The Top 10 Reasons Businesses Succeed

Only one of every 5 businesses makes it to its 5th year, and fewer still make it to 10 years. What do the successful businesses have in common?

1. The experience and skills of the top managers. Over half of business failures are directly related to managerial incompetence.

2. The energy, persistence and resourcefulness (the will to make the business succeed) of the top managers. Many business owners have failed or come close several times before their “instant” success. Don’t give up.

3. A product that is at least a cut above the competition and service that doesn’t get in the way of people buying. There must be a compelling reason to buy; the product is great, the people love to provide service, and the buying experience is easy and fun.

4. The ability to create a “buzz” around the product with aggressive and strategic marketing. Make scarce marketing resources count. Do as much homework about your customers and their choices as you can before investing your marketing dollars.

5. Deal-making skills to sell the product at the highest possible price given your market. It comes down to your customers’ perception of the value of your product and sometimes the power of your personality.

6. The ability to keep developing new products to retain and build a customer base. Consider gradual product development based on improvements to the current product line and sold to the current customer base.

7. Deal-making skills to work with resource suppliers to keep costs low. Keeping costs lower than competitors’ and continuing to look for cost reductions even when the business is profitable is key.

8. The maturity to treat employees, suppliers and partners fairly and respectfully. Trust and respect result in productivity increases in ways that may be difficult to see and quantify.

9. Superior location and/or promotion creating a connection between your product and where it can be obtained. Studies have shown it can take seeing your product or name seven times before a customer is ready to buy.

10. A steady source of business during both good economic times and downturns. Over the long term, develop a product mix that will include winners during good economic times and other winners when times are tough.

Top Thirteen Part Time Jobs for Stay at Home Moms

A lot of women gave up their flourishing careers to take care of their children full time. Caring for your children is fun and fulfilling. But, if you want to help out your husband, here are the top thirteen part time jobs for stay at home moms that you can take advantage of:

Write website content.

Writing website content can be a great part time jobs for stay at home moms. You can write about a wide variety of topics such as investment, accounting, personal development, relationships, health, and even food. If you’re passionate about writing, you could give this part-time job a try. You can also find a job as an editor or a proof-reader.

Be a blogger.

Aside from being a freelance website content writer, you can write content for your own website, too. You can be a blogger. Bloggers earn money through advertisement. You can offer advertising space on your website or you can install AdSense to your blog. Being a blogger has a lot of other perks, too. You get a lot of free stuff, especially if you’re doing reviews. You also have a flexible time so you can work when you want to work.

Translator

This job is perfect for bilingual moms. Translators usually earn $10 to $20 per hour. Translators also have flexible work time, so you can work whenever your kids are at school or asleep.

Telephone Interviewer

This post is suitable for moms who have extensive experience in recruitment and human resource management. You can interview applicants by phone and submit your recommendations to your clients.

Online Tutor

If you like teaching, you might be interested in becoming an online tutor. Being an online tutor has a lot of benefits. This job allows you to earn money and take care of your kids at the same time. It also allows you to share your knowledge in certain fields such as chemistry, physics, and languages.

Become a technical writer.

If being a blogger or website content writer does not work well for you, you can do technical writing instead. You can write manuals for cell phones, laptops, and kitchen appliances. Blogging is one of the best part time jobs for stay at home moms.

Become an online travel agent.

You can set up your very own online travel agency. You can set up your own website and process bookings from your home.

You can become a graphic artist.

Nowadays, people prefer pictures more than words. In fact, infographic is growing more and more popular. So, it’s no surprise that there’s a rising demand for freelance graphic artists. If you’re good at using Adobe Photoshop and you have a creative mind, this could be the perfect part time job for you. This job allows you to tap your creativity, earn money, and take care of your kids all at the same time.

You can take advantage of data entry job opportunities.

There are a number of data entry job opportunities. Data entry may not be the most satisfying job in the world, but it allows you to earn money from home. This job has a flexible time.

You can be an Amazon or eBay seller.

You don’t have to put out a huge capital to start your own online business. You can simply buy a few retail items and sell them online at a profit. You can even sell items that you no longer use. You can sell anything from books, to watches, to bed sheets, and kitchenware.

Copywriter

This job is perfect for moms who have a background in marketing. You can work as a part-time copywriter for online companies. You can also find a lot of copywriting gigs on Craigslist and freelance websites such as Odesk, Freelancer, and eLance.

Medical Transcriptionist

If you have excellent typing skills and you have a medical degree, you can give this job a try. All you need to do is transcribe medical recordings.

