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Saturday, 18 February 2017 11:14

Your Free Home Based Business

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If you’re looking to make some extra cash but have little business experience or little money, then starting an online free home based business could be for you.

By beginning with a free home based business you will gain the experience and the capital you will need to really take your earnings to the next level. You will learn what works and what doesn’t. The risk in a free home based business is nothing - so you have nothing to lose!

Any one can be successful with a free home based business but it does take time and lots of it. Having some funding will speed the process up and a good strategy is to use half of your profits towards paid advertising.

The following free home based business requires little knowledge, no financial investment and provides a firm foundation for the future. Here’s what you need to build your own free home based business:

(a) Product
Find a free program with a wide range of products for your free home based business. This way you will be able to experiment with different markets to find the one, which works, for you.

Choose a program, which has been around for more than 10 years. One with the largest possible number of affiliates (or members) and with a step-by-step training program.

The program must provide no cost advertising pages for your free home based business to use.

To start, select a product where you are paid to give something away. As your skills grow, you can move to selling more costly items from your free home based business.

(b) Advertising.
There are a number of advertising options for a free home based business. Traffic exchanges, free advertising directories, blogs and forums are the most widely used. You can also submit articles with your tinyurl (see below) in the bio line at the bottom of the work.

(c) Page or URL Rotator
A URL rotator is a must for an online free home based business. It will allow you to send all your advertising to one place – the rotator. It then shares all the incoming hits amongst the products you have chosen advertise.

Having a rotator allows you to change products without having to go back and change all the advertisements for your free home based business.

There are many excellent free rotators on the web. A good one will provide you information about the number of page hits sent to each product and where the incoming hits came from.

(d) TinyURL
Most page rotators have quite long names. These can be off-putting to prospective customers. So go to a site named www.tinyurl.com. There you can type in a long name. It will be shortened into something which works better with your advertising campaigns (and protect your precious affiliate commission).

Pulling it all together:

1. Load up the page rotator for your free home based business with web pages of all the products you wish to sell. I suggest starting with no more than three.
2. Then create a tinyurl for your page rotator.
3. Place advertisements in every directory you can find
4. Add your link to the bottom of your emails
5. Join every free traffic exchange you can
6. Write and submit an article per week with your tinyurl in the bio line
7. Find a number of active forums and post helpful messages making sure your tinyurl is included in your signature line.
8. Start you own free blog. Put a new entry in your blog at least once per week. Make sure there are plenty of links to your free home based business products from your blog. Always announce your blog updates using the tool at www.pingomatic.com.

Your objective is to get as many links back to your page rotator as you possibly can. The more people who see you links the more traffic to your rotator and the more sales you will make.

There it is, the basis of a free home based business and the start of your online empire.

To your success!

 

Saturday, 18 February 2017 11:13

Your 30 Minute Home Business Plan

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When I started my first business I didn’t have a solid, well thought-out business plan. I threw together a rough one that I used to apply for a bank loan (which I didn’t get, by the way).

I’ve found the best way to make sure a business is going to be successful is to create a business plan. It doesn’t need to be pages long and take you days and days to complete. Below I’ve created a quick 30 Minute Business Plan.

A good business plan will help you figure out approximately what your business will cost to get off the ground. You don’t want to guess at this. Knowing your costs will help you decide what you’re going to charge.

The 30 Minute Business Plan below also includes information about your competition. Don’t forget about them. In one way or another they exist and you’re going to want to get to know them.

The bottom line – most businesses fail because they don’t have a clearly spelled-out business plan. Don’t make that mistake.

For those of you who have been in business for awhile, don’t think a business plan can’t help you. Your business plan should be taken out on a regular basis, reread and updated.

Your 30 Minute Home Business Plan

1. What is your business exactly? Explain in one or two sentences. (If you can’t describe your business in a couple of sentences, rethink your business and focus your idea).

