The Top 5 Benefits of Starting a Network Marketing Business

15 Apr


You may have heard about network marketing businesses several times before. You may have even thought of trying it but you just don’t have enough motivation or you couldn’t come up with the reasons why you should give it a try. If you are still in the process of exploring the possibility of engaging in a network marketing business, consider the following benefits:

1.       Leverage. Leverage is considered as the most important benefit of a network marketing business. It refers to the advantage derived from having a network. Through a network, you are able to extend your limited hours, distribution channels, markets reached, and the quantity of products moved. In network marketing, you will not be doing things on your own. The network is there to leverage your earning potential.

2.       Passive income. Network marketing businesses are set up to create a variety of opportunities.  Making money in these businesses is not just about selling or your own effort in driving profits. You can also earn passive income mainly through the leverage afforded by the network under you. This income grows as your network downline expands. You just have to maintain or expand your network further to sustain your passive income benefits.

3.       Minimal costs. A network marketing business does not entail huge capital outlays or large amounts of investments. However, this does not mean that everything will be easy. You also have to spend for your overhead and marketing. More importantly, you also have to exert a lot of effort to convince people to be part of your network.

4.       Support. Another benefit of starting a network marketing business is the support you get from other members of the network. If you are part of somebody’s downline, for example, you can expect the person above you to extend all the assistance you need to succeed in the business. You will then be expected to assist your own downline as you build your own network.

5.       Unrestricted business hours. If you are involved in a traditional business venture, you will most likely be limited by the 8 or 9 am to 5 pm business hours standard. Doing business beyond this time interval would seem unlikely. With a network marketing business, however, you can do business whenever convenient and possible. You can continue earning without worrying about schedules.

Don’t be intimidated by the complexities you may encounter in starting a network marketing business. This type of business is never difficult for anyone who wants to succeed. Just think of the benefits you can get as your motivation.

5 Reasons to Start a Home Based Business Today

15 Apr


Entrepreneurship is always something worth pursuing. It’s not difficult becoming an entrepreneur. You can start at your home and build your business while taking advantage of the conveniences and other good things being a home-based entrepreneur has to offer. The following are some of the best reasons why you should consider starting your home-based business.

1.       Being with the family. Making your home your business site or workplace makes it unnecessary to be far from your family. Instead of becoming a regular employee who needs to regularly commute from home to office which consumes a lot of time, being able to make money at home affords you the time to be with the family while managing a business.

2.       Less stress. The home is arguably the most comfortable place for virtually anyone. To be able to do your business without leaving your home is without a doubt a big advantage. The familiarity of the place takes the stress away, especially with your family around. Also, you don’t have to abide by the rules that other people put in place.

3.       Lower operating expenses and overhead. Having a business operation at home generally means lower operating expenses. Obviously, if you do your business at your own home, you no longer have to pay for rental expenses. Likewise, you no longer need to buy new equipment for your business and you also don’t have to have separate utilities installed. It is also worth mentioning that residential utility rates tend to be lower than those charge for rooms or buildings classified as commercial spaces.

4.       Faster ROI. Since your capital outlays for your home-based business will be very minimal, taking back the value of the investments you put up will not take much time. Also, the lower operating expenses will make it even faster to recover your initial investment and enable you to offer more competitive products or service prices to your clients.

5.       Flexible schedules. Being a home-based business operator also comes with the advantage of having flexible business hours. Since you are at your own place, you can extend your operating hours even beyond midnight to serve more customers. As long as your business does not become a disturbance in the neighborhood, you can be as flexible with your schedules as you want to be.

These are just some of the many compelling reasons why it makes sense to start your home-based business now. There are many other benefits. If you think about it, there is hardly any drawback in becoming a home-based entrepreneur. You just have to prepare for the risks in the same way you would when doing a typical business operation.

Insurance Options for Home and Business Owners

15 Apr


Insurance is an important part of running a business and even in mere home ownership. Many homeowners and small business owners already know this but may not be that well acquainted with the options available. If you are one of those who don’t know much about the right insurance plans to get, consider the following types of insurance products as your essential options:

1.       General Liability Insurance. This is a basic insurance coverage every small business owner should consider getting. It is a type of insurance that provides coverage for damages caused on people or properties by you or your employees.

