Posted on August 13, 2019
Fail to organize your business and you are heading for many hours of lost time and frustration.
Many of us know full well that we should organize our businesses but fail to do so!
There are a number of reasons why, but mostly it is because we feel that it would take too much time out of our day to get organized.
It is indeed true that setting up systems to organize your business does involve an investment of time, but this investment will pay off later on. Once you have set up your organizational systems it does not take any time at all to keep them going, and to record the data into them. These very same systems will make your life easier not only to locate things but also to generate reports and schedules which will be required at the year ends.
Once you organize your business you will experience the added benefit of well being which comes from being in control of your business. By this I mean the feeling of well being experienced when you know where to find everything you need each day for your business – the feeling of efficiency which comes from having your finger on the pulse and being able to juggle all those business balls at once! You can do this if you organize your business.
What are the areas in which you can organize your business?
*plan using your time to best advantage,
*tools to track time usage
*record your business success
*keep records of your articles,
*ebooks purchased and created,
*audios, videos so they may be located instantly
*record your email marketing messages
*record logins for affiliate links, memberships sites and training programs, business tools logins
*record keyword data research
*communications with your market
What is the best tool to use to organize your business?
As I have been a bookkeeper for many years, for me there is only one tool to use here and that would be spreadsheets.
Spreadsheets are a great tool to use in order to organize your business. For the most part you will be only recording and presenting data on these spreadsheets – there need not be any formulae to be learnt. If you are against spreadsheets or Excel in particular because of the mathematical aspect which is often associated with it – then this need not be an excuse. The spreadsheets are used only for their ability to record and present the data, so making it easy to find required items quickly and in one place.
You will not even have to own a copy of Excel as it is possible to use the free Google docs or OpenOffice applications.
So hopefully now you will have no excuse not to get your business organized using spreadsheets to record and present data in one easy to find place.
Posted on July 2, 2019
If you wanted to start a business a decade ago, it was a major undertaking. You would need to purchase space, get additional phone lines set up and start printing out business cards. However, with technology as advanced as it is, starting your own home business online is far simpler and much less expensive. While starting a business is never easy, there are a few things that can help smooth the way.
The first thing you should do is set up a home office. That may sound like it goes without saying, but it is hard to feel like you are at work if you are sitting on your sofa. It is very tempting to “take a break” and watch TV for five hours. Setting up a home office will remind you that you need to put in at least eight hours a day of work. Additionally, other members of your household will know that when you are in your office, you are not to be bothered.
The next part of starting your own home business online is to build an Internet presence. Not only will you need to create a website, but you will also need to let people know about it. The most common way that people advertise their websites are through search engines. There are two ways to use search engines to bring people to your website: search engine optimization and pay per click ads.
Search engine optimization has to do with the way that you set up your website. While there are a slew of SEO techniques that are used, the most common are keyword content and backlinking. Keyword content is simply creating articles on your website that repeat certain keywords; when search engines index your website, they will list your site when people search for those keywords. Backlinking is simply the number of other websites that link to your page. Pay per click ads are ads that show up directing people to your site when someone does a search for a keyword. As the name suggests, you do not pay for people seeing the ad, only following it.
Finally, you should look into as many online business services as possible. For example, many phone over Internet services allow you to make and receive phone calls through your Internet connection, and these services are far cheaper than installing a new phone line. There are also remote meeting services on the Internet that allow you to meet with clients through video chat.
When you go to start a home business online, be sure to designate an area in your home as a workspace, build your online presence and take advantage of online solutions for businesses.
Posted on July 2, 2019
Many small business owners understand that having an online presence is a great strategy to grow their business. We live in a world today where you cannot stay for a long time away from the internet. You need to see what emails you received, you want to see what your family and your friends are doing on Facebook, you must find out the information that you need so you go on Google or you want to find out the latest news as well. So, as a business owner, it is important to know and realize the fact that a large number of your customers are online.
So, what do you do when you want to market your business online and you don’t have a clear idea of where to start?
Here are 5 free tips that you can implement right away and start making some noise about your business online.
Create yourself a blog and start presenting yourself
To install a blog on a website is quite easy to do but if you don’t know how to do it, you can ask someone who knows how to do it for you. After you have the blog, start creating content about your business like special promotions that you have, write about your products and events if you have any. The bottom line is to create and share great information in there. Make blog updates regularly. One update a week is a great start. It will generate traffic to your site which is what you want.
Use the power of social media
I know…everyone is talking about social media for quite some time now and that’s because it is a great way to market business. It is even better than that! When you use social media in the right way and have a strategy plan for it, it will create engagement for your business and your clients will start loving your business. Create accounts on sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ and start interacting with people…and watch how the magic will happen.
If writing is one of your passions, you will looove this one. Create 400-500 words articles about your business, one of your product or latest service that you have and submit them to article directories. EzineArticles and GoArticles are just two of the most popular of these. If you search on Google for article submission directories, you will find a lot of them but if you use these ones, you will be fine.
Use the power of videos.
Video marketing can become a very, very effective way to market your business. First, create some great videos about your business, your products and services as well and market them on sites like YouTube and Vimeo which are free. If you have never created a video in your life and don’t know how to do it, don’t panic. You can hire someone to do this for you or ask a friend who knows how.
Email marketing is one of my favorites. It is an amazing feeling to send an email and generate income for your business. But before doing that, you need to have clients in your list. As long as you do the steps that we talked above and you have a sign up form on your site, you are on the right track to get clients in your list. So, while working for your business to grow, start building your list and use email marketing to market yourself online.