5 Good Reasons To Build A Website

2009/03/02 at 5:57 pm (Article)

There are many reasons to build a website, and in this article we will look at some of the best reasons to start an online business by building a website of your own.

Earning income online can be done through a variety of methods, but pretty much every serious attempt involves building a website.

But it can seem hard to begin at first, especially if you are not particularly internet savvy.

You have to be motivated to tackle the learning curve, and have a topic of interest that will be both profitable and fun for you to build a website about.

But even with the specific challenges of starting an online business, it’s one of the best business ideas you can pursue.

Why is this?

Well lets look at 5 good reasons for building a website to answer this question.

1. Work At Home

Our first reason is a pretty good one – when you build a website to create a business you get to work at home!

This is perhaps the number one business dream or goal of anyone wishing to start a small business.

Having a home-based business provides all kinds of flexibility.

You can choose when you want to work on your business based on the other demands in your life, a great boon especially for a mom hoping to start a small business, and still be there for her kids.

2. A Global Marketplace

Another great reason to build a website is the fact that your target market is pretty big – the whole world in fact!

The internet is a global phenomenon, and by most accounts it’s still in its infancy, so there’s still plenty of room for you.

And if you think about the ramifications of this, it should get your pretty excited.

No matter what the economy is doing, your business is not dependent on one local or even one country’s economy.

As an example of this, after only 6 months online with this website it was already being visited by people in over 37 countries!

Now this becomes even more relevant if you already have a product that you sell through local or other offline channels.

By building a website you can establish an online presence and sell to the whole world.

Even if you don’t have your own product there are many ways to create an ecommerce website and find products to sell, another way to start an online business and build income.

And you have the world’s largest market to sell to on the internet!

3. A Local Business Showcase

The internet is also becoming a local phenomenon too, and this brings me to the next good reason to build a website – as a showcase for an already or soon to exist local business.

If you already have or are establishing a local small business, in almost all cases your business will benefit by having an online presence.

And it will save you lots of time and money too.

By showcasing your business and services by building a website you are giving your prospective customers a place to come and “check you out” and peruse your portfolio, “get to know me” info and other resources you provide on your website.

If you have flyers and business cards that you put up around town and leave with prospective clients, they can go to your website and learn a lot about you.

This can save you hours of time having to explain your services and sell yourself in person or over the phone with prospective clients.

And it helps establish your credentials and credibility by leaps and bounds.

If you have a business that showcases well with photos such as a decorating service, arts and crafts, home remodeling, etc., building a good picture portfolio of your work and putting it on your website for prospective clients to see will help sell your work without you even having to say a word!

And you can also use your website to add other income streams to your business, such as selling advertising space to complementary businesses, or partnering with affiliates to sell products that you recommend and receive commissions for.

4. Hassle Free Income

With many online business models you can build a website that earns you income and never ever have to sell anything, talk to anyone or worry about customer service issues.

Two ways of doing this are with affiliate marketing and with content rich websites that have ads for related businesses on them.

You’ll can learn more about these types of build a website models with the free Affiliate Masters Course from SBI.

The Affiliate Master’s Course is a real eye-opener and excellent way to learn all about building income with affiliate marketing.

Just click the link to download your free copy of the Affiliate Masters Course now.

5. Recurring Income

Now besides the obvious benefits of starting an online business that we’ve covered so far, the most amazing benefit of building a website as a viable income stream is the idea of “recurring income.”

Recurring income means that something that you do once pays you over and over again.

And to me that is probably the number one benefit of having a website.

When you work for an hourly wage or even a salary, you only get paid once for the time you put in. Or maybe twice if you receive a commission or bonus for your work.

But with a website, once a page is built and available online, the monetization models on that page will produce income over and over again.

Creating a recurring income stream like a website is one of the best ways to leverage your working time that I can think of.

Now I want to make it perfectly clear that building a website and developing an online business is not the right idea for everyone, so don’t feel pressured if this isn’t something for you.

