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01.01.06

Practical Money-Saving Tips For Small Businesses

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

One of the primary concerns all small businesses have is
saving money. When it’s time to trim the fat, most look for
one giant expense to decrease or eliminate in order to stay
within budget. More often than not, it doesn’t work that
way.

Most budgeting experts will tell you that re-evaluating
your overall expenses and cutting each by just a bit will
actually gain you more ground than doing without something
major that you really need. Here are a few ideas of areas
to look at and costs to reduce that can have a major impact
on your overall profits.

1) Internet Access - Every online business owner must have
access to the Web. But consider this. The market is so
flooded with ISPs that you have a lot of room to dicker.
Start by searching the Internet under keywords like “cheap
internet access” or “discount isp” to bring up lists of
possibilities. Then, do one of two things.

(a) Try some of these independent ISPs. Smaller companies
can have high quality service and support just like the
“big boys”. One business owner I know recently switched
from Prodigy ($21.95/mth) to a smaller ISP that only
charges $12.50/mth with no contracts. She actually liked
the new provider better and it costs her about half as
much. [Savings of $113.40 per year.]

(b) Renegotiate with your existing ISP. Most larger ISPs
know you have a choice of a thousand other companies.
Because of this, they are normally more than willing to
renegotiate your costs. Be honest. Tell them you are a
small business owner and you need to cut expenses. Explain
that you’ve been pleased with their service but will be
forced to go with someone else if some sort of arrangement
isn’t worked out. Another friend of mine did this and
received 6 months free! Most will offer 2-3 months free
and/or a discount with an annual agreement. NOTE: When you
approach your ISP, be fully prepared to switch to someone
else if your offer is rejected. [Savings of $105.80 per
year with 3 months free and reduced, annual rate.]

2) Switch From A Merchant Account To A Payment Service - If
you have a low volume of credit card transactions, it might
benefit you to switch from a merchant account to some sort
of payment service like Pay Pal or ClickBank. Statement
fees, monthly fees, discount percentages and the like can
all add up to big money.

While payment services normally have reduced fees, they do
have higher “per transaction” costs so you’ll have to do
some math to find out if this is a good idea for your
business. Just take an “average” invoice amount from a sale
and multiply it times 12 to get a base total to work with.
Now, add in your 12 months worth of fees for statement,
monthly access, discount percentage, per transaction cost,
etc. This is your “example” total. Do the same with several
payment services using their costs to see which one, over
time, would be less expensive for you.

If you were paying a $15 statement fee, $20 monthly fee, 3%
+ $.35 per transaction and $25 monthly gateway fee, your
annual expenses would be $742.20 for an average transaction
of $50.00. Your annual fees for a payment service with
3.5%, $1.00 per transaction and a one-time $50.00 set up
charge would only be $83.00 per year. [Savings of $659.20
per year.]

3) Re-evaluate Your Long Distance Costs - Competition is
the small business owner’s friend! With hundreds of long
distance companies out there, you can drastically reduce
your charges instantly. Again - use the ‘Net to search for
inexpensive long distance service. A business owner I know
changed from a MCI “program” to one of those 10-10
companies and reduced her per minute charge from $ .07 to $
.05. Depending on the volume of calls you make, some
programs offer rates as low as $ .03 per minute. [Estimated
savings of $20-$30 per year for 1,000 minutes.]

From just these three little things, we’ve saved an
estimated $802.60 per year. That’s enough to make anyone’s
spreadsheet sing! Go through your list of costs and you
will most likely find other expenses that can easily be
reduced with a bit of research and a phone call or two.

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12.16.05

Little Known Tax Deductions That Can Save You Big

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

When you say “end of the year”, most small business owners
think of two things immediately. The *second* is the
holidays. The *first* is taxes! While almost all of us pay
taxes quarterly, we still have to file in January. That
means November and December are spent getting ready. When
you’re gathering all your information together for your
accountant, don’t forget about these regularly overlooked
deductions.

Mileage

Sure, most of us already know that we can deduct a mileage
allowance from our taxes. However, many of us (especially
dot coms who don’t travel much) don’t bother to keep track
of our travels thinking it won’t be worth the trouble. Oh,
but it is!

I had the same mind-set, but - at the urging of my
accountant - decided to keep track and see for myself. I’ll
never neglect to do it again! Even though almost every
place that I travel is nearby, when I added up all the
10-mile trips to the office supply store, the bank, etc.,
it turned out to be a hefty total. Haven’t kept track this
year? Start now.

