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Fiverr Review – Get Everything Done for just $5

Fiverr Review – Get Everything Done for just $5

Anything that can be done online can be done on Fiverr.com. Professional business services such as logo design, content writing, translation services, videos editing and development, image editing, business plan development, online research, website development and testing, etc. are some of the most common things available on Fiverr.

And most of the services start at just $5.

I have purchased following items from Fiverr at just $5 each. I can’t get a better product from anywhere else at $5.

I have bought several other items at Fiverr and quite happy with overall service delivery.

Not all buyers are happy with the services. Many feel that it is a waste of time and money to buy things on Fiverr.

Some also argue that Fiverr services are like this:

It is true that “You get what you pay for.”

However, at the same cost, you can get a better quality of output than others, if you do things differently.

Fiverr is an excellent marketplace for creative and professional services. You can take maximum advantage of it if you know how to get things done especially through outsourcing.

Before, you go ahead and buy something on Fiverr, set your expectations right:

  1. The quality of output depends on the clarity of your instructions and the seller you choose
  2. What you get for $5 is worth more than the cost, provided you don’t compare it with a similar service from a renowned brand worth hundreds or thousands of dollars
  3. If you know what you want, then you will get exactly that. If you don’t know what you want and expect the sellers at Fiverr to advise you, then you will never get what you need
  4. If you don’t want to risk $5 to save $200, then you shouldn’t use the website

The truth is, smart business people and marketers save thousands of dollars by buying services on Fiverr. In fact, many professionals buy the same service from Fiverr at $5 and sell it to their clients at $100 or more.

How to take the best out of Fiverr:

  1. Write down the instructions clearly. Leave no space for any doubt. Use references wherever applicable.
  2. Don’t use words or phrases such as “I want best quality content” or “something that convinces users to take action.” These are subjective expressions which have no relevance for sellers. What is best for them may not be good for you and vice versa.
  3. Before selecting a seller, read their requirements clearly. Do provide what all information they need to deliver your services.
  4. Communicate with them clearly and provide accurate feedback in a professional manner if the output is significantly different from your expectations.

How to buy on Fiverr – Step by Step guide to buying on Fiverr

  1. Register on Fiverr.com
  2. Write down the instructions clearly
  3. Search required services using Search box on the top or using top navigation menu
  4. Open top five or ten sellers’ profile in the new tabs
  5. Pay attention to reviews, comments, ratings, and service package description of each seller. Evaluate sellers on these parameters.
  6. Shortlist the sellers who meet your requirement closely. Don’t get confused. Select the one who seems to be flexible and trustworthy. In case of any doubts, send a message to the shortlisted sellers and clarify your doubts. Select the final seller or freelancer whom you will hire – Before finalizing a vendor, you should send the project details to them and get their final quote to avoid any confusion during the delivery of services.
  7. Proceed to Order if satisfied with their answers
  8. Make Payment
  9. Send the project details through message including all relevant attachments.
  10. Within few hours of placing the order, you should receive a message from the seller. Communicate with them until your work gets delivered
  11. Once the work is performed to your satisfaction, close the project and leave a rating for the seller. Do remember that if you are not satisfied with the services, then you may request a refund. Once your refund is processed, you will have the option to buy the services from other vendors. Thus, your money is safe.

Beware of scam artists on Fiverr:

Don’t buy SEO backlinks, website traffic or anything that seems fishy or impossible to achieve in real life. Buying such services can hamper your site’s reputation. In the past, many webmasters have complained that after buying traffic from Fiverr, their sites got penalized by Google. So beware of such services that offer some guaranteed results especially in the online marketing space.

Fake Items on Fiverr

A lot of sellers used to sell fake reviews like Amazon or Yelp Reviews on Fiverr. Recently Amazon has filed a lawsuit against hundreds of such vendors. Following are some of the fake items sold on Fiverr at fractions of the original cost:

  • Mobile App Installs (Android and iOS)
  • Website Traffic
  • SEO Backlinks
  • Facebook Page Likes and Twitter Followers
  • Software Keys (software that is available on the market at $150 per annum can be found at $5 on Fiverr).
  • WordPress Themes

While these items are fake, many times it works well for buyers to purchase them as they need cheap stuff irrespective of quality. For example, if a politician needs millions of Twitter followers, they can buy the same at Fiverr. To them or their supporters and media, quantity is more important than quality. Similarly, customers buy mobile app installs and reviews to boost their temporary online reputation.

Many a time, people also buy the null version of software on Fiverr at far cheaper rates than the cost of the original software. However, Fiverr can’t be blamed for such activities as it is a marketplace that facilitates buyers and sellers to do meaningful transactions. What you buy or sell may be your choice. However, over time the platform has taken a serious note of such vendors and trying to debar them from selling unlawful services.

Conclusion

Fiverr is a fantastic platform for buying professional services. I strongly recommend it to entrepreneurs and small businesses, who need to save every penny they can to run their activities smoothly at initial stages of their business formation. Until you need very high-quality services, you can trust Fiverr to get the basic work done at affordable price.

