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How to Run a Web-based Business

How to Run a Web-based Business

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With the state of the economy, more and more online businesses are showing up. They have the distinct advantage of having a low overhead which is appealing to most people. But, do you have what it takes to run such a business?

 

One thing that you need to know if you are thinking about a website or web-based business is that it is still a business. While there are advantages for the entrepreneur with little start-up capital, you won’t stay in business long if the enterprise is treated like a hobby.

 

Online businesses are a great alternative to a brick and mortar establishment. You might just find that your website business grows big enough to one day be housed in an actual building. The possibilities are endless.

 

To run a website business takes a certain kind of person. You are working it alone in most cases and there are a few things to consider.

 

1. Be motivated.

Unlike in an office, there is no one to look over your shoulder and tell you to get on your computer and get to work. That is up to you. Be aware that the monster of procrastination lurks behind every corner waiting to get you occupied with everything but work.

 

2. Have a plan.

A plan is necessary to map out a path to get started. You may not end up on that same path three years down the road but you will go nowhere fast without one. Decide what type of business you want to start and where you want it to go in the future.

 

3. Be computer savvy.

For some, the computer seems like a foreign object. Surfing the net is nothing like running a website business. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of a website that you will be responsible for. You can learn as you go, but it is more cost-effective to have some computer knowledge before you start.

 

4. Have a niche.

Website businesses pop up every day. What will make your business different? Research the Internet and see what type of business is thriving. Starting out in a saturated niche can spell your doom.

 

5. Be familiar with Internet marketing.

In order for people to find you, they need to know that you exist. Internet marketing techniques are used to build a customer base and bring in sales.

 

There are also other alternatives to beginning your own business from scratch. If you have the money and the skills, you can buy out another entrepreneur looking to sell their website or web-based business. It is similar to buying a brick and mortar company. You assume the daily operations and manage the workers (if any) who will probably be freelancers.

 

A website business is an excellent idea. If you have a business plan but little starting money, you can use a website business to realize your dreams of working for yourself.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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The Importance of a Vision Statement for Entrepreneurs

The Importance of a Vision Statement for Entrepreneurs

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If you go into any large, successful company and look at their employee materials, somewhere you’ll probably find a vision statement, or some similar form of guidance or goals for the company. That’s because a vision statement is one of the most important things a company can have.

 

When you think about a long race or long project, which part do you think is the hardest? Which part do you think is the easiest part to just give up? Logically, you would think it was the end, but if you think harder, the end is actually pretty easy. That’s because, even though you’re drained you can still see your goal in sight, which pushes you to keep going.

 

The purpose of a vision statement is to keep yourself going when you’re tired, but not even close to achieving your goals. A vision statement reminds you that there is a point, there is an end in sight, and if you keep pushing you’ll get there. Vision is what keeps us from giving up on our dreams.

 

So how do you make your businesses vision statement? Basically you just have to sit down and figure out what you want. Sounds pretty simple, but if you’re ever actually tried to accomplish this, you know it’s a bit more difficult than it sounds.

 

To write your statement, think about what you want – from your life, from your business, and for your family. If it helps, you might want to write separate statements for your personal life and your business.

 

While having a vision statement is great, the simple act of writing one is a benefit in itself. It causes you to sit down and think about what you REALLY want out of your business, and out of your life. This is something many of us have never actually done.

 

While it is beneficial to have an all-encompassing vision statement, it also helps for it to be fairly short and concise. This may take a while to do, but is worth it in the long run.

 

Once you have your vision statement, be sure to keep it in mind. It doesn’t work to push or motivate yourself if you forget about it completely. Make sure to put your vision statement in some form, whether it be the whole statement or just key words and pictures, where you’ll see it on a regular basis. This way it will keep you motivated and pushing for your dreams.

 

If you have a business with employees or where customers and business partners come to your office, it could be beneficial to post your vision statement somewhere that everyone can see it. This will help motivate your employees and let your customers know what it is you’re about and what you’re committed to.

 

It may take some time and some thought, but a well thought out vision statement can be a fantastic tool for your business.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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