How To Start An Online Business and Some Online Business Ideas

With the state of the economy and thousands of people around the globe losing their jobs every day alternative sources of income are becoming more and more popular. The purpose of this article is to direct you to the right information that will teach you how to start an online business. Also I am going to leave you with some online business ideas as well as tell you things that you should avoid.The internet is growing at a phenomenal rate every single day. There are over 700,000,000 people that have access to the internet daily. So with all the online businesses in existence we have only just scratched the surface of this incredibly fast growing behemoth. There will always be plenty of room for anyone that wants to learn how to start an online business. I hope this article helps inspire you to come up with some online business ideas of your own.I have been on the internet marketing for approximately 2 years now and I am here to tell you that it gets more exciting every single day. I can hardly contain myself when I think about all that is going on with the internet and the changing economy. I know people become apprehensive and afraid when they think about the state of the future economy however I cannot help but be ecstatic. The reason for this overwhelming feeling of euphoria that I experience daily is not only a positive attitude which helps by the way, but the knowledge that the economy has always gone up and down usually in 7 year cycles give or take a few years. Also is my belief that where we are going is exciting and filled with unparalleled opportunity. Let me explain.What we are going through I believe is what is called a paradigm shift. The world we live in has been and continues to become an information based society. The way we communicate is almost instantaneous in most cases due to technology and the internet. We can talk to people anywhere in the world in mere seconds with our computers and an internet connection.That is the beauty in learning how to start an online business. Here are some of the benefits.
Unlimited Income Potential
Absentee Ownership
Freedom To Live Anywhere And Anyway You Want To (provided you have internet access)
Inexpensive Start Up Costs
Some Of The Best FREE Training Available If You Know Where To Look
You Control Your Time And Income
Easily Work From Home
Unlimited Supply Of Prospects
These are just a few of the benefits. There are many more of course as you will find out for yourself if you decide to head out on your own internet adventure. The possibilities are unlimited. You never know from day to day who you are going to meet. The world you experience on the internet is so much bigger than the world we go out into as a general rule. You can go anywhere in the world you choose in a moments notice. You will meet people all across this huge planet of ours. Below are some online business ideas designed to get you thinking about what you want to do and maybe come up with some ideas of your own.Choose Your NicheThe first thing you need to do in your endeavor to learn how to start an online business is decide what your niche is going to be. There are 1,000′s of things you could possibly do online. Affiliate marketing, network marketing or MLM (multilevel Marketing), eBay, ClickBank. ClickBank deals in all digital products such as e-books etc. You can sign up for an account and become an affiliate of the different products they promote. You could also create your own product. My personal niche is network marketing because I like the walk away income potential. The hottest things that sell on the internet are software and e-books.Find The Proper Training And SupportThe next thing you will need to do is find the right place to put your trust in for the correct training and support to help you learn how to start an online business. You can Google online marketing training. Just be very careful because I know this is hard to believe but there are those who just want to make money off you and do not care about your success. However there are many good marketers. Here are some things to watch out for
Wild crazy income claims: Make $12,248.56 in3 days etc.
No real product behind the promotion. Get details of the product and how it will be used
No congruent message. They use gimmicks to get you to click on their ad and when you get there what they are selling you is something totally different than what they lead you to believe.
No good iron clad guarantee. I know this is questionable however anyone serious business person should be willing to stand behind what they are selling 100%.
