If you think that starting your own online home business is the answer to your problems; whether it's money, child care, illness or a desire for more free time, then you MUST choose wisely. Too many individuals eagerly leave their paying jobs in order to pursue their own "online home business" only to return to the unemployment arena looking for work and carrying a massive debt from their ventures. How can you find the answer to your quest for self-employment without failing? DESIRE DISCRETION DISCIPLINE DESIRE ---- If you think that running your own online home business is merely a matter of using your brains then you are sure to be disappointed. Successful entrepreneurs have a common thread no matter if they run the run a country gas station or a Fortune 500 company - DESIRE. If you don't have the drive and determination to work for yourself - if you can't give up the security of a regular pay cheque - you will have great difficulty working for yourself. DISCRETION ---- Expect to fail. There are many online home business opportunities available. Some are good, some are frauds and several are absolutely perfect - for YOU. Each individual's strengths and talents will impact which business model will suit them best. If you are very shy or hate to talk to people than it would be wise to stay away from online home businesses that require a lot of face-to-face selling. If the product is not something you would personally use it is not something you will want to promote and that will show in your efforts. Take stock of your abilities and interests and try several online home businesses that are related. Not all will suit you, but trying things will ultimately improve your online home business skills overall. If you do fall for what turns out to be a fraud, consider it education and move on - you will not likely make the same mistake again. Consider talking to online home business owners who do what you want to do or to people who may use your product or service. Research the online home business and read the fine print! DISCIPLINE ---- You don't have a boss or a time clock, but if you expect to make a living then you will have to discipline yourself. Have a schedule that you follow every day. Plan your time wisely. Although many procrastinators actually do well working for themselves it is still vitally important to know what needs to be done and to have the discipline to follow through. A few bad jobs or unhappy customers can have lasting impact on your [*_*]. Many have found great happiness and success working for themselves. Enjoy the search and find YOUR perfect [*_*]!
There are two type of people in the world. Those who see the glass half empty and those who see it half full. This experience was heightened for me when I had lunch with an old colleague from work and he began to complain about how only rich people could start a business. I thought he was joking. As I sat and listened he ranted for almost ten minutes giving all the reasons he could not start his own business and get out of the rat race. He talked about the high cost of start ups, franchising and real estate development. When he finally came up for air I decided to ask simply ask him one question. Mark, Have you every asked yourself what kind of low cost businesses with high profit margins are out there?He looked like he had been run over by a truck. I went on to say, You are just asking the wrong question. He sat for a minute and said, Ok, if youre so smart give me some ideas. I said, Great. Oh and by the way let's make it fun and focus on the ones you can work from home in your pajamas.Here are the 5 low cost high profit businesses I shared with Mark.1. Internet Marketing: Do you have a computer in your home? If so you could be sitting on a gold mine. People use the internet to do all types of things. From a multimillion dollar wire jewelry making enterprise to a young kid from Long Beach California who created his empire teaching people how to play music by ear. Everyday people are getting on the internet and pursuing their own dot com fortune. 2. Tele-seminars: If you not a very technical person one of thebest strategies is tele-seminars. With simply a telephone and a conference call line for your guest to call in on you can offer a class or seminar. You can either use it as a lead generator or you can sell your product or service from the seminar itself. An additional product can come from recording the class. Once you record the class it can become an instant product you can create passive income from.3. Joint Ventures: If you like the idea of not needing a product or money of your own than the idea of joint venturing could be for you. This business is simply the art of the deal. You are paid in direct proportion to your ability to bring together two parties who would not otherwise know each other outside of your introduction.For example if you combine company As products, knowledge, resources and partner it with company Bs client list you get to share in the profits. And it would not cost you one cent. 4. Affiliate Marketing: What if someone else did most of the work but you got to share in the profit pie? Well, that iswhat affiliate marketing is all about. There are thousands ofproducts ranging from digital down loads, books,seminars not to mention hard products like computers, cell phones and othertechie stuff. Your job is to find the products that your market is interested in and when you