Home Business Tip of the Day: What It Means To Be A Leader.

Tip of The Day:
What It Means To Be A Leader.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

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> Internet Marketing,Training — Wes @ 12:55 pm

November 12, 2011

Home Business Tip of the Day: The Best Way to Buy Low and Sell High

The Best Way to Buy Low and Sell High
By Jason Holland

Valerie Johnson, a college dropout with few prospects, was at a party when a child walked out in some “footie” pajamas. Another guest joked that they wished those pajamas came in adult sizes. And that gave Valerie an idea for a business.

But she didn’t want to hand sew all the orders that came in. So she looked online for possible suppliers online and found a website – an online clearinghouse really – that links manufacturers in China and other countries with entrepreneurs all over the world. There, she found someone to make the pajamas.

And a couple of emails later, she was selling her pajamas online at bigfeetpjs.com. Her first year, she made $360,000. That doubled the next year and the next … and today, after four years in business, she’s making nearly $2 million annually.

Not bad for a little business that Valerie ran from the home office in her basement.

“I think it’s awesome that someone can easily find international manufacturers from the basement of her home,” said Valerie. “I will always give credit to the website I found for enabling me to start my business quickly, easily, and on my terms.”

You can follow in Valerie’s footsteps with your own Carefree Business. The economics are simple: buy low (very low) from manufacturers in China and other sources of manufactured goods, sell at below-market prices, and keep the difference.

Yes, you’ve heard of this business model before. But I can bet you didn’t know how easy it was for small-scale, first-time entrepreneurs to make money with it.

Being Online Is Key

The key is to find your suppliers using the same online resource that Valerie and thousands of other entrepreneurs are using. It’s a trusted source for high-quality products – manufactured in many cases by the same people who make products for big-name retailers. And this website is set up to make it easier than ever for manufacturers and sellers (that’s you) to do business.

Part two is to sell your products online. You never even have to touch the products themselves – if you don’t want to. They’re shipped directly to your customers from the factory. That means no shipping or storing a warehouse full of stuff.

And you don’t have to have your own idea for a product like Valerie did. There are thousands of factories already making thousands of “hot” products already. And you can sell just about anything: parkas, dog collars, MP3 players, nutritional supplements, board games … Think about everything you own that’s “Made in China” … that’s what’s possible.

Whatever niche your Carefree Business is in … you’re covered.

The website that Valerie used to kick off her business? It’s the leading online clearinghouse for importers (especially for new entrepreneurs like you) and suppliers: Alibaba.com.

Alibaba.com is where you find your suppliers. The site has 25 million members in 200 countries who trade $6 billion worth of goods every year. It’s kind of like eBay. But instead of dealing with one sale at a time, you can import products for pennies on the dollar and sell them at a huge markup online.

When you combine Alibaba.com with an easy system for running your own import/export business, you’ll have the makings of a very profitable business.

The Time Is Now to Get In On This Business

“Today, entrepreneurs can start an import/export business from the comfort of their home with a computer with Internet access and a phone line,” says Marc Charles, an entrepreneur who’s been involved in this niche. “The import/export market is a multi-trillion dollar market – and it’s growing by leaps and bounds every day, even in a horrible economy. On top of that, there has never been a better time to get into this business. The Internet has made it easier than ever.”

One couple, Kevin and Lisa Hickey, followed this business model and built a $25 million business in just eight years. They started by selling American flags from their basement “office.” Sales really took off after Sept. 11. And when the bird flu epidemic hit, they were ready with surgical masks. Today, they sell 10,000 products on several sites. (You can check out one of them at onlinestores.com.)

Caroline Lau noticed that several of her friends were avid scrapbookers. She did a little research and found that a full-fledged scrapbooking trend was sweeping the country. But nobody was selling high-quality supplies for a good price. So Caroline tapped into the same website that put Kevin and Lisa Hickey and Valerie Johnson in business. Her first year, she brought in more than $100,000 … and her profits are now over $1 million annually.

