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Home Business Is A Whole New World

February 9th, 2007 by

A home business is a whole new world to some one who has never worked in one before. If you are thinking of starting a home business, you need to know that it is harder than it sounds like it is, and it is going to take lots of work. However it is something that can be very rewarding, as it can help you with money issues and help you to take control of your life, without ever having to go into an office.

The reason that a home business is going to be a lot of work is that most of them have to be started from scratch. The first thing that you need to do is figure out what you want to do for your business. This can be one of many things. You can provide a service or a product, or you can do things like advertising and marketing. Whatever you want to do, the first thing you need to have is a plan. You need to sit down and decide what you are going to do and how much money this is going to make you. Once you have a plan to get started on, you can actually get started.

After you know what you are doing, you should do some research into the businesses that are going to be your competition. If you want to sell something, for instance, you should find other home businesses that are selling the same thing you want to sell. That way, you have an idea of what kind of prices they are charging, what other services they are offering, and how they go about marketing their products.

After you have done some research, then it is time for you to make some decisions. You have to decide what you are going to sell or provide, and how much you are going to charge. Then, you have to decide how to get that product or service to the people who actually need it. Most home businesses today do this online. If this is how you want to go about it, then you have to figure out a way to market your product online. You will need a website and an email address, and you will need to begin to have these things designed so you can begin to sell your products.

Another thing that you have to decide before you start to market your business is where are you going to get the things you are selling? Are they handmade things that you make yourself, or are they things that you have designed or purchased from somewhere else? All of these decisions will come into play and need to be thought through before you even begin your home business.

With a little planning and some start up time, you can have a successful business that should allow you the freedom to work at home.

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Things to Keep In Mind When Earning Extra Income

February 9th, 2007 by

Additional income is to the American Dream what apple pie is to America – an
essential. Yet sometimes it is possible work hard to earn extra income only
to realize that you are putting yourself and your assets in danger of
serious repercussions. Of course, with a bit of know how and finesse it is
possible to avoid these problems, but there are some things you need to keep
in mind when earning extra income:

First and foremost, is your location suitable to the business you have in
mind? If, for example, you are thinking of doing some part time catering for
weekend events and private parties, you will want to make sure that your
kitchen is up to the challenge. Is it big enough? Is it sanitary? If you
have pets, will you be able to keep them out of the kitchen while you are
working on the menu? Additionally, are you well versed in proper food
preparation techniques that will ensure that you observe all the rules and
regulations with respect to food safety, temperature control, and also
transport for the food items? There is nothing worse than having whole
parties come down with food related illnesses that can be traced back to
you. Not only is this a great embarrassment, but it also may spawn lawsuits
that might cause you to lose you home and any other asset you have.

Will you need permits or licenses? While earning extra income may seem like
small potatoes it is still important to keep up with the necessary
legalities. For example, if you are planning to open a family daycare, you
do not have to have a license, but if your home is part and parcel of a
covenant controlled community, or if you rent your home, then odds are good
that you need to get permission from the owner or the board of directors for
the homeowners’ association before hanging out a shingle and earning extra
income in your home. In many cases these permits are hard to come by and it
is not surprising to find that those who attempt to skirt around the issue
of permit will suddenly find themselves on the receiving end of letters
threatening fines if they persist in conducting business without permission.
This is one of the occasions where it is not easier to ask forgiveness than
permission!

Last but not least, do you have enough disposable income to make earning
extra money a possibility? Do you have a computer system that is up to the
challenge of doing the kind of work you are contemplating, or do you need to
invest in some new equipment? If the latte is the case, make sure you are
not racking up the credit cards so as to make a bit of income, but instead
save up before you get ready to take on that work at home job.

