Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Building Successful Businesses Right At Home

If you are one of those who haven’t had the experience of creating a business success or earning a lot of money; then you need to get a mental picture of a time when you made a wise choice or acted in a certain way. For example, having the suggestion you made at work implemented. Getting down to a weight goal you set for yourself. Winning a tournament or championship in a particular sport. Closing your eyes and getting a mental picture of yourself succeeding or a mental picture of yourself in a more positive time is a very popular technique.

You need to work harder and smarter. As we have stated before, you are not going to be a millionaire overnight, unless you win the lottery; and we all know what your chances of that happening are. The surest way to make money is the old fashioned way, working for it. When you’re starting a new business, expect to work harder for months, even several years. If you can, hire someone or buy a piece of equipment that saves you time.

If all your time is spent producing the product or if you are concentrating only on the supply end, you miss the big picture. You need to be able to see the big picture, to set goals for the future, and make decisions, in fact, some very important ones, to keep your business ahead of the competition. In order to succeed, you need to be able to focus clearly. This means that you need to take the time, away from the work environment, so you can think, without all the distractions and pressure. So your think time needs to be in a calm and serene environment. If that occurs while in your car, walking, exercising, the spa, the shower, whatever, go there.

You need to keep focusing on what you want. Unfortunately for too many individuals all the focus is on the negatives. They focus more on why they can’t do it, instead of the positive, and because of this their business failures become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Fear can be very debilitating to the business person, especially in the finance area. If you are fearful of financial disaster you may head toward it instead of taking the risks necessary to become successful. You need to focus on what you want for your business, to be ready for the challenges that will come your way, and then do whatever it takes to make it work.

Instead of looking at the recession as an excuse, see it as a time of opportunity. Economic down turns sometimes will open up different opportunities for your business. During these times, people need and want value for their money. Instead of replacing an item, they will repair it. During this time, you may be able to buy equipment or inventory for less. Think ahead. Remember, business growth tends to be erratic with growth spurts and setbacks. You need to believe in what you are doing. You are in business for the long run so learn to deal with the ups and downs. Realize that you will prevail in the long run, since your product or service has value and appeal.

And last but not least, realize that there are going to be certain areas of your business you are better at than others. Let’s say you manufacture and sell cassette holders. You are great at selling them, but not very good with the manufacturing end. Once you find what you can do better than any one else, keep doing it. You’ll not only stay in business through tough times, you’ll stay ahead.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Why Home Business Better Than Home Job

Looking for a home job in your house? I’ll give you some good reasons why you should instead consider starting a work from home business instead.

1. Telecommuting jobs are rare- are you? The only real work at home jobs out there are for highly specialized skills like programming, translation, transcription and such. What they all have in common is that they require special training and employers that hire telecommuters always require experienced candidates- experts in their field. Employers just don’t hire people to do things like typing from their homes.

A home business can be anything you want it to be. You get to follow your passion and do something that you truly enjoy. I think that if we all couldn’t wait to leap out of bed each morning because we loved what we do, the world would be a much happier place. So, unless you have a passion for learning MYSQL / SQL database structure or how to translate medical documents from English to Japanese, a home business can offer endless possibilities in an area that interests you.

2. Telecommuting jobs don’t afford as much flexibility as you might think. Your boss picks your clients and coworkers, not you. You may or may not like the people you find yourself working with day after day, which can be like a slow form of torture.

With your business you choose who your client will be. Maybe you want to start a business that has to do with kids and all your clients have kids at home with them. They would be more likely to understand and appreciate kid noise in the background while on the phone with you. You get to create your own “company culture”.

3. You’re not in control of your job security. Corporate downsizing will still apply and even if you have that rare and special skill that they once found indispensable, you might find yourself back on the job search track. Also, unless you have a written agreement that your telecommuting arrangement is set in stone, employers can pull you back into the office at their discretion.

4. Big brother will be there looking over your shoulder. Employers need to know that their employees are being productive. They just can’t help themselves. This puts more pressure on you to meet deadlines, to prove that you will be at least as efficient (if not more efficient) that your on-site coworkers. Even companies that champion telecommuting often have strict checks and balances to ensure that you’re not lying around watching television or heading off to the beach. Supervisors are often suspicious to the point of micromanagingtheir telecommuters.

You just can’t afford to be lured away by the many distractions of the home office. The television beckons, the kids want your attention, you just want to get a load of laundry in…. This is not to say that you can succumb to these distractions as a home business owner, but the difference is that you call the shots.

With your own work in home business, you are Big Brother, Big Sister, The Big Cheese- your own boss. You set the goals and the pace and it’s up to no one but you how and when you meet them.

Lastly, but most importantly… when you are a home business owner you get to take a vacation whenever you want. Could there be a better reason to stop looking for a telecommute job and start a work in home business?

