How to accomplish your goals in 2006:
1. Become more involved in networks. Talk about yourself and
the things you like to do away from your business. People, even
those on Ryze, are a little afraid to do business with someone
who they don't know a lot about. It may take time, but I can
assure you if you are your self, it will help your business more
because they will see your name and know exactly what you sell
and begin to trust you. Be active, even if it's only for 30
minutes a day on Ryze, it will help you out.
It costs you nothing to be involved with Ryze. Go to
and sign up for a free account.
2. Purchase business cards to leave at stores, daycares,
schools, and to put into your bills and correspondences. You can
reach a lot of people by looking outside the box.
3. Get a 3-ring photo album one that is small enough to put in
your purse. Inside it put your "goals" in picture form, a new
house, a new car, your baby's picture, your future garden, your
future vacation. Look at it at least once a week. Whenever you
wonder why you are doing this take it out. Also add
inspirational sayings that cheer you up, read those when you
need a lift!
4. Make some flyers to hand out to businesses and customers.
5. Start a free blog account at http://www.blogger.com.
be asking what a blog is? A blog is an online journal or
miniature website that you can post your thoughts to everyday. A
lot of people use it as their websites or as their weekly
newsletters and send their subscribers to their URL for updates.
Get a free feeder (a feeder is a link so that others can go to
your blog when ever they want) so you can post this in your
signatures. I believe I got mine from http://www.rssfeeder.com
or you can look at the site where you do your blog and they will
have places for you to go get an RSS feeder.
6. Give out suckers with business cards strung through the
7. Purchase candy wrappers and add a catchy slogan and wrap them
around a candy bar.
8. You can also use bookmarks.
9. Purchase some form of promotional items with your personal
information on it.
Example: pencils with your website on them. Pass them out at
fairs, schools, leave them everywhere I go (everyone loves
pencils and freebies). You can buy these at bulk prices at
I've seen ladies get small ziplock bags and add their business
card and a piece of candy to the bag. The point is to get
noticed. Trust me, when people get bags the first thing they
look for is the goodies and skim over the papers. Start small,
go to the dollar store and buy a big bag of candy and attach
them to your business card and send to the filler groups.
10. Filler groups:
What are filler groups? These are a group of home-based business
owners that swap anything from business cards, flyers, and other
promotional items along with information on their home-based
They then send these out to their customers, hand them out at
11. Network more with those that are in your niche. For
example, baby forums and mom sites (not just work-from-home
moms, but all types of sites for moms). Find other networking
groups in your local area. Welcome Wagons, Chamber of Commerce,
go to a local OB/GYN and see if you can add some flyers to their
New Moms baskets. Bringing some homemade treats or doughnuts to
give to the nurses, gets you a big foot in the door.
If you cannot find a group in your area that fits your needs,
start one. Meet in a coffee shop, once a week or once a month.
Discuss ways you all can promote your businesses, exchange your
business cards for referrals, then hand them back to that rep
when you have your next meeting.
12. Offer deals to customers, both new and old customers. I
always keep information from all my customers and do follow ups
to see how they liked the product and if they know of others who
might have a need for my products. Everyone loves free samples
EXAMPLE: Referring others save 20% off next order or receive a
free gift etc.
13. Make up labels for your mail. Put your label on everything
you send out. Many people see your label and read it and
eventually you will get a customer. Don't count on this as your
only avenue, but you should have many avenues and ways of
advertising your business.
14. Make up some flyers and hand those out. Post them where you
know traffic would be good for your products. Example: bingo
halls, daycares, play grounds, senior centers, etc.
15. Run a special for a week, a month, whatever it takes to
bring new customers to your site. Just be sure not to offer too
big of a discount so you don't make any profit.
16. Purchase a car magnet to use while you are running errands.
You can be "working" while you are doing errands.
17. Purchase or make a yard sign.
18. Always when out running errands or shopping leave your
business cards with people you meet or where people will see
19. Advertise in a local newsletter or newspaper.
20. Advertise in http://www.thriftynickelads.com
for about $6 or
so. You can pick what state and city you want to advertise in.
21. Sit down and figure out a schedule for your business, how
much time you will spend working everyday. Learn to take a few
hours off, the emails will wait. Put business hours on your site
so customers know what your hours are and than you won't feel so
stressed about not contacting them right away.
Say you want to have your hours between 9-5 pm. Put on your site
that if you contact me after 5 pm, I will get back to you
tomorrow. Say the same thing for weekends. You will check all
emails, but will get back to them on Mondays, or set up a couple
hours for Saturday, this is up to you. Just remember you need to
take time to relax and enjoy things around you or you will get
22. Get organized! Purchase an organizer that fits both your
needs and your family needs. Have it big enough to be able to
use it for both family and business so that you have everything
right there at your fingertips instead of in 2-3 different
23. Set yourself a budget at the start of every month. Figure
out where your advertising went well the month before: was it on
free sites, writing articles, posting on networks, purchased ad
space. Keep track of where you post and how much business you
received from each form of posting. Remember people need to see
your ad at least 7 times before they will even click on a banner
or a link.
24. Take one day a week and write down everything you need to
do the following week. I like to do this on Sunday nights. I
pull out my organizer and fill in all the work I need to do for
business, the kids after school activities, the days of my yoga
classes etc. This way I know exactly what is going on at the
start of the week. As the week progresses every night I re-look
over my schedule to see what I still need to do or start looking
ahead for the following week or month.
25. When you first start working a home business you pour your
whole body and soul into your work, profits may come slow so
what I like to do is set aside a small portion of each sale into
a "Rebecca Fund". What is a "Rebecca Fund"? This is crazy money
money I can use to purchase myself something I have
been wanting. I know you want to re-invest all your profits back
into your business to help it grow but if you look at it as
saving $1-$2 for you it will make you feel good when you see
something that you want that you can get it. Of course insert
your name into " Fund" it does make a difference
26. Start a diary. Write down all your frustrations, your
successes anything that you need to get off your chest. Get rid
of the frustrations! Don't sit there and dwell on what is
bothering you! Talk about your successes even if its only small,
I was so thrilled with my first sale even though it was only
$5.00, but it was my first sale. Have you ever gone to a mom or
pop store and seen a $1 bill hanging on the counter or wall?
Well they were excited about their first sale you should be too!
For that matter, take a $1 out of that first sale and put it
into a picture frame and hang it in your office every time you
have a hard day stop and look at the framed dollar.