2.       Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) Insurance. A BOP is basically a set of various insurance plans deemed to be what a business owner usually needs. It typically includes property insurance, liability insurance, business interruption insurance, crime insurance, and property insurance. Generally, a BOP is considered as a cost effective option since it usually costs cheaper compared to buying the same insurance plans individually.

3.       Property Insurance. This is a basic requirement for those who own properties. There are different types of properties covered by this insurance. These include homes, office or workplace equipment, tools, business inventory, and even personal properties. It provides protection against accidents, natural calamities, theft, and other forms of damages. It can also cover business interruptions due to property damages.

4.       Professional Liability Insurance. Also referred to as “Errors and Omissions Insurance,” this type of insurance is particularly intended for those who offer their professional expertise as their main product. This insurance provides coverage for protection against claims or suits for failing to properly render the professional services paid for.

5.       Commercial Vehicle Insurance. If you are using vehicles for your business, it is very important that they are properly insured. You can’t afford to shell out considerable sums just to address unexpected repair needs for them or worse, to compensate for property or personal damages. Even if your company does not own the cars used by your employees, you still have to obtain non-owned auto liability insurance for the protection of your company.

6.       Worker’s Compensation Insurance. This insurance is intended to cover the hospitalization and other related needs of employees who are injured in the workplace or while doing their job. Business owners should always have this type of insurance. You’ll never know when accidents would happen. Even if your employee does not sue you for workplace injuries, it is always better being able to cover the expenses and extend the help needed by your employees.

7.       Homeowner’s Insurance. Of course, a homeowner should always consider getting home insurance. It is always preferable having insurance protection for the property you’ve spent years to finally achieve. Fires and natural calamities cannot be predicted. The best that can be done against them is to have the assurance that the value of your home can still be recovered after getting struck by unfortunate events.

8.       Renter’s Insurance. This is actually a sub-category under “homeowner’s insurance.” It is something needed by those who are renting their home. Generally, this type of insurance provides protection against physical property damages, damages on the valuable things inside the house, and personal injuries that can happen inside the rented house.

9.       Life Insurance. While getting life insurance may sound ghoulish, it is worth considering having it. There’s no certainty in life. Accidents can happen anytime. If you care about your family or if you want to avoid eventualities that would burden your family, getting life insurance is but a logical thing to do.

Knowing your options in terms of insurance for your home and business is very important.

How a great juicer, coffee machine and water filter can improve your blogging career.

28 Aug

Working from home is a great alternative for those with busy households, who may find that a job outside the home is simply too much to juggle. But of course, balancing a bustling household with the demands of work at the same time is a challenge in its own way. There are plenty of “how-to” guides and list of helpful hints out there for anyone looking to start an at-home career, and they’ll all undoubtedly talk about the importance of setting up a good home office space. But what about the things you can do in the rest of the home to make your experience just a little bit easier? Let’s say, in the kitchen?
 
Along with the obvious necessities like a printer and a fax machine, there are a few appliances you could actually use in your kitchen to help you be your most productive self, and get the most out of your home office experience.
 

A coffee machine

First up is something that every office, no matter where it’s located, should always have: a coffee pot. It may sound a bit cliche, but coffee really is one of the best ways to boost productivity. The caffeine found in coffee promotes mental alertness and is shown to improve memory, making it perfect for a jump-start in the morning, or an afternoon pick-me-up when the midday drag sets in. For the home office setting, one of the most highly recommended routes to take is that of the single cup coffee brewing system. The single cup system is fast and super easy, and it boasts a wide variety of options. What’s even better is the fact that a single cup system can often fit easily into your home office space, making for an easy caffeine fix that will barely interrupt your work. Of course, if one cup simply won’t cut it, a more traditional drip coffee pot, or a French press will also get the job done.

 

Fresh filtered water

Also important to have is a source of fresh, filtered water (after all, better water makes for better coffee). There are a few different options for this, and you may even find that including more than one ends up being the best choice. As a benefit not only to you in your office, but to your entire household, you may wish to go with a filtration system that attaches to the sink faucet. With this, you can transform your tap water with a flip of a switch. Another common idea is to buy a filtered water pitcher. The downside to this is that it constantly requires refilling, but on the plus side, it is easily portable and can be kept in your office space if you so choose.

