Is it Possible to Work at Home on the Internet?

Log on right now, there are tons of jobs available. There are jobs in many fields, freelance writing and programming. All types of positions in data entry ect. These are just a few of the examples of how to work at home on the web. Another interesting fact is that your boss could be on the other side of the world and still relaying messages to you.

The job market on the net is more kind than the real world. Where ever your skills are, you can usually find a decent paying job in your area of interest. You can also choose how you work, whether it’s many small projects or one big one. The choices are yours. (more…)

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March 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

3 Facts About Online Business

1. Instant money/success does not exist for online businesses…

Everyone on the net is anonymous. The seller and you don’t know each other. Even the emails you receive are mostly automated. Why would shoppers buy things when they have no guarantee that it will show up?

Well, the reasons are there, reputation and testimonials. This is why you need to slowly build your trustworthiness and create very satisfied customers from the ones that do buy without much “proof” from you. Your reputation as an online business will decide your fate, and building a solid rep takes time. Therefore other than little sales, there is no getting rich in a day for online businesses.

2. Viral marketing is like gambling

When doing viral marketing, remember that while the payoff can be big, it goes away just as quick as it came to you. OR nothing could happen at all. You could promote and promote and still get no money or commissions.

If you do use viral marketing, use it for making a onetime lump sum to finance your fledgling online business. Other than that as said before it could be a huge waste of your time if you try to make a living off it.

3. It’s an actual job, even building your website is…

When you have a website, you are there for the world to see. But, the world won’t see it unless you do some advertising and promoting. Where are places to promote? Obviously there are ways to pay people for getting traffic to your site. However, there is also free advertising/promotion…

They are called search engines. You know the big names where you go to find something on the net. Getting to the top pages of a search engine will give dramatic increases in business. Getting to those top pages takes time and methods so involved you won’t believe it. If you stick it out and practice the techniques and do things right, over time your ranking on the search engines will improve.

Just remember, it takes WORK and TIME to do this.

March 6, 2010 at 7:13 am

Working Online From Home With an Online Store

Online Shopping is a multi-billion industry world wide and each year the number of consumers that are shopping via the internet increases dramatically. Working online from home by setting up an online store is actually not that hard. The hardest part initially is to navigate through all the options that are out there on the internet. This article will look at the different steps that you can take to get started working online from home with an online store.If you don’t already have products and want to get started working online from home with an online store, the most important first step is to do research. Make sure that there is a demand and that the competition is not too hard. Try to find a small niche with enough potential customers and build your online store around that niche. 

The next thing you need is an online store front. There are basically three main options: 

  • Build your own simple website. If you have some knowledge of web design, you can create your own website and integrate an online payment solution such as PayPal. PayPal supports all the major credit cards and they have very simple solutions that you can use on your web site to take payment from your customers.
  • E-Commerce Solutions. There are several good eCommerce solutions or online store systems that let you set up your store and fill it up with your own products. One of the most popular ones is osCommerce (oscommerce.com). This is an open source free solution complete with a product catalog system, shopping cart and check out system. Vendio.com is another free e-commerce solution that is worth checking out. If you don’t have your own products to sell, you can make a deal with a drop shipping supplier. This way you don’t have to keep anything in stock, which is great when you first start out working online from home with an online store. You take the orders from your customers and the drop shipping supplier takes care of the packing and shipping. There are several directories online where you can find wholesalers and drop shipping suppliers. Do a Google search and you will find lots of them. Make sure you do your research on any company that you are about to make business with. There are scams out there and spending a little bit of time researching can save you a lot of time and money. Use Google and ask around in forums before you get into business with anybody online.
  • Ready Made Online Store. A ready made online store or a turnkey store is a complete e-commerce solution pre-stocked with products. All you basically have to do is to promote the store. The drawback with a ready made online store is that you can only pick products to sell that the provider of the service allows you to sell. This means that there are probably a lot of others that are selling the same products. This is a great way to get started working online from home if you want to avoid all the technical web stuff.

You can find ready made online store solutions in basically any niche and also companies that offers solutions with a wide variety of products by spending a little bit of time searching in Google. 

The next important step is to start promoting your online store. There are several free ways you can do this in addition to the paid ones such as ordinary off line advertising and paid online ads like Google AdWords. 

One of the most effective free ways is through article marketing. While it’s hard to get your website on the first page of search engines, it’s a lot easier to get an article ranked high. Write articles about topics within your niche with links to your website and submit them to article directories like EzineArticles, GoArticle and ArticleBase. 

Another effective marketing technique is forum marketing. Find forums within your niche and start to write and reply to posts. The idea is get noticed as someone that provides valuable information and help others with their problems. Do not try to sell your store in forums – then you will get banned really fast. Instead make sure you have a link to your store in your signature and once you get noticed, people will click it and visit your site. In addition you can post free classified ads at classified ads sites such as CraigsList, Kijiji and StumbleHere.  