Go back and look for deposits in your check register. This
would have meant you traveled to the bank on that date…
write it down. Do you have receipts from the office supply
store? You must have traveled on that day, too. Write that
down. Keep all your information on a log sheet with the
date, number of miles traveled round trip, and the purpose
of the drive (i.e., office supply store, bank deposit,
etc.). You’ll be pleased to find that even short, weekly
trips all throughout the year can add up to 800 - 1,000
miles or more. Multiply that times the 2002 allowance of
36.5 cents per mile and you get a $292 - $365 tax deduction!

Bad Debt

Did you sell products or services to someone who did not
pay you? Have you tried to collect the money without
success? You can write those losses off and get a deduction
for them. No, it won’t equal the total amount of the money
you lost, but it is better than nothing.

Simply gather the information about the sale, the invoice
you submitted to the customer, and documentation of your
attempts to collect the amount owed. You do not have to
file bad debt deductions in the same year they occurred, so
if you have old losses, gather the information now so you
can include it on your 2002 return.

Travel

Almost any trip can become a business trip if you plan it
right. Even if you’re traveling to your 20-year high school
reunion, you can write off your travel expenses IF you play
your cards right.

While mingling with your old chums, collect some business
cards, and hand out a few of your own. Ask people what they
do for a living (in tax talk that relates to “market
research”), and set up a phone call or two for when you
return home.

I know one woman who took a pleasure trip to England.
However, while she was there, she took tons of pictures of
museums, landscapes, etc. She gathered brochures and picked
up some information from a few local vendors. She used
these things to justify her trip as business travel for her
set design (theater) company.

No, you don’t have to spend the entire trip talking/doing
business. Just be able to document that you did some
business while you were there. You can also take deductions
for lodging and meals while you’re on your trip so save
your receipts!

As you can see, there are many tax deductions available to
you. To find out about more, set up a “pre-tax” appointment
with your accountant or tax pro. They can give you
information on additional tax deductions that might apply
to your particular industry. When you add up all the small
stuff, you can end up with some major tax savings!

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12.09.05

Failure is Not an Option

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is
that online businesses — just like brick and mortar
businesses — have a very high failure rate for startups.
Ever wonder why that is? There are several business
consultants, success gurus, and motivational experts who
can tell you. The problem is: Most of us don’t listen.

How many times have we heard the “success secrets” of the
multimillion-dollar pros? Countless times we have all been
preached to about setting goals, having a defined plan,
giving it all we’ve got, and aiming high. Yet still, take a
look around. The statistics of small business failures have
not changed. In the first five years of starting a new
business, the odds say that you’ll fail.

Ready for the good news? There is one thing I can tell you
– from personal experience, and from the experience of
well-known, successful online business owners that I know.
More important than setting goals, more than following a
plan, more than shooting for the moon, is your mindset. Ask
people who have succeeded online how they did it, and they
are sure to tell you that they had to. That’s right — they
HAD to. Why? Because failure is not an option.

When you set your sights on something as grand as starting
your own business, you simply have to have the mindset
that, regardless of what happens, you will not allow
yourself to fail.

When difficulties come, the “failure is not an option”
attitude will drive you to overcome them. When things
aren’t going as you originally planned (and many times they
won’t), “failure is not an option” will keep you from
folding. When everybody else tells you that you can’t make
it, you will be able to tell them you can because “failure
is not an option.”

Those whose thinking allows them an “out,” those who begin
a business with the idea that if it doesn’t work out — “oh
well,” are the ones who will most likely falter. However,
on the other hand, those who have no choice but to succeed
will do exactly that.

Are you considering starting a new business? Do you have a
business that isn’t performing the way it should? Take a
look at your attitude. Yes, it is important to set goals
and follow through with them. It is vital that you have the
knowledge and funds to operate a business the right way.
However, those things won’t carry you very far if you allow
yourself to think that it’s OK to fail.

Take some time this week to double-check your thinking. Are
you “hoping” your company will make it? Do you “wonder” if
everything will work out all right? When you eliminate the
option of failure, you open up the flow of creativity, you
boost your level of willpower, and you energize your
thinking so that only those things that lead to success can
control your mind. Once you accomplish that, the only
viable alternative is to make it, and make it big!

