Is There An Age Limit To Being A Work From Home Entrepreneur?

Some people mistakenly believe that to be a work from home entrepreneur you have to be a young tech savvy individual or an experienced internet business person. But a work from home entrepreneur can be any age!

In the past, home business opportunities consisted of basic data entry work from home jobs or involved spending large amounts of money buying stock, sorting out payment systems and hours travelling around trying to find customers to buy your products or services. But now, the internet has made the process of starting a business from home easier, more cost effective and more rewarding.

Why Start An Online Business From Home?

An online business offers opportunities for everyone, not just those who are young and handy with technology. All you need is an internet connection and a computer. If you can send an email, you can start an online business. You do not need a actual building to sell from, so your financial investment is a lot a smaller than it would be for a conventional bricks-and-mortar business. There are no rent or rates, no employee costs or endless hours going to and from your place of work.

You don’t even need to buy any stock, set up payment systems or worry about product deliveries or distribution. There are legitimate home based business models, such as affiliate marketing, where you can sell other peoples’ products to a global online market of over two billion people 24/7, 365 days per year.

Are You Ready To Be A Work From Home Entrepreneur?

One reason that many people start a business from home is that they lose their regular job as a result of job cuts and redundancies. Many times, middle-age personnel get laid off because businesses can pay less to the younger, less experienced people. Some more mature people who have implemented a work from home business have done it because they experienced age discrimination when it came to keeping or getting work in the offline world. On the internet, you don’t have to prove your viability to generate an income.

Setting up a business from home can provide additional income to those who need to earn more than their offline job provides. Over four million ‘baby boomers’, (somebody who was born between 1946 to 1964) are turning 50 each year and many will not be able to afford to retire. While the conventional job gives them a regular salary, their online business boosts their income to help pay for everyday wants and needs.

Age Is Not A Barrier.

Or maybe you feel that life is too short to be stuck in a job that you do not like or you have just had enough of working for somebody else. There’s a lot of fulfillment in being able to pursue the niche and path you want as a work from home entrepreneur. Many people in the traditional offline workforce today report job dissatisfaction because they’re stuck in a job they don’t like.

The younger generation can also succeed as work from home entrepreneurs for many reasons. Some younger people have more responsibility than their friends and an online work at home job can help them save for college or university. Some even manage their education schedule while still earning money online.

Entrepreneurship – Ways To Achieve Success In Your Personal Endeavor

I am not convinced when people say successful entrepreneurs are only those who are bristling with innovative ideas and usually ‘think out of the box’ (to use a cliché).

I do not discount the fact that lateral thinking has led to some great accomplishments, but success comes with being able to implement brilliant concepts wisely.

What makes a successful entrepreneur?

One has to be truly passionate about what one is endeavoring to do. If you are a team, then the other team members should possess the same fervor for the enterprise you are dreaming to set up.

Successful entrepreneurs do not shift their focus away from the task on hand. They also do not take in more than they can chew. In a nutshell, their application is single-minded.

When one cuts corners while executing a task, the whole exercise of trying to be a success falls through. Successful entrepreneurs know that! That is why they strain their every sinew to achieve what they have set out for. So even if they fail, they take solace from the fact that they had put in their best efforts.

If the above point is taken into consideration, then you will also be prepared to accept that the road to achievement of your goal could be very long. Patience is the operative word. It is, therefore, important not to fret when hurdles crop up along the way. Later on, the attendant milestones will make you feel that it was worth it.

One should be flexible and nimble-footed throughout the journey to possible success. It will help you learn many things along the way and let you change your tactics when required. That way you will never feel down and out.

Select your team well at the outset. It is better to choose people with skill sets which are different from your own, although it may be natural to be drawn towards the ones who work in a fashion that is similar to yours.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you are being a pioneer. Few if not many might have already trodden the path that you are following.

A plan that you have drawn at the initial stages must go through various phases of tweaking. You will invariably realize that many things that you had envisioned during the drawing board stage are not viable after all.

Compensate generously those who have put in their best efforts on the route. This a key point to keep in mind as they will be encouraged to give you more in the future. It also does not hurt to look beyond your business when you exhibit a goodwill gesture. It does make you feel better about yourself!

Where Do You Begin With Online Business Ideas?

