7 Top Internet Business Ideas

Today numerous people want to make money using the internet. Why not? It’s a tool that is readily available and one that you are paying for. So it only makes sense to want to earn money from it. Below you will find 7 Top Internet Business Ideas that can be started from home easily.

The Internet offers many business opportunities. You can become a part of someone else’s enterprise or create a business of your own. There are many advantages to starting an Internet business. Here are the top Internet business ideas to help you find that appropriate niche you are looking for.

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Every day people search the Internet for all sorts of opportunities. With this economy, the number one search is for ways to make money with low startup costs. Many of the basic equipment needed to begin Internet businesses are in your home right now. If you have a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, a telephone, a desk, and a printer, you can get going right away.

  1. Blogging. This is the way to create an online presence without the technical issues of owning your own website (that comes later). Most blogs are offered with free hosting and come with already installed features so set up is easy. Blog about anything that you find interesting and will be interesting to other readers. A blog with a niche will perform better a personal one. Blogs can also make money with programs like Google Adwords and AdSense. Pay per Click advertising also works for generating revenue.
  2. Internet research. Anyone who can navigate the Internet and find out almost anything, can market themselves as an Internet researcher. Large and small companies will pay you to find out information for them, create reports from the research.
  3. Selling products. If you have a hobby like making and selling crafts you can expand your business online with a website. Set up a website that caters to your product offerings. Market these products online to drive traffic to your website.
  4. Selling on eBay. With this idea, you set up shop on the Internet. You can sell products you created or items you own that you want to sell. Many now make a living selling on eBay. As your business grows, you can expand to involve other product markets.
  5. Freelancing. Many online and offline businesses are looking for help. Freelancers lower the overhead of the company thus becoming more profitable for many jobs than hiring someone to work in the office. Depending on your talent, hire yourself out at a freelance writer, graphic artist, website designer or programmer.
  6. Virtual assistant. Virtual assistants, or VA’s,  are the going trend for many businesses. In the beginning, virtual assistants performed the administrative duties of a company from their home. Now, VA’s can be found in all career specialties like medical, real estate, marketing and publishing. They perform tasks above administrative such as website administrator, report creation and Internet research.
  7. Membership sites. You see more of these around these days. With a membership site, you choose a niche, such as online marketing. Customers pay to join at a certain level (gold, silver, bronze) and are rewarded with certain perks for their membership that include newsletters, videos or articles on marketing and services to help expand their own business. You create the website and supply the materials yourself or through outsourcing each month to your members.

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Do you have an idea of what your Internet business idea might be? This list should get you started. If you have a hobby or passion you should look at ways you can use this to develop a business idea. Having a business based around something that you love doing, will make it easier for you to keep focused and keep your momentum going.

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Branding Your Name Online

If you are marketing online, whether building a business around a hobby, or selling products via an ecommerce store. It’s important to understand what branding your name online entails.

Branding via Trust

First Off, it help you establish yourself as an authority in your market, because people trust authority figures.

They trust their recommendations, they trust that their products will be of good quality, and they trust that they have integrity.  It also lends credence to the buyer that you’re a real person – not just some nameless, faceless entity trying to sell them something on a static, automated website.

You should put your name on everything you create.  Whether it’s a membership site, an eBook, or something as small as a PLR article pack for sale – you should put your name on it.  Getting your name out there is so essential to your ongoing success. Don’t forget to brand your website to attract more clients to you.

Think about all of the marketing gurus you’ve heard of.  Some of them you may not have heard of yet, especially if you’re new, but chances are you’ve heard of at least a few of these.  Have you heard of John Reese, Mike Filsaime, Frank Kern, Dan Kennedy, Joe Vitale, Willie Crawford, or the late Gary Halbert?

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If you’ve been in marketing long at all you’ve surely heard of at least one of these people. People know and remember the names of these people because they put their names on everything they put out.

Their names are all over the marketing forums, their eCovers, their headers, and everything else they do.  They work very hard to brand their names, because their names become the brands.  People buy their products simply because their name is on it.

Buyers think that the product must be good, because the person is so well-known.  You should do the same thing with your name.  Always use the same name on everything you do within a particular niche.

You may not want to use your real name for whatever reason, but your name needs to be a “real name.”  A nickname usually won’t cut it in most markets, but sometimes it works – like in the case of Travis “The Bum” Marketer or the “Rich Jerk.”

If you’ve signed up for forums under a nickname, ask the moderators if they can change your name to your real name or pen name.  You might not want to tell the moderator’s it’s a pen name.  That’s up to you.

