In former years the search for security and job longevity caused people to look for jobs in big corporations. In this type of job a person could either find a niche that was in their comfort level and stay in that niche for an entire working life, or they could get a toe-hold on the corporate ladder and climb it in a pretty predictable manner. Yes, there was an illusion of security as long as one did one’s job with reasonable competence. What is wrong with that system? Or is anything wrong with it? How can a home-based business be better for you?In the ’80s the first cracks began to appear in the corporate design. Before that, for a couple of generations, men (and it was an almost completely male-dominated system) had virtually sold themselves, body and soul, to corporations for the feeling of security mentioned above. Take, for example, a person who worked for IBM. Employees used to say that those letters stood for “I’ve Been Moved.” Families whose husbands and fathers worked for IBM could have no stability in terms of setting down roots in a community, having long standing friendships or associations, being close to family or providing continuity in their children’s education.All of these things were sacrificed for the good of the corporation as families were moved across country at the whim of the corporate hierarchy. In fact, people began to understand that the purpose of some of these moves was to make families dependent on the corporation for everything in their lives and therefore to bind strong ties of loyalty. Corporate Big Daddy would provide everything they needed and all friendship and associations would be forged within that framework. Of course they would all be short-term relationships between people who were competing for the same promotions, but it was supposed to be worth it.In the ’80s thousands of men understandably felt betrayed when, through corporate takeovers and “downsizing” they lost the jobs for which they, and their families, had given up everything that makes for a happy and stable family life. Men who had made slaves of themselves for the goal of a far-off pension found themselves turned out into the cold to look for other work late in their careers in a job market that had no place for their experience and skills. Many men never recovered from this shock. Others resolved never to depend on someone else for their livelihood again.Can you see how having your own home business fits in to this scenario?In building a home business you start with what YOU like to do, not with someone else’s idea. You are able to work from your permanent base and nurture your own roots in a community. You are able to fit your work into your family’s pattern instead of vice-versa. You are able to work mornings, evenings or noonday – whatever best suits your preferences and biorythyms. You can depend on your own competence and drive – not on “getting along” with those in a hierarchy above you. Your friends can be really your friends, not potential competitors for the approval of the bosses. You are limited only by your own potential, not by someone else’s “evaluation” of you.Convinced? Then consider throwing off the shackles of working for someone else and put yourself in charge of your own destiny by taking advantage of the home based business opportunity now available to you!
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Here’s a typical scenario: You are deciding to start a home business and suddenly everyone you know has his nose in your business, literally. What do you tell them? And how do you answer your own questions? What should you expect from the company in terms of stability, longevity, vitality, trust, income, and so forth? First the bad news: there are no guarantees. Then the good news: there is plenty of information from which to draw your own conclusions. The internet is huge, and any good company will offer free marketing tools and training.But back to the WHY of that business plan. You’re going to be starting small, slow and boy! is there a lot to learn. What’s the point of actually sitting down and writing a business plan? You’re not Bill Gates, this isn’t Microsoft, just you in your home office a few hours a week, slowly building an online business presence, not really understanding what the heck you’ll be doing.Relax and breathe. Unlike Mt. Rushmore, your plan won’t be designed to withstand the weathering of the ages. You can expect it will change and bend with the flow of your real experiences, which will be totally yours, not identical to anyone else’s.What writing your plan will do is cause you to pause, think, dream, study and focus. The written document, whether it is one page or twelve, will give your business a framework to work within. The internet is vast and seemingly endless. It is easy to lose focus and drift away on a different whim or idea every day. Understanding where you are today, what tools you have to work with, what your goals are, and how you can best achieve them and measure your success, will help you stay on target and not waste what few hours you may be investing in your business at start-up.Whenever you feel lost or confused, you can return to what you have written. When you analyze your situation and decide to make a change, rewrite that part of the plan. Understand that it’s a living document, intended to grow with you and your business. Your business plan is your friend.Getting Started with the Business PlanFirst you need to study the company and its management. You need to read and learn about the products, the compensation plan and the network structure. See you next month. Just kidding.Plan on doing SOME reading each and every work day for the next few months, if not indefinitely. Keep up with the company forum entries every day; read something in the training reports every day. Your education will continue. Plan for it.When you are ready, open up a Notepad window and answer these questions:What service/products does your business provide and what needs does it fill?Who are the potential customers for your product or service and why will they purchase it from you?How will you reach your potential customers?Where will you get the financial resources to start your business?Ok. Maybe your company offers many products and services. What do you want to focus on? I suggest that, at first, you focus on one or two products and/or the affiliate opportunity. In other words, keep is simple. Once you get the hang of what you’re doing, you will KNOW when it’s time to expand. Do only what you are comfortable with, every step of the way. This is YOUR business, it’s your right and privilege to decide on your approach.Internet marketing hinges on building trust. How will you do this?Reaching customers means marketing. Your decision, once again. And again, the options should be in your company’s training materials.So we’re talking developing a reading/study schedule. Here’s a possible list, once you’ve read enough to make your own decisions to answer the above questions, start writing. Your writing can be lists of words and phrases, free-form brainstorming, outlines, mind maps, whatever works for you. Just write it down, and don’t forget to save often. If your home office is inhabited by cats or small children, they have the tendency to press on random keyboard keys. Documents do occasionally just disappear. Saving avoids total disaster.
