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.

Are You Putting Yourself Out of Business?

Have you heard either of these pieces of advice, “Do what you have always done and you’ll always get what you always got” and “More of what’s not working won’t help”?

The first one is no longer valid and the second one gets proven in the small business world everyday.

When it comes to marketing why does the first statement not work anymore? Simple, with all the changes that bombard our businesses, clientele and technology on a daily basis it is ludicrous to expect the same results. You see examples of businesses sticking to outdated and unimaginative approaches to marketing and then being surprised with declining results.

In a recent marketing analysis I did with a local business owner I did a very poor job of keeping a poker face. His business was now in such dire straits that they had gone from a fancy office with many employees to a few employees working from the kitchen table at home. His company had tried “cold calling” as their main strategy to build their business. The results were dismal.

What was the logical response to their poor results? You guessed it, they hired more people to cold call. They lost more than most small businesses will earn in the next 5 years. When I asked him why they would pour more money into something that was clearly not working he responded with, “We figured we just needed to get our name out there more and eventually things would take off!” The only thing that took off was their money and eventually their employees.

I’m not going to beat this fellow up because we are all guilty of hanging in too long with an ineffective strategy or two. That is why it is so important to be able to step back and evaluate your marketing efforts. Are they working? Are they cost effective? Are they getting you the results you want? If not, how long do you plan to continue using them before finding something better? How long can you afford to stick with something that isn’t working?

17 Tips For Your in Home Business to Help With Your Success

Some every day tips for those who are just starting a small in home business or for those who are looking for ways to improve. We can all learn from each other so here are some tips I thought of and wanted to share with those of you who are new to internet marketing or any business for that matter.

1. Think about what you want to achieve. If you already know then that is great but think about and do the research on what ever business you are interested in. Look at the competition and the overall challenges that will come your way once you start it. Being prepared for situations before they arise is always good business practice and knowing the field you choose before you start will help you prepare things quicker and in a timely fashion so you can put your efforts on whats important, building.

2. Be sure that you can afford the business you are choosing, don’t get stuck in the middle of building your business just to find that the money just is not there. Be prepared and do the research so you are informed as to the over all costs. The Entrepreneur dream can be a reality but if your broke before you start it then then things will be very complicated to get started, so for smooth sailing be prepared and have your finances in control.

3. Acquiring the skills. In the beginning of starting your own business you will have to develop skills to get it off the ground. Some times just acquiring the skills to just get started can be a major pain but if you do the research before you start you will be ready for it. Over the months or years as your business grows you will have to grow with it. growing with your business requires new skills to keep it growing. Preparing yourself with the skills ahead of time will help keep things moving along in a timely fashion. Gain the understanding you need to over see all aspects of your business so you can determine if you need to out source certain tasks.

4. jumping ahead just a little, here are some important things to keep in mind. If your business involves contact with customers weather it be online or in person spend time developing customer relations and keeping them happy. To be successful you need to understand your customers so spend quality time understanding their demands and wishes and do your best to satisfy those areas.

5. Solving your customers problems quickly will keep their confidence in you at top level. Dont put all of your thoughts and concentration on selling to your customers. Solving their problems is more important and there is a critical difference between the two ares. Selling to them is to benefit you, solving their problems benefits them and in the process of benefiting them they may just purchase some thing from you. keep your customers satisfied, all of them and the benefit will be all yours.

6. Picking the area of business or niche is extremely important. Take a look at your skills that you already have and and try to pick business that you can use those skills that you already have and be one step ahead of the competition.

7. Benefiting from your business plan is key. If you consider all aspects before jumping into it then stick with your original plan and don’t jump around from idea to idea. Keeping focused on what you need to do first will help keep things in order. The benefits of creating a business plan is what will pay the bills when you put that plan into action. Know the plan before all the meters start running or they will wear you out and frustrate you. By this I mean time factors and money that you may need to spend to keep your business going.

8. Don’t get yourself in a financial tangle from the start of your business. Keep bankers and investors where they belong, out of your business.

9. Remember that a successful business needs sales to be successful. How many good products can you offer your customers and what kind of deals can you give them. do you have any bonuses to offer them, bonuses will keep them coming back. Develop a good marketing plan to drive customers to your products. Products and services or information is a good product but if you don’t get targeted traffic to your site or products then those things are useless. If you don’t know how to market look to our site for further insight on how to do so, it is the most important part to online success.

10. Do not stray away from quality. Quality is the backbone to your success and with out it your business is doomed! Once you have a quality way of doing business stick with it and always look for ways to improve quality. Don’t slack on quality, ever.

11. If your business grows to a point where you need employees then hire a great team. Keep your overhead to a minimum and don’t go over your budget.

12. Understand your where your profits are. Lets face it when it comes to small business profits are extremely important. Knowing when to give a good deal verses profits is a touchy subject. Just watch your profits and don’t hurt yourself or your business by giving things away.

13. Don’t try to run a business alone. Your success will depend on others the whole way, weather it is customers or a business partner. Others input will ease some of your tasks and the over all tasks may be more then you can handle. So be prepared from the very beginning and get a like minded person to join your team.

14. Partnerships are what will develop business relations and this includes the vendors of the products that you offer. Good relations with those who supply you with the goods you sell will increase over time and your partnerships will benefit both you and them. So be a good business partner with everyone not just those who buy from you. With good partnerships come possible friendships and friends can be a great help.

15. Understand product Guarantees and always offer them. Inform your buyers of these guarantees and be ready to stick to the Guarantee when you are called upon to do so. Offering a guarantee on every product you offer will show quality and assurance to your customers, it will make the over all benefits look all the more pleasing.

16. Stick with what you do best, don’t try to just into other areas of business with out thinking first. fast, good, cheap, the best, there is none higher. Don’t try to be every thing at one time. Stick with what you know and what works best for you. Moving into other areas is good but moving away from what you already know can sink you if you don’t do it correctly.

17. Always strive to learn. As your business grows and profits start to rise you have to develop skills that will keep you and your business on top. Go forth and Profit:).

These are 17 tips to help you on your way when starting your new business.