2. Is your particular business needed? List the reasons that make you thinks so.

3. Where do you see your business in one year? In three years? In five years? (Be specific.)

4. How will you fund your business? Savings, credit cards, loans?

5. What equipment/office supplies/licenses will you need to get your business started? Total Cost?

6. What organizations and trade publications will you need? Total Cost?

7. Who is your target customer? Describe them.

8. What other businesses will you be competing with?

9. What makes your business different from your competitor’s business? (Include price, quality, unique services, etc.)

10. Where will you set up your home office? Is it going to cost me money to make a nice workable office? Cost?

11. Will you use daycare everyday or once a week? Cost?

12. How much money do you need to make each month to help my family survive?

Once again, this is just a partial list, but there are enough questions here to give you a good idea of what you’ll be facing with a new business and the costs involved.

A business plan is essential to your successful home business. As one great quote says, Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. – Author Unknown


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Saturday, 18 February 2017 11:11

You’ve started a home business, now what?

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You’ve started a home business, now what?

You have a wonderful home business and you want to tell everyone. You have people that are interested. You want to call them. You don’t want to sound like a salesperson. You want to give them all the information.

1. Ask “How are you?

This way you start small talk and try to make them feel as ease. Ask about the weather? Just to make you sound like a person not a salesperson.

2. Ask “Are you still interested in _____?

Make sure they are still interested in listening to what you have. You don’t want to start out giving information if they are not interested. If they do say they are not interested ask Why? Sometimes it just not a good time to chat and find out when would be a good time. Or they have found something else so ask what is it?

3. Can I ask you a few questions?

You want to ask their permission to move on. You want to let them know you have questions pertaining to what you have.

4. WHY do you want to work from home?

You want to know what is the reason they want to work at home. Money, family, time. These are the reasons they want to work at home.

5. How much do you want to earn? Part-time or full-time, replacement income?

This will give you a gauge on how important it is for them to earn extra money. It will also help you when you they start the business on what they would need to do to make that extra money.

These questions are simple and easy to answer. They help both the business person and the prospect. After you get the answers to those 5 questions then go into your business and what you do. If you have business overview calls, ask permission to take them to one of those calls. Give them an approximate time on how long it would take including questions.

Now that you know what to say you can get your business moving forward and starting helping others. Make it fun and if you make a mistake, don’t worry about it. We are only human.

 

Saturday, 18 February 2017 11:10

You Don't Have To Get It Right, You Just Have To Get It Going

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I have a confession to make.

Starting something new sucks.
Yup. Plain and simple I'm impatient and when I see something I want, I don't want to have to go through the growing pains of getting it to where I want.

Can you relate to that?

For example, many of you know that I'm relatively new as an information marketer. I started my career almost a year and a half ago and some people would say that I've enjoyed a fair amount of success in such a short period.

I would agree and I'm very happy with the progress that I've made.

However, being surrounded with marketing gurus like Alex Mandossian, Armand Morin, John Childers, Jim Edwards, and Matt Bacak, I see that I have a long way to go.

I know for a fact that these guys make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on complete autopilot and their income only grows every year.

In addition I've enjoyed watching their students implement the strategies they've learned from these guys and then experience all kinds of success. Now the key word there is IMPLEMENT!!
It didn't take me long before I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my career. You should memorize this because it will help you get more done, faster and you'll be up and making money quicker and easier.

Here it is. Write this down.

You Don't Have To Get It Right,
You Just Have To Get It Going.

Success in life is nothing more than a series of small wins. However most people try to tackle a HUGE project or idea and they get so overwhelmed that they never even begin.

Think about it...

Bill Gates didn't create Windows XP before he created Windows 2000, or Windows 95 or even Windows 3.1. But let me ask you a question...

Do you think he would have the market dominance he has if he had waited until he had completed Windows XP?
NO way.

All he did was get going. I guarantee you many of the ideas he had in the later versions of Windows were initially dreamed of when he first created Windows 3.1 but he didn't wait for it to be absolutely perfect.

He just got going.

So, I sat back and started asking myself questions. I was looking for answers as to why people like Alex, Armand and John just keep on experiencing tremendous success, project after project, and why I was struggling to get my projects up, completed and making money.
Through this reflection I saw something that was holding me back. Perhaps you've experienced this yourself.
Here is the problem:

I was trying to tackle the whole project all at once instead of breaking it down into bite size pieces. This resulted in me getting irritated, overwhelmed and disheartened.