Study the products.
Read the training materials.
Read about commissions, bonuses, etc.
Study the marketing aids and strategies
Find out what free tools are available.
Visit the forums on a regular basis. Read everything about getting started.
Ask questions. Your final written business plan will have at least four parts:Introduction/background: history of the company and its founder, internet marketing trends, why THIS company and why NOW, and so on.Goals: I suggest you think of what you would like to be earning in two years, but mainly focus on goals for your first year. Realistic goals can be projected based on info on the company website, in newsletters, searches on the forums, and focused questions to other affiliates.Marketing plan: based on your answers to the first 3 questions above and your study of marketing aids and tools.Action plans: the specifics of what you will do on a monthly, weekly, and/or daily basis for the next year.I can’t tell you what your answers should be, because you have to decide how much money you have to invest. Only you can decide how many hours per day, week or month you can invest in your business. What products you feel most comfortable marketing, and who you decide to target as your customer base, are all decisions only you can make. If you get stuck and don’t understand a question, don’t know where to find information, or don’t know how to ASK a question, contact your sponsor or someone in your upline. If they can’t help you, they should be able to send you to someonewho can.You should NEVER feel alone. Work should be FUN!…
Articles on ‘How to make money’ come a dime-a-dozen. How about a fresh, new perspective? Here’s a rather unique, untapped, revolutionary article about the 9 Simple (Yet Powerful) Steps You can use right now to Demolish Your Money Worries for Good,…for Life,…Forever!1. Evaluate Your OptionsWhat are Your ‘Income Today’ Options and Selection Criteria?Use the following 5 key evaluation points to determine the ideal ‘Income Today’ source for You and Your situation:1.) Is it Worth Your Time? If you’re trading time for money, you want the highest possible for your effort. 2.) Compatible with Your Skill Levels right now? Does it have a short learning curve, or can you really earn-and-learn at the same time? 3.) Provides Instant & Immediate Cashflows? It’s not a true ‘Income Today’ source if it takes longer than a week or two to get cash in hand. 4.) Will it Last Long Enough? This cashflow must carry you through to the second phase of stability, as you build your ‘Income for Tomorrow’. 5.) Abundant Supply of easily-targeted Prospects? You must have a continuous supply of easily-identifiable people that want the Value of your source.2. Select & Quickly Build an Additional ‘Income Today’ SourceNow that you’ve learned how to evaluate the various “Income Today” options that are available to you, the next step is to simply Choose One and Get Started! This is where you’ll build a second income stream.Here are some powerful, viable ideas to get You started right now:1.) Home Parties for various products/services (i.e. basket parties, gourmet food, candle parties, lingerie parties, scrap-booking, jewelery, etc), all for instant cashflow with people that are not only attending for fun, but also knowing full well that they’ll be making a purchase! 2.) Get a Second Job (self-sxplanatory). 3.) Flea markets & yard sales to generate immediate cashflow from knick-knacks, and strange or odd things (it doesn’t have to be sexy or fancy to generate a great income source!) 4.) Use eBay like an automated version of the yard sale, completely online. 5.) License a product for immediate profit which already has a proven marketing sysem for a highly in-demand product, with a built-in proven track record. 6.) Become an authorized Dealer/Distributor of highly-valued online information products, such as the “Income For Life” Ebook, or any any other ebooks with re-sell rights which also come with built-in proven marketing methods, ready-to-use for immediate cash in hand.3. Learn Net-Profits-On-Demand (NPOD) KnowledgeN.P.O.D. principles are based on “Emotional Direct Response Marketing”. In its most basic form, emotional direct response marketing is making a specific Offer to a qualified group of prospects and then Measuring how many of that group of prospects take Action and respond to that offer. The “Action” could be to request more information (lead generation) or to make a purchase/sale (profit).4. Apply Your Net-Profits-On-Demand (NPOD) KnowledgeThis step is simply about applying and putting into action, your new-found N.P.O.D. knowledge from the last step. You can either apply this new knowledge to a brand new business model, or you can apply it to a business that you already have up and running to make it run better, make you more money, grow it more rapidly, and create bigger and bigger ‘Income Tomorrow’ reserves.5. Leverage Your Net-Profits-On-Demand (NPOD) KnowledgeThis is the fastest way you’ll ever find to creating a huge spike in your cashlow should you ever need it. Word of Caution: Some are tempted to stop once they’ve reached this level … if You’re smart, you won’t.Most businesses are