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Time Management Tools for Those Earning Extra Income At Home

February 9th, 2007 by

Working at home to earn some extra income is a blessing for most, but for
some it can become a nightmare in very little time. While it may seem odd
that you need to incorporate time management tools in your effort to make
ends meet by simply working from a location where you are already – your
home – it is imperative that you remember that structured time will be by
far more productive than simply working as the mood hits you. Similarly, if
you are not on the top of your game with simple time management devices, you
might quite possibly find yourself at the end of the day with precious
little to show for the deadlines you need to meet the next morning. Miss a
few deadlines, and the odds are that you will lose that wonderful business
opportunity that allows you to earn extra income while working at home.

Time management tools are greatly varied, depending on your needs. Thus, it
is quite possible to create a plan that works for you individually as well
as for the task you will be performing. To this end, quite possibly the most
important technique that will help you to remain focused while earning the
extra income is to set an objective for each day that you have work to do at
home. Define your goal for the, identify which projects need to be completed
and how you need to pace yourself to see them through to completion. The
easiest way to achieve this is simply by breaking down your project into its
varied components, assigning time values to them and then meeting these
deadlines one at a time. The small sense of accomplishment you will feel
when you achieve one or more of the deadlines will go a long ways to
ensuring that you do not suffer from burnout or other frustrations which
will take the joy out of earning extra income.

One of the most overlooked time management tools for those working earning
income is the schedule and calendar. It is not enough to simply block out a
period time that you will use to work, but you will need to augment this
block with reminders, as well as frequent breaks; after all, earning extra
income simply means that you have another source of income and working two
jobs may be more than you bargained for when you took on this opportunity.
Adding frequent breaks to your schedule is a good idea. This also permits
you to interact with friends and family who will not mind the extra income
you are earning as long as it does not interfere with your ability to also
spend time with them. In the long run, this form of scheduling will benefit
you as much as it benefits them.

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Making the Most of a Business Opportunity

February 9th, 2007 by

The Internet is home of the business opportunity ad. While some are not
legit, others do have the potential of netting you a pretty penny. Once you
have found such an opportunity, it is important that you make the most of it
– but to do so wisely, you will need to observe a few tips and tricks that
will not only help you to earn money, but also protect you from losing any
of your hard earned cash in the process.

When you are starting out in pursuit of your business opportunity, you will
need to juggle your full time job and your extracurricular pursuit. While it
might be tempting to throw caution to the wind, quit your job and pursue the
opportunity full time, it is extremely unwise to do so. You will still have
bills, and if you have a family, it is unfair to expect them to suddenly
make do without the little extras they have come to appreciate. Instead, go
ahead and work your regular job while expanding on your business
opportunity. This will prevent you from having to give up after a few
unsuccessful months with maxed out credit cards.

Building a business takes time, and if you involve friends and family, you
will probably be able to do so a lot faster. Of course, this should not mean
that you try to peddle your nutritional supplements that are part of the
business you are building at every family reunion. Instead, you might be
able to involve some family members in the business end itself. Do you need
help with taxes? Maybe an aunt is good at doing them! Do you have questions
about licenses and insurance? If you have a stay at home dad who is willing
to do some work in exchange for a bit of money, these headaches could be
taken away from you. In short, rare is the entrepreneur who makes money all
by her or himself from the basement, yet plentiful is the entrepreneur who –
with the help of friends and family – succeeded!

Your business opportunity requires exposure, yet there is more to
advertising than paying for a three by five ad in the local rag. Instead,
attend trade shows, hand out flyers, print up business cards (not the free
ones that carry another company’s logo on the back) and network with other
entrepreneurs. Do not stay home when you are trying to build a business, but
instead go to where the business world is located and get out the word! This
ensures that you will truly make the most of your business opportunity
without having to spend money you may not yet have earned on costly
advertisements that may not be as effective as you had hoped.

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Avoiding MLM Scams While Looking For A Home Based Business

February 9th, 2007 by

Choosing a Home Based Business can mean wading through pools of scam artists and get rich quick schemes. Many people try to make their living by deceiving others. They present an attractive package, a catchy headline and details that seem too good to be true.

