Can You Truly Succeed With an Online Business?

One in every thousand online businesses fail. The statistics are higher than the failure rate of offline businesses, leaving experts to wonder if it is actually possible to create a successful internet based business. Like any business model, unless you follow a plan and success driven formula, then regardless of whether your business is online or offline, you are unlikely to make it work. Every business requires dedication, time and patience, however an online business also requires a whole set of additional skills that were unheard of 20 years ago.When a new business started up back in the eighties, there were a range of skills required to optimise the chances of success. However a local business was unlikely to face competition from overseas, and many industry types such as travel agencies and record stores would thrive due to the absence of the internet. Manufacturing firms in Australia and America were far more advanced (and a cheaper option) than those in Asia, and parallel importing was not a term ever used in business.Fast forward to 2012, and a rising number of industries are no longer viable business options, or simply do not exist outside of the online realm. However, the growth of online enterprise has created an entirely new set of problems. And that is the massive competition resulting from the rise and rise of people starting online and internet based companies. Where once dot com enterprises were the thriving new kids on the block, now the internet is a battlefield of businesses competing for search engine rankings, keyword domination and social media followings, with many unable to keep up and thus shutting down before the momentum ever has a chance to kick off.Why are so many of these online businesses failing? Is it at all possible to grow a successful internet based enterprise? If so, then how is it done?Yes, it is possible to build a successful online business, yet numerous business owners fail to either research their target market prior to launching, or simply do not have the budget and skills to grow a formidable enterprise.A major problem is how easy it is to set up an internet based business at very little cost. People get excited. They can build their very own website for a low monthly fee, create social network accounts for free, find numerous free tools and tips to increase the profile of their business, so therefore are fooled into thinking anyone can start an online business and immediately earn a weekly income equivalent to an employee wage. These prospective business owners are convinced an online business is great idea that will save them a fortune so go for it. That is precisely the mindset that induces failure.What 70% of business owners fail to realise, is that growing a successful online business is just as expensive as starting a franchise or corner store, the financial outlay is simply distributed to different areas.True, an internet based business may not have shop or office rent. You may not incur costs for store and corporate fit outs. You may not even require staff or assistance so can save on people costs. Hey, you don’t even need office attire, you can work in your lazy clothes with your clients and customers none the wiser.However, how will your customers find you? If you want to be found easily to generate sales, then you need to pay for it. And to be honest, for search engine marketing to be incredibly successful you are going to be outlaying big dollars. There goes the money you saved on rent!How about the time you spend optimising your website, writing content, creating blogs, updating social network pages? Time you are not being paid for. Unpaid hours.And what about your competition? How will you beat them? A stand alone health store in a shopping mall is unlikely to have forty other stores right next door, competing for trade. Yet, type in “Health Store” to any search engine and watch hundred of pages appear. This is your direct competition. To beat this competition, guess what, you have to pay for the privilege.Now, many business owners that I deal with, are under the assumption that they can simply market their products or services on any social network and this will not only be cost saving but will deliver instant success. Wake up and smell the roses, no business will ever achieve success online by relying on one marketing technique to grow their business, especially depending on social networks to generate sales.All of the above sounds rather negative and glum, so back to our original question. Is it at all possible to grow a successful online business? Yes, it is, and it can be done, but with a lot of hard work and persistence. There must be a solid business plan, funds to market the business, and the knowledge to promote the business smartly and wisely online. For any internet business to succeed, the business owner must realise an internet business is not a cheap way out. To attain success, as with any business, you require money, business accumen and the necessary skills. To think otherwise will guarantee failure.

