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A Million Ideas for a Home Business

The possibilities are endless. Of course with that said some of the ideas we have may not be possible at least at this time, due to many different reasons. However if we stick to realistic, reasonable goals and within those parameters do some brainstorming, we might come up with ideas we didn’t even know we had!

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One way to get started is to make a few lists. Start with your skills. What have you done at each job you have had? First use – broad categories but then outline the details so that you know what it involved. What training and/or education have you had?

On the next list, detail your interests. What do you enjoy doing? What do you consider your hobbies? What would you like to do if you had the time or money? What have you always wanted to learn more about or to experience such as travel to a specific place or taking a Thai cooking class.

Now we want to go back to each list and think of ways we could use our skills and/or interests to create a business at home. For example you see you have experience with customer service, bookkeeping, word processing, or other office skills. These would make a perfect service business. Many people that have small businesses do not have these skills and need them so they will pay to have them done.

For example most Internet home businesses need writing – for blogs, advertisements, marketing (emails) etc. If you have a flair for writing and you have good grammar and can type decently you could earn money writing for people. There are just a few facts you need to gather in order to know how and what to write for them.

You are not confined to only office services. You can almost instantly become an affiliate marketer and earn commissions if you like sales and marketing. If you find in your skills and/or interest lists that you love arts and crafts, then you can create a gift business using those skills. You can create gift baskets to sell on the holidays or year round that include things you have made from food to ceramics to soap and candles.

Any business including Internet businesses will at some point involve marketing and advertising to get customers or sales. This can be from any perspective – it could be what you do as your service business for others. However what I am referring to here is the fact that you will need to promote your own business and so the first thing you should write are your own advertisements.

If you don’t have a website and do not know how to create one, you are like the vast majority of people including home business owners. It is a very simple matter to set up a blog account and use the pre-formatted themes that they give you free, to create a different ad space. Add some pages with your services and your costs, a free Paypal button and you have a good start.

However no one will see your website unless you promote it and this is where you will need to learn some basic skills with regard to Internet marketing. There are a number of inexpensive services that others can provide for you to get you started. Once you see what is going on you may be able to do everything yourself for free!


Internet Marketing: Neuro-linguistic Programming

What in the world is Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)? Just a few quick references from Google so that we are on the same page.

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“NLP means Neuro Linguistic Programming. In other words, it is the way we communicate with ourselves. Neuro means “of the mind”. Linguistic is the study of language. Therefore NLP simply means that you can programme the language of your mind”.

“Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s”.

Now you may ask what on earth does this have to do with Internet Marketing? It can actually make the difference between success and failure – sticking with it long enough to make it or quitting without giving it a chance. One of the most important aspects of being able to succeed with a business is mindset.

Because probably the majority struggle for to find effective ways to generate profit, there is lots of room there to get discouraged, skeptical, and even angry. The answer seems to be to throw up your hands and quit when you don’t know ways to stay positive and have faith so you can carry on!

This process may start way back in childhood. Was there someone that was critical of you? If not an important relationship like family (the worst), even cruel little kids can really give somebody a ‘complex’ after a while. It’s not funny or cute and may permanently damage someone to be ‘bullied’, called names, or to be excluded from ‘the clique’. Kids don’t have consciences or the ability to reason on some levels so the cruelty is actually pervasive and we can’t even blame them.

The point here is that you begin to believe what you are told and you start to tell yourself the same thing throughout your life – you can’t succeed because you are fat, ugly, stupid, etc. You can’t start a business because you don’t know what you are doing, nothing works, you have no money.

The theory is that you build neurological pathways in your brain after these negative messages really become ‘engraved’ and then whenever there is an opportunity to beat yourself up you automatically go down those pathways and end up discouraged and ready to just give up.

The concept of NLP is that if you are aware of this, you can switch those pathways by telling yourself something positive. You can enumerate the many good things about yourself and tell yourself those things instead. Remember any good things you did or achievements you accomplished at any point in your life. It doesn’t matter how small you think it is, just replace the negative thoughts with good, positive thoughts.

Some days can be so dark that your mind will not even allow you to remember ‘better times’. In this case you immediately replace the negative thoughts with something pleasant. What do you like? Do you love the beach? What about the beach is it that you like? Is it the smell and/or sound of the ocean or the fresh air and sunshine? You would then visualize being there and enjoying the experience of being in this pleasant environment.

The point is to replace the dark, negative pathways with positive thoughts that will change your mindset. It is very important to stay positive at all times about your business for many reasons. Remember that the number one reason 95% of Internet businesses fail is that they quit.

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