 

A juicing machine

The final must have kitchen appliance is a juicing machine. Be sure to invest in a quality juicing machine rather than a cheap one, as the greater the juicer the greater the juice. It’s recommended to read a few juicer reviews on a website such as the juicer fanatics, to help you find the best juicer. A refreshing juice made up of fresh fruits and vegetables is a fantastic way to keep yourself full of the vitamins and nutrients you need to be working at your best. The best part of owning a juicer is that with the wide range of easy to make juice recipes out there, there is certainly going to be one to suit your needs at any given point in the day. Juicers are great for boosting your nutrient and vitamin levels during times where you may be working to a deadline and can’t find a spare moment to prepare a fresh meal.
 
Cold press juicers (otherwise known as masticating juicers) provide a higher quality juice than standard juicers, so give some consideration to these if you are after maximum nutritional benefits. Visit this page for more information on one of the best cold-press juicers on the market.
 

Blogging, or any form of home business is a very rewarding career if you can get around the motivational and productivity challenges. With the above kitchen appliances, you can maintain productivity levels during tough times, and help your business thrive into the future.

Behind the Business

6 Aug

Behind every business that works, is a business plan. It doesn't matter if it's 50 pages bound in steel, or scribbled on the back of a beer mat. It's not about how good it looks – though if you're presenting it to the bank in hopes of a loan, you should probably take a little time planning it out. It's about the thought you've put into what you're about to do and the plans for dealing with problems.

Want to know a major problem many – too many – prospective entrepreneurs forget about? Their own bad history. Unfortunately, your own private mistakes don't disappear just because you've just figured out a brilliant plan to make the world a better place. And while it's true that some small start ups- and most online businesses, at least in the early phases- can do without assistance from traditional banking institutions, most businesses that take off end up needing some form of credit, or at least access to more banking facilities then can be granted without some kind of background check.

Yes. Unfortunately, your bad personal decisions can come back to impair the future growth of your business. Heck, it can even raise its ugly head if you go back to searching for a more traditional job, as background checks can and probably will be run before the company considers you.

Bad debt is like that, unfortunately. It's not just an aggravating niggle on a piece of paper somewhere. It's one of those things that will follow you around if you don't do anything to tackle it. And, sadly, there's not grey areas when you look at your credit rating. No one cares whether you trashed it because it was the only way to keep your family fed, or if you were blowing it on booze. All they will see is 'bad' and pass you over. Fortunately, rehabilitating your credit is not impossible.

Bad credit personal loans aren't impossible, either, and a great way to begin to demonstrate a rehabilitation to any other company you need to approach for credit. Showing that, whatever the track record says, you are now capable of properly handling money has many benefits toward that rehabilitation process. And even though loans for the unemployed with poor credit here in the US are one of the most notoriously difficult categories to tackle, there is some hope out there- check out these tips for loans for people on Centrelink for a starting place. Both sites will give you some great guidance on how to go about making yourself look more favourable again, even with the spectre of bad credit haunting you.

Of course, it's one thing rehabilitating your credit, and another keeping it that way. I'm a firm supporter of entrepreneurship, obviously, or I wouldn't be writing this blog. But it comes back down to the plan. A successful business plan includes strategies to weather the bad times without damaging yourself and your future prospects. Having one in place is absolutely vital if you and your business is to thrive. Don't undertake the painful process of repairing bad credit only to trash it again.

How I Saved Money on a Pet Insurance Policy

4 Aug

Photo by State Farm

As a vehicle dealership business owner, I have animals on-site to protect my place. My pets are not just my buddies, they serve as my protection. This is why I decided to avail pet insurance policy. The insurance pays for veterinary treatments for all my pets.

Benefits of Pet Insurance

These days, having pet insurance is a smart and practical thing to do because the cost of owning a pet could be expensive with the needed health care and living standard. Did you know that insurance policy for pet was created since 1890 in Britain? Today, most policies provide a range of cover options for dog and cat owners. Pet insurance is considered a form of property insurance wherein it reimburses the policy owner after the pet receives care. The policyholder files a claim from the insurer. The best thing that my pet insurance policy has given me is peace of mind since I have more than one pet. Veterinary expenses are not easy on the budget. Now, even if they get sick, I know I would not have to be worried about the cost because I know I could afford it and give my best buddies the best treatment. What I do is that I always renew the policy so my pets are covered for life.