Then within the exact same week Armand Morin showed me something that really hit home.

I had proudly opened my laptop and started my mind mapping software where I had brainstormed all kinds of new product and business ideas.

With passion and excitement I enthusiastically began to tell him what I was planning on doing. Then he did something I will never forget.

He grabbed my computer mouse and closed my mind mapping program.

I was dumbfounded. Was he kidding or was this some kind of lesson?

Here is what he said:

"Stop Generating New Ideas And
Start Implementing The Ones You Have!!"

Talk about a wake up call!!
Generating ideas was my form of procrastination. That was a "light bulb moment". I wasn't getting any of my ideas completed because every time I came across an obstacle I would stop what I was doing and start brainstorming on something completely different and unrelated.

Can you relate to that?

So let me ask you a question...

What form of procrastination is preventing you from getting your projects completed?

Armand explained his point by making another demonstration. He opened his computer and logged on to the internet and took me to several of his websites where he has products available for sale. Then he said "I want to buy what you have for sale. Take me to your website".

Guess what?

I didn't have one.

I only had two explanations why - I didn't have any completed projects for sale and/or I didn't have a sales page up for my completed projects.

Duhhh!!

You Can't Make Money Until You Launch Your Projects

He hit me square between the eyes by showing me what I was doing to sabotage my success. His outside perspective seems so obvious in hindsight but I can honestly say that without it I wouldn't have made the $111,000+ I did on my most recent project.

Completed projects can do wonders for you and your business because they BUILD MOMENTUM.

You can't build a BIG snowman until you create a snowball and get it rolling. The same principle applies to your information marketing business. You can't make $1,000,000 until you make $100,000. Similarly you can't make $100,000 until you make $10,000 and you can't make $10,000 until you make $1,000.

So often we are trying to go for the million right out of the gates and we get disappointed and frustrated when it doesn't happen.

So the moral of this story …

Just get your projects completed and available for someone to buy!!

 

Saturday, 18 February 2017 11:09

You Can Make Money With A Home Based Business

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Would you like to make money by starting your own home-based business? People choose to work from home for several reasons including the desire to stay home with their children, the need for extra income, or simply being dissatisfied with their current job. A home-based business will provide you with an exciting way to make money and be your own boss. Numerous opportunities are available to internet marketers.

When starting your home-based business you should develop a business plan and research your options thoroughly. Making wise decisions and following your business plan each step of the way can help you in creating a steady stream of income. Operating a home-based business will require hard work and effort. You will not become wealthy over night. It will take determination to succeed as an internet marketer. The amount of money you make will be directly related to the amount of work you are willing to do.

When making your business plan, include both short and long term goals. Determine how you will achieve those goals and put your plan into action. Affiliate programs are excellent home-based business programs and there are numerous other internet marketing offers that will create steady income if you are willing to make the effort. Some of these opportunities may require an initial investment from you and others are advertised as free. Research all internet marketing opportunities carefully to make sure you understand the terms and conditions.

As an internet marketer, you will have to distinguish yourself from the competition if you want to succeed. You should know your target audience and know your competition even better. Do not let self-doubt stop you from accomplishing your goals. Every successful internet marketer gives their business the very best effort possible. Hard work and determination will make your home-based business a success and provide you with a steady stream of income.

Starting a home-based business is one of the most exciting and challenging endeavors you will ever undertake. A sound business plan and the will to succeed will set you apart from the competition. Choose the products or services you provide carefully. Make certain your services will be needed over the long term and make customer service your top priority. A loyal customer base is the key to the success or failure of your home-based business. A home-based business is an excellent way to gain independence and financial freedom. A sound business plan and a strong work ethic are all it takes to succeed.

 

Saturday, 18 February 2017 11:07

Would you like to Make Money Online?

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If you answered yes to the above question, then you really need to take a look at the below statistics - the numbers amazed even me!

There was an important news story recently, that never made the 6 o'clock News or the front pages - but it has fundamental implications for the future of online business.

