Mar 5, 2015

6 Tips on Marketing Your Home Based Business

6 Tips on Marketing Your Home Based Business

Discover why the following 6 Tips on Marketing Your Home Based Business is important.

Marketing and advertising play a gigantic role in business success. So, what are ways to market your home-based business online without breaking the bank so to speak? Thankfully, there are several very effective marking methods that are relatively easy and quick:

Free classifieds

Free classified ads are everywhere. However, they also take hours each day to place. Pick a day during the week to only concentrate on this method. Check with your local newspaper for further information.

Network marketing

If you're not taking advantage of network marketing then you should get started sooner rather then later. Here a few articles to help you in this area:

Promote off-line

You should include your URL in all your printed and broadcasting materials. Make sure to list your URL above the fold of your website. Let your URL stand out. Tell your readers why they should check out your online business. Add a benefit to finding your page. Provide them with helpful information or a discount they can only find out about by visiting your site. Mention your URL address on your telephone voice mail and hold messages.

Write articles

Write articles for other online-publications. Use what you know about your business to be the expert in your field. There are thousands of potential customers online interested in learning more of the things you already know. Write as providing instructions, how to do something, tips, etc. If you're not comfortable writing, visit elance.com or guru.com and find a capable writer to "ghost" write your articles for you.

Build an email list of your customers

Customers who buy from your business have shown an interest in your products/services. Many of these buyers opt-in to provide their email address via the shopping carts check out page. Get their permission to send them your company's newsletter which provide helpful tips and information on your latest products/services. Make your newsletter's tone conversational, friendly and informal. Gather these opt-in email addresses and create a customer list.

Email marketing

Electronic mail is the number one marketing tool on the Internet. It is cheap, conserves natural resources and most importantly doesn't pollute the environment.

Email marketing allows you to stay in contact with your customer base. Place your email list sign-up form on your homepage and other appropriate pages of your site. Whatever you do, don't hide it! Make it easy for site visitors to find and join your email mailing list. Place a "join our mailing list" link in the email signature of all your regular correspondence. The link should go to your home page or the most appropriate page of your site where your sign up tag is prominently displayed.

Make it quick and painless to subscribe. Just ask for limited information (e.g. first name, last name, email address) to start off because subscribers are more likely to complete a short form than a longer one at the beginning of a relationship.

Privacy policy

Many people shy away from providing their email address due to spam. Make your privacy policy clear up front. Be sure your subscribers understand how you will be using their email address and let them know the kinds of emails to expect and how often.

Also, confirm that their personal information will not be sold or traded and explain that they can decide to opt-out of further communications at any time.

Take advantage of these 6 Tips on Marketing Your Home Based Business; an important marketing tool!

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Feb 19, 2015

Why Is Working From Home Beneficial

Why Is Working From Home Beneficial

Why Is Working From Home Beneficial? If you've ever wondered if a home based business has its perks, find out why below:

1) Save on gas

Wow! This one is a no brainer. ;) Ever since my decision to start a business from my home, I can't tell you how much I've saved in gas alone. My pocket book is certainly happy.

2) Cut out the commute time

You'll soon find out how getting stuck in traffic is no longer an issue. No more traffic jams and late hours trying to beat the rush.

3) Spend more time with your family

This is my number one reason to working from home. I am able to work around my family's schedule and spend quality time with them. What is your WHY for starting a home based business?

4) Be the boss

This is my number two reason to working from home. I'm not gonna lie to express how great it feels to be my own boss. This is one luxury I will never take for granted. What about being your own boss intrigues you? Are you excited at the possibilities of running your own home based business?

5) Hours are flexible

You'll soon find that setting your own hours is essential to a successful business. Keep a schedule for work related issues and other personal/family matters. I am constantly arranging my scheduled hours around business and my own personal needs. Doing this allows me the flexibility to decide what works and what doesn't. Decide what works for you!

If you're still on the fence about finding legitimate jobs working from home, try searching blogs/websites that offer tips on how to get started. Some good ones are moneymakingmommy.com, guru.com and womenforhire.com.

The following articles offer excellent tips as well:

Telecommuting positions are advertised in local newspapers, at major job sites like careerbuilder.com, and monster.com. Please be careful even job boards may advertise work at home opportunities that are not legitimate.

Always keep your guards up when applying for telecommuting positions by asking all the necessary questions and researches first. Never provide personal information unless you've investigated the company thoroughly. A good place to check out a companies legitimacy is at the BBB.org website and for news and alerts, consumer protection and anti-trust information, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

Ask yourself the following questions when searching for a work from home opportunity:

  • What duties will I have to perform?
  • Will I be paid a salary or will my pay be based on commission?
  • Who will pay me?
  • When will I get my first paycheck?
  • What is the total cost of the work-at-home program? Do these include supplies, equipment and membership fees?