Low Investment Business Ideas

Low Investment Business Ideas

Starting a business requires investment. The level of investment depends on several factors such as the type of business, location, quality of the workforce, and the kind of machines and equipment you want to purchase. Before starting a business, you should also do a cost-benefit analysis.

Before going into the details of low investment business ideas, let us understand the kind of investments you need to do to start a business:

Most of the costs associated with starting a business can be divided into three parts:

One time Fixed Costs (Initial investment) –

This is usually a one-time cost. It involves the cost associated with following items:

  • Computers or mobiles
  • Office/Shop Furniture, Interior Designing
  • Equipment such as refrigerators, ACs, or machineries to manufacture (or prepare) goods or provide services
  • Power backups (if you plan to use your inverter or GenSets)
  • Website Development or Technology Development Cost
  • Other Items that are required for day to day business operations like kitchen utensils, etc.
  • Brokerage paid for renting an office/shop
  • Other fixed costs

Recurring Costs – These costs are incurred on a regular basis. There are two types of recurring expenses – Fixed Monthly or Annual costs.

These are further divided into:

  • Office Space or Shop Rent
  • Electricity Bill
  • The Internet and Other Utility bills
  • Manpower Cost
  • Website domain and hosting costs (Annual)
  • Technology Support and maintenance costs

Variable recurring costs

The expenses associated with the cost of goods sold (Any cost that is incurred to sell your product or service). Broadly, it includes following:

  • Cost of Raw Material (if you sell products)
  • Contractors (If you sell services and outsource a part of the services you deliver)

Other Major Costs

  • Business Administrative Expenses
  • Stationary and Other Supplies
  • Sales and Marketing

Every new business requires almost a year or two to generate profits. Thus, while calculating investments, you must calculate the cost involved in doing business for at least one year. If your business is not generating enough cash for a year or two, you would not be able to meet your personal as well as business expenses. Therefore, to run the business smoothly, you need to minimize recurring costs, until your firm becomes profitable. Even if your fixed one-time costs are high, you can sustain the business for a long duration, if the recurring costs are low. I have seen many new businesses with high potential shutting down within a year of their establishment. This happens mainly due to unmanageable recurring costs like high rentals or staff salaries.

The chances of success of a new business become much greater when the recurring costs reduce.

With this, here is a list of some low investment business ideas that you can consider for your new venture:

Business Services

If you have expertise in a field, you can provide services in that field and charge for the same. Some of the most demanded services include Report Preparation, Internet Research, Content Writing, Taxation and Accounting, Digital Marketing, Business Consulting, Training, Job Placement, Website Designing, Programming, Graphic and Multimedia, Public Relations, Market Research, and other services.

Initially, you can operate independently from your residence. Once you have a client base, you can hire professionals and move to a professional office to expand your business.

Investment

If you are starting on your own, then there is no investment apart from a computer, mobile phone, and internet expenses.

However, if you want to hire people, then you need to consider the following costs:

Initial Costs

Advance deposits for office rent, brokerage charges, computers, ACs, Office Furniture, and Interior designing, with approximate costs of around $3000-$10,000 depending on the location and number of people you want to hire.

Recurring monthly costs – Office rent and salaries constitute around 50-60% of all the costs per month.
Sales & Marketing – You need to invest in sales and marketing to acquire clients in the long run.

It is easy to start a services business. However, the expansion is equally difficult.

Business Services

Blogging

You can start a blog in any niche and promote it on social media. If you have good research and social media skills, you can make it big in two to three years. You must have a side income or a full-time job to support your financial requirements for the first two to three years.

Investment

Initial Cost – $300 (for Domain, Hosting, a premium WordPress theme and developer’s fee)

Recurring costs – $50 per annum (In domain and hosting renewals)

Blog promotion – $200-300 per month
There is no limit on how much you can spend to promote a blog. However, avoid paid promotions in the initial few months of blogging. First, try to build a community organically and then use paid promotions to reach more people.

Blogging Business Ideas

Play School

You can open play schools in residential areas. To begin, you need to have access to a residential space with a minimum carpet area of 750 sqft. It requires one-time investment in building the right ambience and creating education material for children. You also have the option of starting from scratch or taking a franchisee of a reputed brand. Today, many brands are scaling their business aggressively. Thus, you can easily get a Franchise of a well-known brand. In the case of a franchisee, the brands will support you in starting the firm. The chances of success may be higher, but you need to share a part of your revenue with the parent brand.

It makes a great business sense to invest in pre-schools as a one-time investment since it can fetch you a high return over a long period. It is also easy to scale.

Before you make up your mind to start a play school, remember that it requires your undivided attention especially for the safety of the children. It is a lucrative business that comes with a great responsibility.

Investment:

Initial Investment – $5000 – 10,000

Recurring Costs

The monthly rental of premises and staff costs constitute 90% of the total recurring expenses. That means you have no regular expenses other than salary and rents. Since it caters to the local market, below-the-line marketing strategy (pamphlets, newspaper inserts, etc.) will be enough to promote the brand. Also, a differentiated building with prominently visible banners do a great work of promotion of the pre-schools. Thus, sales and marketing expenses are relatively less.

