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Are You Really Serious About Starting a Home Business?

If you are really serious about starting a home business and expect it to be successful, then you really need to get serious about it. You have to treat it just like a job – schedule your time to work on it just like you would have hours where you are expected to show up and perform for a job.

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If it was a job, would you have the attitude that you will do it if you get a chance, and if you can squeeze it in to your social calendar? Not likely because you wouldn’t have the job very long if that was the way you handled it. It is the same concept with your own business – you need to take it seriously. It has to be a priority.

You really need to make your home business work schedule part of your business plan. Determine how many hours you have per day or per week to work on your business. While you may have a day job, a family and pets, etc. that demand your attention and are definitely the priority, if you want to add a home business to your life then you need to make some structured time for it. Whether it is 2 hours or 10 hours you need to use the time wisely and be consistent.

One thing that is a huge energy rip-off is email. You should learn how to only open emails that are relevant to your business during your home business time. Even at that if there is nothing pressing you should just glance over it and file it. Don’t waste your time trying to read every ad that comes into your inbox. It is hard to ignore total chaos so just archive everything – if it is from companies you are working with then make a folder for those and file things away.

Some time in the future when you have spare time you can go through them – but again you need to learn how to just glance over them so you don’t waste your time – if there is something critical it will be in the subject or first paragraph. Understand that it is an avalanche and you will never catch up or keep up with it so you just need to get it out of the way.

You need to have a definite plan on how you will spend your time. For example, with the email out of the way (and say you gave that 15 minutes), if you have anything that you need to do related to that, like pay a bill or sign up for something before the deadline, then get that done (say 15 minutes for this). Knowing that one of the most important (free and effective) ways to promote your online business is to use your blog, maybe give yourself (30 minutes) to compose a few paragraphs, or more if you have something more to say. Original content is always best, but if you don’t have anything unique, then maybe post an article by someone else, and of course including their links, etc. to give them full credit when you copy and paste it to your blog.

Some other tasks that are typical to an online marketing business would be to manage your list in your autoresponder, (15 minutes); do some advertising with whatever strategies you are using – for instance solo ads, traffic exchanges, list builders (30 minutes); Check your affiliate programs for commissions by logging in to each one and looking for your reports (15 minutes); Check in to your social networks, etc., to see if you have any messages (business-related) to respond to; add here whatever else for your business that you may need to devote some time to.

Just remember not to get ‘lost’ on any site that you are on. It has been determined by people who track statistics, etc., that people are wasting time, for example when they need an answer from a search engine and they typically would need to click 1 or 2 links to get their information. However one link always seems to lead to another and you have just wasted an hour by going to 6 or 7 different sites. Maybe you even forgot what you were doing. While this is fun and interesting, you have just taken up time you could have used to promote your own business.



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Top Benefits Of Article Marketing

What Is Article Marketing?

It is the practice of writing and publishing articles to online directories and websites across the Internet. The article submissions can range from being general to niche specific. In this article, we will be going over some of the top benefits of marketing with articles.

Top Benefits Of Article Marketing:

1. Increase Brand Awareness.

One of the biggest benefits that you are going to get when you utilize this type of marketing is increased brand awareness. The reason why this is going to increase your overall brand awareness is because article directories can have a very broad reach. Once you submit an article to them, they are going to be published online for various blogs and websites to use and/or refer to. If you happen to write a solid article, it might be published in 1,000 different magazines and/or websites around the world. The good thing about it is that it keeps your contact information and everything else in tact. That way, the person reading the article always knows where it came from and this can help build your brand.

2. Drives Traffic To Your Website.

Another huge benefit of this type of marketing is the fact that is can drive a significant amount of traffic to your website. It can do this by giving you a space to write your contact information and to include links for your website at the bottom. If you include a little teaser at the end of your article, the reader will have more incentive to click through it in order to see more. This is going to be a very effective way to get more people visiting your website and viewing your content.

3. Promote Products and/or Services.

Another excellent benefit of this type of marketing is that it gives you a great platform where you should be able to effectively promote different products and/or services to potential customers. Because you can literally write about anything, you should be able to promote your products and/or services effectively using this type of marketing.

4. Boost SEO Efforts.

A lot of people get into article marketing in order to boost their overall SEO efforts. The way that this works is that it gives your website much stronger links that it can link to. This makes it so that the search engines view your website as a much stronger website than if it didn’t have the links to strong article directories. Therefore, by linking your article back to your website, you should be able to build strong links.

5. It Is Free.

Because this form of marketing is absolutely free, you are not going to have to spend a dime on it. This means that the return on investment is going to be huge. There is no reason not to try it out since it costs you and your business zero investment.

As you can see, marketing with articles can be a very effective way to generate more business.


Work at Home to Supplement Your Income

It sure seems that wages don’t keep up with the cost of living as it soars year after year. Not to mention how it will become more difficult to live on social security and retirement savings as the cost of living continues to rise. So whether you are still working or have retired, the need for more money is an ever-present reality.

Financial Help Needed!

If you are receiving social security earlier than full retirement age, you can still earn money and only beyond a certain amount would it require a deduction in your benefits. If you have reached full retirement age, it won’t be deducted at all. Beyond what you would need to use to supplement your living expenses, etc., you could start saving whatever you don’t need to use.

If you are still working at a day job and just barely scraping by – or at the least have nothing left over to save after your living expenses, then working at home to build another income is a very wise thing to do. Having a second job is a little more tedious in that you are spending a lot of time traveling from home to job one and then from job one to job two. All that commute time is really unpaid labor. It is stressful and dangerous — one commute is bad enough, not to mention so much time away from home.

When you have a home business you can just come home from work and relax, have dinner and visit with your family. Then instead of ‘the boob tube’ you can go to your computer and start working in a relaxed and friendly environment. This is relevant because many times the work environment is not friendly and in fact is hostile, which is more stress.

If you have a business in your home there are certain tax advantages in that you can claim a percentage of your maintenance costs as business expense – whether your home business is full or part-time. For example you can claim some of your rent or mortgage, utilities, equipment, security, communications, etc. Additionally anything directly spent on your business is deductible as well, such as advertising, technical support, etc.

Consult your Federal and State tax websites to get forms and schedules that include instructions on what is a legitimate deduction and how to claim it. Be sure to have documentation for every deduction you take and keep it for at least 7-years in case of an audit. The regulations change so be sure each year to check the rules.

There are a number of things you can do to earn ‘passive’ and residual income more or less on ‘autopilot’ once you have it all set up and running. The easiest thing to do to start a business is to join one or more affiliate programs. This is because they will provide almost everything you need to start earning money if you will just do the work consistently.

Howard Whittington