Yes, it’s possible for small-time, new entrepreneurs to succeed. You can get started with about $500 – much less in many cases. And, as you can see from the entrepreneurs profiled above, you don’t need any experience in business or import/export. You just need to identify a need or hot trend in the marketplace and start a business to take advantage.

In this business model, Carefree Entrepreneurs can find partners, suppliers, and manufacturers all over the world with Alibaba.com. (All verified to be on the level – or they wouldn’t be allowed on the site.)

You make contact and then set up deals. For most products, no licenses, permits, or government paperwork is involved. The agreements you draw up with your suppliers is all you need. And language is not a barrier. Everybody speaks English.

Not only that, you can also do everything online – from researching “hot” products using many of the same tools you’ve used so far to pick the niche for your online business to getting those products for pennies on the dollar and selling those products at enormous markups on your own websites or sites like eBay and Amazon Marketplace.

The import/export business is a potentially very lucrative second stream of income for anyone who’s looking for extra money now. It’s also perfect for those who want to sock away some cash for a comfortable retirement.

Editor’s Note:

There’s No Reason Why You Shouldn’t Be the Next Success Story …

It’s no secret China exports billions and billions of dollars’ worth of in-demand products to the USA (and other countries) every year.

Who’s doing all the importing? Well … you might think only “big corporations” are in on it.

But one of the most experienced business experts we work with (he’s launched more than 40 successful businesses over the past 28 years) has discovered a way for ANYONE … regardless of experience, education, or amount of start-up capital … to profit from Chinese imports.

He wants to show you how to get into the same type of easy-to-operate business. All you have to do is follow a simple and easy plan that walks you – step by step – through this online business that takes full advantage of our global economy and the Internet.

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October 22, 2011

Home Business Tip of the Day: What Every Successful Man or Woman Knows…

Tip of The Day:
What Every Successful Man or Woman Knows…

 

“Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” — W. Clement Stone

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> Internet Marketing,Training — Wes @ 1:08 pm

October 18, 2011

Home Business Tip of the Day: Get Ready…

Get Ready
By Jason Holland

Several weeks ago, I told you about a nearly risk-free way to start your Carefree Business.

It’s a strategy that will allow you to nail down the niche for your Carefree Business, test your business ideas, figure out what type of products you should sell, and refine your advertising and marketing strategy… without spending much money (a few hundred bucks at most). And you’ll experience success – and your first profits – much faster.

This start-up strategy is called Ready, Fire, Aim. And I’d like to tackle the next step today.

First, I have to mention that today is the very last chance to join the Internet Money Club online business building program. The next session is starting next week. And although the official deadline to sign up was yesterday, I’ve arranged for Carefree Entrepreneurs to have one last chance to get in.

With IMC, you’ll start from scratch … and at the end, have a fully functioning online business. With a mentor showing you the way, you’ll go step by step through determining your niche, honing your marketing, building your website, and everything else you need to have your own profitable "mom and pop" Internet business.

Several past members have gone on to create five- and six-figure Carefree Businesses working just part time. Read their stories – and find out all the details on the Internet Money Club program – here.

Back to Ready, Fire, Aim.

In a nutshell, RFA is all about taking action, speed, keeping things simple – especially at first, and not spending time or money on unprofitable ideas.

You don’t go through what are considered the conventional first steps to a business: logo, fancy website, office equipment, or product stock. Because you are starting an information business online, you don’t need any of that anyway. All you really need are your home computer and your ideas.

You test those ideas in the market first by trying to sell them. You let your customers determine what your business looks like. You start with the prospect, not the product.

As Michael Masterson says in his book Ready, Fire, Aim:

"Wise business owners know they cannot determine the goodness of an idea until they try to sell it. So they will try to sell it as soon as they can – before they have spent a lot of time and money making it perfect."

In my first essay on RFA, we covered the initial steps in the first phase: Ready. When getting Ready, you narrow down your business’s niche, determine the target market, figure out what products you’re going to sell, and put together the initial marketing plan.