Investment in Play School Business Idea

Food Trucks

Food trucks are the professional versions of “thellas” that we see on the street. They provide quality food at affordable rates as they don’t have to pay steep rentals. They also need minimal staffing to manage the stall. Since a Food Truck is a more of a western concept and looks fancier, safe and hygienic – owning them is a matter of prestige. The best part of food trucks is that you can change their location as per your requirements. Thus, you can also use it in the front of a school in the afternoon and on a busy street in the evening. It provides a high return on investment. It is also easier to scale a food truck business than a restaurant.

Investment

Initial Fixed Investment – $5000-10,000

Recurring Costs – Staff and Raw material costs plus some “haftas” and “kharcha paani” to the local policemen based on your relationship with them.

Invest in Food Truck Business Idea

Laundry Services

It requires a high initial investment in staff, machinery, and business promotion. You may also need to invest in pick and drop facility to attract more customers. Since such kinds of services are high in demand, you will find plenty of clients and can recover your costs quickly.

Initial Investment – $7,000-$10,000

Recurring Costs – Staff’s salary and rental of workshops forms a significant part of the cost. Initially, you also need to invest significantly in sales and marketing. Over time, the marketing costs decrease as more customers get to know about your excellent services.

Investment in Laundry Services Business Idea

House Cleaning Services

No one wants to waste their weekend in cleaning their house or office. You can open a business in a house cleaning service and start making money from day one. You can get customers via phone, website, or listing yourself on local classified sites and popular marketplaces like Justdial, Haptik, Urbanclap, etc.

Investment

Initial Investment – Nil to $3000

Recurring costs – $200-1000 per month

House Cleaning Services Business Idea

Tours and Travel

Depending on the level of investment, you can start many types of businesses in tours and travel industry. The industry is expected to grow at a fast pace in future, thanks to Facebook and Instagram.

You can open a travel agency, become an affiliate partner of travel portals (like MakeMyTrip or Yatra) or open a themed stay business in a tourist location. You can also become a tourist guide if you have the time and knowledge of the heritage sites.

If you own a property, you can invest in its interior design to make it tourist friendly and list the property on Airbnb. It will fetch a significantly higher return than a hotel or residential property. The best of this is, your property need not be located in commercial areas. A 1000sqft flat can easily earn anything between $1000-2000 per month or even more depending on location and interior design.

Initial Investment – Not fixed. You can start from zero and make a fortune if you master the art of acquiring customers in tours and travel.

How-to-start-a-travel-agency-business

Fitness Centres

Fitness centres such as Gyms and Yoga training are in high demand across the country. To open a gym, you need to invest heavily in the equipment in the beginning. After that, you simply need to maintain the machines and earn a recurring income. To open a Yoga centre, you should either be an expert at it or need to hire a Yoga trainer. It requires less investment as compared to Gym as no equipment items are required.

Average Initial Investment to open a Gym- $5,000 – $15,000

Recurring costs – Rental and maintenance

Investment-Required-to-start-a-Gym-Business

Ice-cream Parlours

Ice cream will never go out of fashion and so is the business of ice cream. It takes a tiny space and minimal staffing to start an ice cream parlour. You can start with a particular theme of ice cream to differentiate your business from the rest. Although you can start an ice cream shop anywhere, the best place for the same is the areas nearby schools, colleges, cinema halls, or in the malls.

Initial Investment – $1000-3000 (Rental, small ice cream equipment, and a refrigerator)

Recurring costs – Shop rental and cost of ice cream
Its seasonal nature of demand may require you to sell other items, especially during winters.

Ice-Cream-Business-Model

Waste Management

You hate trash and waste, but once you know the margins in the business of waste management, you won’t like any other business.
You can expect a high return immediately after starting the business. Also, you will never face a lack of customers and always get full support from the local government authorities. Plus, you will get big CSR funds from corporates if you are good in networking. This is the business in which you will either win or win in a big way. There is no loss. You simply need to figure out, where to start.

As an entrepreneur, you need not invest in technology or Research & Development for recycling of the waste. Many companies are already doing it. You can simply become a small part of the entire value chain and then extend your business horizontally to make more profits. For example, there are companies (although small in number) which tie up with corporates and collect garbage paper and send it to a recycling company. Thus, they is a link between a backend and customers. Similarly, you will find a lot of opportunities to make money in the entire value chain of waste management.

Investment – This business requires creativity and innovation more than money. You can become a part of the value chain without investing anything. At the same time, you can also invent a technology that recycles a type of waste efficiently. For this, you may need to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not millions).

Waste-Management-Business-Ideas

Are you looking for an innovative business idea. Go through this list:

15 Unique and Profitable Business Ideas for Better India

Conclusion

The investment required to do a business depends on several factors. However, there are some golden rules that apply to every type of business. Avoid hiring full-time employees unless it is a must to run your business. If at all you need to hire someone, try part-time contractors first. Don’t pay a high rental for a backend office. In the beginning, it is viable to rent an office in a remote area to save on costs. Finally, you should learn all activities of business so that in the case of urgency you can fill the gap. Low investment business ideas become successful only when you start the business with a frugal mentality and don’t overspend to impress your girlfriend, boyfriend, neighbours, or employees.

