Monday, March 29, 2010

Online Business - Traffic

One of the easiest and best business models for the individual is an online business. Whether part-time or full-time it gives you a way to generate income to sustain your family. They're cheap to start compared to a brick-and-mortar business, they have unlimited potential and they are not based on a local economy. Plus. the little guy can compete with the big boys in business just by having a web presence.

Now what do you need to go online? A website or blog, a way to monetize it, and traffic. The first two are easy and there's lots of programs available, but traffic is the key, so below you'll find one of the best taffic experts on the web:

If you own a blog or website and want more traffic then Jeff Johnson just release a brand new Traffic Voodoo video for you… just wait until you hear what he has to say about his free "two for one coaching" bonus.

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Jeff's newest Traffic Voodoo content has been all over the "news" this past week… everybody has been raving about it.

But now Jeff has decided to just flat-out give you a 3 month membership in his best-selling Underground Training Lab Coaching Club as a free bonus when you join his Traffic Voodoo program today.

This is the very same coaching club thousands of people have paid to join… up to $5,000.00 (five thousand dollars)… and they are currently paying up to $997.00 a month for access to it.

Check this out… You get full access to the very same content and SEO software that they are paying for… 3 entire months of full access to the very same content thousands have paid for… for
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This new video explains everything

I almost forgot!

You get double the normal amount of time in his Traffic Voodoo program when you join today.

That means you get 16 full weeks of access the private Traffic Voodoo membership site instead of the normal 8 weeks… double the time for free… but only if you join Traffic Voodoo today.

He mentions both of your secret bonus offers in this new video

I say "secret" because Jeff hid them in the video and once those bonus offers are snatched up by you and the other fast movers today…. Jeff's going to completely edit that bonus section out of the video… and you won't be able to get your hands on them… once they are gone, they are gone forever.

If you have ever wished you had more traffic, then this video is for you

To your success,

I believe in Jeff Johnson and his ability to teach you how to get a ton of traffic to your website… he's been successfully teaching his proven traffic-getting systems to thousands of students over the last five years… And I've personally seen the amount of traffic this guy can produce… it's insane!


Friday, March 5, 2010

Strong Leaders

Strong Leaders

You become a strong leader in your business by “practicing” being a leader. It’s not a course you can take at a business college; it’s learned in the school of life as you’re doing business.

As a leader, you have to set standards and higher standards for your own behavior. You must do this because appearances are sometimes more important that facts.

Consider for a moment that as an entrepreneur with a small business you’re planning on approaching a bank for a loan. You know that you must present a well thought out and concise Business Plan, with all the projections for the use of the capital you’ll borrow and the repayment of the same. You learned that from all those seminars you attended when considering becoming an entrepreneur, but is there something that you weren’t taught in seminars? What about “presentation”?

I don’t mean the presentation of the Business Plan, we all know that must be well done and attractive. What I’m talking about is YOU! Do you maintain the appearance of leadership? Do you project a confident appearance of a successful entrepreneur? You may not have the faintest idea today how you’re going to pay for that advertising bill coming due on the 15th, but you’re not going to give that banker that information.

Presenting yourself as a confident entrepreneur, filled with the excitement of your business idea, and a strong leader of your team (whether it’s 1 or 10 employees) is what will make you a winner and add untold weight to your Business Plan. After all, you are your business to that banker so you’d better look good and confident.

To protect that faith that your people and your customers have in your organization, always ask yourself these two questions:

1. Could this be interpreted by anyone in a way that would shake their faith in my leadership?
2. Could this be misinterpreted and held against me or the company?

Strong leaders know that leadership is a lifelong learning experience, and when they make a mistake they simply continue to move forward. The ability to bounce back is a quality that every entrepreneur I’ve ever known has in abundance.

When you blunder, get up and try again quickly. As one high-tech executive I knew put it, “Our strategy is to fail forward fast.”

To your success,

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hang On To Top Employees

Hang On To Top Employees

The best way to keep your top employees is to know them better than they know themselves. Use this knowledge to create the career of their dreams, and they’ll stick to your company like glue. The new “biz-speak” for this is called Job Sculpting.

The concept of Job Sculpting as defined by career experts, Timothy Butler and James Waldroop, in the Harvard Business Review, is that good people will stay only in jobs that “fit their deeply embedded life interests---that is their long-held emotionally driven passions.”