Hidden away was the news that spending on Internet advertising is going to exceed 10 Billion Dollars this year, for the first time ever. The actual figure for the year is over $13 billion, and roughly translated into real money that’s £7.5 Billion.

Why is this important and what’s this got to do with your home-based online business?

Let me put this in perspective. In 1999, at the height of the dot com boom, spending on internet advertising reached $4.2 Billion - so we're now at three times the spending of the dot com boom! This is dramatic news. We'll look back on these years and realise we’re living through the real internet revolution, right now!

The possibilities this offers your online business are tremendous. The downside is that many people are going to get left behind, because they realised too late... that in 2005 and early 2006... it's absolutely essential that your business is also an Online Internet Business.

Internet sales are increasing as a result of this advertising as well, which wasn’t necessarily the case with the dot com boom!

To give you an example of why this is the case, rather than fight my way into town by car or sit on a congested train yesterday... I sat back, made myself a cup of tea and did a little online shopping. I actually found some great deals online, and when delivery is free, you can often buy more than you’d otherwise buy!

But here’s where it gets interesting... This week, I’ve also bought (online) a spare part for a car (needed urgently by a family member and delivered the next day), a dressing gown (present), some envelopes, a new door bell, two new detail sanders (for the guys currently working on my house), some software, and a new road map for the car.

Now, I could easily have popped into town and collected all these presents, parts or items, but the point is that I didn't. And, if the companies I bought from didn’t have an Online Business, they simply wouldn’t have received that sale from me.

On the face of it, one sale may not seem very important, but if you look at today’s society - where no-one has the time to stop in the street and complete a survey (yes I’m guilty of that too), no-one has the time for lunch, and everything must be 'quick', 'now' and 'instant'... you simply have to offer a painless, quick and instant Online Business service if you want to survive.

Problem: People have no time to shop. Solution: Offer a way in which people can buy from you 24 hours a day, and from the comfort of their own home.

When you do, I guarantee that your online business will experience phenomenal growth. All you need is a half-decent website and the correct marketing strategy behind you.

Saturday, 18 February 2017 11:04

Working From Home Works!!!

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About six months ago (September 2005) I started looking on the web for ways to make money from home; I’m an online college student who has a lot of time on his hands. I was surprised to see so many different avenues of income possibilities; I quickly realized a lot of these programs were scams. I’m a young guy who was new to internet marketing; I fell for the get rich quick schemes and lost a couple hundred dollars. We all hate loosing money but when you are going to school and not working that money becomes even more important. I was very depressed, but decided to not give up; once I realized I had to work hard and research what was out there, I began to see results. I became interested in finding a proven way to make money from home and then offer people the same opportunity. My major in college is Human Resources; it’s in my nature to help others better themselves; I have definitely been doing that since I started internet marketing. With the web flooded with several different ways to make money from home; it’s important to separate yourself from those other programs like your own. What I try to do is point people in the right direction and allow them to lean on me for help. It’s great having my own website but that’s just something people see on a screen. I go a step further and allow people to contact me with any questions they may have; sometimes all people need is a little help.

It’s a shame we have to come across a lot of people who like to make a quick buck off of those just trying to find their way in life. Internet marketing is very competitive and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re in big trouble. Working From Home Works!!! You just have to find that right person and program to help you get started. If you find a good program you can start out by putting in about 8 to 10 hours a week; once you start grossing some income you can step it up and make it your full-time job. When I graduate in July of ’06, I will be able to work from home full-time and use my degree to get a side job of my choosing as a hobby. Working from home is great but it’s important to get outside and get away from your computer once in a while.

 

Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:57

Working From Home: How to Make it Enjoyable and Productive

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For many people the ultimate dream is to escape from the rat race and work from home. To some people who have achieved this dream it has turned into the ultimate nightmare!

With the every day stresses of life, work and commuting, working from home can appear to be the way out, but it is not as easy and idyllic as it sounds. If you are seriously thinking about setting up in business on your own and working from home, what are the pitfalls and what can you do to avoid them?

