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Archive | October, 2016

Help Needed! Starting a Business Online

Our society wants instant gratification with everything. The faster we go, the more we want it to move faster. Give us ‘quick’ or ‘instant’, and we want ‘ready-made’.

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Some ‘pre-fab’ things work well and there is a real benefit saving time and money buying something that is all put together for you. It depends on the context. For a business there are things that may be too complicated for most. That alone is a good reason to find tools that can give us a head-start such as the Internet’s infamous ‘Business in a Box’.

If learning a programming language was required, well we just wouldn’t or we would believe we couldn’t. Too far out (technical)? This would prevent us from having a website or starting a business online in many cases. At least it would be the case if we had to take a time out for a few years to learn the language and get some hands-on experience. This would be more likely if the business was to be technical. If you just want to market opportunities and products online you really don’t need that level of skill at all.

People are not necessarily lazy. More so, it is usually just that some people can relate to technical things and some don’t. There is nothing wrong with that. We are all different. It is just that we should know our limitations as well as we know our likes and dislikes. If you are building your own business this is the time to make it what you enjoy and could do well.

There are several resources we could use to accomplish what we need. There are web design companies to create a website and some web pages for us, but this can be expensive or cheesy looking. Don’t be fooled by ‘really free’ website built ads on TV that are laughable. They make that point “really free not funny free”. Yes, really free to build it.

However don’t forget to mention that they charge a maintenance fee each month (average $100 a month). This may include some basic marketing and content that might be the right thing for you if you can afford it and have little time to invest.

If you have few technical inclinations and no desire to cultivate the skills, we can go the almost free way. We could build a website on a blogging platform. All we need there is hosting and a domain name which really are very inexpensive. You want to do some research on hosting though, as far as reliability and security, as the host is really what keeps your website running and displayed online where potential customers can see it.

The blogging platforms usually have a number of free themes you can choose from. You may start to customize it for your purposes. (Note that not all themes can be changed so pick one that can be if that is what you want).

If you can’t even afford almost free, there is a blogging platform where you don’t even need a domain or host. The drawback is that the design options are limited, and you will have a sub-domain which is not as professional as a top-level domain. In fact it screams ‘I am a flat-broke newbie’. No big deal everybody had to start somewhere, but it may turn a few ‘savvy’ individuals away.

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Home Alone? Stay Busy

Being home alone whether you have a home business or not, there are some things that may be true either way. Being home is wonderful but it can be lonely if you are more of a ‘people person’. You can get used to it though. There are ways within reason that you can be happy, for example making dates with friends on a regular basis to have lunch, dinner, etc.

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Even texting on your phone, using an online chat client or social network, one of the best things about working alone from home online is when you realize there are hundreds of people out there. In many cases they have much more in common with you than the people at your job. You are really not alone.

You really do need to take regular ‘breathers’ to get out of the house periodically (and regularly). Don’t wake up one day and realize you are getting depressed or ‘stir crazy’ from staying alone too much. Don’t turn your home business into another rut like your job.’ Be sure you still get lots of rest, fresh air and exercise. Particularly if you work both outside and in your home, you may not feel like you have time. Make Time. If you fall apart exhausted or to the point of illness, who will run everything?

If you do enjoy staying home, do something productive even on a ‘hobby’ basis. You can have a great time and improve your fortunes if you make your home generate money to help with your living expenses. In several ways you can improve your atmosphere just by keeping busy and doing something productive. Your ‘hobby home business’ can be a learning tool that might eventually develop into a money making business.

You may have to start at organizing your space to make room for a home office or workshop. This will not only give you a feeling of ‘space’ where you can breathe and think clearly, it can be an exercise that you do each day, one room top to bottom until the whole house is clear.

Don’t forget not to hoard things. If you see things you haven’t seen in years, that means you don’t need them. Start a few piles; one to donate to any number of places for people that really need things; and one for the garbage. Once your atmosphere has been cleared and you are breathing better, you can think clearer. At this point start a few lists of things that interest you and that you like to do. Do some research on how you could do these things at home and make some extra money.

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Affiliate Marketing Programs

Many people have been enabled to earn money at home by participating in affiliate marketing programs. You can do it either part time or full time depending on your situation. Affiliate marketing and the types of products offered through them, range from beauty products to electronic devices.

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Naturally choosing a good Affiliate Marketing Program is of paramount importance. Do enough research to make sure that it is a legitimate, well-known company and principal(s) that live up to their commitments to you as well as the customers you are able to acquire. Look at the track record if they have had previous businesses. Keep in mind though that many times when people do not want to really work, they will blame the program for ‘not working’ when they fail. (so try to get multiple perspectives).

The product is also very important. Choosing the right product that has the potential to sell is obviously important. It is just as important that the affiliate believe in the product that he or she is promoting. You will be writing or discussing the program as a primary method of advertising and your true feelings can show through your words. That is why whenever possible you should use the product yourself. It will help with writing reviews, as well as ads.

When you become an affiliate of one or more programs, you are provided with a professional sales (web) page you can advertise. This is not a web (site) that can be changed. If you do get a few programs it would definitely be more professional if you had a website with a domain name that advertises all of your opportunities as long as they are somewhat related. There are some who do not trust affiliate links. A domain name says you are serious and there are ways to see who owns them.

Thankfully it is not that difficult to set up a blog or website for free or at low cost if you are able to follow simple menu-driven instructions. Web hosts like WordPress and Blogger enable one to set up a reasonably good looking site free of charge. The sites are easy to work with, so even someone without technical knowledge can set up a well-designed web site and be able to navigate. There are techniques you will need to learn in order to promote your business online, but again it’s just not that difficult or expensive.

Affiliate marketing can be a successful way to earn money and make a profit. The good news is that with planning, perseverance, and a little easy work,a person can successfully earn a living while working from home and the easiest way is with affiliate marketing.

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