When you know that the internet is the place the generate an income but you’re still looking for online business ideas what can you do? It’s not a secret that more and more people are buying products and services online. But some budding entrepreneurs who want to tap into this market just don’t know where or how to start an online business.

Finding The Best Online Business Ideas For You.

When you’re looking for online business ideas, start with what subjects you know something about or that you are interested in. Let’s say, for example, that you like playing golf. A friend, who has always wanted to play but never has, asks if you will show him how to play. You may not be an expert, but you do know more about the techniques, rules and etiquette of golf than he or she does. You explain all you know about golf and help your friend as much as you can. You then recommend your friend to a golf pro or teacher who helped you to improve your game.

This is the same principle when you start an online business. The only difference is that is is all done via the internet and when you recommend a product or service, you get paid a commission when somebody buys it. This business model is called affiliate marketing.

Where To Look For Internet Business Ideas.

There are a whole variety of affiliate marketing programs that are designed to help you start an online business. They have all the resources you need to advertise, market and sell a product or service on the internet. In some cases, you do not even need to have your own website. Although, once you do start making sales, it will help your online business journey if you do have one.

Anything you could possibly think about is available to sell through affiliate programs, from vitamins to luggage, from travel tickets to self help courses. Once you know what you want to sell and who you want to sell it to, you can investigate the affiliate programs on Amazon, ClickBank or JVZoo to find products or services that will suit you. You can then promote these using free or paid customer traffic strategies.

You Do Not  Have To Be An Expert.

Don’t be concerned that you’re not an expert in your field when you start an online business. Some of the most successful websites were started by entrepreneurs who kept a track of their business right from the very beginning. Sometimes when trying to learn from an expert you may not get the direct contact with that person that you want a they are usually very busy. Where as when you learn from someone who is a few steps ahead of you, they will be able to relate to your problems and you will probably be able to speak directly to them.

People learn and buy from different websites. By developing your own style and character within your niche it will help you to stand out and attract customers.

5 Email Marketing Mistakes You Must Avoid

Building a relationship with your list takes time.  Relationship marketing via email is all about trust.  Do you have a list?  If so, do they trust you?  How do you know they trust you? 

Successful internet marketers work extremely hard to build an email list.  An effective list that trusts you is like having a fishing pond full of hungry fish ready to eat whatever you feed them.  If you fed your fish something that harmed them, do you think they would continue to swim in your pond?  I think not. The same holds true for your email marketing list.  If you continue to provide value, help them succeed online, provide great content they can use, then you have a fish for life.

Once you have created your list, make sure you do not betray that trust they have bestowed upon you.  These 5 email marketing mistakes discussed below must be avoided at all cost, or your fish will go looking for a new pond to swim in.

1.  Never, Ever, Ever Spam.  Even though your optin subscriber has given you permission to send them emails, avoid sending them a sales pitch on a daily basis.  Before your send an email to your list ask yourself this question, “Would I find value in receiving this email or is he/she just trying to sell me something?”  That should be your acid test when you send an email to your list.  Learn to send emails that provide quality content, will help that person, and provide those emails at strategic intervals.

2.  Sending Emails to Your List only when you are selling something.  This goes hand in hand with number 1 above.  If there is no value in being on your list then that optin will most definitely “Opt-out” and unsubscribe.  Once you have violated their trust, you will never get it back.  That trust is gone forever.

3.  Ignoring your list for long periods of time.  I know some marketers that have a rule of thumb to mail their list not once per day, but twice per day.  I have no problem with this concept as long as the email is worthy of good content or value.  On the other hand, if you ignore your list for long periods of time, a few months, that trust will also be violated.  If they do not choose to opt-out or unsubscribe, you may be able to regain their trust.  However, a weekly email with great content is good business practice.

4.  Not relating to or being personal with your subscribers.  How well do your subscribers know you?  Do they know anything about your personal life?  For example, your marital status?  Do you have kids?  Your hobbies?  Your educational background?  Your success and failures in life?  What is your direction for your online  business?  And most of all, how can you help them?  These questions should be answered over time with your personalized email campaigns.

5.  Rushing your emails.  Always remember the rule of ‘quality content’.  Make sure your subscribers name is spelled correctly and your links are accurate.  Never rush an email because you have a sales promo or deadline approaching.  If your email is ‘self-serving’ it will most definitely come across that way.