doing the same stodgy thing. They spend all their time & money efforts on attracting only the “new” customer and doing business with them one time. The real money, however, is made on the “additional purchases” that the new customer will buy in the future from that business (also known as the LTCV, which we’ll talk about in the next step). This is quickly, yet carefully crafted through the mutual Trust and Respect developed in the relationship between the new customer and the business.6. Maximize the LTCV (LifeTime Customer Value)What is the LTCV? The Lifetime Value of the Customer can best be explained in the following premise. Once a new customer has made that initial purchase from a business by means of mutual trust & respect, the likelihood of that same customer going back to that business to make more & future purchases is very high, especially when the product/service is of great value, and the customer is beyond satisfied.There are 3 main categories that will Maximize Your LTCV to its fullest possible potential: 1.) Getting more sales of additional products/services to your already Existing customers. 2.) Increase the size of an average purchase (ex. if the avg. customer spends about $100 every 3 months with you, how do you increase those numbers so now they spend an avg. of $125 or $150 every 3 months instead?) 3.) Systems & methods to attract more first-time, new customers and prospects to You.7. Automate Your Net-Profits-On-Demand (NPOD)This is the Most Critical of all 9 Steps. This step either makes or breaks your business!The Secret to turning your business into a true asset is to set it up so it does the work Without You by Systemizing (automating) it in every way possible. Look at your entire business, front-to-back, and look for every single place in it that is dependent on you, and figure out how to automate that function to remove yourself from the process. By doing this, you are now escaping the trading of your time for money, in a highly powerful and leveraged way, and can now focus all of your efforts on building your ‘Income For Life’ through Diversification.8. Diversify It!This is the Secret of the Wealthy: when your money/assets (not your time or knowledge) makes you more money…The Power of Diversification.The point of this step is to take some of the income you’re making from your first business asset (i.e. your NPOD business model), and turn it into additional assets working for you to generate even more additional income.You’ll discover that a whole new world opens up to you when you’ve got money to work with. Be sure to invest a good portion into diversifying your holdings to other assets you can leverage for increased wealth creation.Here are some excellent highly-recommended ideas: investing in real estate, getting into the stock market, investing in mortgages, mutual funds, joint-venture direct marketing projects and splitting the profits, etc., or how about creating another successful NPOD business model???9. Protect It!The 9th and final step is to simply employ some asset protection strategies (i.e. corporate entity structuring, such as LLC’s, S-Corps, C-Corps, etc.) so you can sleep soundly at night, every night.This is a critical piece of your puzzle that you’ll want to factor into the process here, but when you get to this stage of the game, be sure to seek professional counsel to guide you, educate you, and advise you on the correct & legal ways to carry this part out.In a nutshell, what you’re really doing here, is making sure that all of the hard work that you’ve done up till now, is completely protected from unfit lawsuits, claims, etc. against you.On a parting note, no matter what you do, don’t stop your forward momentum…because you now have the basic knowledge and 9 critical steps of what truly guarantees your Income For Life (IFL) with Net Profits On Demand (NPOD)! Put these 9 Steps into action either by yourself, or with some FREE help (see website resource below!). But do it Today! Life’s much too short to miss out on!Copyright 2005 The-ExEnron-Guy.Com [http://www.The-ExEnron-Guy.com]
How many hype-filled emails have you received by someone who recently joined a network marketing company and in only a few weeks had over 1000 members in their downline? They encouraged you to get in early because this one was ‘really growing fast.’ They encouraged you to get in on the ground floor to take advantage of all of the momentum and guaranteed ‘spillover.’I get these almost daily.Do these emails excite you? They shouldn’t because they attempt to fill you with emotional excitement rather than encouraging you to look at things objectively. Any business that you’re thinking of investing your time and other resources in should be looked at long and hard! Do your due diligence just as you should with any major business decision.One of the first questions you should ask someone pushing you to join under them is, ‘How much money have you made?’ Or just ask them, ‘Have you made any money at it yet?’If they haven’t made any money at it yet, then you need to bring them back to reality by asking them to explain how they can get so excited about it then. Find out all that you can about the company, it’s management, and other projects that the management has been involved in.Here’s a sobering fact shared with me by mentors who have been in network marketing since the late 1950′s… 97% of all MLM companies fail (90% within the first three years). Does that mean that you shouldn’t get involved in MLM? No, but it does mean that you should probably only get involved in companies that have already proven themselves. I was personally taught to only look at companies at least 5 years old.Why be the guinea pig for an unproven company when you have so many choices? Why go against the odds by going with an unproven company?So why do people get so excited about new launches, and what’s wrong with that?People get drawn into the hype of the massive potential of new launches because they are looking for a way to generate massive income – with no work. It’s as simple as that. Even though they know that there’s no such things as a free lunch, they convince themselves that maybe they’ve finally found one Think about this for a second…. most of those people who rush into a new lauch are people already involved in network marketing. They know that the concept is very powerful, and is the best chance that the average person has today to create a successful business of their own. The problem with most of the people attracted to these companies is that they lack commitment. So as soon as they see another company that, on the surface, appears more attractive, they’re going to jump over to that one.Here’s the real problem with the whole scenario laid out above. Who’s producing the sales? Where is the income coming from? If everybody is jumping in… often for free… and then counting on others underneath them to generate the revenue, then who is actually making the sales necessary to make that company a success? Sales, and proper training, drive any business’ success.Ok, you should’nt fall for all of the hype, but we do know that network marketing works. How does it work then? It works by people like you being trained by someone who has a system in place for bringing in new people – and training them properly. The system has to be something that the average person, who is also willing to work, can easily learn and pass on. It’s that simple.You won’t have any major, lasting success in network marketing until you focus on finding and properly training a few good people. They have to be provided with a system that they can easily duplicate and that they can teach to their new recruits.One of the early mistakes in my networking business was not focusing on this specific area. I’m a skilled marketer with a huge list, better than average copywriting skills, and name recognition. Those assets made it easy for me to generate new signups.New signups weren’t what I needed to focus on. It’s not what you need to focus on. Reflect upon the title of this article. That’s the question you need to ask yourself. If you don’t like what you see, then obviously you need a different system.Anyone that you do signup is only going to be productive and help build your business if they are properly trained. Being human, there is a limit as to how many people you…. one person, can effectively train, manage, and motivate. So you need to focus on properly training just a handful, and having each of that handful do the same. Continue this through several levels and you can have that huge organization, but with a big difference…You’ll have a huge organization of properly trained, producing members, who know how to bring in even more people and properly train them. That’s how your organization grows into the tens of thousands and even beyond.One other very important point about the system necessary for your success… The training needs to be formalized and packaged so that new members can be ‘plugged right in.’If you want to see an example of such a system in operation, check out: [http://www.eliteteammarketing.com/81309] This is a system that evolves around providing training and support to team members. Team members have ready access to formalized training put together by top producers in the company. Team members have ready access to other team members on all levels. The day that I joined this team, I received emails (with phone numbers) from 3 different people.The other reason that I wanted you to take a look at that website is that you won’t see any mention of building a huge downline. It’s not necessary. The top producer in the company in August 2004 is a member of this team. So is the number 2 producer for that month (that would be me). However, if you study the site, you’ll see that it’s not about large numbers… they only impress those who don’t know any better.You can build a business that will provide the lifestyle that you want for yourself and your family. You won’t do it by being swept up by all of the hype surrounding the launch of ‘the latest and greatest.’ Instead you’ll do it by taking a long hard look at any company that you’re contemplating, and asking lots of probing questions. You’ll do it by acknowledging that there still is no such thing as a free lunch, but there are people who’ve already done what you want to do who are willing to teach you.