I believe everyone has their own unique talents and skills, and you will find something that works perfectly for you, and makes you happy whether it supplies recurring income or not.

But if are interested in pursuing an online business, and just need one final reason to inspire you to build a website, I hope the idea of recurring income will do the trick.

From creative-small-business-ideas.com

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Brainstorming for a Business Name – Inspirational Words and …

2009/03/02 at 5:38 pm (Article)

How do you decide on a business name? Get ideas from other businesses like yours. Look in your local phone company’s Yellow Pages under Desktop Publishing and Graphic Designers for inspiration. Skim through online directory listings for Desktop Publishers too.

Not feeling very creative? Use this list to help you brainstorm.

    Your First Name
    Your Last Name
    Your Full Name
    Your Nickname
    Your Initials
    Your Neighborhood
    Your City
    Your State
    Your Country
    Your Region

    Words/phrases that describe some aspect of Desktop Publishing

    DTP
    Desktop Designs
    Publishing
    Publications
    Desktop Publishing
    Designer
    Graphic Designs
    Design
    Designs
    Document Design
    Words
    Write
    Graphics
    Images
    Imaging
    Art
    Artistry
    Draw
    Paint
    Arrange
    Page Design
    Type
    Typesetting
    Letters
    Print
    Printing
    Prepress
    Press
    Communications
    [Add more of your own]

    Words/phrases that describe an area you specialize in

    Logos
    Newsletters
    Cards
    Web Publishing
    Web Design
    Electronic Art
    Packaging
    Books
    Ads/Advertising
    [Add more of your own]

    Words that make you sound bigger or generic business terms

    Company
    Co.
    and (or &) Associates
    Business
    Services
    Center
    Group
    [Add more of your own]

    Words/phrases that describe the tools you use or terms specific to your business

    Computer Designs
    Digital
    Digital Designs
    from the Desktop
    Mouse
    MouseMoves
    Click
    Point & Click
    Drag & Drop
    Pixels
    Pen
    Ink
    Scan
    CMYK
    RGB
    Grid
    Template
    Electronic
    Web
    Internet
    Bits
    Bytes
    [Add more of your own]

    Words/phrases that describe some characteristic you want to emphasize

    Personal
    Personal Touch
    Personalized
    Best
    Great
    Good
    A-1
    First Class
    Tops
    Pinnacle
    Ultimate
    Custom
    Customized
    Creative
    Quality
    Speedy
    Fast
    Elegant
    Professional
    At Your Service
    VIP
    Impact
    Affordable
    for Less
    More
    Classic
    Classics
    Innovative
    Cutting Edge
    Upbeat
    Elite
    Solution
    Solutions
    Perfect
    [Add more of your own]

Your Assignment
Start mixing, matching, and playing around with various words and phrases. Match your name up with as many words on the list that make sense. Choose one word from 2 or 3 categories and arrange in different ways. Alliteration (Grant’s Great Graphics or Perfect Pixels) and creative spelling or “mergers” (ProPress Services or WordWerks) are some ways to come up with a name for your business.

Don’t be afraid to get a little silly because the name game should be fun. Those silly combinations might just trigger the right combo if you keep going.

Other ways to generate ideas:

  • Get inspiration from clip art. Browse a clip art catalog. The images can sometimes suggest ideas. 
  • Use your junk mail, ads in magazines (for all kinds of products and services) to come up with fresh ideas.

While these exercises are meant to foster creative design thinking, you can apply the same principals to finding a name for your business.

Don’t get too attached to one name. In most areas you’ll need to register your business name, even if you are a sole proprietorshop, and you can’t have the same or very similar name as another business. Have three or four names in mind when you start the DBA/assumed name registration process.

By Jacci Howard Bear, About.com

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Creative Thinking

2009/03/02 at 5:27 pm (Article)

We all have some level of creativity within us. As with other activities, you can teach yourself to be more creative. Sometimes creative thinking requires us to look at things from new perspectives. Learn to unleash your inventive genius by thinking backwards. Here is an appropriate acronym containing five steps to creative thinking — S A E D I — that’s IDEAS backwards!

