Building your Website

EcommerceWhen building your own website there are a few things to consider. If you know nothing about web design, you will need to pay someone to design it exactly the way you want. Make sure you use a reputable source so you are not wasting your money. Be very picky about choosing your domain name. Make sure it is short, sweet and memorable. One popular site you can visit to check what domains are available is http://www.whois.sc This is also a good site to see who owns a particular domain you are interested. If the owner is not using the domain, you can offer to purchase it from them.

Probably one of the most important factors in an internet company is choosing a very good web host. If your web site goes down, you are completely out of business. When searching for a web host company make sure they have secure server capabilities, fast servers, lots of space, unrestricted CGI access, SSH and FTP access, web-based administration, access to raw server logs, full email services, power and daily server backups, and no minimum contracts. You may want to test their technical support and see if they offer services, scripts, and software. Inquire about their downtime and how long they have been in business. Make sure you are not being charged for the extra services.

When a customer visits your website, you want them to see professionalism, knowledge and fast connections. If your visitors notice advertisements from your free or low cost web host server they will perceive your site to be unprofessional and very small time. Slow connection speeds will definitely lose customers and cost you much money. So, choose your web host server carefully and you will be well on your way to creating a website that will attract all types of visitors.

10 Keys That Every Home Based Business Owner Should Implement For Success

1) Attitude–

One very important factor in running a business is your attitude towards it. You should treat your business like a business.

This is very important whether you work your business full-time, or part-time. A very close friend of mine, who is also a colleague, is a mother of 4 who works her home business around her family. In this case, she has put her family first, and at the same time, still been able to develop her business. She works part-time, but she has a full-time attitude. To put it another way, if you have a lacking attitude, you’ll have a lacking income. However, if you have a business attitude, you’ll have a business income.

Keeping your attitude in mind while running your business is one of the first steps to ensuring your success.

Being successful working part-time on your business, or working full-time, is more than achievable. However in saying that, it is highly unlikely that working in your “spare time” will achieve you success.

2) The Environment In Which You Work–

Keeping with the attitude principles discussed above, it is necessary to remember that while you are working from home, you should make sure that you have a space to call your own; your own “business at home” office, free from distractions.

Keep the theme going with a comfortable office chair, and a well laid-out and organized desk. Stationery supplies will also be of assistance, so be sure to include the following in your “home office”:

– Pens
– Highlighter
– Hole Punch
– Stapler
– Sticky Tape
– Note Book(s)
– A system which will enable you to easily and efficiently store your physical files and documents.
– Ring Binders
– Manila Folders

Do you have a fast internet connection? If not, consider the use of a broadband internet connection. Anything you do will take a certain amount of time, and your time is a very valuable asset. Faster internet means you will have more time for other things.

3) Schedule–

Dividing up your spare time between your business, your family, or your “significant others” will require a carefully planned schedule. Just like office hours in which you would work, when you allocate time for work, make sure that you work during this time. Equally important is to make sure you have time for other commitments – time with your family, exercising, education, and leisure time are all equally important factors in your life. Its also a good idea to keep in mind why you are doing what you are doing. For example, if you are starting your home business to spend more time with your family, you don’t want your work time consuming valuable family time.

With a home business, the only “boss” you have is yourself and your schedule. Lets say for instance that you are working during your allocated work time, and you have unexpected visitors, or people calling you. You have to make a choice; are you really committed to running your own business? Are you committed to business success? Your choices in these types of situations will govern whether or not you have a “business attitude”, or a “hobby attitude”.

However, you may need to adjust the way you make your choices. This is especially true in a family environment. In this instance, it may be necessary to discuss with your partner and/or children an agreed period of time which is classed as business time, in which you will not be interrupted. It may also help to print or write down this schedule and place it somewhere prominent so as to inform all family members of your work schedule.

4) Describing Your Business–

Make sure that when asked about your business, you are able to describe it concisely; a strong and powerful one or two sentence about your business that someone can repeat easily about describing your business to others. A company slogan or “tag line” can also be invaluable for promoting your business; take the time to create a unique and memorable tag line or slogan.

5) Knowledge Of Your Services Or Products–

You now have your product and your service in which you sell, whether or not you actually use your product or service you sell, it is a wise decision to make sure that your knowledge of your product or service is intimate and well-founded. For instance, if you sell eBooks, then ensure you know the content and the value in which it holds; if you sell software, ensure that you know how it works, “inside and out”. In doing so, your reputation will develop as someone who provides quality information about a product or service, and because of this knowledge, you yourself can become a preferred supplier.

However, it may not always be practical to use certain products (as an example, a man may choose to sell wedding dresses), in which case the seller wouldn’t be a product or service user, though in saying that, the seller can still have extensive knowledge of the product or services benefits and features.

6) Administration–

It is essential to implement good record keeping practices.

This can include tasks such as consulting a tax advisor who can advise you on the best and most optimal way to set up and store your financial records, as well as which records need to be kept. In addition, your advisor could also recommend record keeping systems which can help you in achieving a more efficient and simpler means of organizing this aspect of your business.

You may also be told advice on the most effective arrangements and set ups for your banking necessities. In doing so, you will most likely be advised to seek out separate bank accounts for your business.

