Friday, November 10, 2006

Your Home-Based Business and E-Commerce Capability

Your Home-Based Business and E-Commerce Capability
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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One crucial facet of having a successful Internet home business selling a wholesale or retail product or products is e-commerce capability. While you might focus on local customers, perhaps through your local newspaper site or a pure play classified site such as Craigslist or a local auction vendor, most of those advertisers are still going to want to complete the transaction online. Your Internet business must allow them to do that.

There are a number of e-commerce vendors that can help do that, and, in fact, small and new entrepreneurs - especially those with an Internet home business - may find that the easiest way, and the most affordable way to offer the opportunity to purchase their product or products online is by advertising it through the local newspaper. There the e-commerce vendor and merchant account has already partnered with the newspaper and the advertiser / merchant can take advantage of that relationship that’s already in place simply by placing an ad with the paper.

As an example, let’s look at the Tampa Tribune. This paper’s site has partnered with the vendor AdPay, to offer e-commerce components to both private parties and companies. Internet home business entrepreneurs and others can post their ads to the Tribune’s site, upload photos of the product or products their selling along with a description and the asking price (if they wish to include it.) Users and potential buyers can view all the ads, check off the ones they want added to their list of possible buys, can ask for more information of the seller, can make an offer to buy it, or can complete a Click N Buy transaction.

Clicking on the more information / make an offer link would display the zoomed in photo of the item along with several ways to communicate with the seller, whether it’s an Internet home business, a big company, or a private party. The information options are to ask the advertiser a question by e-mail, and to do a keyword search for other products or information by this advertiser. If the seller is Joan’s Jewelry, an Internet home business, for example, keyword searching Joan’s Jewelry could bring up all the other products Joan has for sale, but could also display last week’s article about her store opening, or her jewelry blog.

Other actions available to the buyer with this e-commerce service include an opportunity to find similar listings with one click (from any advertiser on the site, whether Internet home business, large business or private individual.); to add the item to the user’s watch list; to send the ad to a friend by e-mail; and to report the ad as inappropriate.

The small Internet home business entrepreneur, depending on the particular newspaper, would pay per click, or a percentage of the sale of the ad to the paper, or may just pay a preset ad rate. Whichever way the Internet home business pays the newspaper for the opportunity to add e-commerce to her or his business, it’s nearly always considerably less costly up front and less time consuming and learning intense than trying to set up an Internet home business merchant account and e-commerce capability on its own site.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Looking to Start A Home-Based Business? If So, Check This Out!

Looking to Start A Home-Based Business? If So, Check This Out!
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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A search for an Internet home business opportunity from one of the major search engines yielded 11,800,000 results. What a staggering number to wade through! The sad fact is that many of these so-called Internet home business opportunity vendors represent an opportunity for one person – themselves. While you certainly can find a legitimate and promising Internet home business opportunity on the Web, just how do you tell the wheat from the chaff? Here are the most commonly asked questions about the legitimacy of business opportunities, and their answers.

The first question, and the one you should certainly ask, is where you can obtain the company’s pre-sale document of disclosure. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that a business that offers a franchise or a business opportunity must provide prospective buyers with this document. The FTC doesn’t insist that the firms keep these documents available to the public however, so they’re not generally easy to find. 13 U.S. states do keep the franchise papers on file, while 26 states require anyone with a business opportunity to sell file its disclosure statement. These files are available to anyone who wishes to look at them if an appointment is made to review them or make copies right there at the office where they are stored. In California, the franchise documents are available online.

What potential Internet home business opportunity buyers want to know almost as often is where they can find out if complaints have been filed about the company, and the details of those complaints. They also want to know, of course, if the complaints have been resolved.

The answer, unfortunately, is there is not a good database, either through a state or federal agency, local municipality or private organization. The FTC as well as the Better Business Bureau keep track of complaints but it’s quite easy to change business names and locations once complaints stack up. The best protection is the FTC’s franchise rule that requires that firms provide potential buyers with the names, addresses and phone numbers of ten other buyers of this Internet home business opportunity. These must be the ten geographically closest to you.

It is imperative for your own investigation into the authenticity and soundness of this internet home business opportunity that you call these business people and ask them about the firm they bought. What’s important as well is that you visit each business location, even if at their home. Fraudulent business opportunity sellers can line up a number of friends and family to handle calls about their bogus business success.

Under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act any person who requests it is entitled to any information on the potential Internet home business opportunity that the FTC has on file.