March 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm

The 5 Laws of Successful Entrepreneurship

These 5 laws distill the wisdom from the successful entrepreneurs interviewed for the book: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times which features exclusive interviews with some notable entrepreneurs including: Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing Co., Jake Jabs of American Furniture Warehouse, Christine Comaford, Allen Fishman of TAB, Bob Parsons of Go Daddy, and Michael Gerber of E-Myth. They are the common thread among all of the most successful entrepreneurs… whom have built great businesses and are living fulfilling lives:

1. Uncover a consuming passion. The more you share, the stronger it becomes. Similar to an addiction, they can’t turn it off and it rarely feels like work.

2. Define an impersonal goal. You have discovered a purpose greater than yourself. You do it despite the money. It’s more about the impact on other people than on you.

3. Learn to Embrace Risk. Entrepreneurs see risk as dashing into the future with hope and the possibility to move closer towards their impersonal goal. Many have shared that once they accept the worst possible outcome, they feel empowered to take action.

4. Emulate to Learn, Innovate to Earn. Emulating is a great way to get onto the field, but all great accomplishment in the world has stemmed from someone doing something different. Eventually, you need to blaze your own trail and innovate to find success.

5. Develop an ability to shift perspective. You will no doubt face many challenges and set backs along the way. The key to not letting those setbacks impact you lies in your ability to shift your perspective and see the circumstances from a different light. Faith is at the root of one’s ability to shift perspective. A Faith comes from overcoming earlier setbacks, knowing that in the end, everything works itself out, one way or another!

February 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm

3 Keys to Success

Surveys of major corporative executives and business icons revealed three major keys to business success.

Ever known anyone who was absolutely brilliant but spoke in technical terms so far above most of the audience that they might as well have been speaking Greek? Speaking in insider acronyms or industry specific jargon is only effective with a very select audience. Everyone else mentally checks out within the first five minutes. The easy assumption seems to be that because the speaker knows the terminology, everyone should. (more…)

February 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

Business Tips For Entrepreneurs

Over the years, I have started up quite a few businesses. There are those who may even refer to me as a serial entrepreneur.

Now many of them were indeed a success, while some just failed at some point in the game. That’s alright though because it is a fact that almost all entrepreneurial ventures are going to fail.

Having said that, I am going to talk about three key points that could help you to be successful in starting your own business. You will have the best chance possible at succeeding by following these things that I have learned through the years.

Now let’s discuss a few of these principles. It is my hope that they will help you just as much as they have benefited me.

Dedication is the first key point. It is so important that you stay on top of things, especially when you begin. You will just about get to a point where your business will be one of your children.

Try to think of it in the same way as a newborn would be treated. You would always be giving the baby something to eat, checking on him or her and constantly doing anything you could to keep that baby happy. That is how you should be with your business.

Working to make sure that every little detail is optimized is the second key. The little details just might be the key to whether you succeed or fail – you never know.

It is my belief that another person’s success comes from one person’s failure with the intricacies, so I make it a point to be sure that every little thing has been done most effectively.

My last key point is to always pay attention to your failures and learn from them. There are just too many folks who do not see that there is value with failure, which can be a mistake that is costly.

When you get the experience of something that doesn’t work, then you will learn just what does work. By avoiding the mistakes that were made once, any entrepreneur is going to benefit from that.

February 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

3 Tips to Be a Successful Entrepreneur

Have you ever bought into something that you were convinced it would become the next big thing, so you bought as much of it as you could, and now it is sitting in your garage, collecting dust? Do not be embarrassed, because for most of us, it has happened in one form or another. You get a sales pitch that has a great promise of a product and how it will work for you, and then you buy into it, literally.

A few months later, you are wondering where all the money is that you should have had by now, because these things were supposed to sell themselves, with a really angry spouse breathing down your neck to get rid of that wasted money in the garage! The worst part is that you only sold one and it was to your parents because they felt sorry for you.

Sadly, this happened to you because you did not have a plan. However, it does not have to stay that way.
You should know exactly what you want or need to get out of selling this product or investing in the product. If you do not have a clear idea of what to expect when trying to sell the product, do not give any money to the person trying to sell you on this. Take your checkbook and leave.

Would you buy a car or a house without inspecting it first? Why would a business deal be any different? If you cannot see a plan for the product, you should not invest, even if it is your kid brother asking you to fund his futuristic jet pack product that NASA will surely want to buy from him. Seriously, if NASA cannot build a successful one, how could he?

Once you have a plan and have agreed on the terms of the plan, you need to set expectations for the sales of the product. Are 5 sales a month going to be enough to cover all your expenses? Do you only want to cover expenses or do you want a profit. If you are selling an item that retails for $5, and your expectations are 5 sales a month, is it worth the effort? If the product retails for $500, is the sales expectation of 5 a month realistic? Is that good enough for you and your bottom line?

After the plan is in place and the expectations are set, you need a customer base. Who do you plan to market to? Mom and dad do not count; neither do any other family members, unless they plan to be customers for a long time. Try to stay away from bothering the friends to help as well, or you may find that you do not have many left after this. Try to find a product that is similar to yours and investigate as to who buys it and who would be interested in it. It is highly doubtful that a single woman who religiously visits the nail salon will be interested in buying anything that has to do with fishing, so do the research needed on customers.

February 20, 2010 at 5:47 am

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