Be your Own Boss, Start a Home Business.

How to start a Home Business
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Are you a mom that seeks to work from home? you agonize over leaving your little ones when going to work, or you wish you could be there for them as you see the years go by and you know they will soon leave home. You want to be there for the things that matter to them, then it’s time to make that decision of starting a Home Business.

At some point or another, you may have considered starting your own home business. Who among us wouldn’t love to be their own boss, set their own hours, and work out of the comfort of their own home? The next question is

How Lucrative is working from Home?

Working from home as a mother can be very lucrative. There are many advantages to starting a home-based business. Maybe you’ve thought of some of them already. You may already realize all the different ways you can experience freedom as a work at home mom (WAHM). Here are reasons why you should take that leap.

Advantages of starting a Home Business.

  • Time Freedom – You make your own hours when you work for yourself. Even if you choose a work at home job you are usually able to set your schedule around your family’s schedule.
  • Place Freedom –You get to work where you want to. Whether it’s in the yard, your home office or at the kitchen table (or your client’s location) you only have to do the work you love.
  • Stress Freedom – You can eliminate a lot of stress when you have more balance in your life. If you choose a work from home business model that works best for your family you won’t be as stressed as when you’re trying to work around other people’s schedules.
  • Money Freedom – When you work for yourself on your own terms you can literally earn unlimited amounts of money. Many work at home moms earn six figures and even more than that. Pick the right path and you can be there too.

Before you decide to set out, here are some points you should put into consideration.

A) Explore the business type that appeals to you: Explore the type of business which would appeal to you most. Assess your goals, interests, and capabilities. The most important aspect is that you must enjoy what you are doing day in and day out. Successful entrepreneurs are the ones who feel passionate about the business they own. An entrepreneur cannot feel passionate and driven to success if they do not enjoy what they do.

B) Have a Marketing Strategy: No matter what type of home business you start, you must have a marketing plan ready to put into action. Almost every business today requires a relationship with the internet, and there are many marketing packages available on the internet as well as through local and national media. A successful business is never without a successful marketing strategy. Here are some tips for marketing your business.

Tips for Marketing your Home Business

  • Have a Website: For any type of business these day’s, a web presence is a must, how else will people know where to get your products easily. It may be a simple blog where you showcase your products and services. You can’t miss it by doing so. If you must have a blog then consider hosting with Jvzoo host, they charge you little for hosting per month and do not require you to pay yearly subscription upfront. Here is there link: Sign up now for hosting!
  • Build an Email List: Write your way to a home-based business. If you enjoy writing and have plenty to say concerning your product consider building an email list where you communicate with your customers daily. As you consistently communicate with them through writing you build loyalty and trust which culminates into a repeated purchase.
  • Your Signature Line: Take advantage of the signature line in your email program and make sure it includes the link to your website. This simple act can generate numerous sales. All email correspondence with customers should include this link so that they can easily find their way back to your website to purchase more product.
  • Friends and Family First: Just starting your home business? make contact with your friends and family to let them know what you are doing. Word of mouth can be very powerful, so simply letting them know of your plans is helpful. Consider offering them a discount on your product to get them motivated to purchase something.
  • Join an online Forum for your Business:  Gather information on running a home business by joining an online forum on the topic. This way, you can connect with other home business owners and converse about your situations. Many people who work from home will have the same issues and problems as you, so you can share solutions.
  • Free Samples: Promote your home business by offering a coupon for a free sample or a discount for your services. People are attracted to free offers, so this is a good way to bring in new customers. People are more willing to try a new business if they do not have to risk their own money to try it.
  • Social Media is a Must: Utilize social networking to the best of your abilities especially for a home based business where you hardly have time to go out and market your products. If you aren’t using social networking within your home business, you are losing out on a great communication method that is used by countless businesses today to gain customers. Social networking improves your communication, visibility, and even your reputation within the target group you have chosen.

With these few tips, you already have the information you need to start that home-based business, so go ahead, Take action.

Thanks.

10 Tips to make your Home business effective

How to be an effective Home business owner
10 tips to be effective in Business

The Effective Home Business.

Home-based businesses can be ideal if they are set up and maintained properly. The following are a set of tips to de-mystify the process of setting up a home business and running it smoothly.

