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April 12th, 2018

3 Tips for Establishing Your Online Presence

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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So what do you need to build your online presence? You want people to know about you, to know you are open for business online. People need to know you exist in order to connect with you. Setting up shop on the Internet entails the same process as creating an offline business. You have to come up with a name, find a suitable location, and advertise it. Following are three tips for establishing your online presence.

 

Address
Just as with an offline business, you first need to decide on a name. Your online address or domain begins with buying virtual real estate so you can brand yourself. You need to look for some online real estate to which you can attach your name. This means purchasing a domain name that is unique, easy to spell and sound out, and not already taken. You need a name that defines you.

 

Make your domain name relevant to your content, service or business. Keep it short and look for an exact match. Ideally, you want your own name. If it is not available, look for something as close as possible. You can use your name or place a hyphen between your first and last name or use your name along with some aspect of the business. Choose wisely or it could become costly or even impossible to change it later. Use the “com” extension as opposed to “org” or “net” for business names whenever possible.

 

There are many domain name providers you can use. Run an online check for a few and compare prices. When buying a domain name, purchase the name only and do NOT sign up for anything else they offer like web hosting special security or other available services.

 

Location
Now that you have your domain you need to choose a web hosting account. This is where your domain (website / business) will be housed. This will be where your shop or business is located online. Buy your own hosting package so that you have total control. Once you have your hosting you can then install a WordPress blog for free, as it will be part of your package. It is the most popular blogging software in the world, it has unlimited plugins and themes, and free templates and much more. This is your asset that is totally under your control, and it can be monetized. Do not use free blog hosts, as you will have absolutely no control if you later decide to change anything. Any work you do on it will be for nothing. I suggest a WordPress blog over which you have total control.

 

Advertising
If you have an offline business that you are bringing online, use blog posts to talk about how to perform what you do. It could be consulting, making jewelry, presenting seminars, speaking engagements, writing books, affiliate marketing, creating online courses, writing eBooks, etc.

 

You can monetize your blog by including an appropriate link, in your posts, to something you are selling. This can be your own products, affiliate links or other offers.

 

You can get visitors to your site (blog), through social media, visible content on search engines, reading and commenting on other blogs, linking to other blogs, and regularly blogging. Post a minimum of once a week, especially, when just beginning to blog.

 

There are many advertising resources available both free and paid. Know that you will not develop a huge following overnight. It takes time, patience and perseverance. In time, some of your site visitors will become buyers.

 

You want people to know that you exist, so create your online presence with a domain name appropriate for your business, get a hosting package, set up business on a WordPress blog, and advertise to let people know what you have to offer. Use these three tips for establishing your online presence.

 

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December 17th, 2017

31 Home-Based Business Ideas

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Working from home offers independence and freedom, and there also some great home-based business tax deductions.

 

If you want a situation where you can work from home, then you need to figure out what it is that you would love to be doing and keep at it until you reach that goal.

 

Great ideas and business degrees only go so far. Persistence and determination are the true sources of success for most businesses.

 

You can read 31 Legitimate & Profitable Home Based Business Ideas for a list of legitimate home-based business opportunities.

 

These are just ideas that may spark inspiration. It will take diligence and hard work to make something of it.

 
 

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November 26th, 2017

Business Success: 3 Tips

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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There are many online marketing strategies you can use for business success. There is search engine marketing, social media marketing, and e-mail marketing among others.

 

Online marketing involves methods used for promoting products and services on the Internet. It includes a wider range of marketing elements than traditional business marketing

 
 
 

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October 7th, 2017

A Few Tips About MLM

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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There is an ongoing debate as to whether businesses and programs, that promise you a chance to leave your day job, are legitimate business opportunities or scams/pyramid schemes. Multi-level marketing (MLM) companies offer you a chance to be your own boss, make lots of money and new friends in the process.

 

Here are some major indicators of pyramid schemes:

 

* Programs that focus mainly on recruitment of new people
 

* Plans that claim you will make money through continued growth of your “downline” rather than through your own sales of products
 

* Programs that ask distributors to purchase expensive inventory
 

* Plans that ask you to sign a contract or pay money to participate in a multi-level marketing program, or any business opportunity, without letting you take time to read all of the paperwork
 

* Products or services are just vehicles for recruiting, and may be gimmicks and/or overpriced. Even high quality products may serve as a cover for recruitment activities.

 

Compensation Plans

 

A MLM company will have one of several Marketing Payment Structures. It can be a Matrix Plan, a Binary Plan, a Breakaway Plan or other.

 

The distinct feature of a Matrix Plan is its limited width. Unlike other MLM compensation plans, a Matrix restricts the number of distributors you can sponsor on your first level, usually to less than five. The most commonly used Matrix MLM plans are 4 x 7, 5 x 7, 3 x 9 and 2×12.

 

A Binary Plan is a Two-Legged (Left leg, Right Leg) structure where each new distributor or member is placed in either of the left or right subtree. One subtree is called a Power Leg or Profit Leg and the second subtree is a Profit Leg or a weak leg.