S – State of Mind.
Creativity is a state of mind. Telling yourself or others “I’m not very creative,” or “I can never come up with new or clever ideas,” destroys that state of mind. Creative thinking requires positive thinking.

Read Positive Messages. For long-term creative thinking, read and study books on positive thinking. Some classic titles include Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking and Robert H. Schuller’s Tough Times Never Last, Tough People Do.

Get a Quick Fix. If you have to come up with a clever new ad slogan or a new product name by next week, use some “quick fix” state-of-mind techniques to make yourself ready for creative thinking.

 

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Relax your body and mind with deep breathing.
  • Let your mind wander freely.
  • Don’t dwell on deadlines or other negative thoughts.
  • Finally, don’t forget to daydream; it can be a very effective tool for creative thinking.

In addition to a clear head, it helps to have a physical space conducive to creative thinking.

A – Atmosphere.
All of our senses — what we see, hear, feel, taste, and touch — influence our state of mind. A positive atmosphere contributes to a positive and creative state of mind. Some people thrive in loud, people-filled areas with much activity. Others need quiet and calm to think clearly and creatively. Find that place, noisy or quiet, that makes you feel comfortable.

Find a Place to Walk. If you think best “on your feet,” find a hallway, sidewalk, or park where you can walk. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Find a Place to Relax. Set up your office or other room with a good chair, paintings, lighting, music, fresh flowers, and anything else that will help you relax.

Use Pictures, Words, Sounds, Software for Inspiration. Surround yourself with inspirational props. In coming up with a business name or an illustration idea or a hook for your next press release, you might use magazines, phone books, junk mail, cereal boxes, poetry, or crossword puzzles to generate ideas. Collect whatever materials inspire you — that give you ideas. Even computer programs such as IdeaFisher can help you develop your natural creativity and foster creative thinking.

Besides what we see or hear, the scents, textures, and tastes experienced during our creative thinking time contribute to our creativity. Both good and bad smells can trigger the ideas we need. Trying to come up with a name for a new food product? Smell it, taste it, hold it in your hands. Get all your senses involved in the process.

With a clear head and a clear space you can let your mind wander — but not too much. To solve a problem you also need to direct creative thinking with some effective thinking.

E – Effective Thinking.
While positive thinking allows your mind to accept new ideas and creative thoughts, effective thinking involves directing your thoughts toward specific goals. Daydreaming, relaxation, and free association allow the mind to come up with new or unusual ideas or idea fragments.

Have a Goal for Your Creative Thinking. Without a specific goal in mind, random thoughts and ideas may not be particularly useful. Gerald Kushel, Ed.D., is the author of several books, including Effective Thinking for Uncommon Success. In a 1991 interview for Bottom Line Personal newsletter, Dr. Kushel says that to be an effective thinker, you need to have goals and a commitment to those goals. He outlines four steps toward effective thinking:

 

  1. Take Notice. Take stock of where you are or what you are doing. Is it moving you toward your goal? 
  2. Pause. Take a break when you get off-track. 
  3. Identify Effective Thoughts. When a thought enters your head, identify it as effective or defective, positive or negative. 
  4. Choose. We can choose our thoughts. It’s the underlying premise of positive thinking. It’s true of effective thinking and creative thinking, as well. Choose to focus on those thoughts that bring you closer to your goals.

Identify Your Creative Challenge. Applied to creative thinking, effective thinking means clearly defining what creative challenge you need to meet. Do you want a new business name? Are you looking for an unmet need to turn into a business? Are you trying to come up with an exciting or unusual direct mail piece within a limited budget? Whatever the challenge, direct your thoughts and activities toward that goal. Gather materials that will help you accomplish your goal.

The right time and place and effective thinking only work if given an opportunity to do so. Creative thinking takes determinition, perservence.

D – Determination.
Creativity takes practice. Your creativity is there within you, but you must make a habit of using your imagination. Although many of your best ideas will come when you “aren’t really concentrating,” you can make them happen more often by regularly practicing effective thinking techniques.