Keep getting your name out there any way you can.  Host teleseminars, JV with well-known people if possible, and offer to help create content for well-known people in your niche in exchange for a Bio Box that hosts your name and link to your website.

Offer to be an interview subject for someone.  Be a “guest author” for popular websites and blogs in your niche, and create 100% original content for them. Never stop branding your name.  Even when you’re as famous as Donald Trump, the king of name branding, don’t stop.

Donald still puts his name on everything he does.  His name appears in huge, bold letters on his books.  He names buildings after himself.  Think of Trump Tower, Trump Taj Mahal, and Trump Plaza.  His name is all over everything.

Not only is it a matter of pride, but it keeps his name everywhere. You may never be as famous as the Donald, or even as famous as John Reese, but you might become known as the king or queen of your own little niche or for a particular slant that grows in popularity.

Branding can also be linked to being asked what do you do for a living?

When you make a living online, a lot of people won’t understand what it is you do.  Some of them will think you’re nothing more than a spammer – just because you work on the Internet.  You might even run into people who automatically assume you’re into promoting porn, because they think that’s all the Internet is used for!

But if you have solid branding in place, then it will be much easier for you to explain. And for them to actually see and understand what you do.

You need to be prepared to deal with people like this.  Some of them may even be close friends and family members who are simply ignorant about the various marketing uses for the World Wide Web.

The first thing you need to explain to people is that very few people who work on the Internet are spammers.  Spammers actually make up a very, very small minority of those who make money online.

If you do any sort of email marketing, you should explain that every single person you send email to has signed up specifically to your newsletter, and clicked a link to confirm that they really want to be on your list.

Explain to them that subscribing to your newsletter is a lot like signing up for delivery of the newspaper, or a magazine subscription.  People sign up to your newsletter, and then you send them valuable information, not just advertising.

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If you sell eBooks online, you can explain to people that you’re a bit like a book publisher, but all of the books you publish are in digital format.  You can tell them that instead of paying a lot of extra money for the printing, binding, marketing, and shipping of a physical book, you eliminate those costs by selling all of your books as downloadable products.

If people still don’t understand, you could even show them what an eBook is by letting them view one on your computer. If your main business is advertising affiliate products, you can tell people you’re in advertising.

Explain to them that you run a website (or websites) and you place advertising on that website.  Every time someone clicks an ad and purchases something, you receive a commission. If you make most of your money through AdSense or selling advertising on your sites, you can simply tell people that you place advertisements on your websites, and you charge advertisers for that ad space.

If you want to, you could show them some of your sites or blogs to illustrate the point. Some people feel more comfortable just telling people they design websites.  If you’re a decent website builder, this will probably really impress people, but be prepared to get requests from people asking if you’ll make them a site, too.

If you don’t want to deal with all of the questions about spamming and porn, just telling someone you design websites will usually be enough to throw them off your trail.  If people are particularly persistent with their questions, you can start to point out some examples of people who have been very successful making money online.

Don’t just use examples of famous Internet marketers like John Reese or Yanik Silver! Use some examples with verifiable “proof” in mainstream media.  For example, the famous “make money” blogger John Chow has a number of stories out there about him.

There’s also teenaged entrepreneur Ashley Squalls who has made mainstream news in a big way by making over $70,000 per month with advertising on her site that gives away MySpace layouts. And of course, the infamous Perez Hilton – a celebrity blogger who cashes in on the ad space his blog has.

You should try to realize that some people will just never understand what you do.  Try to explain it the best way you can, and if it doesn’t work, accept it.  Some people just won’t get it. If the in-laws or your spouse are nagging you because your money isn’t yet streaming in, and you feel pressured, put together a simple presentation that answers all of their questions and puts their minds at ease.

The easiest solution to this question is to put your branding in place so you can answer the question “What do you do for a living?” with ease!

 

 

Creating a Reputation as a Marketer

Today we are going to talk about reputation as it pertains to online marketing and trying to get people to sign up to your list.

Reputation Marketing

When someone signs up to your list, you’re not guaranteed to have them as a loyal subscriber forever. You have to work to keep them – and that means proving your value.

Another thing you want to do is make your subscribers so enthusiastic about being on your list that they tell others to get on, too. Word of mouth is a powerful force with online marketing.

When someone you trust as a friend tells you about a viable resource, it holds more weight with you than if you stumble upon an advertisement, right? The same holds true for the friends of your subscribers, so give them something to talk about!

 

Email Layout

This is a very basic step, but it’s the foundation you need to know about in order to allow your subscribers to have the best experience possible and want to tell others about you.

You can choose between a highly professional HTML coded autoresponder series – similar to an offline, printed newsletter – or go with a plain text email autoresponder.

