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Dealing With Pressure For The Home-Based Business Entrepreneur

July 6, 2018
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What is the most effective way to deal with the anxiety that a home-based business entrepreneur experiences? The quick answer is to realize that this is part of being a business owner and to learn to live with it. The anxiety will not go away over night and you may be experiencing it for many years as you look at the profit/loss margins that occur with starting a business and moving to a place where it is stable and successful.

Many people are drawn to the idea of being self-employed,and not having to work for a boss and also because they think that there are many freedoms with this type of business. They soon find out; however, that this is not the case and they will actually be working long, hard hours for a few years as they try to get their business on its feet. The difference in being self-employed is that everything rests on your shoulders. When you were working for someone else, you had to deal with things you probably did not want to but the entire weight of the financial success of the company was not your concern – now it is. You are now concerned if there will be enough profit to pay your employees, your vendors, and your bills.

Remember that simply because you are feeling pressure does not mean your business is going to fail. It simply means you are now in business for yourself and are facing the same pressures that all business owners experience at some time or another. Anxiety is a great motivator. You may wake up and not want to do any work, you would prefer to make an early round of golf, instead you realize that if you choose this option you will only be making it more difficult for yourself and you will lose money as opposed to making money. I would actually be concerned if you started a new business and had absolutely no fears at all, that is being arrogant and has a great chance of leading to failure.

There is a difference in being confident about your business venture and arrogant. Arrogant is thinking nothing will go wrong and you do not have to make an effort or sweat over the financial affairs of your new business. So how do you deal with the pressure? Make sure you have a financial plan. Talk to those who are involved in your business and make sure everyone knows their goals. Talk about the risks and whether-or-not, they are worth taking. Do not stick your head in the sand and pretend they do not exist – they do and you need to face them head on and when you do,you will be successful and your anxiety will lessen and will eventually go away.

 

Balancing Your Work For The Home Business

July 6, 2018
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With so many young people trying to work from home on the Internet it is amazing just how many of them really do not have the slightest idea of the workload they have got themselves into.

Many of these people did not even sit down and assess what it is that they see as reasonable personal goal. This is a huge mistake on their part. You must know what you want in order to find a way to obtain it. It must be clear to everyone willing to jump into the Internet marketing world; if you are not sure whether or not you have the drive and a willingness to succeed you might want to save yourself some time, money and much aggravation. It is easy to desire something, and you may think you know how to get it, but there is this little issue about dedication and determination, do you have it? Why put yourself through the troubles of failing and wondering exactly where you went wrong.

The great Winston Churchill once said, “If you find yourself walking through hell, just keep going”. This idea of the struggles people face, in business and in life is just that. Struggles, the winners will survive and the weak will fall. This has been a true facet in life since the beginning of time. Basically staying power in the Internet marketing business is about keeping your face off the pavement.

They also do not get the fact that because it is their business and not someone else’s responsibility, that they in turn will have to work probably much harder to keep it going. When these people hear the nonsense about working 1 hour per week and striking it rich, I truly feel sorry for their heads and wallets when they inevitably re-enter the earth’s atmosphere, and hit the ground with a screeching halt. Again this may be nothing more than naivety, and not total stupidity. The unfortunate part for most people new to the scene is that they have absolutely no idea just what it entails on a time basis.

What must be remembered is that success cannot be bought in a can. It is the single marketing plan and strategy that is doomed to fail. You must be able to walk many avenues in order to reap the benefits of the successes it can yield. Buy into what you truly feel will get you ahead, listen to what other marketers are saying in the forums and try to catch on quick. This field is extremely fast and waits for no one. The best way to do business is to spread out your resources as much as possible; the best way for exposure is to be out in the middle of the field, if you do your research first, then i have no doubt you will be successful.

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Finding Additional Support for your Home Business

July 6, 2018
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You might wonder although you really want to start a business, where could you find support for your home business when you have limited start up costs to begin a whole new business? There are many ways to work around this. Here are a few options you can consider.

Consider a loan from a family member. While all family loans are not created equal, you never know who will be your biggest supporter in your new business venture and would gladly loan you a small amount of money for your business start-up.

