Budding entrepreneurs are often confused about what kind of business would be ideal for them. This is made worse by the fact that the internet today has added a new dimension to the business horizon by making available even more choices. It shouldn’t matter a lot whether you choose to start a business offline or online so long as you know what you are doing. This article aims however to provide some insight into the pros and cons of both courses of action.
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The most common question I am often asked by some of my customers who are newbies is ?Is it too late to start an internet business?. My answer to that is an emphatic, No.
This is because I cannot think of a better business to do today.
Have you ever considered the alternatives and compared them with an Internet business?
Look at the newspapers and magazines classified ads where franchise opportunities are advertised. The cost of buying into a franchise business opportunity is prohibitive to say the least. The reason for this is that you are buying in to an established business that has hopefully tested many of its management and marketing variables and is now deemed profitable. The creator of the business idea has endured all the pain that naturally comes with starting a brand new business off the ground. He is now enjoying a moderate to high level of success in his enterprise, hence the franchise roll out.
The franchise roll out inevitably becomes another income stream for him. What is not guaranteed (and no one can give you any guarantee whatsoever in any business venture) is that you will enjoy the same level of success, when the business is moved in to your neighbourhood. Therein lies the risk after you have paid huge sums of money to the franchise owner. The advantage of a franchise business deal is the enterprise is essentially ready for take-off.
The other alternative is to be innovative and creative, such that you start an entirely new business with your own idea (which you can actually claim the copyright). Take the financial risks, put in the hours, sweat it out and may be, just may be you could become successful and who knows, you may just roll out your own franchise as well. This might just appeal to you if you?ve got plenty of time and money to spare.
Step forward the Internet.
I have never known a business enterprise where the start up cost can be so low so long as you are careful and don?t get sucked in to ?get rich quick? schemes. Not very many people will argue with the fact that an internet business can be started with $1000 and under with careful planning and right tutoring.
What?s more, you don?t have to deal with employees, you certainly can run it from home (therefore no rentals), you can certainly work it part time at the start and become full time once you become comfortable with your earnings.
Other benefits of internet marketing include:
Pitching and selling directly to the world-wide market.
Automated sales and credit card payment making it possible to make sales 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Altering products prices and promotion to determine what the market wants.
Easy list building of your customers as they pass through your online store.
Operate your business from anywhere in the world as long as connection to the internet exists wherever you are.
Although to the newbies, the internet business might appear congested on the surface, the internet cake is a multi-billion dollar one and stretching into trillions shortly. It can only get bigger. Get in and get your own slice!
There are three ways to get in on the action.
Your idea for internet business could be competitive ( ?me too? model) or complementary to an existing idea or completely new and novel. If you have those three lines of thought, coming up with an internet business idea will surely pay dividends in the end with the right internet marketing strategies.
Don?t forget too that with time, your income from your internet business will soar well above your efforts. I?m sure you heard about one of the top internet marketers who made one million dollar sales in 24 hours from one product. Every day, vast sums of money are being made on the internet legitimately by all sorts of internet marketers, some of whom have no significant educational qualifications. You will Work Less and Earn more as you learn the art of strategic internet marketing. A word of caution though ? do not expect overnight success. It takes time to build your business to highly profitable levels. Choose a business niche that you have insatiable interest in and also reinforces your strength. This way you will have fun and make money at the same time. One trick I learnt much later to my cost is to do what the so-called Gurus are doing, not what they are saying —– yes do what they do, not what they say!
To succeed, you will need to be very organized especially if you are running the business part-time, manage your time intensely, assemble the relevant marketing tools and acquire the required knowledge and skills. Get this right and you will be well on your way to a 6-figure income in the shortest possible time.
Fact: The internet has created more millionaires than any other business medium in history.
You just need to learn to do it the right way.
About the author:
Joseph Amagada helps self-employed online newbies and small business owners make more profits in less time. To receive free marketing tips that will boost your profits send a blank email to: mailto:joe@BizPathfinder.net
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