<b>Understanding Your Motivation</b>

It can be too tempting to stay in bed for ‘a little longer’ when you are working at home. The need to get up and beat the early morning traffic or to be at your desk by 8.30am is missing when you only have a short walk to your new place of work.

If you are to be effective in your new work environment you have to find a motivator which is sufficiently strong enough to get you up and about and at your desk by your appointed time. To find out what your motivator is cast your mind back to why you wanted to work from home in the first place. Was it to spend more time with the family? Was it to give you freedom to pursue other interests?

If you don’t find these strong enough to get you out of bed, find a financial reason. Visualise you and your family being thrown out of your house because you couldn’t up the mortgage payment! Keep this image in mind and the next time you find yourself staring at the bedroom ceiling raise this image and you’ll quickly find yourself at your desk!

<b>Establish a Routine</b>

We are all creatures of habit and a set routine can help keep us motivated and focused on the job in hand. Set yourself a starting time, a tea break and lunch break etc. A set routine can help you settle into your new role much more quickly than a ‘let’s see what happens today’ approach. Without a working schedule, which includes a finite finishing time to the day, your working day will be unfocused and could stretch late into the night, ending what ever social life you may have.

<b>You’re All Alone</b>

Working from home can be a lonely existence. As human beings we are born to seek out contact with other humans. In an office environment there is daily contact, quick 10 minute chats at the coffee machine finding out what colleagues did the night before, and someone to celebrate a big sale with. All of this is essential to making our lives feel complete and yet this is missing from a home-based business.

To overcome this feeling of isolation, which will be especially pronounced during your early months, you must establish a network of people who are in the same position as you. Agree that you will talk on the phone at least twice a week, and arrange to have lunch or a quick coffee once every 2 weeks. Your family may not be the right people to talk over a business problem with, so you have to find someone who can relate to your successes and problems.

<b>Get Out of The House</b>

Staying in the house Monday to Friday without seeing the light of day is certainly not good for your health or state of mind. You may be so focused on your work that you convince yourself you cannot afford the time to leave the house. But this is a false economy. You have to schedule time to move out and experience a different environment.

As well meeting your fellow home workers for a regular get together, join a health club, go for a swim once or twice a week, go to the cinema, check out your local Business Link to see what seminars they are running – anything to get you out of the house! Don’t get trapped into only working, eating and sleeping in your home.

<b>Be Mobile</b>

These days you can do most work-related tasks away from your home desk. Once your business is established invest in a laptop, PDA and a good mobile phone. Armed with these devices you can take your office with you and work from your garden, the local park, or even the library. It doesn’t matter where, just as long as you are out of the house and being around the rest of the human race.

<b>Create an Office</b>

If you have been used to working in a formal office environment all your working life, then switching to the kitchen table or the spare room can be an unwelcome distraction. To give you that discipline and focus designate a part of the house as your office. If you have a spare room or study then even better. Buy a desk and office chair, filing cabinets and other office-style stationery. Remove all family and home-related items so this tells your mind that you are at work and not home.

<b>Get Organised</b>

In any office you have too many colleagues and clients visiting you to allow your work area to get cluttered. At home it’s different. Unless you are expecting clients on a regular basis then it’s too easy to allow your paperwork and filing to get out of hand. The saying that a cluttered desk leads to a cluttered mind is true. Your efficiency and productivity will suffer unless you are organised. Buy filing cabinets, box files, waste paper bin, put up shelves, so that everything is in place.

Getting organised and being efficient also includes setting the ground rules with the family. They need to understand that you are at work and not at their beck and call for every little job that needs doing. Be firm and say no unless it is very urgent and requires immediate attention. Allow nothing to get in the way of your business.

Working from home can be a liberating experience, yet at the same time it can be dangerous unless properly handled. Before embarking on your home business, take time to plan and prepare how you are going to deal with the transition. Done correctly, working from home can be a very attractive alternative to the daily grind of the office.