You can make a million dollars or more in mail order, but it’s going to require a complete understanding of the business as well as a little bit of know-how on your part. New millionaires are made every day in mail order, but not before they’ve “paid their dues”, and put up a sizable investment.Profitable mail order operations are money-makers because of three basic things:1) They offer a product that costs very little to produce; it’s something that once produced, can be reproduced in quantity at little or virtually no cost; and it costs very little to deliver it to their customers – not withstanding the fact that this product must be something “everyone would like to have”.2) They promote their products with first class advertising – reaching their potential customer via every means possible.3) They use good business management and/or cost control to keep their production, advertising, printing and shipping costs at a bare minimum.With these things in mind, let’s talk about the product…In selecting a product to sell, one should always to his homework, or market research, before investing too much of his time or money. This simply means “finding out” what the people “want to buy;” determining his costs to produce and sell this product to them; and ultimately, knowing what his true profit picture is going to be.Thus, the important thing to remember “BEFORE” you get going with a mail order business, is that if you don’t have the “right” product, you’ll never do much more than break even. To much money, time and effort is wasted by people trying to sell something that no one wants to buy!The second thing to know, and fully understand about profitable mail order operations is advertising…Advertising is the “life-blood” of any business, but particularly so with a mail order business – otherwise how are your potential customers going to know what you have for sale? The better your advertising, and your abilities to use it profitably, the more money you’re going to take in. It’s just that simple, but there’s a whole lot more to it than just a quick reading of these words. Mail order advertising means the ads you place in all the publications catering to your potential customers. It also includes the sales letters and/or circulars you send out via direct mail or as follow-up materials with your orders. And, it also encompasses any radio/television as well as word of mouth or free publicity blurbs you might get.In order to turn a profit with a mail order business, you’ve got to know how to write a good classified ad – how to put together an order-pulling display ad -how to write/design a winning advertising circular – and how to create an image of credibility, as well as “angles to play” in order to get free publicity. The bottom line here is simply that if you don’t understand advertising, and in particular, mail order advertising – and you can’t afford to pay a proven, professional mail order advertising copywriter to do it for you – then you’re either going to have to learn how to do it for yourself or forget the dream of making a fortune in mail order. Remember, you’re going to have to invest advertising dollars to make money in mail order, but unless your advertising pulls in the orders for you, you’ll just be wasting your time and money. Finally, let’s discuss profitable business management and cost control… Very few people invest money in a new car, a new house or the selection of a doctor without “finding out” as much about their contemplated investment as possible. Starting or getting involved in a mail order business should be taken just as seriously. It’s imperative to learn all there is to know about running a mail order business – to know your actual investment in time, money and actual profit…The point is that before you invest, you should figure out the costs of producing the product or service you’re offering for sale… You should know how much it’s costing you to sell each unit of your product and get it to your customers – And you had better have a follow-up line of products to sell after you’ve made that first sale…Some of the “Insider Secrets” used by successful mail order operators include setting up partnership investments – you offer professional advertising copywriters a percentage of the business in exchange for their help with your advertising needs… You offer printing shops a percentage of the business in exchange for supplying you with your printing needs… Besides offering your potential customers with things to buy, you include other things such as mailing lists, print and mail services and product dealerships…It’s important that you know what your costs are to sell your products; to use your imagination to get other mail order operators to share your costs with you; and to reduce your expenses as much as you can. This means that if your costs per sale amounts to $1.50, leaving you with a profit of 50 cents per sale, you’re going to have to make 200 sales before claiming $100 in profits. Considering you were able to pull in a response of 3% from a mailing of 1,000 offers, you’d end up with ninety sales and a profit of less than $50…What we’re trying to pass along is simply that before you get involved in a mail order business, be sure that you select a product that the whole world “wants” to buy – then make sure that your advertising reaches the people “standing in line” and wanting to buy whatever it is you’re trying to sell – and finally that you’ve got all of your costs reduced to the bare minimum…Too many people wanting to “get rich quick” in mail order sales, jump in without knowledge of whether or not the product or service they’re offering will sell. They invest money in pre-furnished advertising materials, envelopes, a rubber stamp with their name and address, time to fold and stuff these advertising materials, mailing lists and postage. From there on, it’s an unending “rat race” to recoup their money and time.Our advice is simply to investigate everything before you get involved – be assured of how many sales you can make relative to the number of offers you send out – your printing and mailing costs to bring in orders, as well as how much time you’re going to have to devote – and finally exactly how much of a real profit you can claim…The more you know about mail order sales, the easier it’ll be for you to select a product or service that you can use to pile up a fortune for yourself. So, it is just everyday common sense to “look into the possibilities” before committing yourself – laying out a complete plan for a mail order business on paper -getting all the helpers or services lined up at absolute minimum costs to yourself – and then launching your business with confidence as well as dedication.Don’t get involved in a mail order business without market research, plus complete awareness of all costs needed to launch and/or sustain your business; and of course the kind of profit you can count on. At the bottom line, it’s going to cost you an investment of time and money, regardless of what you try to sell by mail order – check it out before you get involved…Copyright 2004 by DeAnna SpencerNote to editors:To show my appreciation to the editors that use my articles, I offer a free solo ad. Simply send an email to me by using the form on the contact me page on my website to tell me the url the article was used on or send me a copy of the ezine it was used in.
