Make Money in a Home Business – Some Free Marketing Tips

In “Make money in a home business, what to consider before you invest” which was my last article, I went through many aspects to consider before you make your final decision to buy into a home business opportunity. Now, you have made the decision and found the program for you and you want to know where to start. The best advice I can give you is to just get started. Start today with income producing activities. Don’t put it off until tomorrow, or until you know more about your business, or until your sponsor helps, or until, or until, or until. Because there can always be another until, so let’s just get started.

Something you’ll want to consider before you begin your marketing campaign is this: Who are you gong after? I’ve known many marketers who just start marketing without any concern about who they are marketing to, who they are actually looking for. If you feel that your offer or opportunity is really tremendous for stay at home moms, you probably don’t want to market in sports related magazines. Who is your target market?

One key to being successful is to understand all of the many ways you have to market your opportunity. One of the first questions to ask yourself is: which do you have more of, time or money? If you have a lot of time and very little money for your marketing efforts then you want to evaluate the no cost or low cost alternatives and work with those. If you have some money to allocate to marketing and perhaps you’re already working full time so you have very little time, then you’ll want to find some cost effective methods of marketing which will not take much time to implement.

Personal Contact Marketing is one of the lowest cost methods available. You simply listen to what the people around you are saying. When you hear people saying they are upset about their commute, time away from family, being unappreciated or anything job related, simply hand them a business card, tell them you think you can help them out, and ask them to give you a call or direct them to your website. Walk away, and wait for a response. Don’t chase them, see what they do. The next time you run into them remind them that you have not heard from them and find out if they still have your card. If they do, wait to hear from them, they may have been unusually busy and not had time to contact you. If they don’t have your card, ask them if they are seriously considering doing something or just being polite. This gives them an out if they want it.

Free internet advertising is also very effective. There are two dozen or more free classified sites on the web, simply Google it and you’ll find most of them. Be certain to follow the site’s guidelines, if you choose to abuse any of the sites you run the risk of being bounced from the site forever, no need to do that.

Writing and submitting articles to sites such as EzineArticles.com is another free way to market your opportunity. It will give you good exposure and people will recognize you from your articles. Its an income producing activity that will take time to pay dividends however eventually it will pay.

Flyers, which are actually business cards, are another means of marketing. You’ll want to have some simple eye catching phrase on the card as well as contact information: an example might read; This card could be worth $100,000 in the next 12 months, for more information call 1 800 123 4567. You’ll want to find a busy parking lot like a mall or a large office complex where you can put out 500 to 1,000 cards at a time. Stick the cards on the driver side door between the window and rubber just above the door handle where it will be seen as the driver gets in the car. You’ll want to have an 800 service with a recorded message to capture contact information, and so that the card can’t be traced directly back to you. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for security, some guards take canvassing very seriously. You’ll get a 1 to 2% response, so put out plenty of cards. The best times to consider putting out flyers is around busy holidays at the malls and on Friday afternoons or on the Tuesday following a Monday holiday at the office complexes.

Next are what are referred to as “Bandit” signs. These are the plastic corrugated signs on metal H stands, you may have seen a “For Rent” or “Open House” sign like these. These can be a lot of fun to place and you can very easily get a huge response. The thing to remember is that you’ll want to find a thoroughfare which is very busy and an intersection which has a lengthy backup. This gives people more of an opportunity to see the sign and write down the website or phone number listed. You can find these for less than $2.00 each and in the right spot can give you a tremendous response.

Newspapers is a great way to reach a lot of people with a little money. You don’t need to go to a huge market to get a reasonable result, you’ll want to stick with the papers which have a lower circulation and find an area where you feel comfortable marketing. Remember what I said earlier, who are your prospects? Go after those people, don’t just randomly select a newspaper based on low cost advertising. Better to spend no money and wait than to keep spending little bits and pieces of money in the wrong places.

Magazines are even more effective than newspapers, although there is a longer lag time. If you call a newspaper to place a classified ad, chances are you can get one in within three days. If you call a magazine its generally 30 to 45 days, big difference if you are in a hurry to get started. At the other en of the spectrum is the fact that magazines have a much longer “shelf life” than newspapers. Its not unheard of for someone to pick up a magazine in a doctor’s or dentist’s office that is six months old and call you up about your opportunity.