Getting the Best Deals

I chose an affordable plan offered by a reputable insurer. The plan offers full coverage for congenital and hereditary conditions, as well as unforeseen accidents. Through this insurance, I can be sure that they are all healthy. I can be sure that my pets get the treatment they deserve. Insurance providers offer a range of plans to suit your budget. For instance, you can only choose accidental injury coverage, or choose a plan that includes accidental injury and illness. To be sure you are getting the right deal, take time to compare. Numerous companies in Australia now offer pet insurance programs, so take advantage of the Internet to view rates, compare and sign up for the best deal. I have never regretted the day I have agreed for pet insurance for my beloved pets because they help me lot. In return, they should get the right care from me, and I would not have to worry about medical expenses anymore since I got them covered already. If anything happens, my business will not suffer from loss just to afford veterinary bills.

Visit this website and find out what are the top pet insurance companies in Australia.

Finding Your Niche, Both Online and Offline

13 Jul

As I’ve already said before, leaving work and deciding to become a stay-at-home mom was not an easy decision to make but, once you have a family, certain sacrifices need to be made. I’d much rather spend time with my children, watch them grow up and help them become better people, than chase down a career, leaving them to fend for themselves in a way, with no one to turn to for help or advice. Besides, I have found a way to work and take care of my kids at the same time and that alone is more satisfying that any career out there. Guess what, more and more parents are starting to think this way – realizing just how fulfilling being with your kids can be. With childcare costs spiraling, more families are being forced to consider other options.

Now, to be honest, writing for various websites and blogs doesn’t exactly require a genius writer, and it won’t win you a Pulitzer any time soon. But, it can be an interesting alternative to working in a cubicle. For starters, you won’t be starving, like most writers are. Also, writing is a creative activity and the chances of you getting bored with it are slim, which is good. However, you also have to write about something that will attract visitors and earn you some money.

Writing is easy. Finding a suitable niche, and promoting it properly is the tricky bit. My idea was to write about finding a job or creating one for yourself, much like I did. So, that would make what I do a meta-job of sorts. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something online. For example, http://medicalassistantsalaryadviser.com offers career advice and salary information for medical assistants, which is a “normal” job, but the website itself can also generate revenue, which is why it’s such a great example. I tend to write more on how you can find your niche. It doesn’t have to be related to writing. Some people are better at expressing themselves through different mediums, such as photography or video. Others are good with numbers. The key is to take that knowledge and channel it in a way that will reach a sizeable number of readers. That means you have to get a grasp on internet marketing and some SEO, as well. It would also help if you were to learn some basic web design, as well as coding. Not only will it give you greater control and allow you to do things just the way you imagined them, but it will also save you money in the long term because you won’t have to pay someone else to do it for you! Learning new skills can really be quite fun and rewarding - I highly recommend it.

Thank God for the internet, I will say that. It has made it possible for me to sort of have my cake and eat it too. Working from home means I’m there for my kids every step of the way, yet at the same time I provide financially for my family just like my husband. Writing has always been my passion and I hoped that I would eventually turn some of my ideas into a novel, or at least a blog, but it never occurred to me that it could become my day job. Now, I’m glad it is.

Making Money from the Yummy Mummy Trend

9 Jul

If there’s one thing I’ve gotten tired of, it’s the idea of the "yummy mummy’". Not only is it facile and dehabilitating to the wonderful range of women out there who are mothers, it’s plain ridiculous.  True, you shouldn’t feel the need to let yourself go just because you now have kids but who on earth would let anyone interfere with their daily business and decide whether you are "yummy" or not. Facile indeed.

That said, it’s not going away anytime too, much as I may want to kick and scream. And while I’m not for adding further ridiculous expectations to the journey of parenthood, there’s certainly a niche for businesses in the beauty industry created by these same expectations. If, like me, you’re looking for a home based business opportunity you can mould around your family, various beauty procedures have always been ideal ones to base from home – long before the idea of ‘home business’ even existed, in fact.

These days, you can take it further than hairdressing or manicures. There’s a whole range of startup opportunities for laser liposuction, cavitation, and cryolipolysis out there now. Or, if you’re not the hands on, people pleasing type, you can try another approach to the same industry like answering people’s questions. I’m going to hold up two sites as examples of the creation of great online resources today.

They both answer one of the bog-standard questions that occur to people and are seldom answered by the service provider – what costs can I expect from procedure X? The Breast Procedures Guide will tell you how much are breast implants are, while the Trim tummy guide tackles the question "how much does liposuction cost?"’. Simple site ideas, but both are addressing a niche market that’s underserviced by the industry itself.

