Friday, November 24, 2006

How to Avoid Survey Home-Based Business Scams

How to Avoid Survey Home-Based Business Scams
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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Getting paid to take online surveys is a legitimate work at home Internet business opportunity. Many sites, however, that say that they offer you a home Internet survey business opportunity are really offering you only the opportunity to pay upfront money for a listing of those who will pay you to take surveys. Most of these firms you could have found for yourself, and some aren’t even current. One consumer advocacy group reviewed hundreds of sites and firms offering survey taking as a work at home Internet business opportunity. Of the hundreds they reviewed they were able to recommend only five.

It’s so easy for a netpreneur to set up a Web site offering to pay users for taking online surveys. All it takes is a few hours. There are no surveys from this site, more often than not. These sites primarily turn out to be only a work at home Internet business opportunity for the netpreneur that set up the site. All others pay upfront and get little of value in return. Even if the lists they offer are any good or the links work (which many times they don’t) these are quite often companies that again want upfront money for an alleged work at home Internet business taking surveys.

The fees for the initial directories can be as $100. What you get for your money is usually a directory that is out of date, links that don’t work, phone numbers that are disconnected or reassigned, and email addresses that bounce back. You don’t find any customer service assistance or any refund offer. Once you start asking for a refund due to your inability to start a work at home Internet business opportunity from the material you paid them for, the refuse to reply and then the site is shut down after several dissatisfied buyers. These schemers aren’t gone, though – nor are their schemes. They just pop up on the Web under a different company name and different domain. Even when these alleged work at home Internet business opportunity sites are live their navigation is generally poor, information such as contacts is inadequate and some of the pages don’t work.

The five sites that the consumer advocate agency recommended as legitimate paid survey work at home Internet business opportunity firms charge upfront fees up to $60 but actually have staff dedicated to helping you find survey clients and assignments. They all offer a 100 percent guarantee of your money back after as many as 45 days. The actual honoring of this agreement has been verified by the agency with each of the five paid survey firms.

With these paid survey sites, the work at home Internet business opportunity may not make you rich but it’s a good income. What you can expect for your upfront fee is as many as 25 offers each day to take online surveys for which you are paid about $15-$25 each. Some of them, though not most, pay as much as $75. The lower end payment surveys amount to about 5-15 minutes of your time, while the higher paying surveys might take 30 minutes. So, a 20 hour week would provide you with a median monthly income of $1600. Not bad for something will the many benefits of work at home Internet business opportunity projects – little if any overhead, no dress code, no training or experience required and hours that you set for yourself.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

How to Write Great Sales Copy for Your Home-Based Business Website

Your work at home based Internet business relies heavily on your Web marketing to bring in new customers. To make this tactic work you must know how to write great sales copy for your site. Here are some ideas on just how to do that.

The first tip for keeping consumers on your site and inducing them to buy your product or service is to create headlines that get their attention. Of course, it has to be followed by material that keeps their attention, but we’ll get to that later.

Don’t be weak, but don’t be hyperbolic. If you’re weak you’re boring and not very convincing. If you use hyperbole you won’t be believed or trusted – the kiss of death for a work at home based Internet business. What we mean by weak is, “Welcome to my site. I think you’re going to like what you see here.” Well, if you’re not sure, they sure won’t be. Hyperbole is, “You’ll be glad you found the only site you’ll ever need again.” Yeah, right. Bye.

There are two things you must focus on when you create your site headlines. People want help and information, and they want it fast. Get right to the point. If you’re offering legal services for DUI citations you might start off by saying, “We can help You Save Your Job, Your License, Your Freedom and Your Reputation.” See how that works? You haven’t promised you will, because of course you can’t. But you’ve gotten right to the heart of why they are seeking you out, told them emphatically that you can help them, and did it in a dramatic and attention-getting way.