Investigate small business loans that cater to women and home businesses. Some grants are also available (and you don’t have to pay them back!) You must be prepared to undergo credit and reference checks, attend business classes, and disclose financial aspects of your personal and business life.

Try and save in other areas of your life. Not a coupon person? Start using coupons and put the total amount you save with each grocery trip into a special “new business fund”. Do you order takeout a couple times a week? Cut back to once a week or once every other week, and put that money into your “new business fund” too.

In addition to financing of your home business you need a bit of advice and tips to get you going. Operating your business without a computer will put you at an immediate disadvantage. They are simply too valuable as a time-saving tool. There are plenty of resources on the internet offering support for your home business. These provide handy information with tips and advice, ideas and many more….

You cannot be an expert on everything. Get assistance early from as many sources as possible. Talk to people who have similar experiences on doing a home business. Talk to your friends, family and who have succeeded in doing home business. Start networking now! The friendships and alliances you build now could become extremely useful in the future when you launch your business.

Seminars dealing with “special topics” have actually been around for decades, and are an older form of marketing and information exchanges. Seminars are simply a group of people coming together for the discussion and learning of specific techniques and topics. There are a wealth of knowledge usually, presented by many speakers at one time in one place. A lot of “learning” at one clip, with most material compressed into two or three days’ worth of time.

So don’t put off starting your own home business – by investigating some of these alternatives, you may discover that you really can afford to start your own business!

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Networking Is More Than Just Handing Out Business Cards

December 21, 2017
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At a Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange several years ago a well-dress woman walked up to me, business card in hand and, in perfect form held it in both hands in front of me, gesturing for me to take it. I took the card from her and smiled. She looked up and in a polite voice, said “Thank you,” and walked away. How sad. Here was this obviously well-intentioned woman, who most likely owned an interesting business but never learned what to do at a card exchange. Somewhere she bought into the idea that you were suppose to hand out as many business cards in as little time as possible. Clearly, this does nothing but waste business cards. Great for card businesses, not so great for yours.

The other extreme is the person who spends the entire time at a card exchange talking to the same individual, sometimes even people from their own company. Again, this is quite unproductive. The purpose of a business card exchange is to get to meet new people in a pleasant atmosphere.

While there are many good books to help you hone your networking skills including, Sue Roane’s How to Work a Room, the essence of networking is quite simple.

Businesses run on relationships. I’ve always felt that everything that we do is about personal relationships and a business just gives us a playing field on which to do it.

Following that theme, growing your business is about developing and nurturing relationships and card exchanges and similar networking events are really the starting point to begin what will hopefully become a mutually rewarding relationship.

Since your time is limited, it is a good idea to spend only a short time speaking with people, especially those you already know. If you feel a resonance with someone you’re talking with, make arrangements to follow-up your connection at a later date and move on to meet someone else. I’m sure the shy looking person in the corner, who is probably there for the very first time, has something interesting to say. Why not go over and extend your hand.

The other big faux paus I see over and over again, are the people who approach the networking meeting with a “me, me, me” attitude. A better approach is to learn about the other person first. You then have the option of explaining how what you do might be of interest to them. This establishes a stronger platform for communications, for as speaking legend Zig Zigler says, “You get what you want by helping other people get what they want.”

Care about the other person

There are better ways to network and meet prospective business contacts. For openers, (no pun intended) people are more responsive if you first show some interest in them and what they do. There is an old cliché that says we have one mouth and two ears for a reason. If you listen more than you talk, you will automatically find people more interested in talking with you and being around you.

Marketing guru, Jay Abraham, once said that “Discovery is the fuel of competitive advantage.” Get curious. Become interested in other people and what makes them tick. Really care about the other person. If you take the time to investigate, you will find that even those people who appear quite ordinary have a story to tell. If you show an interest in them and their lives, you will not only increase your chances of doing business with them but you may gain a friend as well.

How do you do that?

When you do introduce yourself, do so in a way that states the benefit of doing business with you. Saying “Hi, my name is Mary and I sell insurance” is not very exciting. However, if you were to say, “My name is Mary and I help people prepare for the uncertainty that may be in their future.” This causes the other person, if they are at all curious, to ask, “How do you do that?” At this point, you have opened the door for a further explanation or “commercial” for your business. You can go on to explain the benefits of your products and services.

