Saturday, October 4, 2008

Helpful resources for the building of a new home based business

Have you ever purchased a new bi-cycle unassembled? Imagine the headache it would cause for the mechanically un-inclined were there no directions to follow. They would have no idea as to the tools needed, for starters. To most, it would like like a "mess" in a box.

This is why having a guideline to follow, when you are working to start a home based business, is so important. Most of the things we need or do in life are much easier when we have guidelines to follow.

If your plan includes the use of the Internet to promote your home based business then you will need to know...

*How to advertise on the Internet*How to get listed in the search engines
*How to target the traffic, from the search engines, that you need
*How to either build or buy a website
*Where to buy a domain name and web hosting*How to accept online payments
*How to generate and manage a database

... and more.

It seems simple enough, right? In theory, it's not difficult if you have directions to follow. How hard can it be to build a website? Well, if you don't know how, it can be very difficult.

What about building a mailing list? A mailing list is vital to the success of any Internet based business.

And what does it really take to get the targeted traffic from the search engines? How are you going to tap into that stream of people who are looking for what you are selling?

The questions are best answered by someone who has gone before you, with success. Finding a business coach/mentor is the easiest way to get things up and running correctly.

Major companies use consultants and experts, all of the the time, to guide them through transitions and products... it's part of being in business.

If you are here today and are considering a home based business of your own, I am here to help!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

How to develop a business plan for your home based business

Failure to plan, in any business, is a recipe for failure. Ask any general before leading troops into battle. Without a tactical plan, you can just about assure the demise of your army. The same things applies to a home based business.

First, determine what it is that you are passionate about. What is it that you could do, everyday, for work, and never get tired of it. It's okay, whatever it is, that's fine. This will drive you and motivate you to work! It could be anything, a hobby, a sport, an activity, ministry, whatever, that's okay! Passion is great fuel!

Second, write down your vision for the future. What is it that you want to accomplish with your business? Maybe you want to put your kids through college, form a charitable organization or spend your days out on the golf course. Determine what you want to BE, and focus with all concentration on that.

Third, do your research. Determine the depth of your target market. You can do this online by visiting SEO Tools. Use the keyword selector tool to type in the name of your product, idea, service or concept to determine how many people are looking for what you have to offer on a daily basis.

Fourth, acquire the knowledge you need. If you are a self starter and want to do the building yourself, you will need to know how to build. Learning to do the work, especially online, is not only rewarding, but gives you an advantage over your competition, regardless of the business you chose to build.

Fifth, find an Internet marketing mentor. Learn from those who have gone before you. Most, if they are worth their salt, will be happy to assist you and guide you in the right direction. Many offer live training that will help you learn much faster than trying to learn through a book.

For more information on how you can build your home based business, visit Rex Harris online. God Bless!