Welcome! This week’s Featured Internet Marketing Expert here at The Happypreneur is none other than my coach and mentor Carrie Wilkerson. You can find Carrie at Barefoot-executive.com I am a member of her Barefoot Online Success Strategies group, BOSS for short. Her BOSS program taught me the ropes of Internet marketing and has resulted in lasting online relationships and many JV opportunities. Through BOSS I have been exposed to an incredible close knit group of entrepreneurs who generously share their expertise and ideas! Thanks Carrie and the BOSS group for all you have done for me and my business!
So…away we go with this week’s first installment of The Barefoot Executive!
Everyone always wonders if there are any secrets that will lead to success at your home based business. Success at your home based business is achievable but of course the effort and dedication is a very big part of that success.
Below I will share some secrets that you can apply that will lead to your success, but remember it is ultimately up to you to achieve success.
* Respect – this is one important secret that many seem to forget. In order to be respected in your business you must respect it first. A home-based business is perfect in many ways but can easily be disrespected by others who do not understand what your business entails. Respect involves your professionalism and your attitude towards your business and how you portray your business. Treat it like a business and others will too.
* Dedication – owning your own business requires an immense amount of dedication. One cannot have a successful business without hard work and dedication. It is important to set hours and most importantly a schedule of what needs to be accomplished daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Having a business plan is essential to your home based business success.
* Expertise – having the complete knowledge of your business is another important factor. It is near impossible to be successful at your business if you are unable to describe exactly what your services are and what sets you apart from your competition. Are you able to describe your business to an individual in several brief sentences? It is important to be concise in describing and marketing your business. Don’t take for granted that the public will know what you offer by the title of your company or website.
* Professionalism – this may be the most important of all the tips I will share with you. It is important to emit a professional manner in your business. If you have an online business, your website should be one that is designed in a manner that the consumer will not have difficulty browsing it. Having a domain and website attached to that domain is very important. Free websites are great for hobbies and crafts, but for a business, you must show your consumer or prospective client that you indeed are a business and having a site that shows your professionalism is vital. Remember, if you have an online business, the first impression your prospective client will have is your website. Consider this factor when you are designing your site. Put aside your preferences and place yourself on the clients side, will they think your pink and brown polka dots are professional? This may be perfectly fine for a personal site or even a site that is markets to a younger group. Keep in mind your target market and design your business in a manner that will attract them.
Consider the points I mentioned above. Are they secrets? Perhaps, but many although they may have read or heard the above mentioned elsewhere, do not apply any to their business. In order to be successful, apply the above and watch your business soar.
Keep in mind that success to one person is not the same meaning of success to another. It is very important to determine what your meaning of success is and work towards that goal.
Carrie Wilkerson is the voice of experience. From corporate life to teaching high school to direct sales, she has ‘been there and done that’ professionally and personally. An ‘overnight mom’ to 2 toddlers through adoption, her priorities instantly changed and so did her workplace. She’s now built several businesses and coached others to do the same while overcoming extreme debt, losing 110lbs and having 2 more children, for a total of 4 children, ages infant through 12!
As ‘The Barefoot Executive’, Carrie and her network of experts have quickly become the definite resource for helping women achieve extra income and career goals while working from home. Visit http://thebossmovie.com
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