Starting The Perfect Home Based Business

As the economy continues to tank, unemployment rises, essential commodity prices increase as salaries remain stale, it’s no surprise people are looking to make more money anywhere possible. While we should generate a supplemental income while our lives are financially sound, most people make the mistake of waiting until their finances are in disrepair and the bills are way behind before considering options.At the point of desperation people choose counter-productive measures as a solution to their financial woes. These include taking out high interest personal loans, working a second or third job, selling their valuables, or being forced downsize their lifestyle. Can you see a benefit in any of these options? Do they bring you closer or distance you from your family?If working second jobs, taking out high interest personal loans, or giving up the things cherished the most in life, aren’t options, what options exist? While most conventionally thinking people resort to the above solutions, many others choose to become successful entrepreneurs by starting some type of part-time business from home. Unfortunately, many people lack the necessary motivation and could care less about success for themselves or their families and that’s o.k. This clears the playing field for others who keep our options open to income opportunities.While starting a part-time home business has many benefits, you probably wouldn’t even know where or how to begin. The possibilities are endless and this, in itself, can be overwhelming. Take a few deep breaths and relax because I’m going to share with you a simple business model that was specifically designed for people like you and me to be able to simply and efficiently generate a positive cash flow. This business model is called network-marketing (person-to-person) and has been adopted by many reputable companies and is the primary method to promote their products or services, instead of investing in expensive media advertisements. While companies save money on advertising, they are able to pay their representatives high commissions, bonuses, and incredible streams of residual incomes.Network Marketing Vs.Traditional Home BusinessThe Network Marketing (Multi-Level Marketing) industry is over 50 years old and has created more millionaires out of average people than any other industry. An increasing number of people are choosing network marketing instead of traditional home businesses for many reasons; monthly residual income, multi-level payment structures, company bonuses/incentives, no stocking products, no invoicing, no shipping, no taking payments, no handling returns, no building websites, or even providing customer service. The network marketing company handles all of the main responsibilities. Your responsibility is simply recommending the product/service to others and showing others how to do the same thing.Scams, Schemes, and PyramidsSadly there are many scams and schemes that empty the pockets of innocent people just looking for a way to make money fast. You can truly judge the validity of a business or opportunity by being aware of RED FLAGS. One obvious and very prevalent red flag is when the opportunity boasts that you can get rich overnight. An example of this is when they advertise that you can make a ludicrous amount of money in a day or a week.The other type of scam that many desperate people fell into many years ago was the pyramid scheme. In a pyramid scheme, the only people who made money were the people at the top of the pyramid. People were literally passing their cash up the pyramid and the unfortunate people on the bottom lost their all their money. Pyramid Schemes are illegal and a common RED FLAG to look out for is if an opportunity has no product and requires a person to pay a lot of money to get involved.Some people associate network marketing companies with pyramid schemes. While most network marketing companies are recognized by the BBB, they also offer every person the same opportunity for advancement. A representative can far surpass the success of the person who registered them. For example, I could sign someone up and they could have a much more successful business and make more money than me, which completely disproves pyramid scheme theories.Monthly Residual IncomeWhy is residual income so incredibly important for you and your family? If I owned a traditional business, I would have to generate new sales and new profits every month to survive. In Network Marketing, I still have to make a sale, however I would continue to be paid every month for that ONE sale. Can you imagine making a sale once, getting paid, and then getting paid again and again from that one sale? Your monthly residual income will continue to climb every month as more business is generated.Multi-Level Monthly Residual IncomeWhy is the multi-level marketing component crucial to the growth of the business? It’s unheard of to earn residual monthly income from every sale that you generate, however it is mind blowing to know you can earn money based on other people’s efforts after they join your business team.When you register to become a home business owner with a network marketing company, you are provided with 2 general ways to create income.
You are paid based on the sales that you generate
(w/residual income from your sales)
You have the Multi-Level option to show others how to start their own Home Based Business with company you are representing.(w/residual income from the sales you AND your representatives generate)
Starting a Traditional Business: Working HarderPutting aside the overwhelming headaches of administration and production, let’s talk about just generating money from your own efforts. In a traditional home business, where you create your own product or service, you’ll need to go out and generate new sales every month. While business increases, so does your time spent on your business. You are now spending more time keeping up with the demand of your business than you do with your family. At that point you become a slave to your business while working 70 hours a week to keep up with production, administrative work, and client issues. Retiring is not even an option.TRUE STORYMy friend, who owns a successful small business, said to me “It may look like I am successful, but I’m actually stuck. After all the bills are paid and it’s all said and done, I bring home less money than my wife makes in the corporate world and I work all the time. I can’t shut my phone off or miss an appointment because we are struggling to meet our bills. Our mortgage is too high, I can’t even think about retirement, and I don’t know what we would do if we lost one of our incomes.”Starting a Network Marketing Business: Working SmarterWhen you start a network marketing (part-time) home business, you simply become a representative of a product/service for a company. You don’t have to be concerned with anything but promoting the product/service. You are paid for every sale generated, plus you are paid a small residual commission every month as long as that customer continues to use the product/service.While you are generating sales, you can also present the business opportunity to those customers who may also want to generate an extra income. When these people decide to sign on your team and become representatives, you can earn bonuses and residual pay based on their success. The income potential is limitless and while your business continues to expand you will continue to get a paycheck every month and eventually you can decide when to work or when to take a month off to go on vacation.It’s really as simple as:1. Using the product or service2. Exposing others to the product/service3. Showing them how to do the same thingThis industry continues to offer millions of people with many financial advantages including taking extra vacations, tax breaks, being able to afford private schools, paying for college, buying a new car, and even retiring early. The secret to success with any person starting a home business is just making a decision to do it. Don’t try it, do it. Many people fail because they are uncomfortable and unsure about how others will respond. If you don’t worry what other people think, if you make the effort, you are on your way to great success with your part-time home business.Most people live paycheck to paycheck and can barely save enough money in their bank accounts to even pay for car or home repairs. Isn’t it true that whenever you’ve saved a nice little “nest egg” in the bank, expenses arises that put you back where you started last month? Wouldn’t it be nice to have money in your bank account, pay for miscellaneous repairs, take yourself and your family on a great vacation, AND still have money left over?You can do it, and here’s how you can get started today in a profitable home business. Choose a network marketing company that; fits in your life, has a reputable product or service, a generous pay plan, and marketing tools that make it easy to duplicate your business! Most importantly don’t try to re-invent the wheel when it comes to promoting your new home business. Utilize the marketing materials offered by the company. Their online tools, offline tools, and methods are designed specifically to make building a home-based business very simple.No More Selling?50 years ago, people who embraced network marketing had no choice but to build their home business by physically meeting with people and selling the opportunity. This “warm market” sales approach is still very successful today, however not everyone is comfortable selling when they are first introduced to the business. What if there was a way to begin building a business without selling? The Internet has made this possible!Reputable network marketing companies have embraced the power of the Internet by offering all their associates “customized” websites (usually for free) linked with a personal ID number. You would then use the website to sell for you. All you need to do is refer people to your website, let them watch the presentation, and FOLLOW UP with them. Always, always follow up with a prospect, especially when you refer them to your new website.These websites are great tools, however that’s all they are. They are presentation tools for people who you know or meet. But how do you GENERATE customers or prospects for your home business? What if customers/prospects FOUND YOU? While placing ads on the Internet and in the newspaper are effective, they can be very expensive and will not reach larger markets. Another powerful alternative to marketing your business is on the Internet where you can reach tens of thousands of people searching for the exact product/service you are marketing.Building A Long-Standing Residual IncomeBeing successful while establishing a large residual income, requires implementing a variety of marketing approaches. Don’t only depend on the Internet to bring you traffic. Be proactive! Talk to people, be excited about your part-time home business, share the products or service, and be consistent and persistent. If you don’t like selling, don’t! Don’t even talk about the details of your business. Let the website (the one the company designed for you) do the work for you!If you are planning on developing an online presence, start getting involved and document your experience. You’ll generate tons of great content, including, but not limited to; case studies (how you started etc.), customer testimonials, objectives, personal experiences, training call recaps, webinar reviews, prospecting stories, company announcements etc. Journal and document every experience.Start your business today! Don’t wait. Statistically speaking, people who wait, don’t succeed. If you have already decided on a part-time home business, pick up the phone or email a few people right now with your link to the free website the company gave you. If you just felt butterflies in your stomach, this is normal. It’s the fear of what people think about you that prevents you from taking this first step. However, it’s those who push beyond the nervousness who are the most successful. Are you going to let fear of what people think about you hold you back from attaining the financial goals of you and your family?If you decide to start a home business, whether it is a multi-level marketing business or a conventional small home business, be active, be consistent, be persistent, and believe in yourself. Not only can it be financially rewarding, but you’ll go through many positive experiences which will help you develop professionally and personally.Continuing ThoughtsMost people just let life slip away and wonder where the time went, thinking what they could have done differently? If you could change something now, what would you change? Would having more money help? If you have a desire to create new cash for you and your family, make a decision to do it.Regardless of what you decide to do, I pray God richly blesses you and your family and you live your life with no regrets. Good Luck and God Bless!

