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This morning I followed a link in an email from Liz Tomey (for those who don’t know Liz, she is a very successful internet marketer).
The post was on her site The Biz Model Guru’s Secrets and is titled How To Keep The Techy Stuff From Killing Your Online Biz Success!
This post is excellent advice; Liz says:
I have seen a lot of people never become successful with their own online business for one very easy to overcome problem……
People looking to start an online business need skills such as product creation, copywriting, being able to build simple websites to sell their products from, how to install and use a blog, and several other technical skills.
When people start seeing all these skills they start getting confused, start trying to learn everything at once, and they end up buying everything under the sun to help them but become a casualty of information overload.
They never get any further than where they got stuck and never see the fruits from their labor…..
This post is worth reading, even if you are not a newbie but are not succeeding as well as you hope to. Here is the link http://bizmodelguru.com/how-to-keep-the-techy-stuff-from-killing-your-online-biz-success/
Use the same marketing tools as a standard brick and mortar business, to promote your at home venture.
Advertising your service or product, is just as important, if not more, when you work from the home. It is important that the public knows how to find you and that your business exists. In order to find success in running your own home business, you must be totally comfortable promoting yourself.
As the owner of a home business, you will need to talk up your business to a large number of potential customers. You have to be able to make your customers feel that your business and products are of the highest quality. Learning to successfully self-promote, is one of the keys to making big time profits.
Participate in trade shows that focus on your particular product or service. Trade shows provide a great way to network with others in your industry. It is also an effective way to promote your business to many potential customers by providing you with a setting to demonstrate your product or service.
Create a mailing list for your home business. This can either be through snail mail or the internet. Let others know about any special deals you are offering or just promote your business.
You can also send out small updates or newsletters to your customers to let them know what has been going on. This will increase traffic to your web site.
Examine all of the ways your home business appears in the marketplace and be sure you have a consistent message and presentation.
Whether it is your business cards, web site or social media business page, keeping your messaging professional and synchronized helps you promote your business appropriately and clearly across multiple channels.
Having a home business does not mean you have to stay home.
Get out of the house to network and promote your home business.
Promoting your business will help make your business grow and in turn make you more money.
Being active in the community will help to spread the word of your business. Business cards are a great way to promote your home based business and get your name out to the community.
Search for free business cards online and then distribute them wherever you go, including grocery stores, dentist offices and your children's schools.
Set up an advertising and promotional item budget for your home business and make sure you stick to it.
Advertising, free products, printing and more can add up quickly.
When you stick within your allotted budget, you help your business stay on track. Your budget will grow over time and you will be able to spend more money to promote your business down the line.
Promote your home business by offering a coupon for a free sample or a discount for your services. People are attracted to free offers, so this is a good way to bring in new customers. People are more willing to try a new business if they do not have to risk their own money to try it.
If you are caught by what is being called the "latest recession" and you are wondering, "How is my family going to get by?", see if some of these ideas and helpful tips can help you survive and improve your financial situation.
A lot of people avoid having a home based business for various reasons.
Some do not wish to have the responsibility associated with one and others are just simply clueless on how or where to start. This article focuses on some help in getting you started with a home based business and getting you on your way to success.
1) Advertising is always the most important aspect of any business. Even if your business is not home based, you still spend a significant amount of money on advertising. Since a home based business does not have a store front or a public office where they can advertise themselves, you must invest money in getting the word out to the world about your company. Consider internet marketing as a way for your business to expand in the world as well as advertising in local newspapers, billboards, and newsletters.
2) It takes time to develop clientele and make a significant amount of money through any business and this is not any different when it comes to a home based business. It is important to keep in mind not to get discouraged because your first few months are tough. Every business out there started somehow and many of them did not grow to be an overnight success. Keep at your business regardless how bleak it may seem at first, and you will eventually build your own trusted clientele and following.
3) Consider what types of equipment you need to purchase to run your business even if it is just a new printer or computer. It is important to shop around for the cheapest prices possible and opt to purchase what you can second hand. Make sure what you need is something that you have budgeted for.
4) It is important to understand the different tax laws and regulations associated with your business. Some businesses need permits as well as tax forms filed before even starting. You need to have a basic idea of how taxes work before starting your business so you ensure you will not lose any money when it comes to filing your taxes for the next year. Many items you purchase to start your business are considered tax deductible and it is in your best interest to research as much as possible to save money.
5) Come up with your own business plan. The most important thing that you can do for your home based business is to come up with a one year plan and what you hope to accomplish in that time frame. Make sure that you keep notes and ideas separate from your actual home information. Reserve a space for yourself within your house where you can work by yourself undisturbed. If you treat your business with dedication and as an actual business, you will more likely succeed.
