It is a fact that a great many online home business opportunities on the internet sell you on the lifestyle benefits and I am sure most of us have fallen for it once if not twice. They are very convincing in their sales pitch and use of images to make you believe that you are able to retire in 6 months, become a millionaire in 1 year, able to quit your job next month and buy a huge mansion and own the trendiest sports cars.
There is also the very attractive sales line of starting an online home based business that is fully automated, which implies that you, the business owner, do not have to do very much in order to earn a huge amount of money. This is far from the truth. There certainly is a great deal of work to be done if you seriously intend building a successful and profitable online home business.
It is due to the above that so many people fail in their online business endeavours. They have been misled into believing that owning a profitable online home based business is the easiest thing in the world without having to apply any basic business principals. They have been duped into believing that they can actually earn vast amounts of money with very little work.
The most important success strategy that you can adopt is to treat your online home based business like a real business, not a hobby. There are basic proven success strategies that the highly successful online business owners put into practice on a daily basis and you can implement them too.
Even though you have probably started your online home based business while still working a day job you need to try and get rid of the “part-time” attitude and work the business in the few hours you have available with a “full time attitude”.
In order to have a successful and profitable online home based business you need to apply basic business principals with a full time attitude to everything related to the business i. e.internet marketing, ad tracking, cash flow management, product testing, customer service, website updates and maintenance, email marketing, etc.
You really need to be firm with yourself and make the decision to either get into business or get out. Once you have decided that you are in business only then can you move up a gear or two to accept the challenge and take on the responsibility of building a profitable online home based business.
Just because a business is online does not mean that it is exempt from these basic business principals. You need to be sure that you are selling something that has value and you need to market the product in such a way that you attract the right potential customers to your website. You need to meet your potential customer’s requirements and expectations in order to turn then into actual customers.
Make sure that potential customers visiting your site have some way of contacting you, by email, fax or phone – this builds trust and gives you the opportunity to get to know your customers. It is only natural that they may have doubts or need questions answered prior to placing an order. Can they easily find their way around your website? Put your customers’ needs first. Answer queries promptly. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes and ask yourself if you had a good business experience.
It is good to put a face to a name, so if you do add a photograph to your website use a good professional head and shoulders shot as opposed to one of you lounging on the beach with your laptop and cocktail. Project a professional image of a real business – don’t hide away. Your business should be designed to fulfill a need and you will start making a profit when you put your customers’ needs first.
Internet marketing requires discipline and hard work. You need to know what is and isn’t working and why. You need to track every possible means that a potential customer has of finding your website. Conversion rates are important, especially if you are using PPC or other paid advertising. You need to constantly monitor and check and adjust where necessary.
You need to know your opt-in and opt-out statistics – at what stage are they opting out - find out why. What traffic sources generate the highest opt-ins? Track, test and monitor everything you do. If you make changes to your website, make one change at a time and when you get different results you will then know exactly what caused the new result.
Know what your top performing keywords and keyword phrases are and at what position in the search engines do they perform best. Know your click through rate to sales conversion rate.
The internet is a very fast changing environment and you need to break down every single process in your internet marketing chain and know exactly what is happening so that you can quickly make adjustments to keep up with the trends. The beauty of the internet is that you can track everything; it is just a matter of being disciplined and avoiding the guessing game.
Good cash flow management is essential. Time management is of utmost importance especially if you are only able to put in a few hours a day. Decide what is important and what is urgent. Have a daily task list with time limits on each.
In summary, provide something of value that solves a need or a problem. Show your potential customers, by projecting the right image, that you are a real professional business that cares. Attract the right customers by using the right keywords and keyword phrases in order to get targeted prospects. Never ever stop marketing your business you can never get enough exposure. Set aside a portion of your profits to invest back into the business.
These are the very basic business principals and online business success strategies that will form a very solid foundation to an online business. Combine these with your decision to “get into business” with a “full time attitude” and you are on the road to building a highly successful and profitable online home based business.
Cynthia Minnaar is the owner and webmaster of http://www.cyns-home-biz.com , the online home based business site for online home business opportunities, internet income training, web income ideas, ideas to start an online home business, online home business tools, ebooks and articles. Start your free internet income training today.