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How to support your friend’s online business

The best thing about online businesses is that you can start one without having any startup capital. That is why many have turned to online business as a means of income or just to earn some extra dough.

Besides selling your own product and services online, other types of online businesses include dropshipping, blogging and making online videos.

Everyone has at least one or two friends in their circle who are making their money through online businesses.

Be a good friend and show your support with these easy ways:

Many have turned to online businesses as an extra source of income.

1.Do not just click ‘Like’, leave a comment on their social media pages, especially Facebook.

Fine, you have shown your support by clicking the ‘like’ button on your friend’s post. But you know what is better? Leaving a comment.

Every social media platform has its own unique algorithm to curate unique content for every one of its users. In other words, what appears on your feed is different from your friend’s feeds even if you are following the same accounts.

If it is on Facebook, the best way to show your support is leaving an engaging comment on their posts.

Facebook occasionally updates their algorithm, but the bottom line of its news feed algorithm is ‘meaningful interactions’.

Be a conversation starter on your friends’ online business page. If they are asking your feedback or opinion on something, leave a comment or tag another friend to talk about it.

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The more interaction an online business has on Facebook, the more visible their posts are on their followers’ news feed.

2.Share the link not only on social media but on other platforms as well

It doesn’t matter if they are selling cosmetics or starting a vlog on YouTube, share the link! Share it to your family and friends. If you are active on LinkedIn, Quora or Reddit and you see a question or topic relevant to your friend’s online business, share the link.

Be honest and do not sound ‘spammy’. Let say someone is asking for travel recommendation on Quora, answer honestly “Hey, my friend has been there! You can check out her travel video if you want.”

Or someone is looking for a product, you can honestly answer “Look my friend has a homemade cosmetic line, you can check it out.”

3.Buy their products/watch their videos/read their blogs

If you can afford your friends’ product, then show your support by buying them.

Let’s say your friend has published videos online, watch them. Here is a trick, you can put them on a playlist and play the videos (and mute them) even when you are busy.

If there is an ad, watch the ad. YouTubers, for instance, make money based on people’s engagement with the ad. This means they only earn money if someone click their ads or watches an ad for more than 30 seconds.

How about if your friend is running a website or a blog? Then log on to their site, even if you have clicked them before. If there is an ad that interests you, click on it.

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4.Offer feedback

Once you have experienced your friend’s products, give some feedback. Leave a review on their website or social media pages. Talk to your friends personally on what you think about their products.

Buy through your friends.

5.Talk about your friend’s online business with other people.

If you have a chance to talk about your friend’s business with other people, then tell them about it. Remember them during your business or personal conversation.

Suggest them to others if you truly believe in their products. One of the ways to support your friends in growing their business is through word-of-mouth.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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