You might also consider a work at home job by contacting your previous employers with a proposal to work for them from your home. Highlight the benefits for both you and the company.

Finally, consider starting your own home-based business.

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Jan 28, 2015

5 Tips On How To Organize Your Business Paperwork

5 Tips On How To Organize Your Business Paperwork

What are you doing to organize your business paperwork?

It is a well known fact that as soon as you start a business, you will receive a mountain of correspondence from various federal and provincial agencies and not to mention an assortment of advertising mail which may or may not be of interest or value to you.

If you organize your home-office properly from the very beginning, the paper work won't bog you down and you won't feel overwhelmed.

Too many people let their papers pile up or leave mail unopened for days and weeks at a time. Finally, when they do go through it in a hurry, not much attention is placed on the important information that comes through. Organization is an essential ingredient to a successful business operation.

Check out the following "5 Tips On How To Organize Your Business Paperwork:"

1. Filing cabinet

There is nothing better then keeping your paperwork organized with a file cabinet. Get yourself a four-drawer filing cabinet which will allow lots of room for files. Buy suspension frames for each drawer and legal-sized hanging files and file folders. Add tabs to the file folders for easy visible identification. You should place the files you use most into the top drawer. Establish the following hanging folders for the following:

  • Federal papers
  • Licensing agencies
  • Cash expense file for business expenses
  • Sales invoice
  • Advertising file
  • Bank statements
  • Business start-up costs
  • Correspondence
  • Financial for monthly accounting papers
  • Contacts and follow-up

You may add to this list as each business has different requirements and as your business grows. This system will keep you well organized.

2. Invest in a shredder

If you own a business, a shredder is must. Important documents should not be thrown away without it being shredded first. Not only is this important but necessary for those private documentations you no longer need but also want to protect.

3. Sort Mail

Each day as soon as your mail arrives, open it. Make piles for accounts to be paid, checks to be deposited, advertising, and other important items. Tackle one pile at a time by sorting what should stay and what shouldn't.

4. Rinse and repeat

Each week the key to keep on top of the mountains of paperwork is to dispense with it as soon as possible. Gather what is needed and then throw out what isn't. Rinse and repeat this task by keeping a weekly routine to achieve this goal.

5. Start a priority list

A priority list will help motivate you to take action. A priority list can help you put things in order. Take an eight column pad and list all the things to do on the left-hand side. Across the top, make columns for the dateline date. Go down your list and allocate a check mark to note the priority for each task. Cross them off the list as you accomplish each job.

If you're on mobile, there are many smartphones which have applications you can download to achieve this task. I currently use SNote on my smartphone to jot down my notes and prioritize certain things that need to get done for my business.

The objective is to stay on top of organizing your business paperwork so that you can concentrate on running a successful business.

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Jan 11, 2015

15 High Ranking Directories to Submit Your Articles

15 High Ranking Directories to Submit Your Articles

Article directories can help you get your articles ranked high in search engines and attract traffic back to your blog/site. Quality content, searchable keywords, great article headlines and popular article submission directories are essential to your article success.

Below, I've listed 15 high ranking directories to submit your articles:

1. EzineArticles.com

2. SelfGrowth.com

3. ArticlesBase.com

4. GoArticles.com

5. ArticleCity.com

6. ArticleDashboard.com

7. Buzzle.com

8. Technorati.com

9. Article-host.com

10. Amazines.com

11. ArticleSubmit.com

12. ExpertArticles.com

13. Wahm-Articles.com

14. GoArticles.com

15. How To Make Money Online By Writing Articles And Posting Them Into Article Directories

There you have it! Submit your quality written work to the above 15 High Ranking Directories today and watch your blog/site traffic increase.

Have you submitted your articles to the above high ranking article directories? Please let us know in the comments section below. Thank you!

Having writer's block and need help writing articles for your blog? Then check out HireWriters.com - Hire talented native English speaking writers to create articles for your website!

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Dec 28, 2014

How to Get Links to Your Website

How to Get Links to Your Website

As a website owner, I'm sure you want links that add value to your website(s). You want links that compliment the niche of your websites' brand. The concept of link building is to utilize it effectively so that you will always get a flow of traffic back to your site. The following are effective ways to get links:

Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is one of easiest ways to get links to your website. Search for blogs that are related to your niche and comment on them. It is important to only leave comments on blogs that are do-follow, otherwise the link will not count. Your comments should add value to the discussion. Don't say something like “Great Post”, webmasters will consider that as spam and will delete it.

Article Submission

Article marketing is also a great way to build links to your website. Write a few articles and submit them to various article directories. Remember and insert your website link into the bio section located under every article. Become a smarter article marketer and check out the Scribe Content Library.