Project Manager

This post is suitable for those who have great management and organizational skills. If you’re good at coordinating with various people to complete a project, then this is the job for you. This does not have to be a full time job. In fact, you can take one project at a time.

5 Ways To Stay In Love With Your Home Based Business

When you start a home based business you’re filled with excitement. You love the prospect of building your own business and you’re filled with enthusiasm and you’re willing to work all the hours you can.

But success is often not immediate and it’s not unusual for new business entrepreneurs to become disillusioned and frustrated. You can become overwhelmed and you don’t know what to do next. Here are 6 ways to help if you’re starting to fall out of love with your home based business.

1. Put Your Business On The Internet

If your home based business is not online, it should be! An online business can be trading all day, every day and your customers can come from around the world. Building a website for your business is not as complicated as you might think. There are many user-friendly and uncomplicated programs that will help you to quickly and easily get your business on the world wide web.

2. Give Yourself A Break

If you try and work constantly, without a break, your creativity and efficiency will drop. Don’t forget that with an online home based business you can automate a lot of tasks. Work for no more than 45 to 90 minutes and them then have a break. Taking a quick break, foe about 10 to 15 minutes, will help you do more in the long run.

3. Have A ‘To Do’ List

Create a ‘to do’ list for the jobs you need to complete and mark it on your calendar. Unless it’s on the calendar, you’ll be tempted to do other things that are not as important for your home based business.

4. Concentrate On The Important Things

The most crucial elements are your products, building a list of customers, marketing and generating traffic to your website or sales pages. When you break your daily tasks into these elements, your work will be a lot more achievable, you’ll use your time wisely, and you’ll keep stress to a minimum.

5. Don’t forget Why You Started A Home Based Business Initially

Anyone who has a successful home based business will have started it for a particular reason. And, regardless of how committed and determined you are, life sometimes gets in the way of you accomplishing your ambitions and desires. To make your home based business successful, you’re going to have to deal with obstacles along the way. When you do face those problems, think back to your reason for starting in the first place and look at them as a learning process so that you can avoid them in the future.

11 Tips To Work Smarter For Home Business Owners

Here are 11 tips that help me to work smarter, get more organized and focused on what I do with regards to my home business.

I do hope that you’ll find one or two of the tips useful and that they may even take any feeling of stress or overwhelm that you may have off your shoulders!

11 tips how to work smarter, not harder, with your Home Business:

1) Have a strategy in place

Many small home business owners don’t have a strategy in place.

However, to succeed with your business it’s important you have a strategy and also a budget. This will give you a plan to follow, you know how much you can spend, you’ll know what activities to focus on, what your goals are and what skill sets you need to master etc.

2) Write down what a typical week looks like for you.

Write down on a piece of paper – or in a calendar – everything you usually have to get done in your week, include the hours it takes.

Include the hours you work if you have a job, and all the things you need to get done in the house, in the garden, grocery shopping, helping kids with homework, taking kids to spare-time activities, family time.

And don’t forget time you need for yourself, like dinner with your spouse or partner, friends, exercise etc.

This will help you to see how much time you REALLY have at your disposal to spend on your home business – and also what hours during the day and week.

3) Know the time you need to complete specific activities.

It’s necessary that you know the time you need to complete specific activities and tasks you do, for example how many minutes or hours do you usually need – from start to finish, to:

  • Write blog posts, publish them and share them on social media?
  • Shoot a video, edit it, upload to YouTube and share on social media?
  • Create a capture page and write 10 follow-up emails for a new campaign?
  • Create a marketing campaign on Facebook?

If you don’t know this, start measure how much time you need. Write it down in a calendar. This will help you to PLAN your weeks and days in a way you can manage.

4) Have a daily and weekly action plan and be consistent.

At the start of each day, you must know exactly what activities and tasks you MUST complete during the day to reach the objectives of this day and week.

Therefore, you must have an action plan where you describe the activities you must do to reach your goals and objectives.

Take into consideration how much time you have at your disposal for your business each week, and make sure you plan out activities you can fit into your schedule.

The action plan and the objectives must be realistic in relation to the time you have, and to your budget. Otherwise you need to adjust your goals and plan.

5) Batch similar tasks together.

Whenever it’s possible, batch similar tasks together, both in your private life and in your business life.

For example, you can batch tasks like:

  • Blog posts: write 2-3 blog posts in a go instead of 1
  • Emails: write 3-8 auto-responder messages in a go
  • Videos: shoot 5 videos in a go while you have everything set for it. You can change your shirt in between the videos if you want it to seem like the videos are done on different days

This will save you time, because when you’re into something, you’ll get in the right mindset and “the flow” of doing it.