If your niche is one where images help your audience, such as crafts or cooking, then you might want to consider using something where you can include images in your newsletter.

But if it’s not pertinent to your audience’s discussion of topics, it’s not necessary and plain text will be just fine.

What’s more important in terms of layout is to have a consistent feel for how your autoresponders are navigated. For example, yours might always look something like this:

* Introduction paragraph (personal, friendly greeting)
* Recommendation of product as an affiliate
* Blog post link and commentary
* Question or survey for your readers

It can be anything you want – the items listed above are just one example. You may want to do the same thing every time. Or, you might want to focus on just one thing each time you email out, and your email will read like a letter to a friend.

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What you want to do is to be consistent so that when they open the email, they instantly know it’s from you because they’ve learned your style. Make it as enjoyable and easy to read as possible, not cluttered and difficult to find information in.

Email Frequency

There is absolutely no cookie cutter frequency that any expert can give you about how often you should be emailing your list. Every single marketer has a different style.

There is also an audience for every type of email frequency. You might be thinking, “Well I know for a fact you can’t email offers every day and expect to keep your list happy,” but that’s simply not true.

There’s an audience who does want to see those daily offers. There’s also an audience at the opposite end of the spectrum who will be appalled whenever you even hint at a recommendation.

The one thing you want to keep in mind is that there’s no way on Earth for you to please everyone. You need to find a pattern and frequency that works best for your business and then weed out your non audience.

As long as you’re providing value to your subscribers, you can be a little more bold and daring with your frequency. It’s when you lack value and subscribers regard you as an interruption that you begin to have a problem.

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If you plan to email your list daily, as some people do, then you might also want to offer a less frequent “digest” version. This can be a weekly digest that sends out all of the past week’s emails in one autoresponder on a particular day.

Another thing you want to keep in mind in terms of frequency and emailing to a list is making sure you keep your name in front of them. If you stop emailing for 2-3 weeks or longer and let your list go stale, they’ll balk whenever you start emailing again, thinking you’re sending unwanted emails.

Be consistent with your mailings and don’t just email once in awhile most of the time and then slam them with offers for 14 days straight during a promotion. Get them used to your style.

Do it right and you’ll have word of mouth that says, “John Doe is great! He emails me wonderful tips every day to motivate me and then every Friday I get a fantastic recommendation for the weekend.”

Quality

The quality of your emails is what’s most important, and you’ve read here about value over and over again. So let’s talk about that – how do you show value to your customers and build your reputation?

The first thing is to share helpful tips that stem from your interaction with your audience. If someone emails you asking a question, turn that email into a blog post (names removed, of course) and help the others on your list who are struggling in the same manner.

This is a great way to show your list that you’re available to them and open o doing a bit of hand holding, even if you don’t offer one-on-one coaching packages.

Share other people’s content. Not every link you share should be a link to something of your own. You can link to other people’s stellar blog posts. Don’t be stingy with your audience – show them you’re a thought leader who cultivates good will and shares resources other than your own

Share reviews of products. People have a lot of marketers bombarding products at them. If they’ve grown to trust you, you’ll find that they often email you to see what your thoughts are on someone else’s products.

One of the things your list will deeply appreciate is your product reviews. But a product review and a promotion are two totally different things. Most marketers don’t know how to review – they simply promote.

What’s worse is, they use swipe emails to promote to their list. So what happens when you grab a swipe email from an affiliate or joint venture page, email that to your list, and they open 5-10 other emails saying the exact same thing?

They lose trust in you.

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It’s okay to use swipe emails as a springboard piece of content so that you know what important points to hit on, but don’t quote it verbatim or you’ll be one of many your subscribers mass unsubscribe from that day.

Instead, do a proper implementation review on your blog and link from your email to your blog post where they can read all of your thoughts on everything from the promises of the sales letter to your results of implementation (and everything in between, too).

Share paid resources as well as free ones. There are free and paid tools you’ll want to recommend to your list. Do a little of each, for everyone on your income spectrum.

Availability

Previously, we talked about generating good will with your list by answering their questions and turning them into anonymous blog posts that the entire list can share in for learning purposes.

One thing you want to do to help spread the word that your list is one no one should miss is to just be there for your subscribers. Get to know them on a deeper level.

Ask them what their challenges are and then be prepared when the emails come in to answer each one individually, one-by-one. Obviously, the more your list grows, the harder this becomes, but you can also stay on top of emails and only focus on going to great lengths to answer questions for which you don’t have products yet.

Believe it or not, many subscribers will either be too shy or not want to intrude on your personal space – so they won’t email you any questions. They’ll simply suffer in silence.