Testimonials

Many websites will feature a testimonial section, if a product is involved. Offer testimonials on your own website and whenever you come across a site that has a testimonial page, make sure to get listed. Fill out their testimonial page with your websites URL to the site or product owner. Positive testimonials work best and is a great way to get a visit back to your site.

RSS Aggregate

There are many RSS aggregate sites that allow you to submit your RSS feed. Submitting your RSS feed will come across a variety of websites instantaneously. This is one of the fastest ways to generate hundreds of back links to your website.

Create a Short Report

You can create a short report, or even a compilation of articles, using a PDF format. You can then submit it to sites that will display PDF's such as Squibd, a social publishing site. Also, keep in touch with other bloggers at Blogger Outreach.

Blog

Creating a blog on your website and writing quality content is a great way to get back links. If your content offers value, many others will link to your article as a point of reference. If you find yourself with writer's block from time to time, check out HireWriters.com - where you can hire talented native English speaking writers to create articles for your website.

Guest Post

Many blogs and websites need new content on a regular basis. If you enjoy writing, many of them will utilize guest posts to create content. You will write a quality article for them and they will post it on their site. In return, the article will have one or two links to your own website.

You can also monetize your own written work as there are people waiting to buy information. Someone wants to buy your knowledge in every niche, in every area of interest and for every target market. Shouldn’t you get something ready for them to buy?

Social Media

Utilizing social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest can quickly increase the amount of links coming into your site. You only need to get a few re-tweets to quickly see an increase in traffic and links to your site.

There are a number of additional techniques that can be used to build links to your website. The goal is to find effective methods that will help your website grow.

What other techniques do you use to get links to your own website/blog? Please share by leaving your comments below.

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Dec 11, 2014

10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging

10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging

If you are deciding on managing a blog or already have a blog and are not making any money, the following '10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging' is for you.

At its most basic level, a blog is simply a way for you to get information and also provide the type of information your readers are seeking. Of course, it is one of the easier ways for you to do so and once you have the blog established, you can upload your articles with the click of a button.

First, you want to provide your readers with quality based articles that will help them in some way. Then, once you've established a loyal tribe of followers and subscribers, offer them additional brands that add value to your blog via campaigns. One way to do this is through sponsored posts.

Sponsored Posts Opportunities

A sponsored post is also known as a promoted post. They are on social media and blogs. There are so many different ways to get opportunities for sponsored posts and so many different ways that you can do it.

Once you have your blog set up, you need to decide what you're going to blog about. Make sure that you focus on one particular subject as this is one of the biggest secrets of how to make money blogging.

Become An Influencer

The following media companies are great to start out with. I use some of them myself. If you find something that compliments your blog's theme and adds value, check them out and become an influencer for those companies.

1. Influenster

- Gain access to digital coupons from everyday brands just for being active on social media. Influensters who connect their social accounts to amass a high Impact score tend to unlock the most exclusive VoxPerks! Make sure to be on the lookout for activities to get even better deals on select VoxPerks before you redeem them.

2. Weavemade

- Weave was founded by a blogger, with the influencer publisher in mind. With the goal to move away from monotony and allow for creativity, Weave gives influencers a hands on experience with brands from purchase to post.

3. Sverve

- Monetize your influence. You work hard to build your online presence, Sverve works hard to help you monetize it. Hundreds of brands use Sverve to connect with you to get their message to your followers. 4. Massivesway

- Massive Sway brings you smart social media opportunities that will ultimately support you on your road to success.

5. Markerly

- Join Markerly choice and work with top brands.

6. Social Fabric

- Are you looking to be in the business of blogging? Are you looking to connect with great brands? Learn how to monetize your blog? Grow your audience? Then you’ve come to the right place.

7. TapInfluence

- Are you a blogger who loves sharing your stories and experiences with your readers? Are you passionate about creating and sharing visual content on Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram? Do you have a gift for making videos on YouTube or Vine? Are you a champion for brands you love? If you answered yes to any of those, you’re in the right place.

8. Blueprint Social

- Are you interested in becoming an approved blogger? They would love to have you! They are seeking blogs of all shapes and sizes, bloggers who: Are passionate about creating, whether in the niche of home decor, crafts, design or recipes, love connecting with companies and trying their products, enjoy sharing their experiences with their audiences.

9. Join shareasale.com, earn cash!

- ShareASale has been in business for 14 years, exclusively as an affiliate marketing network. They encourage you to browse around the website and learn more, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to them!

10. Nothing beats selling your own stuff

- Your blog readers would rather learn from you and buy from you than to buy something from someone they don’t know. If you have a product and or a service that you know will benefit someone, feature it on your blog. If done right, the payoff is BIG since you will be able to set your own price. Just remember to provide your expertise. Readers, customers are getting more and more savvy, they want real information that is actionable coming from someone they already trust and are learning from, YOU.

Are you using sponsored posts on your blog? Please share by leaving your comments below. Thank you!

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