You ever Toyed With The Idea Of Starting Your Own Business?
(would you like to be your own boss?)
Ever What's Involved With Starting Your Own Business?
Read On To Find Out!
I Get Rich Quick?
Wasn't that simple?
Home Based Businesses
are currently all the rage and sweeping across the Internet like mini tornados.
They look awe-inspiring in the distance, but can wreak financial havoc
up close and real personal.
I should know, as
I've now been running my own business online now for years. Below is how
I did it (note, these two ebooks aren't about specific businesses per se
- they're about how to choose the right business for you and then make
it profitable online).
you're a newcomer to making money on the Internet, check out my new beginner's
Guide No More Missteps
- A Quick And Easy Profit Guide To Internet Marketing.
It will show the step-by-step method of increasing your business success
online (the personal steps I took that brought me the visibility I enjoy
today (Good Day NY, CNN and more).
if you're looking to turbo-charge your business abilities online and uncover
scores of potential customers you never knew existed, go right now to my
latest cutting-edge research guide - Uncovered
- Profits From The Hidden Internet. Impressing even
the most savvy of marketers (you can read their reviews), you will simply
be shocked by what's out there waiting for you to find it.
Briefly, here are
some questions you should ask yourself first prior to starting out with
any business opportunity.
- Does the effort
required sound too easy? Some companies offer big bleeping sums of
cash to stuff envelopes. Think about it - most legitimate businesses will
use minimum-wage employees to do such a thing - how can they afford to
pay *you* so much more?
- Does this particular
home-based business need more equipment than you have? And does the
offering company provide said equipment for "just a little bit more
money?" For example, let's say that you decide to include a business
website to showcase your products. Chances are, the offering company will
give you that for yet "just a little bit more money!" Thing is,
though, does said company provide quality, visible design? Are their rates
competitive (there are *lots* of web site developers around)?
- Does the company
provide a comprehensive history? Are there verifiable references? Was
the email which described the opportunity addressed directly to you, or
was it simply blasted out to any and all?
- Are you buying
promises, not products or services?
- Let's say that
you are selling an item for $9.97 which you have to fulfill (i.e, place
in an envelop, address said envelop, mail said envelop, etc.). Do you have
the time required for fulfillment as well as running your business?
- Would you sell
this product to your family? Can you stand behind it?
Are these the real
costs? Not by a long-shot.
Are The Real Costs?
The real cost
to a bizopps is far more than just sending in $39 to whatever company
is trying to seduce your money away from you.
Some of the costs
include the following:
- What product?
Before starting your home-based business, what product will you sell?
Have you done the research to show that people want your product? Never
get sold on something because someone else declares it's the next best
thing to free winning lottery tickets - always verify claims yourself.
- Knowledge. Are
you familiar in-depth with your product? Do you know who your competitors
are? Do you know the best way to market it? If your family was interested
in it, would you be proud to sell it to them?
- Marketing. A
great big very important thing! Marketing is what gets your name known
to your targeted audience. It's advertising, copy, time, effort, time,
hard work and much much more.
Are you assured to great guidance when you buy and market?
- Packaging. If
you have a great product, but your packaging is as exciting as blank space,
you will lose out on that crucial first impression. When writing my book,
I hired a graphics artist to design the front, back and spine of the cover.
I knew what I wanted to convey - the additional artwork
- Production cost.
Does your product require any assembly? How about materials?
Does it require inventory? If so, where will you keep excess inventory?
I recently converted my dining room to a storage facility.
- Web sites. Business
web sites are crucial to providing a storefront and letting your customers
know what you have to offer. Do you know enough not to get ripped off when
buying a web site? And after you buy a site, there is the monthly hosting
fee to take into account and more.
- Credit card processing.
Once your customer is interested in buying your product, how do they
purchase it? Do you know how to get a merchant account without getting
ripped off? Do you want to process credit cards realtime on the Internet?
Again, another cost.
- Stress. While
one can never put a precise price upon stress, it certainly will take its
toll on you. Is your home-based business your only source of income? Will
you have to worry about more bill-paying? If your stress levels increase,
can you catch the warning signs soon enough and manage them?
With all the hype
and froth out there about internet marketing, what makes a bizopp good?
Makes A Bizopp Good?
There are several
components that make some bizopps stand out from others. They include:
- Happy Provable
Customers. Forget this "Love your program! Jay in NM!" stuff.
You want to see actual testimonials from real, verifyable people (ideally,
you should contact them and discuss in person just why they are happy.
- Realistic Claims.
Hype hype and more hype are just dandy for reading pleasure, but let's
face it - you will not make 83,492 dollars by stuffing envelops or sending
out recipies to five select people!
- Proven Track
Record. How long has the company been around? Are there financial end-of-the-year
reports you can check out?
- Quality of Product/Service.
Research the product or service on the Internet. No, don't just go to the
web site of said product/service/company! Instead, visit Google for example
and search for
The above is (obviously)
only a smattering of what makes a bizopp something worthy of your valuable
what biz-op to invest in, be sure to first check out Tony Blake's Entrepreneur's
Forum at http://www.ablake.net/forum
and the Friend's In Business board at http://www.friendsinbusiness.com/board1.
Lots and lots and lots of folks have tried various and sundry biz-ops -
the Internet allows you to ask around and read other people's experiences!
And of course, before
you go into any business at all, you should first do your darndest to make
sure you're not being scammed.
It's truly a sad
fact of life that many many zillions of scams are out there both on the
Internet and in the real world.
Before jumping into
any opportunity, do the following. You might end up saving big bucks.
1. Check out
101 Course Catalog. Lots of common-sense debunking.
2. Next, go
to ScamBusters and see if your
"opportunity" is mentioned there.
3. From there,
mosey on to the Better Business Bureau
and read their alerts. Remember,
though, no mention there doesn't mean the opportunity is legit - folks
might just not have gotten around to complaining.
out of the way, what if you want to build your own business around your
own interests and passions?
Can You Learn How To Build Your Own Business Online?
and away, one of the best resources out there to jump start your own business
online is The
Insiders Secrets Internet Marketing Course. I bought
it myself back in 1998 and found it replete with tremendous ideas! Definitely
check it out - I highly recommend it.
to see how people like you have benefitted from courses like the above?
Private tours of websites that incorporated The
Insider Secrets from the Internet Marketing Center are
now available via the site, Secrets
To their Success.
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