They lay out expectations, costs and realities about the procedures that can help people make the best decisions for themselves. Is lipolysis or liposuction better for you? Who offers the best breast procedures in your area? What should you know before getting breast implants? How much can you reasonably expect each procedure to cost? What other things should you be budgeting for besides the cosmetic procedure? Remember, when it comes to aesthetics, people are often reluctant to discuss these procedures for fear of seeming facile or stupid.  By taking people through the steps of each procedure, offering quality advice and guidelines, these sites service areas of the beauty industry that the practitioners themselves sometimes forget to and doing so, has created an excellent business opportunity that they’ve capitalised on, for someone else.

Of course, it’s not just the beauty industry that leaves these loopholes begging to be filled with a suitable business opportunity. Whatever your particular field of interest, you’re bound to find that information and reviews, product details and in-the-field testing, unanswered questions and more are a persistent areas where consumers find existing resources lacking. The ideal niche for you to fill may just be waiting out there for you.

Using the Summer Slowdown to Beef Up Marketing: Notes from a LASIK Surgeon

5 Jul

I had a chance to talk to a friend of mine who is a Lasik surgeon and when the topic turned to summer business, she had some surprising things to say about it. Apparently, summer is a slow time for refractive surgeons and so she spends her ‘extra’ time setting up her marketing campaign for the coming year. This way, when things are swinging again, she has her campaign ready to go and the materials prepared for release.

While her plan for summer marketing preparation was specific to her practice, these tips and techniques were so clearly helpful to all kinds of businesses, that I thought I would share them.

1. Update

The first of the tips is to update and there are a couple of things that should be on this updating checklist. First, update your marketing materials. Most likely they aren’t too far out of season but if you’ve got pictures of people in bell bottoms and feathered Farrah Fawcett hair, it doesn’t communicate your current relevance as strongly as you would like. This isn’t just for internet based marketing, this includes the stuff in your office. My friend says that she takes some time to make sure that nothing that is sun bleached, torn, dirty, etc. is left in her office so that her practice continues to look fresh.

For your internet marketing you also want to make sure that you have up to date information. Keeping your website up to date helps raise your level of search engine optimization and makes you easier to find. Has your practice moved? Are the prices for Lasik that you have listed on your website still valid? Do you have any new positive comments that you can share with potential clients?

Then, update your patient information. This is a tedious task that is often put off when more pressing business is crying out for attention. It’s important to undertake though because otherwise a lot of step number two will simply come right back to you having gotten nowhere.

2. Follow Up

There may be a lot of business out there that just needs a bit of a nudge to be realized. If you have patients who have come in for consultations but have never schedule the surgery, get in touch with them. They may still be deciding, but hearing from your office (or from you personally) helps them maintain their connection with you as a service provider. Make sure that you have answered all of their questions and can talk to them about the costs of Lasik in relation to the money saved by not having the surgery, for example.

In addition, follow up with those who have been your clients in the past. This lets them know that you weren’t just attentive when they needed to write you a check. In Lasik, patient recommendations are really powerful and if your patients feel your interest in their well being they are much more likely to remember to recommend you when the opportunity presents itself.

3. Schedule

Marketing through social media requires attention and time that you may not have later. If you can establish a set of posts that could be released at any time, you can schedule their release through applications like HootSuite. If you know that you will have a promotion running in December, schedule some tweets or posts leading up to that. It keeps your feed fresh and, again, boosts the ever important SEO.

4. Consult

Finally, this might be a good time for you to consult with a marketing company. Just as Lasik is an upfront investment with long-term savings and benefits, marketing may cost you up front, but if it turns business towards you, it’s well worth it. On the other hand, you may not be ready but you won’t know until you have done the investigating that you expect your clients to do before they come to you. So, learn from them and make sure you are reaching your full potential.

While the tips that she gave me are specific to her practice as a Lasik surgeon, it seems to me that there is a lot that can be learned for whatever industry you call your own. I’d love to hear any other summer slow down pointers that you might have, so please send them in so I can share them!

The Most Important Thing Any Home Worker Can Do for Themselves

3 Jul

Just like so many other people, I used to get a sinking feeling around 9pm on a Sunday night that sometimes really spoiled a great weekend with my family. The fact that in just twelve hours I had to be back at my desk for another week of work, and that the children would be headed back to daycare, was one that I increasingly found rather depressing.