-Scheduling is a Must: Even though you are working at home, it is important that you establish a proper business schedule, by making a proper schedule and sticking to it you are showing others that you are serious about what you are doing. It also shows them that you can be reliable and dependable.

-Set your work time:  Reduce distractions by keeping your office off-limits to your kids. Have set work hours that enable you to run your business and still have time for your family. Older children should understand not to disturb you while you are working. For your business to succeed your family needs to be supportive and respectful of your work schedule.

-Content is king:  People will keep coming to your website repeatedly when you have valuable content that solves their problems, therefore, you cannot afford to have a site that is not valuable. Your content drives traffic to your website which inevitably leads to more sales. If you are not so good at creating content, then you can use this valuable resource in Contentmart to create your content :find people to write content for their websites


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-Index your Website Properly:  Give your website address to as many search engines as possible, even the small, unknown ones. You want to do everything you can to increase the likelihood that a potential client will come across your site. This step does not take long and could have positive results for you in the future. An example of a good plugin that helps you index a new website is Google XML sitemaps, All in one SEO pack and Yoast SEO, they are plugins that help your site become more visible on the net and enables your page to perform better.

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-Promotion is key: Promote your home business by running a contest on your website. It will attract potential customers to your page and possibly result in new sales. Get the word out about your promotion by advertising on social media sites, contest boards, ezines and search engines. The return you receive, will be well worth the extra effort involved. A word of caution here though, do not make it a habit as you will end up attracting people who are only interested in winning the prices for the contest and not what you have to say.

-The Magic word is Free: Use your website to advertise a free product for visitors. This will increase traffic to your site and give potential customers the ability to sample your product. Although it may cost a little money, in the beginning, you should make up for it in sales from impressed new customers. Freebies are the easiest way to collect people’s email addresses which you can use in selling products to them later or market affiliate products to them.

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-Affiliates Increase your sales: Join an affiliate program and sell your products through them as well. You can search online to find several that will meet your needs. This allows your home business to exchange affiliate links and reach a broader customer base, leading to increased sales for your product. It is quick and easy to sign up. Some examples of such affiliate companies are Clickbank, Jvzoo, Rakuten Linkshare, Viglink, Izea, to mention but a few.

-Tax Matters: Consult a tax professional who is experienced in dealing with your type and size of business. There are several different tax requirements for different businesses, and there could very well be special statuses and credits given for your type of business. Remember also that you will always need someone to help with your tax filing click here to get an online tax filing service:Start Filing Your Taxes – Here

-Organization is Key: Keep everything as organized as possible to make it easier for you to keep your bills paid on time and your customers happy. Find a place with few distractions that you can dedicate to only your home business supplies. It will make the time that you spend working more efficient.

-Research is Key: There is no such thing as doing too much reading up and researching on how to make a home based business successful. So much needs to be in place and well managed before a home-based business is even a possibility. The rewards will be well worth the extra effort. One of the best advice I can give is to look up the influencers in your business niche and follow them, you can learn quite a lot from their mistakes and also from their success, thereby speeding up your own success.

 

 

Power To Convince your Target market.

 

How to convince skeptics of your business idea
10 ways to convince people about your business idea

Hello, thank you for keeping faith with this blog series: the mompreneur a home business owner with a difference, I do hope that you have been having a great time reading it. If you have missed the series, you can get it here. In the concluding part of this series, we will be talking about Power to convince.

 The first thought that comes to mind when you think about the word convince will be; convince who? There are two key people that require conviction before you can succeed as a mompreneur

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Yourself: As a stay at home mom who wants to transition to a business person, you will definitely have self-doubts as to whether you can pull it off. The first person that needs to be convinced of your ability is yourself, your self-conviction will power your ability to convince others.

-Your target market: These are people who will buy into whatever idea you decide to build your business around. When you are able to convince these set of people you are well on your way to making sales.

The big question that will come to your mind will be; do I have what it takes to convince my target market? You unequivocally do, because that’s what you do every day at home. For instance you

-Convince your kids that you have their best interests at heart, therefore, you are making the right decision for them.

-Persuade your hubby to buy into an idea you want to execute so that you can all work together as a family.

