The Business Opportunity Guide

If you have the soul of an entrepreneur, the World Wide Web (WWW) opens all kinds of business opportunities with a very low initial investment. Never before has it been possible to start your own business with less than a thousand dollars, maybe even less if you already have a reliable computer with access to broadband internet. Is it easy? No, of course not. As the saying goes, if it were easy, anybody could do it. You’ll need to be patient, industrious, consistent and goal-oriented to be successful.

We are in a recession, everybody knows that. So, is this a good time to start your own business opportunity site? To be my own boss? To work whenever I feel like it in my pajamas? Allow me to make this outrageous statement: Now is the perfect time to start your own business and establish your unique brand. The facts are, that over 90 percent of the population are still employed and spending money.

Why am I saying this? Because this recession will end within the next 12 to 18 months, no doubt about it. If you wait to establish your own brand of products until after the recession ends, you will have lost this precious time to set up your business on solid ground. Other people may wait, but you won’t. And the best part is that you will be making money during this period because people cannot stop buying products that are a good deal, i.e. quality and low price. Again, this project won’t be easy, but if you are a quick learner and a hard worker, success is awaiting down the road.

OK, so what must I do to set up your own business? Here are 4 essential steps that will guide you at the outset:

1. Select Your Strategy. It can be giving a service, like transcriptions or giving tax advice; writing articles as a freelance writer; designing websites and programming if that’s your expertise; selling a product as an affiliate marketing site; selling your own book on how to lose weight quickly or how to eat the right food to become healthy; proofreading and editing for publishers or new authors, etc..

2. Get Training. Once you have decided what you want to do, research the numerous books and CDs available on the internet. They will explain step by step what to do to open a website and the various existing options.

3. Make Sure You Select The Right Logo. When people hit your site, you want them to remember your brand and your products. They will only dedicate a few seconds to read your information, so make sure colors and text are catchy. It may be worthwhile to hire a professional web designer for the purpose.

4. Drive Traffic to Your Site. There are various ways to drive traffic to your site; for example, you can set up email campaigns. Your message will hit thousands of people, so it is important again to hook them the first time with a persuasive short text. You can also post your URL on multiple directories and on social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. Write intelligent comments on multiple blogs with a link to your site. Publish well written articles on with a link to your site. You get the idea.

Don’t Give Up. Let’s be frank; most internet ventures fail after the first year. That’s where you come in with your iron will power. Do not become discouraged. If you picked the right product or service, you will eventually be successful. And don’t fall prey to these miracle ads that promise you tens of thousands in 6 months. They will make money, not you! Building online success in your business opportunity takes time and a daily focused commitment.

Real Estate Investment – The Top Three Questions on Finding Capital, Answered

Question I know where the deals are; I just don’t have any credit. How do I get investors?

Answer If you’re a real estate expert and you know where the deals are, and you’re able to find a deal, whether you have excellent or poor credit, you need to find a partner who has complementary skills to those that you have. A significant part of our program is about putting people with complementary skills together. I recognize complementary skills when I see them, and I want you to be able to recognize what your strengths and weaknesses are, so you can find other people who can fill in the gaps where your weaknesses are. There’s no harm or shame in admitting your weaknesses. In fact, great strength comes from acknowledging where your weaknesses are, because it enables you to fill in the gaps with other people who can collaborate with you, who bring different kinds of skills to the table.

Question Where are the funding sources for lending products?

Answer Lending products for successful real estate syndications are available through all of the traditional channels. Banks and real estate lenders are the best providers for these products, but depending on the circumstances, and depending on the nature of the collateral, hard-money lenders might be the way to go. There are many hedge funds in New York and in other places that have tremendous pools of capital that are available for you to tap into. If you do not know how to access these pools, I’m happy to make introductions and recommendations. However, I reserve these for people whom I know well, and for people who come through my programs, because these are prized contacts that I do not want to waste on people who are under-prepared to speak with them in the most sophisticated way.

Question Where do you get investors?