You’re much more focused and more effective, working for a longer time on a similar task, than “scatter” your time and mind on many different activities.

6) Limit the time you spend on emails and social media.

Reading emails and checking social media news feeds can really “steal” hours from you.

It’s easy to waste hours every week on emails and social media, doing things that could be automated (see tips 11) or at the very least done faster with the right tools.

Add up those few hours a week, and you’ll see that you’re wasting many hours each week.

To avoid it, you can decide to only check your emails and social media profiles on two occasions during the day (morning and afternoon).

Put also a time limit for how long you can spend on it. Only reply to urgent emails and comments.

7) Avoid multi-tasking.

Multitasking has in several studies been shown to NOT save time, rather the contrary.

Focus on one task at a time (as mentioned in tips 5 above), and chances are you do it better and faster.

8) Do what’s urgent, important or unpleasant first thing in the day.

Whether it’s a phone call or a meeting, make sure to do anything that’s urgent, important or unpleasant, the first thing in the morning.

Otherwise you may be lingering and avoiding it all day, which will distract you and make you less focused and less effective on whatever you’re doing.

9) Reflect every day, week and month.

Reflect on what’s working well for you, what’s working less good, then adjust your schedule and tasks accordingly.

If you struggle to reach your goals, perhaps you need to lower them? Setting too high goals can be counter productive and discouraging.

It’s no fun to always feel like you’re struggling and can’t reach your goals!

Strive to find a balance in life that works for you, a balance of the time you spend on your business, on your family and on YOU.

10) Outsource or delegate.

To free up time for you, consider if you can outsource some of your tasks?

You can get a lot of things done from online freelancers on e.g. fiverr.com or elance.com and similar companies.

Perhaps you can now and then ask for some help from a friend, your spouse or kids?

11) Leverage the internet and automate.

Consider what you can change and perhaps automate to work smarter.

Perhaps you can use the internet more to automate parts of your business activities such as:

  • Prospecting
  • Lead generation
  • Product or Business presentations
  • Online sales funnels

For example, instead of doing one-on-one presentations of your products or business, you can do the presentations by using videos or webinars. You’ll save a lot of time and it will be available online for your prospects and clients 24/7.

For social media marketing, there are tools you can use to schedule the posting and sharing to be done automatically on several platforms (e.g. Hootsuite). This means, you can plan and schedule all the social media postings once a week for the whole week.

Auto-responders is another example of a useful web tool that will automate your follow-up messages with prospects, leads and customers.

So, that’s my 11 tips how to work smarter, not harder, for stressed and overwhelmed home business owners!

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My name is Caroline K Carlsson, and I’m Swedish, however I don’t live in Sweden. I and my family have been living abroad in different countries during the last 9 years.

I’m a Home Business Entrepreneur and Online Marketer since 2010.

I have a blog, where I share online marketing tips, tricks and tools with other aspiring home business entrepreneurs, affiliate marketers and network marketers.

Freelance Projects Should Be Taken As an Additional Source of Income and Not Primary

Work from home jobs gives you additional income, but it can take a toll on your health and family life as well. With rising prices, spending time on freelance projects sounds very lucrative but consider some points before you start looking for additional work.

Manage your time

You need to get your time management right to be able to juggle two jobs. Your primary job is your day job, and there should be clarity in your mind about that. Don’t get confused about the two because a freelance job can come and go but getting and maintaining a regular job is vital. Get focussed on your work at the office so that there is no pending work. This will let you use your time efficiently and deliver the freelance projects on time.

Airplane mode works

Once you have the relevant information with you, disable your internet connection to improve productivity. Online alerts and social media can be a mighty distraction that eats away at your precious time when you want to earn a little extra. Use some of the popular apps which disable websites like Facebook and Twitter and let you work instead of waste time scrolling through your news feed.

Stay within your limits

You know how much work you can do even on your best day. Keep some margin and take up work accordingly. You take up freelance work for extra income but if you deliver unsatisfactory work then you are less likely to get employed. It is a very unprofessional thing to do. Don’t get greedy, focus on quality and build your reputation to get dividends in the future. There are plenty of freelance projects so you don’t need to try and grab as many as you can with every attempt.

