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Home Based Internet Business – Stick With Paid Blog Hosting Services

There are certain moves that are wise for a home base internet business decisions, and then there are moves that can be problematic. Now, problematic does not mean that the idea is a bad idea; it just means that there are certain potential hazards that may undermine you blog’s monetary ventures. Of course, these are hazards that must absolutely be avoided!

Yes, there are some purists out there who don’t like the concept of blogging for money with a home base internet business, but to possess such an attitude lacks a fundamental understanding of publishing. (Blogging is really electronic publishing) Newspapers have advertisements, magazines have advertisements and even newsletters have advertisements. This is because without a steady stream of revenue a publishing venture will be forced to limit its size, scope and frequency. This is why it is important not to place your blog in a situation where its revenues streams may be negatively impacted. Probably the best way to avoid this would be to stay away from all free blogging sites.

This may seem like a heresy to some, but the fact remains there is significantly more flexibility on the part of paid blogging sites than any free service. Consider MySpace as an example. For many, MySpace became an excellent site for blogging since it came built in with an audience of millions of members. But, MySpace is an awful, awful site for blogging for money. This is because the rules are extremely restrictive. For example, affiliate marketing – a hallmark of online revenue generation – is barred on MySpace. Also banned is any type of pay per click advertisement ventures. Ok, scratch that. There are PPC advertisements but they are owned exclusively by MySpace and you do not share in the revenues. Worst of all, there is “regulation” of any links placed on the MySpace blogs so it is difficult to use a MySpace blog to promote a home base internet business. In fact, MySpace often looks at such links as spam and nullifies the ability to follow the link.

Now, this is not stated to cast MySpace as a villain. MySpace owns its blogs and can do with them what they wish. Therein lies the problem – the blog does not belong to the blogger and that means the blogger is bound to the host’s terms and conditions. So, to avoid such a problem it would be best to form your blog via a paid blog hosting site. When you use a paid blogging service you will be granted far more flexibility. Best of all, with this flexibility there comes more opportunity to make money. As such, sticking with a paid blogging site is an absolute must for those looking to make money blogging with a home base internet business.

Obviously, that is a huge endorsement for using a paid blog hosting service. They are critical for anyone seriously looking at a career in blogging.

Be Your Business’s Best Marketing Tool!

She personified everything that is displayed in the glossy magazines. Lifestyle, beauty, serenity and calmness! She is impeccably dressed, welcomes me with a huge smile, escorts me to my relaxation zone, ensures I am comfortable and happy, provides an outstanding facial using quality products (which she knows ALL about), loads me up with samples and sends me on my way.

Yep, this is much more then just your standard run of the mill facial, this is delux, creme de la creme, or as Eve puts it “The Rolls Royce” of facials! But for me this moment of “me” time is more then just a facial, it’s an entire client experience that keeps me coming back…

So, the point to my little story here (yes, there’s a point!) is that Eve is the very essence of being her business’s best marketing tool.

Often overlooked and in my opinion seriously underrated, what YOU say about your business sticks with people! And I am not just talking about when you rattle off what you do for work, in the hope that people will take it on board and remember you when they need your particular service or product.

I am talking about EVERYTHING you “say” in all forms to your clients. Starting with your physical presence, your product/service knowledge, all the way through to your memory. So if you want a holistic approach to your “being-your-business’s-best-marketing-tool” plan here’s my tips!

1. Look the part.

First impressions stick, so your appearance has a lot to do with the opinion your current and potential clients will form of you. It may seem like a simple element to remember, but personal grooming, business etiquette, positive energy and a smile will go a LONG way in reflecting the image of your business. Imagine signing up to a gym with an unfit/overweight trainer, or buying cosmetics from a sales rep who doesn’t use any herself!

2. Know your stuff.

KNOW your product or service, even if you have to practice what you preach, meaning, if you get nervous when someone asks “so what do you do?” have an answer prepared, think of those key words you need to mention within the first few sentences you speak…remember you want to come off memorably…but for all the RIGHT reasons!

If you are passionate about what you do and are confident in your own abilities, this will be reflected in your work.

3. Be a head of your game.

Don’t be afraid to offer your services. Ask “why do you ask, are you in need of a super-designer?” (followed by a SMILE). But seriously, give out business cards, don’t be afraid to talk about yourself and your achievements and experience, and make your “pitch” person-specific!

4. Follow through.

A business basic, but SO often forgotten! Follow up and follow through. Make phone calls. Follow leads. AND fulfill everything that you said you would. Give your clients or customers an overall experience, rather then just providing your service or product….this way, they’ll keep coming back!

5. Lock it in the memory bank.

With all the technology available to us these days, it’s easier then EVER to remember important, significant and individual things about a client… remembering birthdays, kids and significant others names, important business events and special occasions are a simple way to keep a client happy, feeling important and special….and I’m not talking about befriending every client you have, but these small gestures, make a BIG impact!

So remember, every person is a potential client! Whether you’re in the lift, ordering your morning coffee, chatting to an old friend…you are showcasing your business and opening it to a world of opportunity.

Even when you have a limited budget for traditional marketing routes, (or even if you spend big on advertising your business, for that matter!) remember to focus on these seemingly obvious, often forgotten areas that can speak thousands about you and your business. Work on you, so you work on being your business’s best marketing tool!

Best Ideas For a Good Business – Stick With What You’re Good At

The best ideas for a good business all involve pinpointing your exceptional qualities and capitalizing on them. Most people would love to start a business doing what they love but they just don’t think there’s a way to do. I’m here to tell you that no matter where your interests lie, you can find a way to make money off of them. Following are 3 interesting examples.

1 ) Reading. So, you love to read. No one’s going to pay you to read. Or will they? There are several jobs you can get that utilize your reading comprehension. One option is to become a summarizer. You can find local students or businesses with a large volume of information that needs to be condensed. All you have to do is read their materials, write a summary and get paid. Tutoring folks who are trying to increase their reading comprehension is a great option as well.

2 ) Surfing the web. You spend all day browsing the internet for the coolest new videos and checking out the best blogs. Believe it or not, you can make money doing it. Find a company who’s looking for unique advertising, and advertise their services on different websites. All you do is find the hippest blogs or message boards and drop a subtle message about what your client has to offer.

3 ) Video games. Even avid gamers can find a way to turn their hobby into a business. Write up detailed guides on how to beat all the levels of your favorite games and they’ll be selling like hot cakes in no time.

As you can see, the best ideas for a good business all focus on taking advantage of things you already love doing.