Amazingly Simple (Yet Super Powerful)
Ways To Skyrocket Your Sales And Build Your Business
Into A Tower of Profits! ==

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12.03.05

Creating A Network That Works

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

Do you ever stand in awe of those people who seem to know
everybody and everything? I know I do! Regardless of what
you’re looking for, these people have their finger on the
pulse of the ‘Net and know where to find it. Their network
of resources and people is incredible! Yours can be, too.
It’s actually very simple to create a network that works to
bring you business, offers feedback and provides those
resources that we all need to have.

—- Make A Wish List

The first step in creating a network that works is making a
list of what you want. Go ahead, think of the perfect
situation where you would have anything you needed at your
fingertips. For example, if you have a Web design business
you might find it very helpful to create associations with
people who offer services that compliment yours. Why?
Because if these people are heavily involved with the
process of getting a Web-based business up and going, they
could send you many leads and that could turn into paying
clients.

What else might you want? Perhaps free advertising or
publicity to bring more business your way? Sure! Write it
down on the wish list.

—- Making Wishes Come True

Now, the next step is to find the resources you need in
order to make those wishes realities. It’s not as difficult
as it sounds. Just expand on your wish list a bit in the
following way.

We mentioned needing associations with service providers
that compliment our example of Web design. So write down
companies that provide: Web hosting, merchant accounts,
shopping carts, autoresponders, Internet checks,
copywriting, graphic design and scripting/programming.

We also said we needed some advertising or publicity. So
add to the list the following: ezine ad swaps, banner ad
swaps, local newspapers, local TV and radio stations,
Chambers of Commerce.

Finally, it’s time to go to work. The best way to start is
to alert your friends and associates of what you are trying
to accomplish. It’s simple to send a quick email that
states something to the effect of, “I’m in the process of
expanding my resources and find I’m in need of the
following [provide the list]. If you know of anyone who you
highly recommend in one of the above areas, please offer
them my phone number and email address. I am interested in
arranging a joint affiliation with them in order to
increase both our businesses.”

You can also send the same message to any lists or bulletin
boards you frequent. Most people are more than happy to
refer those they have had pleasant working relationships
with.

—- Final Decisions

Lastly, once you get the results from your search back,
contact the ones you feel most comfortable with. Again,
honestly explain what you are doing and that you would like
to create a joint partnership with them in order to
exchange leads, prospects and services.

Even if someone does not suit your needs at the moment,
enter them into your database for future reference. I once
had a graphic designer’s email address and samples for 6
months before having a need for them. However, because I
had already established contact, once my need arose it was
smooth sailing!

When you are ready to begin your projects, just contact
those on your list who can fill a need. Perhaps you want to
advertise your Web design services. You can ask someone in
your network (a Web host, a graphic artist, etc.) to
participate in joint advertising with you. This will allow
you to get excellent exposure for ½ the price because those
costs are shared with your “partner”.

You can also set up a referral process. I have several
arrangements with others in where we exchange referrals.
Some do it for a fee, others just do it on a one-for-one
basis. You and your network member can decide what works
best for you.

The results of this simple process are normally tremendous.
The majority of small business owners are always looking
for ways to expand their businesses. Exchanging leads with
one another, creating joint affiliations and bartering are
great ways to create a broad network that truly does work!

Amazingly Simple (Yet Super Powerful)
Ways To Skyrocket Your Sales And Build Your Business
Into A Tower of Profits! ==

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11.26.05

Back to the Basics: How to Successfully Start an Online Business

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

As someone who has been running a full-time Internet
business for years, I often have to remind myself that
there are thousands of business “newbies” who are just
starting out. As I get farther and farther into the realm
of online business, I find that the basics for starting
your own business still hold true.

If you begin with a solid foundation, you increase your
chances of success. With that in mind, I’d like to share
some of those truths with you now in an effort to help you
get started on the right foot.

Build a Professionally Designed Web Site

One of the biggest mistakes startups make is to save money
by creating a Web site themselves. Unless you are
graphically talented and have a good deal of experience
with Web design, I would not recommend this.

Your Web site is ALL that your site visitors have to base
their decisions on. Your site’s design simply must give
your visitor a sense of professionalism, trust, security,
and ease. A “homemade” looking site screams “I’m a startup
business who has no money and may go out of business at any
minute!” You don’t want to portray that type of image.

If you can’t afford to hire a pro to design your site, that
leaves you with one of two choices. First, wait and save
some more money. Or wait and learn to do it yourself
properly.

