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7 Steps Away From Becoming A Successful Home Based Business Owner
Still thinking of starting your own home business? Does it seem like an uphill task for you to get started? Well, it can be simple. Going through these 7 steps will help you to visualize how you can get started with your home business. When you break them down into individual steps like this, it doesnít seem so tough or complicated anymore.
There are thousands of home businesses ranging from selling carved wooden art pieces to selling software. You will find plenty of home businesses on the Internet but therein also lies the problem. Which home business should you start? When researching on which home business to start, do your research but donít spend too much time trying to decide. You donít want to get stuck here with the paralysis of analysis.
2. Choosing The Best Business For You
What home business should you choose? There isnít always a ďbest businessĒ suitable for everyone. What is best for you depends on these:
∑ Is the business model profitable?
∑ Does it fit in with your schedule if you have a job?
∑ Are you able to commit the time required?
∑ Do you have the relevant skills to do this business?
∑ If not, what does it take for you to acquire these skills?
3. Your Product
After you have decided what product or service to market, do the following:
∑ If youíre selling your own product, you have to spend time creating your own product or hiring someone to do it.
∑ If youíre selling an affiliate product, familiarize yourself with the product.
∑ Get some wonderful testimonials on your product. You can get testimonials by giving away your products for free to a
4. Writing Your Sales Letter and Emails
If youíre not good at copywriting, then hire someone to do it. You can get reasonable rates from freelance copywriters. Plus, this can save you time and headache. Many people forget about writing emails. If youíre capturing leads using a squeeze page (lead capture page), you will need to follow up with them through email to get them to buy your product. Writing good emails will help you to increase the traffic to your website and your conversion rate as well. (You can also hire someone to write for you if you think you canít write.)
5. Setting Up Your System
Your system is your automatic sales person and cashier. They are your website, autoresponder and payment facility. If youíre a technical person, you can set these up yourself. If you know nuts about IT, you can hire someone to do it for you. Actually, even if youíre a computer whiz, you may still hire someone to do this for you as this is not a revenue-generating task. Outsource this to someone else while you concentrate on generating revenue (Step 7).
6. Testing Everything
When you have your sales letter, emails and system all set up and ready to go, always test. Test your sales letter and emails. Ask your mentor what he/she thinks of your copy. Ask friends and family members what they think of it. Just a little tweak of your copy can make a big difference in your income. If you are capturing leads, sign up for your own autoresponder and see if youíre getting the messages as your customers should. Most autoresponders will have a feature that allows you to test all your email messages as soon as you finish writing them.
7. Launching Your Business
Youíve tested everything and they work just fine. What you have to do now is to launch your business. Shout it out to as many people as you can. In order for the money to start rolling in, you have to market your business. There are so many marketing strategies you can use to market your business. Donít get stuck spending too much time deciding which strategy to go with. Decide on one and take action! Take massive action!
Are there any shortcuts? Yes, but only for some of the steps. You still have to put in your time and effort if you want to become a successful home business owner. So what are the steps you can shortcut? Your product, sales letter, emails and system. You can join a program in which the product has already been created, your website with your sales letter is created for you, your emails are written for you and a basic system is set up for you.
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