To adopt this strategy, spend a lot of effort listening to your company stars. For each one of them, try to identify what life interests are dominant with them, and then offer them the assignments that satisfy this interest.

It may mean simply adding another assignment to the existing responsibilities, or it may mean switching one set of tasks to another employee. It may even require moving your “star” employee to a different position altogether.

To learn what kind of interests you’re looking and listening for, use these 8 identifiable areas:
1. Application of technology.
2. Quantitative analysis ability.
3. Theory development and conceptual thinking.
4. Creative production.
5. Counseling and mentoring.
6. Managing people and relationships.
7. Enterprise control.
8. Influence through language and ideas.

If you have a top employee who has been working in the area of customer service, but lately seems dissatisfied, after talking with him/her you might learn they would rather be dealing with the vendors.

Your star might be just the answer you’re looking for to find that latest innovative product that could be added to your stock (conceptual thinking), and employee B would rather interact with the customers. By a simple switch of responsibilities, you have two happy employees that feel they’re now contributing to your business and not just putting in time for a paycheck.

It’s always more cost effective for the business, and better for employee morale to keep your existing employees happy with their careers. It takes a toll on your business when you have to fill an empty employee spot with a newcomer who has to be trained in the way your company functions.

Time is money, and time used to train a brand new employee is the highest cost of doing business. However, the time spent by you to find out what will keep your top producers happy to be working for you – is the best investment you can make in your business.

To your success,

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Can You Sell Ideas to Others?

Can You Sell Ideas to Others?

No matter what type of business you’re in or what position you hold, you must be able to sell your ideas to others.

If you’re the owner, then you have to sell your ideas to your employees or your board of directors. If you’re an employee of a business then you must be able to sell your ideas to your boss, your company, or your clients. It seems that in this life, no matter whether it’s in business, relationships, or parenthood you had better be adept at selling your ideas to others.

It isn’t hard to master this procedure but it takes practice. The first and most important rule of thumb is to remember that one’s credibility and power to make the desired changes must be earned. Here are some specific points to remember:

  • Be absolutely positive that you understand every aspect related to your proposal. If there are obstacles within your organization to your idea, find a way around them before you make your suggestions. Then when they are raised, you can come up with a solution.
  • Know who or what sections of your business may be affected negatively by your idea. Then find a way to modify it so that the organization can get all or most of the benefits without any parties getting hurt.
  • Be aware of your own credibility. Often, it’s the presenter more than what is presented that is judged.
  • Limit the number of suggestions made. This will increase your credibility if you’ve prioritized your ideas before trying to sell them.
  • When you want to be taken seriously, you must use the rules for developing influence. The Four Rs; Role, Respect, Relationships, and Rhetoric.
Make sure your role is that of a clear advocate. Gain the respect you need through hard work and dedication to your responsibilities. Form alliances that are based on mutual respect and hard work. Finally, know exactly what you are proposing and all the implications of your idea.

The ability to sell your ideas to others is a valuable asset to your life and understanding how it’s done is easy. No matter whether you’re dealing with your peers, your business, your children, or your significant other – your ability to sell your idea will be used so hone this tool well.

To your success,

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Becoming An Entrepreneur

Becoming An Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurial leaders do not have a mindset that adapts to failure. Things go wrong, of course, but entrepreneurs don’t call them “failures” they call them “glitches, mistakes, bungles, setbacks” – but not failing.

When one such entrepreneur was asked about the hardest decision he ever had to make, he answered that he didn’t know what a hard decision was. An entrepreneur will approach decision-making with the idea that there’s a strong likelihood that he/she will be wrong. This doesn’t dissuade them – to the contrary they just do the best they can and worry about handling obstacles as they arise.

Another way of looking at it is to realize that you will make mistakes, so make them as quickly as you can in order to learn from them. A good leader doesn’t view making mistakes as negative or irrevocable, he/she feels free to press on and try something new. There is the belief that something useful has been learned, and hopefully not at a high cost.

Let’s face it; if you’re going to live this life you’re going to make mistakes. Make use of them as learning tools and don’t make the same ones twice.

Entrepreneurs also know the value of “intuition”. While you shouldn’t act on the results of tossing a coin, there is something to be said about your “gut” feeling about the situation. Very often business people become so involved with systems and checks-and-balances that they forget about that “gut” instinct they had when they started

While not strictly logical, intuition does draw on a combination of experience, knowledge, and analysis as well as a lot of “gut” information you may have forgotten that you have.