In my previous job, although I was paid quite well, I was certainly not doing what I thought I would be doing when I left college several years before. Back then I wanted to work in the exciting world of marketing and advertising and even studied communications to give me a solid start.

The Big Change

About a year ago, I happened to meet one of my boss’ clients leaving a meeting. This woman was amazing. She had her own business, working from home, and was able to schedule her working hours around raising a toddler without the need for more than the occasional babysitter for a few hours. Meeting this woman made me even more dissatisfied with my job. Out of interest I still read all of the latest marketing news in the trade publications I studied as a student and knew that digital marketing has become the fastest growing sector of the field and that many of the best digital marketing professionals do not work for a large company but from home.

Twelve months into running such a business from home it has been far from easy but I am at a point where the money I make now exceeds the income I made as a 9 to 5 office worker. And I now find that it is I who am an inspiration for others and am constantly asked for advice about how to make a success out of working at home. The best advice I can offer however is not related to finding clients, or what kind of home office to set up or even what kind of business to start, but instead the importance of creating a real schedule that allows for some all-important ‘me’ time.

Learning to Schedule

When people think of working from home they imagine that the one big bonus will be being able to do what they like whenever they like. They quickly learn that is not the case though. Building a business is hard and it is all too easy, as I found, to fall into a routine that involves spending every spare moment on work, pausing only to do mandatory chores like the drop off and pick up of the kids from school and the preparation of dinner and life can quickly become as miserable as it was when you were working for someone else.

That is why a schedule is important after all. These days I begin work at 8am once everyone else is safely out of the house. I take a lunch break away from my office, a proper one, not the sandwich at the desk that became my habit when I first began working from home. I have also made a rule to never work weekends anymore, even if it is tempting to do so.

And I, perhaps most importantly, schedule some me time even during the week. In my case it is usually still spending time online but not on work related matters. I read the papers and often play a little online bingo. I have yet to ever ‘win big’ but it is harmless fun and the people you ‘meet’ in the chat rooms are often very interesting. It is a great way to ‘unhook’ my mind from work so I can go to bed relaxed and ready to face another busy day in the morning. And while bingo may not be your thing (maybe you just prefer to use some home machines to do exercise), if you want to work from home happily I advise you to do the same thing, make sure you get your ‘me’ time.

Selling police courses from home. A case study.

14 Jun

I consider myself to be a very lucky girl because I have a fulfilling job and earn a good living, but I also have the benefit of being home with my little girls during the day. How you may ask? I have a job where I sell police training courses to interested persons, but the great part is, I work from home. I was always the kind of girl who knew I wanted to be a homemaker. I was never the type of woman who wanted to have a big career and my dream was just to be a wife and a mother. I believe that becoming a mom and having a family was my calling. But I soon learned that being a wife and a mother was a tough job.

It requires a twenty four seven availability and you constantly have to put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own. It is a selfless job. But I felt blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom and devote all my time and my energy to my family and also to my hobbies of arts and crafts. But then the unthinkable happened and everything changed for my family. My husband, who had always been a good provider, got retrenched from the factory he was working at. This was a huge blow for my family. Sure we had some savings stacked up for a rainy day, but that was only going to last that long before we ran out of reserves. He started looking for a job immediately after he got laid off, but the economy was bad and it took a while and many many interviews before he found something. But he did find something. Unfortunately though, the salary was lower than what he had previously earned, but we were in such dire straits financially, we were just relieved that he found another job. That was when my husband and I had a discussion for the first time ever about whether I should start working or not. I had never ever considered this before, in fact, I had never had a proper job before, unless you count that job I had one summer after high school working as a sales girl in a department store in town. The problem was however, that I needed to be home with my little girls. That was when I got the idea that I could just start working from home.

That way I could have the best of both worlds. I could earn an extra income to help my husband and my family out, and I could also get to be home all day taking care of the kids. It seemed like the only reasonable solution to our worries. I checked the local papers and found a company looking to sell police training courses and I decided to give them a call. They said they needed someone who could work from home and all you needed was access to the internet. Because the overheads were low and the potential to earn quite high, it was the answer to my prayers.

Five Fast Cash Options For Entrepreneurs

13 Jun

Photo by Simon Cunningham and reproduced under Creative Commons

While it might seem like a cliché in this day and age, being an entrepreneur still means something. These are the pioneers, the people who know exactly what they want and while they might not know how to get it just yet, they do have an idea of it. However, the biggest problem of these types of entrepreneurs is that they are unable to move forward because of a lack of funding. Fortunately, those who are looking to get a short-term loan in Australia have plenty of options.

