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Want to Be Your Own Boss? Here Are 5 Home Based Business Ideas to Consider

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Home Based Business IdeasGuest post by Jessica Sommers

Gone are the days when working from home meant that you were a housewife with a business on the side to augment household finances, or you were a telemarketer for a foreign company looking to save on operational costs.

These days, more and more people are choosing to work and establish their empire at home. And why wouldn’t they? They could avoid many of the hassles of the traditional corporate scene, plus, they could do more with their time, as they wouldn’t need to allocate time for travel to and from work.

There truly is a multitude of advantages of working from home, and if you’re encouraged to start your own business and be your own boss by these advantages, you’ll be glad to know that aside from enjoying the advantages of going home-based, there are plenty of business ideas to try as well. So, if you’re still unsure about the sort of business that you can start at home, here are five home based business ideas that may help you decide.

Catering – This is ideal if you studied culinary arts or you simply love to cook (and are good at it). Food is something that people always need. However, to easily generate business, make sure that you find a niche by providing specialised services such as cute bento box meals for children, or an all-healthy menu. Likewise, figure out your delivery system and who will be helping you out.

Direct selling – This is one of the easiest home based business opportunities ever because there are direct-selling companies out there that already have an established set-up for “partners.” But to be really successful with this, it’s imperative to find a company with products that really interest you, since your job will be to pitch their products to people.

Freelance make-up artist – Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Tiffany D. or Mally Roncal? Invest in professional make-up products and tools and offer your services to your community. Cover weddings, proms, fashion shoots, etc. You can even boost income by setting up a YouTube channel to show off your skills, and creating a blog.

Herb gardening – This is such a trendy business because there’s great demand for fresh herbs. If you have a green thumb, you can grow pots of herbs and supply them to local restaurants and restaurants. Likewise, you can join weekend farmers’ markets and develop other products using your herbs such as rosemary salt, lavender soaps, herb-infused oils, and others.

Online boutique – If you’re into fashion and you can easily identify a good style product when you see one, or you have a knack for designing clothes and can even make them, you can set up a shop online and effectively promote it on social media.

There are still so many easy business ideas to try at home. But to ensure big income and growth for the business you choose, apply these important home business tips: Prioritise, manage time wisely, get the help you need, grow your knowledge about your business, create your own office hours, and make the business official.

About the author

Jessica Sommers is a freelance writer interested on topics about internet marketing strategies. She loves to learn and share knowledge regarding internet marketing. She visits sites like http://lifetranz.com.

How To Build A Successful Online Business

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So how do you build a successful business online, and how do you make the most money in the fastest way possible?

Successful Online BusinessIf you listen to some internet marketing gurus, you might get taught that the fastest way is to build an email list of targeted subscribers.

There is nothing wrong with this strategy, in fact it’s a proven business model that has made many people millionaires, it’s just a matter of doing it in the right way, and it’s not easy, no matter what anyone says.

In the early days of the internet, it was easy to dominate a niche, and to get targeted clicks for a cent each, from ads, solo ads to other people’s lists, and other things.

It’s no longer that easy, as there is a lot more competition, and so the average targeted click is now worth about twenty cents to a dollar, or even more.

What people often find with building a list is that they have to pay a lot of money in advertising and promotion to build it quickly enough to just pay for the Aweber monthly fee, website hosting and the domain name and all of that.

I’m not a big fan of spending thousands of dollars before you even know if you’re going to make a return on your investment, because I never had thousands of dollars to risk.

How To Build A List Without Risking Your House

You can try doing SEO on a squeeze page or sales page, but SEO usually requires you have a full website with a blog and many pages of high quality content on your site, and that you have back links pointed back at your site from other domains.

I just had my subscriber form in a sidebar widget on this site, and as you can see, it’s no longer there, because I only got fifty subscribers.

The problem I had was that it was too slow for me, I didn’t have the money to spend on a paid advertising campaign that I suspected wouldn’t make a profit, and I didn’t like what I had to do to make money out of my list.

For example, I could either tell people over and over again to contact me for one or other of my many services, or I could send them out my blog posts, or I could promote other people’s stuff.

When you put Clickbank products in your emails to your list, you kind of know that you’ve run out of anything quality to send them.

You can send out affiliate links like Aweber clicks or WSOs from the Warrior Forum, or you could try Amazon products if you’re in that niche, or maybe sell solo ads, or CPA offers.

Why I Stopped Building A List And Started Doing Other Things

For me, I felt like a sell out doing any of those things, and it didn’t make me look like I had integrity, and I didn’t feel like I had integrity, selling products that I’ve never tried.

They could be scams, rip offs, or just really annoying, and I wouldn’t have the time or money to test them all out, and so couldn’t be sure.

My friend is just about to start building his list, and he has a bit better idea, he’s got a front end product worth two hundred dollars but he’s selling it for twenty, and it’s really worth the price.

He’s got this WordPress theme that allow you to make all sorts of sales pages and squeeze pages and e-books that explain how to do everything, and it all seems good in theory.

You sell a good product to people, and create a buyer’s list, making back enough money to cover the immediate costs of buying traffic.

The thing is, does it work in practice? Well, stay tuned to this blog to find out the answer.

You can subscribe to my RSS feed, or you can find it if you like one or more of my Facebook pages, follow me on Twitter, (from the sidebar), or just come back to the site in a week or a month.

By the time you read this, it could be years later, so why not just send me an email and ask me how I can help you build a list, a social following, Google rankings, and all the thing you need to create a successful online business.

My email address is in the sidebar, I personally find it easier talking to people one on one through email, rather than sending out automated messages. Get in touch, I can help you with all of these things and more.