Do you want to share a business idea that requires low investments? Please share it through comments, and I will update this list. Also, share your opinion and feedback through comments. Subscribe to the newsletter so that you never miss a story.

Best Tools for Entrepreneurs and small businesses

Best Tools for Entrepreneurs and small businesses

To build a business, you need two things: Labour and Capital.

Entrepreneurs usually face scarcity of both. And, at the same time, they need to get things done to launch their business successfully. Fortunately, many tools and websites are available in the market that will fit your budget and help you in several ways. You can also use these tools to provide complementary services to your clients.

List of tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses

Fiverr – This is one the most powerful sites I have come across. You can get almost anything done at just $5. For example logos, whiteboard explainer videos, articles, mailers, business plans, Mobile App reviews, etc. When I started my business, I was not aware of this site. So I ended up paying hundreds of dollars for services that were available for just $5 on Fiverr. Visit this site to know more, and I am sure, you will definitely buy at least one item for your business.

WordPress – There is nothing better than WordPress if you want to develop a robust website for your business. You can develop basic sites for free. However, to give a professional look and feel, and enhanced functionality, you may need to purchase a premium theme which is discussed next.

Elegant Themes – I hired five professional web developers and wasted thousands of dollars before using Divi Theme by Elegant Themes. At a fraction of the cost, I was able to develop many awesome sites with the help of this theme. If you want an excellent corporate website for your new business, Elegant Themes will serve the purpose.

Grammarly – It is a very good proofreading software. With the help of this tool, you can write professional blogs, website content, and highly effective emails without having a fear of making a stupid spelling and grammatical errors. I always check my articles on Grammarly before posting them on this blog.

iStock – You don’t need to hire a professional graphic designer to design social media or digital ad campaign creatives. If you require extensive usage of images and graphics, subscribe to their monthly membership. Once you start using iStock, you will hardly feel the need for professional designers for daily graphic requirements. All the images used on this blog are purchased from iStock.

PhotoScape – PhotoScape makes professional image editing super easy. It has an intuitive interface and does a fantastic job. The tool has free as well as premium versions. I use the free version of the software which has sufficient features.

Copyscape – Plagiarized content can be extremely harmful to your site. If you outsource your content requirements, then use Copyscape to check the plagiarism. This tool checks if any portion of content is copied from another site and tell you the sources from where the content is copied.

Whenever I try a new tool and find it useful, I will add them here. I recommend only those tools that I have used and liked personally.

If you know great tools, websites, or applications that solve pain points of entrepreneurs, please suggest them through comments, and I will include the same in the list after a quick trial.

An Unusual Way to Start a Business and Succeed

An Unusual Way to Start a Business and Succeed

Some human’s perverse nature makes easy things look difficult. Ignore the hype and hoopla about startups and things become simple. Starting up and running a business is easier than we think. It may be demanding initially, but the rewards and joy entirely justify the hard work. If you have an idea and planning to start a business in future, then do it now.

The most unusual way to ensure the success is to adhere to core principles of running a business:

Money, money, and money

In its basic form, a business involves a buyer and a seller. The end objective of a vendor (or business) is to make money by selling products or services. As an entrepreneur, you need three things to build and sell a product or a service; time, money and expertise.

Time – Time is constant for everyone. You will get your share of 24 hours without doing anything.

Expertise – It takes the time to develop new capabilities and competencies. However, your current expertise is sufficient to start a business, irrespective of your education background, work experience, etc.

Money – This is the essence of life. It is easy to spend and hard to earn. At no point in time, you can’t afford to run out of cash. Venture capital, business loan, angel funding, etc. can only help if you have sufficient money to take care of necessary things. Moreover, money can also buy time and expertise (by hiring new people).

To build a successful business, you need to ensure consistent inflow of money by utilizing the time, money and expertise at your disposal. The faster you execute the cycle, the sooner you reach the climax and feel the pleasure.

No matter what business you are in, you need to take care of following to ensure an early success:

First thing first – Get Money

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched” – Mike Tyson

Never wait for having a business name, website, brochure, visiting card, an office or even a perfect product or service. Your face value has higher credibility than all the marketing collaterals. Define your product or service and sell the same to five customers before doing anything else. And I am not talking about taking feedback and free bits of advice from your friends and family. (We all know their standard answers). Until someone pays for your products, it is usually useless. The paying customers give best punches and become the ultimate source of inspiration. Even the greatest Gurus can’t teach you what you learn about your business in the process of acquiring first five customers.

According to a survey, most of the startups fail due to following 20 reasons.