Take your time with your list, be patient and provide great content.  Always remember that an email subscriber that opts-out or unsubscribes from your list is gone forever.

And the Answer Lies With? 4 Key Elements of a Home Based Business

I just received an email from a perspective customer or downline memberop in my personal email account. He had opted in to an online marketing opportunity that I promote . He was curious about making money online, as we all are. His email went something like this: “Do you think your opportunity is really the answer? Just Curious.”

First of all, before I comment or respond to this email, let me put myself in the position of the perspective downline member. The thoughts I consider include the following: I wonder what is going through his mind? What is he looking for? Is he trying to find a way to make a full-time or part-time income from home? Has he been unsuccessful thus far in his attempts? What service can I offer him to change his outlook? Can I change his outlook or even his financial future? Does he have any experience online or is he new to online marketing?

These are all questions I ask when someone approaches or inquires about me becoming their sponsor. You see, a sponsor is much more than a recruiter. I am not involved in recruiting per se. I am involved in sponsoring. What’s the difference you ask?

Sponsor vs Recruiter

In my opinion, a recruiter is someone that attracts inquiries into online marketing opportunities via various online methods such as enticing ads offering to make so much money, offering pie in the sky get rich quick programs or schemes, offering retire in 30 day programs, etc. You get the picture. Now don’t get me wrong here. These advertisments may allow you to achieve exactly what they entail. However, in my experience, the odds of that happening are slim and none.

A sponsor on the other hand, has a responsibility. A responsibility for the success of the newcomer. A responsibility to provide all he or she can in order for that person to achieve whatever it is they seek. When you as a sponsor, accept this responsibility, you separate yourself from those seeking to recruit.

In my opinion, there are 4 key elements to success in your home based business. The 4 elements are discussed below.

1. Is your business simple to understand?

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out how a particular online business operates? What’s more frustrating is trying to figure out how you are going to make money with a business you don’t even understand. My advice is to take the advice of billionaire investor Warren Buffet. He says, and I paraphrase, “If I can’t understand it, I’m not investing in it.” Make sure you understand the business before getting involved.

2. Is your business easy to duplicate?

What’s the point of internet or network marketing if newcomers can’t duplicate the business? Exactly. None. Follow the McDonald’s motto of “One on every corner that anyone can run” and your business will prosper.

3. Does your business have a simple marketing system?

The rule of thumb in any online business is the same as any offline or brick-n-mortar business. KISS. Keep it simple stupid. A simple marketing system should include one with easy to use lead capture pages, autoresponders, sales pages, and products.

4. Does you business have a simple product?

By now, you should be starting to see a pattern here for a successful online marketing business. That’s right. The simpler the better. Make sure your product is simple, cost effective, easy to use, duplicatable, and helps others.

To answer the email above to the question, “Is your business opportunity the answer?”, I would respond by saying this: “Any online marketing opportunity can provide you the vehicle to get you where you want to go. It’s up to you to take it for a drive”.

If your business contains the four elements above, then get behind the wheel and take action. The answer lies with “YOU”.

Goal Setting for the New Home Business Entrepreneur

There is a fine art to setting goals in a way that will actually help you accomplish your objectives for your home business.  Above all else be realistic; Goals like ‘be a millionaire by Friday’ just will not suffice – even by Monday!  Make it something that is achievable by your direct actions over time so that you do not become discouraged if you do not reach your target goals and then resign yourself to giving up on the whole idea!

So the goals need to be realistic and in this case maybe you want to take your million in chunks – and remember, you have to crawl before you can learn to walk. Realistic would be for example ‘make $100 a week in 3 months’ and when you achieve that then up the ante to ‘make $100 a day by next year’. Remember as well that to keep it realistic you have to actually take the actions that are necessary to achieve your goal.  In this case, that would be by marketing and advertising your business.

No doubt you have heard the saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’.  What does this mean to you?  It means you will need to work at it for a while to develop your home business, taking all things into consideration.  Things that will affect the length of time it may take to have substanial business, are things such as the amount of effort you invest, how much money you may have for operating expenses, the market for the product, service or opportunity you are promoting, and the economic environment.