As an exercise, devise three or four ways to introduce your business. Let each one focus on a different benefit of your product or service. Test each of them at your next networking event.

Remember: people do not buy products or services, they buy benefits and solutions.
The more you focus on communicating the benefits gained from using your products or services, the more you will benefit from the increase in business.

With prospecting new business becoming more and more difficult, a personal relationship is even more important and the Chamber of Commerce Card Exchange offers the perfect playground for you do it, besides the food is usually pretty good too.

Network Marketing Home Business

December 21, 2017
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Many people that think operating a business from home is glamorous, exciting, and filled with freedoms that you can never experience if you work for someone else. Without the obligations that come from reporting to an employer everyday and they then think the money is easily acquired. This article will look at both the positives and negatives of owning a home-based business.

An important part of working from home is letting others know you have a business and this is done through networking. Network marketing is not always easy for everyone. There are individuals who are very natural at talking with others and find it quite easy to be in a room full of strangers and talk about what they have to offer. Then there are those terrified of the idea of network marketing and would prefer to stay home and pay someone else to do this portion of the business for them. Network marketing does not have to be a horrible experience for you and you do not have to have a panic attack at the thought of attending one. When you prepare for network marketing and do not go in with your eyes closed, you will find that it will make an enormous difference in the productivity of your business. Network marketing can be beneficial in building a plethora of resources and contacts that you can have at your fingertips to propel your business forward.

Decide in advance how many people you want to talk to and do just that. If it is your first time, you may only want to talk to three people. Although once you are there, you will probably find yourself relaxing and notice that you came home with more than three contacts. Do not forget the business cards of the people you meet. In the excitement, you may forget their names. It is a good idea to jot down some relevant information on the back of the card to help you remember why or why not you like that particular contact.

In order for your home business to be successful, you have to make your presence known. You can do this through advertising and word-of-mouth. However, staying inside your protective home and never letting anyone know whom you are will not generate many clients or bring an increase in your profits. Go out, have coffee, and talk to others about your services. Walk into businesses that you think will profit from your services and let them know what you have to offer. If you have children in school, you can offer your services to the PTA or other groups that your child may be involved. Do not discount your sphere of influences because it is from this circle that your business will grow.

Why viral marketing is sooo important!

October 19, 2017
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Leverage On Other People’s List

Internet marketing gurus always talk about building your mailing list. Mailing lists are important because it is true that the money is always in the list.

Most of the time, some Internet marketers will beg other marketers (especially those with a bigger list size) to promote their products, do an ad swap or help them to build their own lists in general.

But what if, instead of relying on YOUR OWN LIST, you can LEVERAGE on other people’s list?

You see, in Internet marketing, there is always someone who has a bigger list size than you. These people will always want to sell products.
If you can create products (such as master resell rights or no restriction private label rights products) and give them the rights to sell YOUR products with YOUR ads in it, you will be getting constant advertising for FREE and people are doing it WILLINGLY for you!

After all, when you promote a product to your list, it is still limited in the sense that you can only mail your list once or twice, but having your products being promoted all over the Internet, will take the burden off the lists and give you additional streams of income.
The Power Of Exponential Growth

Many people neglect the power of viral marketing because they have this misconception that it yields very little at the start. They feel that they would rather promote their products by themselves rather than share the product with other resellers.

The same applies with blog posts. (See the chapter on blogs and themes below).

Let’s do a little math.

Would you rather make $100,000 a month or make build a campaign that doubles in revenue starting at $0.01 a day for every next day?

1 à2 à4 à8 à16 à64 à128 à256 à……… MILLIONS!

The power of exponential growth tells us that you will become a millionaire after almost 30 days! (2 to the power of 30!!!)

Do you see the power of viral marketing?

Whether you are getting one new subscriber a day or one sale a day, you will be able to generate lots of traffic just by viral marketing alone!

Now to be realistic, even with the UNLIMITED growth potential on the Internet, there will come a time where there is a saturation point. But it still doesn’t dispute the fact that there are millions of customers (and many resellers) that will market for you and expand your efforts FOR YOU!

It is always a good idea to build several viral marketing channels. That way, even when your viral campaign starts to slow down (due to saturation), you will still be able to leverage on many channels and build your list or your affiliate commissions.

