Networking For The 21st Century Home Based Business

The home based business has exploded in recent years because more and more people are getting out of the mind set of staying with the same company for thirty years and retiring. The new generation of business minded people don’t want to waste their talents to make someone else the big profits-but instead want to line their own pockets from talents they have obtained. This is an exciting period in the business cycle when individuals break down the barriers to achieve their own success. With that said how exactly would a new business obtain a network it needs to survive in today’s marketplace?

With most new small businesses being home based start-ups.It’s important that these businesses build a solid network of contacts that can help sell the business for you. Networking can provide invaluable business opportunities for sales that otherwise would cost the business thousands of dollars in advertising dollars to obtain. Some of the ways to start building a solid network utilizes two very important but equal strategies. If you follow these two strategies your almost assured that a solid network of business contacts can be achieved.

The first approach is what I call the “Street” plan of attack. This strategy consists of the old way of doing networking. After all you don’t want to stop doing something that has proven to work time and time again. What a small business owner must realize right off the bat- they must get out there and meet people if the business has any prayer of getting off the ground. If you are a shy or timid person it’s time to get over that fear or your new business will never get off the ground. The market place is really for those that are strong and determined-all being timid will do for your business make you broke.

With that said the very first thing you should do as a new business owner is to join your professions networking group. If your in real estate- then it would be advisable to join some investment groups or attend your Realtor associations events. After all Realtors pay big money to be apart of the national and local associations so why not utilize it to your advantage. The next step in networking on the ground would be for you to get involved in your community. Nothing brings more interest in your business then socializing with people within your community. Join the local chamber of commerce and attend the event meetings they have once a month. Join the different boards within the commerce to let people know who you are, volunteer for events that your commerce organization is having. Another good place to pick up contacts is by joining social organizations like the Elks or Moose- Lyons club or Rotary. These social organizations are usually national and can go a long way in building contacts outside your local area. Again just don’t join to say you joined- get out there and be active within the organizations.

The second approach to use is through the internets-many great social networking sites exist right now that can give you great results if used correctly. Myspace and Facebook can bring your business a treasure trove of business- even presidential candidates are utilizing these sites to bring in contributions and votes. Although the new internet can be a blessing to your business efforts. A business owner must recognize how to be effective in using them. Most people in business think that you sign up for an account and just start requesting as many friends as possible. This is the deadly sin as I call it for anyone truly wanting to build a network for their business. Again let’s take real estate for an example. Your a Realtor and want to build a good network of people that can help you grow your business.

As a real estate professional you want to build a network by getting other people who know your business and can give you referrals. Thus in starting your network you want to do a search for all those profiles that are Realtors and making a friend request. After you complete that you want to move onto mortgage lenders and maybe business brokers- anyone that can help you build your business base. Once you build your base then you start requesting people in your geographic area that might be interested in your services. But remember you want to build relationships and not just spam people with your services. If thats your goals then you will fail period. People like doing business with someone they think they know- if you communicate through emails or comments then you start to build that relationship. Remember if done right this tool can take you a long way in bringing you business that can be repeat as well as building a solid business relationship for future deals.

Out of the Gates and Running – Online

WOW! That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I reflect on what has happened to me and what I’ve experienced in this past month.

On February 8 I joined my first Internet Marketing business without a clue as to what I was getting myself into. To say I was overwhelmed out of the gates, in fact through the first 2 weeks would be an understatement. I have entered into the abyss, the great unknown in relation to my understanding of running a business online not to mention selling products as well.

I checked out at least 20 businesses, many claiming the same things; you’ve heard them before. “Join us, we’ll make you a Millionaire in your first 6 months!” or “plug into our system and your computer will literally start spitting out 100 dollar bills”. Well I’ve been down that road before in the 80′s and 90′s with MLM companies and the such, and if I learned one thing its that No Effort=No Reward, so there was no way I was going to fall for those empty claims.

After a few months of toying with the promises of selling cheap vacations to the latest nutritional products I came across a company that for lack of a better description, just had a good feel to it. The products they sell are exactly the materials and education I needed to take on this goliath of a journey that I had set out on. But more impressive than the incredible products I could get my hands on were the PEOPLE. I was invited to one of their webinars to get a preview of the types of training I might receive if I were to invest in. Twenty minutes into the training I knew that this was where I wanted to be. Conducting the training that night was a million dollar Internet expert giving everyone on the call insider secrets that all the top earners use to create their tremendous incomes.

I spent a few days letting all the information set in since I’ve learned not to make decisions based on emotion. I spent the time doing searches on the Internet about the business and its members. Needless to say I saw what I wanted and jumped in like a puppy into a swimming pool not knowing just how deep it is.

I went right to work taking in all the live training webinars and even the recorded trainings located in the back office. I signed up for my merchant accounts, secured my domain and opened my store. I had the great fortune to run across a gentleman named Dwayne Golden who teaches new and old comers how to master internet strategies and the how tos of networking on the internet. In 3 weeks my eyes have been opened to so many things and I’ve made some great strides toward achieving financial success through my Internet business.

At this time my focus is on the next 3 weeks.

Yours in Success,

Todd Marshall



Why You Should Invest In A Monitored Security System

There are a lot of reasons that you should consider investing in a monitored security system for your home. A lot of things have changed in recent years and times are not as safe as they used to be. There used to be a time where it was safe to leave your doors unlocked and your windows raised when you went to bed at night without worrying about an intruder entering your home. Those times are long gone now, and those who want to stay safe have decided to lock their homes up tight and install alarms to scare off would-be burglars and others who intend to do harm. Here are some reasons that investing in a security system is something you should highly consider doing.

The best reason to have a security system installed is the sense of security that comes from knowing that there is a company monitoring your home. This means you will be able to go to bed at night and sleep peacefully knowing that there is someone keeping an eye on your home. It also means that you will not have to worry about going on vacation and leaving your home unattended.

Another great reason to consider getting a security system is the emergency assistance feature that comes with most of them these days. There is no way to predict when a medical emergency is going to occur in your home. When it does, you do not want to have to worry about trying to locate the phone in a state of panic. Instead, you will be able to go over to the security control panel and hit the emergency button that will alert the company monitoring your home that you are in need of medical assistance.

These are just a couple of good reasons to consider having a monitored security system installed in your home. There are other reasons that will help persuade you but hopefully these are two that are very important to you. There is nothing like having the peace of mind that you will gain when you know that your home is safe and secure. It is also a wonderful feeling knowing that when you need emergency assistance you can get it at the touch of a button. You will feel a weight lifted off your chest when you get your state of the art security system installed in your home.