This is all done quickly and easily with the online tools I’ll be telling you about. And we’ll be taking things one step at a time here in the Carefree Entrepreneur.

Last time, I asked you to come up with an idea for your Carefree Business. I heard from several readers.

Thomas wants to sell information on disaster preparedness. Sally is a wedding planner in Italy looking to take her business online. And Charles wants to help people on a budget with interior decorating.

If you haven’t picked your niche yet, take a moment to do so now.

Brainstorm all your passions, hobbies, or interests. Then pick one that your gut tells you will sell.

Now we’ll back up that gut feeling with some proof that this is a viable business idea.

The Carefree Entrepreneur’s Path to a Profitable Business

So you have an idea for your ideal business. Let’s use something having to do with yoga as an example. Insert your own business idea to follow along.

You love yoga and so do all your friends. It seems to be everywhere.

To confirm your feeling, do this:

  1. Look for real-world evidence. How many yoga studios are in your area? Is yoga offered at your local gym? Have you seen yoga DVDs and other products for sale in local shops? At your local bookstore, do you see yoga books and magazines for sale? Do you see ads related to yoga in magazines you read?

    Here in South Florida, I found 30+ yoga studios in a 20-mile radius of my home, with 10 within a 15-minute drive – and that was just a cursory search. And yoga gear is for sale everywhere from Whole Foods to small businesses downtown.

    If you found the same results with your topic, then…

  2. Go online. Do keyword searches related to your topic. In our example, you could Google "yoga", "yoga tips", "hatha yoga", "beginner’s yoga", etc. You are looking for sites selling products and information related to yoga. There should also be plenty of paid ads at the top and right of the search results. The more you find, the better. That means there is a big customer base and businesses are making money. You should also check eBay and the Amazon Marketplace for sellers in this niche.

    My keyword searches yielded thousands of sites selling videos (yogawithles.com/videos/), subscriptions to member sites (yogatoday.com), and physical products (gaiam.com). And there were many sellers on eBay and the Amazon Marketplace (a great place to check out trends). Plus, there were paid ads up through the 15th page of search results. If there are that many businesses paying for ad placements – that’s also a good sign.

    Now let’s make sure that all those sites in the search results are the real deal.

  3. You want a topic that generates traffic (which leads to sales). Here’s an insider tip to find out just how successful all those sites you found are. Use free tools like Alexa.com and Compete.com. Just type in the web address and you’ll get a graph of web traffic. You should also use Google’s free Keyword Tool (https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal) to check out searches related to your niche.

    Again… The more the better. A few thousand searches a month is not so good. Tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of searches is where you want to be. I wouldn’t recommend going into any niche without at least 30,000 searches per month.

    "Bikram yoga," for example, yielded 823,000 monthly searches on Google. "Yoga video" has 210,000 searches. "Yoga online" brought 110,000. Those are good numbers.

In the yoga example, going through the steps above yielded a huge offline and online presence. Thousands of businesses large and small are selling yoga products, from mats and clothing to instructional videos, ebooks, and yoga retreat travel packages. And the website traffic and keyword searches were off the charts.

It’s a certified worldwide trend and you should jump on it. If your niche didn’t have much of a presence, repeat with some of your other passions or hobbies until you find a winner.

You might wonder, how will you stand out from the crowd? Is there room for your business in this crowded market?

The competition is a good thing.

It seems counterintuitive. But you want to be surrounded by similar businesses. Other successful businesses mean there are customers out there. Customers that can be yours.

That doesn’t mean your business won’t be unique.

In the next essay in this series, we’ll discuss how to narrow down your niche to meet the needs of certain segments of the market. By being specific and coming up with your own unique twist on what’s "hot," you’ll position yourself as an authority and become the go-to online resource.

In our example, yoga is too broad. And you can’t compete with the big name companies and gurus in the field. But "yoga for preschoolers" or "yoga for busy professionals" might do the trick. The keyword tool you used above will be very useful here.

Next time, we’ll use several of the same online tools to help you pick your specific niche.