Everyone seems to be a web designer these days. From your uncle?s neighbor?s nephew to Aunt Mildred, everyone claims webmaster status. How can you, a real web designer, developer, and/or host separate yourself from these part-time, low quality look-alikes?1. Create a Business DirectoryMany legitimate web design companies have started this way. Create an online business directory. Splurge and purchase a catchy domain name ? maybe yourtown.com or something easy to remember and easy to pass on.On the website, provide a free business directory of local businesses. Make a section on important and emergency contact information. Have a section on other local phone numbers of interest, such as the library and schools.Feature a different business each month. If you are good, you can call the business that you?d like to feature, tell them about the site, and tell them that you?re going to feature them for free. This may lead to a conversation about a website. If they don?t have one, or its out of date, your foot is already in the door.2. Offer a Community ForumForums are quite popular nowadays. People love to express their views on unlimited subjects. Harness this by providing a free place for area residents to post thoughts on upcoming elections, construction, and even comment on local restaurants. Put a small ad at the top of the forum, mentioning humbly that the forum is sponsored by your business and is provided as a free service to the community.3. Consider purchasing software such as TownLink (yourtownlink.com).Offer reduced advertising to area businesses to get the site off the ground. Promote the site as another free service that your company provides to the community.4. Create a website that promotes local apartments and homes for sale.This is actually pretty easy if you use software such as OpenRealty (open-realty.org). Configure the software for your community, and promote listings to real estate companies and apartment managers in the area. Once again, offer this website as a free service to residents who may be looking for a new home or outside residents who are wondering about the area.Make sure that no matter which of these services that you use that you point back to your own company in a small, non-intrusive way. Make it known that you are providing these things, and that you are a local-owned company. Always purchase separate domains for each ? then put them all over town!
There are a number ways you can go about marketing your website, many of which are quite inexpensive. Effectively marketing your Home website is vital to your ultimate success. In fact, the key to growing a business, and particularly a new Home Business, is marketing. Once you have a domain name (which can be bought for as little as $7 these days) and a reliable host (as little as $5 a month for reasonable one), you can get going on promoting your business on the Net. This can be done for free in some cases if you are willing to spend the extra time on the project. If you are unwilling to do this, you can pay someone to optimize your site and promote it for you, which is generally cost effective. It is possible, however to promote your business online with no marketing budget. The key is to market it aggressively, guerrilla marketing style. This means using every free marketing resource at your disposal, such as free classifieds, newsgroups, search engine promotion, niche directories, free-for-alls, message and bulletin boards and free mailing lists and ezines, to name just a few. Just don’t spam. There are many free resources throughout the web covering these free resources. You can sign up for their free newsletters or look for their websites using your favorite search engine. Speaking of search engines, most of the traffic on the internet still comes from the free engines such as Google, despite a recent influx of pay per click or pay per performance search engines such as Overture and Kanoodle.Offline marketing methods are usually covered in the “starter kit” of your Home Business and includes such methods such as distributing newsletters with your product or service and contact number listed inside, trade shows, brochures, flyers, advertising in either local or regional newspapers and/or “penny savers”, and passing out audio cassetes about your product or business to others who might be interested. The potential marketing techniques are almost limitless and it may be best to look to your “starter kit” or starter guide as it will probably go into great detail about which offline marketing methods have been proven to work best in that particular product or line of business. The bottom line is, action always beats inaction, as you gain experience and create a synergy that push your Home Business to your goals.There are a number ways you can go about marketing your website, many of which are quite inexpensive. Effectively marketing your Home website is vital to your ultimate success. In fact, the key to growing a business, and particularly a new Home Business, is marketing. Once you have a domain name (which can be bought for as little as $7 these days) and a reliable host (as little as $5 a month for reasonable one), you can get going on promoting