Answer This is the hardest part of the real estate game. If you don’t have investors, no matter how great the real estate is that you find, you are going to have a difficult time getting the job done. The best way to accumulate investors is to start small, deal with people you know, and grow your investment opportunities as you succeed and begin to develop an investor pool. There really is a lot of money out in the marketplace, and if you have a great deal, there is always somebody who has the money to fund it. You may have to partner or you may have to share, but the money is out there. So, you never really have to worry that you are going to pass up an opportunity. If you find such an opportunity, call my office and we will talk to you about how to get the job done.

Start a Home Business For Home School Credit!

Homeschooling has many advantages, especially when planning a high school curriculum. Meeting your state’s requirements, of course, is your first priority, but many people don’t realize how flexible those requirements are. I especially love the flexibility of gearing courses towards what my children are gifted in, not only because they enjoy it more (thus more cooperative), but we’ve stumbled on surprising interests, too!

How many kids go kicking and screaming to their first music lesson only to discover music as a love of their life? My son resisted learning how to present speeches, only to discover he has a natural talent and now enjoys it! I’m sure you have experienced this in your home, too. The freedom to explore those natural talents extensively is one of the best reasons to homeschool in my opinion.

Homeschools do seem to lagging behind in one area, however, and that’s in entrepreneur education. Aside from the course we published, we couldn’t find one homeschool curriculum available for teaching entrepreneurship. Now that becoming an entrepreneur is a growing trend, much of that is sure to change! Did you know that a recent poll of high school students showed that 70% wanted to have their own business someday, but 90% of those had no idea how to start?

Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, it came natural to us to make home business a part of our schooling, and we assumed other homeschool families did the same. I found out differently! One announcement of our intentions to start an Entrepreneur’s Club to our homeschool group a few years ago brought so many people that we overflowed the room given to us. We were pleasantly surprised to the turnout and the desire of the parents themselves wanting to learn more.

In our own family, we found when our children had their own business, it not only gave them money to bear some of their own expenses for extras, but it opened unexpected doors of learning opportunities. Once, one of our boys had done a job that took much more time and labor than expected, we saw it as a good lesson in business planning and pricing. It was when that same person wanted them to return to do even more to, uh, finish the job,(!) that there was a question of ethics involved that gave us a chance to discuss issues like the difference between Christian good will and allowing abuse. When you attempt to explain issues like that with a life experience bringing it to life, it impresses the lesson indelibly.

We discovered that other school subjects began to take on new meaning when our boys found they need to know how to figure square feet for a job, or to calculate cost per item. Speech, that dreaded subject for so many, is seen in a new light when they know that their business could create a need to speak in front of a group. Learning to research ideas and profitability, writing copy for their website, understanding the chemistry of a product they are inventing are just a few examples how a business will bring new life to learning.

No matter how you look at it, it’s a skill that will serve them for the rest of their lives. They will learn that at any point in their life, out of necessity or desire, that starting a business is very possible, and will know the basics that they need to consider before taking the plunge. The more we researched, the more we saw the need to make it an essential part of their education.

There are two common misconceptions about starting a small business. The first one being that starting a business is difficult, and the second is that it’s very simple. In a sense, both ideas are correct. It is relatively simple for anyone to start a business, but it’s difficult to make it work. Knowing exactly what it takes to start and successfully run a business helps anyone know that it’s very possible, yet gives them the tools necessary to make it work.

The Small Business Administration states that over one half of all new businesses fail within 4 years because of a lack of good business training. It’s really not surprising that many new entrepreneurs go into business without knowing some of the most important business and financial basics.  Every parent wants their child to go into life fully equipped. With just one semester of training, the basics of understanding the importance of a business plan and how to write an effective one could save your grown child thousands of dollars and make the difference in success or failure in a new business. Even if your child never intends to have a business, understanding their job from their employer’s perspective will make them a better employee.

That’s why as a homeschool parent, the freedom to incorporate entrepreneur education in your curriculum is one of the best tools you could give your teen! There are many resources now available online to get started with and it’s an investment with a guaranteed return!