Have you considered working at home? It really has major advantages:
· You don’t need to buy expensive work clothes. They are uncomfortable and nothing at all like wearing a warm robe and slippers!
· You don’t need to pay for gas to get to work every day.
· Depending on where you live, you don’t have to scrape your windshield in the freezing cold.
· You don’t have to put up with tons of daily traffic.
· You don’t have to pay for a sitter for your kids, pets, etc.
· You can take a break and work out or take a walk without punching a time clock.
· You won’t have a nosey boss breathing down your neck!
Sounding good so far?
Isn’t working at home really what you would like to do? Or is it just a dream that might not ever happen? No…it isn’t just a dream! For example, think about celebrities or athletes that grew up very poor, and then turned their lives around. Do you think they ever had doubts? Sure they did, but they kept on working toward what they wanted and after much dedication and hard work, achieved their dream.
First of all, in order to get an online business going, you will need to find your niche. Have you considered what you would enjoy doing? Take a subject or product that you have some knowledge and/or interest in. You wouldn’t want to be selling pet supplies when you can’t stand animals and have no knowledge of their care. Or your hobby is daily target practice at the neighbor’s cat! It really is difficult to sell something you know nothing about or don’t care about.
I remember sitting in a job interview where I would be a sales rep for a major cigarette company. Things were going great, the income they promised was very appealing, the signal I was getting was very positive. Then they asked me when I was able to start the job. All of a sudden it hit me…I can’t do this! All of these “don’ts” came into my head. I don’t smoke and I don’t want to sell something that I don’t agree with. So I politely told them that I had changed my mind and I couldn’t accept the position. I left the interview and actually felt great relief instead of regret…I knew it was the right thing to do! I wouldn’t have been a very good salesperson for them anyway.
Once you have figured out your niche, you may want to get a website. If you don’t know HTML, there are websites like Godaddy.com that will allow you to manage your own website without HTML knowledge, as well as numerous others. There are web designers that will also design a nice SEO website for your business; www.getresponce.com is a great source! Once you form your website, start marketing it each day. Try to get noticed in chat rooms, forums, and article sites. Be sure the link to your website is always included in the signature file or in your article.
Very important! Don’t give up too soon if things don’t start moving along as fast as you might want them to. A “want it now” attitude has wasted a lot of my efforts simply because I just didn’t give my business enough time to develop. When I look at the past, just as I was on the brink of really making something successful, I got impatient and gave up and tried something else! If you keep working on your business, in due time it will flourish.
With brick and mortar businesses, supposedly you are doing well if you break even after the first year! I think that old analogy is outdated for online businesses though. If you allow time each day to work on marketing and stay focused on your goals, you will be successful with “working at home,” and maybe sooner than you think. You won’t “get rich quick” immediately, but you will be able to earn a substantial income over time depending on how much effort you put into it. Be patient and work hard…you will get results!
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY FACTS:
James Adams, John Deway, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, William Dean Howells and Lincoln Steffens were all signers of the original charter of the NAACP, an African American civil rights organization.