Vintage Clothing and Accessories – The Choice No One Can Deny

Let us talk vintage for old time’s sake, and see how our wardrobe can smell and look old yet classy. With vintage clothing and accessories at our easy disposal these days, going vintage has never gotten this easy and fashionable. In keeping with the fashion trends, there are too many options to choose from, when it comes to clothing and vintage accessories. When talking about vintage, you can find everything these days, right from clothes for men as well as women, vintage accessories, footwear, lingerie, furs, jewelery, eyewear, shades, swimwear, luggage, fabric, polka dots, labels, luggage, and the likes. You can even go on a vintage shopping spree, and do a vintage wedding, or further still, go on a vintage holiday. You can never get enough of vintage, right? Such is the charm of everything and anything vintage! Vintage clothes and accessories, when combined in a complimenting fashion, are set to put you in the limelight, no matter what the occasion is. Carry yourself well in everything vintage, and you are surely speaking volume about your fashion sense that way.Not every man would have the spirit to sport vintage clothing for men. Vintage clothing for men will bring style, variety, independence to your appearance, and also save you a good deal of money. Are these all not reasons enough to go vintage, if you already have not gone vintage? When it comes to clothing for women, you are sure to be spoilt for choice, what with so many options to choose from? Vintage clothes for women span across seven decades, and bring you the choicest collection from these seven decades. If you want to go vintage on your wedding day, then couture wedding dress would be the perfect option for the bride. Couture wedding gowns gives you that perfectly traditional look to sport on the most important day of your life.In order to go vintage, first decide on the type of vintage style which you would be comfortable sporting. Would you prefer the modern flapper look, or the 1950s look, or the 1930s look? Or, the Victorian look is what you want to sport? After you have decided on the style of the dress, it is time to decide which kind of hair style would go well with your dress. Depending on the decade which you are sporting, your hair can either be short, or long. If you are sporting the looks of the 1920s, then bob cut is what you should go by, as that was the rage back then. Beachy waves on your long hair will go well with the vintage look as well as the modern look.Some super cool vintage accessories to sport would include clutch bag, Marlene Dietrich firs, gauntlet gloves which match, lace parasols which are decorative enough, wearing pearl around your wrist, bows at the back of your dress, sashes and belts which have square buckles, throat broche, bracelets over your gloves, fir boleros, and painted lines which imitate the style of stockings.