Another resource is the Business Franchise Guide, found often in law libraries. This discloses the guidelines of each state and the U.S. federal government on franchisors and business opportunity vendors.


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Monday, November 06, 2006

A Unique Home-Based Business Idea

A Unique Home-Based Business Idea
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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Help Yourself Help Others

Since there are so many thousands of entrepreneurs giving up their full time employment to explore their own Internet home based business idea, one successful Internet home based business idea may well be to help them succeed.

What we’re suggesting is starting a business support service, one that helps these netpreneurs take their Internet home based business idea and see it to fruition. You might offer services that include dictation, transcription, desktop publishing, typing or word processing, writing, editing, proofreading, ghostwriting, designing spreadsheets, answering the phone, delivering or forwarding mail, packaging and shipping, database management, billing, accounts payable, bookkeeping, resume services, photocopying and faxing, notarizing, Web research, Web page design and oversight, planning events, training staff, and a myriad number of consulting services.

Secretarial services of decades past involved typing, answering the phone and taking dictation by shorthand. Today the services are far more complex. Business support services have become a top notch Internet home based business idea as the complexities and technology involved in serving these exponentially growing small businesses lead to fewer and fewer adequately trained full time employees. Small employers, especially home-based typically don’t need full time employees, nor do they want to involve themselves in the complexities of employment law and taxation regulations. Business support service is an excellent Internet home based business idea because it is much needed and in much demand by these start up business owners who are just learning their way around the proprietorship and Internet business worlds.

While typing and dictation are still important functions in the working world, other newer services have evolved as equally or probably more important services, and your idea to offer business support as an Internet home based venture should include desktop publishing, Web research and proficiency with spreadsheet software such as Excel. While you can specialize as part of your business support services the greater proficiency you have in the various office software products and equipment the better chance you have of landing new and repeat clients.

There are two important factors in getting your Internet home based business idea off the ground. The first is to prepare yourself by training in the equipment and applications you will offer. The second is to find your potential clients. Since your business idea is to support others who have their own Internet based home business idea your potential leads might be very easy to find. In fact, they may hang out at the same places you do – the community college business start up classes, the local Small Business Development Center, the Chamber of Commerce get togethers and perhaps even Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) seminars or meetings. There are many opportunities here to subtly let others know you are willing to support their new business idea’s start up and kick off your own business as well.


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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Kiosks: A Viable Home-Based Business Idea?

Kiosks: A Viable Home-Based Business Idea?
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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For as little as $1250 and no experience whatsoever you can start an Internet home base business opportunity. One of the biggest and most far- sighted of Internet home base business opportunity ventures, this company offers a distributorship of Internet kiosks for the public.

One noted billionaire high technology predicted that the public Internet kiosk business would replace not only pay phones but also ATMS in the coming years, as they offered messaging capability, highway mapping and ticket purchases. He predicted this Internet home base business opportunity as one that would become essential and dominant.

The Internet kiosk business can be started easily from home. All you have to do is place your kiosks in cafes, restaurants, hotels, resorts, bus stations, airport terminals, libraries, workforce centers and any other place you can think of where people must wait and where they need information and Web access.

The way you entice the facility’s owner or manager to let your kiosk into the location is by sharing the profits with her or him. This is an Internet home base business opportunity that pays you instantly, the minute someone logs onto your kiosk. The money goes straight into the bank account that you designate.

This is a terrific opportunity that will grow in interest because on a daily basis more and more people use the Internet and need the Internet. There are few businesses that don’t require Internet communications. Families and friends who need to stay in touch while traveling need the Internet and may not want to lug around that hefty laptop bag. They need to know what to do for fun on their travels and how to get to their next entertainment destination. The kids can play Web games while the adults shop.

This Internet home base business opportunity gets lots of assist from the corporate owners. A step by step white paper tells you how to launch your kiosk business. You’ll learn the cost of the equipment, how to market your kiosks and their services, how to install them and how to manage your expenses and your profits.

This kiosk business is six years old and has its own kiosks in banks, physician’s waiting rooms, Laundromats, gift shops, colleges and universities, train and bus stations, hotels, resorts, coffee shops, rest areas, restaurants and hotels.

While hotels generally offer free high speed Internet access not many have any sort of hardware available. Statistics show that 80 percent of travelers have no laptops with them. Even if these hotels have a business service it’s generally a wait in line process for the one computer available. And there’s no privacy.

With your own Internet kiosk home base business opportunity you can install and then sit back and let the money roll in to your bank account. You don’t even have to cash the checks. What could be easier?

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