sell something you get a percentage of the sale. You can do this without having any inventory or the overhead of a traditional business.5. Information Products: This is one of the most highly lucrative low cost businesses you can get into. If you have specialized knowledge or can do you can research and reporton it you can create products that are highly profitable. For example, one of the fastest ways to success is to interview experts in a high demand niche market.Once you have interviewed these experts you can take the information and create several different products from the one interview. Some of the things you can do is sell the recording itself, sell the transcript of the call, use some of the content create an e-book or report or take several of the interviews and put them together for an expert tape series. 6. Network Marketing/MLM: I have always been a fan of networkmarketing because the business model is as much about self development as it is building a business. The premise is you find a company that you are passionate about the product, has a proven system and strong team leadership. Most of these companies are low cost of entry. And you build your empire leveraging the efforts of many.Some people incorrectly believe you are going to get rich off the back of someone else. Not true. The very core of network marketing is built on the fact that you get paid in direct proportion of your ability to recruit, train, inspire, support and lead a voluntary group of people. For those who can do this the rewards are great.7. EBay: I was recently introduced to the EBay craze by someonewho in the beginning had no money so he decided to sell a tape set a friend had created. This product was a compilation of interviews with successful entrepreneurs. Their first sale was $37.00 and they went on to build multi-million dollar empire. EBay is one of the quickest ways to get to a profit. You can take things that you have in your garage today and sell them on EBay tomorrow. Remember one mans junk is another mans treasure. At the end of the lunch something interesting happened. My friend Mark was starting to see the glass half full. How about you? Are you looking for a business you can start without breaking the bank? The above five businesses are just a few ideas to jump start your thought process. However, make no mistake you can start a low cost high profit business and enjoy it while lounging in your pajamas.
Many people are looking to the Internet to work from home earning money. Many will succeed, while others barely make it or fail. Why is it that some are successful and others are not? Well I think at least part of the problem is that many people will try and find the easiest program that pays the most amount of money and simply join. This is setting yourself up for failure.It is very important that you match up your skill sets, financial goals and comfort level with the program or programs that you decide to join. Some may not have the necessary skill sets to be successful. It depends on what type of work at home opportunity you choose. Most or you, who are reading this article, can operate a computer and have the desire to "work at home" , have all the tools necessary to do the job. Some just need the reassurance of training.I decided to research the Internet with an eye toward specialized training for a wide variety of work at home programs. I was pleased to see that there are companies that do offer just what many or looking for.An example of what I found is as follows:You sign up and begin your training on day 1. In 3-5 business days they send you a CD by mail. Upon receipt of the cd simply install the program into your computer. The remainder of the training, software, manuals and job database, which is updated daily, are included in the program you installed.When you go to the software section there was tons of jobs listed alphabetically. You can read through the success stories by users on the site. One person said, in so many words, that: "You go to the "job" area first. Pick a job you like, download the training and software. Then once you complete the training you do the job." Now that's what we are looking for!I like this idea, and it would help many people. This gives people the training or reinforces what they already know. Sometimes it's just a vehicle to get someone over the fear factor. In my opinion almost anyone can do what is required with these work at home programs.What I really liked in many of the training oriented programs I found where that they offered a variety of work at home jobs, but they did not stop there. They had the total package. Think about it! They find the opportunity, train you for it and then once you complete their training, you simply start earning cash. One stop shopping, what a novel idea.Several things to consider are as follows:1. Either do the research your self or use a site that has done some research.2. Remember you will have to do some "work from home" . Nothing is free.3. Put forth the time and effort to be successful.Give yourself a chance. Please feel free to read both this article or one of my many others by visiting my link in the resource box below. I always enjoy getting emails pertaining to my articles or my site. Your feedback is important to me.In Summary, do your research, pick a program that meets your skill sets, income goals and comfort level, and start earning money from the comfort of your home.
