Wednesday, March 9, 2011

So: Have You Spent Yourself Out of Business Yet?

Many new entrepreneurs set out on the quest for success with high hopes and bounding with enthusiasm.  While this certainly helps to build momentum, most grow discouraged and run out of steam just short of the goal.  More importantly, they run out of MONEY. Run our of money

 

One of the biggest challenges aspiring business owners encounter in their first 6 months in business is a budget shortfall.  However, this doesn’t have to happen to you if you pay attention to these four tips from the start.

1) Plan, Plan, Plan, Plan, Plan and Did I Mention Have a Plan? 

We all hear if you fail to plan you may as well plan to fail.  Well, this is definitely true when it comes to starting a business.  A simple flow chart can prevent you from getting side tracked with the hundreds of new fangled marketing techniques running about the internet. Pick one program or product along with one marketing plan and implement. Branch out after and only after you have mastered these.Business Plan

2) Budget is NOT a Dirty Word

Be realistic in how much disposable income you have to contribute to your start up.  Success typically does not come overnight so stick with your budget until you have a steady source of income from your business.  (Don’t quit that day job, either!)

 

3) GMTA?

Do great minds really think alike?  Uhhh, YEAH!  Find yourself some ambitious entrepreneurs who are open to sharing ideas and are committed to preserve to success.  Remember that you CAN NOT take everybody with you.  Cut your dead weight because the road to success is UPHILL.  If those around you don’t increase you, they will eventually decrease you.

4) Know Why You’re Doing This  Blueprint for Success

If you want to achieve success in business, you have to identify a compelling “why?”  In essence, answer the question, “What attracted me to this industry?”  and “How does this step fit into my long-term goals?” and “How do I hope to better my life by going out on my own?”  Write these answers down and post them in a conspicuous place to keep yourself focused through the challenging times.  If you are serious about building your own business, make up your mind to pay the price of a worthy goal upfront.

Those first steps don’t have to be painful.  Help is available to guide you in developing a blueprint for your business and a custom marketing strategy.  Get ahead of the learning curve at Jowen.org.  Get access to free training and leads for your new business.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gold Canyon: Candles? REALLY?

Curt and Karen Waisath
More and more people are turning to home-based businesses to supplement or even replace their household incomes.  One home business that was started in the kitchen of Curt and Karen Waisath in 1997 is Gold Canyon.   Gold Canyon is a party-plan candle business with more than 25,000 Independent Demonstrators across North America. This third party review might just help you to cut to the chase and find out what Gold Canyon is really about.

Gold Canyon Products

Karen Waisath started making scented candles from her home to provide ambiance to her household.  Word quickly got out and within one year, the Waisaths were producing 26 candles in four different sizes.  Gold Canyon does not stop at candles.  Included in their product lineup are fragrances, essential oils for natural cleaners and The Gold Canyon Look Book which provides tips for home decorating.



Gold Canyon Business Opportunity

Aspiring home business owners get started with Gold Canyon by becoming home demonstrators.  You may start with a Sampler Kit at a cost of $99 or a Full Kit for $150.  In order to get the most out of the compensation plan, demonstrators are encouraged participate in the monthly autoship.  Demonstrators earn commissions on their personal sales as well as overrides from others within their organization.  Other incentives are offered for hosting demonstration parties.  Demonstrators are also provided with a company generated website where they can sell Gold Canyon products online.

The Verdict

Gold Canyon presents a viable and immensely popular product.  Candles have a huge market accounting for some 15 billion dollars in sales in 2010.  The highly consumable nature of the product ensures that repeat customers are almost guaranteed.  However, the candle business is highly competitive.  If you are interested in this business opportunity, your success will most likely be time consuming in the beginning by attaining clients through hosting parties.  

Due to the highly competitive nature of this market, your success will be determined on how well you are able to set yourself apart from your competitors.  Learning to brand yourself and your business is the first step to becoming an authority in your own right.  Help is available within a supportive team environment to leverage your unique abilities to build your business right out of the gate. Get free leads and free training!  Find out more on branding yourself and your business at http://Jowen.org.
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Zamzuu: Junk or Jackpot?

