Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake-Giving Up on Business

Happy Leap Year everybody! It is Wednesday again and time for the Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  For today I would like to talk about giving up on your business or giving up on working at home.  It is something that I have done in the past and I have heard many people talking about doing the same.
Working at home with an online business can be very trying at times.  There are ups and downs, good times and bad times.  When you see all the claims about making instant money, it sounds easy and great-right? Problem is, these people do not tell you that this just won't happen this way.  It can be a little difficult and it does take work.  More importantly, it does take time along with the work.
When you have the idea that working at home or starting an online business is super easy, it can be quite disappointing when you do not success quickly.  With me, I gave up for a few months.  This was years ago and in the beginning of my adventures.  I got hooked up in the hype that I would have a ton of money right away.  I didn't know what I was doing and in the beginning, I didn't make anything.  I got frustrated, spent too much money on some of these online programs and gave up.  I then decided after a few months that I would give it a try again.  I had given up on the couple businesses that I originally tried, so now I had to start all over with another business or way to earn money.
Starting over meant learning something new and finding something new.  It worked out for me in the long run as I dedicated myself to learning what I could about working at home and I started this blog to help others.  But it did take time and if I didn't give up, I would have learned the same.  Too many people give up and then decide to go back to working outside of the home.
When you feel like giving up, don't give up.  Instead push yourself harder.  Do all you can to work your online business and see it becomes successful.  This is assuming that the business you are involved with is a legit opportunity.  If it is not worth running, then do not stay with the business.
Anybody can work at home with the proper knowledge and also the will to work hard at it.  Don't give up just because you do not see quick success!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake-Your Own Domain Name

I can't believe it is Wednesday again already! This means it is time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  This is a mistake that I have made early on but only discovered recently.  Not a huge mistake and it is not going to take a big toll on your blog (this is more for blogs then business without a blog.)  Waiting too long to get your own domain name.

When Dawn's Work at Home Blog was first created in 2007, I didn't know what a blog was.  I knew I wanted to help share information about working at home with others.  I had been scammed and had many things to learn the hard way and I wanted to help others to avoid what I went through during my work at home adventures.  I read about something called a blog.  I figured I would try it, it was free too.  Blogger is a great platform, I do love it.  It helped me to learn about blogs and how to do various things to my blog.  I was now able to share valuable information easily!

So I started with the .blogspot domain as many of you know.  It was great and I was gaining a nice dedicated readership ( I thank you all my wonderful readers), raising my pagerank and also getting indexed in search engines.  All was going good.  I then very recently decided to purchase my own domain name.  Great choice I must add, but I recommend to all that you decide in the beginning of your blogging if you are going to want the free domain forever or buy one.  It was not too hard on me as this blog is almost 5 years old, but it did take some work fixing links and social profiles.  My pagerank dropped to 0 after building it up! I know that it will recover quickly and that I will grow bigger now with my own domain name, it was just discouraging at first to see various things drop.  We are still in ranks with the search engines with the new domain, phew! I also lost some of the people that were following me through Google friend connect.

All is good, I am quite happy with my decision! I just recommend to you that you decide right away if you will want to purchase a domain name or not.  It really is easier to start with the domain you are going to keep.  If you decide to wait on the domain name, you can change it later as I did.  But remember that there are more things to change the longer you wait!

As I said in the beginning, this mistake won't take a toll on your business.  It is just a lot easier for yourself to buy a domain in the beginning! I do recommend you get your own domain over the free domain name tho.  Don't let this scare you into believing otherwise, it is more professional and a way to brand yourself or business.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

How a Mom Started Her Own Freelance Business

There are many people who are starting their own businesses.  I just read an inspiring interview with a Mom who started her own design business.  She was laid off from corporate America in the early 2000's.  For some people, this would be devastating.  For her it was a way to reinvent herself! 

She shares how she started, how the layoff affected her, and how she was able to become successful with her business.  This is truly an inspirational interview with a wonderful Mom and business woman.  I hope you enjoy reading her interview and I hope it inspires you to excel in your work at home business.  Freelance is a wonderful business opportunity for us all.  Here is her story on how she started and built a successful business:  Melissa Scott Jackson.  

I believe we can all learn from her interview about how she started Cranberry Blue-her graphic design company.  
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

All Who Linked to Me, I Need Your Help

As I posted before, we now have our own domain name for Dawn's Work at Home Blog.  Tho the .blogspot domain name will redirect people to the new domain, I am asking all who linked to me to change the link to the new domain please.  I had not thought about my pagerank dropping when I purchased my own domain name for our blog.  I believe that it may have something to do with all of the links that people shared is on the .blogspot domain.  Could you please help me out with my pagerank by changing the link to from the old domain? It would be much appreciated.
There is a lot of changing for me to do, I am glad I now have our own domain name but now I have to change my link on many different places.
Thank you to all my readers!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake-Investing in Your Business

It is Wednesday again, that means it is time for me to share about another business mistake I have made.  Today is going to be about reinvesting into your business.  When you run an online business or offline business, you need to reinvest into your business.  This is something I was afraid to do in the beginning.  I am not sure if it was fear I would be "wasting my money" or if I didn't really see how important this is.  Might have been a little bit of both.

Working at home with your own online business is no no different then an offline business when it comes to reinvesting.  You won't be investing as much as you would with an online business as you would an offline business, but you do need to put something into it.  It may be investing in advertising, hiring an SEO expert, hiring a marketing expert or anything.  Sometimes you need to hire a writer to write great articles for you.  Another author would not be emotionally attached to the business and may give your articles what you need! You should put something back into your business as you start to profit.  It will (not might-it will) allow your business to grow.