Schedule Creative ThinkingEven when not pondering a specific creative challenge, set aside a certain amount of time each day, week, or month to relax, brainstorm, and daydream. Make creative thinking a habit. By getting in the habit of scheduling regularly creativity thinking time and creativity exercises you’ll be better able to meet future challenges as they arise.

Ponder On Problems That Don’t Exist. This isn’t the same as worrying about things you can’t change or trying to fix what isn’t broken. It means that even when you’ve come up with the perfect path to acheive your goals, think about alternatives. Keep a file of ideas that were discarded as not feasible this time around. You may find inspiration for solving future problems and creative challenges. Keep the sketches that the client rejected or that you never even showed to them. Sometimes pulling out these old ideas will generate new ones when needed.

And keeping a file of ideas that were rejected doesn’t mean just holding them in your head.

I – Ink.
Whether you use ink, pencil lead, crayon, or a computer, write down your ideas. We retain more of what we hear or see if we write it down. That applies equally to college lectures and our own brainstorming sessions.

Make Notes Any Time, Any Place. Get in the habit of making notes, outlines, sketches, or doodles. If you are actively pursuing a specific idea or problem, always have paper and pencil or recorder at the ready. Jot down or record all your thoughts, no matter how “off-the-wall.”

Keep a Notebook By Your Bed. Some of your best thoughts come just before falling asleep and just after waking. Keep a notebook at your bedside so you will always be ready to write down ideas whenever they come.

Create an Inspiration File. Whether it’s a file folder, a notebook, or an entire file cabinet, keep clippings, thumbnail sketches, junk mail, photos, and anything else that inspires you or gives you ideas. Add the notes you regularly take. Don’t just file it and forget it – go through the file curing your scheduled creative thinking times and when actively pursing ideas for a project.

You Are A Creative Person
The next time you start to think “I can never come up with good ideas,” think backwards. There are a countless number of useful ideas and innovative thoughts in all of us — if we take the time to learn to think and act creatively.

By desktoppub.about.com

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How to Protect Yourself From Website Scams

2009/03/02 at 5:03 pm (Article)

Would you like to know how to protect yourself from website scams? We will examine three things to keep in mind when looking at websites. The things that need to send up red flags and things that give the website thumbs up. There are many scams on the internet and everyone needs to be cautious when looking to get into their own home based business.

Scammers are around every corner you turn so it is only wise to be concerned with such things. When you are looking at websites if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is. There are some exceptions to this rule but if you are not informed then you need to play it safe. Do not buy into any business opportunities. You are able to start up your own home business around $50.00. The companies who need hundreds, or worse, thousands of dollars to get you started are trying to tickle your ear with the so-called benefits.

Never overlook the importance of doing your research. Be informed as to what you are looking at and if the company is in good standing. There are many trustworthy websites you can check with. One of the popular ones would be the better business bureau. Check to see if they are a member. You can also go to Google and type in the word scam and become familiar with some of the website scams that are in operation today.

Most well-known home-based businesses can get you started for little to nothing. After they get you started they always offer you other tools you can purchase later on in the course. The point is you don’t need these in order to get started. Do not buy anything until you know what you need and you know it is a good investment. Do not get caught up in the promises they make. Even though people do experience 6 digits, it takes time and effort to receive such. It all depends on how much time you have to put into it and of course the more you put into it the faster you will climb. Remember this is different with everyone. The outcome varies due to varying situations.

The three things to always remember are as follow:

1. If you are knowledgeable about scams, never let your guard down.

2. If you don’t know the most common scams, do your research and become an educated consumer.

3. PUT YOUR WALLET AWAY

The ones that are experienced in identifying scams still get tricked on occasions. That shows how thorough these websites are in hiding their true identity. Never take for granted that you know what a scam looks like because even the best of us get tricked. Make sure you are an educated consumer. The only person that is going to benefit from that knowledge is you, your pocket book, and your time. Make the effort and it will pay off in the long run. Most importantly, don’t be so eager to think that you have to spend a lot of money to be successful. Most of the information you need to get started should be free. When you do start your own home based business don’t buy anything until you know what you are doing.

