Home Based Business – Offline Marketing Strategies

Home Based Business – Offline Marketing Strategies

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Home Based Business – Offline Marketing Strategies
by STC Staff Writer

The Internet has become the largest medium of communication and has presented a lot of business opportunities. Online home based business owners tend to limit themselves to online marketing methods.

Nevertheless, there is a huge potential to promote your home based business through some cost-effective offline marketing strategies. So what are the most effective offline marketing strategies for your home based business?

1. Word of mouth in your circle of influence  –  Word of mouth is one of the best free advertising channels. We all have people we interact with on a daily basis, and these are potential customers.

Make a list of all the people you know or interact with and how can you best tell them about your internet business. Be passionate about your internet business and always be prepared to tell someone about it when an opportunity to do so presents itself!

2. Mail-out newsletters and flyers  –  Mail-out newsletter or flyers can be effective if you target it to a specific ‘group’.

You could create one to distribute to local daycare centers just as an example – and in your newsletter or flyer, highlight the benefits of an online business to the targeted group, for example earning money at home for stay at home moms or dads.

Posting your home based business URL on bulletin boards can also be effective.

3. Use and give away free branded ‘stuff’  –  You can promote your business by having your URL on all your stationery, all written communication and other items you can give away for free. If you want to get a lot of people to know about your home-based business, you will need to come up with some creative ways of promoting your URL.

You can be limited only by your imagination. Have your business cards with your home-based business URL. Give them out to people you meet, leave them about where you can, such as in your local coffee shop.

4. Newspapers and magazines  –  Local newspapers are good for advertising your online business. Most local papers have ‘home business opportunities’ section, so you run a regular classified advert.

In addition, contact your local newspaper or business-oriented magazine and let the business editor know you have a new business and website and what you offer.

Local newspapers are frequently interested in featuring local business people and their accomplishments. This is free advertising and should always be used.

You can also contact your local magazine and offer to write a monthly or weekly guest column for them, and include your ‘author bio’ and home-based business URL.

5. Joint ventures with offline business  –  You can get into a joint venture partnership with an offline business which sells a complementary product or service to your home based business.

If you can identify a partner that best fits your business, this is an important offline marketing strategy that can help you succeed in your home based business by enabling you to reach potential customers that you could not reach before.

As an example, if you have a website selling fitness/health products or tips, you could prepare a leaflet and make a deal with an offline local fitness/health shop where they giveaway your leaflet to their shoppers with each purchase.

The offline marketing strategies outlined above can help you grow your home based business. I have used these strategies a lot and they work well. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and promote your business offline!!

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How Do You Run Your House And A Business Concurrently?

How Do You Run Your House And A Business Concurrently?

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How Do You Run Your House And A Business Concurrently?
by STC Staff Writer

Many people ponder whether a home-based business is right for them or not. One reason many people never get started is that they doubt they really can run a home-based business and a home and family at the same time. Undoubtedly it can be a daunting and overwhelming endeavor.

Running a successful home based business means that you should be able to be at home to take care of the things that you normally wouldn’t be able to take care of, while also earning money from your business. There are several potential pitfalls you should be aware of in order to run a successful home-based business and home.

There are several things that you can do to make this process much easier, and if you do it right, you should be able to run your home business as well as you’re home, with reasonable planning and effort.

Keep It Real  –  Plan and schedule time to spend on your home business and your home. If you care for a family, this will require serious scheduling. 

Your home online home business can be open 24 hours a day due to the availability of software for just about every website requirement like a shopping cart, email marketing, forms, BLOGS, Newsletters, and etc. If you have a WordPress website there are thousands of free, and low-cost Plugins that add utility features to your site.

You might be tempted to over-diversify, spreading yourself out too thinly. The best approach is to concentrate your effort into a focused progressive step-by-step plan.  Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Build a sensible, realistic and workable business plan, the follow it.

Build the basic infrastructure first, then add additional parts to your business.  However, if you don’t set limits for yourself, you’ll find that you aren’t able to run your home or business as well, concurrently.

In order to avoid this problem, the first thing that you need to do is set realistic business hours. Set the hours you want to work and hold to this schedule. Just like a brick and mortar office, your home business should have office hours.

It is simply too easy to work all of the time, especially when you need extra money. But keeping regular hours is a good way to make sure that you will also have time to run your home too.

Own Office – For maximum efficiency, and for peace of mind, especially if you’re a work at home mom, you should dedicate a specific space and equipment for your home office. The quieter the better when doing phone work, in order to present a professional image.

Many people refuse to deal with home businesses with children screaming, and a TV blasting in the background.

Even if you devote a corner of your kitchen or living room to your home business, there should be an area that is only dedicated for your business, which will make it much easier for you to keep your home separate from your business.

This approach will increase your efficiency, increase productivity, and just make doing business much more pleasurable. Your family would likely appreciate this orderliness too.

If you are interested in additional information as outlined in this article, need assistance in applying this information, or just want more resources, contact us for FREE (no obligation) and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

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The New GDPR Law – To Comply or Not To Comply, That is the Question!

The New GDPR Law – To Comply or Not To Comply, That is the Question!

