Would you like to make money by starting your own home-based business? People choose to work from home for several reasons including the desire to stay home with their children, the need for extra income, or simply being dissatisfied with their current job. A home-based business will provide you with an exciting way to "make money" and be your own boss. Numerous opportunities are available to internet marketers. When starting your home-based business you should develop a business plan and research your options thoroughly. Making wise decisions and following your "business plan" each step of the way can help you in creating a steady stream of income. Operating a home-based business will require hard work and effort. You will not become wealthy over night. It will take determination to succeed as an internet marketer. The amount of money you make will be directly related to the amount of work you are willing to do. When making your business plan, include both short and long term goals. Determine how you will achieve those goals and put your plan into action. Affiliate programs are excellent home-based business programs and there are numerous other internet marketing offers that will create steady income if you are willing to make the effort. Some of these opportunities may require an initial investment from you and others are advertised as free. Research all internet marketing opportunities carefully to make sure you understand the terms and conditions. As an internet marketer, you will have to distinguish yourself from the competition if you want to succeed. You should know your target audience and know your competition even better. Do not let self-doubt stop you from accomplishing your goals. Every successful internet marketer gives their business the very best effort possible. Hard work and determination will make your home-based business a success and provide you with a steady stream of income. Starting a home-based business is one of the most exciting and challenging endeavors you will ever undertake. A sound business plan and the will to succeed will set you apart from the competition. Choose the products or services you provide carefully. Make certain your services will be needed over the long term and make customer service your top priority. A loyal customer base is the key to the success or failure of your home-based business. A home-based business is an excellent way to gain independence and financial freedom. A sound business plan and a strong work ethic are all it takes to succeed.
As the price of gas hovers around $3 per gallon in many states, people everywhere are starting to wonder about their future. It doesn't help that oil industry analysts are predicting gas prices will remain high for months and maybe for years.Suddenly, commuting to your job is looking like a major investment that's already a big hit on your budget.Maybe it's time for you to finally start a serious home-based business. Don't panic. Starting a business at home doesn't need to take a big investment. It can be done cheaply, basically coming out of the grocery money. And you don't need more training or education, because some firms offer very simple, well thought out, automated systems for you to use.Expect to hear anywhere from a helpful part-time income of a few hundred dollars per month to an impressive full-time income that would rival the earnings of many corporate CEO's. Here's what to look for when choosing a home-based business: * Find something that really sounds exciting to you. Success in business is often based strictly on your enthusiasm for what you're selling. If you truly enjoy the product, you'll sell a whole lot more.* Don't let anyone tell you Network Marketing (or MLM) is a bad thing. Big corporate media reports often portray MLM in a bad light, but that's only because most reporters have very little experience working outside the corporation. The truth is MLM has hit it's own pace since the advent of the Internet. Many top companies are earning hundreds of millions of dollars each year, with thousands of happy members. These companies enjoy unprecedented low overhead and little to no debt.* Look for a home-based opportunity that comes with all the training and support you'll need to get started. Nothing can be more detrimental to your business than getting all set up, then finding out there is no one to help you figure out what to do next. Look for opportunities that have online assistance, telephone help, or get you connected with other more experienced members.Finally, don't put off the business you can start today. As the months go by and prices get even higher, more and more people will be looking for their own home based business to supplement or replace their income. Get started now to be at the top of this exciting movement.
Everybody wants to make more money. In fact, most people would like to hitupon something that makes them fabulously rich! And seemingly, one of theeasiest roads to the fulfillment of these dreams of wealth is mail order orwithin the professional circles of the business, direct mail selling.The only thing is, hardly anyone gives much real thought to the basicingredient of selling by mail - the writing of profitable classified ads.If your mail order business is to succeed, then you must acquire theexpertise of writing classified ads that sell your product or services!Many advertisers think that writing classified ads is completely differentthan writing longer print ads, which contain a headline, body text andpossibly a picture or two. However, to write a successful classified ad,all the time-honored elements of successful advertising must be present.Large print ads include a headline to gather attention, introductory bodycopy to inform and generate added interest, additional body copy to createenthusiasm and desire to make a purchase and a call to action that incitesthe reader to take the steps necessary to start the purchasing process.In advertising circles, these four features are often designated by theacronym "A.I.D.A.," which stands for:Attention (headline)Interest (body text)Desire (added body text)Action (call to action).So what makes a classified ad good or bad? First of all, it must appeal tothe reader, and as such, it must say exactly what you want it to say.Secondly, it has to say what it says in the least possible number of wordsin order to keep your operating costs within your budget. And thirdly, ithas to produce the desired results whether inquiries or sales.Grabbing the reader's attention is your first objective. You must assumethe reader is "scanning" the page on which your ad appears in the companyof two or three hundred classified ads. Therefore, there has to besomething about