Mar 26, 2015

5 Tips to Define Home-Based Business Success

5 Tips to Define Home-Based Business Success

Learn the 5 tips to define home-based business success.

The cyber-world has completely changed the business world. It has changed the whole concept of how to be successful in a home-based business. It has also provided the opportunity for many to give up the 9 to 5 routine and seek their dream of success with an Internet business. Some have made this transition seem easy and others continue to struggle.

Have you been thinking about making this change? Do you have what it takes to make this a successful move to home-based business ownership? Let's take a look at a few things that ultimately decide who makes the grade and who goes down with the ship so to speak.

1. Find your passion

There is nothing quite like enjoying what you do. It puts a whole new perspective on the world and on your life. If you like what you do, working becomes a pleasure instead of a chore. Some of you are probably thinking, "yeah right, that's easy for her to say, work is not something to enjoy but rather just a pain that we have to endure."

Although I can understand your concern, it is possible to love what you do only if what you're working on is your passion. Start by creating a list of things you LOVE doing. Is it something that others can benefit from as well? Can you become an entrepreneur with this expert idea? Find your niche to build upon and work hard on making it a success.

2. Discipline

When you're in business for yourself, you must be disciplined. It is very easy to start wandering when you are working from home. Learn to separate house chores and business work. A great tip is to create a schedule and list the the days of the week where you can be flexible to do both.

3. Focus

Stay FOCUSED. It is easily distracting to receive an email or a phone call that is totally out of focus of what you were doing, and fifteen or twenty minutes later, forget where you left off in your business endeavors. Keep focused and you'll be able to accomplish a lot. Rome wasn't built in a day and your business won't either. Concentrate on these 5 tips to define home-based business success and you're half way there. :)

4. Time management

Use your work time wisely. By setting up a schedule, you can remind yourself of the important points of the day regarding your business and home life.

Don't expect to be successful overnight. So many people have heard the Internet success stories and think wealth will come fast and easy. Building a successful business takes persistence, hard work and effort. But remember, time is also of the essence so strategize appropriately.

5. Financial management

Along with time management, financial management is very important. Know your books...knowledge is power! If this is a challenging area for you, hire an accountant and/or read books like Get Financing Now: How to Navigate Through Bankers, Investors, and Alternative Sources for the Capital Your Business Needs. I personally have this book and can't put it down...exactly what I need for my own business. Whatever your goal, always stay on top of your financial status.

Be prepared for a successful change! Success will prevail when your heart, mind and soul are pumped to accomplish anything you set out to do.

What about you? Are you using the above 5 tips to define home-based business success? Share your comments below.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog & The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog. She is also owner at Books About Me. Sign up for the newsletter and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE eBook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog’.

Mar 12, 2015

How to Promote Your Business With E-mail Marketing

How to Promote Your Business With E-mail Marketing

Discover how to promote your business with e-mail marketing in a nutshell.

Email marketing is one of the best type of advertising that you can learn to do. There is nothing like its ability to stay in contact with your customer base. It is remarkably cheap for the results you get if you do it correctly.

Spam is becoming increasingly looked down upon by customers and Internet service providers. Please don't do it. How do you feel when you receive an unsolicited email? Not too good I'm sure...it's very bothersome. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

There are other ways to promote your business. Use effective email marketing techniques like the following:

* Newsletter

Newsletter advertising is a very effective and easy to use method. Provide an opt-in form on your website and allow your visitors to subscribe. Publish your newsletter periodically and include information that is relevant to your audience. Give your subscribers something of value in exchange for their email address. Send them content filled tips of the week, or even fill them in on the latest deals on your products and/or services.The higher the subscriber list the more attentive the reader base.

Remember, first format your messages in a plain text program such as Notepad. Your lines should all be 65 characters or less with a hard return at the end of the lines. This will make sure that your message is all one block and easy to read. Many email programs will not display the word wrap correctly, leaving your lines ending in unforeseen places. You may even lose a subscriber if it looks unprofessional. Always proofread your newsletter content before sending it to your subscriber list.

Check out the following video on creating an effective email newsletter the right way with AWeber:

* Include a signature file to all your emails

Make a short signature file no more then 5 or 6 lines. Keep it short, sweet but useful. Most of the popular e-mail programs offer this option. Add it to your blog posts, email accounts and any forums/groups you register with.

*Article writing

Writing articles for your website is an important part of the entire business promotion process. Let your readers get to know you first and foremost. Engage your readers with your writing and provide the type of information that will benefit them.

Provide basic, real, useful information as well as resources to go along with the information you’re writing. What are your interests? Will it interest your readers as well? Mention a product that they absolutely must have and why it will be beneficial. Submit your articles to article directories and your newsletter via an email marketing campaign for added exposure.

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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.

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