourself. Once you start making a little money, you can start investing that money back into the business by building it up even more. Part of that monetary investment can go toward employees, or in this case, outsourcing. If you can afford to spend just a little bit of money each week, that could be the boost you need to make an even higher amount of income from your blog sooner.

What’s in Blog and Retire Week 21?

Week 21 focuses on outsourcing some of your less important, or more mundane tasks. Some blogging tasks can get quite boring after a while. You can spend just a couple bucks a week to get a few tasks done for you that you either just don’t have the time for, or just hate doing. I suggest using oDesk.com, although there are many outsourcing sites you can use to either get jobs on, or hire people to do jobs for you.

In Week 21, I explain how to post a job, ask applicants questions, and choose the best applicant that is right for you.

What I Did This Week

This week I did the usual. Wrote blog posts, did a lot of commenting on similar blogs. A lot of these people have become my blogging buddies, so it’s really a pleasure to visit other blogs in the DIY niche.

I discovered a blogging conference called SNAP! which is taking place this weekend. They charge $300 a pop for people who want to attend. One of the bloggettes whose blog I comment on quite regularly (because I’m hoping to get to do a guest post on her blog eventually, when the time is right), well she has a segment at the conference, so she gets to speak (and get more exposure for her blog!). So maybe one day I’ll go to one of these conferences, or try to get a segment of my own. The only problem is that I’m not big on public speaking.

I’ll be honest and say that I am outsourcing some commenting. I pay my “employee” 25 cents for every comment they write for me. There really are just way too many blogs that I can’t keep up with all of them myself.

At some point, when the blog starts really making some money, I am hoping to gradually ease someone into being a co-blogger at the house blog, preferably, a husband-wife team, like my husband and I. My husband does not contribute very many posts, and originally we planned on him writing at least once a week, but he has a job as a motorcycle salesman, and he also has a Porsche parts business that he runs on the side, so he really doesn’t have enough time, but that’s partially my fault for not asking him to write posts, so I am planning on being more proactive about that starting now. For instance, I just finished the segment on grouting our new tile shower, and my husband is going to write the post about installing the shower doors.

This week we also finished up the Bloom into Spring Exchange where me and another blogger friend are hosting a link-up. All the participants (14) will be revealing what their partner sent them in the exchange, and each blogger has to put the link to my blog and my co-host’s blog in the reveal post.

I also started discussing my next link-up that I’ll be co-hosting with 4 other bloggers in my niche. This is going to be a DIY challenge so everyone who participates will be finishing a project that they’ve already started, but have yet to complete. Then everyone will link up to the 5 hosts and join the link party. I am familiar with only one of the 4 co-hosts, so I’m expecting this link up to bring me more traffic, since 3 other blogs that have never mentioned my blog before (because they didn’t know about it), will be mentioning my blog to their readers. Not to mention being mentioned by all the people who participate in this DIY challenge. So I’m pretty excited about that.

Extra Tip for Getting Facebook Page Likes:

One other thing I’ve been doing is when someone sends me a direct message on Twitter asking me to Like their facebook page, I go click their Like button, then I send them a direct message telling them I Liked their Facebook page and ask them to return the favor, giving them the link to my Facebook page. 9 times out of 10 they’ll return the favor.

Case Study Blog Stats

Here are the case study blog stats so far for April:

  • Unique Visitors: 4,115
  • Number of Visits: 9,657
  • Number of Pageviews: 19,353
  • Number of Hits: 105,743
  • Links around the web: 354 so far this month
  • Search Keyphrases: 522 so far this month
  • Search Keywords: 719 so far this month
  • Twitter Tweets: 2,163, Following: 1,383, Followers: 1,109
  • Fans on 1house1couple’s Facebook page: 68

 
See how this week’s stats compare to last week’s: B&R Case Study Update Week 20.

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One Response to 'Why Almost All Businesses End Up With Employees'

  1. As a small business owner of over 30 years, I can’t imagine NOT! If an employee comes in sick, they get very little work done, and usually get more employees sick – it ends up costing me way more money than just paying the sick employee to stay home for a day or two!

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