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When you become know as a marketer who has enough heart to help lift others up another level,your reputation increases and  word gets around and you’ll have more people joining your list, buying your products and recommending you to their friends.

Transparency Reputation

One thing your subscribers will love and tell others about is if you’re transparent with them. They love seeing your struggles in addition to your successes. Whether it’s with dieting, earning money, or dating – they want to feel a connection to you and that means letting yourself be seen as human. At the same time you are increasing your online reputation as well, which is what we are aiming for.

So don’t think that just because you’re leading a niche, you can’t make mistakes and share those trials and tribulations, because you can! In fact, it will endear you to your list even more and you’ll become known as one of the most genuine marketer that your niche follows, with the reputation to match!

Expand Your Online Opportunities by Thinking “Outside the Box”

One of your biggest issues about working from home online is knowing what niche you want to work in. It’s quite possible to come up with some great ideas if you just think outside the box.

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Do you ever think, “I wish I’d thought of that?” Chances are you have. We have all from time to time recognized a great idea for its value, and of course wished we’d been the one to have the idea. The truth is, you can have great ideas of your own. All you have to do is think outside of the box.

What does outside-the-box thinking mean?

Inside the box is where we live 99% of the time. It’s where the rules are. It’s where our habits, beliefs and limitations keep us. Inside the box is safe because it’s what we know. We can therefore predict with a certain level of certainty, the potential success of any thought or action inside the box.

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Outside the box, it’s a free-for-all. There are no rules, no limiting beliefs and no preconceptions. It’s total and wonderful chaos. When we allow our thoughts to travel to where there are no rules or guidelines, where anything is possible, the world opens up. This is where true innovation happens, creativity inspires us and growth has a chance to occur.

What was once impossible

The internet was definitely an outside-the-box leap. Someone took the concept of linking computers together and the idea grew. Where would you be today without the internet?

Airplanes wouldn’t exist either. When you think about what those Wright Brothers conceived, it is both mind-boggling and inspiring. At the time the only things that flew were birds and kites. Who could imagine that you could put thousands of pounds in the air and keep it up there for hours?

Now think about what outside-the-box thinking could mean for your business

Innovation is really the only way to really grow a business. And innovation doesn’t mean you have to create the next life-changing invention. Outside-the-box thinking means pondering the possibilities of what could be, without restrictions based on what is. Outside-the-box thinking can be:

* A new perspective on how to perform a task
* A new way to market or sell an opportunity
* Finding a new value for a product or service
* Forging a new partnership
* And of course creating a new product or service

When you allow yourself to think outside the box, your business opportunities really take off.

How to think outside the box

This is actually the hard part, because it’s difficult to know where to start. One place to start is to identify problems and then brainstorm solutions – the more absurd the better. Make a game of it and try to come up with 50-100 potential solutions. This will challenge you to get creative with your answers. Many of them will be downright ridiculous. However, if you step back and take a look at your solutions and examine your assumptions and why you believe they’re ridiculous, then you may come up with a new and innovative way of doing things.

Outside-the-box thinking can be an invigorating and motivating practice. Add it to your regular planning sessions and watch the inspiring and creative ideas flow.

Once you have completed your outside the box thinking and have a good idea for your business, you are ready for the next step. Which is how to jump start your momentum and get your business running.

How to Jump-Start Your Momentum

Momentum is a great thing. At its height, it makes you unstoppable. It’s the times when everything seems to come together effortlessly and your business just gets better and better.

Unfortunately, keeping momentum isn’t always easy. A lot of us find that coming up with ideas or getting stuck into a project are great fun, but staying dedicated once the going gets tough isn’t always so much fun. So how do you kick-start your momentum when things slow down?

Here are a few ideas:

1 – Remind yourself why. This may seem obvious but sometimes just taking a step back and remembering why you’re doing this is a great starting place for kick-starting momentum. Focus on how you felt when you started the project or business, and remind yourself of your goals and desires.

2 – Keep track of your goals. If you haven’t done so already, writing your goals down will help you focus and stay energized about your business. We all need something to work towards and having clear goals will help make it easier to stay focused.

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You may want to update your goals regularly and make adjustments as necessary.

3 – Take a break. This may seem like a contradiction, but taking time off to recharge your batteries can make a big difference to your energy levels. A little time off completely away from work (even if it’s just a few hours) can help you refocus and come back energized and refocused once again.

Taking a little time off may also help you organize your thoughts and you may even find solutions and new ideas you hadn’t thought of previously. At the very least it will give you a nice break and help you recharge your batteries.