  1. Student’s Short Term Loan. For those students who are looking for a quick infusion of cash but don’t know where to get them, they can acquire a short-term loan from financial aids and scholarships. While this might seem a bit silly, most budding entrepreneurs are only students, which is what makes this type of loan extremely important.
  2. Secure Loans. For those who aren’t students but are looking to get the same kind of deal, they can acquire a kind of f
  3. unding bridge through this type of personal loan. Making use of an asset to act as collateral, one can easily borrow a quick infusion of cash by offering up an asset for collateral.
  4. Unsecure Short Term Loan. Sometimes, you are unable to use any kind of asset for collateral and so are unable to utilize a secure loan. However, you can use an unsecure short-term loan to get the same results without having to offer any of your assets. However, keep in mind that that interest rate is higher.
  5. Open Ended Loan. Entrepreneurs who wish to make use of a loan in order to borrow and repay money over and over can look into open-ended loans to solve their cash problems. For those who are unsure of what exactly this is, a credit card is a perfect example of an open-ended loan.
  6. Conventional Loan. Last but certainly not the least, these are loans that are uninsured by any sort of government agency. There are definite advantages to using a conventional loan, but keep in mind that it still adheres to certain guidelines.

Utilizing these types of short-term loans, any entrepreneur can get their cash infusion straight away. This website can help you about short term loans in Australia.

Why You Should Consider Using Pinterest to Market Your Home-Based Business

12 Jun

Pinterest as a social media platform is a very good avenue for small businesses and especially home based businesses to be able to market their products. One benefit of deciding to use Pinterest to market your company is the fact that it will not cost much to use it. With this social media program businesses are essentially creating mini billboards, called pins, along internet super highway at little to no cost to promote their brand awareness, show off products, and also engage with their customers.

Approximately 80% of users are female making it the perfect platform to market products and services that are of particular interest to women. Pinterest is easily the most visually orientated tool in your social media tool box making it the best social media choice for products that are sold mainly based on appearance.

With that being said, service businesses can also benefit greatly from this social media tool. A little more creativity is required for services as creating pins is not as obvious as taking a photograph of a product. A home-based medical biller could pin an infographic showing potential clients how much money she could save them. A certified HVAC technician could pin photos of bad installations done by less reputable companies.

Another other reason why home based businesses should consider using Pinterest in promoting their businesses is that a large percentage of active users of the platform view pins to get inspired on what to buy and use it as a wish list that is not restricted to one single website. Many users actually plan to purchase the things they pin.

Although it started out rather modestly with just a number of users the platform now has about five million users that are growing in numbers quite rapidly. About 1.5 million people use it daily and spend an average of 15 minutes each day pinning and viewing pins. There are certain instanced where it has helped to drive greater web traffic to certain business websites in numbers greater than LinkedIn, Google+, Reddit, and YouTube put together.

An effective and easy way to start off your business marketing campaign is simply ensuring that you feature your business’s name on your profile to start creating maximum exposure. Using your business name as your username is one sure way to maximize your efforts. Add a paragraph describing the company. Include details about company history, values and mission just like in the about page on your company website. This information will be shown below a photo of your choice or perhaps your logo. It is important to include this information as your board will be the first contact many people have with your brand or business. In addition, there is a section on your profile where you can add your website url. Pinterest gives you the option to connect it with your Facebook or Twitter accounts and this can help you to gain more followers or likes on those respective platforms thereby increasing your marketing reach even further.

Business marketing is all about being able to have your message reach as many people as possible because some of them could be the new customers you are seeking. I recommend you give Pinterest a chance to help you achieve your business goals. After all, more effective marketing means more family time.

Creating Targeted Connections: Whether it’s Music or Liposuction

11 Jun

We have more information at our fingertips than ever before. So why is it that we have such a hard time finding out about the things we most want to know?

One of the difficulties with so much information is that you never know when you are finished searching it. A great answer could be just around the corner, but because you know there are nearly infinite amounts of info available, at some point you just stop looking and live with what you’ve found. In cases like this, too much information is actually less helpful than too little.