-Convince your partners in executing a project to trust your ability to deliver when called to.

-If you have worked before, you had to convince your employer that you were the best person for the job.

With all these in place, you have what it takes, now let’s talk about ways to go about it.

10 Practical steps to build Conviction about your business Idea

-Show practical steps on how it works.

-Highlight the problems that your idea will solve

-Start by giving free trials to friends and family and ask them to share with their friends if they like it.

-Be willing to listen to sincere criticisms about it and use their constructive advice to improve on what you already have.

-Build followership based on your personal credibility as a person then begin selling products to your captive market. This is the type of strategy that affiliate marketers use all the time, it’s a proven technique that people will only buy from whom they trust.

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-Find a competitor product and compare the functionalities, highlighting what value that your idea brings that was not there before.

-Be excited about the prospect of starting a new venture, excitement often stems from passion and gives you the energy to keep going.

-Frame the idea you have from the perspective of the solution seeker.

-When your conviction is in place, it’s easy to sell your ideas, people can smell a phony from afar.

-Be bold enough to start with your closest friends, they will give your sincere advice that will pay off.

Thank you for keeping faith with this post series, I hope you have gotten meaningful ideas on why you qualify to become a mompreneur.

Today is the day for action, so start with taking a step towards realizing your dreams.

 

PS: Watch out for my next post, 10 Tips to make your home business effective, do not miss it.

RESILIENCE A Key Trait for the home business owner

Resilience: A key Trait for  The Home Business Owner

 

Do you want to know the most important characteristic you will need to succeed as a Home Business owner?, its one word- Resilience.

Have you been following my posts? I hope you have been getting the inspiration required to make your first move if you want to read the second post, its here.

Today I will be talking about resilience a key trait for a mompreneur, if you are keen on running a home business, you have to be determined to make it happen and not let circumstances deter you. Resilience as defined by psychologytoday “is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever, rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes”.

This is a basic quality which any woman who seeks to run a home business must possess, because the bad days will come especially in the early days of bootstrapping a business, when the dollars are few and you need every cent you get to invest in your business, sometimes you may have challenges that may make you want to quit or give up, but if you will keep at it, it will start yielding results that are valuable. Continue reading “RESILIENCE A Key Trait for the home business owner”

Nurturing a Home Business

Welcome again, I hope you enjoyed our last post on your inherent ability as a mom to rise up and start up a business that supports your lifestyle and enables you to do what you really want to do while taking care of your loved ones at home. If you have not read my first post you can get it here:

If you have not read my first post you can get it here

Power to Nurture a Home Business

Today I will be talking about our second point, ability to nurture. Nurturing can be defined as tenderly taking care of a thing until its potential abilities come through or growing something to maturity.

In my first post: power to conceive, I talked about the fact that you as a woman has the ability to conceive an Idea and bring it to bear by delivering a solution to a common problem. We all know that the start of a business is just the beginning of a journey, just like a child needs to be tended to and nurtured in other for it to bring forth fruit so does a business.

We as women have that common ability because it’s what we are built for, anyone who has had a child knows what I am talking about, no matter how many books you have read before you birth a child, you are never still prepared for the curve balls that come your way when that child is born and you begin to care and nurture it to grow.

We find that sometimes even proven concepts cannot be relied on, yet we still get to do a good job by following our inner intuitions. I believe that you can apply the same concept when nurturing a business, you can read up all the books and do the research as you need to , but sometimes, you have to rely on your gut feeling to pilot your business to where it needs to go to even when it looks like it’s not the right direction. That’s because God has placed such capabilities within us to be able to discern the right direction to follow.

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Nurturing a business requires lots of patience and care, we are not lacking in both as they are the daily requirements for a mother who is bringing up her kids, you have to be consistent in teaching and correcting until the right habit is formed. The same applies to our business, oftentimes not all businesses take off to roaring success when you begin, but we have to be willing to put in what it takes to see it come to pass.

For instance when I started My Training Company: Laplace Knowledge Academy. I had done all I knew by assembling my course materials, putting out the adverts and also informing others about the training day, all I wanted was a class of 10 people because Continue reading “Nurturing a Home Business”