I wish I had realized how important this was in the beginning! I would have saved myself some long drawn out grief.  Not that business was horrible in the past, but I grew drastically with reinvesting.  When you start to profit with your business, seriously consider reinvesting some of the profits (not all of the profits.)  You will see success with your online business.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Is Facebook for Business Worth it?

I think it may be worth it for some corporations, but for online business I am not sure it will be worth it for long.  This is all based upon my opinion and experience.  Dawn's Work at Home Blog is on Facebook with it's own business page.  Seemed like a great idea, everybody told me I need to be on Facebook, so I jumped on it.  Honestly I have been finding it to be a little bit of a waste of time.

I tried posting about my blog contest for all my blog readers- Blog Contest Scrapbook Software Giveaway.  Facebook will not let me post it as it says the post contains a link that was reported and blocked but yet the website that it lists is something that is not even on my blog.  The only links in the post are to a very reputable scrapbook software company that is also on Facebook.  So what is the problem here?? The website that Facebook claims is in the post is not at all on my blog, let alone in the post (I barely have any links to anything on that blog.)  This is not the only time I have had a problem.  The business page was designed around Dawn's Work at Home Blog, so I intended on sharing important content from my blog.  Facebook has not let me post anything from this blog either, says it contains content that has been blocked.

I am not amused with Facebook business pages at all.  When you accuse me of having certain sites on my blog and refuse to let me post anything on my page, it is a waste of time to have the page-right? You also cannot find anyway to contact them and get a live response.  Poor customer service, I am glad I never bought any credits from them.  Is there anybody else having this problem or is it my account? Also, I rarely post things to my page.  I don't go crazy posting a ton of stuff to my Facebook page.  I see so many people posting links all day and yet I can't share a couple of things here and there, maybe even once a month.

Sorry for the venting but I really don't see how Facebook pages could possibly be worth it to any online company.  I definitely prefer Google+.

What do you think, have you had success with Facebook pages or are you on the same page as me here?
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Our New Domain Name

Dawn's Work at Home Blog is going to be 5 years old this year! This is something that I should have done before and have been thinking about doing for quite some time but I think that I was just too comfortable with the way it was.

I decided that today is the day that I would get it's own domain name.  We are now but if you forget, will be redirected to the new domain.  No worries! This may take up to a couple days for the settings and everything to be completed.  If you see an error when going to the new domain, it will be fixed shortly.  Should be smooth by tonight, it has been in the past with my other blogs that have their own domain names.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake-Communicating With Blog Readers

It is Wednesday again! Time for another online business mistake.  This is a little later in the day then I usually post, it has been a crazy couple of days.  Today I am going to discuss communicating with your blog readers.  I have done similar posts in the past, but it is a mistake I have made in the past.

I have always answered people's emails when they email me.  I wasn't always the best at responding to comments.  In the beginning, I didn't really think about people actually leaving me comments let alone responding to them.  I didn't know what a blog was when I started Dawn's Work at Home Blog.  I always respect my readers and I have always appreciated them, but I didn't really think to respond to comments on my blog consistently.  This is important!! I also found it harder to respond to all before I had moderation enabled.  With so many posts on my blog, sometimes people would leave a comment on an old post and I wouldn't see it.  Now I make sure that I see them.

You have to look at blog comments as a form of a conversation.  It is true that some people will forget to come back to see if you respond, but many times people will notice when you respond.  This may start a conversation with your readers.  It is nice to say thank you or hi, I appreciate your reading and commenting.  When you get blog comments (besides spam which I delete), you should always respond to them.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake-Customers are Your Business

The week went pretty quick again, it is Wednesday again! Time for Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  This week is not really my online business mistake but a mistake by a big business that I have encountered.  No matter what business you are in, your customers or clients are your business.  Think about it for a minute, you wouldn't have a business if you had no more customers or clients.

This is a slightly different post as this is not an online business, but a place that I used to go to often.  I have recently decided not to do business with them as they seem to not really care so much for their customers.  I am going to do my best to explain their business mistakes without giving away the business.  I promised when I started to do these posts that I would not share a company or person's name if I mention a mistake I see them make.

I started going to this business about 3 years ago, maybe a little longer.  They offer a reward system and everybody I know had gotten rewards in the beginning but I did not.  I asked them about it and they had no answer.  I did start to get rewards in time but all of a sudden they drastically reduced any rewards I had gotten along with many other people.  I tried to get ahold of them just to get answers and discuss with them why they were losing so much business, but they never returned any of my emails.  Trying to get service in there is a joke anymore, I have got shrugged off with "yeah somebody will be around."  Nobody ever came around.  I tried to contact them to let them know that I have spoke with many people who have told me the reason they do not go there anymore, still no answer.  They have much less business then their competitors.  Their competitors offer more rewards and also much better customer service.  Any problems, questions or customer needs are addressed very promptly at the competitors.  Guess what, the competitor has the most business as the company with bad customer service is losing their customers.

What should this teach us? Customers are the heart of your business.  You should always address concerns, needs, questions and comments promptly.  I would have continued to go to both places but now I will only go to the competitors business as they offer better rewards and have answered me every time I have contacted them.  Every time I was in the competitor's business, customer service was not a problem.  Had the company I talked about even picked up the phone to call or simply email me to acknowledge my contact with them, I could have had more respect for them as a business.

Always address your customer's concerns.  Make sure you offer great customer service and show them you appreciate them! You will have a bigger success, trust me.
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