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Friday, December 18, 2009

The Best Sources To Sell on eBay

Many people are looking for ways to increase their income as the economy falters. Selling and making money on eBay is a good way to get started to earn money online.

Anybody who has a computer, internet connection and a digital camera can start listing items on the popular auction site. Look around and find some things you no longer need, and start creating auctions. Listing things you already own is by far the most profitable way to sell on eBay. Once you start selling your own stuff you might be surprised to find out just how much money you can make.

Once you've sold everything you no longer need around the house and garage, it's time to start looking around for other sources for products. This is one of the hardest things for sellers to learn: where to find the best sources for eBay products.

Some of the most common sources used by sellers are garage sales, estate sales, Craigslist, and liquidation sales. But there are many more sources to find products as well, and some can be found right in your own community.

Local auctions in your own area can be some of the best sources for eBay products. These can be found in the local newspaper and online. Items can often be acquired for 10-50% of the actual value and can make a nice profit when sold online.

There are a large number of wholesalers, both online and offline, with available merchandise that can be resold for a profit. Before buying from wholesalers, it is important to research each piece: find out if there is a demand for it and whether the item be acquired for the right price in order to make money.

Before acquiring goods from any source, do your research and find out if the item is a popular product and whether it is selling well on eBay.

It doesn't matter if you get a truckload of items at a very cheap cost, if buyers aren't looking for that item, you have a very slight chance of making a profit.

The best sources for eBay products are those that have available items that are popular with buyers at a cost low enough for you to resell them for a profit.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Making Works In Home Workable

Everyone online seems to be saying that working from home is the ideal situation - no commuting hassles, more time to spend with the family, the freedom to set your own work hours. In real world, though, combining your home and office environments presents many special challenges. If you really want to make working in home work for you, you need to understand those challenges and meet them head on.

Choosing the right kind of homebased business.

Not every business can be run successfully from home. Consider the appropriateness of your business as a homebased business. A business that involves large machinery, lots of inventory, frequent truck deliveries and pickups, or lots of foot traffic from customers or associates is not a good candidate.

Stay professional.

Contrary to the popular stereotype of homebased entrepreneurs being able to "work in their pajamas", you must be businesslike and project a professional image if you want to be seen as running a legitimate business. Keep regular office hours, get business stationery printed up, have a business phone and voice mail or message system, and keep your office neat, organized, and attractive.

Minimize distractions and interruptions.

Staying focused is hard enough without the additional distraction of friends calling, neighbors dropping by, and children clamoring for attention. Screen your phone calls and filter your emails. Let your friends and relatives know what your work hours are and explain that during those hours you'll be at home working.

Planning your work and work your plan.

Use a "to do list" every day with the tasks you need to accomplish in order of decreasing priority. At the end of the day check your progress, and put any unfinished tasks at the beginning of the next day's list.

Goals setting and evaluate your progress.

Setting goals and tracking your progress toward them will give direction to your efforts and keep you moving forward. Set both long-term and short-term goals that are realistic given your resources and that produce measurable results, then reward yourself every time you reach one of your goals.

Divide your home and work lives.

Keep your work life separate from your home life as much as possible, both physically and emotionally. Keep your work space off limits to household members and ask them to respect your work hours by not interrupting you unless absolutely necessary. If you have kids who aren't old enough to amuse themselves while you work, hire a sitter to keep them occupied while you concentrate on work.

Getting help.

Don't feel you have to do everything yourself. As your business grows, use some of the profits to hire help. Outsource, streamline, or automate where you can and hire an assistant (or a "virtual assistant") to help you if the work load has become more than you can reasonably manage.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Setting Up A Home Business Office

Running business from a home office saves money, spares you a daily commute, and gives you control over your work environment. The desire to work from home may even be the main reason why you're in business. The advantages are pretty obvious, but combining your office and home does present some challenges. As you'll be probably spending a lot of time there, so careful planning will go a long way toward making it all work.

To create the ideal work space, you'll need to take into consideration the nature of your business, your own work style, and the other members of your household. Pay attention to the environmental factors that make your home office a healthy, safe, and pleasant work environment. The goal is to make your home office a place where you can be comfortable, organized, and productive.

Location: Your first consideration will probably be the right location for your office. It should be convenient, roomy enough for your furniture and equipment, and relatively private with minimal distractions. Taking over a spare room in your house is ideal, but if that's not an option choose a suitable area in your home, set it up permanently for your business activities, and declare it off limits to the rest of the household. Don't plan on working from your kitchen table -it's just too inconvenient and time consuming to clear it off every time you want to get some work done.

Access: If you expect to have clients and colleagues visiting, try to have a separate entrance so they won't have to walk through the living areas of your house to get to your office (and you won't have to feel embarrassed if your house is less than tidy!). Being able to see the street and driveway from your office is ideal, since you'll be able to see any visitors or delivery trucks as they arrive. Separate your home and business lives as much as possible, both for the sake of professionalism and the privacy of other household members.