Yes, You DO Need To Know at Least a Little HTML…

Whether you have someone else design your site or you do it
yourself, you’ll need to have a good knowledge of HTML
basics. No… you don’t need to be able to write full-blown
code in HTML, but you DO need to be able to make changes to
your site, load scripts, and handle several other minor
administrative details.

HTML basics are very easy to learn. Once you get a handle
on this language, you’ll be in a much better position to
save time and money when it comes to keeping your Web site
fresh and up-to-date.

Content Is King

The saying may be out of date, but the principle is
definitely still accurate. People come to the Internet for
information. Buyers need to be convinced in order to
purchase. Search engines rank your site based primarily on
the words on the pages. The whole virtual world revolves
around content.

Not to sound like a broken record, but if you aren’t able
to write compelling copy that persuades your visitors to
take action, you would be better off waiting to launch your
site. Just as with Web design, you have two choices. First,
wait and save some money in order to pay a professional
copywriter. Or take the time to learn to do it yourself
properly.

Never Use a Free Host

Free Web hosting companies trade you space on their servers
for pop-up ads on your site. In many cases, the host uses
several pop-up ads. How annoyed do YOU get when you visit a
site and seven or eight pop-up or pop-under windows launch?
Then don’t put your customers through that same aggravation.

There are a multitude of hosts now that charge less than
$10 per month. No pop-ups, lots of features, and good
service, too. Use one of those as opposed to the freebie
hosts.

Pursue Free Search Engine Listings

Search engines (such as Google and AOL) can be an
exceptional way to drive traffic to your site. By
incorporating just a few “rules of the game,” you can rank
quite highly in most engines. It will be VERY worth your
while to learn about search engine optimization basics.
This can be an ongoing source of qualified traffic for you
for years to come.

Above all, don’t rush! The Internet isn’t going anywhere.
Those who hurry to throw a site up quickly find themselves
with all sorts of problems. If you take your time and get a
decent “Internet business education” before you launch your
site, you’ll bypass many of the struggles most startups
have. You’ll also increase your chances of success and find
that profits come much more easily than you thought!

Amazingly Simple (Yet Super Powerful)
Ways To Skyrocket Your Sales And Build Your Business
Into A Tower of Profits! ==

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11.17.05

All The Comforts Of Home - Or Home Office!

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

With the continued explosion of small business startups
these days, home office setups are becoming more and more
of an issue. You need all the standard equipment of a brick
and mortar business, but can you afford them? And does it
really make a difference? The answer to both questions is
yes!

Many home business entrepreneurs feel that if they don’t
have clients stopping by, they don’t need to have a good
office setup. An old desk, your child’s forsaken bookshelf,
a chair from the kitchen table, and a miscellaneous table
or two will work just fine. The rest is just fluff.

However, consider these things. Every human being responds
to his/her surroundings in one form or another. When your
office looks like a professional place of business, you
actually respond by being more professional with your
clients and vendors. But more importantly, “leftover” desks
and chairs are normally not as comfortable as furniture
specifically designed for an office. When you spend a
tremendous amount of time at your desk, you physically need
it to be as comfortable as possible.

Chairs that provide little support, desks that don’t offer
enough space or aren’t ergonomically correct, and a setup
that does not lend itself to ease and functionality often
cause back, neck, shoulder, and eye strains. These may only
manifest themselves in the form of fatigue at first, but
eventually can develop into more serious conditions.

If you intend to work at home full-time, make sure you have
the best equipment you can have. You’ll need a chair
designed to offer full support over long periods of time.
You’ll want a desk that offers ample space, with a keyboard
tray to help prevent shoulder strain. You’ll also need your
monitor placed at eye level and to have even, natural
lighting in the room.

Think you can’t afford all these things? Sure you can!
Check your local phone directory for used office furniture.
You’ll be amazed at the bargains you can find. I recently
purchased a used desk that was in perfect condition for
only $225. The new price was $650. Office chairs,
bookcases, printer stands, lamps, and all types of other
office furniture were available at 50%-80% off. I could
have revamped my entire office for the price of one desk
bought at retail.

Other options? Check your Sunday newspaper for “going out
of business postings”, auctions, and used furniture
listings. There are bargains to be found everywhere.

When it comes to your small business, you need to consider
yourself and your well-being first. After all, if YOU
aren’t in good shape, how can your business be? With a
little investigation, you can have all the comforts of home
(or home office) for a fraction of the cost.

