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Dollars From Home With an Online Business

Working from home sweet home gives the average head of household the unique change of producing home dollars for the family under matchless working conditions and privileged environment.

A home based online business has a lot of appeal for many people that sincerely would like to dedicate a full time schedule to make an honest attempt to achieve financial freedom, or as a part time to bring in some extra income.

The likelihood of earning those sweet home business dollars has been greatly increased by the development of existing online technologies and the advantages achieved by the introduction of new Internet technology and its applicable marketing techniques.

The natural appeal of starting an online business resides in big part on the many advantages it offers to the potential home worker. Any person able to become a home worker experiments an absolute change in its lifestyle, starting with the working atmosphere. No face to face encounters with yelling bosses, frustrated and/or uncooperative coworkers and demanding costumers. The desperate attempts at punching in and out on time have totally disappeared; the annoying obligation of keeping rules ranging from neatness to break times is not longer required, much less enforceable, unless of course they are self-imposed.

The ever increasing burden in time and money that commuting to and from work represents, has been normally replaced by short walks inside familiar walls and the occasional stretch. No more gas money nor traffic jams; less expenses, and more time with loved ones. These are definitely some advantages that any home worker takes into consideration when planning how to start a home based online business.

The Internet is undoubtedly the biggest ally the work from home business entrepreneur has in reaching the dreamed goal of financial freedom and its manifested reality in the form of running streams of home business dollars.

This online wild horse has to be tamed though. Loose and out of control could run anybody over, and is of no advantage. It becomes a noble ally after being tamed and harnessed while maintaining all its natural explosive force. Any online business once changed from a wild state to a controlled one, becomes a real source of power capable of generating thousands of dollars from home.

Unfortunate for the fainted of heart, there is only one way of taking the first step, you have to step into the corral … and close the gate behind you. In the form of hope, there is an alternative to this option, the careful observation of how it’s done by people who stepped in before you.

Thus the appropriate advice for the online business entrepreneur that wants the extra income from home, should be the encouragement of learning all the possible angles and absorbing every bit of knowledge and information available on this home based business, before embarking in the untried conquest of home dollars and financial freedom.

The potential results, at financial and psychological levels, that could be obtained by starting an online business outweighs by far the initial cost resulting from any combination of money, time and effort.

Although the task remains a difficult one, as a closing and relaxing reflection for the reader consider this … How do you call the only place where you can earn home dollars in the comfort of your underwear …home sweet home ?

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Staying on Top in Challenging Times – 5 Essential Elements For Growing Connecticut Businesses

As the current state of our economy is a challenge for nearly every small business owner, it is important to keep in mind basic strategies to help attract customers.

Offering specials to lure in customers is a great first place to start, but there are other easy actions that business owners can take to be proactive and attract more commerce. Take R.J. Julia’s in Madison, Connecticut for example; this bookstore hosts events such as readings and get-togethers by the authors they sell, and they create a sense of community for their readers.

Staying in Touch: What’s Important to your local business customer?
Consumers are looking to save money by reducing their spending. Malone’s Sandwich and Coffee shop in Clinton’s center is a quaint little cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and an array of snacks and coffee concoctions at small town prices, a necessity that has kept the Connecticut small business on track. Although many higher priced fast food places have lost business, ‘dollar menu’ sales have soared for McDonald’s and Burger King…and smart Connecticut restaurant and cafe owners are able to take these lessons to heart.

Another local business, the Cooking Company in Killingworth and Haddam, CT offers a mix of freshly prepared sandwiches and salads prepared as take out or, for those with more time available, a nice area to sit down and eat. The dinner menu is also full of great food, and is prepared for those that need a delicious and healthy quick meal. This upscale Connecticut restaurant also offers desserts that could be found at a fancy bakery! And for those with a busy schedule, the take out option for the freshly prepared food is a great incentive.

Five Small Business Marketing Tips for Our Times
Business owners may not have found solace in this recession, but many agree on some tried and true tips that can make the most out of the current market place. Many Connecticut businesses are finding this challenging environment the jump start needed to really think creatively.

Smart restaurateurs, salon owners, contractors, and shop proprietors need to ask themselves: What makes my customer excited? Where do they hang out, both online and around town? Who are the people in town that others listen to… the ones that ‘spread the news’?

1. Motivation. Despite the economy, it takes some serious motivation to keep a small business running. It starts with the owner: Lead by Example. Workers will follow the lead of an owner full of dedication and enthusiasm. An atmosphere of friendly competition can stimulate higher sales and productivity. Encourage more by rewarding your employees for new ideas and creativity!

2. Build customer loyalty. This is a main goal for any growing business owner, but this loyalty may be what keeps a business going during the recession. If the 80/20 rule holds true (which says that successful companies get about 80 percent of their business from 20 percent of customers), then a mix between exceeding expectations and really getting to know these customers will be the perfect blend to keep you’re them coming back. Remember…It’s a lot easier and more cost-effective to keep an existing customer than it is to find a new one.

3. Keep up with the marketing campaign. Active marketing is absolutely essential in this climate. The reality is that customers are being very careful with their dollars…they take more time to make decisions and they look at more options first. You can bet your competition is working hard for your customer, too! Businesses that aren’t aggressive in their marketing can face the grim reality of a dwindling customer base and lack of new sales.

How to market your local business in this economic climate? Well, that’s another whole article in itself!

4. Utilize the Internet. Don’t Wait another Moment. With all of the technology we have today, its imperative to get online, build a website, and market It. Be aware that this is where a large percentage of people start looking for what they want. The internet can be a powerful tool to reach new audiences for business owners. An experienced marketing professional can be invaluable in this economy; having a versatile specialist in the online marketing world can greatly improve a business campaign.

5. Have confidence. Keep a positive attitude. Try new ideas. Build a clear Brand presence that defines your business. Ask the advice of other entrepreneurs you respect. Many Connecticut small businesses are thriving right now and yours can be one of them.

Small Business Help Through the Five Universal Funnel Laws For Businesses

Years ago Sir Isaac Newton observed “What goes up, must come down” and hence we now have the Universal Law of Gravitation. Today’s small business owners can apply similar principles to their own growth and viability through the Five Universal Funnel Laws for Businesses “What goes in, must come out!”

Universal Funnel Law #1 – Every business needs a plan of action. A strategic plan that clearly articulates “Who does What by When” and may require the assistance of a small business consultant.

Universal Funnel Law #2 – Every business needs prospects. A marketing plan is a proven way to reach and begin to develop relationships with future clients.

Universal Funnel Law #3 – Every business must have sales. A sales plan along with a sale model or process works to convert prospects into actual sales.

Universal Funnel Law #4 – Every business needs customers or clients. A customer relationship plan further develops loyal customers and serves as a source for ongoing referrals.

Universal Funnel Law #5 – Every business demands dollars. A financial plan records the results of all activity.

These Universal Funnel Laws operate together and if you are a visually thinker, like myself, lay inside each other. Universal Funnel Law #1 is the largest funnel as it holds the other four funnels. As your business expands, so do these funnels. The questions to ask yourself are: Do I know all Five Universal Laws? And, more importantly, do I have plans in place to maximize my daily efforts to that my actions are ultimately increasing my business dollars?

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