In future articles , i will explore a few tools, both free and paid that will enable you to build several viral campaigns and watch as traffic beats a path to your virtual doorstep!

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How to Keep Your Target Customers Interested

October 19, 2017
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Modern life has made all people almost busy all the time. If they are not at work or at school, you will find them at parties, concerts or any events that includes music, food and drinking. That’s just about the life of every American today. So amidst this busy lifestyle, if you are a business owner who has new products or services to offer or a businessman trying to lure in new customers you would have to use a variety of effective marketing strategies that would do the job for you.

Posters can be one of these promotional materials that you can use to let the people know of what you have to offer. But to make people read your posters you have to make it stand out among your competitors. But you have already used the right colors, images and design to your poster to make it captivating and interesting. What else could you possible do to make it more striking than the rest? Well, have you ever given special consideration to the poster’s content? Is your headline really eye catching? Do you think you were able to clearly get your message to your target customers? If you are not able to answer these questions right away with a big, fat Yes, then you should seriously consider taking a closer look to what your poster headline says.

So what makes a good headline? Here are a few tips you could consider to make your poster grab customers for you. First off, you have to create a headline that is short, clear, and straight to the point. You only have a few seconds to catch a reader’s attention so you must get to the point quickly. Use attention grabbing words to keep your readers reading through the entire poster. Second, when creating the headline keep your potential audience in mind. Keep in mind what they need, their likes and dislikes, what problems they usually have and what solutions they need. And when explaining the benefits of your products or services put it in simple words and in a way that appeals to your target audience.

Once you are able to get the attention of the reader, make sure that the rest of the poster effectively explains what they have to know about you and your business. Again, make it simple as much as possible and direct to the point. Remember, it takes only a millisecond for a reader to know if the material is worth their time or not. And if the rest of the poster is not as effective as the headline, no one would waste their time trying to figure out what you are trying to tell them. And you won’t even have a chance for a sale when your audience won’t read what you write.

So be it the headline or the content, create posters that talks to your customers. Let it do the talking for you. After all, if people think the poster is interesting they would keep on reading so they won’t miss a thing. And this means a sale for you.

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Does Your Marketing Pass This 10-Point Test?

October 19, 2017
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Good marketing, whatever form it takes, always meets certain criteria. That’s what makes it good. The following 10-Point checklist will help you determine if your marketing passes the test.

I challenge you to evaluate one of your recent ads, promotions or other marketing activities to see how it measures up.

1. Does it focus on the solution or benefit you provide?

Too often ads simply list product or service features. Don’t make your prospects work that hard to figure out how your product or service can help them. Tell them straight out.

2. Does it have one, clear message?

What’s the one message you want to communicate? Make sure it’s not buried in too much information or it may not get across.

3. Is it focused on one, specific group of prospects?

Do you know who you are talking (and marketing) to? Make sure your marketing is targeted at one, specific group of prospects – it’s the only way to make sure you are addressing their needs.

4. Is it written in language these prospects can relate to?

If you want your message to resonate with your prospects, make sure it speaks to them, both in content and in the tone and language you use.

5. Does it feature your Unique Selling Proposition?

This is the ONE thing that sets you apart from every other product or service your prospect could possible buy to fulfill the same need. It better come across loud and clear in everything you do

6. Does it have one, compelling point of focus?

Ever see an ad with so many things in it you didn’t know where to look first? Your prospects won’t know either if you try to cram too much into your ads or promotional materials.

7. Does it accurately communicate your business’ personality?

Yes, your business has a personality and everything you do should reflect it. You want your prospects to feel like they “know” you. If you change your personality every week, they won’t come to know and trust you.

8. Does it give prospects more than one reason to respond?

Not everyone is ready to buy, or take the one, primary action you want them to take. Make sure you give them another reason to respond, or they are simply a lost lead.

9. Does it give prospects more than one way to respond?

Make it easy and convenient for prospects to take action. What if you only offer an email or web site address and someone doesn’t have computer access, or they’re away from their office but they want more information right now?

10. Do you have a specific objective for the marketing?

If you don’t know what your marketing is designed to achieve, then how will you know if it was successful? Always have a plan and an objective for everything you do.