Proverbs tells us that wealth gotten quickly will be squandered quickly. Old fashioned hard work and ingenuity is still your best bet to obtain financial security. If it seems too good to be true, it is. Be wary of any company that asks for money up front without personal contact, clear details or a money back guarantee

Many business classified as multilevel marketing business can be found. They find their way into your spam email folder, your mailbox and your telephone during dinner. They base their system on being able to convince others to pay a membership fee to sign up and then go out and recruit other poor suckers to do the same. The only people who make any substantial money are those skilled enough to lie their way to the top of sucker tree. Once at the top, they collect a large portion of the membership fees from new recruits. They claim that once you climb the ladder of lies to a higher level, you can choose to sit back and reap the benefits of the labor of others. While it may be legal in most states, it definitely is not morally correct to benefit from the naivete and hard work of others.

While these businesses in essence are deceitful, they are clever in their dishonest tactics. They operate under the guise of a legitimate sales business. Sometimes the products being sold are of good quality and are worth the asking price. It is the multilevel structure of the business that is dishonest. Many recruiters will use the legitimate business of sales to justify the deceptive multilevel marketing details of their contract.

The sad truth is that most new recruits pay the membership fee, purchase a starter kit of products for sale, buy books written by other business owners in the MLM and fork out large amounts of money for supplies, training materials, seminars and travel expenses before discovering the truth about their position on the MLM food chain. By the time those duped come to their senses, the money is long gone and the “business partners” have made themselves scarce. The bottom line of the checkbook doesn’t lie

Multilevel marketing scams are often sought after by trusting individuals with a desire to earn extra income and better themselves personally. The tragic experience of the MLM scam can turn hardworking individuals against the ides of starting a legitimate home based business.

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Are Home Based Businesses Encouraging Social Isolation?

February 9th, 2007 by

Sociologists have studied what has been termed “cocooning” very carefully since the explosion of the world wide web. Cocooning is the process of social isolation where a society withdraws from physical interaction with each other. This “hermit-like” behavior can lead to the decline of many cultural and social traditions. Cocooning also affects the way we interact with other when do finally leave the house and meet face to face.

The availability and popularity of the internet has changed the way that humans communicate and interact. We can spend hours in chat rooms pretending to be beautiful, successful and brilliant when in fact we are average looking, overweight and unemployed. The person at the other end of the keyboard has no way of verifying our claims or disproving them.

Discussion over the internet removes an essential aspect of communication: body language. Such things as posturing, fidgeting and eye contact all are unconscious transmitters of our true intentions. We learn as small children not to make eye contact when telling a lie and to cross our arms to distance ourselves from unpleasant people or situations. As of today, the computer screen has no way of converting these communication skills into data that can be observed as overtones in the written text of a conversation.

This cocooning may affect the communication skills of future generations. While excelling at expressing themselves through the written word, our children may lack the skills to give a convincing speech in public of carry on a comfortable conversation while waiting in line at the grocery store. Some youth even use text messaging to communicate when they are in the same room.

The prevalence of home based businesses may be in part due to this preference for cocooning and nonverbal communication. It is perfectly acceptable to home school your children, run a business from your home, email your mother and fax your clients. You can even order a pizza, shop for a birthday gift and have your groceries delivered: all without any verbal communication.

As in everything in life, a balance is needed. If you email your mother today, call her tomorrow and visit her on the weekend. If you work from home, make time to visit the park. Join social groups rather that internet message forums. Limit the amount of time that your children use the internet and cell phone for text messaging. Encourage teens to take a speech or debate class along with that computer programming class when signing up for college courses.

Many great social traditions like wedding rituals and back yard barbeques may someday soon be in danger of extinction. We all must do our part to keep the spark of social interraction alive for future generations.