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The New GDPR Law – To Comply or Not To Comply, That is the Question!
by STC Staff Writer

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), which came into effect on May 25, 2018.

All websites accepting customers from the European Union, whether they originate from inside the EU or are a foreign entity,  must comply with the new law or face potential fines and prosecution. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.

Violators of the GDPR may be fined up to €20 million (About $23,009,000 ) or up to 4% of the annual worldwide turnover of the preceding financial year in case of an enterprise, whichever is greater.

The law requires changes to the way data is collected, stored and used, as well as statements regarding how, why, and where any data is collected or stored.

In order for many companies to comply with the GDPR law, they must make an entire overhaul of their websites and to the way they do business.

Already many non-European companies are blocking visitors who are covered by GDPR. Google and Facebook have already been accused of violating the law (as well as many other sites worldwide) facing up to $9.3B in fines on the first day of this new privacy law

The Stanford Trade Center has already made the required changes to comply with the GDPR as outlined in our updated Privacy Statement which may be reviewed at http://www.stanfordtc.com/

If your website collects visitor information, displays Google Adsense ads, or uses cookies, and you accept visitors from Europe, you may consider making the necessary changes in your policy to comply with the new GDPR law.

Countries that fall under the GDPR Law Include:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

If you are interested in additional information as outlined in this article, need assistance in applying this information, or just want more resources, contact us for FREE (no obligation) and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

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Everyday Solutions For Any Home Business

Everyday Solutions For Any Home Business

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Everyday Solutions For Any Home Business
by STC Staff Writer

Establishing a home business is a dream for many people. The lure of setting your own hours and being your own boss is very appealing, but it is important to understand the reality of managing a business from home. Read on for some great ideas to help you develop and manage your business successfully.

  • Make it easy for customers and retailers to get in touch with you. Use your business website as your email address, and if you desire, add a phone number, giving it out to everyone.

This helps keep your business name out there to be seen. Place your business email address on every piece of correspondence. Include it on your business cards and stationery.

On your website, add a link to your email address on every single page to help customers contact you faster.

  • Don’t forget personal income taxes. As a self-employed individual, you may be in a different tax bracket, and you may have to pay new taxes that you didn’t before.

Be aware of what taxes that you will be responsible for, and start putting money aside so that you don’t have a problem at tax time. It’s up to you to keep abreast of changes in the tax laws.

  • Use utility software programs that will present your company’s ads on your website attached to an order form.  Showing your ads to visitors on your site will result in a potential profit every time visitors click on them.

Each click will eventually add up to a large amount increasing your income, even if it seems slow in the beginning after placing the ads.

Limit the popup and be careful to NOT flood your pages with a huge amount of ads like many of the websites do these days.  I know others sharing my attitude, that will INSTANTLY leave a webpage when they see an overwhelming amount of ads making the page cluttered to view, and even confusing.

Have you ever wanted to download software and the download page had several DOWNLOAD arrows, MOST leading to some other software? I’ve left site many times because I was tired trying to differentiate the correct download link from the bogus ones.

I would never do business with any business that feels they must TRICK their customers into buying. I am amazed at the large businesses that use this deceitful ploy to try and make sales.

I believe they are losing more sales than they get because of this ridiculous tactic.

Think about it!  Would you buy a product that pops up on the page when you are expecting something else?

We live in a system where greed, deceit, hatefulness, self-interest, and apathy by the majority seem to rule. then those that are honest, concerned, caring, and empathetic sellers, can appear to almost be saintly.

  • Keep track of your car’s mileage. Even though your business is based at your home, you will still need to make frequent trips to the post office, supply store, and other business related vendors.

Keeping track of every BUSINESS mile you go will quickly add up to great deductions on your taxes, allowing you to recoup some of what you would have paid in.

  • Build an attractive, and easy to navigate website. The more complex it becomes the harder it will be to navigate, and the more potential buyers you will lose. Make sure all your links are working too.
  • Offer a Bonus or Freebie for capturing their email. Your email list can become your most important business asset since these are your potential future customers. Once you have their email, often tied to a newsletter or “Hotsheet” subscription form, you can send periodic emails and newsletters to them having their permission to do so.

When you are first getting started, it is a good idea to offer something free to your customers. Many people do not want to invest their money into something they are not sure of, so offering them free products/services will inform them of your product quality, and customer service.

  • Are you considering hiring your friends and family members for your business? This is a judgment call since good business requires the right skilled person for the job.
  • And doing business with family and friends can be a major problem. Yet there are tens of thousands of family business that are operating successfully. You’ll need to wisely assess your situation and decide on this point to use them or not,

They are around anyway so it can be very convenient for all involved. Write up a job description for them, and write them a company check at each pay period. This way you can save money and you can also deduct their income as business expenses.

  • Should a newspaper or online website do an article on you from an interview, be sure your website URL is emphasized and published with the article.

This can help build your online presence, credibility, and especially a traffic builder for your products, BLOG, and newsletter.

Even if they mention the name of your company, some people may not want to bother searching for it. Have them at least include the domain name so people can find you quickly and easily.