4 – Create visuals. Decorate your office with visuals that keep you inspired. You may want to add a few pictures of your family members or perhaps a few inspirational quotes and pictures. Creating a goals board with your written goals and pictures to represent those goals may also be very helpful.

As you can see thinking outside the box is the first step in coming up with a new business idea. Once you have your idea it’s important to start setting goals so your momentum stays in place.

Staying focused isn’t always easy, especially when you work from home, but it is possible. These ideas will help you get the creative juices flowing and kick-start the momentum once again.

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Selling Hobby Based Products Online

One way to work online is to use your hobby to make money with. Selling hobby based products online is not that difficult to do. Let’s take a look at two different ways you could do this.

Selling Photos – Hobby Based Products

Many of your hobbies can be turned into business ideas that can make you money. As a digital photographer you can sell those beautiful photographs online. Here are some ways to do that.

How to Sell your Digital Photography at Stock Photo Sites

Digital photography allows you to capture a variety of images in a variety of formats. For instance, remember when you used to visit the carnival or amusement park and they took those old-fashioned pictures of people? The pictures looked faded but that was simply a sepia tone. You can create the same effect on your digital camera when you edit a photo.

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Stock photography is one of the best ways to break into the online digital photography market. You can sell your photos to others who need pictures for websites, newsletters, magazines and e-zines and other media. Surf the Web lately? Many of the photos look the same. Your photos can add a new flavor to what is currently being offered. There is never any harm in seeing how your images will be perceived.

First, understand how the stock photography business works. On these sites, customers can purchase pictures or lease them for a certain amount of time. On some sites, photos are free to use when signing an agreement of use and including a link back to the site.

As a photographer, you will make more money from your hobby,  if your photos are leased as opposed to being sold. The one time sale may net you some cash but the lease will provide a continuous source of income off of that one photograph. And, many people can pay to lease the photograph at one time. Through the leasing process, your work will be viewed by a large audience.

Start by researching current stock photography sites. Find one that offers the leasing option to customers and also has an easy-to-navigate site. Begin here and test the waters with your work.

Now, all you need to do is produce some quality work. Look at other stock photographs. What do they have in common? Are the pictures clear? Can you make out all of the features of the photo? At the least, your photographs need to be clear with the subjects in the foreground.

Another consideration is the type of digital photos you are trying to sell. More of the same that already exists won’t be received well. The stock photography companies are out to make money too. Don’t be afraid to try some new ideas for holiday photos or for everyday photos. They will let you know what does and does not sell.

In the meantime, create a website or blog with links to the stock photography sites featuring your work. This will send more people to view your photographs and may lead to other opportunities in the future.

Let’s move on to the next way:

Creating Hobby Websites – Hobby Based Products

There are many ways to use a hobby based website to make money. First you could create your own website or blog based around your hobbies. You simply add articles and information and then link to affiliate products. Selling these products would earn you a good income.

As well you could build a list around this hobby of people who are also interested in the same hobby as you. You could then promote related affiliate products to them. Or you could create a monthly Hobby Newsletter which you charge for.

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Another way to make money using your hobby is to learn how to build and then sell or flip websites. There can be big money in this method, so let’s take a little closer look at how it works.

What is a Website?

A website is essentially a storefront, business card and significant marketing piece all rolled into one. How it affects your visitors and customers is then essential to your success. A good website should provide a memorable experience and customers are sure to return time and time again. Let’s take a look at five keys to creating a website that sells.

Tips for Building a Good Hobby Based Website

Key #1 Make your website interactive.

As the internet continues to grow and evolve it’s becoming more important to create a community around your hobby website. To accomplish this you want to engage your visitors and customers. This can be accomplished a number of ways. You can:

* Provide a forum
* Post surveys or polls
* Enable visitors and customers to review or rank items. For example a “How valuable was this article?” question and a scale of 1 to 5 stars or a ranking from 1-10.
* Offer a blog and inspire comments and feedback
* Host contests and sweepstakes
* Publish video and audio content as well as written content. This gives users another way to access you and your personality.

Key #2 Make sure your website provides value.

People go online for a number of reasons. They go online to research a potential purchase, to seek solutions for a problem they’re having and to be entertained. If your website provides all three; products, information, and entertainment then you’re in tip top shape. The good news is your content can provide both the information and the entertainment and when written well, can also inspire purchases. Here are a few ideas to provide value for your customers and prospects:

* How to articles, videos, and audio
* Tips articles, videos, and audio
* Case studies
* Workbooks and reports
* Interviews with experts
* Product reviews

Key #3 Make sure your website is easy to navigate.