No testimonials. This too is something to watch for because there are those who get paid to give testimonials
The main thing to remember is that you have to do your due diligence to find that one individual that you feel comfortable with to train you. Go to a lot of sites and you will eventually see the ones that are good over and over again. See if their testimonials are verifiable. When you decide on one then stick with that one until you learn what you need to before going on to another otherwise you will end up with tons of e-books and courses that you download and none are used and you are even more confused than when you first started out. Keep everything you download saved to a file with that programs or the trainers name.Another Thing To Remember is do not opt in to every offer you see that promises you to make a fortune online especially in an incredibly short period of time, not that that can’t happen but that it is unlikely. Any business takes time, work and some investment. The internet is no different however you can start a business easier online than offline with a very small investment if you get the right training from the correct source and the rewards of owning an internet business as opposed to an offline business are phenomenal. You can start an online business and succeed. Like any other business it is a skill that can be learned. Realize that it will require some investment just like any other business also.Do not make an investment in hosting for your website, when you are ready, or any other tool in learning how to start an online business that you are not sure you can keep. Once you start don’t give up and just keep at it and I promise you will make money if you do what they tell you to do, but don’t start opening 100′s of e-mails from tons of offers you have opted into and get discouraged and not do what they ask you to do and then blame the teacher. Follow a system and you will be successful. Also support from your spouse is essential if you want to be successful in your efforts to learn how to start an online business.I will have more articles that will further expound on what I have already written with more ideas and do’s and don’t's in your endeavor to start an online business.With the state of the economy and thousands of people around the globe losing their jobs every day alternative sources of income are becoming more and more popular. The purpose of this article is to direct you to the right information that will teach you how to start an online business. Also I am going to leave you with some online business ideas as well as tell you things that you should avoid.The internet is growing at a phenomenal rate every single day. There are over 700,000,000 people that have access to the internet daily. So with all the online businesses in existence we have only just scratched the surface of this incredibly fast growing behemoth. There will always be plenty of room for anyone that wants to learn how to start an online business. I hope this article helps inspire you to come up with some online business ideas of your own.I have been on the internet marketing for approximately 2 years now and I am here to tell you that it gets more exciting every single day. I can hardly contain myself when I think about all that is going on with the internet and the changing economy. I know people become apprehensive and afraid when they think about the state of the future economy however I cannot help but be ecstatic. The reason for this overwhelming feeling of euphoria that I experience daily is not only a positive attitude which helps by the way, but the knowledge that the economy has always gone up and down usually in 7 year cycles give or take a few years. Also is my belief that where we are going is exciting and filled with unparalleled opportunity. Let me explain.What we are going through I believe is what is called a paradigm shift. Go to http://www.taketheleap.com/define.html for a fantastic explanation of a paradigm shift. The world we live in has been and continues to become an information based society. The way we communicate is almost instantaneous in most cases due to technology and the internet. We can talk to people anywhere in the world in mere seconds with our computers and an internet connection.That is the beauty in learning how to start an online business. Here are some of the benefits.
Unlimited Income Potential
Absentee Ownership
Freedom To Live Anywhere And Anyway You Want To (provided you have internet access)
Inexpensive Start Up Costs
Some Of The Best FREE Training Available If You Know Where To Look
You Control Your Time And Income
Easily Work From Home
Unlimited Supply Of Prospects
These are just a few of the benefits. There are many more of course as you will find out for yourself if you decide to head out on your own internet adventure. The possibilities are unlimited. You never know from day to day who you are going to meet. The world you experience on the internet is so much bigger than the world we go out into as a general rule. You can go anywhere in the world you choose in a moments notice. You will meet people all across this huge planet of ours. Below are some online business ideas designed to get you thinking about what you want to do and maybe come up with some ideas of your own.I will have more articles that will further expound on what I have already written with more ideas and do’s and don’t's in your endeavor to start an online business.