To your success,

Monday, March 1, 2010

Small Business Advertising

Small Business Advertising

The real secret to small business success has nothing to do with technology tools, the internet or anything like that. In fact, it isn’t even a real secret. It has been around since man started to communicate. It’s WORDS!

Words carry enormous power. They can make you laugh hysterically, or destroy a relationship or friendship. Words have more power in them than any other tool at your disposal.

Effective use of words, especially in business, means skyrocketing sales, satisfied clients, happy employees, and a profitable and secure future. Yet, less than 1% of small entrepreneur businesses use words with full power.

The power of words can be learned and used effectively by anyone, and when this power is harnessed there’s nothing on this earth that can stop you. This art of using words is what is called copy writing. It makes or breaks your sales and advertising material.

One of the ways an “amateur” copywriter who is writing for his own product or business can beat the experienced pro is by infusing the sales letter or ad with his own, honest, intense enthusiasm. When doing selling in print, enthusiasm is just as important as in face-to-face selling.

This is why you can’t just sit down and write an ad “on command”, like you can sit down and do bookkeeping. You have to work up some enthusiasm for the job and the proposition you’re putting across.

If I’m going to write an ad or some other sales material the first thing in the morning, as I often do, I try to set my subconscious mind working on that job before I go to bed the night before. Sometimes I wake up with the “big idea” that I need, other times I at least wake up with ideas and a readiness to write them and pick and choose.

Don’t force yourself to “grind out” direct-response copy when you really don’t feel like it because the result will be flat and mechanical. It may be technically correct with a headline, subheads, bullet points, an offer, etc., but it will lack spirit and enthusiasm.

The person who is genuinely enthusiastic about what he/she is selling definitely has an advantage. That’s why you should always download as much of the pitch from the product’s most enthusiastic salesperson as possible. Then transfer it to paper and shape and mold it to perfection.

So before you tackle that next ad for your business, make sure you’re as enthusiastic about it as you want your clients to be.

To your success,

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Choosing a Small Business Health Insurance Plan

Choosing a Small Business Health Insurance Plan

Are you a small business owner? If you are, are you interested in getting health insurance coverage for yourself and your small business employees? If you are, you will need to find a small business health insurance plan to buy. In the United States, it is also common to hear a small business health insurance plan referred to as a group insurance plan.

When it comes to buying small business health insurance for you and your employees, you may want to first focus on insurance companies. In the United States, there are a number of different health insurance companies that you could do business with. Many of these companies offer multiple health insurance coverage plans, like plans that include just medical coverage or plans that include medical coverage, prescription coverage, as well as dental coverage.

Many health insurance companies have health insurance plans that are designed for small business owners, just like you. As previously mentioned, these plans are often referred to as group plans or small business health insurance plans.

If you don’t already know of a number of health insurance companies, you can easily find and familiarize yourself with a number of health insurance companies by performing a standard internet search. Your standard internet search will likely direct you to the online websites of numerous health insurance companies.

You will want to take the time to thoroughly read through and examine each company’s website. By examining the online website of a health insurance company, you should be able to determine, often right away, whether or not they offer group insurance or small business health insurance. If they do, you may want to ask for more information.

What you do not want to do, when looking to buy small business health insurance for you and your employees, is buy the first group or small business health insurance plan that you come across. Different health insurance companies offer different insurance plans and at different prices. To prevent yourself from wasting your money and the money of your employees, you will want to make sure that you carefully choose which group or small business health insurance plan you purchase.

You will want to purchase one that is affordable, but you also want to make sure that it is a plan that you and your employees can benefit from. In fact, if you have less than thirty or so employees, you may want to think about allowing your employees to have some say in the type of insurance purchased, especially since they will likely end up helping you pay for it.

Once you have decided to purchase a small business health insurance plan for you and your employees, you will be given additional information, like when your insurance premium payments are due. There are some health insurance companies who require that their payments be made in advance, like at the beginning of each year, while others do not mind receiving monthly payments.

Whichever approach you take, it is important that your payments are made on time. Your small business employees and their families may rely on their health insurance and you don’t want to end up letting them down.

As you can see, from being outlined above, finding and buying health insurance for you and your small business employees is actually a relatively easy process. In most cases, you can find, research, and buy health insurance online, without ever have to speak to a company representative. However, if you do have any questions or concerns, it may be worth your while to contact a health insurance company representative for more information.

To your success,