Lighting and ventilation: Your office should should be climate controlled with adequate ventilation, both for your sake and your computer's (operating your computer at high temperatures can damage it). It should also be relatively clean and dust-free, since dust and dirt can also damage your electronic equipment. Natural light is easiest on the eyes, but you'll obviously need lighting fixtures after dark. Use more than one light source in different spots to balanced lighting and buy bulbs that provide a soft glow. Place the main lighting source above and behind you so light will come over your shoulder(s) onto your computer screen and desk without creating glare.

Desk or workstation: Your desk is the central piece of furniture in your office space and the most critical in terms of your productivity. You need a desk or table with room for your computer, monitor and peripheral devices, plus a work surface with room for your papers, notes and anything else you want to keep handy. Another option is a multi-purpose "workstation" that accommodates your computer system, printer, and phone along with some storage space for books and CDs. If space is very limited, using a simple computer stand that holds just your computer system may be the best option.

Ambience: After you have all the essentials, add some personal touches to create a pleasant work environment. Decorate your office in a way that relects your taste and personality, creates an upbeat mood, and motivates you to do your best. Surround yourself with pictures and objects that relax, amuse or inspire you. Use color in your paint or wallcovering, fabrics and artwork to set the mood. Your work space can be soothing or energizing, depending on the color scheme you choose.

Safety and security: If your office has an outside door or a door that opens to the rest of the house, make sure they're securely locked when you're not in the office and consider an alarm system as well. Not only are your computer and other office equipment valuable, but lost data may be irreplaceable. Your home office may become a target for thieves, and it's worth the effort to protect both your investment and your personal safety. Installing a smoke detector is a must. Hopefully you'll never need it, but as they say, better safe than sorry.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ready To Make Your Living Online

Have you ever thought about starting your own real money making business on the internet? You've search, you've studied, you've talked to others that have done it.

Finally, you've decided that you're going to do it too. You're ready to take the plunge. You're going to start your own business and make your living online.

Then what happens?

The first thing that comes up are all the "What if's!"

Where do you start? What if it doesn't work? There's so much to do. So much to learn.

Why is it that all the negatives always start popping to the surface?

The reason!...

A decision without immediate Action!

When a decision is made... Get Started!... Do something. Take a step. Get into Action.

You'll see all those "What If's", negatives, and fears fade away.

So many are looking to start their internet business for free. They want the business to be automatic so it takes very little of their time.

The success of your business depends on your ability and willingness to explore, test, track... and to realize it take your time AND your money to start or improve any business.

As you take action and move forward, your path becomes clear. You discover new steps to take and you're willing to take them.

Everyone comes to the Internet with different experiences, education and ideas. If you're just getting started, you must realize that it will take your time and money before you get your website, newsletter and infoproduct just the way you want them. This is part of the process.

The most important thing is for you to just get started. Take A step, get into action, click on some links, look, try some of the ideas, buy some programs, some ebooks. Any of them can move you forward toward making your living in your own business on the internet.

"It's not how fast you're moving forward, the important thing is make sure you're moving forward." -Ken Evoy

Never wait until you feel everything is just right and safe. It won’t be. It never is. You'll make changes as you move forward. Everyone does! When you're changing, you're growing... and your business, will be growing and moving forward, at the
same time!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Claim Your Share Of The Internet Riches

So, you've finally decided that it's time to step up to the plate and claim your share of all those internet riches you keep hearing about. Only problem is, now that you've finally made your decision, it seems like a pretty daunting task deciding what to do next. Using the term "information overload" to describe the problem seems like a huge understatement.

Well, if you're really serious about starting your own home based internet business, the next step really doesn't have to be that difficult at all. So, just relax, take a deep breath, and peruse the following list until you find something that strikes the right cord.

Affiliate Programs

This is probably one of the easiest and quickest ways to get started making money online. The internet is full of products that have affiliate programs you can join and most of them pay generous commissions. When you join an affiliate program, you are simply making an agreement with the owner of a product that you will receive a commission in exchange for referring a prospect to that person's product (usually a sales page that you have sent the prospect to via your affiliate link) if that prospect ends up making a purchase.

Start by choosing a product or service that you're interested in and then visit some of the websites which have achieved top rankings for the keywords which describe that topic. You're sure to find the top affiliate programs for that industry relatively quickly. Or, try visiting one of the many affiliate program directories (you can find them quickly enough in Google) and scan their listings and recommendations until you find something that appeals to you.

This is a good one for newbies since you don't even need your own website to get started. You will, however, need to learn how to use the pay per clicks so you can get some targeted traffic to your affiliate link. Once you start generating some income from the pay per clicks, you can then start reinvesting some of your profits and get yourself set up with your own website. By that time the prospect of getting set up with your own website won't seem so daunting.