Any of these elements may either work to your advantage to facilitate reaching your goal, or they may be obstacles that present a challenge.  With this you just always need to find ways to go around anything that stands in your way – whether internal or external factors are at play.  You really have to fight your way to ‘the top’ sometimes.  So many things in the world would never have happened unless people were diligent and determined to make it so.

There is another saying about the road to success being littered with failures. So it is important that if you have been trying one strategy that hasn’t worked, and you feel you have really given it a fair chance as far as really applying your effort and giving it time to produce results, then you may need to just cut your losses and start fresh with a new strategy.  Or maybe just tweak the current one – maybe something you could add or remove that would make it work better.  The point is to start over and never quit trying.

It is a big help if you are able to emphasize the actions you need to take to achieve your target goals.  If that means writing them down by way of a ‘to do’ list, business plan or schedule, staying on track with your list will help you  to reach your goal.  If you have a written plan of some kind (and you well should), then refer to it all the time on a regular basis to help yourself stay focused on what you need to do.

Bottom line is believe you will succeed no matter what, where, when or how.  Just know YOU CAN DO IT if you try.  If it takes an extra year from what you projected, or whatever, then that is the way it is. If you REALLY want what you want you will have it eventually in some way, shape or form. Be open-minded to the degree that ‘the sky is the limit’.

The Benefits Of Starting With Ready-Made Money Making Websites

One thing that stops people from trying to make money online is
they do not know how to make a website. In reality this is not
something you even need to know how to do. There are many
benefits you can take advantage of by starting with a ready made
site of your own.

1. For starters let’s talk about how powerful it is to use a
blog as a website. You can have a WordPress blog set up for you
for around $30. If you want more features and plug-ins added to
it you will have to pay a little bit more.

However the nice thing is when you are done you have a fully
functional website that you can add content to without building
web pages yourself. If you can type you can build web pages using
the WordPress blogging platform.

This is a tremendous relief for people who are trying to make
money, but don’t want build their own website. It’s also very
nice as you can customize your site in various ways in the

HTML coding can be intimidating, but not to people who have a
WordPress blog. Plus there are so many features with a blog that
you really can impress your website visitors.

It’s very easy to add graphics for example and make a dull
boring web page come to life. You can do the same thing by
pasting in video codes from You Tube to add videos to your site.

These are all things you can do after your ready made website is
set up for you.

2. Another thing to look at is joining a program that gives you
your own customized pre built website. There are programs on the
Internet that have been around now for several years offering
what I would call a business in a box.

The nice thing is you can have a customized website with your
own domain name set up for very little out-of-pocket expense.
This is important when you do programs such as network marketing
and affiliate marketing.

Many marketers will use the replicated website that comes with
the program they have joined. This is okay, but it’s not the best
way to make money.

The problem primarily lies in the fact that everyone is using
the exact same website in these types of programs. By getting
your own customized website you can differentiate yourself from
your competitors and make yourself stand out more.

These are a few money making website tips as they pertain to the
benefits of starting out with your own ready-made site. This is
definitely the way to go if you do not want to mess with building
your own website.

You can view some popular money making websites here:

5 Things That Nobody Told You About Starting An Internet Business

Although many entrepreneurs enjoy success with their online business there are also a number who fail. One of the main reasons why people fail online is that they jump in head first thinking that it is an quick way to get rich. Here are 5 factors about setting up an internet business that you may not know.

1. You Need To Work Hard.

Starting an online business and turning it into a success does require time, effort and resources. It is a real business and if you treat it like a hobby, it will become a very costly and frustrating one. Be prepared to work hard to achieve your goals. It involves a lot more than pushing a couple of buttons on your laptop or computer for a few minutes each day.

2. It Takes Time To Get Results.

People who want to make loads of money as quickly as possible are normally the ones who get discouraged and give up when things don’t go their way. Developing a solid online reputation, getting your website noticed by the search engine and building a customer base generally takes a lot longer than people expect.

3. Some Folks Will Tell You You’re Wasting Your Time.

You will come across people who are cynical about setting up an internet business. They choose to ignore the fact that the internet is a flourishing business environment and that it is possible to generate a legitimate income online. Don’t let less people undermine your efforts. Become a member of an online community of similar entrepreneurs for your business advice and support.

