Why are home based businesses so great
Home based businesses offer the flexibility of working at your own pace, within timelines fixed by you and best of all, there’s noone breathing down your neck to get the job done. No more taking orders from your boss, no more stress of the daily grind. In a home based business, you get to pursue what you enjoy – therefore work is no longer work. It is something you love doing and get paid to do that as well!
However, if you were to believe Uncle Ben in Spiderman “With great power comes great responsibility”, you’d know that having your own business also means that everything is truly in your hands. It is for you to drive the business forward – that means everything from business plans, to actual implementation, deadlines etc. will need to be chalked out by you.
Letting the world know
Ok, so now you’ve set up your business and everything seems to be in order. But how do you ensure a steady flow of customers? Rather how to reach the break even phase of your business? The trick is to spread the word about your home based business. Here we offer some ideas on how to publicize your business:
Tips to promote your business
One of the many things you’ll want to do to promote your business is to reach people in as many ways as possible. Here are some ways you can accomplish this:
Website: If you are able to afford it, putting up your own website can be a great way to reach out to people. Nowadays you can set up a domain name for free, provided it is a dependant listing. This means, the URL to your page will be linked to some company – for example amy.geocities.com is linked to Geocities. However an independent domain name might cost you somewhere around 17 USD per month but it does provide added benefits like your own space free from any other organization’s association. Once you have your web page ready, you could post product pictures, blogs, articles, press releases etc. The list is endless and even though it may take a while for people to start noticing your site, the outcome is worth it.
SEO optimization: This applies if you have an existing website or have a newly created one. The only way your page is going to get ranked in the top ten listings of Google or any other search engine, is through SEO or Search Engine Optimization. The way this works is connecting critical keywords to your website so when users search for these keywords, they land your site. If you are not able to go for SEO optimization at the initial stages, you might want to try keyword based articles. These are very useful as they too help visitors to link to your site.
Trade shows: Every city keeps hosting its share of trade shows. If you’ve been reluctant to visit one till now, for fear of not being able to afford a booth, then don’t fret. There is actually no need to have a booth to be able to network. All you need is a stack of your business cards and you’re all set. Once you reach the trade show venue, you need to pick a place which is most crowded or where people tend to gather the most – like for example the rest room or the food stalls. Here you can chat up with passersby and ask them which business they’re into. Get them to do the talking and when they ask what you do, give them your business card. Try creating an impact when you give the business card as that’ll help them recall your brand when they need similar products/services.
Public speaking: Most people suffer from stage fright and find it very difficult to speak about their business in front of a large crowd. If you too suffer from this, it’s time to shed the fear. Be relaxed, composed and think “these are people just like me”. That will really help in being able to talk about your business in the best way possible.