Now that you are armed with a better understanding of a few important issues involved in managing a home business, you can feel more confident about moving forward with your own creative ideas.

A successful home business can help improve your financial circumstances and help to insulate you during downturns in the economy.

Best of all, it can offer an excellent way to bring the family together to work towards common goals, and many people cherish the opportunity to be self-employed.

If you are interested in additional information as outlined in this article, need assistance in applying this information, or just want more resources, contact us for FREE (no obligation) and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

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Why Should I Incorporate My Business?

Why Should I Incorporate My Business?

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If you’re not incorporated, you don’t look as professional as you feel. This process doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.  Protect your personal assets (especially from frivolous lawsuits), get tax advantages, and grow up your business by incorporating today.

What Does It Mean To Be Incorporated?

Quite simply, incorporation is the process of defining your business, both legally and strategically. You wouldn’t build a house without a plan and a paper trail. So why build a business that way?

By choosing an LLC, s corporation (s corp), or c corporation (c corp), you have the freedom to decide on a tax structure that works for your business.

Why Incorporate? The Top Six Reasons for Incorporating Your Business

  • Personal asset protection
  • Tax flexibility and incorporation tax benefits
  • Enhanced credibility
  • Brand protection
  • Perpetual existence
  • Deductible expenses

S Corp, C Corp, or LLC: Which One Is Right for Me?

Business goals aren’t one size fits all and neither is incorporating. When deciding which kind of corporation fits your business strategy, consider some of the different benefits that each kind offers. And take a deeper dive with the comparison chart linked below.

S Corporation:

  • Elimination of double taxation of income
  • Investment opportunities
  • Once-a-year tax filing

C Corporation:

  • Unlimited growth potential through the sale of stock
  • No limit on the number of shareholders
  • Tax-deductible business expenses

Limited Liability Company:

  • Simplicity
  • Less restrictive paperwork
  • No residency requirement
  • Structure flexibility

Learn more about the similarities and differences with our comprehensive comparison chart.

Where Should I Incorporate My Business?

Depending on which corporation type you decide is right for you, there is some flexibility on where you incorporate. Most people incorporate their business in the state where they live and conduct most of their business. However, many owners have found incorporating in another state to be better for their bottom line.

The top states include:

  • Delaware
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut

If you are interested in additional information as outlined in this article, need assistance in applying this information, or just want more resources, contact us for FREE (no obligation) and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

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3 Ways to Profit from Domain Names

3 Ways to Profit from Domain Names

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3 Ways to Profit from Domain Names
by STC Staff Writer

When most internet users hear the phrase “domain name,” most don’t blink an eye. This is because many are under the belief that domain names are pointless unless you want to build a website. In some aspects this is true, but not if you want to make money online.

Did you know that there are at least three ways for you to make money with domain names? Most are surprised to hear this. So, what are those three ways?

1 – Domain Name Flipping

Domain name flipping is a phrase that is used to describe the process of buying and reselling a domain name. It is similar to real estate flipping. An investor buys a house and then resells it for a profit. With domain name flipping, a domain name is purchased and then resold for a profit.

So, how do you flip a domain name? The first step is to buy a name. When doing so, choose wisely. Names that are short and contain a popular word or phrase are the most profitable.

You will also find many alternatives, including .com, .tv, and .biz. When possible, opt for a domain name ending in .com, as they are the most profitable.

Next, you need to sell the domain name. Most opt for a third party website, such as Sedo.com. You create a listing highlighting your domain name, its benefits, and the asking price. Interested buyers will approach you with an offer.

To make the biggest profit, avoid bidding websites. With most, you need to sell to the highest bidder, no matter how little the final selling price.

2 – Use

Another way to make money with a domain name is to use it. In this instance, you need a web hosting plan. Web hosting is what allows content, pictures, and video to display on a website.

When creating a website, remember that your goal is to not create a “pretty,” website, but one that can make you money. For that reason, take a popular topic, such as Christmas shopping or shopping on a budget.

Write articles on the subject and post to your website. If inexperienced with writing, opt for a professional web content writer.

The next step in making money with domain name use is to find moneymaking programs. These programs include pay-per-click programs, such as Google AdSense, and affiliate programs, such as LinkShare.com. Incorporate advertisements into your website and wait for the money to start rolling in.

As previously stated, a website needs content. Content is that optimized for search engines will result in organic clicks. To maximize profits, not only rely on search engines but other marketing tactics, such as article directories and banner exchanges.

3 – Turnkey

As previously stated, it is easy to create a website out of a domain name. That website can generate income through affiliate programs and pay-per-click advertisements.

Unfortunately, this process is not easy. It can take a webmaster six or more months before they start seeing profits. If you don’t want to wait that long, sell.

When selling a website that not only has a domain name but content, that site is known as a turnkey website. A turnkey website is one that is ready for immediate use. As soon as the transfer is made, your buyer can place advertisements on the website and generate income.

To sell a turnkey website, use a third party website. These websites specialize in the buying and selling of domain names, turnkey websites, and more. This specialization will work to your advantage.