It takes a visitor about 20 seconds to make a decision about whether they’re going to stay on your website or click away. If your site is laid out nicely, with products and services, information, prices, FAQs, and content easy to find then people are more likely to hang out – the longer they stay on your site the more likely they are to make a purchase or to return again.

To make your site easy to navigate consider:

* Keeping your site simple.
* Keep your pages uniform with the same options and appearance.
* If you have a lot of content, great! Use drop down menus and organize your content by topic for easier access.
* Offer a search function where users can search for products, services, or content topics quickly and easily.
* Provide a way for users to easily go back to previous pages. A back key is an option however if every page has the same options and drop down menus, including the ability to quickly return to the home page, a visitor will always be able to find what they need.
* Test your website’s appearance on different browsers to make sure every visitor has a good experience.
Key #4 Make your website easy on the eyes.

Ever visit a website and the text was so small or the colors so incompatible that you couldn’t read a word? Readability is critical to a selling website. Make sure:

* Your colors are easy on the eyes,
* Your graphics aren’t distracting
* And keep formatting like underlining, bold and italics to a minimum.
* Spacing between sentences and paragraphs is adequate
* Font size is large enough for people to read and font is easy to read

Key #5 Give them a soft sell.

People expect to be sold to and they’re looking for it – they’re wary. Instead of hitting website visitors with a hard sell, provide information, solve their problems and show them the benefits of your products or services. They’ll be much more receptive and appreciative.

Creating a website that sells requires a structured approach and a desire to create the best experience possible for your visitors. Once you’ve created your website, consider testing it and asking associates, friends and family for their opinion.

As you can see it is possible to create a business that is hobby based and will generate you a nice income. It may take a while to get some income coming in, but stay focused just keep on working on your business idea and the results will come.

Powerful Ways to Recognize an Opportunity

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur one of the things that you’re going to have to do is be able to recognize opportunity when it knocks. An opportunity to fill a much needed gap in the market or to change your business to take advantage of a trend could mean the difference between a little bit of success and a huge amount. But you must know what these opportunities look like so that you can grab them when you see them.

Here are three ways to recognize an opportunity.

It Might Not Be Perfect

One of the earmarks of a good opportunity is that it doesn’t sound too good to be true. A true opportunity that has great potential isn’t going to be perfect when you encounter it. You’re going to have to do the work to make it into a successful venture. However, one thing that should have is potential. If you can see it becoming a great idea in the future than it might just be the opportunity that you been looking for but just be sure that just because an idea is imperfect that you don’t discard it completely.

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It Is Built on Previous Failures

The best ideas are the ones that have evolved over time because they have been honed through past failures. If an idea has been through the furnace of discovery, there is a much greater chance of it working when you decide to implement it. In other words, you might want to give an idea time to fail a few times before you decide to run with it yourself, because otherwise, you’ll be making all of those mistakes yourself and that won’t result in the grand opportunity the you’re envisioning.

It Might Not Be What It Was Intended to Be Used for Originally

Some of the best ideas that have ever been thought of were completely different takes on what a product or service was originally intended for. The idea might’ve been a failure as it was intended but it sparked an entire new thought process and brand-new applications. These accidental inventions ended up being something completely different because someone had the ability to see past the original application. For example, both the slinky and silly putty toys were intended for industrial application. However, they failed as intended and instead became some of the most popular toys ever invented.

Do Successful Entrepreneurs Always Take Big Risks?

One of the things that make people wary of entering the world of entrepreneurship is that they are risk-takers by nature and they believe that they are going to be able to be a successful entrepreneur without taking huge risks. One of the first things that always comes to mind is the business loan or investment in a company. A business loan for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars is certainly a risky venture and when the economy is poor would-be entrepreneurs simply give up before they start because they are afraid of those risks. But do successful entrepreneurs always take huge risks?

The Truth about Successful Entrepreneurs

The truth is, while entrepreneurs do take risks once in a while and should take a risk if the chances of success are good, most entrepreneurs are actually very conservative when it comes to risk. For example, a successful entrepreneur isn’t going to spend a hundred thousand dollars buying inventory for an online store without first spending a few hundred dollars in designing a website in order to test whether or not the product would be popular; such as a website with the products listed but showing how to start when someone tries to buy one. This gives the business owner real numbers to evaluate risk with a tiny investment.

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How Entrepreneurs Prevent Risks

Entrepreneurs to become successful rarely do it out of sheer chance. Although there have been a few cases where a person was in the right place at the right time, they still had to develop the product and get it in front of people. But the majority of the time, chances almost nothing to do with it. Instead, analysis and smart decisions are the framework of their business, both things geared towards minimizing the risk is much as possible.