4. You’ll Most Likely Have Information Overload At Some Point.

When starting an online business there can seem to be a never ending set of tasks to do. Once your website is set up, you have to find the right products and the right customers to buy them. There is a whole range of free and paid marketing strategies that you can use and sometimes it can become mind-boggling and you can have a total information overload. Take one step at a time, become proficient at one thing then move onto the next. You do not have to do everything at once.

5. Everything Will Not always Go To Plan.

You must never expect everything to be easy and recognize that sometimes things don’t go according to plan on the first try. But don’t look at these problems as failure. Look at them as a learning process. You now realize what went wrong so that you can avoid it happening again in the future. Every entrepreneur faces set backs at one stage or another with their online business and you have to be willing to accept these unexpected challenges as part of your ongoing business venture.

10 Innovative Ways To Use Your Autoresponder

1. Collect leads with your autoresponder. You will get
an e-mail digest of everyone’s e-mail addresses who
requests information from your autoresponder.

2. Publish a price list of all the products and services
that you offer. You could also include order forms,
product descriptions, and other sales material.

3. Publish free reports in autoresponder format. The
reports should be related to your business or web site.
Giving away free stuff will quickly increase your traffic.

4. Collect vital customer satisfaction information by
publishing a survey in autoresponder format. This type
of information will help you serve them better.

5. Instead of answering every customer question that’s
e-mailed to you, publish ” Frequently Ask Questions” in
autoresponder format. This will save time and money.

6. You could publish your testimonials or endorsements
in autoresponder format if you don’t have the room in
your ad copy. It’s more effective to include all of them.

7. Provide back issues of your e-zine archives in auto-
responder format. This will give your subscribers and
web site visitors easy access to them.

8. Publish your entire web site in autoresponder format.
Sometimes visitors don’t have enough time read your
entire site. They could print it out and read it offline.

9. You could offer your ebook in autoresponder format.
Your visitors won’t have to download it or have the
software to read it right away.

10. You could publish the terms and conditions to any
business transactions in autoresponder format. This
could include return policies, purchases, refunds etc.

Quote of the Day:

“We live by admiration, hope and love.” — William

The Top 5 Pros And Cons Of A Home Based Business

Starting a work from home business is an exciting project for some people and for others it is a complete waste of time and money. You have to commit it being a real business, not a hobby or pastime, and be willing to take the time and effort to make it work. If you’re not sure if a home based business is something that you should consider, these top 5 pros and cons will help you make your decision.

The 5 ‘Pros’ For Starting A Work From Home Business.

1. It Is Easier Thanks To The Internet.

The internet has made it much quicker and easier to start businesses working from home. An online business can operate 24/7 and have customers from all over the world.

2. No Special Qualifications Required.

If you have the determination and the willingness to put in the work to make it succeed, you can do it, regardless of your age, education, qualifications or technical skills.

3. Low Set Up Costs.

The set up costs for a work from home business on the internet are a lot less than a traditional ‘offline’ business. You can even get started without your own products to sell because you can sell other people’s products or services and earn a commission on each sale you make.

4. Lots Of Choice.

There is an almost infinite number of products and services available to sell online and lots of different customers who are ready to buy them.

5. An Extra Income Stream.

A work from home business can bring in a helpful second income to supplement your regular day job. Many people actually start this way and discover that they can generate a very comfortable income working from home full time, working the hours that they want without having to answer to a boss.

The 5 ‘Cons’ For Starting A Work From Home Business.

1. You Do Have To Put In The Work.

Despite the fact that the internet does make things quicker and easier, a home based business does require work more than pressing a few buttons on your laptop or computer every now and then.

2. Results Are Not Instant.

There is no such thing as a push button, get rich quick business. Just like any business, a work from home business takes time to build and become profitable.

3. You Can Get Information Overload.

Many people get overwhelmed with running a home based business and don’t know which way to turn. You have to be prepared to take things in a step-by-step process and prioritize what you need to do.

4. Things Do Not Always Go To Plan.

You have to accept that if something does not go according to plan it is a situation that you can learn from, so that you can avoid the problem from occurring again in the future.

5. Other People May Not Support Your Efforts.

It can be very demotivating if you are working hard to make your home based business a success and other people, even if they mean well, are dampening your efforts with their negativity. To avoid this, keep your business separate from your home life and join online groups or forums with like-minded entrepreneurs.