The challenge in dealing with dead computers and downed websites is that getting technical help can take a long time and be expensive. However, many problems can be troubleshooted and fixed without advanced tech knowledge. In Be Your Own Tech Support, I provide tips on how to figure out what's wrong and how to fix it when your computer or website crash. It can help you avoid spending all day and a fortune on tech help.
Have you ever woken up to find your computer won't turn on or your website is down? What did you do?
What home office features can't you live without? (For me, it's natural light!)
Are there other HTML codes you find a necessity in your website/blog?
What tips do you have for taking a break from your home business?
Back in the 1970s when LLCs were first developed, many states didn't recognize them so to have one you had to form it in another state, which had all sorts of costs and paperwork making it an expensive hassle. Today though, LLCs are everywhere. While they cost more and involve more paperwork than a sole proprietorship, it's not as scary and difficult as it once was. In fact, I just formed a new LLC in 10 minutes through my state's corporation commission.
There are several advantages to forming an LLC, the biggest of which is protecting your personal assets from a business lawsuit. As a single-owner LLC, the IRS views the business the same as a sole proprietorship, which means your taxes aren't any more complicated. In LLCs Made Simple, I outline what's involved in forming an LLC. The eight steps are straight forward and include resources to learn more and get started.
Buzz or viral marketing is one of the most effective ways to reach people because it's cheap and information from peers is more likely to be looked at than basic ads. However, it's also a challenge because it's difficult to predict and therefore create content that will pique interest and have people passing it along to others. You need to study other successful viral campaigns and track the success of your own to get a better feel of what spreads and what doesn't.
In Viral Marketing - Tips to Getting People to Talk About You, I cover nine ways you can create online content that consumers share, thereby helping you spread your message.
What content have you created that created a buzz?
Is your business totally flexible or do you need to work set hours to meed client needs?
Here are some other articles on summer and seasonal business ideas:
8 Outdoor or Seasonal Home Based Business Ideas
10 Best Small Business Ideas for Students
6 Fall Small Business Ideas for Making Quick Bucks
Basically, a business plan is designed to help you figure out where you are, what you want to offer, to whom you want to offer it and how you're going to make it happen. It's a road map. I've met many people who don't have a business plan, probably because they got overwhelmed. But business plans are helpful in identifying what you need to do to achieve your goal. It provides focus and guidance.
Once created, a business plan doesn't go into a drawer. Instead, it's a living document that will grow and change with the needs of your business. And when you're feeling lost, as will happen sometimes, it will help you focus and get back to the basics.
For an easy to understand and create business plan, read Business Plans Made Simple, which gives you the questions you need to answer and why in creating a usable business plan. You won't find complicated SWOT analysis or graphs. Simply answer the questions in a few words or sentences, and you'll be on your way to a successful home business.
Before the Internet, the only way to generate passive income was through residual options such as writing a book, making music or investments. The Internet changed that. Now you can build passive income using web-based systems day after day, while you sleep, play with the kids or travel the world. Creating passive income involves work to create and set up the system, but once it's up and running, your efforts greatly decrease.
That's not to say you don't do any work once your passive income stream is set up. Instead, your work involves maintaining the system and marketing. In Earn Passive Income Through an Email Course, I outline what it takes to write a course, build a sales and thank you page, set up course delivery through an email system, and adding payment processing. All this takes a fair amount of effort, but once it's in place, all you need to do is market your course. The website will sell it, the payment processor will collect the money and send the buyer to the course, and the email system will deliver the course. I've created 9 email courses, all running on their own. All I do is tell people about them. If you're looking for ways to add to your income stream without trading hours for dollars, you should check out passive income options such as email courses.
Have you ever taken an email course?