 

Advantages of a binary MLM plan are:

 

Spillover, unlimited depth, fast expansion, it’s volume driven, and there can be multiple business centers.

 

The Breakaway Plan, also known as the Stairstep Plan, has different status stages or steps. Once you reach a certain level you are allowed to “Breakaway” from your sponsor and run your company individually.

 

Advantages of the Stairstep Breakaway MLM Plan are:

 

The earning potential on more levels, no limit on the number of people who can be recruited into your first generation line, and there is no limitation on the number of recruits that your downline distributors are allowed to recruit.

 

It’s important to do your due diligence and check out all programs you may be thinking of joining. Discuss it with a spouse, a knowledgeable and experienced friend, an accountant, or lawyer. You can also check out the company with the BBB. If you feel that you are being high-pressured or that you’re not being given enough time to study and evaluate the details, look elsewhere.

 

Once you have found a legitimate MLM company that you want to be a part of, be prepared to put in the work to make it profitable. If you want success, be disciplined and treat it like a business and be willing to follow advice from others who have made it. Although using multi-level marketing for supplemental income can be a good plan, understand that it will take time to make it your full-time income source.

 
 

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September 29th, 2017

Steps To Sure Fire Marketing Success

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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“Every business is simply a set of systems and marketing just happens to be the most important of these systems.”

 

As marketing is a business system, treating it as such helps to take away the mystery of its function in your business which permits you to create consistent, predictable results from the operation of your marketing system.

 

For details read 7 Steps To Sure Fire Marketing Success.

 
 

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September 22nd, 2017

Marketing: 3 Tips for Success

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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In today’s ever-changing marketplace, it is not enough to have a website. A successful home business requires online marketing strategies the same as an offline business. For your marketing success you must engage in effective marketing to get new customers. In order to achieve your business goals you must establish a budget and master online marketing skills. Here are…

 

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August 11th, 2017

Starting A Home Business While Financially Challenged

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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You cannot start a business without having some expense. If you start a blog, you will need money for a domain name, hosting, and themes. If you really want a business you have to be prepared to invest some money and to take some risks.

 

You can’t get to where you want to be hiding in the corner afraid. Yes, you MAY fall down, but it will only serve as a lesson and a stumbling block to get you to where you want to go. Can you do it yourself

 

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July 19th, 2017

Home Business Success

by Rahimah Sultan

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” That also applies to business. Don’t depend on one source for all of your income. You need several ways to make money:

 

Sell information products
Sell other people’s products
Create a membership site
Create an online freelance business

 

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April 5th, 2017

A Home Business in Retirement

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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So, your reaching retirement age or are already retired and thinking about starting a home business. There are several things you must consider before doing so, and you must set up a plan. Among the things to be considered are investment capital, spatial needs, and your health.

 

As an entrepreneur you’ll have total responsibility for your business. Running a home business can be a very satisfying endeavor. Many home business owners enjoy the flexibility, as well as the opportunity to grow their businesses as they see fit.

 

Here is some great general information on starting a home business that will succeed.

 

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March 16th, 2017

5 Tips for Business Success

by Rahimah Sultan
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Being successful in life requires a purpose and discipline to pursue that purpose. You must stay focused and avoid distractions. This also applies to business success.

 

You need to imagine yourself as a success. Daily visualize what your life will be like, what you’ll be doing, and how it feels. Decide what you like and are really good at and lay out a plan to get there. This will no doubt involve consulting with someone in your area of interest. Set clear goals and be realistic. Figure out what success looks like for you following these five tips for business success.

 

Focus on Your Main Objective

 

You might want to be a computer programmer or a software engineer. Research the requirements. It probably means attending school and getting certification. Or, you may want to be an Internet marketer. The same principal applies.

 

Write out a plan and begin taking steps toward that end. Don’t procrastinate. Break your goal into smaller goals and begin to work on those smaller goals. Set an overall timetable and times for finishing each smaller goal.

 

Avoid Distractions

 

Keep distractions at a minimum. It’s not possible to stay 100% focused 100% of the time. Just don’t let your goals take a backseat to them.

 

Find a Mentor

 

A mentor is someone who usually has a bit more experience than you, who knows the trade, offers advice, and helps you. A mentor will help you network, trouble shoot, and strategize.

 

Always keep learning. Gather as much information as you can. Take calculated risks.

 

Solve Problems

 

Successful people encourage progress by solving problems and answering questions. Can you make life easier for people in an effective way? Can you create a product or provide a service that fills a crucial gap?

 

Be Persistent

 

If your first attempt doesn’t work, pick yourself up and try again. Don’t make excuses. You will have failures. Failures don’t define you. They are learning experiences. Don’t repeat the same mistake. Don’t give up.

 

So, focus on your main objective, avoid distractions, find a mentor, solve problems, and be persistent.

 

Step out of your comfort zone. Don’t wait for opportunities to fall in your lap. Sniff them out. Successful people make big investments in their careers, in their businesses, in their education and, all investments involve risk. Use these five tips for business success to get started. Study your risks, make sure the odds are in your favor, and take a leap.

 

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