It means contact with buyers without you having to lift a finger. In all, you spend about 10 minutes creating a listing. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Also, put a bold message on your turnkey website advertising sale.

As you can see, there are at least three easy ways to make money with the use of domain names. These approaches are just a few of your options, but they have the potential to be the most profitable.

If you are interested in additional information as outlined in this article, need assistance in applying this information, or just want more resources, contact us for FREE (no obligation) and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

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How to Profit from Helping Other Sell Domain Names

How to Profit from Helping Other Sell Domain Names

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How to Profit from Helping Other Sell Domain Names
by STC Staff Writer

Have you recently tried domain name flipping and did you like the results? If you were able to purchase a $10 domain name and resell it for $1,000, you made a good profit. You may want to continue buying and flipping domain names. Go ahead and do so, but why not use your talent to help others?

When most hear that they can use their talents to help others profit from domain flipping, confusion is the first thought to set in. “Why on earth would I help someone make money when I can do it myself?” is what most people say. Yes, this is a good point, but there are many factors to take into consideration.

Parked domains are domain names that are purchased, but unused. There are thousands of parked domains on the internet. Professionals will use a monetization program, such as pay-per-click advertising, but others will just sit unused.

These websites show a “page not found,” or a “this website is under construction,” message. In those cases, the domain owner doesn’t know what to do with their domain name. They may have wanted to use it, but changed their mind. Most just wait for it to expire, but that is a huge mistake.

As a professional, you know that domain names are in high demand. It seems like most good ones are taken. That is why business owners and webmasters pay top dollar for them. It is common for a good domain name to sell for $1,000 and up.

Unregistered domains sell for an average of $10. But, remember that most novice internet users do not know they can sell a domain name or even how to do so; that is where you come in.

If you have a talent for selling domain names, create a website. That website will be used to sell your service. It is important to outline your business and what you do.

That is helping domain name owners sell their names for a profit. Make it known that people can buy domain names and flip them or sell ones they currently own.

If you have proof that you have flipped a domain for a profit, show it to build trust. Internet marketing will help prospective buyers see your website.

Although a good internet marketing campaign will help internet users and prospective buyers find your website, you need to do more. You need to generate sales yourself.

If you want to assist others with the flipping of domain names, this is something you need to be good at. Perform a WHOIS search to find the owner of unused parked domains.

Offer your services. Explain that you will only retain a small percentage of the sale. So, not only do you make money, but they do too.

Offering your assistance as a professional domain flipper isn’t enough; you need to produce results. If you want repeat clients or a good reputation, do the job and right. Don’t just list a domain name for sale on a third party website. After all, the original owner could have done this.

Find clients for the domain name. Does a client have a domain name that is LAcheapcars.com? If so, contact used car dealerships in Los Angeles.

Anyone can make money as a domain name broker, but it takes hard work, drive, and determination to profit from it.

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Who Else Wants To Start A Stock Investment Club For Fun And Profit?

Who Else Wants To Start A Stock Investment Club For Fun And Profit?

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Who Else Wants To Start A Stock Investment Club For Fun And Profit?

HINT: You Don’t Have To Be An Expert Stock Broker To Get Started Today!
by STC Staff Writer from “The Maverick Entrepreneur” Series

Are you alone when you make your stock decisions?

Do you think you could benefit from using the minds of several interested stock market hobbyists all determined to make sure you have your money invested in the right shares?

Before you could rely on your broker. You could pore over the stock offerings in your local newspaper with a cup of coffee in your hand. But when left to make decisions on your own – 5, 10, 20 minds are certainly better than one.

Thousands have now found investing clubs to be the smarter, more fun solution to investing in today’s market.

Not only are you bound to make smarter, more sound, safer solutions – you get to make more friends and socialize.

If you’ve ever heard about investment clubs. Or if you’ve ever thought about starting one. You’ve just found your ticket.

Only one expert guide can be found that will teach you all the tips, tricks, and tactics you’ll need to make sure you’re investment club starts off with a bang and keeps on kicking.

I’ve got my hands on all the important information you’ll need to get started and thrown it down into one 50 page report I call…

“…How To Start An Investment Club For Fun And Profit!”

Greetings Friend,

Who else wants to have fun while investing? And ensure that you make better decisions with your portfolio at the same time.

It’s true, the studies show that people stand to profit more when they make stock decisions in groups. And it only makes sense right? When 5 minds can go over the ins and outs of any individual stock – it’s easier to decide which is destined to be a winner and which is going to turn up a loser.

But the great thing about investment clubs is that even if your portfolio isn’t gaining in value…

…you can still learn while having fun with like-minded investors. The obvious answer to anyone who’s serious about taking the stock market head-on is to get started in their own investment club!

“See How Easily You Can Start Investing In A Group With Confidence!”

If you’re not completely confident in your ability to maneuver the stock market, your best option is to get together with like-minded people and talk your way through decisions.

That’s why an investment club is the best way for beginners’ to learn the ropes of the market while having a good time and making new friends.

My 50-page Guide, “How To Start An Investment Club For Fun And Profit” will tell you all you need to know to start your own club (and keep it legal.) This thoroughly researched guide is ready to be downloaded to your computer this moment.