A work at home based Internet business must know its target audience and hone in on that segment of Web users. You can’t be everything to everyone, nor can your copy convincingly claim that. You must know what you are going to offer and to whom you are going to offer it and then focus your sales copy and your advertising campaign to bring those folks to your site. The best way to learn about who your audience is may have to be to get a small audience to your site and then see who they are and where they go. Your Web host can provide the details of the server logs from which you will learn which pages are the most popular, not only because they are visited most often but because users stay on them the longest. They can also tell you the days and times of day most people come to your site as well as the point at which (the page) they leave your site.

From this you’ll know your age, gender, and other demographics of your niche (if you’ve been smart and required or encouraged free registration) and what pages need rewrite and redesign to keep folks from leaving at that point.

The other important sales tactics for your work at home based Internet business are to establish business credibility with clear contact information, clear biographies of all key players in the business, and business testimonials. You want to focus not only on the features of your products and services but their benefits as well. Tell your potential customers what you can do for them. Don’t forget, as many do, to ask for that sale – over and over again.


I wish you success as you look to create additional income from home.

Monique Hawkins

P.S. If you wish to save years of failure and frustration, this free ebook can help by clicking here: http://www.mentormonique.successin10steps.com


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Home-Based Businesses To Avoid

Home-Based Businesses To Avoid
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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While there are many legitimate work at home Internet business possibilities and many reputable and honest work at home Internet business vendors, there are also some fraudulent schemes. You must choose carefully. The most prominent of these fraudulent schemes is for medical billing. Touted as one of the best work at home Internet business ideas, these schemers are just out for your money. The idea is to charge an upfront fee to get you started, and then leave you to fend for yourself in an industry where you have little chance of succeeding. Other fraudulent business opportunity schemes such as envelope stuffing and product assembly take your money and then reject your work – and thus its payment – as substandard.

Advertisements touting these prepackaged medical billing centers show up on TV, on the Web and in newspapers. Major metro newspapers, probably the most savvy about these schemes, generally do not accept the ads. Responding to the ad for the medical billing work at home Internet business opportunity will result in your receiving a phone call, with a pitch about the burgeoning health care system crisis. Typically the hawker will tell you that claims are piling up and waiting to be processed. The result, according to the person on the phone, is to process these claims electronically, which is not being done often or expansively. This, the pitch goes, is what makes it a lucrative work at home Internet business for you.

The promise is that you’ll make a lot of money as doctors outsource their billing to you. You can, they say, work in accounts receivable, insurance claims and physician or dentist practice management. Including in the presentation is the assurance that not only do you not need experience but that their sales staff will kick start your work at home Internet business by putting you together with health care clients. The reality is that if you have any chance at all to make any money – or even get your initial investment back – you’re going to have to find your own clients.

The investment for this alleged lucrative work at home Internet business is not small – typically $2500-$9000. Prior to your commitment you will be mailed a business brochure, the application and license agreement (contract), document of disclosure, diskette samples, references and testimonials and videocassettes. Your investment is supposed to result in training, software and technical support. The references are commonly shills – the name for people that a company hires to provide favorable but dishonest testimonials.

The reality is that medical billing is seldom a lucrative work at home Internet business. Few people who purchase these programs are able to find enough clients to even recoup their investment much less make a living at it. It’s not that medical billing isn’t a legitimate business. It’s that the competition is fierce and the market is saturated.
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Monday, November 20, 2006

Your Home-Based Business and Web Words

Your Home-Based Business and Web Words
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

http://moniquerh.3stepsecret.com


Your work at home based Internet business relies heavily on your Web marketing to bring in new customers. To make this tactic work you must know how to write great sales copy for your site. Here are some ideas on just how to do that.

The first tip for keeping consumers on your site and inducing them to buy your product or service is to create headlines that get their attention. Of course, it has to be followed by material that keeps their attention, but we’ll get to that later.

Don’t be weak, but don’t be hyperbolic. If you’re weak you’re boring and not very convincing. If you use hyperbole you won’t be believed or trusted – the kiss of death for a work at home based Internet business. What we mean by weak is, “Welcome to my site. I think you’re going to like what you see here.” Well, if you’re not sure, they sure won’t be. Hyperbole is, “You’ll be glad you found the only site you’ll ever need again.” Yeah, right. Bye.

