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How To Maximize The Results Of Your Home-Based Business Budget

Keeping track of your budget is an absolute necessity for home-based business owners looking for success. Money is precious, especially when you don’t have a lot to work with, and you want to do your best to maximize the results of your investments.

Experience and observation has taught me that skipping over this detail can cause devastating results not only to your business, but to your life as well. Money is not easy to make, but it sure is easy to spend…especially in Network Marketing. Everyone and their brother will try to convince you that their program will make you rich. Do yourself a favor and set yourself up for success first by following the tips outlined below.

Before you even think about spending any money to start a home-based business, you must write out your current monthly expenses and earnings. Just get out a sheet of paper, one of those outdated writing tools called a pencil, and make two lists. Subtract your expenses from your earnings and the amount staring you in the face is the magic number. You want this number to be as high as possible because it will be the basis for your business budget. If it isn’t above zero, find a way to get it there. If you are serious about starting a business to earn extra income, you may have to sacrifice a few luxuries. What you do not want to do is continue those luxuries if it is causing you to get into debt.

Once you find the extra money, even if it’s only $50 a month, that is what you want to base your business budget on. It is great to dream big and have faith in your company, but reality is where you currently live and you need to keep yourself grounded. Think about the expenses that will make that $50 generate more money for you and use that as a starting point. Is it proper marketing education? Is it product inventory? Is it advertising? It certainly isn’t a brand new calculator, new business checks or a new suit. Greed isn’t a good business building characteristic anyway.

The most important thing to remember is never spend more than you are making. The only exception to this rule is if you find an educational or business program with a written guarantee for success. Too many people fall victim to these online systems that require you to spend money on over-priced leads without a single shred of guarantee that they will work. This has significantly increased the drop-out rate in marketing to 95%. Watching fellow colleagues of mine get themselves into horrendous financial debt in this way was one of the observations that led be to find a guaranteed program.

Another observation that led me to change my way of thinking was my ability to keep a close watch on how my expenses related to the program I was working. I’m talking about every cent, including things that most people overlook like stamps and gas mileage. Luckily I only saw a $500 loss before I called it quits, and even then I watched it ride out for a whole year before I saw my investment finally break even. When you compare an itemized list of your business expenses with your profits, you not only can keep track of how well you are doing, but how well you will do in the future if you keep working the same plan.

Most network marketing companies will offer a business plan for you to follow that seems great on paper, but be very cautious. They do not have the time to properly educate every distributor who signs up on how the be a successful business owner and marketer. that would take too much time and would take money out of their pockets. What they do instead is play a numbers game and count on your hard earned dollars to work for them long after you are gone. 16% of all distributors who quit the business go on to remain a customer and usually convince a few of their friends to remain loyal as well.

Expensive trips to expensive seminars that ensure your ability to “see the big picture” will do nothing but give you inspiration while your credit card racks up a high interest rate. If your company cannot ensure a guaranteed plan to follow that focuses on marketing education, you will probably only get as far as enrolling a few customers before wind up quitting.

Start thinking outside of the box and seek education that teaches you how to market any product, not just theirs. Anything can happen in this world, and a prosperous company can go belly up just like anything else. Be prepared for situations beyond your control by spending your education dollars that can work for any business.

On the same note, do not spend any part of your advertising budget on “work from home” leads or flyers. Focus instead on finding people who have a want, need or desire for your product. These are the people who will go on to be your biggest business builders. Ten people who have a strong connection to the product or service they are selling will be worth more than a thousand who are only in it for the money. Why? Because those who simply join a business for the sole purpose of making money will eventually quit when they don’t make a huge profit int he first few months. It’s easy for them to quit because they have no connection with the product or service.

Another thing you should do to maximize the results of your budget is to invest your business profits back into your business. Don’t use it to pay your way into the movies or indulging yourself at a fancy restaurant. This is the mistake most people make that contributes to their business failing. Putting your profits back into your business is the only way to increase your budget allowance and build momentum. Contrary to what some people may try to convince you to do, you do not need thousands of dollars every month to build a home-based business. How much you will need will be based on trial and error. Once you have found a solid plan that works in your favor, the monthly expenses for that plan will present itself.

