How I Ran a Home Business After I Lost My Job

I was told I would not be able to keep up a home business after I lost my job and no longer had the money needed to support my home business.

This was a painful truth as I crunched my dollars and I had to give up:

1. My webhosted WordPress blog

2. My AWeber email autoresponder account

3. My primary business because I could not afford the monthly autoship

What I did to Keep My Home Business

It was obvious that I had to switch gears. Having a multi-level marketing (MLM) business was out of the question I was not in a place where I could have another bill. All cash flow was needed to keep the family home, pay bills and food. So I did some research and this is how I ran a home business and made money and eventually was able to join a MLM company that had a product I used, liked and an autoship fee I could afford.

1. I started a free blog at Blogspot. This is not the best way to present that you are a professional in my industry but it was better than nothing. I consulted with some six figure earners in the network marketing business and was encouraged to, “do what you got to do.”

2. I signed up for every free webinar I could attend to pick up any golden nuggets that were given related to networking on and offline, traffic generating strategies, blogging and prospecting. All of the webinars had a product to sell and I knew I could not buy but each gave me some tidbit to work with.

3. I was introduced to a free marketing system. I still use it today. The system automatically syndicates for you any and all content you place on the system i.e. comments, blogging, advertising. I built a network of associates and have joint ventured on projects that still bring results today. Whether money for marketing is an issue for your home business or not I recommend you check IBO Toolbox.

4. I was worried because “your money is in your list.” I had to drop AWeber which I have since set up an account again. I encourage you to do the same as soon as you can. However when I did not have the money for an autoresponder I used the free version of Icontact. You can go to Icontact.com. I do not use Icontact as my primary autoresponder today because I like the features in AWeber better and I think the price is moreaffordable. It was important to have an autoresponder and set up an opt in box on my blog.

5. I set up a few business email addresses using Gmail.com

6. I made one investment I bought an eBook that helped me bring it all together.

Now I was Ready for Business

I set up affiliate accounts with several networks and advertised their products and services online using free ad sites which I searched in Google and using Craigslist. Here are a few networks and techniques I used.

1. ClickBank

2. Shareasale

3. Commission Junction

4. Paid attention to announcements on Facebook about Prelaunches and signed up if it looked legitimate and of interest to my list

5. Also learned about prelaunches via emails I received having signed up for different webinars and conference call trainings.

There are many more you just have to search in Google affiliate networks, or affiliate programs for example. My favorite is ClickBank been around a long time and is a trusted marketplace.

This is how I managed a home business. It was not the fastest way to build my list partly I believe is the stigma that exist about using a free blog, and the learning curve regarding traffic generation. I stuck with it and followed to the best of my ability what the winners were doing. If you are anywhere near the situation I was in you realize I had no choice but to be determined.

Where I am Today!

1. I have a WordPress blog hosted by HostGator

2. I continue to sell other peoples products/services

3. Using my favorite autoresponder system AWeber

4. Joined my primary business and love it.

5. Believe in the power of keeping myself trained and having a safe community of like-minded people to learn from.

Take Away!

It wasn’t easy but it was possible

A slow process but it all worked out. I learned a lot, I contribute to my household again feeling proud. As I started earning with my business I slowly added to the business the systems and tools I needed to help me earn more and to perform task easily and freeing up time to spend with family. I hope you can see this for yourself.

The news has reported that for many people it is taking 1-2 years to find another job. It is time to live like you deserve feeling safe and secure. Do you think it would be worth trying something different that may help you and your family in the long run? If so complete the Opt-In box to the right of the page and receive information on how to start or continue your home business with a zero to minimal budget.

Business After Retirement – 5 Simple Tips to Start

Retirement is supposed to be the time in our lives when we are able to sit back, relax and reap the freedom of the golden years. What most people realize when they finally get there is that too much relaxation and freedom becomes boring. They start to realize that: they need to keep working to break the boredom, money should be coming in instead of going out, the cost of living is climbing outrageously, and they need enough money to have the financial freedom to travel to places they’ve always dreamed to be. Those are the few realizations aside from missing that feeling of accomplishment when they were still working. And that’s when business after retirement seriously comes to mind.

You need to plan ahead and build a good foundation if you are going to start a business after retirement. Here are the few tips that you might need to consider:

1. Assess yourself – are you a risk taker? Can you risk your retirement benefit? Because no matter how you look at it, starting a business involves monetary risk. Accepting that fact, you must also check if you have the ability and the will to work hard to be able to handle uncertainty. Most of all you must have the attitude of self discipline.

2. Pick the right business for you – if you are the kind of person who is driven by passion and wants to make a career out of it, chances are that you will attain success. The reason why increasing number of older Americans starts a business after retirement is know-how. After 50, you have gained the skills and experience that you are passionate about. That would really make a difference. For some people, owning their own business is fascinating. In this case, chose a business that has a demand and potential in times of growth and recession.

3. Come up with a solid business plan – As a retiree, you have a special advantage. You’ve probably had a career where you learned how to run a successful business, either through hands-on experience or through observation of how the business where you worked was run. Figure out what will make your product or service different or special, how you plan to attract customers and how you intend to beat the competition.

4. Find Great People – In a small business, the impact of a single team member can be enormous. Every person you add to your team must have a star quality – which means that the person must reflect your ideas and goals and will work with you through it. Is that possible? Absolutely. First, make sure you define what a star is within each role in your company. Then you can go find them.

5. Market and Sell – this is about getting the world to know about your business so customers come through your door or perhaps to your homepage. First, you’ll need to know and study your target market. Then develop or create a marketing message that will reach them. Make sure you maintain that message consistently and must be reinforced repeatedly so you can build your own brand or identity. Consistency gives the people a clear reason to be interested in your business.

When you are younger, you can afford to make a mistake, go out of business, even file for bankruptcy and still rebound. When you are older, there is simply less time to bounce back from significant business problems. Still, the wisdom of the years never fails.

Adjusting to a Work at Home Business After Working in the Corporate World

Adjusting to a work at home business after working in the corporate world may sometimes be difficult. In your corporate job you may have been accustomed to set hours of operation. These hours more than likely were twelve to fourteen hours long and with shifts during all hours of the day. Most of these jobs will require some travel abroad keeping you away from your family.

In actuality, working at home should be an easy adjustment. You no longer have to work the long hours and attend pointless meetings. You will now set your own work schedule allowing you to be flexible with your day. This time leverage will enable you to spend the time with your family that everyone desires. When you finally got home from your corporate job you had to do the typical family chores of laundry, cooking or cleaning. That is if you felt like it. Now you have the time freedom to complete these tasks while you work. You will more than likely find that you will be willing to actually cook. The best part of cooking when you have the time is that they will be healthier for you. You can now spend the time to properly prepare a meal rather than throw a frozen pizza in the oven.

The new work environment allows more family time. You can now spend quality time with your spouse and children whenever you want. Being able to take the family to the movies during the day on a weekday is priceless. You will probably have the whole theatre all to yourselves. Take a look at the parks around your neighborhood. I bet that they are crowded on the weekends and abandoned during the week. Use this to your advantage.

One of the biggest adjustments you will have to make is colleague interaction. You may have gotten use to all the people at the office. Or maybe you are one of those that did not like all the people. Either way you will not have to put up with that anymore. As long as you choose the right work at home opportunity that works for you, you will never really be alone. A good company will act as family and always be there for you. They will have daily calls and webinars that you can attend and participate in. if you are in your business to make serious money you will have to talk to people on the phone or face to face. There is just no way around that.

For some individuals, major adjustments will have to be made but for most, these adjustments are for the better. Better quality of life, more family time and downright happiness.