Fast Weight Loss – A No-Brainer

It is common knowledge that the key to opening the door of weight loss is eating lesser calories and exercising more often -but just a few people actually use that key. Why…? It’s because they all attempt finding quick weight loss plans that might work in the short-term (i.e. helping them lose a few pounds quickly), but definitely wouldn’t work in the long-term because it really does not provide measures to maintain the loss.If you fall under the category of those that believe that the next rapid weight loss fad would work for them, then I guess you should have a complete rethink. To be candid, this quickie diets have nothing to offer except for the loss of water weight and surprisingly -muscle mass.What does this mean? It means that achieving a true weight loss actually involves a long-term commitment to restructuring one’s lifestyle from start to finish, most importantly when it relates to one’s diet and exercise. Although, there exist a few situations when perhaps an instant weight loss would be satisfactory.Although fast weight loss methods do come handy in some situations, but for a sustainable results, you need to show commitment and eagerness towards re-planning your lifestyle that mainly targets your diet and exercise. Other fast weight reducing methods only result in water weight loss or muscle mass loss. A genuine weight loss requires time, patience and commitment. However, in some situations, you can use these fast weight loss plans that can come handy.Can’t wait? Need Fast Results?Are you just a few extra pounds far from reaching your ideal weight? Do you want to get rid of these few extra pounds? And do you really want to get rid of these extra pounds within a couple of weeks? If your answer is yes then the only solution for you is to show strong willpower and start working on your fast weight loss plan now.One of the most important parts of any weight loss method is excessive drinking of water. Whether you are using shorter and temporary weight reducing plans or long-term and permanent weight reducing plans, drinking excessive amounts of water is a must in every weight reducing plan.Drinking more water results in flushing more fat; hence hydrating your body. Another advantage of drinking more water is the fact that by doing this, you will eat less because your stomach would be already filled with water. So it is always recommended to drink a glass of water before your start your meal, in this way, you will eat less.Eating less is really a difficult task if your stomach is empty and you have your favorite meal in front of you. However, even if you have your favourite meal in front of you but you have had enough water before it, then you would be eating less than what you would have eaten if you hadn’t had enough water before it.In a fast weight loss method, you will be required to cut off the intake of sugary drinks, also called as fizzy drinks. You can substitute fizzy drinks with skimmed milk or zero calorie drinks. If you can continue this, it will guarantee weight loss of approximately 15 pounds in a year. But this can’t be achieved if you haven’t cut off fat and carbohydrates from your daily diet.Here are some more useful ideas.If you join any club with the intention of reducing weight by not using fast weight losing methods then you require really strong willpower since it will take time. If you goal is to reduce weight then you must show strong willpower. However, as mentioned earlier, there are times when a fast weight loss method can actually help you.You can use these methods during your struggle for reducing weight using traditional diet and exercise methods; making fast weight loss as a secondary method accompanied by the primary diet and exercise.The Hidden Secret of Negative-Calorie Foods – One secret to shedding that excess pounds is that practiced by most fast weight loss experts which is the taking-in of negative calorie foods in place of high calorie foods. One has to keep in mind that every food contains calories but for a particular food to gain that negative calorie label, the body would have to expend more energy in digesting it for further absorption.Examples of these fast weight loss foods include cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, papaya, celery, apples, cranberries, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, grapefruit etc.If you want to achieve fast weight loss then the combination of increased intake of water with negative calorie foods and exercising often would pose no difficulties in losing those few pounds that would transform you to your dream-size within a few weeks. But remember, the temporary loss of weight is only a stopgap unless you start a long-term dietary plan.

Current State of the Travel Industry in Singapore

PRICE COMPETITION IS TOO INTENSE IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY AND GROSS MARGIN IS ERODINGPrice competition is inevitable and perfectly normal in any industry. It is not surprising that the price competition is extremely intense in the local travel industry where there are more than 500 travel agents (including tour operators). The number has remained rather stable over the last few years – while there are travel agents exiting the industry, there are also new players coming in at the same time. This indicates the availability of opportunities in the travel industry.To stand out among your competitors is not easy and yet not that difficult either. What is needed is a strategy and patience to see through the changes you would like to have. I always believe that focus should not be on price alone (the cause of the price competition) but also on providing good customer service. I am not advocating free and good service though it would be good if the business can afford it. In fact, good services do come at a certain price. Free service does not equate to good service. And here is my definition of good customer service:”It is about delivering what the customer needs at the right price. And the right price does not mean rock bottom price.”"The ultimate goal of providing services