 Reasons% of Startups stated this reason for their failureHow it can be addressed
No market need for their products42Gauge the market need by trying to acquire customers early
Ran out of cash29Constant inflow of cash - Acquiring more clients
Not the right team23Founders' Expertise
Get Outcompeted19Innovation
Pricing/Cost Issues18You can identify pricing mistakes if you talk to prspective clients
Poor Product17By trying to acquire new clients as early as possible
Need/Lack Business Model17Acquiring new clients
Poor Marketing14New client acquisition
Ignore Customers14Customer Service
Product Mis-timed13Market Research/Client Acquisition
Lose Focus13Founders' vision
Disharmony on team/investors13Founders competency
Pivot Gone Bad10
Lack Passion9Founders competency
Bad Location9Relocation
No Financing/Investor Interest8Bootstraping, Acquiring more clients
Legal Challenges8
Don't use Network Advisors8
Burn Out8Founders competency
Failure to Pivot7

If you manage to gain five clients, in the beginning, you can address top 10 challenges that leads to failure for almost 70-75% of the startups.

How to Increase Sales Immediately

Be Frugal

For first six months, spend on things that matter the most. Be frugal with time as well as money. First six to twelve months determine how far you will go. And running out of cash is not an option. Whenever you need to buy something, consider alternate ethical ways to get things done with minimum expenses. The only thing that you shouldn’t compromise is the quality of product or services. For everything else, it is okay to be mediocre.

Prefer Technology over People

Many times you may feel the need to hire more people to share the workload, do technical tasks, or simple consultation. Explore technological solutions before posting a job requirement on social media or job portals. For example, you can develop a basic website at no cost using free WordPress themes or even create an excellent site by purchasing a Premium WordPress theme at a fraction of what a web developer will charge to develop the high-quality site.  Similarly, you can buy custom logo, explainer videos, etc. from Fiverr at just $5. Today, technological advancements have made it possible to do the complex task using simple web applications. You can reduce operational cost significantly by using these services. Over time, you may need people to scale up your business. However, at the initial stage, hire full-time employees will create a liability. If at all you have no option but to hire someone, try to engage with freelancers on Fiverr, Freelancer or Upwork.

Best Tools for Entrepreneurs and small businesses

Believe in Yourself

You are more important than your business, products or customers. Believe in yourself. Trust and follow your inner voices. In entrepreneurship, there is no term such as failure. You will either succeed or learn something that is invaluable. Business schools and corporate world doesn’t teach these life lessons.

Everyone has their unique way of running a business. There are no fix rules of winning or losing. Those who learn and evolve quickly tend to be more successful than others. In difficult times, just go to basics, and I am sure you will get all the answers.

I wish you all the best. I would love to hear your opinion or feedback in comments.

15 Unique and Profitable Business Ideas for Better India

15 Unique and Profitable Business Ideas for Better India

India is among the fastest-growing economies in the world. Enormous domestic market and increasing middle class with high disposable incomes have insulated the country from global economic challenges. Most successful firms in India are export oriented. While this strategy works well for the companies, the domestic market remains underserved. Most of the startups in India have copy pasted the business models of international firms (mainly American startups). Therefore, the local market has an enormous potential for new ventures that can meet Indian needs.

If you are looking for traditional business that requires low invest, read following article:

Low Investment Business Ideas

However, if you are looking for innovative business ideas that can be scaled quickly, here is a list of business ideas that can be turned into a successful business models to serve domestic market:

If you are aware of firms that offer services related to the listed ideas, please mentioned them in comments and I will include the list in blog for readers’ reference:

1. Real Estate Research Firms

If I want to purchase or rent a home or office, I have no option but to spend a lot of time in finding the right information. Commission based business model leads to miss-selling by most of the brokers. Although I am ready to pay a fixed price for an extensive research that includes visiting some of the properties or localities, taking new images and providing a fair analysis of the properties. I can’t find a firm or an independent professional who can do this work. Some broker free portals are good for nothing as they have very limited useful information. Some research firms work for high-end corporates or provide subscription-based analysis which is too standardized to be helpful.

Another micro-business model (perhaps a blog is enough) that can provide accurate construction updates of new projects or recent developments in localities. Currently, you need to visit personally to get information that can easily be accessed through a platform.

2. Sales outsourcing services for B2B Businesses

Major e-commerce players such as Flipkart and Amazon work as brokers for B2C sellers. While the e-commerce is booming for B2C market, B2B sales are almost untouched by the technological evolution, especially in the services sector. Some of the sales processes such as tele calling, mass mailing, inbound call centers are outsourced. There is a great market for end-to-end outsourcing of sales and marketing for high-value products and services.

3. Lead Generation Services

Affiliate marketing has solved the need for result based marketing services to an extent. However, it is not popular among the Indian small businesses market. Also, there is a vast scope for lead generation services for offline and B2B companies that can’t take direct advantage of affiliate marketing technology.

4. Technology Business Consultants

If I want to start a payment gateway business or a mobile payment system, I don’t know where to find relevant information. Similarly, non-technology companies require the help of consultants to start technology-based businesses. Currently, the firms rely on technology services providers (such as developers) who hardly know anything other than coding. Large companies such as Infosys and TCS provide such services. However, they are too expensive to be approached by a small to medium business.

5. Independent Media

The news seems to be a thing of the past. A majority of media houses are either cheerleaders or adversaries of government and corporates. Newslaundry is making a right effort in this direction. However, they are still more focused on media critique and unbiased opinion rather than simple everyday news. There is an enormous scope for independent media entity that provides straightforward news without putting their stupid views that waste readers’ time.