In minutes from now, you can start learning the ins and outs of starting your club. In fact…

…here is just SOME of the information you will find inside:

  • Who an investment club is definitely not for.
  • A sure way to find disappointment in an investment club.
  • How much money you really need to join (or start) an investment club. It’s less than you think.
  • Warning! When an investment club may not be right for you.
    Do you have the perfect personality for an investment club? Find out now.
  • 5 reasons investing in the stock market is a wise and profitable idea – ready to share with your spouse!
  • 7 reasons why joining an investment club is the way smart investors take on the stock market.
  • 6 ways an investment club can better your life.
  • 7 all important things you must make sure you have before you sign up with an investment club.
  • How to tell the difference between an investor and a trader.
  • 3 different types of investors – which type are you?
  • How to find members for your investment club – and which group of people will probably cause the most problems.
  • 6 simple but important items you must talk about at your first meeting.
  • 4 administrative issues you’ll want to clear out of the way at your first meeting.
  • 10 pieces of paperwork to bring to your first meeting.
  • 5 elected offices that every successful investment club should have.
  • 2 ways that you’ll need to deal with the government who’s watching over you.
  • 5 issues to deal with before your second meeting.
  • How to choose the business entity that’s right for your investment club from 3 popular models.
  • How to make sure your investment club is legit in your state.
  • How to set up an educational program to make sure all members are up to speed.
  • When you need a broker, here’s how to decide which one to get.
  • How to find a discount broker.
  • 4 advantages of going with an online broker.
  • 3 types of software your investment club may need.
  • 8 Internet links you need to look at if you’re going to start an investment club.
  • How to read stock symbols so you don’t make unnecessary mistakes that can hurt your pocket.
  • 20 investment terms you must know if you’re going to invest in the stock market.

And there’s MUCH more – guaranteed!

“Give Me 30 Minutes And I’ll Have You Itchin’ So Bad To Start Your Own Investment Club, You Won’t Be Able To Sit Still!”

The best part about starting your own investment club…

…is it’s fun! Finally, you can get together with like-minded people and talk about stocks, teaching and learning from each other over and over again. And the fun and comradery start when everyone has an equal stake in the outcome of your clubs results.

It’s like having a super bowl party every month.

You get to make new friends and keep close relations with old pals. All while participating in a fun, exciting game of investing.

Anyone can gain or lose money in the stock market. Smart investors make sure they learn something along the way. And the best way to do just that is to invest alongside other investors.

Other investors who you can talk to about different stock decisions. Bounce ideas off of each other. Talk strategy.

Investment clubs bring together a group of people who are all there to have a good time, learn more about the stock market, and maybe profit greatly along the way.

I’m sure that as soon as you start to read about how an investment club works, you’ll be itching to start your own. I even guarantee it.

My Guide, “How To Start An Investment Club For Fun And Profit,” took considerable research time to assure your club is successful and will operate smoothly.

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If you’re not happy with my guide for any reason, all you have to do is send me a short email letting me know. I’ll make sure you promptly get your money back in full. If you’re not completely satisfied, I don’t want your money.

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Start a Shopify™ Business with Absolutely No Experience

Start a Shopify™ Business with Absolutely No Experience

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Start a Shopify Business with Absolutely No Experience
by STC Staff Writer

As an entrepreneur, I know how hard it is to begin your career. That is why I find solutions to your problems as you are starting out. 

Since all of us need easier ways to start a business, I will talk about Shopify, as it is very powerful and easy to use. Investors and small business owners alike are attracted to the Shopify platform as it makes their lives a whole lot easier than most of the other platforms.

To get more people on board and engaged with Shopify, they hold a contest every year and give the winner a cash prize. Sometimes it can be about $100,000. Remember there are many ways to get your customers engaged, and holding a contest is one of them.

That is what Shopify does to increase the excitement of starting a new business and why don’t you consider holding contests for your customers too?

Since the beginning of the International Super Highway (Internet), when more than one household began using the Net, there have been shopping platforms for business people to use to exchange goods for money.

Shopify is one of the earliest known platforms beginning in 2004 and is a major solution in the market today. It is an easy way to build trust and get people to buy from you.

The main purpose behind it was to make setting up and running a store simpler and faster, so this became one of the earliest solutions, which helped business owners create their stores in a shorter amount of time.

According to developer Tobias Lutke, “Shopify makes it possible to do in approximately 20 minutes. In times past it usually took months to launch a new product.

This innovative, and user-friendly ecommerce platform has become the number one favorite for everyone from newbies to experts alike.

Shopify Developers Differentiated the Company from others

Shopify is a store platform which comes with a very LOW monthly subscription fee. You may or may not know anything about computer or website programming, but the platform they use is called Ruby on Rails instead of the common PHP language.

Shopify uses a unique programming language, and the Shopify team provides considerable and timely support to their clients.

This already makes it quite unique over most of its competitors, who often leave you hanging, trying to figure things out for yourself which can be a frustrating proposition indeed.

WooCommerce is a free excellent platform too. BUT, its learning curve is steep, and in time when your product list grows, you can expect to start paying some premium fees too.