is to help customers spend their time, effort/or money efficiently.”Another definition on “Good Customer Service”Giving customers more than what they THINK they are paying for.Not charging customers based on exactly what they are getting.Further ReadingsGuidelines on Good Customer ServicesDefying Expectations. How Good Customer Service Can Turn a Negative Into a PositiveWould you like to tell us what you think? Click here to go to the forum.CUSTOMER RETENTION — A NEGLECTED STRATEGYTravel agents who have been in business for some time should have collected a sizeable amount of customers details in their company databases. And most of them would have made use of the database to retrieve customers’ information only when these customers return to purchase more goods and services. Unknown to these companies, the real value of this database is actually measured by what the company could do with it to profit the business. Instead, they made use of customer data to complete registration and fulfill administrative needs but totally missed the opportunity to inform their existing customers about current promotions offered on a regular basis. Travel agents need to realize that these previous customers are actually taking less risk to purchase from an agent whom they have purchased services before. Hence, getting more business by creating customer loyalty is definitely a cheaper and more effective means than general advertisement on papers and magazines. And also, bear in mind that existing satisfied customers are good referrals too, they help to bring in more sales.Would you like to tell us what you think? Click here to go to the forum.A SINGLE SALESMAN COMPANYThere are a fair number of small travel agencies in Singapore that are run with only one salesperson, that is, the boss himself/herself. While this may be a normal way for these companies to start out, many amongst them have reached a point where their businesses growth is hindered by the fact sales is very much dependent on just the owner. In a situation like this, when making purchases, customers recognize only the salesperson or the owner and not the company or brand it sells. As a result, the owner cannot sell the business to another party. Sales simply cannot be effectively transferred to the new owner without also buying over the services of the existing owner.Similarly, owners of travel agencies which depend solely on the competence of a single salesman to sustain the business run into the same risk of being held ransom by the salesman. Should the salesman leave the company, he is also likely to bring all the company’s customers along with him. To address this challenge, the company must seriously think of a way to build up the brand of the company so that the company can become an independent entity and its sales will not easily taken away by anybody.Would you like to tell us what you think? Click here to go to the forum.ABOUT OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCYIn my analysis of the local travel industry, I noticed that staff salary has gone down significantly in 2003 and then started to climb up gradually. What happened was salary has increased correspondingly with sales growth. However, there has been no indication that the companies are making use of these staff more efficiently by increasing their productivity level. By that, I do not mean longer hours for the staff, but rather producing more work at a shorter period of time. Without this, the staff salary will continue to increase. In time to come, labour cost would become unsustainable and may cause the business to go into the red. And this also can happen in situations where sales are still growing. It is not strange for travel agencies to fold up their businesses even if the sales are good.To forestall that, business owners must make sure that as the salary of staff increases, the productivity of the staff also increases correspondingly. This ensures that staffs are adding more value to the business while their salaries increase.Would you like to tell us what you think? Click here to go to the forum.THE USE OF THE INTERNETI wish to highlight that Internet is a tool that has been unfortunately neglected by most of the travel agents. Interestingly, SynergyWorks website which publishes the names of participating travel agents of the NATAS benchmarking study has somehow attracted many surfers while they were searching for the websites of these travel agents. One reason is that these travel agents do not have a website of their own. If SynergyWorks was their competitors, we would have tried to convert these potential customers into ours. As more and more users become internet savvy, companies with good websites (can be found by the search engine) will definitely have an upper hand in increasing their market shares.PS: Take the test. Key in your company name in full (e.g. XXX (S) Pte Ltd) into Google and see whether my company is ranked higher than yours.Would you like to tell us what you think? Click here to go to the forum.THE NEED TO HAVE A BASIC SYSTEMI discovered that many agents do not have a good system that they could rely on to monitor their businesses. Some of them could not even see the value of a good system. (Note: A good and suitable system does not equate to expensive system). As such, they are not able to evaluate their performance on a regular basis. They rely on their gut feel, which may not provide them with reliable information about their own businesses. This also means that they may not know exactly where their sales are coming from, unable to consolidate their businesses and develop on their key strengths. Neither would you be able to get repeated businesses from your existing customers. Evaluating your businesses based on sentiments is not accurate — it is relative and cannot be quantified. Take for example, sales in November were very good, but in December, sales turned very bad. Based on gut feel, a travel agent might conclude that his business is not too good. However, the fact is that the high sales in November have actually more than compensated the poor sales in December.