Gone are the days of secretaries being tied to desks outside the bosss office. With the advancement of technology, a new online home based business is developing along with it the virtual assistant. This "online home based business" allows someone to do almost all of the administrative tasks necessary for a business from home, which benefits both the employer and the virtual assistant. By not having to pay for benefits, an online home based business as a virtual assistant becomes appealing especially to smaller companies on a smaller budget.For many employers, hiring a virtual assistant is much more cost effective. This online home based business allows employers to hire someone to do simple administrative tasks outside of their office, saving space. Also, since this online home based business means that the individual is a contracted employee, usually the employer does not have to pay for training, healthcare, or vacation time.Still, if you are considering starting your own online home based business as a virtual assistant, you need to realize that it is still work. You will first need to determine what type of virtual assistant you want to be, and you will need to gear your online home based business toward that niche. Then you will need to decide how much time you want to devote to your online home based business so that you can set appropriate limits as a virtual assistant. Yet, you need to understand that the first days of your online home based business will probably require you to work more hours than you originally wanted to work. After all, you are still in the building phase of your online home based business opportunity as a virtual assistant, and you will want to establish solid practices to gain clientele. During this time of building your "online home based business opportunity" as a virtual assistant you will need to remain flexible.Also, creating an effective marketing strategy is essential to starting your own online home based business opportunity as a virtual assistant. You know your niche, and now you need to market your online home based business opportunity to those that will use it the most. Remember, you are trying to build your online home based business opportunity, so it is good to market yourself as a virtual assistant wherever you go. Even joining a networking group is effective if you want to build your home based business as a virtual assistant, as many companies are often looking for help with administrative tasks.There are a number of opportunities out there if you want to start an online home based business opportunity as a virtual assistant, and the start-up costs are minimal. You will just need a computer, internet connection, and the skills to go with them in order to begin your online home based business opportunity. Yet you also need to be prepared with good time management skills and marketing plan so that your online home based business opportunity as a virtual assistant becomes known as an effective and efficient help to businesses.
Most of us can easily list off 5 professional, and consequently unprofessional, business experiences weve had recently. Our interaction with these businesses may have been in the form of an email, a retail shopping experience, or a telephone conversation. In several cases, the deciding factor between a professional and an unprofessional experience may have been something so small, so simple, yet so significant. Running a home-based business often means wearing the hat of everyone from order taker to customer service specialist. A stickler for a professional image, I believe it is essential I constantly make myself aware of how clients, contractors and the public are viewing my business practices. As the sole owner of my Virtual Assistant business, I have to nobody else is going to do it for me!Im a firm believer in the K.I.S.S. method of business relations Keep It Simple, Stupid. The following five points may seem clich, and ever so simple, but its surprising how often home-based business owners forget to take notice of them. 1. Spell check. Whether you are writing an email, creating a brochure of your services, adding text to your website, or writing a thank-you card, double check your work! Just about every program you work in will have a spell check function - use it! For projects such as text for my website or brochures featuring my services, I hire a professional editor to review what Ive written. You may ask, Isnt a professional editor going to cost me a lot of money? No! There are hundreds of Virtual Assistants who, for a surprisingly low fee, will edit your correspondence. It will save you the embarrassment of spelling mistakes, an error which may very well cost you a future customer.2. The telephone. Have you ever called your favourite retail shop or your local notary public to hear them answer, Hello? No? Neither have I. Businesses answer their phone stating their business name, as should you! Unfair or not, some potential customers have a negative preconceived notion about home-based businesses, so let them know from the moment they call that you are a professional organization. Ensure your answering machine or voicemail clearly notes your business name, and directions for leaving a message or alternate contact information. If your business line is also your home line, instruct others in your home how you want calls answered during business hours. Also explore the option of getting a smart ring number or a voicemail system with multiple mailboxes. 3. Professional documentation. Business cards, brochures, emails, website content, faxes, written quotes and RFPs. Always give out typed, clean-looking, professional documentation with your company contact information. If budget allows, hire a graphic designer to create your companys brand image so you keep a consistent branding with all of your correspondence. Lots of Virtual Assistants have a background in graphic design, and offer these services. Not in the budget just yet? There are easy-to-use software programs with template designs, which you can customize with your own information and flair. 4. Mind your manners. Smile when you are on the phone. Say please and thank you. Treat each and every phone call and email with this kind of care, and you will surely see repeat customers and referrals. Let customers know you appreciate their patronage. A sincere thank you for your business will go a surprisingly long way. Dealing with a home-based business is often a new experience for customers. Show them your level of professionalism by keeping your manners in check. 5. Know your policies, your product, your business. It is most unprofessional when the owner of a company does not know the answer to a question about their business. When someone asks for a quote, they are expecting an answer of how much your business will charge to provide them with a service. Potential customers dont want to hear how youre just redoing your pricing and youve never done this before but think $40/hr sounds fair. They dont want to hear that now you have people sign a contract because once upon a time you didnt sign one and you were never paid for that assignment. You are the professional. Give clear answers to the inquiries you receive about your service offerings, pricing, policies, etc. Just be mindful. Operating a new or home-based business of any kind is certainly a lot of work, and a continuous battle to gain confidence from customers who may well be used to dealing with larger, potentially more established businesses/industries. Step up to the plate, be mindful of your professionalism, and others will be confident in hiring your services, or purchasing your products.