Welcome to AskWendyWebb.com! If you are checking out this review, chances are you’re considering signing up as a Zamzuu broker.  Before you whip out your credit card, take a closer look at Zamzuu’s structure so that you can make a sound decision about the company and the opportunity.  

What is Zamzuu?  What do they Market?
Zamzuu Free Business!

Zamzuu’s concept is simple.  All distributors have to do is share a company generated website that boasts more than 700 stores that people are shopping at every single day already.  Their business model not only includes retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Macy’s and Drugstore.com;  they also feature specialty shops like Gina Alexander photo handbags, Crystal Memories, and  Chae Organics.  A travel booking engine comparable to Travelocity, Orbitz and Hotels.com is also included with every free website.  With all Zamzuu has to offer, there seems to be something here for everyone.

How do I get paid with Zamzuu?

Zamzuu employs a network marketing framework.  This means that distributors get paid on many different levels.  The cost to acquire the company duplicated website is nothing.  You can obtain the site for free and get a percentage of the commissions on any sale made on your website. You can also sign up as a Representative with Zamzuu.  As a rep, you sign up Brokers for the company and this position is also free to join in.  The way you get paid as a rep is that you earn $25.00 for every broker you sign up.  The broker position with Zamzuu has a great deal of potential.  The cost is $99.00 to sign up and a monthly broker fee of $49.95.  The role of the broker is to give away free company websites.  Brokers make money when sales are made on the sites they give away.  In essence, they get paid residuals for doing absolutely nothing!  Whatever commissions are made by the site owner, the broker matches it dollar for dollar.  Give away 100 sites.  If each site owner makes $1.00 in commission, the broker makes $100.00.  You can sign up for one or all of these positions to maximize your earning potential.   Zamuu even has a Zamuu University directed by Dean Chris Cokley that is a valuable resource for new Zamzuu agents. 

Zamzuu University Dean


Overall, Zamzuu can be a highly productive program for both online and offline marketers.  The modest sign-up fees make it attractive to new network marketers as well as the seasoned mlm’er searching for a good opportunity to expand their business.  Before joining any business opportunity, we all need a game plan on how to achieve success.  The bottom line is that your success will depend on your ability to attract, recruit and retain loyal clients and team members.  You can sharpen your networking skills by using our powerful and proven system to market your business right out of the gate! Find out more on branding yourself and your business at Jowen.org

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Is Kooday Legit or a Scam? A Third Party Biz Op Review


If you are checking out this third party Kooday review, chances are you are looking for information on promoting your business or starting a new online business opportunity. Please exercise your own personal due diligence when considering any investment opportunity.

What is Kooday?

Kooday is a new search engine that initiated its beta phase on July 22, 2010. This up and coming search vehicle is on track to compete with the likes of Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Why is Kooday special?

Kooday’s primary selling point is based on the premise that you are able to own your keywords. This is huge in that internet marketers never have to worry about competing for specific search terms with their direct competitors. By buying the rights to certain keywords, advertisers can not only get direct targeted traffic to their websites, but get paid when other marketers link to their site.

How do I make money with Kooday?

If the initial jettison of Kooday to the 7000th most popular site on the internet in three weeks is any indication, traffic generation will be lucrative to internet marketers. In addition, to its likelihood of massive traffic generation, Kooday is the only search engine that pays you when members link their sites to a keyword that you own. It is therefore, in your best interest to own as many key words as you can afford. The more popular they keyword, the more profit share credits for you. You can also participate in Kooday’s profited sharing program and its affiliate program with 10% commissions on purchases and 30% commission on website links.

Is Kooday right for me?

Well, no one can answer that question but you. Ultimately, your success in business will be determined by the consistency of your words and actions toward your goals. Any business endeavor will require clients, but building your business does not have to be a chore. Success in business is dictated by your level of expertise in personal branding and lead generation. Help is available within a supportive team environment to decide what opportunity is best for you and how to most effectively market your business right out of the gate! Find out more on branding yourself and your business at http://Jowen.org.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Building Rapport with Your Clients


