Advertising Your Home Business On A Budget

Written by Stone Evans

Copyright 2005 Stone Evans

When you are starting out in a new home business and no one knows who you are, one ofrepparttar greatest challenges you will face is how to drum up new business.

If there were not people in your community or marketplace that you knew who needed your products or services, you probably would not have started your business to begin with. But, once you have talked to those who you personally knew who needed your what you offer, then your next task is to find others who will help keep your doors open.

Many people know that they must turn to advertising at some point inrepparttar 144298 future, but they hope that day will be long downrepparttar 144299 road. For some, this utopian concept will come to fruition. But forrepparttar 144300 rest of us inrepparttar 144301 real world, we must come up with creative solutions for meeting our home business advertising needs while working within our budget.

Most people have a misconception about having to spend lots of money in order to advertise their home business. When you start out, you honestly will not have much money available for advertising, and if you do, you should still spend it wisely.

Before you jump headfirst intorepparttar 144302 world of advertising, let me share some ofrepparttar 144303 lessons I have learned concerning this most important topic.


It does not have to cost an arm and a leg to advertise your home business, unless you fail to plan and fail to test.

As much as is possible, you should always test your advertising. If you jump in and start dumping tons of money in to advertising without first testing your advertising, you might find yourself broke and without sales atrepparttar 144304 end ofrepparttar 144305 road. Most people who commit this error write off their failure onrepparttar 144306 home business they chose orrepparttar 144307 economy or any of a hundred other excuses. But, if they are unwilling to take responsibility for their mistake, they will never learn from their mistake. Don't let this be you.


All testing should be done in blocks. If you begin to advertise simultaneously in newspapers, radio and television, how will you know which advertising is bringing people to your cash register? You won't. All you will know that something might be working, but you will not know what is actually doingrepparttar 144308 trick.

Even if you tell people in your advertising to tell you how they found you, my experience shows that fewer than 10% ofrepparttar 144309 people ever will tell you anything --- and those people who do may not even getrepparttar 144310 facts straight! You cannot rely on your customers to tell you what advertising is working for your home business. You must put inrepparttar 144311 extra effort to know for yourself.


Only when you have a proven and solid advertising portfolio should you venture to drop big bucks in an advertising campaign. Even then, you should be careful to keep further measurements to determine how muchrepparttar 144312 maximum advantage of an ad would be. Sometimes you might be able to reach ten times as many people, but depending onrepparttar 144313 kind of media and other factors,repparttar 144314 additional exposure will only generate twice as many sales. Keep your eye attuned to situations like this to getrepparttar 144315 most from your advertising dollars.


As Lesson #3 illustrates, sometimes your best advertising investment may actually cost you less money. When you are first starting out, whether you are running a home business or a business outside of your home, you need to be able to get people talking and thinking about your business.

If you are busy testing ads in media's such asrepparttar 144316 newspaper, magazines, radio, and television, you need to learn ways of promoting your business that do not require large cash expenditures. A few examples are:

Internet Marketing and Your Home Based Business

Written by Timothy Spaulding

Copyright 2005 Timothy Spaulding

All of you home based business entrepreneurs that are trying to make a living working from home knowrepparttar problems encountered through Internet marketing and trying to get your web page noticed in order to increase traffic and ultimately revenues. Some people just blindly pay a lot of money for advertising, and those who donít have an advertising budget often times do not advertise at all. Both of these are detrimental to your business, and it does not have to be as difficult as you are making it.

There are many innovative and creative ways to market your products and services inexpensively if not free, so spending a lot of money on it could be wasteful. But if you have no money to spend you may be dooming your business to fail by not advertising. People in this situation should be diligent about searching out allrepparttar 144297 options for free advertising.

When it comes to advertising, there are many options online and offline that will help you spreadrepparttar 144298 word about your Web page and your product and you will increase traffic and revenues because of it.

First, check out offline venues like local newspapers, television stations, radio stations andrepparttar 144299 like for free advertisements. Often times these mediums are looking for new local businesses to highlight in their business sections and/or discussions. This is free advertisement and something you should cash in on immediately. Also, make sure your URL is on all ofrepparttar 144300 printed material you use in regard to your business whether it is stationary or free gifts. Having your URL out there will help people remember your address and be more likely to check out what you have to offer.

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