How Entrepreneurs Minimize Their Investment

Also, entrepreneurs look for ways to save money, even if it’s only a few dollars, because each cost-saving action can add up to quite a bit of money. That’s why they look for very low cost or free things that will allow them to make their business better without costing them anything. Some examples of this are: software, marketing, web design and much more. Successful entrepreneurs minimize the risk, save money wherever they can and end up with an investment that is engineered to succeed – and that’s the right way to approach entrepreneurship.

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Making the Tough Decision to Be a Stay at Home Mom

Everything in life, every decision you make, everything you do is a trade off. You get something and you give something. This is just the way life is. The decision to become a stay at home mom is easy for some, and difficult for others.

Because the decision is such a personal one, it can be harder if your friends or family are pressuring you in a certain direction. If you are considering whether or not to quit work and be a stay at home mom, be sure to think your decision through carefully.

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Take others opinions into consideration, but remember that you are the only person who can make the right decision for you and your kids. Staying at home with your children is an honorable and rewarding thing to do.

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After all, parents, and moms (often more than dads) are the people that kids look to for everything in life – at least while they are young. They look to their parents for love, acceptance and comfort, and for care and guidance and nurturing.

This is very important, and if you are staying at home to raise your kids, you know how wonderful it is. There was a time when it was very unusual for a mother to work outside of the home.

It was expected and assumed that mom would be the caretaker of family and home while dad earned the money to take care of the family. Things have changed and now it’s not so odd for mom to head to work after her maternity leave is over, or when the little ones are a few years old.

There is nothing wrong with working outside of the home, and many women have fulfilling careers that they would miss if they became a stay at home mom. As a mother, a career woman is still given the opportunity to be that nurturing, loving, caring person that all children need and want in their lives.

Still, many feel the tug to leave their jobs for a new career as full-time mommy. So how do you make the tough decision to be a stay at home mom? What are the considerations?  This decision is a very personal one.

You will make it with your husband, maybe considering the thoughts of trusted friends or family members. But you and your husband are the only people who fully understand what it will mean for your family if you stay at home so the end decision must be yours.

Often the most influential factor in deciding is financial stability. Will your family be able to pay bills, and keep things going on only one income? If you do go back to work, how much of your income will be eaten up in childcare costs?

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Is it worth it? Will you lose important benefits such as health insurance if you leave your job? Other factors in the decision making process will be things such as whether or not you’ll be happy.

If you love the idea of being a full-time mommy, there’s a clue, but it you feel like you’ll be missing out by not working outside of the home, there’s another clue. Will you miss the socialization that comes with working, or will you be able to recreate that in your stay at home life with other moms? What if you worked part-time, or from home? There are most likely other questions that will come to mind.

Staying at home with your children is a wonderful thing to do, but the decision to do so must be one that you make yourself and that you feel good about, otherwise, you and your family will suffer. Take time to consider your options, discuss the subject at length with your husband or trusted friends and make the best decision you can.

Creating Special Holiday Memories for Your Family

Everybody loves the holidays. With friends and family around, food and fun and parties to go to, how could you not? Well, when you put a ton of pressure on yourself to outdo last holiday season, or what the neighbors are doing, you might put a damper on it for yourself.

The best thing you can do for yourself and your family at holiday time is to create special memories. This probably won’t involve big, expensive gifts. Rather, the fondest memories most people have of childhood holidays is time spent sitting by the fireplace drinking hot cocoa, or playing Go Fish with grandma, or making cookies or homemade greeting cards to send to loved ones.

When you are planning your family’s holiday season, take time to plan for moments when memories can be made that will last a lifetime. Here’s how:

Practice the well-loved and age-old tradition of making cookies as a family. You can do this with your immediate family or invite grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins and really make it a big to-do. Allow your children to help. They love to decorate with icing and sprinkles. Yes, it’s messy, but your kids will remember it fondly.

Make gifts. As a family, you can each make gifts for each other. Instead of spending tons of money, encourage everyone to get creative. Your children can make artwork, crafts; even sing a song as a gift.

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Help others. There are always ways to participate in food drives and other charitable activities around the holidays. Show your kids that it’s not only nice to help others, but it can be fun, too.

Tell/read holiday stories. Gather everyone together and read or tell stories that are a part of your holiday tradition. Purchase a storybook, for example, The Night Before Christmas, with wonderful illustrations and read it to your kids with real excitement. They’ll love it!

Make a big deal out of decorating. Most people enjoy decorating at holiday time. You can make it a fun family affair by playing holiday music, setting out some special cookies or treats and all decorating together. You can even let the kids have their own area to decorate – like the holiday tree, or the front entrance or the mantle. Don’t forget to take photos.

