Be Your Own Customer

Written by Dave Balch

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And while we're at it, do you ever call your business to see how it sounds? It amazes me how large corporations spend millions of dollars trying to create an image of quality and caring and then hire someone at minimum wage to answerrepparttar phone. Then, when you call, it sounds like they're annoyed, or they are rude as they connect you. What about your music on hold? Is it too loud? Is it too soft? If it is a radio station, IS IT TUNED IN PROPERLY?????

Maybe you have a recording for your customers to hear. Is it a good quality recording? Isrepparttar 117718 meaning ofrepparttar 117719 message clear? Do your callers have to listen to more than they need to? I am constantly annoyed when I callrepparttar 117720 local movies and have to sit through a description of their location. I think that most callers to a theater are regular or local callers who already know where it is; how about putting that information atrepparttar 117721 END OF THE RECORDING sorepparttar 117722 only ones who need it have to hear it? Or makerepparttar 117723 directions an option: "Press '1' for directions".

This is starting to sound like a rant. (!) My point is this… THINK FROM YOUR CUSTOMER'S POINT OF VIEW. Use your product or service as they would. Call and deal with your business as they would. Do you like what you get? If not, fix it.

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When Do I Start Getting Money and Where Does It Come From?

Written by Elena Fawkner

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(OK, I'm getting a LITTLE facetious here, I admit. Back to being constructive ...)

5. Create a content-based website, get traffic to it and make your site visitors pay for access. You have to give them SOMETHING for free, of course, but keeprepparttar goodies onrepparttar 117717 top shelf.

6. Publish an ezine (electronic newsletter) and when you get 1,000 subscribers, start charging for advertising.

7. Do #6. above and create a website "home" for your ezine and include links to your affiliate programs/own products.

8. Do #7. above but make it a content-based site with stand-alone value withrepparttar 117718 intention of converting website visitors to ezine subscribers. Then revisit #6. Increase your advertising prices as your subscriber numbers increase.

9. If you have some special skill or training that you are employing in an existing business, create a website as a brochure for your services and attract business.

10. Do #9. above but make it a content-based website withrepparttar 117719 intention of converting site visitors into clients.

11. Join a network marketing company, create a content- based website to attract qualified leads and then link to your network marketing company's website.

12. Do #2. through #6., #8. and #11.. ALL of them. At repparttar 117720 same time.

These are several ofrepparttar 117721 main ways of making money onrepparttar 117722 Internet. I'm sure I'll receive mail letting me know of other obvious methods that I've overlooked. But you getrepparttar 117723 idea. Note that not a one of them involves slapping up a website and then sitting back waiting for $20 bills to spew forth fromrepparttar 117724 CD-ROM drive. ALL of them require hard work in order to yield a return so, if you're one ofrepparttar 117725 growing army determined to "make money with your computer", decide how you're going to go about it, roll up your sleeves and prepare to work.

Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ... practical business ideas, opportunities and solutions for the work-from-home entrepreneur.

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