6. Government Purchase

This kind of a business has a huge scope but requires connections in government. The defense purchase (or any government purchase) is still a messy and an expensive process. Startups can use technology for streamlining the purchase made by the government departments. Big corporates will never do it as they are the largest beneficiary of the current mess.

7. Content Writers

India is the second biggest country in terms of English speaking population. However, there are very few professionals who brace ghostwriting or content writing as a full-time profession. Therefore, there is a massive shortage of writers who are also a subject matter experts in specific domains. Excellent writers can earn more than IIT/IIM Graduates.

8. Queue Management Mobile App

The hue and cry by media over long queues after recent currency ban exposed their ignorance of rural India. People in the countryside are required to be in long lines for necessary daily requirements. From railway ticket, ATMs, cinema halls to banks, you can find long queue in almost every small town and village. Queue management apps can help institutions manage queues efficiently and save a large population from an unnecessary hassle.

9. Career Counseling

Pathetic is the mild term to describe our education system. It produces people who don’t know what they should and can do even after completing their studies. A professional career counseling can not only help students identify their strengths and weaknesses but also suggest in choosing the right schools, colleges, courses, and jobs. Currently, most of the career counselors act as an agent of sham institutions who pay commission for every admission.

10. Getting rid of unwanted Guests and noises

In many localities of India (especially in urban areas), it is difficult for sensitive people to sleep peacefully in the night. Sometimes stray dogs bark continuously, or pigeons keep fighting in the bedroom windows. Stray cows and buffaloes create traffic jams while monkeys create havoc all around in a busy market. Organized networks of beggars present a different set of challenges for people on the street. Currently, there is no way to get rid of such small but critical problems.  Addressing these issues will be a great social work in itself.

11. Hiring of semi-skilled and skilled labor

If you want to start a restaurant, salon, beauty parlor or a taxi services business, you will have a nightmare in finding people. Hiring plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc. for minor household work is another big challenge in urban and semi-urban areas. On the one hand, people blame governments for not creating enough jobs while on the contrary; businesses are shutting down due to lack of skilled individuals. The government has established National Skill Development Center for training and placement of semi-skilled and skilled labors. However, intermediaries are the biggest beneficiary of this initiative. Some portals such as Babajobs, Careersma, Quikr and OLX have done a good job of providing a platform to hire such people. However, their scope is limited to the major cities of India.

12. Car Pooling and Hiring a private car

Quality public transport is still a dream for the majority of Indians in urban as well as rural areas. Uber and Ola have done a brilliant job of providing cabs on demand in the main cities. Their reach is limited to commercial vehicles and big cities. Providing GPS based car and bike pooling facility for private individuals can be a significant boost to the public transport infrastructure.

Most office goers have their car parked during working hours. Renting the idle car will not only help others, but owners can also have an alternate source of income. This will also contribute to reducing congestion on the road. The implementation will always be difficult for this kind of business. But, this is what entrepreneurs are made for – to solve difficult problems.

13. Solid Waste Disposal

Solid waste is one of the leading causes of concern for urban areas in India. Municipal bodies don’t have the competency to address the concern. A technology based startup can easily get government funding to address this problem.

14. Laundry Services

Some startups in the major cities provide laundry services. However, its reach is still limited. The demand for such services is increasing in semi-urban as well as rural India. Although this business has a lot of implementation challenges in 2nd and 3rd tier cities of India, it also presents enormous opportunities to entrepreneurs.

15. Pending Court Cases

Our judicial system is amazingly slow. More than 20 million cases are pending in district courts in India. People hardly have any faith in the justice system. Criminals and corrupts are rarely punished whereas innocent and minor offenders spend years behind the bar. Courts will not fix the problem as the judiciary is not accountable to any institution in the democracy. No government will ever want to solve this issue as the politicians are the biggest beneficiary of the current system. Legal startups should step in to use technology to settle civil cases through arbitration or easing the burden on lower courts. Activists should build public opinion to pressurize governments to bring in judicial reforms.

I will keep adding more ideas to the list in future. Some may be far-fetched; some may look promising, while others might look laughable or ridiculous. But that is okay. If you also come across any pain points or business ideas (even if they are not implementable), please write them through comments, and I will include them on the blog with due credits. Also, please share your input and feedback on ideas mentioned above. Together, we can build a better India.

Install a free WordPress theme

Install a free WordPress theme

In WordPress, a theme is used to change the design, look, and feel of the website. For example, if you want to change the background color, images, headings, menu display style, etc., you need to make changes within a theme. However, if wish to add new functionality, like adding a career page to show job listing, you need to use WordPress Plugins. I will write a new blog on what to expect from a WordPress theme and how to choose best WordPress theme for your business.

In this blog, we will focus on how to install a free WordPress theme:

To explain the process, I have taken a live example of digitalconsulting.co.in. I will refer your website as yourwebsite.com. (You should replace yourwebsite.com with actual URL of your site to practice following steps:

1. Visit yourwebsite.com/wp-admin.

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2. Enter Admin Username and Password to login into WordPress Admin Panel.