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Unique Home Decor Reflects Your Taste and Style

August 17, 2017
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Our homes may be our proverbial castles, but they’re not truly ours until we imprint them with our own personal style. Unique home decor can transform our apartment or house into a haven – a place that comforts and energizes us, that is our retreat from the outside world, and into which we welcome our friends and family.

Limitless Choices

When it comes to decorating our homes, our choices are virtually limitless. We can opt to incorporate a theme into a room or throughout the house, or can choose a more eclectic approach. We can go with Western decor, country decor, or even African safari decor. We can incorporate small home accents or large, eye-catching pieces. We can spruce up our kitchen with casual dinnerware, or completely change the tone of a room with accent lighting. We can even extend our living space to the outdoors with whimsical garden decor, or bring the outdoors in with table top fountains. Essentially, we can let our imaginations guide us in order to find the unique home decor that fits our taste and lifestyle.

Start with the Basics

Small accents can completely transform a room’s look and feel, but in order to make them work, you need furniture that is fairly neutral. An ornate Victorian chair will look silly when paired with home accents that have an island theme. On the other hand, if your furniture has clean lines and a timeless appeal, you have the flexibility to use small pieces to infuse a room with a certain feel. An added benefit is that, with neutral furniture, you can easily change the tone of a room by changing out the accents.

Selecting Home Accents

When starting out, you can clearly state your room’s intention by choosing throws and accent pillows that reflect the theme you want. If you want African safari decor, for example, you don’t have to get your sofa recovered in a leopard print. Instead, you can incorporate a throw pillow with a leopard print. While an elephant wall mural might work in some rooms, others can get by with an elephant figurine combined with safari-themed pots for your houseplants.

Similarly, if your goal is a room with an Asian theme, you don’t have to paint the room bright red. Instead, you can bring in a mirror with an Asian-inspired black and red frame, a tall black and red vase, or prints of apple blossoms on a red background.

Finding Unique Home Decor

Thanks to the Internet, it’s never been easier to find high-quality, affordable home decor. Whether shopping for your home or your garden, you can find a wealth of ideas to inspire you, as well as some great bargains. Whether your goal is to have a room filled with Eastern treasures or design a room with hip, European flair, you can find everything you need with a few clicks of your mouse.

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Affiliate Marketing is One of the Most Cost-Effective Ways to Advertise your Business

August 17, 2017
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Ever heard of affiliate programs? These are forms of Internet advertising that rewards the affiliates for driving traffic to the advertiser or for other transactions. The advertiser pays the affiliate to place a link on their website, and the affiliate sends traffic to the advertiser in return. Simply put, it’s about paying commissions to people who help you make sales. It’s that easy.

Affiliate marketing has its ups and downs. It could be draining if you are not armed with updated information and the technical how-tos. But this article’s sole objective is to reach out to you and not to badmouth affiliate marketing.

Here are the following reasons on why web marketers go gaga over affiliate marketing as a form of Internet advertisement.

1. Low cost

Many are scared to go on a home based business because of the capital required. In affiliate marketing, you don’t have to spend much to start raking in moolah.

2. Inventories not included

Product management fuss could be very stressing. An inventory is not asked to be maintained. The merchant does the maintenance required.

3. Unlimited income through leverage

When you have a paid job, your monthly income mainly relies on whether you go to work or not. With affiliate marketing, your affiliates could all just lead traffic to your site without having to lift a finger after providing them your ad copy and links. Though not every web marketer earns limitless, it still is a fact that all the necessary matters for the advertiser or Internet marketer are all there to be successful.

4. Go worldwide

With affiliate marketing, you are dealing with a global market place. All you have to do is choose a niche product and prepare all the necessary tools for your affiliates to lead traffic from just about anywhere to your website.

5. Low risk

The very main reason for Internet marketer’s enthusiasm with affiliate marketing is its having a low risk factor. Especially for those with low budget set aside for advertising, affiliate marketing is just the way to do it.

6. No closing time

With affiliate marketing, your business works every single second of the day while targeting a worldwide market! What could be better than that?

But all of these will be put to waste if you don’t have the right niche product and all the other important tools to make it big in affiliate marketing, i.e., well-SEO-ed website. So better work on this first before ever considering those benefits.

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