Talk via mails and messenger apps

When you rely on work from home jobs for a steady income, there are two major advantages of using e-mails and messenger apps to communicate – time management and written proof. You can always go back on a verbal agreement but if you gave it in writing then you can save a lot of time which would have been wasted on clarifications. E-mails are better than a telephonic conversation because you can get replies as soon as the other party is free. There is no indecent hour to send an e-mail so send e-mails whenever you want and communicate as soon as possible.

 

Internet Home Business On The Rise

Ever thought about starting a side business in the comfort of your own home? The idea itself sounds like a fantasy, but you are not alone. Search for home based business on Google, and you will find endless suggestions of entries regarding that topic. Why is that?

The economy is such that one has to go to work for a portion of their life. People have to work regardless, but there are always individuals looking for better ways to “make it” in this world. Why do you think there are so many network marketing companies out there? They offer an opportunity of freedom for the average person. Not everyone has the capital to start up their own multi-million dollar company and build it from the ground up. It takes guts and a powerful mindset.

Believe it or not, baby boomers are an extremely large entrepreneurial group. The millennials have some competition! Baby boomers don’t want to just lounge around the house, do some knitting or use their new driver and hit the golf course. They want to be a productive member or society and do just as much, if not more than their younger counterparts.

Research released by the Kaufmann foundation suggests that baby boomers are more than likely to start a business in 2016 than the millennials. Don’t be shocked. Even if boomers don’t have as much energy as the 20 somethings (or so we think) they have extreme drive and have a better grasp of life knowledge. They know what it takes to put in hard work and know how to balance work and life better than their younger counterparts.

There are plenty of opportunities out there, it just solely depends on what kind of opportunity you are looking for. Are you a go getter? Do you love sparking up conversations with strangers? Do you love creating small events for gatherings or presenting information? Then something like network marketing or a sales position with the potential to create your own team, is for you. If you are not one to create home events, but still want to give value to people, then I suggest you do some research into online marketing. There are countless amounts of companies out there who pay people like you and I to promote their products. Things like these take time to research, but I guarantee you that there is something for everyone out there! Yes, even you reading this article.

How To Make Money – How To Seriously Make Money And Drive Unbelieveable Income Now

If you are running a home-based business that involves sales, be sure you know and are comfortable with your product. You need to be able to answer questions from your customers quickly and correctly. Being knowledgeable and honest about your product will help clients to trust you, and result in repeat company.

Make a plan for your home business before you just go jumping in. If you know what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it, you’ll be much more likely to meet your goals. Starting a business without a plan is like trying to drive to an unknown location without having a map – even if you know where you’d like to end up, you probably won’t get there in almost any reasonable time-frame.

When running a business from home be sure to save each and every receipt from expenses incurred such as insurance, phone, energy and mortgage payments. The expenses incurred in maintaining your home can be included in your deductible expenses when filing your income taxes. The percentage of your home used for the home business is the percentage of the expenses you can deduct from the taxable earnings.

Pay attention early on to your home workplace organization. In fact, chart it out prior to buying anything for your office. You can easily find yourself overwhelmed with various folders, shelving units and inbox solutions that will simply slow down your work, if you don’t. Take time to maximize your efficiency.

Think of a business plan. When you have a plan and write it down, you do not only feel more organized, but also it helps your mind to come up with great ideas. Before you know it, you’ll be coming up with a variety of imaginative ways to build your business, that you would not have thought of, in the event you hadn’t put your plan on paper.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY

To be able to make money and drive income now you must seek help. Fortunately for you, there are many organizations of experts that offer free information that will be of great use to you. Learning how to make money is very difficult, from the required business tools, to the personal secrets which must be known; if you decide to start without help, your chances of seeing failure sky-rockets. Studies show that 8 out of ten business fail every single month.

Work at Home With Real Translator Jobs

Do you want to know what it’s like to work as an online translator translating things for other people and companies? Well, then read on.

Who Can Work as a Translator?

Anybody who is fluent in 2 or more languages can work as a translator. This means you can read, speak, and write in these languages. Since these translating jobs are online, you are not limited by location. You can work from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. A little computer knowledge is essential here.

What It Involves

As an online translator, you will be seeking out companies and individuals in need of a translator. Many big companies are always actively looking for translators to translate the many communications that happen within the company along with public correspondences. Once you find such a job, you then contact the company to see if you fit their qualifications for a translator. You will need to give them your experience with the language. If you have specific knowledge about special terms such as medical terms, legal terms, etc, be sure to tell them.