your ad that causes him to stop scanning and look at yours!So, the first two or three words of your ad are of the utmost importanceand deserve your careful consideration. Most surveys show that words orphrases that quickly involve the reader, tend to be the bestattention-grabbers. Such words as: FREE... WIN... MAKE BIG MONEY...Whatever words you use as attention-grabbers, to start your ads, you shouldbear in mind that they'll be competing with similar attention-grabbers ofthe other ads on the same page. Therefore, in addition to your lead words,your ad must quickly go on to promise or state further benefits to thereader. In other words, your ad might read something like this: MAKE BIGMONEY! Easy & Simple. We show you how!In the language of professional copywriters, you've grabbed the attentionof your prospect, and interested him with something that even he can do.The next rule of good classified copywriting has to do with the arousal ofthe reader's desire to get in on your offer. In a great many instances,this rule is by-passed, and it appears, this is the real reason that an addoesn't pull according to the expectations of the advertiser.Think about it - you've got your reader's attention; you've told him it'seasy and simple; and you're about to ask him to do something. Unless youtake the time to further "want your offer," your ad is going to only halfturn him on. He'll compare your ad with the others that have grabbed hisattention and finally decide upon the one that interests him the most.What is being said is that here is the place for you to insert that magicword "guaranteed" or some other such word or phrase. So now, we've got anad that reads: MAKE BIG MONEY! Easy & Simple. Guaranteed!Now the reader is turned on, and in his mind, he can't lose. You're readyto ask for his money. This is the "demand for action" part of your ad. Thisis the part where you want to use such words as: Limited time offer! Actnow! Call today!Example: Make $1,000 a week! Easy to do! No selling! Risk FREE! Limitedoffer. 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In other words, from as many "time-wasters" as from bonafide buyers.So let's try to give you an example of the kind of classified ad you mightwant to use, say to sell a report such as this one... Using all the rulesof basic advertising copywriting, and stating exactly what our product is,our ad reads thusly:MONEY-MAKER'S SECRETS! How To Write winning classifiedads. Simple & easy to learn -should double or triple yourresponses. Rush $1 to BC Sales, 10 Main Anytown, TX 75001.The point we're making is that: l) You've got to grab the reader'sattention... 2) You've got to "interest him" with something that appeals tohim... 3) You've got to "further stimulate" him with something(catch-phrase) that makes him "desire" the product or service. 4) Demandthat he act immediately...There's no point in being tricky or clever. Just adhere to the basics andyour profits will increase accordingly. One of the best ways of learning towrite good classified ads is to study the classifieds - try to figure outexactly what they're attempting to sell - and then practice rewriting themaccording to the rules we've just given you. Whenever you sit down to writea classified, always write it all out - write down everything you want tosay - and then go back over it, crossing out words, and refining yourphraseology.The final ingredient of your classified ad is of course, your name, addressto which the reader is to respond - where he's to send his money or how toget for further information.Generally speaking, readers respond more often to ads that include a namethan to those showing just initials or an address only. However, becauseadvertising costs are based upon the number of words, or the amount ofspace your ad uses, the use of some names in classified ads could becomequite expensive. If we were to ask our ad respondents to write to or sendtheir money to The Research Writers & Publishers Association, or to BookBusiness Mart, or even to Money Maker's Opportunity Digest, our advertisingcosts would be prohibitive. Thus we shorten our name Researchers orMoney-Makers. The point here is to think relative to the placement costs ofyour ad, and to shorten excessively long names.The essentials of a successful classified ad are no different. Theshortness of most classified ads simply means that these essentials arebroken down into basics.All classified ads contain either a headline, which may be separate fromthe actual body copy, or a bolded first line or introductory words. Thishas to grab a reader immediately. Most classified ads, whether innewspapers, magazines or on Web site classified sections, are bunched inwith dozens of other classified ads. The readers attention will be caughtonly by a word or phrase that is of immediate, powerful interest.Because of this, experienced ad writers suggest using proven key words inyour headlines that attract the interest of readers. These key words andphrases include free, easy, simple, guaranteed, proven, new and money.After grabbing the readers attention, you have to create interest anddesire through copy that informs, stimulates, excites and shows how theproduct or service will benefit the reader. Sound easy? Its not.Especially when writing classified ads that are often limited to one or twolines. Veteran ad writers often claim that writing a successful classifiedad is a tremendous challenge. Words have to be juggled. Sentences have tobe pared down, then pared down again, then pared down even more to thebriefest essence, while still informing and arousing interest. And, ofcourse, the final aspect of A.I.D.A., the call to action, must be writtenbriefly yet with enough force to entice a reader to proceed.How to achieve all this in your own classified ads? The best way is tofirst study other successful ads, in light of the A.I.D.A formula shownabove. When studying classified ads to see how the essentials of A.I.D.A.have been accomplished, you can begin to see how the experts achievesuccess--and you can begin to bring this expertise into your own writing.How can you know when someone elses ad has been successful? When an adappears over and over for months or even years, you can be assured thatits working. No one keeps running an unsuccessful ad. Find the successfulads that advertise products or services that are similar to yours, studythem and then begin incorporating them into your own classifiedadvertising.The same holds true when listing your post office box number. Shorten it tojust plain Box 40, or in the case of a rural delivery, shorten it to justRRl.The important thing is to know the rules of profitable classified adwriting, and to follow them. Hold your costs in line.
