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Simple Tricks To Achieving The Best Home Based Business

Feb 27th 2013 at 11:02 AM

A home business can be one of the most rewarding careers move that you make, however, it also comes with a lot of responsibility and new challenges. If you are a new business owner or even if you are just considering this option you should read the tips that this article presents.

Don't let your webdesigner get you hyped up on new technologies unless they're really going to drive people to your website. For example, creating a mobile version of your website is really only important if you have content for sale which could be read while commuting. Instead, make your main site mobile-friendly so everyone can access it.

Make sure to have text menus on your home business website if you're using javascript or flash menus as part of your web design. This will help search engines index your site as well as making it accessible to anyone on a mobile phone which doesn't permit scripts or flash.

Get a dedicated phone line. This is essential, regardless if it's a home or cell phone, if you spend a lot of time talking to clients on the phone. This expense is 100% deductible. If you talk to your clients occasionally, make a note of the calls, and write them off as an expense as long as you have back up to prove that it is a business call.

Accept credit cards. Make sure both your online website and home base have the capability to take credit card payments. You can do this by getting set up with a bank, or even by buying one of the new attachments for cell phones that run the credit card information instantly to your bank.

Cell Phone - Make a back-up of your phone directory! Have contacts in four different places - a corded phone, a cell phone, a PDA, and an email program. This ensures that if one, two, or even three of them are damaged in a fire, you'll still have the other list and won't lose any client information.

Get a separate phone line or cell phone for your home office. Weeding out work-related calls from personal calls can be stressful as well as time-consuming. If you have a line just for your business, you can focus on the work at hand and leave the personal business for later!

Marketing - As your home based business begins to grow, identify and track key measures of success. Whether it is speed of delivery, number of repeat customers or any other engaging metric, keep track of this information and publicize your success through your web site or other marketing channels. For new customers, seeing customer testimonials or firm numbers may convince them to try your business.

Are you following the competition? A ton can be learned from the techniques and strategies your competition uses for their social media marketing, especially if they're a big corporation. Grab some ideas for yourself, like a contest or conversation starter, and try it on your own social media feeds and see what happens!

By reading all of the tips and trying to apply them to your business or future business, you will be ahead of the game. Although there is never a guarantee when it comes to the free market, by preparing yourself properly, you will greatly increase your chances of being successful.


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