It does not matter which home business opportunity you are marketing, eventually you will want to have a website. You can design your own site through GoDaddy or other similar sites or you can have it designed by a professional. Again if you have time you might want to design your own site, the folks at GoDaddy are very helpful and its easier than you might think. If you don’t believe your up for the challenge or you think you want a more professional looking site then find a professional who is familiar with your opportunity.

You might want to start a Pay Per Click marketing campaign on the internet. You’ll want to do your research before you begin. I’ve heard of people investing as little as $20.00 per day and only running their campaign for six or eight hours on specific days and I’ve also heard of people who have put $500.00 into a campaign only to see it gone in less than three days with little or no results. Do your homework before you start this one.

Before you start any of these marketing campaigns consider your budget and your time. Also, think about how to approach your marketing as a “campaign”. You’ll want to have two or three different activities going all of the time. Don’t put all of your marketing time or dollars into one basket.

Thanks Much, and until next time, MAKE EVERY DAY A PROSPEROUS DAY!

How to Become a 5 Star Restaurant Chef

Here’s why; as a five-star restaurant chef, you will be able to work closely with other chefs from around the world and learn new techniques from them every day. You will have access to some of the best ingredients that money can buy, and finally, as a five-star restaurant chef, your dishes will be guaranteed for success because every detail has been perfected beforehand.

What does it take to become a five-star rated chef? Here are a few tips.

Be professional
Professionalism is one of the most important traits of a five-star restaurant chef. It means that they need to be polite, punctual, and adaptable. If you aren’t, then your customers will not take you seriously which could lead to failure for both yourself and your establishment. There’s no doubt about it, being professional is key if you want people to see how good a job you do cooking up delicious dishes every night at the cafe or during the day shift at an upscale bistro (or whatever type of place you work in).

Being professional will also be evident in the way you treat your fellow staff members and how you present yourself. You must know the right way to dress and maintain good hygiene, as well as the correct etiquette. If your customers see that other people in your workplace are not acting professionally, then they will expect a low standard from you too.

When cooking dishes for a five-star restaurant, there is no room for mistakes or imperfections; everything has to be done perfectly. There’s going to be pressure when working at this level but if you have an eye for detail and can focus on getting things just right, then being a five-star chef could be perfect for you. Start out by learning some basic skills such as knife work before building these into more complex techniques which can later help you towards creating amazing opportunities for yourself in terms of career progression.

Working as a five-star chef will require you to be an extremely hard worker, however if this is something that interests you then it could make for the perfect role. Make sure your CV stands out and gets noticed by showing initiative in your previous roles and how this can impact on working at such a high standard of cooking. If you prove yourself to be capable enough then there are opportunities available for those who want them which could lead onto becoming one of the most successful chefs around.

Cook with passion
Every chef should have a passion for cooking, it is their job after all. If you do not have a passion for cooking, then you are unlikely to be able to put the extra effort in that will make your dishes really stand out from everyone else’s. Passion can help lead onto innovation which means being creative with food and thinking outside of the box. Be original, experiment with different ingredients and don’t be afraid to try something new or unusual at least once just so you know whether or not it works. Don’t let this scare you either as working hard usually pays off eventually; think about how many times Michelin star restaurants have gained another one by improving on their old menu items over time. If they didn’t believe these changes would work then they wouldn’t bother doing it in the first place.

Stay current on the latest trends in food and cooking techniques
Trends in the world of culinary arts are changing every day. Some of the internet’s biggest foodies and bloggers are constantly testing out new recipes that will soon become mainstream, but you don’t have to wait until then to try something they discovered. By staying up-to-date with what people on social media are saying about food, cooking techniques or even restaurants around your city, is a great way to know whether or not it’s worth trying these out yourself.