A common theme in the many get-rich-quick home business offerings that are currently available is the emphasis on the lack of effort required to make a substantial income. I am a corporate computer guy. As such, by nature I tend to attempt to apply logic to most things. It absolutely astounds me that people believe that they can work from home and type a few things on their computer each day and then the money will just come flowing in. The promoters claims are that all the hard work has been done for you and everything is automated and simple. All you have to do is PAY to have access to these incredible money making systems. Reverse Funnel System, Road Map to Riches, Passport to Wealth, blah, blah, blah. I say, poppycock & bunkum!Now that said, it would be logical to conclude that indeed, significant money CAN be made with a home based internet business. After all, like millions, I myself do an amazing amount of consumer product shopping online. Someone is making money from marketing to the masses! But I don't believe that the "significant money" can typically be made in the no effort, get-rich-quick manner. Any degree of success WILL take education, direction and qualified mentoring along with a significant effort in the application of what you have been taught. Most work from home internet businesses fail primarily because the objective is to market and sell and the business owner is clueless about even the basic fundamentals required to do that effectively and successfully. There is a LOT more to internet marketing than posting as many classified's as possible and spam eMailing.Now, paying to be EDUCATED is an entirely different prospect to that of paying for a proclaimed money making system which if it fails you have no remedial options to explore because you are not equipped. More of my logic - if something - anything - is not working it must be changed. To make change you must, ideally, have a repertoire of alternative approaches and be skilled in deciding which to deploy dependent upon circumstances. Now why would one think that the same disciplines do not apply to a home based internet business?. Because of the luring advertised guarantee/promise of success?I work from home already in my corporate job but with the current economic climate I decided to explore additional feasible work at home income streams. I was taken aback by the sheer volume of offerings and researching as many as possible continues to be a daunting task. Many that I encounter I immediately discard and those that capture my eye often get defeated by my ingrained skepticism. Searching on keywords "HOME BUSINESS SCAM" and "business name SCAM" assists with discrediting/eliminating process.My search continued in a tenacious manner until I stumbled across the Wealth Funnel System. My first impression was another pay to get-rich-quick promise. But digging deeper, it became apparent that this was different from the masses. The emphasis was on equipping yourself with education that could and should be used in ANY internet business venture. The founder has painstakingly compiled a full suite of tutorials that cover a variety of facets of the internet marketing business, from industry terms to resources to application. THIS would be my repertoire of alternative approaches, I thought. It is sourced by a seasoned professional and in my opinion is the true value of the inevitable business investment. I can exploit the provided income streams and with confidence pursue others independently to grow my business. Somewhat like those that have been to college and pursued marketing as a career...Despite my natural tendency to apply logic , I am also a huge advocate of the old saying "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained". At minimum I have the resources to learn how to start, manage and grow my business. Also, what is fulfilling is my Wealth Funnel System mentor has NEVER failed to respond to any contact I have initiated. Most of the time the phone is answered on the first attempt.
The Internet has become the largest medium of communication; and has presented a lot of business opportunities. Online home based business owners tend to limit themselves to online marketing methods. Nevertheless, there is a huge potential to promote your "home based business" through some cost effective offline marketing strategies. So what are the most effective offline "marketing strategies" for your home based business?1. Word of mouth in your circle of influenceWord of mouth is one of the best free advertising channels. We all have people we interact with on a daily basis, and these are potential customers. Make a list of all the people you know or interact with and how can you best tell them about your internet business. Be passionate about your internet business and always be prepared to tell someone about it when an opportunity to do so presents itself! 2. Mail-out newsletters and flyers Mail-out newsletter or flyers can be effective if you target it to a specific 'group'. You could create one to distribute to local day care centers just as an example - and in your newsletter or flyer, highlight the benefits of an online business to the targeted group, for example earning money at home for stay at home moms or dads. Posting your home based business URL on bulletin boards can also be effective.3. Use and give away free branded stuffYou can promote your business by having your URL on all your stationery, all written communication and other items you can give away for free. If you want to get a lot of people to know about your home based business, you will need to come up with some creative ways of promoting your URL. You can be limited only by your imagination. Have your business cards with your home based business URL. Give them out to people you meet, leave them about where you can, such as in your local coffee shop.4. Newspapers and magazinesLocal newspapers are good for advertising your online business. Most local papers have home business opportunities section, so you run a regular classified advert. In addition, contact your local newspaper or business-oriented magazine and let the business editor know you have a new business and web site and what you offer. Local newspapers are frequently interested in featuring local business people and their accomplishments. This is free advertising and should always be used. You can also contact your local magazine and offer to write a monthly or weekly guest column for them, and include your author bio and home based business URL. 5. Joint ventures with offline businessYou can get into a joint venture partnership with an offline business which sells a complementary product or service to your home based business. If you can identify a partner that best fit your business, this is an important offline marketing strategy that can help you succeed in your home based business by enabling you to reach potential customers that you could not reach before. As an example, if you have a website selling fitness/health products or tips, you could prepare a leaflet and make a deal with an offline local fitness/health shop where they giveaway your leaflet to their shoppers with each purchase.The offline marketing strategies outlined above can help you grow your internet marketing. I have used these strategies alot and they work well. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and promote your business offline!!