A Typical Frustration In A Home-Based Business

Written by Kirk Bannerman

The source of frustration addressed in his article may be all too familiar if you happen to work at an Internet-based home business which relies on personal relationships and/or teamwork.

I am often contacted by members of my business team with a tale of woe regarding a lack of response from their affiliates. It typically goes something like..."I send out lots of emails to all of them and I very rarely get any response. What am I doing wrong".

If your particular internet business involves selling well known branded items, personal feedback is not an issue. Visitors to your website (potential customers) are primarily interested in selection, availability, and price. If it is a returning customer, then you can also throw customer service intorepparttar equation. Oncerepparttar 117085 desired item is selected, your mouse does allrepparttar 117086 "talking" without any human interaction involved.

However, there are many types of internet-based home businesses where feedback and interaction are quite important and getting an affiliate or business team member to communicate with you is a definite objective. It's not at all surprising that this can be a challenge when you stop to think that what you are trying to do is initiate a dialog between two complete strangers who have never even seen each other.

Heavily branded websites like walmart.com or amazon.com are household names and carry an implied trust with visitors. However,repparttar 117087 vast majority of websites are not well known and are found and visited as a result of searches performed by search engines. In these instances,repparttar 117088 visitor is probably arriving at repparttar 117089 website forrepparttar 117090 first time and human nature often dictates a sense of fear or suspicion ofrepparttar 117091 unknown which is manifested by a reluctance to respond to email messages from an unknown party.

It seems that there is no pat answer as torepparttar 117092 best way to elicit an initial email response from a person. I have tried several approaches with varying degrees of success. Individual styles will vary, butrepparttar 117093 following four points should be kept in mind:

10 ways to help you plan your home office for productivity, and comfort

Written by BZ Riger-Hull, Certified Success Coach

Some home offices are set up in a dedicated area just forrepparttar business, but most people need to have a family room, bedroom, or guest room do double duty. Getting focused about what you need your home office to do for you will help you buyrepparttar 117084 most efficient equipment and haverepparttar 117085 most effective layout to help you get more things accomplished.

1. What do you want this space to be able to accommodate? Are you planning on using this space to just get household bills paid in and maybe keep a few records, or are you starting up a small business and looking to run all of your office operations out of this space? Make a list of all ofrepparttar 117086 things you will need to do from your office space.

2. Develop a floor plan: Once you have made your list of allrepparttar 117087 things you will need to be able to do from your new home office space develop a floor plan and begin to draw where all of your equipment will go.

3. Don't estimaterepparttar 117088 space: Get out that measuring tape and measure where everything will go. Refer to your floor plan and using small pieces of masking tape mark out where you want everything to go. Then you can see if things fit inrepparttar 117089 actual room as well as they did on your floor plan.

4. Don't forget to plug in: Check your office layout; arerepparttar 117090 existing electrical plugs nearrepparttar 117091 space where you are gong to put your desk? Arerepparttar 117092 phone jacks in a good location onrepparttar 117093 plan or are they berried behind those file cabinets. Reviewrepparttar 117094 floor plan,repparttar 117095 actual layout ofrepparttar 117096 room and whererepparttar 117097 windows, electrical outlets and phone jacks are and reviserepparttar 117098 plan accordingly. Now is a good time to have a few more outlets wired in or add that second phone line.

5. Who will be using this office space? Are you sharing it with your kids? Are you sharing it with your partner? Answering these questions will help you decide what furniture to buy. Does it need to be sturdy and serviceable to hold up torepparttar 117099 kids use or can it be a little more upscale for justrepparttar 117100 use of you or your partner.

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