Amazingly Simple (Yet Super Powerful)
Ways To Skyrocket Your Sales And Build Your Business
Into A Tower of Profits! ==

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11.15.05

How to Advertise your Home Business

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

I don’t know about you, but when I first started working online I had no idea where to advertise. I always hoped that someone would tell me where the best places are. Eventually I found good places here and there and learned that what works for me may not work for everyone, and what doesn’t work for everyone might work for me.

So, I decided to try everything I came across, and with link tracking I have learned what works best for me. If you need a place to track your links you can try here : http://www.clickaudit.com/

Ok, so where should we start. Let’s try with what I wrote about in my last article…click through sites. Not the best way to advertise but works for some. I will list some new click through sites I like in this article, but for my original list you can find it http://www.home-based-business-income.com/article1.html. The newer sites are Xtreamsurf and Screenblaze.

Both of these have an automatic surf option meaning, you don’t have to sit there and click through every site. Now of course if no one is manually clicking, chances are they won’t see your site. But there are other benefits as well, for example, you can earn money with Xtreamsurf and you can earn more money if you manually surf.

I have found a new unique way of advertising. I really like this concept. It is a site that allows you to place your own billboard ads. This site is still in BETA but it is great, check it out here : http://www.clickaudit.com/goto/?6981.

Then there are safelists. These can be time consuming but well worth it, again for some, not for all.

What’s a safelist? It’s a list of people who have signed up and agreed to receive email from other people. Some have a lot of success with safelists, others do not. My favorite safelist is Herculist. You can find a large list of safelists here : http://www.clickaudit.com/goto/?6983.

Some people also use special software and products to help promote their business. I don’t do this personally, but you can find some here : http://www.clickaudit.com/goto/?6983 if interested.

I’m still trying to find more good ways of advertising, but for now, I am using what I have listed above. But there is one important point I would like to make. Although these methods may be good for getting more sales, the BEST way to get to the top of the search engines is reciprocal linking!!!!!

Kristen Pearce is the owner of http://www.home-based-business-income.com

10.18.05

How to Deliver Exceptional Customer Service

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

Having been in business a number of years, I’m amazed at the number of people who don’t have the slightest idea of what customer service is. Customer service is not a way of doing things – it’s an attitude.

I always love it when company’s send their people to seminars to learn about customer service. All the seminars will discuss the customer’s needs and expectations and the orator will package these ideas as new and cutting edge when in fact these very ideas were in practice over 30 years ago!

Somewhere along the line, we forgot the customer in favor of the bottom line. Some of this may also be attributed to different mind sets over time and how people tend to treat one another.

Let me wax poetic here a moment. When was the last time you could go to a gas station and have an attendant in a white shirt and tie wait on you, check your oil, clean your windows, and fill your tires just as a way of saying thanks for your patronage?

More than likely the station you went to had an attendant who’s appearance was disheveled, wearing more jewelry than you own, and here you are passing money through a bullet-proof panel!

It is said that Doctor’s make the worst patients, well my friend I’m here to tell you that Customer Service people make the worst consumers! With all the customer service people I’ve known over the years from both sides of the fence there’s a real lack of wanting to “champion” the cause of the customer. Few people posses that trait and those that do don’t last long as they’re viewed as oddities and pushed out in favor of the group consensus.

On the other hand, I have also met customers who no matter what approach you used they were bound and determined to make your life miserable. These people make the “fight” personal and will never be satisfied regardless of what you do.

Delivering great customer service is easy! We just need to get back to the basics that were laid down decades before – what we’ll call the tried and true methods.

How do you deliver great customer service?

1.) Smile on the phone. This simple act will set the tone for the entire conversation.

2.) How may I help you? You’re asking their permission to assist them.

3.) Use a proper salutation when talking to a customer unless permission is given otherwise, ie: Mrs., Mr., Ms., Sir, etc.

4.) Listen to their concerns. No one likes to be ignored. Everyone wants to know that not only are they being heard but that they’re being understood as well.

5.) Repeat back to the customer what it is you heard them say.

6.) Be genuine. A lack of sincerity comes across easier than you think.

7.) Care for your customer. If you think your customer needs you, you won’t be in business long. This means what it says – too many times I’ve been in meetings where this was paid lip service and its importance downplayed.

8.) Put yourself in your customers shoes – What are their concerns? Are they legitimate concerns? Do you have a plan to assist them?