Once you begin to see your profits exceed your allotted monthly business budget, it is OK to buy that suit or use it for a vacation. Just remember to always save at least 10% of those profits for the future. Money isn’t everything unless you do not have any, and life will always present waves of problems. A financial security blanket is the only way to arrive at those problems in style and handle them a minimal amount of stress.

There are a lot of details to which you need to pay attention in order to successfully grow a business and keep it moving forward. The simple daily activity of budgeting your money will make or break your business. Understanding this is part of the mindset that it takes to bring in 20-30 people a week into your business. It was only when I decided to focus on keeping a sensible budget based on the techniques above that my business began to show a decent profit.

I help other people learn from my mistakes because I believe there is no need for a 95% drop-out rate in network marketing. All it takes is the proper education and a change in the way you do your thinking.

Revolutionary New Labor Force Providing Flexible And Cost-Effective Business Services

Over the past decade many companies, professionals, executives, individuals & organizations have a used a cost effective business solution known as the Virtual Assistant, to streamline their business. They have benefited from hiring their services, which can save you time and money in your business or projects. Many companies are seeking cost-effective support for their business in their “own backyard” instead of venturing overseas for outsourcing services or business support services.

By working with a Virtual Assistant, a business can save by: lowering overhead costs, eliminate federal obligations of an employee, you only pay for the services that you request, eliminate the cost of finding/training an employee, they can help you to reduce your work hours, help you to improve or reduce administrative tasks, provide assistance at half of the cost of employees. Some of them offer discounts on their services, you don’t have to have a business or employees to use their services or some of them can work along with your current staff.

They provide professional business services in a variety of areas: office / business management or support, business consulting, web design, secretarial services, tax processing, accounting, personal assistant, payroll, public relations, bookkeeping, computer services, real estate, typing services, research & analysis, marketing, project management, transcription services, business management, art dealer/ art design, web analytics, computer specialist, seo, data management, email management and many other specialized business services. All business services don’t have to be outsourced to them & they can assist with portions of your business needs or one time projects.

Their business experience & backgrounds in business are endless. They work via the Internet, phone, email, instant messenger, fax, courier services and postal mail. There are no geographic restrictions on some of their services; which can be offered worldwide & some of them offer one single service or multiple services. When a business is created and growing, administrative tasks can increase. This can equal to less time that a business has to generate new revenue or focus on other aspects of business. Wouldn’t it be great to have an assistant to call only when you need them? That’s what a Virtual Assistant can do.

CNN.com states “Those in the industry say it is on the rise because it is cost-effective. The employer does not pay for extra office space, furniture, equipment or software. There is no additional cost for training, pensions or work insurance.” A Virtual Assistant does not become a part of your company, they are self-employed business owners. Hiring one can cut back on employees wasting time at work. According to a survey from Salary.com and America Online states “employees are wasting about twice as much time as their employers expect.” Salary.com stated ” employers spend $759 billion on salaries for which real work was expected, but not actually performed.”

Outsourcing is better for the environment, reduces commuting back and forth to work, there is less worry about late employees, employees wasting time on the job and costing a company extra money. A Virtual Assistant is a professional who is 100% focused on your business needs and only bills for the hours worked and/ or tasks completed and they can be a good business solution for outsourcing and helping to cut back on additional business expenses.

While more businesses move their marketing and communications to the internet, Virtual Assistants become a more obvious choice for business or staffing problems. You can hire them faster than an employee and pick which hours, days or services that you need their assistance on. For less than the cost of temps or employees, you can take advantage of professional assistance with a variety of skills with the click of a mouse.

Finding one can be done in many ways: [http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net] , http://www.toplisted.net (click Business, then click Virtual Assistant USA or UK), type into a search engine : Virtual Assistant or Virtual Assistant services,networks or associations. A sensible and practical solution to growth can be to increase your business manpower. So hire a Virtual Assistant, a creative new labor force that provides practical solutions & services for business, individuals, professionals, executives and job growth potential for outsourcers.