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Getting into the Real Estate Business

January 24th, 2007 by

There are millions of people who are making a fortune by getting into the real estate business. This is because the property market is booming and houses are in high demand. Many people ask “how can I get into the real estate business” and make fast cash. The great thing about property is that it is the only investment which is guaranteed to increase in value. Most houses over a ten year period increase in value by a 100%. These means if a house is valued and bought at $100,000 dollars in 10 years it will be worth $200,000 dollars. This is a great investment and the reason everyone is getting into the real estate business. People get involved in real estate in several different ways and to know which path to take will depend on your skills, needs, and resources.

If you are interested in the flipping end of the real estate area then you are going to need to know how to be very handy and fix things. This means not only having experience, skills, but also the power tools to fix just about anything that needs to be updated in a flip. Obviously if you have enough cash you can hire out the rehab but if you are going to go it alone, which most newbies getting into the real estate business, do then you are going to need tools. Before you go out and buy yourself a shop try to borrow what you can from family and friends. Sometimes the corner hardware store can be your best friend because they often rent out expensive tools needed for one or two occasions. The less money you have on expenses the more money you make once your flip house is sold. Once you have made enough money and put some away in savings you can then start hiring professionals to handle the rehab work for you. This can be done on houses you want to sell or even rentals you are just looking to rent. There is a great deal of money that can be made by getting into the real estate business.

Investing in real estate can be a great way to build a your net worth. Not only are you buying and selling property for a profit but you are also building your community through better housing and offering jobs for the people in community. Getting into the real estate business can seem complicated and complex but it is completely possible for the average individual to make a decent income and live comfortably. Take charge of your financial freedom, and live the life you were destined too. Start your real estate investment business today and be your own boss.

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Home Business for Stay at Home Moms

January 24th, 2007 by

Most home based businesses work great for both males and females. Of course there are certain areas with businesses which women are naturally drawn too and just better at. There are several types of home business for stay at home moms. While I am sure you have plenty of your own unique ideas about what type of business you would like to start and own, you may want consider a few of my suggestions below. These suggestions are specific ideas for a home business for stay at home moms.

If you are truly interested in sales and making other women feel better about themselves then you might be interested in selling make up and being part of the ever growing and profitable cosmetic fields. Decades ago the only sellers of make up were two huge companies which dominated and competed. However, today the field is open for anyone who has a great way with people, understands the ins and out of cosmetics and is willing to work with people. There is also a brand new area within cosmetics which has to do with the idea of natural products. Many people these days are very environmentally conscious and are looking for products that are made from organic materials. They do not want products which harm animals or the planet.

Do you like glitter and glam? Selling or making jewelry is the perfect home business for stay at home moms. Selling jewelry is an extremely profitable business choice. Especially for those folks who are very resourceful and enjoy crafts. One of a kind jewelry pieces are extremely hot in the area of jewelry and do well on stay alone web site and on auction sites. If you are not into making your own jewelry, there are also several opportunities for just selling jewelry with well established jewelry companies. Most of the companies off their employees information packets, free samples, and tips for starting a home business for stay at home moms.

If you love kids and even have kids of your own, you might want to consider starting up your own day care business. There is the perfect home business for stay at home moms. You can work from the comfort of your own home providing other children with the same love and care you give your own. If you are interested in starting your own day care contact your city government and ask for the laws and rules which governing day care in your city. Most places require that you become certified and to become certified you and your house must meet certain safety precautions. Start your own home business and become financial free today!