If you want to save considerable time, have a streamlined, user-friendly and efficient platform, then Shopify’s small monthly subscription fee is more than a good deal. Like the phrase used in the “Godfather” film, “It’s an offer you can’t refuse.

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And as I just mentioned, the tech-support is its most valuable asset, second to none.

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Avoid Scams that Target Work at Home Moms

Avoid Scams that Target Work at Home Moms

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Avoid Scams that Target Work at Home Moms
by Contributing Expert Author Brad Collins

Working from home is a fantastic way for moms to earn some extra money and still watch the children. Every woman who wants to become a Wahm (Work At Home Mom) has traveled down the same path.

Unfortunately, that path is littered with scams and traps to take money and time from honest women looking to make money from home. With a little common sense and extra research, you can find legitimate work at home opportunities.

The first step is to search for jobs in the right places. Don’t simply click on ads to find work. Try to find helpful groups of Wahms who have successful work at home jobs to guide your search.

You can try searching on message boards or finding e-mail groups for ideas of where to start your work at home job search. Many of these women can give you insight into which work at home opportunities are actually worth your time.

Keep in mind that there are no real ways to get rich quick on the Internet or by working at home. The only people who get rich are those who are scamming others. Never believe an ad or an “employer” who claims that you will get rich instantly.

There are also a few red flags to look for when you are searching for Internet jobs. You should never have to pay for work or job lists. There are plenty of free listings available that can provide tons of work at home opportunities. Companies that want to charge you for lists of jobs are just trying to get your money.

The lists are often filled with dead job leads or lists of companies that want to charge you money. Many work at home scams will also require you to pay a start-up fee or cover the cost of “necessary” training. Again, legitimate jobs will never require you to pay them any money for you to work.

Another warning sign is if the ad or website tells you to “act now.” You should always do research before joining a company and never feel pressured to make a decision right away. Many websites are set up with text that says that the offer will expire on today’s date. But if you revisit that website the next day, the ad says that the offer expires on that day.

If you are unsure about a company, do some research on the Better Business Bureau website. The BBB has files on all businesses that have had complaints filed against them. You can see what other people have to say about a particular company and be steered away from scams.

There are some scams that have been around for years that should be avoided at all costs. These business scams have unfortunately been successful for the scammers, so they continue to take the money and time of hardworking Wahms. If you see an offer for any of the following types of jobs, run the other way.

Envelope stuffing is a common scam, although it is being seen less and less these days. These jobs are normally listed as mail service jobs, and then you are asked to pay for a start-up kit. After you receive a start-up kit, you are given instructions to place your own work at home ads. You basically just sell the start-up kit to other people and become a scammer.

Craft assembly scams can take many forms. Typically, you receive a set of crafts to complete with instructions. You generally pay for the set and then are told you will be reimbursed for the kits and also paid for their assembly.

After working hard at assembling the kits and returning them, you will be told that your work is not up to their quality standards. You will be out the cost of the kits, and they will sell your crafts anyway.

There are legitimate jobs out there for Wahms, but you have to do some research on the opportunities first. If you do your research and are careful, you can successfully work from home and never be scammed.

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Start Your Online eCommerce Store Today, The EASY Way!

Start Your Online eCommerce Store Today, The EASY Way!

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START YOUR ONLINE Ecommerce Store Today

Today, selling products have evolved from distributing through physical stores to highly efficient online platforms, like Shopify and Oberlo.

This is due to the greatly reduced cost of doing business online and the dramatically increased ease and speed to get your products to market.  Online sales and distribution can help you to cut off at least 90+% of the total expenses of total operating costs.

By doing so, an online marketer like you will be able to offer your products at a much lower price and dominate your competitors who’re still using the conventional way! Apps like Oberlo can equip the newbie, and experienced online marketers to streamline their drop shipping system. 

Oberlo is an app that allows you to import dropshipped products from AliExpress to your ecommerce store within minutes. Any orders that your store receives will be shipped directly to your customers in just a few clicks.

Through a dropshipping system, your suppliers send your products directly to your customs having no Inventory on your part, and generally, even handling money collections and processing.

All you do is attract customer traffic and sell. This is a new world of small business opportunity for the aspiring entrepreneur. Almost no upfront business costs.

Once your store is up and running, you simply concentrate on making “Your 1st $1000 with Shopify.” A business person MUST learn to crawl before they can walk, and learn to walk before they can run. 

The same principle applies to a new business owner. You progressive rate of speed can be accelerated, it depends on your ability, resources, and most importantly your DRIVE.

The FREE video course in the column to the right.  Though presented in a small video window, simply click on the FULL-SCREEN ICON on the right side of the player, and you can view it in a large format.

This new Digital Video Course can teach you many of the basics you need to know to get started.  This is likely easier than you think if you follow our course closely and apply the methods to your business.  Once you have completed this basic/intermediate level course, Shopify can complete your training.!

