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Small Business Ideas

Advice For Dads Starting an Online Business in 2013

Play to your strengths:
Are you a Dad who throws himself in at the deep-end with new ventures? If so, people are probably always telling you to slow down and look before you leap. However, you are what is known as a quick starter and this is how you could achieve your best results: by following your instincts.
Are you a Dad who needs to research things heavily and read lots of books before you begin? If so, people probably assume you’re a procrastinator, when in fact you are simply driven by the facts and need to know the details before attempting something new. Be true to yourself, as this is your best way of achieving success. If so, find a niche, research what people want, what they are prepared to spend money on and create a product (or three!) that will add value to people’s lives by giving them great solutions and highly valuable information.
Are you a dad who likes to seek expert advice and tuition before starting something and only then can proceed? If so, get a coach, follow a successful proven to work programme and use the internet to set you free!
As with any business model, it makes sense to start a business that you have an established skill set in, as well as one that you will wholly enjoy being involved in. We all know that some businesses are borne purely from a passion and often that is all that is needed to see you through, but some business acumen is always going to be necessary unless you have enough financial backing to outsource to professionals immediately. However, a mixture of both skill and passion means a strong starting point in starting up your business. We all hear about people who love what they do for a living, and we all quietly envy the fact that they do, unless you are one of the fortunate ones who is in their perfect role. But by choosing an online business where you are honestly over excited about what it is about, minimises the risk of you not enjoying it by vast amounts.
Whilst of course trends, methodology and preferences can vary vastly from country to country, there certainly exists a strong element of overlap. Not only does this mean that potentially you may be able to take a business model or idea that has become a proven success in another country and be among the first to bring it to your own nation, but it also works the other way around too. You may well discover a market for your business in another country, and even potentially sell or franchise your business idea abroad also. However, bear in mind that your business will have to prove its worth, profit potential and future longevity first. Always take one step at a time.

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Setting and Starting Your Own Jobsite

Type in the words ‘jobsite’ on any Internet search engine and you will get, at last count, some 9 million items. Many of these jobs sites are general services offering positions varying from teaching jobs to telecommunications sales people. Invariably, most of these sites have very few positions available and consequently very few hits. However, some 8% of the job sites online are large profitable organisations turning over a net profit of over $2 .5 million a year. This is an average figure.
To create a commercially viable jobsite that has a chance of distinguishing itself online there are a number of things you must do. The first thing is research, research, research. Spend some time on identifying a gap in the market. After that, your next task will be to create a market in that gap.
If you have some experience working in a certain profession for a number of years then this is a good place to start. Specialising in one particular type of occupation or profession gives you several advantages. First of all, you are able to use your previous contacts in order to spread the word about what you’re doing. Although paid for advertising will have a role to play later on, good old-fashioned word-of-mouth is a great way to start the ball rolling.
Secondly, you may already belong to a professional organization within your field. Contact them and let them know that you have a jobsite tailored specifically for their members. If you are already registered with this professional organization, you may well find that they are open to the idea of advertising your agency for you.
It’s also important to quickly identify who else is offering a very similar service to the one that you’re proposing to launch as a business idea. In order to ensure your project survival it’s important to adopt a ‘blue ocean’ strategy of business management. According to management strategists, the red ocean school of thought relies purely on undercutting your rivals, flooding the market with your product to muscle them out and (in some cases or) offering your goods or services at a price that leaves a very thin profit margin for yourself.
This strategy creates a red ocean which is quite literally awash with either your blood or that of your competitors. The blue ocean school of thought advises you to focus on growing the market by introducing something new. This ensures that you have no competition, at least for a little while, while also providing consumers with an alternative to existing products or services. So, identify who else is in your market, what they’re doing, and how your jobsite will add to the overall industry.
As your business will be an online one, search engine optimisation will be essential to its survival. Making sure that your site comes up whenever someone searches for relevant keywords in your industry will help boost your Google rankings and also direct jobseekers and agencies your way. There are many aspects of search engine optimisation that you can do yourself, although it’s always advisable to get an expert on board. There are also online forums that can provide you with free pointers on what you can do to boost your sites visibility.
Once people come to your site it has to be easy to use and intuitive to those who may not be expert Internet surfers. Make sure that all of the links work and that all of the pages are updated regularly. It’s a good idea to view your new site in many browsers for example Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox and the new Google Chrome. You may find that the site looks slightly different from one browser to another. This will allow you to iron out any wrinkles that users may experience depending on which browser they have on their PC or Mac. People also feel more comfortable if they can get hold of the site administrator should any problems arise. Giving a working contact number or e-mail address in the “contact us” section is a good idea.
The most important aspect of any jobsite has to be the availability of jobs. There are a handful of companies that will provide a vacancy population service for your site. None of these services are free, and most of them charge fees starting from $4000 a month.
A more viable option would be for you to talk directly to companies that are already advertising positions and asking them if they would like to place their job vacancies on your site. This can be a laborious and time-consuming endeavour but, ultimately, it’s one that will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Also advertising on the free classified sites that you have a job service available online is a pretty handy way of spreading the word.
Lastly, give it time. The most successful websites often take months if not years to become big hits with Internet users. There’s no reason why yours shouldn’t be. Just work hard at it every day, involve to solve (that is, involve people in order to solve problems) and put yourself in the position of both the jobseeker and the job agency. Ask yourself: “how can I make their lives easier?”
The answer may well give you an insight that others have overlooked.

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Business Ideas in Starting Business

Starting business is never easy enough. You will always be burdened by decision-making and having the right mindset is your only means to get through it. Starting a small business is not very different from starting a big one. In fact, most businesses sprout from the utilization of a single idea that works in the market.

Identifying this idea is the start of your endeavor. You need to take that extra step into finding one idea that suits you and one that will work for your advantage in the market. In starting business, defining the factors that affect the way you will consider a business idea is necessary in finding one.

A successful business starts from a business idea that works for the people within the market. In choosing an idea to use for your business you need to take into account several things that will be useful in choosing the business that will be good for you.

Passion. It is important to choose what is within your interest as an individual. A business that you are passionate about will be good for you because you can always find a way to make it marketable. You can always add something that will make it more competitive in the market because you know the things that need to be innovated within the range of your interests.

Market. What is in demand? This is a consideration that you need to really think about. Even if you are passionate about a certain business idea, if it is difficult to create a need for it in the market, chances are, your idea will not work. The market is an important aspect of your business. Therefore, in choosing an idea for your business, make sure to think about your prospects and how to create a demand for it in the market.

Costs and Availability. It is important that you know if it will fit your capital requirements. A business idea that will be suitable for you is one that you can spend for within your allotted capital. Its availability also needs to be identified. This way, you can provide your clients with better service with an available business idea that you will choose to work on.

Commitment. A new business idea can be an existing one. The one thing that will help you in taking it into a whole new level is the commitment that you can give toward making it marketable. Choosing a business idea will be so much easier if you know that you can commit to making it work to the best of your abilities.

Ultimately, choosing a business idea can be a difficult task. Having the right information regarding the business that you want to gamble into can make choosing worthwhile for you. Knowing these factors can help you take the first step toward starting your own business. Remember that in starting business,you can do all things with the right mindset and the right information. Taking that initial leap toward your desired business is attainable so what are you waiting for?