Before then, make sure to go through the steps above. It must be done before you can narrow down your niche, not to mention find or create a product to sell, create your initial marketing, and perform other start-up steps.

If you have any questions on market research, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at askjason@awaionline.com.

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> Internet Marketing,Training — Wes @ 9:13 am

October 17, 2011

Home Business Tip of the Day: Engagement Marketing

 Imagine that you’re greatest goal in life is to get married. Here’s a guaranteed prescription for failure:

 1. Walk into a bar or nightclub where a lot of single people hang out

 2. Spot an attractive person already engaged in a conversation with someone else

 3. Barge in on that conversation, crashing into their table and knocking the bowl of pretzels on the table, their clothes and the floor

 4. As your opening line, blurt out in a loud obnoxious voice, “Will you marry me?”

 5. When they look at you like you’ve just escaped from an asylum, raise your voice even louder and repeat, “Marry me – NOW”

 Sounds downright stupid, doesn’t it? And it’s guaranteed NOT to get the results you want.

 But here’s the important question: is this much different than the way most companies market their products or services?

 Most marketing interrupts your day with some over-the-top subject line… then proceeds to make some highly questionable promises… and closes by urging you to buy right now… then it urges you again to buy before it’s too late.

 Not only is this the way NOT to market, but it’s a guaranteed formula for what I call “marketing suicide”. By using this approach, as so many businesses do, you’re locking in your own failure.

 Fortunately, there’s a much more sane and effective way to market.

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 Introducing “Engagement Marketing”

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 If you get to the core of what’s wrong with the typical marketing process I showed you above, what it all boils down to is you’re marketing to your prospects in a way that you hate being marketed to yourself.

 So the solution has two simple parts:

 1. STOP marketing this way immediately

 2. Start inviting, engaging and solving

 Let’s take a look at how this is done.

 INVITE – Instead of beating your prospects over the head with a sales pitch right from the beginning, invite them to begin to get to know you. Give them some valuable content they can use to get a result they’ll remember – and do this without any sales pitch whatsoever.

 ENGAGE – Keep building the relationship by giving them more content, completely free of any sales messages. Studies show that it takes a minimum of 7 contacts like this to establish a solid bond of trust with your prospects.

SOLVE – Instead of just showing prospects your product and it’s features and benefits, demonstrate exactly how it solves a difficult problem they have or helps them achieve an important goal.

Sound different than 99% of the marketing you see – possibly even yours?

You bet it does. And I’m sure you can see that by shifting to this style of marketing, which I call Engagement Marketing, you stand to make a lot more sales than you’re currently making with traditional marketing methods.

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How to substantially increase your sales with Engagement Marketing

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In a few weeks, I’ll be presenting a comprehensive new program that covers all the steps of my Engagment Marketing process:

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 There’s a lot more, but I think you get the idea. If you want to be first in line to get all the details on Engagement Marketing once they’re ready, you can put your name on the Early Notice list by clicking here:

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I’ll be in touch soon.

Regards,

Bob Serling, Founder

Profit Alchemy, Inc.

2039 Bruceala Court, Cardiff, CA 92007, USA

> Internet Marketing,Training — Wes @ 11:21 am

October 3, 2011

Home Business Tip of the Day: The Dreamers of The Day Are Dangerous Men…

Tip of The Day:
The Dreamers of The Day Are Dangerous Men…

 

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” — T. E. Lawrence

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September 29, 2011

Home Business Tip of the Day: The “Million Dollar” Secret

Tip of The Day:
The “Million Dollar” Secret

It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges. Your book is going to impress, but in the end it is people… — Mike Davidson

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September 26, 2011

Home Business Tip of The Day: Pavarotti’s “Recipe” For Success…

Tip of The Day:
Pavarotti’s “Recipe” For Success

“In opera, as with any performing art, to be in great demand and to command high fees you must be good of course, but you must also be famous. The two are different things.”
— Luciano Pavarotti

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September 23, 2011