Scammers are everywhere. Learn how to protect yourself from website scams by applying the three things we talked about. Be an educated consumer; make sure you do your research on the topic you are looking for. Never take for granted that you cannot be conned. Everyone is in danger of getting taken advantage of. Be skeptical and carefully examine everything. Check what other reputable people know about the topic and what they are saying. Put your wallet away. Don’t jump at the first thing you have to buy that costs hundreds of dollars. Most resources that you need are free. If you can remember these three things then you are on your way to learning how to protect yourself from website scams.

By April V Williams,ezinearticles.com

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Here is the Top Home Based Business Idea in 2009

2009/03/02 at 4:54 pm (Article)

Several weeks have now passed since everyone made their New Year’s resolutions. If one of your resolutions was to make more money this year, and you still do not know how, pay attention to this article. I want to talk about the top home based business idea in 2009!

My idea is not to reveal a specific home business opportunity at this time. However what my article will attempt to get across to you is the importance of selling something on the Internet to make money.

I am constantly amazed at how many websites do not work harder at selling me something when I go to them. I’m not talking about a website full of banners that all promote something different.

What I am talking about doing is focusing on one product, or service, and then doing everything you can to sell it to your website visitors. There is a certain amount of subtlety that must go into this however!

Did you know that many people need up to 12 exposures or more before they will purchase a product? Ask yourself this question, how can I keep my product in front of them long enough for them to purchase it?

Here are a couple of ways you can do that.

1. Ask them to bookmark your site and put a link to do that right at the top of your website where it can be found. People that bookmark your site will be more apt to come back to it than those who do not.

2. Have a blog and add content to it on a consistent basis. Encourage people to subscribe to your RSS feed in multiple ways including receiving updates from you by e-mail.

3. Put a sign up form to a newsletter or free report on every web page that you have. You never know where people are entering your website from as your site continues to expand.

4. Put a sign up form to your newsletter or free report on the sidebar of your blog. This will automatically add it to every blog page that you have or make in the future.

When you follow up with people don’t be afraid to ask them to purchase from you. Relationship building and increasing your credibility is important, but remember you are in business to make money.

As you can see our top home based business idea in 2009 is to work all the time at selling people products. You do this by following up with them on a consistent basis.

By Dianne Crawford,ezinearticles.com

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7 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Business

2009/03/02 at 4:48 pm (Article)

“If I knew then what I know now, I would have done things differently.” Sound familiar? Many small business owners say this over and over again. Take a look at this list of things to think about before you get started.

1. Sell what your customers want.
Don’t focus only on what you want. If you don’t think about your customers, chances are they won’t buy your product. Make sure you research your market to find out if your service or product makes sense and has a potential customer base.

2. Write a business plan.
This is the best way to attract investors and lenders for your business. A good business plan also helps you keep detailed records of your vision and goals. Write your business plan.

3. Know your strengths.
Focus on what you do well and leave the rest. You don’t have to know all the answers and you don’t have to cover all the bases. Be realistic about what you can and can’t do. Remember, it’s better to ask for help when you don’t know something.

4. Do your research.
Use classes, seminars, books, and tapes to learn all you can before you start. If you don’t know anything about running a business, there are plenty of free and low-cost classes, books, and tapes. Try your local library or bookstore, and ask around. Find out all you can about your market, your competition, possible locations, and what people want.

5. Live within your means.
You need to keep a close eye on your budget or you’ll end up in serious debt or out of business very quickly. If you can’t get everything you think you need right away, stop and rethink your plan.

6. Create a marketing plan.
This is your key to attracting new customers. Map out how you want to get new customers to use your product or service and how you’ll keep them coming back. You have to sell yourself to get people to come to you.

7. You can’t do it all by yourself.

The more people you have helping you with the “little things,” the more time you can spend growing your business. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice from friends and family.

By thebeehive.org

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