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Monthly Archives: January 2017

merchant accountIf you want to accept credit cards for your business, you will need to get a merchant account. Basically, this is a contract between you and the bank in order for you to be given a line of credit. Without it, your customers will have to pay you through other means. 

The merchant account is more important when you open an online business. This is because customers can only see your products using their web browser and if they want to order, this is the one of the means of paying for it. 

The problem with having a merchant account online is the fact that it is very expensive when you are just starting out which also includes filling up various forms and a background check. 

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Free Blogging Web SiteFor first time bloggers, a free blogging web site is a great way to get started in the blogosphere. Popular blogging web sites like blogger and WordPress.com allow users to set up and host a blog without paying any fees at all.

This encourages people to start blogging, because the fact that one of these sites can provide you with all of the tools that you need to get your blog up and running without spending any money means that you have nothing to lose by starting a blog. The fact that it is so easy to find a way to blog for free is one of the reasons why so many people who have never had any other kind of web presence before find themselves drawn to blogging.

 

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linkedinLinkedIn is a specialty social networking site. It’s much more specialized than the others due to the audience it attracts. LinkedIn is specifically for professionals. If you’re looking for a job then it’s a must. However, business owners looking to attract prospects and connect with industry professionals can also utilize it in a productive and prosperous way. 

What Is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with 225 million members in over 200 countries. It’s a social networking site that offers professionals a number of benefits and features. It began in concept in the living room of the owner and was launched in 2003. Ten years later it is a thriving social networking site that can be used in a number of business building ways.

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website or a blogCreating a website for a new business? If so, you may be wondering which is the best choice, to build either a website or a blog. The answer isn’t as difficult as you may think. Here’s how to make the right choice for you and your business goals.

#1 Business model and purpose

Yes, both websites and blogs, particularly a WordPress blog, can support just about any type of business model. WordPress developers have created plug-ins that can turn any WordPress blog into an e-commerce site, a membership site and more. 

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business cardsBusiness cards are a tried and true method of marketing your business. It’s marketing and promotional material that almost every business owner has, but often doesn’t use to its fullest potential. The first step to using a business card right is to create one that you’re proud to show to people.

* Hire a Graphic Designer – The best way to create an attention-grabbing business card is to hire a graphic designer who has experience creating business cards. You can still use any printer you want once the card is designed. You can try Fiverr.com or Upwork.com to find a contractor.

* Use Color Correctly – You want to use the colors that are associated with your logo and your brand, but you may need to use them differently to make them readable on a small business card. Try out different arrangements to see what works best.

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Offline Marketing AdvantageNeed to find the best way to market your business? You have two choices here: online and offline. Online is the latest marketing trend today, one that focuses on the internet as the primary marketing tool. Offline marketing, on the other hand, makes use of traditional methods to promote a business. Although many people will tell you that online marketing is the best way to go, there is still an offline marketing advantage and appeal not found in internet marketing.

If online marketing is so popular, then why do offline marketing methods remain? Well, the answer is simple: these methods have been tried and tested, and they have withstood the test of time when it comes to their effectiveness. Specifically, they offer the following benefits:

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People ask the question all of the time ""can you make money on craigslistmake money on craigslist"?  The answer is you can. All it takes is some time and ad management and you can make money just like anyone else.

Here are some tips that you may not be aware of. These should help you to make money on craigslist. if your ads were not as effective as you would have liked them to be. Your ad is good for 45 days. Everyday that your ad appears it is listed lower on the page. This is because new ads get top priority. In some categories, a single vendor will post multiple ads. This is fine as long as they are not for the same business, product, or service. If they are, craigslist will mark them as spam. It is the only way that you will get it to stop.

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mlm businessHow do you know if you want to choose to opt into a Multi-level marketing or MLM business? Well, it is just like anything else – you need to educate yourself before you dive in to any new business proposition.

1. Do your research – Before you dive into any multi-level marketing plan, make sure you at least know what a multi-level marketing business is and what it looks like. Read up on the definition and terms, the expectations, and the requirements of the business at hand. Without knowledge, you have no power. If it looks like something that you are interested in, then you can proceed to the next step.

2. Visit a seminar – All multi-level marketing businesses tend to have a seminar or presentation where a speaker will present important information. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the business of multi-level marketing and the business at hand itself. This is also an opportunity for you to ask important questions.

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RSS FeedsIf you own a website you are likely looking for any advantage over your competition. RSS feeds may be the advantage you’re looking for. Here’s how to incorporate them into your website.

What Is an RSS Feed?

An RSS feed is simply a type of program that publishes any updates on your website. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s a type of feed format.

Benefit of RSS Feeds

The primary benefit of an RSS Feed is that your customers and prospects are instantly notified whenever you publish new content. You’ll stay front of mind with your customers. They receive the benefit of having your information delivered to their email inbox or reader.

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pet sitting businessIf you love animals and are good with them, then a pet sitting business may be a great option. 

So how do you start your own pet sitting business?

It’s not really all that difficult. Your main requirements will be enthusiasm and a love for animals. For a pet owner, leaving their pets in someone’s care may be on a close level to leaving their children in child care. This means that in order to be successful in this business, a true love of animals will help you stand out from the competition. 

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home based businessesHome based businesses to earn extra income have become widely accepted all over the world are spreading like forest fire. They have become most desirable businesses to start for apparent reasons:

Imagine how it would feel to get up at your own sweet time and not hurry to office in the regular chaos of snarling traffic all the while getting choked on pollution. And then, to begin the day as though you are fresh form home and nothing has happened. Listen to the Boss ordering you around and giving you the grind for deadlines.

Extra Income has not hurt anyone up to now, and it should not be hurting you either. If you are willing top do that extra bit of work or travel that extra mile for your boss, I am sure you will be more than willing to do so for yourself, especially if you feel that it would improve the quality of life of you and your family.

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social media marketingSocial media marketing is one of the most powerful tools business owners have access to. It allows you to connect with your audience. You can engage and build a community around your business. Business owners can also use it to learn more about their audience so they can better meet their needs. 

It’s enough to make you want to jump right in, right? However, before you create a profile page and start marketing on your favorite social media site, there are a few steps to take and considerations to make. 

Identify Your Purpose and Goals

Why are you using social media and what do you hope to accomplish? There are many different reasons to use social media. You may use it to sell products, to build your opt-in list, or to drive traffic to your landing page. Do you want to generate new leads or build relationships with your existing prospects and clients? Consider both long-term and short-term goals. 

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