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3. Take cursor on ‘Appearance’ on left vertical menu

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4. Click on Themes. Three themes namely, Twenty Sixteen, Twenty Fifteen, and Twenty Fourteen will be displayed on the screen. The theme ‘Twenty Sixteen’ is currently in active mode as shown in the image. You can create a basic blog or site using the current theme, Twenty Sixteen. However, if you want to see more design options, click on ‘Add New Theme.’

 

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5. Click on ‘Popular’ to check most used free WordPress themes. You can also search themes using keywords. In the example, I have used a keyword ‘Restaurant’ to find out themes that are designed for Restaurant business. Note that a theme developed for say, a restaurant industry can be utilized to develop site for any business (and not just restaurant business).

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6. Click on Details and Preview to see Live Preview of your website. (For the purpose of this tutorial, I will install theme named ‘Vogue’ that can be found under ‘Popular’ WordPress themes.). The ‘Live Preview’ shows, how your website will look for end users. If you are sure about the theme, simply click on ‘Install’ to install the theme.

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7. If you like the design of the theme, click on ‘Install’ and the theme will be installed. Click on ‘Activate’ to apply the theme to website.

And you have the new theme installed and activated. You now need to customize the theme as per your requirements. At any point in time, you can change the theme to change the front end design of the site. If you are facing any challanges, contact me through comments and I will try to resolve the same for free.

Install WordPress using cPanel – A Beginner’s Guide

Install WordPress using cPanel – A Beginner’s Guide

Installing WordPress using cPanel is easy. It takes no more than two minutes to complete the installation process. Here is a step by step guide to install WordPress using cPanel:

1. Login into cPanel

Hosting service providers send cPanel credentials to registered email. The standard URL for accessing cPanel is yourwebsite.com/cpanel. Enter the username and password provided by your hosting provider.

2. Locate Softaculous Apps Installer and Click on ‘WordPress’ icon

After logging into the cPanel, scroll down to locate Softaculous Apps Installer and click on ‘WordPress’:

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3. Click on ‘Install’ or ‘Install Now’ as shown in the figure:

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4. Complete the Installation Process

Complete the installation process by filling up the details:

a. Choose Protocol – http:// (This is the default option so you don’t have to do anything)

b. Choose Domain – Select the domain name from the Dropdown. This is the domain where WordPress will be installed. In this example, I am installing the WordPress on domain digitalconsulting.co.in, so, I have selected the domain as the same.

c. In Directory – Leave this field blank (delete ‘wp’ if it appears by default) to install WordPress on yoursite.com (root directory). If you want to install WordPress on yoursite.com/blog then write ‘blog’ in this field. I have left it blank as I want access to the WordPress site on digitalconsulting.co.in

d. Under Site Setting, Write the Site Name and Site Description. At this point, you can simply write anything as the same can be changed later.

e. Under Admin Setting, choose Admin Username and Password and Admin Email. For security purposes, I recommend using any username other than common terms like Admin, Info, Website Name etc. Make sure to create a complex password and note it down for future use.

f. Click on Install. You can choose to receive installation details that include admin username, password, etc. by entering a valid email id at the bottom field.

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And, you are done! That is all required to install WordPress for your website. The WordPress comes with a default theme. You can continue with the same theme or install new themes if you wish to change the design. In the next blog post, we will discuss how to install and customize a WordPress theme.

Create a Responsive Website in Six Easy Steps

Create a Responsive Website in Six Easy Steps

I developed this site in less than an hour. And I am not boasting. If you are a beginner and don’t know anything about technology, you may take 2-3 hours to develop a responsive site.

For the newbies, responsive sites mean site layouts that provide best user experience across all devices like smartphones, tablets, and desktop monitors.

Here is a Step-by-Step guide to developing a responsive website:

Register a domain name

Our domain name is sixpl.com, which is registered on GoDaddy. Domain name is like your name that identifies unique IP Addresses or websites. A domain name is always unique and can be associated with only one website. You can register a domain name on GoDaddy at the cost of $10 per annum. If you are registering the domain for the first time, you can get it for free from web hosting providers as explained in next section.

Purchase Web Hosting

Web hosting, also known as web space or web server, is used to store all the data related to your website. The data pertaining to this article is hosted (stored) on a particular web server. When you type a domain name or a URL, the corresponding data is fetched from web servers and presented to you in the browsers. For the purpose of website development, we simply need to know about how to purchase the web hosting without going into details of its working. You can buy the web hosting from BlueHost. You can also get a domain name for free from BlueHost if you have not registered it already.

Update the Nameservers

Nameservers link the domain name and web hosting. When a user types a domain name into the internet browser, it is the nameserver that translates the domain name in computer’s language and links it with web hosting. If you have purchased the domain name and web hosting from different companies, you need to update the nameservers of  the domains. Here is a guide on how you can update the nameservers on GoDaddy. If you have purchased the domain name from other companies, please log into the account and follow the same procedure. Except for the design and placement of menu items, the process of updating the nameservers is same for every domain registrars.

