Why Should You Start a Membership Site for Your Niche?
If you are reading this it’s because starting a membership site is something that has been on your mind or it just sound like a great idea or maybe you are just curious. Either way, You are here for some information regarding membership sites.
Starting a membership site will do so many things for you if you leverage it right. One way it positions you as the go to expert in your industry. It will also allow you to serve a wider community than 1 on 1. And you can create a system that will allow you to generate income on going monthly/annually. Sound good to you? Read on.
People are willing to pay for online content and your intellectual property. In fact, the “Online Publishers Association” said that pay-for content is emerging as a hot revenue model. Business content, personals/match making, health/wellness, beauty and entertainment are the hottest niches. But even smaller niches, like DVD authoring, sports coaching, marketing services, and dieting are producing profits with membership websites.
What can you sell?
You can sell your courses, books and other services with your own membership site? Selling online content by way of a password protected website has become big business. Not only is it fast to set up, but the start-up and running costs are minimal. Work from home entrepreneurs and big businesses alike are tapping into this new-found revenue source.
Less than nine percent of online users currently pay for online content. This means the market is wide open for the more entrepreneur to tap into. Paying for content in 2004 was more than 5 times what it was in 2005. That’s a whopping 500% growth! Those who capture the market first in their niche will have the obvious advantage and it’s an international market, so anyone can be a part of it.
One of the great things about starting a membership site is you can take your hobby, specialized knowledge or profession and turn it into a profitable business. Your challenge will be finding exclusive content. You can start it part time but it will likely develop into a full time business.
Planning for and setting your site up for auto-responders, automated sign-ups, credit card processing, automated cancellations, etc is all part of a successful membership website. Starting and running a membership site can be a lot of fun and very exciting, however you need to know what’s involved in setting one up, and then managing it effectively.
This whole process can seem a bit overwhelming. However, as complex as this seems, many companies offer a low cost, easy-to-use software solution. This makes it possible for almost anyone to start and market a membership site at a very low cost.
Award winning entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters RisingWomen Business Association an award winning network for women. http://www.realsistersrising.com