your business on the Net. This can be done for free in some cases if you are willing to spend the extra time on the project. If you are unwilling to do this, you can pay someone to optimize your site and promote it for you, which is generally cost effective.It is possible, however to promote your business online with no marketing budget. The key is to market it aggressively, guerrilla marketing style. This means using every free marketing resource at your disposal, such as free classifieds, newsgroups, search engine promotion, niche directories, free-for-alls, blogs, e-mail signature lines, message and bulletin boards and free mailing opt-in lists and ezines, to name just a few. Just don’t spam, whatever you do. There are many free resources throughout the web covering these free methods. You can sign up for their free newsletters or look for their websites using your favorite search engine. Speaking of search engines, most of the traffic on the internet still comes from the free engines such as Google, despite a recent influx of pay per click or pay per performance search engines such as Overture.Offline methods includes distributing newsletters with your product or service and contact number listed inside, trade shows, brochures, flyers, stationary, advertising in either local or regional newspapers and/or “free shoppers”, and passing out audio cassetes about your product or business to others who might be interested. The potential marketing techniques are almost limitless and it may be best to look to your “starter kit” or starter guide as it will probably go into great detail about which offline marketing methods have been proven to work best in that particular product or line of business. The bottom line is, action always beats inaction, as you gain experience and create a synergy that push your Home Business to your goals.
Even if you work out of your home, most cities and/or counties require you to have a business license and/or permit. Check with your local government municipalities to find out what the requirements are for where you live. Depending on where you live, you should be able to get this information from your local courthouse or townhall.Zoning may also be an issue. Municipal ordinances can be very restrictive about what types of businesses are allowed in a residential district. This also applies if you plan on placing a sign outside of your home. Again, check with your local government municipalities to find out what the requirements are for where you live.In addition, depending on how your home business is structured–as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation–there may be forms to file with the state. The legal structure affects taxes and the liability of the owner and the home business, so it’s important to follow the appropriate procedures. Contact your state’s Department of Revenue for filing fees and information.If you plan to operate your home business under a name other than your own, you will have to register a fictitious name with the county–usually referred to as a DBA filing (Doing Business As). The exceptions to this regulation are corporations and partnerships doing business under the umbrella of the corporate or partnership name.As a home business owner, you may be required to file estimated tax returns and pay estimated taxes quarterly. If you have employees, you also have to submit taxes withheld from employee paychecks. Here are some of the taxes you may be responsible for:Employment taxes — Federal income taxes, Social Security and Medicare, federal unemployment and state income taxes.Federal self-employment tax–Required by those who work for themselves to cover Social Security and Medicare contributions.Sales tax–Each state requires a sales tax number for any company involved in selling tangible items. Sales tax is collected, reported and paid to the state either monthly or quarterly.Unemployment insurance tax — You are required to pay federal and state unemployment taxes if you have more than one employee on the books for at least 20 weeks in a calendar year, or if they have paid more than $1,500 in gross wages in a calendar quarter.Again, check with your state’s Department of Revenue for more information.A home business qualifies for all of the same tax deductions regular businesses do. In the eyes of the IRS, the only difference between most home businesses and Fortune 500 Companies is their size, and the fact that home businesses can also deduct many household and living expenses.Owning a home business will entitle you to deduct thousands of dollars in every day expenses. After all, why pay more in taxes than you have to?Listed below are just some of the items you are allowed to deduct:
Your car and car expenses.
Your home computer, printer and other office equipment.
Your home. If you’re not a homeowner, you are allowed to deduct the area where your home office is set-up.
If you’re a homeowner, you may deduct a portion of your property taxes and utilities.
Your travel expenses.
Your restaurant meals, entertainent, dinner parties.
You may pay wages, tax free, to two of your children, if they are involved with the business.
You may deduct your families health insurance.