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Wahms (Work at Home Moms) “Get Paid To” Income Programs

Wahms (Work at Home Moms) “Get Paid To” Income Programs

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Wahms (Work at Home Moms) “Get Paid To” Income Programs
by STC Staff Writer

A ‘Get Paid to’ (GPT) program is another way for a Wahm to make money. If you’ve been looking for a work at home job, you’ve no doubt run across ads that claim that you can make money by reading e-mails, answering surveys and trying free samples.

The good news is many Wahms make money doing those exact things

The bad news is that this particular industry is rife with scammers. If you are interested in getting involved with GPT programs, you’ll have to do your homework and take special precautions to protect yourself and your computer.

It should be noted that very few people make a full-time income from GPT programs. Like mystery shopping, GPT should be used as a supplemental income source at best.

For many Wahms, the GPT programs are a fun and easy way to earn some extra money when they need it. People who have experience with the programs recommend that you never rely on GPT to pay your monthly bills. But they can be a perfect solution to earn money for a special occasion or holiday shopping.

Just what are GPT programs?

They fall into three basic categories: get paid to read e-mail, get paid to fill out surveys and get paid to try products. Each type has its own pros and cons. Before you start any GPT program, you should take some steps to protect your personal information.

You will be required to give your personal information for many of these programs and the less you actually say about yourself the better.

To start you should register a separate e-mail address for your GPT purposes

Many programs can result in a lot of spam mail, so you’ll want to keep your main e-mail address separate. You can also register with NetZero to get a free voicemail inbox and private phone number. This is helpful in keeping your home phone free of telemarketing calls.

Get paid to read e-mail programs will pay you a few cents for receiving e-mail and clicking on links. Normally these e-mails offer special deals on products or encourage you to sign up for programs.

Sometimes, depending on the e-mail program, you will get more money or “points” if you try the offer.

You are not obligated to try the offers and will get paid a small amount just for clicking on the link inside of the e-mail. There are many popular paid e-mail companies.

Do some research before you sign up for a program to make sure that people are actually getting paid. Try not to sign up for too many programs at once or your GPT e-mail address will be swamped.

Getting paid to fill out surveys works in a similar way. You will sign up for a survey program and then fill out some personal information.

You will be matched to surveys that are looking for the opinions of people in your income bracket, of your age or one of several different qualification factors.

Depending on the company, you will get paid per survey, or completing surveys will earn you points that can later be redeemed. Just as with get paid to read e-mail programs, do research on survey companies before you sign up. There are hundreds out there but only a handful are worth the time and effort.

Finally, there are “Get Paid To Try Products” programs

These programs pay significantly more than the other GPT programs. However, you will be required to pay anywhere from $1 to $10 to try the products.

When you use these kinds of programs, you have to be careful to take complete records of what you will be receiving and when you need to cancel service or return the item.

Most of the time you will be registered for recurring billing for a monthly service, which can be canceled within the initial 7 to 14 days. You can call the companies and cancel the service, yet still be paid for signing up for the GPT program.

Remember you cannot rely on GPT programs for a regular income but they may bring extra money into the household.

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7-tips for Running A Successful Home Business

7-tips for Running A Successful Home Business

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7-tips for Running A Successful Home Business
by STC Staff Writer

You’ve decided to start a home-based business. Congratulations! and welcome to the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship. While there is a lot to learn, your effort will be worth it.

The thrill of growing your business, the freedom and flexibility to set your own hours, and the possibilities of ever-increasing financial rewards are all wonderful reasons to start your home based business.

Now that you’ve decided to start your business, you might be wondering “How can I get it off to the strongest possible start?” These seven tips will help:

1) Set up a separate working space in your home

It doesn’t matter if this is a small bedroom, one part of the garage, or a corner of the living room. The important thing is to have some space that you can designate as your working area. This will give you space and room you need to craft your dream.

2) Stock your working space with materials

This sounds basic, perhaps, but one underlying element of success is that you have easy access to the tools, materials, and other resources you need. Gathering everything close by also keeps you from wasting time searching for it, so this step can be considered a time management strategy, too.

3) Speaking of time management, your third step is to define the parameters of your business

What days and hours will you work? When will you market? When will you provide services or products to clients? How will you keep all of this straight?

4) Balance action with planning

One of the most common pitfalls to successful entrepreneurship is getting too caught up in action without enough planning. Stated another way, this means that you confuse “being busy” with “working on important projects.”

The best approach is to plan your next couple of goals and then work backward to create step-by-step action plans to reach them. Once you have the plan, then it’s time to take the action.

5) Network like crazy

One of the fastest ways to grow any business is to make connections with other people. Be sure to share your passion and enthusiasm with others at every opportunity. Let people know who you are and what you offer. Remember, people can’t buy if they don’t know you’re selling.

6) Present a professional image

If you want to be treated professionally, present a professional image. Set up a separate bank account for your business. Install a separate phone and fax line. Create professional marketing materials. Be courteous and pleasant in all your customer-facing interactions. Basically, be someone people want to do business with.

7) Automate your business as much as possible

Granted, you are just one person (right now) and might have a lot of extra time to take care of all the details. This might work for now but won’t work into the future as you get busier and busier. It’s best to set up automatic systems and processes right from the start to free up your time to concentrate on the most profitable activities.