Once you have gotten the translating job, you now need to finish the translation by the given due date. Generally, the faster you work, the more desirable you are as an online translator. But make sure you are accurate in your translation. Here is a tip: some cultural sayings don’t translate well directly. For example, if you need to translate the phrase “it’s raining cats and dogs” into another language, this might not come across well if you translate it directly. Because you are fluent in both languages, be sure to use the equivalent saying in the other language if you know it. Otherwise, translate it into the meaning that is desired.

How Much Can You Earn?

Online translators can earn quite a bit depending on how much work you take on. Since you are essentially working for yourself, you get to choose how little or how much you want to work. According to Real Translator Jobs, you can expect to earn anywhere from $100 to $500 a day. Of course, you may make less or more depending on how much effort you put into it.

Who Needs Translators?

Companies and individuals alike need translators. Big companies that operate in several countries need translation help. Individual in the medical profession also need translators when they have patients that speak another language. Governmental agencies also need translators when people who speak a different language need their services. If you know medical and legal terminology in your languages, you will have that many more translating jobs opening up for you. Also, individuals who are learning a new language may also need translating help.

5 Critical Steps You Must Consider While Setting Up Your Home Based Business

Did you know that Apple Computer, Ford Motor Company and Mary Kay Cosmetics all began as home based businesses? In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, over 50% of all businesses in the United States are based in the owner’s home.

If you’ve decided that a home based business is the way for you to go, then you have plenty of company, but you must be cautious about one pitfall that many new home based business owners fall into – being too informal in their approach to their businesses.

5 Critical Steps You Must Consider

    • What Legal Structure Will You Use To Operate Your Business? I have discussed this in other articles, but you must decide if you are going to operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) or corporation. This decision will be affected by your need for liability protection, the number of people involved in your business, and the amount of paperwork you can tolerate.
    • What Is Your Business Name? This will be determined in part by the legal structure of your business as described above. In any case, it is likely that you will need to first choose, then register your business name with your state and local governments in some way.
    • Do You Need a Separate Tax Identification Number? In the United States this is also referred to as an EIN (employer identification number). If you are a sole proprietor and have no employees, it may be permissible for you to use your social security number as your tax ID number. Otherwise, you will probably need to obtain a separate tax identification number for your home based business.
    • What Are Your State and Local Tax Requirements? The tax identification number referred to above is a federal identification number. You will also need to contact the appropriate agency of your state and local governments to find out what tax identification numbers they require, and what their other requirements are for such things as workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, sales taxes, etc.
  • What Permits and Licenses Are Required? You will need to consider what permits and licenses you will need. This will vary based upon your location and the type of business you are engaged in. Many local governments require you to have a business or occupational license before you can operate legally within their boundaries. Certain types of businesses (health care, food service, etc.) require special licensing and permitting and this may be true at the local, state and federal levels.

Conclusion

Starting a home based business is a popular and effective way to get into business while at the same time keeping your initial overhead low. If you choose this route just be sure that you adhere to the required formalities and don’t fall into the common error of ignoring these required steps for operating a business – home based or otherwise.

The Future of Affiliate Marketing As a Career Choice

Almost every kind of business today has an online presence and there are mechanisms that allow for online money transfers. It has therefore become very easy to purchase inventory, pay workers and receive goods and services without moving from where you are seated. The internet has made it possible for anybody to setup an easy online home based business.

Stay at home parents, students and senior citizens who still have the strength to work but are locked out from formal employment by their age can still live productive lives. Online entrepreneurship not only provides a platform for offering services to people in different parts of the world but also provides a steady source of income.

There are as many forms of online entrepreneurial activities as there are products and services to be sold. One of the most popular and fastest rising is affiliate marketing. The core principle of affiliate marketing is that the more people you covert, the more you earn.

You can start a career path in affiliate marketing with absolutely nothing in your hands. This means that you do not have to have product neither do you need money. Armed with just a computer with access to the internet, your first step would be to identify companies who have products and services to sell for a fee. By directing people to these companies’ website, every sale made out of your efforts earns you an income.

With the benefits that affiliate marketing brings to an organization’s sales, this is not a marketing tool that is going away soon. Companies like conversions made from affiliate marketing because it means that potential customers are made of the existence every day. The power that affiliate marketing has of word of mouth advertising is simply phenomenal.

Without leaving the house, affiliate marketing has proven that people can still make a decent living out of selling products that belongs to other people. It however takes patience and resilience to live off of affiliate marketing and people who have been in this field for a long time are witness to this. The best time to start is while still in school or before you become desperate for a source of livelihood.

There are many resources available on the web on how to start a career online. Many success stories of people who started and are reaping the benefits are also available to offer encouragement and insight into the dos and don’ts that build a successful career.

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