Can You Really Make an Honest Living on the Net?

Written by Pamela Geiss

I was thinking about businessrepparttar other night, which is not a surprise, since I think about business allrepparttar 117845 time! However, I was remembering my Dad telling me about starting his business. He decided to go intorepparttar 117846 automotive parts business right afterrepparttar 117847 war. He decided on this particular type of business because it was right afterrepparttar 117848 Depression. No one could afford to buy new cars then and they needed parts to fixrepparttar 117849 ones they had. Seeing a need andrepparttar 117850 fact that there was no parts store in his town, he thought this would berepparttar 117851 perfect time to try it.

He worked many, many hours every day. It was hard to getrepparttar 117852 parts, too, so he had to make friends withrepparttar 117853 companies' parts salesmen and work his way on their supply lists.

He also had to go to mechanics and let them know he was inrepparttar 117854 automotive parts business and tell them he would give them good service and good deals if they would buy parts from him. They would call him at 4 inrepparttar 117855 morning to get 2 spark plugs and he would get up and go down torepparttar 117856 store just to sell themrepparttar 117857 spark plugs, hoping they would appreciaterepparttar 117858 extra service and come backrepparttar 117859 next time they wanted something. He did this for years. I remember many nights whenrepparttar 117860 phone would ring and I would hear my Dad leaving to go torepparttar 117861 store.

Did he make it into a successful business? You bet he did! His business grew so much that he outgrewrepparttar 117862 building he was renting and bought property and built his own store. He also added a service shop and hired 4 excellent mechanics to service cars and trucks. And he added an automotive paint center where he mixed and sold paint for cars and trucks.

And through it all, he kept his integrity and honesty. He one time drove 50 miles to give a man $10, because he overpaid for a part. People knew to go to him if they wanted a fair deal. They also knew that if they bought a part from him and it didn't perform like it was supposed to, he'd take it back and refund their money even ifrepparttar 117863 factory wouldn't let him send it back. The customer was number ONE.

Elevator: Going Up!

Written by Dave Balch

The other day I was in a pizza place and struck up a conversation withrepparttar owner. He mentioned that he had a home business in addition to that restaurant and it was doing very well.

"Great! Tell me about it!"

He proceeded, forrepparttar 117844 next five minutes, to explain. It was onrepparttar 117845 Internet. Doctors and lawyers are doing this as a side business and are doing very, very well. He said "It's a sort of mall onrepparttar 117846 Internet, you should check it out." He gave merepparttar 117847 web address and then he had to tend to a customer.

I had no idea what he did.

Can you explain your business clearly to a complete stranger in 20 seconds or less? Can you do it in such a way that, if they are in a position to use your product or service they will want to know more? If not, you have some work to do!

Whenever and wherever you go you will meet potential customers, and you may not have much time to talk to them. If you cannot clearly explain your business in a very short time, you could lose an opportunity to interest someone in what you do; someone that would be a good prospect if they knew.

This is commonly referred-to as an "elevator speech". Why? Because if you got on an elevator with someone and, onrepparttar 117848 way up, they asked, "What do you do?" you would only have a few seconds to tell them before one of you reached your floor.

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