9.) Customers are looking to you to help them put to rest any fears, doubts, or apprehension they may have regarding a recommended repair, service, etc., do you posses the knowledge or skill to assist them? Often time people will try to guess at an answer rather than appear less knowledgeable when in all actuality the customer would prefer honesty.

10.) Be honest and sincere in your deliberations with a customer. This one simple act will be welcomed like a breath of fresh air. You have got to know that by the time a customer has reached you they are upset and feel that they’ve been getting the runaround or have been lied to.

11.) Never promise the customer anything you can’t deliver. That goes equally for
a follow up phone call. If you tell your customer you will call – do it! Even if
it’s to tell them you have nothing to report. I don’t have enough fingers to
count the number of times a customer was surprised to get a return phone call.

12.) Never forget what it’s like to be a customer! We are all customers in one way
or another and deserve the same respect we demand from others.

By doing these things you will inspire a customer base that’s loyal and will return to you again and again. These customers will also provide the best free advertising imaginable – word of mouth!

By the same token one bad customer recommendation can cost you a large number of potential sales by the time they’re done spreading around how they were treated. Additionally, today’s consumer has the advantage of the internet to not only entertain but to educate them as well.

This is not rocket science just basic common sense and treating people the way you would like to be treated. Somewhere along the line, we lost this concept, and along with that, revenue, repeat business, our initial customer base and free advertising.

If your customer genuinely feels wanted and appreciated, you have succeeded in delivering exceptional customer service and you will have set in motion a winning formula that will guarantee your success!

Chaz Brothers is Home Business Owner & Entrepreneur. Visit his website

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10.11.05

Work at Home Business Success – Do You Have The Right Mindset?

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

Do you have the right attitude, the right mindset, to begin your home business venture, and most importantly, make it a success?

Yes!
No!
Not sure!

Here are some pointers that might be useful to you.

Mindset #1: Your home business should be your passion
Your home business must be something that interests you the most. You must be ready to do anything and everything you can, to make it a success. If you stumble, find out your mistakes, learn from it, build on it and turn it into a success story. Never quit your business. It is only when you quit, you actually fail.

Never say, “I am going to try my home business for sometime. If it is fruitful to me, I will continue with it. If not, I will just forget it.” With this attitude, you might as well forget about your home business now. Yes, right now. There is no point in continuing when you have already fixed a time for quitting.

Mindset #2: You are your own Boss, hence more responsibility
You are your own boss. Whatever happens to your business is entirely the result of your efforts. You must strive consistently to grow your business and patiently wait for success. You can only slow down when you have become successful and after you have reached a point in your business, where your initial efforts continuously produce income for you.

Never think, “I am the boss. Whether I work or not, nobody is here to question me. I can enjoy my life. I can postpone things as I like.” This will not help you or your business.

Mindset #3: You are not an employee. You are an entrepreneur
You must be willing to invest all the time you can in building your home business. You must not be time conscious when you are working for your business. Tell yourself that it will take a lot of efforts from your side before you can see your account balance grow.

Never have the thinking that you can spend exactly 1 or 2 hours on your business everyday and can earn money for every hour you work. If you have this mindset, I am sorry, you are still an employee and not an entrepreneur.

Mindset #4: Invest before expecting an Income
Understand that you need to invest some money in your business as and when required. Learn and invest wisely. If you don’t have the money to invest, have the attitude to somehow find money by reducing your unnecessary expenses.

Don’t say, “I cannot invest any money on my business. I want to first earn from it and then I will think of investing”. With this mental outlook, it is very difficult, I repeat, it is very difficult to get a good income from your business.

Mindset #5: Think Globally
With the enormous effect of the Internet on businesses, your limit is infinite. You have millions and billions of people around the world that you can reach out to. With this huge prospect base, you can only blame yourself if you are not successful.

Don’t think you can get away just by promoting your products or business among your friends and family. Don’t limit yourself to a small circle. When you do so, you may be successful to some extent, but not to the extent your business can actually take you.

Mindset #6: Keep Learning and improving your knowledge
World is changing and so should your business in this world. You have to keep up with the new trends and tools in order to keep your business going, against the vast competition it has. You have to continue to learn and implement new ways in building your business. Keep your eyes and ears open.

