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Engaging in a Profitable Home Business Ideas

When you work online and start your own home Internet business, you are doing a very simple yet important thing ' taking charge of your financial future. It takes courage to do so, for few people can tolerate the uncertainty that comes with the absence of a regular salary. However, if you are serious about fulfilling your financial goals, you definitely have to start a venture of your own. Otherwise you will be tied down to a job for the rest of your life.

One idea on how to work at home is to start a home business providing a service. If you like the Internet freelancing opportunities are everywhere. Here are a few things you could do.

Build websites. There are millions of small businesses all over the world who does not have a website and do not know who to contact to get one built. You could go to Vistaprint.com and get 250 free business cards printed. An at home business that can help others with their various jobs can be very lucrative. One nice thing about this type of work is it never ending and most small businesses will need their site updated and maintained all of the time.

Write blog posts. With a new blog being started every second the number of blogs who need someone to help keep them up to date is never ending. If you like to research and write this may be just the work at home business ideas to get you started. All you need is a computer and Internet access to get started.

Websites like TJobs.If someone's idea of easy home business ideas means ideas that allow them to make money without a lot of effort, then for them there are no easy home business ideas. Many of these offer benefits along with top pay to telecommute and work at home business ideas. Most will require you to have a quiet place to work and maybe a separate phone line.

Hobbies offer a great way to work at home and get paid for it. Hobbies like working on cars, catering, gardening, baking, walking dogs and more could be the perfect work at home business ideas . If you are a licensed professional then you can offer your services as a doctor, designer or lawyer and work right out of your home.

As you can see the trend now is to start your home based business using the Internet. Even basic skills can be rewarded if you will show up and work. Coming up with an idea that appeals to you is the key. If you are going to work at home business ideas everyday you may as well enjoy it.

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Email Marketing: On Keeping Online Businesses Profitable


The following article covers a topic that has recently moved to center stage--at least it seems that way. If you've been thinking you need to know more about it, here's your opportunity.

Since the advent of the information technology, the Internet had been a valuable commodity to most people. Here, they find ways on how to earn more money even without having to spend more capital on building a business.

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Generate Extra Income from Profitable Home Businesses

All of us want a better lifestyle, to give the best luxuries to the family and the most important of all to enjoy and be content with the job. But how many of us have the resources to do them?

The solution - the different profitable home based businesses opportunities. There are various options of part time work. The best job is the employment work in home. You can keep yourself employed in home with the help of the best home businesses.

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The Three Secrets to Profitable Email Marketing

Copyright (c) 2008 Don R. Crawley

Legitimate email marketing is a great way to stay in touch with your customers and prospects. It's inexpensive, fast, efficient, and environmentally friendly. Email marketing allows you to target your customers and prospects by their particular interests, it allows you quickly announce special promotions (either planned promotions or impromptu promotions based on changing conditions). Email is the perfect way to send a monthly newsletter. Email marketing's efficiency was underscored in a study by the Direct Marketing Association which found that in 2005 email marketing returned an amazing $57.25 in revenue per dollar spent on it!

How can you get started with email marketing? Start by collecting your customers' email addresses. Even if you don't currently do email marketing, gather your customers' email addresses now so that, when you decide to start communicating with your customers via email, you'll already have a good list. Have a sign-up sheet at each of your checkout counters or at your reception desk. Be sure to include a sign-up form on your website. Offer an incentive such as a monthly drawing from the collected email addresses. Be sure to include a privacy statement on your forms and sign-up sheets such as, "Privacy notice: We don't share your information with anyone." (Of course, that means you can't share that information ever.) Remember, email addresses are free (or very inexpensive) to gather.

Now, the three secrets to making email marketing a winner for your business.

Secret number one: Do only "permission-based" email marketing. In other words, only send email to people who have requested your email messages and make it easy to opt-out of future emails. There is a slimy side to email marketing thanks to spammers. Obviously, you want to be associated with the reputable side of email marketing. If a customer, a prospect, or a site visitor willingly provides their email address, you're not spamming. If you get it any other way, you're spamming. A commonly used technique for dealing with subscription requests from your website is called a "double-opt-in". A double-opt-in requires the individual to first request your email marketing, then a confirmation request is sent to their email address. They must click a link in the confirmation email or otherwise confirm their desire to receive your email before they're added to your list. The rule is simple: If in doubt, don't send it out.

Secret number two: Make your email marketing messages compelling for the reader. Keep them short and to-the-point and ensure that the recipient will see the value in whatever you're saying. Increasingly, people are becoming distrustful of "hypie" messages that sound like they were written by an advertising copy writer. Make your message real, make it personal, and make it deliver a benefit from the readers' perspective. If there's nothing in it for them, they'll just delete your message or possibly even report it as spam.

Secret number three: Be consistent. Whether you choose to send an email campaign every week, every month, or every quarter, be consistent. One very successful email marketer even includes these words at the top of every email he sends: "Sent the third Tuesday of every month..." Your consistency in your marketing efforts reflects your dependability as a company.

What about the mechanics of email marketing? Many very small businesses just use their regular email accounts. Such a solution can work, but it doesn't scale well as your email list and business grow. It also requires you to manage your new subscribers and unsubscribe requests. A better solution is to use a commercial email marketing service. Such companies provide templates to make your messages look professional. They also provide tracking information on how many messages were actually opened and read, automatic opt-out links on your marketing messages, tutorials, assistance in complying with the CAN-SPAM act, and more. Costs start at about $10 per month and go up from there based on various criteria such as the size of your list and the frequency with which you send messages. Most such companies provide a free trial period so you can get familiar with their service. There are many email marketing companies, but here are three for you to consider: iContact (www.icontact.com), GetResponse (www.getresponse.com), and Constant Contact (www.constantcontact.com).

Make sure you're compliant with the CAN-SPAM act. Of course, this is not legal advice (I'm no lawyer!), but compliance means being honest in your subject lines about the content of the message, including an easy opt-out method in every message, and including your complete contact information in every message.

Regardless of how you decide to do your email marketing, now is the time to start gathering email addresses. Email marketing, done properly, is flexible, affordable, efficient, and potentially very profitable for your business.

President and chief technologist at Seattle, Washington-based IT training firm soundtraining.net, Don R. Crawley is a speaker, writer, and veteran IT guy with over 35 years experience in technology for the workplace. Today, he delivers keynote speeches and seminars to business people on how to go digital without going postal. Call him at 206.988.5858. He's online at www.doncrawley.com and blogs at www.digitalnotpostal.com .

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