There are two things you must focus on when you create your site headlines. People want help and information, and they want it fast. Get right to the point. If you’re offering legal services for DUI citations you might start off by saying, “We can help You Save Your Job, Your License, Your Freedom and Your Reputation.” See how that works? You haven’t promised you will, because of course you can’t. But you’ve gotten right to the heart of why they are seeking you out, told them emphatically that you can help them, and did it in a dramatic and attention-getting way.

A work at home based Internet business must know its target audience and hone in on that segment of Web users. You can’t be everything to everyone, nor can your copy convincingly claim that. You must know what you are going to offer and to whom you are going to offer it and then focus your sales copy and your advertising campaign to bring those folks to your site. The best way to learn about who your audience is may have to be to get a small audience to your site and then see who they are and where they go. Your Web host can provide the details of the server logs from which you will learn which pages are the most popular, not only because they are visited most often but because users stay on them the longest. They can also tell you the days and times of day most people come to your site as well as the point at which (the page) they leave your site.

From this you’ll know your age, gender, and other demographics of your niche (if you’ve been smart and required or encouraged free registration) and what pages need rewrite and redesign to keep folks from leaving at that point.

The other important sales tactics for your work at home based Internet business are to establish business credibility with clear contact information, clear biographies of all key players in the business, and business testimonials. You want to focus not only on the features of your products and services but their benefits as well. Tell your potential customers what you can do for them. Don’t forget, as many do, to ask for that sale – over and over again.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Steps to Avoid When You Start Your Home-Based Business

Steps to Avoid When You Start Your Home-Based Business
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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When you start a home based business on the Internet – or anywhere else for that matter – there are commonplace mistakes to avoid. Here are some of these mistakes.

The first tip on what not to do when you start a home based business on the Internet is to concentrate not only on the product or service you are delivering but the business management aspects of your business as well. If, for example, you worked for someone else as a Web site designer, did a great job of designing a number of laudable sites and so decided to go out on your own and start a home based graphic design on the Internet you must know more than how to design the sites. You must know also how to choose your business name, write the content for the site or hire someone else to do it, advertise your service, set up and manage your accounting functions, perhaps even hire employees some day.

You must know how to set up your home office and how to manage the customer service and vendor contacts including payments and complaints. None of these things have anything to do with designing a great Web site but they all are crucial to starting a home based business on the Internet.

Many people make the mistake when they start a home based business on the Internet of taking on the wrong business partner either to gain additional finances or to increase and round out the firm’s business expertise. Some of these business partners are friends, former colleagues or family members. Most of the time these partnerships crash and burn, bringing about the additional disadvantage of ruined personal relationships as well. Before bringing in a partner to help start a home based business on the Internet consider other financial resources and the use of consultants.

Sometimes starting a home based business on the Internet doesn’t have to mean starting from scratch, and sometimes it shouldn’t mean that. If you haven’t done your market research you may not realize that the market won’t support your product. The product may not be workable, may not have a large enough market, or the market might be saturated. There are times when the best start is buying into a proven franchise or buying out someone else who has made a success and for some sound reason such as retirement or illness, wants to sell their proven and lucrative firm.

Some entrepreneurs start a home based Internet business but dream small dreams. They stop at the point where they are making a decent wage instead of aiming for the entrepreneur stars.

Many start a home based Internet business by undercutting those that are already out on the Web with similar products. While that may be a sound way to start it can’t generally continue or you’ll always be fighting a battle to make a living wage and may be forced to cut quality corners, or reduce advertising and marketing tactics in order to turn some sort of meager profit. One of the best ways to compete on the Web is to offer great customer service, to go beyond anonymity to warm relationships with your customers. If you start a home based business on the Internet treating your customer as if she or he is the only one that counts, you’ll have repeat business and well on your way to netpreneurial success.

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