Keep your knives sharpened, clean, and sanitized
Your tools are your most important asset as a chef, and hence it’s important to maintain them. Keeping your knives sharpened is one of the best ways you can ensure they stay effective in cutting ingredients for cooking. If it becomes dull, not only will you have a harder time using it but also risk injury when attempting to slice something with an unsharpened knife. It is important to buy quality knives if you wish to become a five-star restaurant chef because sharp knives are essential in order to prepare food well and avoid injuries when working with kitchen utensils. Keeping your tools in good condition will also improve efficiency when cooking delicious dishes that will impress customers.

Use fresh ingredients when you can to create dishes that are delicious and healthy
Creativity is a prerequisite to becoming a good chef. In order to create beautiful tasting and attractive dishes, a chef needs to use only the freshest of ingredients. Fresh ingredients help to bring out the flavor in meals, making them even more appetizing for diners.

Listen to what your customers want so they will come back again
If you don’t listen to your customers’ needs and wants, then they will go somewhere else where they can get what they want. The customer is the most important person in your restaurant, and hence, it’s the responsibility of each staff member to listen and understand their needs. It is up to you as a restaurant owner or chef, what type of experience that you want your customers to have when they come in for food. By understanding what your customer wants, you can make sure every visit will be satisfying.

Restaurants are like any other business; if no one is returning then there isn’t much point in having it open for hours. If the service at restaurants becomes poor because employees don’t care about their jobs or take them too seriously, this reflects badly on the company so it might not last long unless changes are made quickly.

Becoming a five-star restaurant chef wearing a fancy monogrammed chef coat can have many benefits, including being able to choose your own hours and work the kind of schedule you want. You also find yourself cooking for people who appreciate high quality food and getting paid well in return. Another benefit is having interesting conversations with other chefs all over the world about new recipes or techniques they love using when making dishes. If this sounds like something that interests you, then perhaps it’s time to start learning how to become a five-star restaurant chef today.

Exploring the Opportunity of Network Marketing

What is Network Marketing

Network marketing is a method of directly selling products and services to customers by independent representatives (reps) who are encouraged to build a sales team that is recruited and trained to do the same. Independent reps are paid on commission for products and services sold and in some cases receive bonuses based on efforts to build a team and surpass sales goals. Network marketing is also multi-level marketing that involves building a business through recruitment, leadership, training and duplication. An independent representative is capable of building a massive team by following an established system that has been effective for top earners in the specific industry. Independent reps are able to generate income based on hard work, commitment, and sacrifices made to reach personal leadership and monetary goals.

Why People Join the Industry of Network Marketing

One of the most common reasons why people join a network marketing business is to make extra money. The cost to become a representative can range from as little as $10 to thousands of dollars. Most people make decisions to join a company based on the individual that exposed them to the opportunity, the financial commitment needed, and the type of products and services offered. When a person becomes an independent representative, they can receive bonuses within the first 30 days for recruiting other reps and selling a pre-determined amount of products and services. Bonuses and commission are not only correlated to enrollment, but to achieving leadership positions in the business. Examples of companies that use this method to employ people are Amway, Avon, 5Linx and CarbonCopyPRO.

Does Network Marketing Work

Yes it does. Income potential is associated with effort and hard work. Some representatives are able to replace their income in a few months to a few years. There are others who have achieved six figure incomes and are top earners in the industry. Results are also associated with time, money, marketing, recruitment and the ability to become a leader while building a team. Leadership skills are vital to managing and training independent representatives. Success will come considering the sacrifice, time and hard work invested in the business.

Anyone that considers a network marketing opportunity should always conduct due diligence through research and checking the company membership with the Direct Selling Association (DSA). It is the national trade association for firms that manufacture and distribute products and services directly to consumers. The purpose of DSA is to protect its members and the independent agents of its members. DSA provides ethical guidelines for business practices and consumer services. Members are encouraged to abide by standards and procedures set forth in the Code of Ethics.

How to be Successful

A network marketing business is really a fulltime job but one that you can enjoy and determine the amount of money you can make as a result of your efforts. There is a common misconception that once you invest monies in an opportunity, the money will come. This is not true; it takes time and work. Independent representative should treat their business like they are the CEO of the multi-million dollar company they represent. Earning potential is influenced by many factors and should be considered before making a decision. Results will vary but the potential to become the next top earner or leader in the industry are influencing factors that convince people to join network marketing.

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