Archive | August, 2016

It Makes Sense to Use the Products You Sell Online

Aside from the fact that as a reseller (affiliate) you may be able to get a ‘discount’ or wholesale rate, why would you support your competition? For the most part you should think in terms that indicate you believe your product to be superior and that is why you chose to use it. That you may make a few extra dollars that way is all good.

to buy is to sell

In addition to possible extra revenue and savings in your business operating budget, using the product yourself will give you the ability to really describe the functionality in your ads. It is so much more convincing to read something written by someone who has actually used the product than just a bland review that may say if you liked it.

You wonder if they even know what the product does or if they were in some way paid to give a favorable rating especially in a ‘check box’ format where you are not allowed comments to qualify your answers. So we are to take the word of someone we don’t know at all, believe they actually used the product and are being 100% honest in their review?

It is important to note here that it is not just reviewers that are not really honest about their experience with the product that are a concern. In addition there are so many haters that may get an evil thrill by saying something negative that may hurt the seller. This can be on purpose or just innocently out of ignorance.

In any case if you have had direct experience you will be able to describe many aspects of the product that otherwise would not be known. The more enthusiastic you can be in your advertising, the better! Always remember to quote any statistics you can find (with the reference source included) that offers proof that your product is superior. This can be a ‘study’ or the results of testing done by a reputable organization.

It also may be important to mention the sales transaction itself as this would be a definite source of satisfaction if it went seamlessly as it should. Stuff happens but you can even learn something when it doesn’t. You can earn your customer’s loyalty by the way you quickly resolve issues.

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Home Biz Entrepreneurs – You Gotta Run

If you are in business at home, whether or not you also have a day job and the usual personal and family obligations, you have to learn how to say that you gotta run! That is because you likely do not have a lot of time on your hands to spare to small talk and chattering.

keep in touch!

Be polite to everyone of course, and even spend some time ‘networking’ when it is a peer or prospective customer you are communicating with. Make arrangements to meet again or whatever is applicable. Make a note to follow-up because there is nothing more shallow than saying you will do something that you don’t do, particularly if someone might be waiting for you to do what you promised.

A built-in escape hatch would be to say something to the effect that if they don’t hear from you by a certain time, to feel free to contact you instead. This really has a nice touch in more ways than being out in front. It gives the person the impression that you are responsive – and a real person with concerns like theirs.

If you have a large list or membership you will likely get a ton of emails. Some will be in response to autoresponder messages and as such may have a low rate of a response from you which may or may not be understandable to people. In any case it may be a good idea to have a second email address that you know is a higher priority to respond back to such as where there has been a direct, personal communication to and/or from the member or prospect.

The real point here is to make time for people if you are running a business or are even just at the point of beginning to develop one; don’t be off in an ivory tower or somewhere chattering mindlessly. Be down in the trenches with the real people who may have issues that need your help to resolve or to understand.

Ever hear the expression ‘don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’? The ‘gift horses’ in this scenario are your members and customers. If you want their continued support you need to pay attention to them and address their concerns. Tell your ‘buddies’ you gotta run!

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Developing a Real Home Business – What is Holding You Back?

You may be a creative type with a million ideas all the time. However they rarely get past the idea stage. It could be ‘information overload’ or too much information that keeps you from selecting one idea and running with it. This may be just as bad as not having any ideas or being logical.

get started already

One way to get out of that maze may be to make a list of the ideas that come to mind. Don’t get hung up on the list – just do a ‘brainstorming’ type of list where you write down the ideas as they come. This list is likely very unrefined and should have some space after each idea where you can go back and define what you mean.

Then at a later time you can take ones that you have been able to define which would indicate you have given them some thought. Decide from that ‘top’ list which ideas would be most feasible. Break everything down as far as all the issues that would be relevant such as cost, time required, any issues that may delay or prevent going forward. This could include needing further information or instructions on how to move forward.

There may be more negative factors that hold you back from implementing your ideas. They would be more-or-less the opposite of too many ideas and be like not having any motivation to do anything beyond what you are already doing if anything. This can be due to medical or psychological problems such as underlying depression or low self-esteem. It can actually be even be due to a compromised immune system!

Your body and health are anything but irrelevant to your business. They are actually key if you can see yourself as a machine that is running everything. If it is misfiring then you are actually trying to function at less than full capacity. Pay attention to your diet and get plenty of rest. Don’t practice any kind of substance abuse unless you want that to become your ‘career’ rather than building a home business.

Your hang up could be a lack of money to invest in your business. This may take some time just like rebuilding your health. If it means you save $5 every time you have a paycheck or other windfall, then just do it. No matter how long it takes you to get as much as you need to do something, determine the target goal and stick to trying to hit it!

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