Have you ever wondered how certain people just seem more charismatic than everybody else? Their appearance is certainly no competition for Cindy Crawford or Denzel Washington; however, people just seem to gravitate toward them nonetheless. What is their secret? Today, we will discuss a few proven skills that anyone can learn to become more attractive to not only the opposite sex, but to your clients and people in general.
First, the power of a smile is priceless. The next time you are in a large group of strangers, note the number of people who are smiling and cheerful relative to those walking around with a frown. Smiling improves one’s attitude and in turn makes you happy. Happiness is attractive! One of the most influential actions is to simply smile at a prospect. The next time you are leisurely strolling through the mall on a Sunday afternoon, practice smiling at people so that it becomes natural and notice the reactions that you get in return.
Next, building rapport with your clients and potential friends is easier when you assume a positive trait in your prospect. People love, love, love to talk about themselves and to feel as if they have something of value to contribute. In the prospecting game, assuming that your potential client is already well versed in whatever it is you are demonstrating to him or her goes a long way in influencing them in a beneficial way. Phrases such as, “You probably already know. . .” and “People can, you know. . .” allow for the assumption of the obvious. Whether your listener is well versed or not, they are certainly not going to argue with you that they are ignorant to the subject!
Our last skill that you probably already know is the power of courtesy. If you imagine that everyone you meet is your Grandmother’s best friend, you will become more responsive rather than reactive. Whether you are being cut in line at the DMV or experiencing the rudeness of a customer service agent at your local fast food establishment, respond in kind. Not many people can continue to be rude when met with common courtesy. And even if they do, that’s more practice for you in self restraint!
Mastering these skills will help you to establish and maintain rapport with your clients in any setting. Remember that potential clients are always watching your every move and how you respond to adversity. Building your business does not have to be a chore. Mastering the basic skills of relationship building will help you attract more quality leads and secure an endless stream of referrals from happy, trusting clients. Professional marketing skills, or the lack thereof, will hinder the majority of direct sales professionals and online marketers. Success in business is dictated by your level of expertise in personal branding and lead generation. Help is available within a supportive team environment. Find out more on branding yourself and your business at The Jowen Network.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Relationship Building: A Business and Personal Perspective

Regardless of the type of relationship you are building, consistency is paramount.  Whether you are trying to woo the girl or guy of your dreams or impress a potential client to land that big fish contract, customer satisfaction is EVERYTHING!  Many folks have the erroneous notion that once you close on that contract or walk down the aisle, the hard work is over.  However, the real work is just beginning.  Relationship building in any type of marketing . . . business or self promotion is an on-going process.  It must be addressed in hierarchical manner similar to the needs outlined by Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.  Lower level needs must be met before addressing higher level needs.  In relationship building, clients and suitors want consistency.  Simply put, you have to follow through.  It is not enough to MEAN what you SAY and SAY what you mean, your ACTIONS must not betray your WORDS!  Give the people what you promise them and you have half of your battle won.  

Next, on-going communication is essential.  No one likes to be left in the dark.  Demonstrating dependability and availability creates trust and supports loyalty to you or to your brand.  Achieving these two levels of success create reasonable expectations in your business and personal relationships.  Most folks are able to keep up with these two expectations, but the next two levels of success distinguish the tortoise from the hare! The next level in the hierarchy dictates that you see and provide for your prospects as individuals.  There is no catch all or blanket solution that encompasses all types of relationships.  However, there is one action that many overlook that is the passageway to the individualized answer for EVERYBODY.  That action is to LISTEN to your prospect.  They will tell you what they want and need.  Don’t know what to get for your beloved on a holiday?  Ask and LISTEN to the answer.  Not sure which way to go in marketing services for a client?  Ask for their input and ACT upon it.  Even if it does not work out, you have provided a customize solution and prospects do not forget that you valued their input on a project.  

Once you have achieved the last and highest level of the relationship building hierarchy, you can breathe a little easier, but only for a moment!  You will know that you have earned the respect and admiration of your partner or prospect when they ask you for your opinion on important matters.  It is only when people feel valued and important to you that they will seek you out for your expertise.  Once this level of loyalty and rapport has been established, relationships like these are there for the long-term.   You can then look forward to a long, mutually beneficial business or personal relationship. 
The bottom line is that it is easier to develop such alliances by using attraction marketing.  Allow people to come to you that are looking for you!  Connect with like-minded individuals in social and business networking venues and ask for referrals and recommendations from experts in your areas of interest.  Find out more on branding yourself and your business at Jowen.org.

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