When it’s all said and done, most gifts aren’t remembered through the years, although of course, some very special ones might be. More often, it’s the time spent with family and friends, the laughter and the togetherness.

The beautiful thing about this is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get great results. Children are thrilled with baking, cooking, singing, creating, decorating and hanging out with mom and dad.

Take them out and help them build a snowman – they’ll love it. Show them what a great feeling it is to help others, or to see someone’s smile when they open a handmade gift, made with love by your child.

These are the things that make the holiday season so special. Take lots of photos and give lots of hugs. Your kids will remember family holidays as some of the very best times of their lives, and so will you.

Top Tips for Working From Home as a Digital Marketer

If you make the decision to become a full time digital marketer, working from home, then you’ll not only be changing your career but your entire way of life. As a digital marketer you’ll be someone who is able to work from anywhere in the world, who doesn’t answer to a boss and who can potentially earn much more money by running their own business with very low overheads.

But there are challenges here too. One such challenge is how you stay motivated when working from home. Another is how you go about stocking up on hardware that will offer enough power for what you need to do without breaking the bank.

This article will help you with those things and more.

Staying Motivated While Working From Home

One thing to keep in mind is that the phrase ‘work from home’ doesn’t necessarily have to be literal. Think of it instead as working ‘not from an office’.

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And actually, it’s highly recommended that you leave the home if you want to get the most out of yourself in terms of productivity. Working in your house makes it very difficult to stay motivated and not to get distracted by your games console, the internet or the TV.

So where can you go instead? One option is to work in a coffee shop (the caffeine will help with your work). Another is to work in a public library. Either way, this is a great way to stay focussed and to put yourself in a productive zone.

If you can’t leave your home think about setting up an office in your home that is separate. This could be a spare bedroom, or a space that you can corner off in your basement, even if you just hang a curtain up to separate it from the main area.

Hardware Required For Your Home Office

To do this though, you’re of course going to need the right hardware. This will need to be something light and portable while remaining powerful enough to handle all the work you’re going to throw at it.

So what hardware will work for you? If you’re working primarily as a writer or marketer then you won’t need anything particularly powerful. In this case, something like an iPad or an Android tablet will work even, along with a portable keyboard. The Universal Folding Keyboard from Microsoft is a great choice that’s able to fit into a pocket.

If you need to do video editing though then you’ll want something with a bit more oomph that’s still light. A great choice in this case is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. This is a device that is sleek and can even be used as a tablet but is simultaneously powerful enough to power video editing software.

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Of course you can use your computer or laptop if you have one. Just be sure to keep your business information separate from your personal stuff.

It’s also recommended to have a back up for your files and documents. You can simply save everything to Dropbox, use a USB stick or an external hard drive or use an online backup service. Just make sure you have something in place. If your harddrive crashes you need a way to recover your important files.

The Digital Marketing Industry

There’s no PhD you can strive for to be in thedigital marketing industry. You have to learn as you go – on your own – soaking up information along the way. The first thing you need to know is what it means to be an ditigal marketer, because it isn’t always clear to everyone. You may see this also be reffered to as Internet Marketing.

Let’s start with what Digital marketing is not. It’s not being a con artist. It’s not being a spam king. It doesn’t just mean selling on eBay or having your own website and products.

In reality, digital marketers can pick and choose from a whole host of options available to help them make money. Your opportunities are virtually endless, and include one or more of the following:

• Selling digital downloads (information products like eBooks)
• Promoting other people’s products for a commission (affiliate marketing)
• Selling on eBay or other auction sites
• Running a membership site
• Selling your online services (writing, graphics, etc.)
• Owning a website that sells dropshipped or wholesale items

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Being a newcomer to this type of marketing, you might be worried that you don’t have anything to sell. That’s okay – most people don’t start out with anything, and you never have to stock a tangible inventory if you don’t want to.

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Digital marketing creates no gender or age boundaries for you. There are teenagers who have launched multi-million dollar companies as budding Internet marketers whose ideas sprung to life and catapulted them to instant success.

The great part about this type of marketing is that you can be working from home. This is a huge appeal to many types of marketers including students, stay at home moms, seniors and those who are just fed up with working for someone else.

You don’t have to do anything unethical or shady to succeed at Digital or Internet marketing, and in fact, launching a respectable business with a solid reputation is the secret ingredient that will allow you to hatch an empire on the ‘net to fulfill all of your dreams and those of your family.

This is why we suggest to start working from home with a business that is connected to a hobby or yours. This way you will be more excited to turn it into a fully fledged business and you will stay more motivated to get through all the ups and downs you no doubt will experience.

 

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