If you use various logins, passwords, and usernames, it would be a wise decision to keep track and store this various information.

The tools and methods in which you track these are varied; from a simple paper notebook to free and commercial software.

7) Protection For Your Computer–

Your computer houses all your important business data, and is also the lifeline of your business dealings. In saying this, it is vital that you protect your computer.

Pieces of software such as virus scanners, personal firewalls, anti-spyware and adware, and even an email scanner, should all be implemented to help with the protection of your computer.

8) Obtaining A Domain Name–

For any home-based, online business, it is more than just essential to have a domain name for your business, it is vital. There are many domain registrar companies out there. Take your pick.

9) Processing Of Your Payments–

Any online business will need to the ability to accept payments. Payment processors such as PayPal, 2Checkout, and Clickbank, all offer multiple ways to accept payment, including the ability to accept credit card payments online.

As an online business just starting out, this is the most effective, efficient, and economical way to get started in accepting online payments. As your business starts to grow and develop, it may be necessary to look into obtaining your own merchant account for transactions.

Also, it may be worth while taking into account other forms of currency online, such as eGold.

10) Email Accounts–

The more professional and trusted your online home business appears, the more likely your customers are going to do business with you. One of the most easiest and simplest ways to do this, is to use an associated email account. After obtaining your own domain, it is possible to create your very own associated email account.

Final Comments–

In finishing, I’d like to leave you with the following comments regarding the running and owning of your internet business. Conduct your business ethically, ensure that your customers receive the best service, and be proud to put your name to the products and/or services that you sell, and you will soon seen the fruits of your efforts. Taking into account this last statement, and the above 10 key points, you’ll find yourself on track to developing a trusted, professional, and sustainable long term internet business.

Benefits of Virtual Bookkeeping Assistance

A virtual bookkeeper assistant is an individual or business who provides bookkeeping services to other professionals.  They’re considered virtual because they perform their services from a remote location.  Communications with their clients take place through telephone, fax, email, and snail mail.  As a business owner, you can save time, money, and energy by hiring a virtual assistant.  Best of all, you’ll have more time to do what you do best – running a business!

1.    You do not need to provide a physical workspace.  A virtual bookkeeper assistant works from their own home or office.  This is especially convenient if you are running a business from home or if you have limited space at your own office.

2.    You do not need to provide costly equipment.  Virtual bookkeeper assistants use their own equipment to provide services to you.  This can result is tremendous savings especially if the virtual assistant has access to equipment that you don’t already own.  Also, you don’t have the worries of dealing with the maintenance and upkeep of office equipment.

3.    You save valuable time not performing tasks you don’t have time for or are not able to do.  As a business owner, the highest and best use of your time is to work in your business.  Delegating important and necessary administrative tasks like web design and maintenance, bookkeeping, writing, shopping cart setup, and other tasks will allow you to spend time developing your business and building relationships with your customers or clients.

4.    You do not have to deal with bookkeeping.  You can hire a virtual bookkeeper assistant as an independent contractor which frees you from spending time dealing with tax filings and compliance issues.  You also have the added benefit of hiring them just for the task at hand, paying them at an hourly rate or by the project.  This is much more cost efficient than having a full time employee who you might not be able to fully utilize.

5.    You can accelerate growth by finally having the time to focus on the most important issues of your business.  The administrative tasks related to running a business are overwhelming, even for a one-person business!  The best way to grow your business fast is to concentrate your energies working on your business and leaving everything else to your virtual bookkeeper assistant.
6.    You have the freedom to work on growing and improving your business/life skills, knowledge, and relationships.  We have a vision for our business.  We are constrained by time which limits how quickly we can move towards achieving the goals which underlie that vision.  With the help of a virtual bookkeeper assistant, we’ll have more time to do the things that matter most to us, the things that will bring richness and enjoyment to our life.

7.    You are able to make better decisions by having a partner to “bounce” ideas off.  Having a bookkeeper assistant is a great benefit especially if you are a solopreneur.  Their strengths, background, and expertise can provide fresh eyes through which to view your business problems and projects.  There’s a lot of truth to the saying, “Two heads are better than one.”

8.    You have peace of mind knowing that the details are being handled.  Most business owners find themselves swimming in details.  There are so many things to handle, from paying the rent, to returning calls, from updating the customer data base, to sending out products.  There are literally dozens and dozens of details to remember and juggle which leads to mental and physical exhaustion.  By turning over these tasks to your assistant, you’ll get more done faster and with a lot less stress.
9.    You are finally able to run your business instead of it running you.  At some point during the progression of our business, we start feeling like our business is running us instead of the other way around.  Feelings of overwhelm from the countless tasks we must complete can make it difficult to do anything at all.  Partnering with a virtual assistant can help us avoid getting stuck.  Instead, we can then stay focused on our goals and in control of our business.
10.    You have flexibility to assume new, challenging opportunities.  With the administrative details handled by your virtual assistant, you’ll automatically be more open to taking on new projects that can benefit you and your business.  Your talents and creativity can really shine when you aren’t bogged down in details, overworked, or distracted by things that aren’t directly related to serving your clients.

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