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How To Use Viral Marketing To Grow Your Opt In Email List

January 20th, 2007 by

by: Stephen Warren

If you have read my article called “What is Viral Marketing” you should already have a fairly good idea of it’s potential.
In this article I’m going to discuss how it can be used to grow your all essential, opt in mailing list.
As you already know, Viral Marketing is a great way to get the word out about your product or service, so you can see a huge surge in sales.
But what about subscriptions to your newsletter? Can they too be effected by this type of Marketing?
YES they can.
But how? This depends on how difficult and successful you want to make it. Not that these two factors necessarily go hand in hand.
The most basic form of using viral marketing automatically, is probably a tell-a-friend script. I’m sure you’ve seen them, you’ve probably used them as well.
All you have to do is type in someone’s email address into a form, and the website will usually have text pre inserted into the form telling the person how great you think the website is, but you could always add your own instead.
Your friend receives an email which to them looks like you are telling them about this fantastic new website and hopefully he will sign up to the newsletter to find out more.
This can be manipulated in other ways. For example what if you did a questionnaire, then, to get the results of the questionnaire, not only does the person have to sign up to your newsletter, but they have to fill out a tell-a-friend script for three friends, telling them about this questionnaire. Then, those three friends sign up, take the questionnaire, and oh look, they have to sign up to the newsletter to find out the results, oh well, lets tell three more friends each.
This has a huge snowball effect, and should see you exponentially growing your opt-in mailing list.
This isn’t too hard to create either. Just go down to elance.com and ask a programmer how much he would charge for such a thing.
However, you must remember that you must start your marketing efforts with some fuel, and that fuel is people. You have to start with at least a few people filling out this questionnaire for this to even begin. 0 people telling 3 friends each still equals 0.
Another way to grow your mailing list, is to pay people for every subscriber they send your way. This isn’t exactly the type of marketing I’ve been discussing throughout this article, but it will grow your opt-in list quite well if you pay enough and enough people start doing it. I think that 10 cents per subscriber is fair.
If people start sending you more subscribers than you can afford to pay, then you can always stop it for a while. But remember this, is you treat your subscribers well, then you have a life time value of them, which is worth far more than 10 cents.
Hotmail.com used this form of marketing in a small way that produced big results. At the bottom of each of the emails sent, they included a small line that said something like “Get your free email account with hotmail.com”. This meant that every time an email was sent from hotmail the recipient would read this and perhaps think, “Hmm free email account huh? Better check this out. This resulted in hotmail’s huge growth in a relatively short period of time. Eventually Microsoft brought hotmail.com for an obscene amount of money.

About The Author

Stephen Warren is the creator and webmaster of http://www.marketershandbook.com, a completely free business and marketing resource which anyone may use.

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Ways To Work At Home And Spend More Time With The Kids

January 16th, 2007 by

A lot of people all over the country are looking for ways to work at home and spend more time with their kids. However, even though there are those brave ones who are not afraid to start on their own, there are more people who would be too scared to venture into their own home business. Having your own business is full of uncertainties that there are many people how would opt to keep their 8 to 5 jobs because they are afraid that they will not earn enough money to support their family with what they will earn on their home based business.

Is it possible to set up an “Internet business make money online”? Although there may be many doomsday Sayers who would tell you that it is not possible for you to set up an Internet business make money online, you can actually earn enough money online to keep your family comfortable. The key here is to find something goods and services that are in great demand online and market them aggressively. If you put enough time and effort on your online business, it would not really take you long to earn money from you business.

How can you work at home and earn money while taking care of your kids? Working at home can be quite a balancing act for you and your spouse. If you have two small kids that would need to be taken care of, you could ask a baby sitter to help you out especially when you are still starting out with your online home business. When you are still setting up your “internet business make money online”, you will need invest a lot of time and effort in developing your website and looking for ways to drive traffic into your site. Developing your site will need a lot of time and concentration on your part so it would be a good idea to hire a babysitter for the time being so that your kid will be attended to properly.

Now, in the event where you do not want to hire a babysitter to take care of your kids while you are working in a corner of your home on your “internet business make money online”, you could start working as soon as the kids get their afternoon naps or when they are busy playing. You may also arrange your schedules with your spouse. If your spouse is working on a regular job, you can ask him to take over the care of the kids as soon as he gets home so that you can start working. You can also work in the evenings after the kids go to bed and the house becomes quite.

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