Residual Income Program

Residual income programs are somewhat similar to affiliate programs in that you typically get paid for referring a prospect to the program's website if that prospect decides to make a purchase. However, the difference lies in the fact that with these programs you also have the opportunity to earn a monthly recurring income if the prospect you refer becomes a paying member of the residual income opportunity program. For example, I belong to one of these programs myself. If a prospect comes to my website and clicks on a link which takes them to the sales page for the product and they buy, then I get a commission. However, if that prospect also decides to become a member of the residual income opportunity program, then I get a check every month as long as that prospect remains a member of that program.

People tend to be skeptical of these programs and get them confused with pyramid schemes. The way to tell if one of these programs is a pyramid scheme is to simply determine if the company in question offers a real honest to goodness product or service. If so, it cannot be classified as a pyramid scheme and you should be okay. Don't be scared off by the fact that you will most likely have to pay a monthly fee to participate in the residual income opportunity. If you can build a downline for yourself in one of these programs, the monthly fee will be negligible compared to the potential residual income you could earn. A lot of these programs will provide you with your own cookie cutter website, which is okay if you are just getting started. Again, use the pay per clicks to start generating some traffic and then work on getting your own site up so you can start to build your own opt in list.

Sell a Hard Good or Downloadable Infoproduct

Okay, okay, I know this one doesn't sound so simple or easy, but to be honest, it's really not as hard as it might first appear. Selling a hard good entails offering a real physical product (like fishing poles, for instance) for sale in your own online retail store. If this idea really appeals to you, go for it. Brainstorm some products you would enjoy selling, then do some keyword research in Wordtracker to develop a targeted niche within that market (deep sea fishing poles?).

After that, you can use a drop ship source directory or the search engines to find manufacturers or distributors who will drop ship the merchandise for you (meaning they ship it directly to the customer and you don't have to carry any inventory). Then go to Ebay or Yahoo and sign up for one of their stores. I know from personal experience that Yahoo has some merchant hosting packages that are great and super easy to use. They'll even provide you with a shopping cart feature and help get you set up with a merchant account (so you can accept credit cards). Plus, you'll get some traffic already built in since millions of people are using their shopping directory to browse for products every day.

As for the website itself, don't worry. Most hosting companies today have some type of site building solution available for those customers who wouldn't know an html code from a java script. Believe me folks, if I, a completely technically useless and html challenged technophobe can do this, ANYONE can.

Now, as to the infoproduct. By the way, I mean YOUR OWN infoproduct. Everyone on the web and their mother will tell you that this is the best way to make the really big bucks online. Write about something you know and/or love. The topic of internet marketing seems to have been way overdone. Unless, of course, you are a true expert on some niche internet marketing subject, then definitely do it. Just don't do it because everyone else is.

As for the actual writing, you don't even have to do that if you really don't want to. You can check out a site like elance.com and post your project and have writers bid on completing the project for you! And there are so many easy to use PDF ebook creators available that formatting the book should pose no technical challenge whatsoever. Set up a simple little one sales page website with a link for payment processing, optimize the site for the engines, use the pay per clicks, find some JV partners, and you're in the money!

Well, there you have it. Just a few relatively simple ways to get you started on the way to raking in YOUR share of the internet gold mine!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Some Juicy Business From Home Ideas

Here are some ideas to get your business from home juice flowing:

1. Give your website a mini makeover. You don't have to redo the whole website, just freshen up the look with some seasonal images and references. Let visitors see that your website is up to date and ready to do business!

2. Rearrange your products to feature the products most likely to be popular in the fall.

3. Develop a great special or contest. Feature it on your main page and submit contests to all of the contest websites.

4. Kick off a new customer newsletter if you don't already have one. You need a way to capture your visitors email address so that you can keep them coming back.

5. Be active online. Ask for feedback on your website and seek out complimentary website link exchanges. Don't just start spamming lists with your ads, participate!

Don't be afraid to try something new this fall. Marketing on the internet is always changing. What worked last year may not produce results for you this year. That is why we need to say in the know and be willing to adjust our approach when needed.

Some internet marketing areas to consider stretching into:

- PPC Advertising. You can get started with Google Adword for only $5 and five cents per click.

- SEO (Search Engine Optimization). So some keyword research and tweak your pages and add good description text to your products.

- Copywriting. There is a right and wrong way to say everything and it's easy to learn which is which.

- Article Writing. Incorporate your business into topics of interest to your target market and then distribute it to be used without cost.

If the idea of tackling some of these areas is intimidating to you, let me encourage you. Anyone who really puts their mind to it will see positive results.

Now that you have some new ideas to roll with, have fun putting your plan into action! And remember, as soon as you feel you have your website set up for the fall, it will be time to make plans for the holidays.

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