10 Feb

5 More Ways To Secure A Booming Home-Based Business

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 10.02.15 by John Meloche

Real Estate Concept. House with calculator and Piggy BankAs any business owner will tell you, running a business is no small feat. But that’s especially true for the entrepreneur running a business from home. In yesterday’s blog, we delivered a number of great tips to help home-based business owners find some new ways to grow their independently-run entities. There’s really no limit to what a home-based business owner can accomplish. Many have gone on to achieve massive success!

“Apple computers, Hershey’s, Mary Kay cosmetics, and Ford Motor Company all started out as home-based businesses,” Howcast.com reminds us. So just think of the possibilities! Arguably, running a business from home can be the most lucrative way to run a company. To begin with, you would have very little in terms of overhead and start up costs. Not having to rent a space will save you a lot of money, for starters.

Dummies.com also offers up some great encouragement. “Although no one can guarantee that your home-based business will bring you the fame and fortune you hope it will, if you work hard, price your products and services right, and keep your customers satisfied, you stand a good chance of doing just that,” reads the website. It goes on to provide some excellent suggestions for how to make your home-based business succeed. Here are five.

1. Do what you love. No job is easy to do if you don’t enjoy it. And when you’re the owner of a company, chances are that you made the decision to go into business yourself because you love what you do. This is an important step in being able to make sure you go somewhere with your brand. What could motivate you more to succeed than the enjoyment of working every day? “Doing what you love also sometimes requires that you ignore what other people want you to do for a living,” Dummies.com reminds us.

2. Set aside a real home office. It’s really important to treat your business like a business, the website insists. Even though you are working from home, your working environment should be conducive to working. Make a space that is exclusively for your business. Naturally, this will require such necessities as a desk, a chair, a computer, writing materials – you get the picture. Try not to visit this space outside of designated time to work. It will help to keep you focused.

3. Become an expert. Working from home should say something about the prowess you possess within your chosen field. It should not connote that you have a lazy nature that prevents you from wanting to go to work. It’s the opposite! You specialize in what you do. Dummies.com strongly suggests that you promote that about yourself. “People respect those who know more than they do,” says the site, “It makes good business sense for your clients to hire an expert instead of someone less experienced.”

4. Charge what you’re worth. One of the best (but also potentially hardest) aspects of running your business from home is that what you charge goes predominantly into your own pocket. So short-changing yourself isn’t exactly the best of ideas. It may be difficult to set prices that you think may be frowned upon, but it’s important to prove that you’re worth it. Dummies.com insists that “an instant going-out-of-business plan” includes charging your clients less than what you’re worth.

5. Ask for referrals. We’ve often blogged about the fact that there’s no better way to promote your brand than through word-of-mouth. And, in your case, it’s practically mandatory. If you’ve done your due diligence to make your current customers happy, ask them to pass along the word about your great work. “Word-of-mouth referrals are probably the least expensive and the most effective way of getting new business,” reads Dummies.com.

The promotional products offered by Synergy Marketing have long been known to encourage referrals. Learn more about how they can help to boost your home-based business by calling us at 1-877-748-9884 today!

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09 Feb

6 Steps To Ensure Your Home-Based Business Success

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 09.02.15 by John Meloche

Safe real estate“Small is beautiful,” says Rosalind Resnick on Entrepreneur.com. And we, at Synergy Marketing, couldn’t agree more! With small business owners all over Canada making up the majority of our client base, we know just how hard they work and how dedicated they are to their customers. Small business is the backbone of our nation, as far as we’re concerned. And we’re very happy to know that our promotional products help for so many small businesses to grow.

Some small business owners have businesses so small that they don’t even have a business location to speak of. There’s nothing at all wrong with that, by the way. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Canada operate from home. And home-based business owners, arguably, have to work harder than their industry counterparts. That’s because they often have it harder. As a result, there are a few steps that home-based business owners should take to ensure success. Here are six.

1. Focus on a single product or service. According to Resnick, it’s important to develop a speciality that your brand can be known for. “Market it, sell it, promote it – do everything you can to increase sales of that one product or service,” she insists. She recognizes that it may be tempting to expose all of the great products and services that you may be able to provide, but it’s a lot less risky to pick a product or two that you know you can execute really well.

2. Find ways to increase sales to your existing customers. It’s very often said that marketing to your existing customers is a lot easier and more profitable than attempting to secure new ones. And this goes double for the home-based business owner. Focus on selling more to the customers that you already have. “One easy way to do this is through volume discounts,” Resnick advises, “Another common practice is to reward loyal customers by giving them a punch card that entitles them to a free product or service for every 10 items they buy.”

3. Hire someone to help you out. Just because you run a home-based business doesn’t mean you have to run it alone. In fact, you could certainly make use of all the help you can get. Resnick suggests you secure the assistance of “an employee, a freelancer, an intern, an independent contractor (or) even your kids. Not only does this free up cash flow by adjusting your expenses to the level of work you bring in, but it also enables you to cultivate a large network of talented people you probably couldn’t afford to hire full time.”

4. Create a website to advertise your company or sell products online. To be honest, this particular tip should probably have topped the list. Not only should all companies have websites, but a home-based business owner practically depends on it. After all, with no official storefront, how else do you plan on getting your products and services to your clients? “Thanks to the Internet, it’s no longer necessary to open a store to reach retail customers,” Resnick reminds us.

5. Join forces with another business to promote your company. Partnering up with someone in a related industry is an excellent idea for an entrepreneur in your position. It’s also “one of the cheapest and easiest forms of marketing that you can employ,” Resnick insists. It also serves as a great form of word-of-mouth promotion as other business owners who have secured relationships with their clients will be deemed as reputable when they are recommending you. This goes a long way.

6. Show off your expertise. To get ahead in your marketplace, you’ll have to show how special you are. Resnick suggests that you send out e-mail newsletters, do guest-speaking gigs or teach a class. “Grassroots marketing techniques cost far less and are often much more effective,” she writes, “Most chambers of commerce and community groups are more than happy to provide a forum to a local business owner who’s willing to share his expertise at no charge.”

And, by the way, don’t forget to order up some great promotional gifts with your business logo on them by calling Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884!

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