One of the things that I have seen a lot of growth in is the creation of web sites to help people navigate through very specific sets of information in order to make connections to the people who provide what they are looking for. I’m not talking about Google or Bing, which are places to help people navigate through information. I’m talking about sites like Craigslist.com that helps a person looking for, let’s say, a Huffy 10-speed bike find a person who wants to sell a Huffy 10-speed bike AND who lives in their area AND for free!

You could go to Google and search “Huffy 10 speed bike” and begin to wade through the 688,000 results, which include things like Wikipedia’s history of Huffy the company and a series of question and answer forums. You could even refine your search “Huffy 10 speed bike for sale” narrowing down the sites to 172,000 but still returning a whole series of forums and bikes for sale in far off places. And who is going to look through all of those anyway? Nobody now that you can go to a site like Craigslist for the city you live in and find out if any of the people selling bikes have the one that you need.

These types of portals for connections between people are becoming more and more popular. Some places offer not only the ability to advertise something that can be searched but also to post requests. That way, the next time you have something to offer, you can find the people who want to have it. Everybody wins, right?

I can see some areas where this kind of offering should really be expanded and I could imagine it working somewhat like a dispatch service. Let’s say I want to get piano lessons for my child but I don’t want them to go to a ‘school’ and I want them to be in my area. If I could go to musicteacherstat.com (website available!) and fill out a form indicating what I need then music teachers who had filled out profile sheets would be alerted to my needs and we could connect. Now if I search, all I find are vague tips about how to evaluate the music teacher…but I can’t evaluate if I don’t even know who they are!

What about if I wanted to connect with medical tourism companies that could serve my needs? After all liposuction is becoming more and more common and as prices rise for the procedure in the US there are more package deals for surgery and tourism being offered abroad. If I want to get liposuction and a tummy tuck while traveling, I could fill out a form indicating a price range for the cost of liposuction and a tummy tuck and providers of that service in that range would be alerted and we would be connected. Some people want them – some places offer them: now to make the connection. This would save countless hours of fruitless searching on the internet and phone calls. Not only would it help me, it would help the people providing the service because that’s targeted advertising at its best.

Call me crazy, but I think there’s some good work to be done in this ‘dispatch‘ type area. If I didn’t already have my hands full, I’d be looking to make my way here. Since I’m already more than busy though, I guess I’ll just have to give this good idea away. I’d love to hear about any sites like this that you know of or ideas you have to create one.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Make Sure You Use Great Images On Your Website

7 Jun

When you’re building a website, there is always the temptation to spend hours on your content. You search all over the web for great resources, make a summary, craft a headline and write hundreds or thousands of words to produce content that is as good as possible.

And of course, that’s all good. Over the last few years, Google has valued content over just about everything else, particularly content that is good enough for other people to share and link to.

You spend a lot of time creating your content. It’s not easy producing article after article that is high quality readable content that will be shared by your readers.

However, what a lot of people forget is that content is not all that goes into making a great web page. Whilst content is extremely important, there are other factors which should also be considered.

Today, we wanted to consider images.

The importance of images in webpages

If you just produce a webpage that is all text, and no more, chances are it won’t get the result you would have liked. No matter how good your content is readers don’t like to see massive blocks of text.

Particularly if there are long paragraphs readers switch off after reading for a certain amount of time even if the content is great.

But having great images can help change that.

Images help break up your content to make it more readable. Great images draw the eye and can help prompt your reader to keep scrolling and reading. Great images keep people on the page.

As well as that images can increase your search results because Google will return images for many search queries as well as other pages. So good images increase the likelihood of attracting more search visitors.

Research shows that images increase user engagement by anywhere up to 90%. On an e-commerce site image quality is crucial as readers and/or customers use the image in the buying decision.

And great images increase the likelihood that your readers will share your content. Research shows that images on Facebook get more engagement than text.

Where do you get your images?

Of course there’s many places online where you can buy images, and this is one of your best options.

But if, like us, you prefer free options that there are some excellent public domain images at http://pixabay.com/. It’s very important if you are using free images to check out the licence first.

Another of our favourite destinations where you can create your own images is http://www.wordle.net/ This is where you make those images comprised of all sorts of words jumbled together. You can see an example on our installment loan’s website.

And of course great images should stand out. We’ve put a great image on one of our pages of gold coins. This stands out brilliantly. You can see it on our page about installment loans poor credit right here.

So remember, when you’re drafting a new page on your website, don’t forget the images. Spend some time searching out some great looking images and you’ll do a lot for visitor engagement and sharing.