NOTE: To qualify for the above tax deductions, you must be actively working your home business.In closing, since tax laws are continually changing, I highly recommend you consult with your accountant or tax advisor to learn more about applying the aforementioned deductions to your home business.
In the first lesson, we learned how to create a Letterhead. In this article, we will learn to create other stationery items using our template.Making Compliment Slips:In Microsoft Word, click on ‘new’ from the toolbar. A new file will open. We need to set-up our new project. First, to get the maximum print area, go to ‘File’ — ‘Page Setup’. Set the top and bottom margins to 0. Click ‘ok’. A warning box will appear, alerting you about small margins. Click ‘fix’ — ‘ok’. Go to the ‘File Menu’ and click ‘Save’.Next, we need a place to create data. Go to the ‘Insert Menu’ and click on ‘Text Box’. Click at the top of the page and ‘drag’ the mouse diagonally, to create a Text Box.Tip: You can’t put a picture or ‘ClipArt’ into a text box, therefore you must delete the picture or ClipArt before continuing. BE SURE: When you close the template and are asked if you want to save the changes, click ‘no’. This will leave your picture or ClipArt in your template. Paste the text in the text box and press ‘enter’.Click outside the text box and insert your picture or ClipArt. In lesson 1, we covered how to insert ClipArt.Note: If you ever need to change the information in your Stationery, fix the text in your letterhead first.You should be able to fit 3 Compliment slips on one page. To create the second one, click on the text box. Right-click and choose copy from the menu. Click outside the box, right-click and choose ‘Paste’. A second text box will appear, on top of the first one. Click on it and drag it down underneath the first one. Repeat the steps for this one and the next one, like we did the first one.You don’t want the text box border to print, so click on the box — go to the ‘Format Menu’ — ‘Text Box’. Choose the ‘Colors and Lines tab’. in the ‘line’ section, click on the ‘Color’ box — ‘no line’ — ‘ok’. Got to the ‘File menu’ and click ‘print’.You want your Business Cards to match your Letterhead and Compliments Slip. We will learn to do Business Cards in another lesson.
It’s not important if you dont know how to programm, design, optimize sites or do similar things. You can still earn money doing things everybody knows. Start working from your home today, without any extra investments.You can do many “non-technical” things. Some of them are writing (articles, reviews …), data research/collection (finding specified info on the web), data entry (mostly copy/paste), translation and many more. Offcourse for all those technical people, there are things like programming, design, seo and others.Sites to find jobs/projects :Scriptlance – This is a great website. Most of my projects were done on this website. And I recommend it. While it’s name determins that most of the jobs are in web development, there are other not so technical jobs as article writing, data entry, data collection (research) and others. You dont need to pay for signup, their fees are one of the lowest (5%) and you can withdraw money in many ways. They also offer escrow system, so you are enshured from cheaters. Users can leave a feedback about eachother – wich is a nice option.https://www.scriptlance.com/cgi-bin/freelancers/r.cgi?techcodeRent A Coder – I did only one project over this one. The overall mood on this site somehow isn’t right, but never the less, you can find lot’s of different jobs there, not just coding. Also there are some restrictions that make communication with the buyer a little dificult, and they dont offer bank wire withdraw – wich I like to use. Their fee is 18%, one more reason for me not to use it to much.http://www.rentacoder.comFreelancers Network – This is a UK based website. So naturally many of the jobs are UK specific. Offcourse there are many jobs that you can work from anywhere in the world from your home. The good thing it’s FREE, yup no fees, at the same time, that’s the bad news, and it might happened that you finish the job, and not get paid. That canot happened when using escrow systems.[http://www.frelancers.net]There are many other websites. But these should be enough for you to start. Eventialy you will realise that it’s best to concentrate on one or two of this websites. Mainly for the reason of feedback. Most freelance websites offer a way that buyers rate service providers after project is completed, and few good rates, with some nice words about you can work magic in geting future bids.So at first it might we wise that you bid a little lower than people with more feedback. But dont think that giving the lowest bid, will enshure that you are picked. Sometimes I won bids even if there were people that had much more projects behind them, and less bids.Your words also decide, make nice bid text, send personal message with questions if you have some, and details of what you plan to do.Also you will realise that many of the people wich you found over this sites, will contact you latter for some additional work (if you worked OK for the first time) – so you will start to build your regular clients.Good luck with your bids !