Although starting up a home based business is a lot of responsibility and can be time consuming, you will find that the time will be worth it. Knowing what to do will provide you more success. It is important to take your time and plan things out and then take the plan and put it into action.
There are a lot of things to consider when you work from home. If you need help getting through the do's and don'ts of a business you run out of your home, then this article will give you the help you need to understanding how to make it successful.
Commit yourself not to decisions but to action. Starting and growing a home business does not follow a linear path. It zigs and zags and requires constant flexibility. There is no way to make all the right decisions up front; you just have to jump in and start doing. Commit to action everyday, and have faith that you will be able to make the right decisions each time choices come up.
There is no one product or service that everyone is going to need, want or be happy with. Do not try to morph your business to make everyone in the area happy. Concentrate your energy on the consumers that are interested in the things that you have to offer to them.
Provide transcripts of any video or audio you post about your home business products or services so that search engines can index it and customers who can't see or hear can read it. Making your content accessible to the widest possible audience will open you up to getting leads from any demographic.
A great tip for your home business is to try to include a gift or surprise with every order that you send out. This will speak volumes for you and your company and give customers a reason to come back to you. The personal touch is critical with your success.
Another great tip for your home business is to pay your takes throughout the year instead of waiting until tax time. This will keep you from being hit with an unexpected amount of money during tax season which might potentially hamper your business. Check with the Tax Office for specifics on how to properly submit your taxes quarterly.
Take advantage of new technology that allows you to charge credit cards from home. Most people want to pay with a credit card, so invest in a product that will easily let you do this. Many companies have figured out how to make this very affordable for home businesses.
To help promote your home business, consider joining forums that are related to home business generally and your own niche in particular. This is a great idea because you will be able to get free advice and many tips or tricks that you might not have been exposed to otherwise. Do your research on which forums benefit you the most.
People can't be bothered clicking through a hundred pages on a website to find out what your home business is about, so feed it all to them on the front page. Include what you do, who you are, quick testimonials, a photo of yourself or your product, and how to contact you, and your leads will skyrocket.
As was stated at the beginning of this article, having a home business requires a lot of work and follow up in many different areas. The tips and suggestions here should help anyone who has or is hoping to start a home based business make it more successful.
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about clutter from various sources and the theory seems to be that if our lives are cluttered up in some area, it stops us from moving forward or getting ahead in that area.
Well not everybody will agree with this proposal, but it bears thinking about so I wrote down of a few things that might affect the workflow in my office for a start.
Does clutter make the work flow more or less efficient?
How easy is it to find things?
Does the look of a tidy office make me feel more inclined to work or less?
Do I care about the tidiness of the office when clients or visitors call ?
But it’s not just tidiness I’m talking about, it’s also belongings, such as clothes we don’t wear anymore because they are too big or too small, out of fashion or we just don’t like them & never wear them; shoes (how many ladies do you know with more than 10 pair in their wardrobe?), towells & linen, ornament, gadgets, tools, books, music, movies – the list goes on and one.
Could you give some of these things away to someone who would appreciate them and not feel deprived? Would it make you feel lighter to have gained space back and maybe helped someone else?
Not just physical things either, what about the clutter in our minds? Like holding onto grudges or resentments of things that happened years past; dreams of being famous or wealthy but not taking any action to set us on the path – don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking big dreams because every success starts with an idea, but without any action, it just stays an idea and doesn’t become reality.
Let’s declutter our lives, our homes, our workplaces, our cars and our minds. Be open to change and to opportunities that come along. Make way for new things, new friends, new places perhaps, new ideas, new starts.
We’re never too old to learn and it’s never too late to start again!
Membership sites are still going strong this year and for good reason – a good membership site can have all the tools and resources you need to get your internet business up and running and making money. The only reason that often they don’t is that you go flitting from one site or ptoject to another (like I used to) and don’t get on and follow the suggestions, plans or programs that these excellent sites offer.
Mind you, they are not all excellent sites, but most are run by people who with integrity and who want to do all they can to get you making money and living the same lifestyle of freedom that they themselves have. SO how do you know if a particular membership site will be one of the good ones?
Here are a few pointers to help you decide:
Does the site just seem to be a product with a download area and an optin box for your email?
Is there a whole lot of hype and trumpet blowing and very little factual information about what is included?
Does the advertising tell you up front that the “free” offering is just a lead in and once you sign up, you’ll have to pay a fee, perhaps a monthly fee, to have any real benefit?