Install WordPress

WordPress is a free content management system that is used to develop dynamic websites. There are many inbuilt features, like navigation menu, creating new pages, users registration and login and much more that can be used to develop a great website. You can just drag and drop to integrate powerful features on your site. Note that the core of the WordPress helps you in developing various features of the site. For designing, look and feel, color combination, etc. WordPress themes are used, which we will address in the next section. Guide for installing WordPress.

Install a New WordPress Theme

To change the design and layout of the website, you need to install a WordPress theme. There are hundreds of free themes that come inbuilt into the WordPress system. You can install any of the themes that are close to your requirement.

Customize the WordPress Theme

Once you have installed a theme, you can customize it further to change the color, layouts, navigation items, adding new plugins, etc. as per your requirements. And, like MS Office, you don’t need to know any coding to make these changes.

Write Content

At this stage, your website will be ready with the theme demo content. Now you need to write the content and post it on appropriate pages.

And you are done! That is all you need to develop a basic responsive website. There are several companies like wix.com and webs.com that provide domain name registration, web hosting, nameservers management and website builder all at one place. So you simply need to sign up with them and provide monthly fees to design and host your own website. While these services look ideal for beginners, the features, functionalities and design capabilities are highly limited. So, if you wish to integrate a new promotional feature on your website, you may need to hire an experienced developer to do that. The Plugin system in WordPress eliminates such difficulties. You can integrate 90% of the features of Time.com or forbes.com without writing a single line of code.

If you like this article, please share it on social media sites. You can also ask your queries through comments, and I will help you get started with your brand new website.

How to Change Domain Nameservers

How to Change Domain Nameservers

Nameservers link the domain name and web servers. We have already discussed how to register a domain name and purchase a hosting plan. Now, in this blog, we will learn how to link the web hosting to the domain name. This is required for the website to be accessed from anywhere on the internet.

Here is a step by step guide on changing NameServers of domains registered with GoDaddy:

Step 1: Login to GoDaddy Account

Step 2: Click on Right Top Login Icon and then Click on Manage Domains

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Step 3: Select the domain name by checking the box to the left of the domain name. Click on ‘Nameserver’ and then click on ‘Set Nameservers’ as shown in figure below:

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Step 4: Click on Custom in the pop-up. After that, click on ‘Add one now’ as shown in the figure.

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Step 5: After purchasing the server you would have received the details in the email. Enter Values of Nameserver1 & Nameserver 2 in the respective textboxes as shown in the figure.

A typical mail from BlueHost contains Nameserver details like this

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Put the values of Name Server 1 in the top box and Name Server 2 in the bottom box. And click on Ok.

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And it is done. The changes in Nameservers may take up to 24 hours to get reflected. However, it happens quickly and may take few minutes to get updated.

At this stage, the domain and hosting set-up are complete. Now you can simply install the WordPress in 30 seconds and start blogging or developing awesome websites.

Through comments, do let me know if it worked for you? In case, if you are facing any challenges, write to me through comments, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

How to Purchase a Hosting Plan on BlueHost?

How to Purchase a Hosting Plan on BlueHost?

There are thousands of web hosting companies from where you can purchase the hosting. However, not all of them provide a satisfactory level of service. In fact, a lot of them deliver pathetic services. After a horrible experience from HostGator customer service, I switched to BlueHost. This website is also hosted on BlueHost and until now their customer service is excellent. I will write a detailed post later on how you should compare two hosting plans. If you don’t have much technical knowledge about hosting, BlueHost is a great hosting platform to start with (It is also recommended by WordPress official website).

 

Here is a guide to purchase a hosting service from BlueHost:

Step 1: Visit https://www.bluehost.com/web-hosting/signup 

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Step 2: Select a Plan

If you have only one website, then select the Basic Plan. If you wish to have multiple sites in the future, you can purchase Plus, Prime or Pro Plans. However, if you are purchasing a hosting for the first time, it is better to start with the Basic Plan. It doesn’t make sense to pay monthly charges for something that may be required in future. If such requirements arise, you can upgrade the plan at any point in time.

Step 3: Enter the Domain Name

Enter the domain name in an appropriate text box and click ‘next’. (Hint: If the domain name is already registered, put it in right box as shown in the figure. If you are yet to register a domain name, write the desired name in left text box. )

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Step 4: Modify the Package Information

Modify the package information as shown in the figure. You can choose the time, Site Back-up pro, SiteLock Security etc. In this plan, I have chosen the package for 12 months, and unchecked other services like Site BackUp Pro, SiteLock Security (BlueHost is cross selling these services to you. There are better ways to do this for free. I will write a new blog post on how you can keep your WordPress site secure and take backups for free).

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Fill in your details and make payment (tip – at this stage, take your cursor close to the website. You may get a surprise offer as a pop-up. Claim the offer and it may reduce your cost by 50-75% .:))

Step 5 – Make the Payment

Make the payment and its done. You will receive the details of the server in an email. You may star mark the email as you need to access the server details frequently.

You now own the web server that can be used to host your new website. The next step is linking this web server/hosting with the domain name. This is done by changing the Nameservers of the domain.