Building a Profitable Business All Over The World From The Comforts Of Home
Copyright © 2005 by Sue Seward. All Rights Reserved. (Updated 2016)
The Internet is here to stay but just make sure you're using it as an effective communication tool if you're goal is to become successful in business. Something I've always done to create a sucessful business is using two way communication. The Internet can be a powerful communication tool to help save more time and reach more people all over the world because ninety percent of leadership truly is being able to communicate what people want.
Make sure not to get mixed up with the millions of bulk email ads promising overnight riches because this is really all just one way communication. What that means is all the worthless spam that's filling up millions of email boxes and causing more and more people to use those filter blocking high tech devices that are affecting even those of us who are really making a difference in people's lives.
It's no wonder we hear people saying it's getting tougher and tougher to make money on the Internet. This can happen when people try to build a business online without building relationships with others. What's worse is most of these spam masters aren't really interested in building relationships. People think an Internet business can be started by putting up a website or by sending out these long drawn out boring emails to people, even the people they've met online and think everyone's going to just jump for joy to get into their great opportunity. In this high tech age too it's no different with all these videos people make. I've asked people what do they like, and most of them said reading articles are best to have as well.
This old school entrepreneur doesn't hide behind a screen all day sending out emails to millions of people that most likely won't even be opened and I don't put my business on total auto pilot without using the human touch. Sooner or later you've got to speak with people personally. You also risk getting shut down by your ISP because of spam complaints.
Use caution when buying leads online too because a lot of times people don't remember signing up for something and when they receive information some of them will treat it like spam and it goes right in the trash bin. Make sure when purchasing leads that they come with all the documented proof ie: ISP address, date and time stamp. Here's what to look for
126.96.36.199,Name of person,2004-12-28
I built a profitable thriving business with thousands of distributors from all over the world from the comforts of my home using the Internet and telephone. Simply by building a successful long term network marketing business using the Internet as an effective communication tool to build relationships with a few key 'people' that I met online in places like Facebook and online forums. I also meet a lot of people with my team in person too at company events. This gives you an even more solid way of building relationships. Treat your business like a real business and it will pay you like one. Treat it like a hobby and hobby's don't pay I always say.
I have used autoresponder systems for over nineteen years to help automate information while I'm sleeping. This way people opt in for more information and they have the option of opting out. I've purchased proven leads as well in the past (be very careful of this and make sure you have the above information on all of the leads you buy online and only buy leads that have been tested by someone you know and trust). I direct people to my website and then set up campaigns to drip information to them always directing them to my website and contact information. Online communities, Facebook, Twitter and discussion groups can also be very effective when used properly by building relationships with people you meet.
Building a strong foundation is the best way to developing a strong long term business. It's pretty well known that people like doing business with people they know, like and trust. I know that's true for me, how about you? Do business with people that you meet on the Internet by simply developing relationships with them. It's simple to do but remember getting to actually know people and developing a relationship takes some time so don't give up too quickly.
So how is all this done effectively? By turning high tech automation with the Internet into high touch relationships. Two way communication can set you up in a thriving profitable Network Marketing business. Be different from all those generic web sites that are pushing products in people's faces and telling them how much they need their products and services. Actually ask people what they are interested in. Remember, communicate something people want.
Be different from all the rest and create a sense of identity by branding yourself. A personal web page is a great way to do this.
Tell people about yourself, your family, your team, your goals, show yourself as a professional, a real business person, tell people why you do what you do and how you help make a difference in people's lives..
There are website templates that are very affordable and user friendly so you do not have to hire a web designer and pay thousands of dollars for a fancy website presence unless you have a budget to do so. Keep it simple, personable and professional. Put your blog on your website, photos of you and your family, your business team, your company event photos, your products, your dog, whatever you like to show people that you're real and you identify with them. A blog is a great way to do this. A blog is sort of like writing a diary or think of it as your memoirs. A blog is a great way to brand yourself and start building relationships online because it's a way for people to get to know you and start the communication process because they can post back to your blog. Communicate something people want.
People decide whether or not to read another person's blog. It's not spam thats sent to them that they didn't request. They decide to read it or not and it's also their choice to respond for more information. The goal with a personal website is to create a place where people will get to know you a bit better and determine if they'd like to know you even more and most importantly partner with you. You can use your personal website to show people what your values are, what's important to you and use it as an ice breaker to building a relationship with your future business partners. Again being able to communicate something people want.
Most people already have websites provided by their companies. These are called replicated websites and are usually very high quality, professionally maintained websites, filled with all the necessary information anyone could ever want to know about a business opportunity, products, services, etc. But these are branding the company and not you. These websites are best to send out after you've started your rapport and relationship building with people. After you find out if they are interested in what you have to offer them. The only exception to this would be if you are partering with a new start up company and you're giving people a heads up about what's coming.
Company websites are used for informational purposes to sell the company and products, not to help people get to know who you are or your leadership cababilities. They don't sell you, you are responsible for selling you, your experience, and what you have to offer as a leader.
Always get someone's permission too when sending them information about your company and products, or before putting people into your Facebook groups. And never post your opportunity on their Facebook profile page without their permission. When someone is sharing about their company, products, do not post your opportunity, company links, or blast their's. This is a real no no online. This is just like someone walking into your house and placing their products on your coffee table without asking first. Recently during Cyber Monday I made a post on Facebook asking for my friend's permission to post my personal website on their Timeline for that day. Many responded back with a YES probably because they know me, they know my reputation, my website, and I was considerate enough to asked first.
Remember when meeting someone online it's always best to find out where a person is in their life, find out about them first and if they are interested in getting to know you and reviewing your information. Developing relationship means picking up the telephone and actually speaking with a person too. This is where the high touch communication starts getting good.
Picking up the phone and calling someone is extremely important and one of the key reasons why I've been successful in building a successful business from home using some old school technology.
Sue is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, founder of Gluten Free Lady, veteran Network Marketer who has earned a full time income from home online since 1996. She is also a public speaker and published author of numerous print and electronic articles as well as coauthor of the book 'Build It Big: 101 Insider Secrets From Top Direct Selling Experts'. Contact Sue at http://www.glutenfreelady.com