Now, don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with a membership site that has a monthly fee and offers great value for that fee – I belong to a few of them myself – but they have always been open and honest up front about the pricing structure, letting you decide beforehand whether this is for you.
So, here are some clues that a membership site you are considering is good value:
Are you offered something that you deem to be good value before you are even asked for any cash? Especially important for those who are in their early stages and don’t have much to spare yet.
What sort of training is on offer?
Is it at a level appropriate for your stage of learning? Some sites will only offer basic stuff, while others will bamboozle a beginner, maybe putting them off forever.
What other resources are provided? Can you get products to sell, resell, brand or rewrite & make your own?
Do they help you get traffic to your sites? After all, the best website ever won’t make any money if nobody sees it!
OK, enough of my views – I want to tell you about a new membership site started by a guy I’ve learned to trust, Randy Smith and his partner Craig Dawber. It’s called Internet Marketing Apprentice (or IMA for short) and it incorporates all the elements I’ve told you to look out for in a good membership site. You can get free coaching newsletters sent every 7 days and you don’t need to pay anything for that.
However, for those who are ready for more, there many aspects to the membership.
Almost everyone has their own theory on how to survive the recession, such as:
1. Keep/protect your job
2. Move in while others are distracted
3. Earn extra money where you can
4. Evaluate your mortgage
5. Refinance high interest credit cards
6. Reduce spending as much as you can
7. Haggle your way to savings on purchases
8. Conserve energy and reduce your home bills
9. Don’t take on any unnecessary debts
I really could go on and on with suggestions like this, but I’m pretty sure you’ll know it all already. You can Google it for yourself anyway and find plenty more advice from every Tom, Dick and Harry out there.
So let’s get straight to the point.
With so many ways and so much advice, how come not everyone gets rich? How come not everyone who reduces their spending get rich? How come not everyone who has an education get rich? How come not everyone who starts a business get rich?
Because it’s not about what you do, it’s about how you do it. No matter how many ways there are, if you don’t do it RIGHT — whichever method you choose — it won’t bring RESULTS.
So what is the ONE right thing that you need to do to get rich?
Bob Proctor & Jack Canfield are men who know and they want to tell you that there is a science — a formula — to get rich. It’s about doing certain things in a certain way. This blueprint has been proven to make anyone get rich across centuries.
So before you waste your time trying out endless ways blindly, get this one formula that will transform your financial future.
Internet marketers often work alone to generate income for themselves, but sometimes it can be mutually beneficial to form a joint venture with other like-minded folks working on similiar projects.
The ability to spread out effort and risk, while increasing returns, can be somewhat risky, but one worth taking because, if the exercise is successful, you have made a new friend and maybe even developed a permanent working relationship.
As with any worthwhile pursuit there are some core basics and guiding principles that joint venture participants should practice when seeking partners and executing a plan.
Before proceeding, it’s essential to know what a joint venture is. A “JV” is an agreement between two parties each seeking to cooperatively leverage the assets of each other, be it a skill, a product, a trade secret, or a customer or prospect list. In the case of an internet marketer, the agreement usually involves one marketer mailing to the other’s mailing list.
Once it’s been determined that a joint venture will be undertaken there are some fundamentals that should be followed to assure the best outcome.
Assessing your partner is a critical first step when forming a joint venture. Analyzing each other’s strengths and weaknesses and discerning each other’s agenda beforehand will serve to lessen negative surprises later.
Strategy development is an initial activity where both participants assess the viability of their effort and any potential obstacles to the outcomes they plan to achieve. Concurrently, the partners can set milestones and financial agreements during this period. A 50-50 profit split is most common. In some cases, a newer marketer may forego some of the proceeds in order to establish a presence in their market.
Once these tasks are found to be suitably addressed, the new associates can move on to carrying out the campaign. Of course, this is not a static operation. If time and duration allows, testing and improvement should be ongoing as the campaign proceeds to its conclusion.
Finally, the hopefully happy and prosperous end is reached and various goals realized. It’s important to note that any end-defining milestones should have been during the assessment and strategy sessions. This will prevent misunderstandings and promote further collaboration.
Another pointer is to aim high. Sure, rejection may be the first response, but perseverance rules the day and a big player could be the tipping point to reaching a critical mass of success and security.
Lastly, always operate with a win-win mentality while following the sequence. Do it right, and it will be the first of many join ventures…or the last one you’ll ever need.
For more information, you can get a free copy of “Joint Ventures: Tips for Successful Partnerships” from this link or by clicking on the book below.