Don’t assume that you know everything that is required to build your business. If you do that, you are applying brakes to your own wheels. Don’t think you cannot or will not go wrong. It is acceptable to make mistakes, but only for the first time. If you repeat it the next time, it means that you haven’t learned your lessons.

So, to be a successful home business entrepreneur, be interested in your business, invest time, money and efforts into your business, always imagine and conduct yourself as an entrepreneur, have a broad mental outlook, acquire more knowledge and skills and execute them in your business.

If you do not have these right mindsets, now is the time to make a change in your attitude. If that is done, you have to wait for nothing. Just go ahead and success will soon be yours!

Sudhaa V Prabhu is a home business entrepreneur and the Webmaster of
http://www.work-from-home-legitimate-resources.com.

09.20.05

How to Make Money with an Online Home Business Without Spending a Dime!

Posted in Home Business at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

If you are reading this you must either already be working online or thinking about it. So many people are working online today and making a great deal of money doing so. I’m here to tell you how you can make money…and do it without spending a dime.

First I want to tell you I don’t believe it is possible to “make money fast”, online or off. Any business, online or off, takes time to build and to see profit. I do believe that if you want to make money faster than you need to spend a little, but, as I will show you, you can do it with no cost to you, it will just take longer.

About 95% of the programs out there are scams and many advertise that you can “make money fast”, but first give us your credit card number. This leads me to my first tip”

Never join a program that wants a payment upfront.
I don’t know about you, but I’m much more confident joining a program that tells me I can make money and don’t have to pay for it. It shows me the company is “real.”

Get a Website

You joined. Ok, next step. You now have something to sell or promote. But how? With a website. You need to show people what you are selling or promoting. Some companies give you “gateway” sties and that’s good, but not good enough. You need another avenue to “show” or link to these sites. These sites alone will not make you any money. There are many of free hosts out there that provide free web space and html editors.

When looking for a place to host your free site you have to keep a few things in mind. How much space will they give you, do they put ads on your site, and do they have their own program to help you make your site if you don’t know html. Here are some free sites but there are others:

Tripod

YahooGeoCities

Angelfire

Keep in mind that most free sites WILL put ads on yours. Because of limited space you are going to want to upgrade to a better web host…one that you will have to pay for, after you start making money with your business.

Now we will talk about how to advertise your website.

Recipricoal Linking

This is simple but time consuming. Even if you spend money on your business this is something you are going to want to do. This is what helps get your page listed higher in search engines.

The process is simple. You do a search in the top search engines using your keywords and keyword phrases. You are looking for sites with similar content to yours. Let’s use “home based business” as an example. Go to Google and put the keyword phrase “home based business” in the search box. Click the first site listed. Make sure the site contains content similar to yours than scroll looking for something like “add link”, “submit your link”, “link exhchange”, etc. Once you find it click on it and fill out the form. Fill in all the information it asks. Usually they will submit there information so you can link back to them. If they link to you, you must link back to them. If you can’t find anything on their site to link to, send the webmaster and email asking to exchange links. You want to include the title of your website, your url, and a brief description of your site.

Now do the same for the first 2-3 pages of search results. Repeat for other search engines such as Yahoo and repeat using different keywords. You will wait anywhere from an hour to a few weeks to hear back from people, you may not hear back at all. But the more links you get on your site the better your search ranking will be.

You are going to want to put links on separate pages from your home page and put no more than 99 on a page. Doing this for 2 hours a day for 2-3 months will get you high on the search engines and a LOT of traffic.

Traffic Exchanges

Many people don’t like traffic exchanges because the traffic directed to your site is not targeted. You may receive 1,000 visitors or more before getting even 1 sign-up or purchase, but if you don’t want to spend money, traffic exchanges won’t hurt.

A traffic exchange is giving you traffic in return for visiting other sites. You will only have to visit these sites for 10-30 seconds. The more you use, the more traffic you will get. Here are some traffic sites to use:

CashClicking LoadShark

BionicHits nomorehits

FastFreeway Raging Bull Traffic

FunnyFarmTraffic TrafficG

Webmasterquest TrafficSwarm

Classified and Free Ad Sites
Whether you are selling a product or promoting a business opportunity, free ad sites are great tools. You can download AdWizard for free. It will help you keep track of your ads as well as provide you will free ad sites.

Using these simple strategies will help make your business grow. I won’t lie, it will take time, but what good business didn’t take time to grow?

Good Luck.

Kristen Pearce is the owner of http://www.home-based-business-income.com

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