These seven tips will get your home business started (and growing) in the right direction.

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Tips For Closing Your New Consulting Deal

Tips For Closing Your New Consulting Deal

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Tips For Closing Your New Consulting Deal
by STC Staff Writer

There are several reasons why consultants ultimately lose deals they should have won. Unless your portfolio is poor, consultants lose contracts because they either didn’t listen or they didn’t speak effectively to convey what services they could offer, that would help the client reach their goals. Here are a few tips to help you sell your services.

Every consultant feels that if there is anything that they do well, it’s talking the talk. Effective speaking is more of an art than a science. If you cant effectively convey how your services are going to help the client, you won’t get the contract.

Reflect Before You React
Its human nature to say the first thing that comes to our mind when we’re asked a question. Take a moment to think of what answer is best for the client.

It will show that you put thought into your work and don’t just plow ahead. Your clients will appreciate that. Your best reaction is not always your first reaction.

Keep It Simple Superstar
Just because you know the ins and outs of your business doesn’t mean that your client will. Speak to them on their level, not yours. Keep the conversation simple and get straight to the point.

If your client understands what you can do for them, they are more likely to hire you. If you try and dazzle them with industry speak, you’ll lose them, and lose the contract.

You may find that if you are speaking to a prospective client on the phone, stand up. For many people, standing makes them get straight to the point.

Let the Client Talk
If you want to learn how to best position yourself, find out exactly what the client wants and ask questions to home in on what their needs are.

By asking questions, you gain a better understanding of how you can help the client, and the client feels that they are part of the solution. This gives you a chance to reflect on what you can offer your prospective client.

A Little Enthusiasm Goes A Long Way
Your client feels passionate about what they do, and if you show that you are passionate and enthusiastic about providing them the solution they want, you’ll get the client onboard. Enthusiasm will open many doors for you.

Let’s Get Personal
It takes experience and a watchful eye, however, if you show your client that they are more than just another big deal for their portfolio you will learn how to best work with them.

Treat all clients the same way, and you will find your schedule empty of projects. Remember that clients say things for a reason.

If they volunteer that they can’t talk right now because they are getting ready for Bobby’s birthday party on Saturday, on your follow up call, ask them casually how the party went.

Don’t pry, and don’t send balloons
By casually asking about the party, you show that you pay attention to details. Knowing how successful the party was will prepare you on how to approach the conversation.

Remember that you need to sell to the customer’s wants and needs, not focused on your skills. Master this and you will have strong ammunition in your marketing arsenal to equip you for a long successful career as a consultant.

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Turn Sewing into a Work from Home Business

Turn Sewing into a Work from Home Business

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Turn Sewing into a Work from Home Business
by STC Staff Writer

Is sewing something that is second nature for you? Do you enjoy sewing clothes for yourself or your children? Are friends and relatives always asking you to make sewing repairs? If so, then you have the perfect beginnings for a work at home sewing business.

Sewing is a skill that is coming back into fashion as more people seek to reduce their clothing costs and make the clothes that they have last longer. Many Wahms find profitable businesses in offering their sewing skills to people who don’t have the time or the skill to make repairs or alterations on their clothes.

There are even several profitable sewing niches, like cloth diapers and slings, which have found interest online

Getting started with your sewing business starts with deciding what you want to do. You can specialize in one type of sewing (bridal party gowns) or you can take a wide variety of jobs. Since it is your business, it is totally up to you how to run it.

Some people specialize in children’s clothing, alterations/repairs, women’s clothing or formal wear. Although sewing clothing is the most profitable field, many Wahms enjoy offering home décor services and make curtains, slipcovers, and other home accents.

Before you start advertising

Make sure that you have the supplies that you’ll need. If you have an older sewing machine that has “bad days” when it doesn’t work right, you might want to consider getting a new machine so you can work more efficiently.

The cost of a new machine is worth it compared to the time that you’ll save. Plus, the new sewing machine is a tax write-off. You probably already have the sewing notions that you’ll need to get started. If you need something for a specific project, you’ll just buy it at the time.

Set Your Pricing

You’ll also need to decide on set prices before you begin advertising your services. If you are doing repairs, you can charge a certain price per task. If you are custom sewing clothing, you can either charge a flat fee or charge by the hour. For larger projects, like wedding dresses, charging by the hour can work out to be a better deal for both you and the client.

Start your business off on the right foot by getting a business license. You’ll want to make sure that everything is legal and that you keep accurate records of your expenses and income. There are also several tax deductions that you can take as a business owner, and you’ll have access to wholesale sewing supplies.

Business Cards and Sales Brochures

Make some business cards and brochures to distribute to people you know. Also, leave them at certain places around town depending on what type of sewing you are specializing in. For example, if you sew children’s clothing, you can arrange to have your cards available at local daycare centers.

One of the most powerful ways to advertise your business is through word of mouth. Your friends, family, and acquaintances will surely send clients your way once they know you’ve hung your shingle up for business.

Having a sewing business is a great way to do something that you love, help other people and make some money all at the same time. If you love to sew then a business doing what you love to do will be a great way to work from home.

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