 

Ways To Promote Your Business On Social Media

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Ways to promote your businessGuest post by Diana Maria

As a business owner, you cannot remain away from the gaze of social media.

The advent of social media has brought about a revolution in the online world and besides being a medium of communication, social media and social networking sites can be effectively used for business promotion.

Get smart and put innovation to work. A range of options exist when it comes to promoting business online.

Use these ways to effectively promote your business on social media sites and you will reap the benefits.

1.) Facebook

Promoting your business online through Facebook is a viable way of generating revenue and spreading your reach.

You can set up a business page on Facebook and highlight special efforts to all those who like the page.

Updating the page at least once a month is a good idea. Additionally, you can post polls in form of questions on the page and ask the readers their comments on the topic.

For example, If the business is related to information technology, you can ask the readers their preference of the laptop models.

Ask your customers to share pictures of products they bought from your website on the facebook page.

This way you will not only instill confidence in the new customers but will make your regular ones feel special and they will connect with you in a better way.

Add a touch of innovation to your efforts and reduce the workload on managing separate Facebook pages.

Allowing subscribers on your personal page is a good idea as this will increase your reach and even your friends and family who have little knowledge of your online business promotion endeavors will connect with you.

2.) Twitter

Twitter is another social media platform that can be used to generate revenue and promote business, the online way. Twitter can be used to tweet unusual facts related to the business, simultaneously you can also leave a link to the product page on the site.

To make your business ideas acceptable and understandable across the customer segment, you can promote small tips on Twitter on the ways to use products or service. Additionally, pictures related to business can be tweeted to those who follow you.

3.) You Tube

You Tube is a video medium of sharing your thoughts and promoting the ideas. You can create a YouTube channel for the business and add videos that help you promote the product range.

You can ask your customers to get competitive. Start a video contest for them and ask them to post videos of your products that they might be using. Share these videos via You Tube with your other customers.

This will help them develop a judicious view of your ideas and let them understand your vision in a better way. Connect with your viewers. Visual contact helps generate compassion and develops a genuine bond between you and your customers.

Post a small video on You Tube wherein you are explaining about the benefits of your product range. Ensure that you update the video every week and post something new. This way you will be able to generate quality feedback and improve upon your endeavors.

4.) LinkedIn

LinkedIn is another innovative way of connecting with customers. Have a LinkedIn profile and add the link of the same to your website. Ensure that you update the profile with new links, articles and books that you are reading.

This will create a positive ambiance with the customers and they will appreciate your professional attitude.

Joining LinkedIn groups that your customers might be using is a worthy idea. You can post questions and comments on these group pages and ask your customers to offer their answers and suggestions.

The more you get active, more are the chances of receiving business queries that will eventually stand to benefit your business.

5.) Google Plus

Google plus is a recently launched social media platform that has gained popularity with tech savvy people.

You can create circles in the personal Google plus profile and use the same specifically for your customers and other people who show interest in using your service or product.

Post quality content related to the brand or service on the Google plus profile and ask customers to offer their comments and suggestions.

Every genuine suggestion received should be acknowledged. This creates a sense of trust amongst customers and helps in business growth too.

The multi user chat tool in Google plus should be used creatively to connect with customers. This helps in being updated on various developments and being a step ahead of your competitors.

Social media is a valuable tool and its effective use can help you build up the business. Try the same and see the difference it makes to your business promotion endeavors.

Author Bio:

Diana is a writer/blogger. She loves writing travelling and reading books. She contributes to bornrich.com, a site for the rich, and those who want to be rich.

Why Some Businesses Succeed Online

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How Businesses Succeed Online

Guest post by Randolf John Burton

The way how things run in the business sector nowadays has changed. A simple business’ promotion may have started from “word of mouth”.

Then going to flyer distributions and mobile text messaging, then radio or news print advertisement, and finally progressing to television marketing.

However, with the birth of so many technological innovations – especially with the viral world wide web applications and mobile technologies,business competition goes to a higher level.

In our daily lives, we are facing 1.5 billion pieces of content – whether in printed form, softcopy, or web-based. With this, businessmen have to exert great efforts in succeeding over their competitors. Some end up with triumph, some don’t.

One great factor lies in the ability of the company to adapt and take advantage of technological advancements, especially those that are related to the renowned world wide web. One good instance would be infographics marketing.

Infographics are graphic visual representations of data intended to present complex information or data in a clear and brief manner. They are the chosen marketing media of successful businesses due to the following factors:

  • They are attractive – Infographics is a combination of the best texts, images, and design that comes in various colors, shapes, or graphs. Usually, people read further on things that initially calls their attention.

  • They are precise and organized – People prefer to know all the information they need from a one-page presentation with only the key points being illustrated, rather than reading a very long document and picking the key points themselves along the line.

  • With interaction – Most of the businesses nowadays are creating interactive graphics which enables users to click through text or image links to open further information on a different interface. Taking readers through a series of slides will help keep them engaged, learning, and satisfied. Thus, potentially leading to an established business reputation and more sales.

  • They are shareable and accessible – A survey of 600 small business owners across the United States indicates that 90% are actively engaged in social networking sites. Because of their visually-appealing and informative feature, infographics are greatly shared in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. They also comes with HTML-embed code which can link back to your business’ website.

A well-presented infographics or information graphics creates professional and trusted impression. In the online marketing arena, this could greatly help boost a business’ online presence or authority, as well as traffic which may be converted to valuable sales.

Author Bio:

Randolf John Burton is a marketing specialist who is keen in identifying problems and ideal strategies in having productive online business. He currently works for http://www.loopyart.com/ a website which provides awesome infographic submissions which keep its readers well-informed and entertained at the same time.