 

Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:55

Working From Home -- Examining Your 'Why'

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As Work at Home Moms, we talk about our "Why" as a positive thing. Our "Why" is our purpose, our reason, our muse. We refer to our 'Why' when we need inspiration or motivation to reach outside our comfort zone, to try a little harder, to keep going even when it's hard. Our 'Why' helps us to succeed.

Today I was asking "Why work from home" in a slightly different tone. Today, I am home with a sick puppy and am up to my eyeballs in puppy puke.

I'm new to this puppy thing. I was warned up and down about how much work a puppy is, and I thought "I have two children. How hard can a puppy possibly be?!" Well, one difference is that newborn babies aren't born with fangs -- at least mine weren't. So, in between changing the gauze patches on my shredded arms (those teeth are sharp!), and hours of puppy school, I fell in love with this furry beast. He was added to my list of "Why's".

So, today, while I was composing my work at home mom newsletter, in the background I hear my furr-ball start to vomit -- again. The thought that ran through my mind initially was not a happy "Why". It was more like:

* "WHY in the world am I home to deal with this while my husband gets to sit in a quiet office all day?"

* "WHY isn't HE dealing with cleaning up the 8th pile of yucky stuff?"

* "WHY don't I get any peace and quiet while I work?!"

After I cleaned up the puppy, rubbed his head and got him clean blankets, threw in another load of laundry, and climbed into bed with my sick 7 year old and my 3 year old to read stories, I had time to collect my thoughts. A little bit (ok, a LOT) of puppy puke was sure worth it.

And, later, when I made my phone call to my husband to tell him about our day, it wasn't the puppy-puke I was telling him about....

I told him how our daughter said that she wanted to plant some jelly beans to grow a jelly bean tree. And, how the kids were playing the game of Life and I overheard their rules. They decided that the person who got the most parents into the car won. That's why I stay at home.

And, if a furry little tail starts wagging when I walk into the room? Well, that's sure an added bonus.

So, the next time your warm and loving "Why" turns into a plea for help, take a deep breath and think of all the memories you would be missing -- both good and not-so-good, if you weren't a work at home mom.

 

Want to know something? You can change your life anytime you want. Thanks to the Internet and all it offers, you can work for yourself. You can work from home and you can be your own boss and pay yourself whatever you want. Let me tell you more.

It's a fact that thousands of people are making money online selling just about anything and everything to anyone and everyone. It's fast becoming both the accepted way to buy and certainly the easiest way to sell. And the markets just keep getting bigger and bigger every day.

Just look at eBay for instance. What a prime example of successful niche market trading. With around 115 million users worldwide, eBay has made it possible for around 430,000 people to earn a full-time, online income.

At any given time there are more than 25 million items for sale on eBay. And this year the online auction phenomenon expects to trade 1.8 billion items, worth more than $20 billion. It's truly staggering!

On top of that, consider how many individuals with their own small business websites are making a good living. It surely runs into hundreds of thousands. The point I'm trying to make is, anyone with half a mind can do it. And if it's what you want to do, then why not?

Okay, so there's a big market for eBay items. But with 950 million active Internet users worldwide, there's also many other markets for many other products. This needs some serious consideration...

What are the best and most profitable products to sell online?

What do you think they are? CDs? DVDs? Books? Well, all these items certainly do sell very well online, but you would have to keep some stock (very costly) or arrange to open an account with a wholesaler who will drop-ship the products direct to your customers.

But, drop-shipping can be problematic, because you have no control over the process and things can and do go wrong, which could give rise to a lot of disappointed and unhappy customers. Result? You lose credibility and you lose sales. Worst still, you could lose your business!

An online business should be as simple to run as possible. So let's forget about stock and packaging and packing and shipping. It's too time-consuming and too tedious. Think! INSTANT DOWNLOAD.

And what are the best products to sell via this method?

I'm going to tell you categorically, that the best products to sell on the Internet are without doubt...information. In the wider sense of the term, information products include books, reports, courses, tutorials, music, films and software. Whether they educate or inform, they all fall into this same category.

There's a huge, never-ending market for information products and the very best part is, you can deliver them to your customers electronically. It's like the Internet was invented for sharing information. In fact it was! Only now, you can sell information products for big profits.

 

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