Seven Tips To Build a Successful Home Business

Seven Tips To Build a Successful Home Business


Seven Tips To Build a Successful Home Business

Man using 2 laptops on a bed. Is this the way to run an online home business During these early days of my venture into the world of Internet Marketing, coupled with the fact that I am actually setting up a long term online business, I have been doing a lot of research into the experience of people who have already been doing this for a number of years.

When you think about it, communicating and working with colleagues and customers in this virtual way is rather bizzare. I would have regarded someone as maybe having a screw-loose if they told me – say, twenty years ago – that it would be possible to set up and run a home-based business and successfully make money from home in this completely isolated sort of way!


image attributed to The Bed As A Desk
Anyway, here’s an article I came across and thought it appropriate to share. This guy has been running his own home business for several years and shares his insights, experience and tips gained over that period:-
A friend recently asked how I have managed to work from home for so long and stay sane. Good questions. As appealing as it sounds, working from home does not suit everyone. Doing it for years requires discipline, self-awareness and careful planning to avoid key traps. Comments about working from home usually fall into two categories. Some say a home-based business must be a terrific lifestyle with all that supposed extra time and flexibility. Others ask how you can work from home when there are so many distractions …..

Read more here:

Summary of the seven tips for a successful online home business:

  1. Find a secret work location
  2. Find a great coffee shop
  3. Avoid lifestyle business owners
  4. Become a night owl
  5. Limit emails and social media
  6. Find your day
  7. Work in short bursts

There’s a lot of practical and common sense advice here for anyone starting an online business or are currently running an online business, or indeed running any kind of home business. These tips can be used by anyone as a guideline in their own particular situation.

I guess when you are solely responsible for your own success & reputation, finding ways of limiting or avoiding everyday distractions does become something that is rather personal and individual. For instance, working at night may not suit everyone and finding another ‘secret location’ may not be possible or even practical, especially if you have children and are their sole carer.

If you are thinking about how to make money online and how to start your own Internet Business, I’m sure that these tips will certainly help you on the way to success.



Automated Income Seminar Live Training Event with Dean Holland

Automated Income Seminar Live Training Event with Dean Holland

Automated Income Seminar - Dean Holland

Two Day Live Training Event with Dean Holland Manchester UK June 28 & 29 2014

In one of my early posts, I outlined that for the past three and half years my ventures into the online world of Internet Marketing had not really been very serious.

Although I started with the best of intentions – as I’m sure many other people have – I soon got caught up in all the hype stirred up by dodgy individuals out to make a quick buck. Of course, being a fresh green newbie, I didn’t immediately realize how dodgy, or devious, they were.

I now realize that much of the information I found online in those early days turned out to be rather questionable.

Hold on…back-up a little…in that sentence I used the word ‘found’. But looking back now, I would definitely say that I was deliberately seeking out information that would satisfy my pre-conceived ideas that earning an income online was really quite easy. Strangely, I regarded those Marketers offering 4 or 5 figure training as being the scam artists.

In those early days, I approached Internet Marketing with exactly the wrong mindset.

As a high-achieving technical professional, the Internet – or rather, the mechanics of it – were no mystery to me. I was there in the pre internet days and remember the early bulletin board systems that evolved out of the initial DoD Arpanet project and the first email. All of this was, of course, command line driven and text based until in 1989, when Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web as we now know it.


And therein lay my particular mindset problem.

Believing that technical knowledge is all that was required, left me easily susceptible to the promise of ‘push-button-riches’.  However, my  high achieving executive level career as a senior IT solutions architect, meant that I was not so easily talked into things. Working in that type of environment also helps to develop an acute sense of identifying BS.

But I wasn’t completely immune and still bought lots of WSO’s, training and other stuff from The Warrior Forum and other sites. Buying lots of stuff in the early days seems to be common practice, even among the most successful Internet Marketers.

I’m glad I finally found Dean Holland,the first mentor I have truly invested in. Joining the iPro program is a 4 figure investment and represents my firm commitment to stop playing around and take IM seriously.

However, there is an opportunity to experience 2 days of LIVE training with Dean Holland at a bargain price. Dean is holding a 2 day LIVE event in Manchester, in the United Kingdom, on June 28 & 29 2014. This is only the second time he has hosted a live event anywhere in the world.

But you’d better be quick.
Automated Income Seminar

The venue can only hold 100 people and at the time of this writing (May 19), there are only 68 spaces left. So if you are interested and can make it to Manchester, England, then please act quickly and click the link: Automated Income Seminar

Are Solo Ads like Sucking Lemons?

Are Solo Ads like Sucking Lemons?

solo ads and sour lemonSolo Ads and Lemons

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like sucking lemons.

It’s the sour taste, which can sometimes causes my mouth to smart.

There are, however, a lot of people in the world who do actually like the sour taste – if you are one of those people then good-on-ya! Because if we were all the same, then the world would be a pretty boring place.

A place where everyone wears the same clothes, agrees with the same things, thinks the same thoughts.

On the other hand, a place like that would be predictable and if everyone in that place sucked lemons, then I would just have to learn to like them.

So, in a place that is controlled and predictable, there would only be one solo ad vendor, approved and vetted by those in power.

I’m very glad that I don’t live in a place like that, democracy gives us lots of freedoms, including the freedom to choose lousy vendors. And that’s where my analogy of learning how to suck lemons comes back into play.

I have never placed a solo ad before – that is, not before Friday the 9th of May 2014.

I’ve done my research, scanned forums and social media for opinions and feedback on different solo ad vendors until I chose a couple to try out for myself.

Advice found from various sources all suggest taking the minimum package on offer from two, three or more vendors. It appears to be common practice for vendors to over-deliver and postings I have read on-line confirm that this is indeed the case.

Packages on offer take the form of number-of-clicks. Some vendors may offer a minimum of 50 clicks, others may have 100 as their minimum.

There also doesn’t appear to be any kind of fixed rule for over-delivery. Comments I have read from satisfied customers indicate over-delivery rates between 10 and 20 percent. But as I have said, there is no fixed rule and these percentages are just rough figures from my own estimations.

Spreading your budget amongst different vendors is also sound advice, which minimizes your risk and avoids having all your eggs-in-one-basket, as it were. Not forgetting, of course, that the whole point of doing this is to measure the quality of the traffic and the amount of opt-ins gained from it.

Tracking therefore, is essential to gather meaningful metrics from vendors, which will help you decide which one will be chosen for a larger campaign, by purchasing a greater number of clicks from them.

On the subject of tracking, I’ve come across three FREE ad trackers:

  • Prosper202  –
  • CPV Lab      –
  • ClixTrac       –

Prosper202 and CPV Lab are both self-hosted, which means that you will need to install them on a website you own. With ClixTrac, just create a free account. I haven’t tried any of them out myself yet.

Anyway, back to the subject of this post – solo ads.

Another very important metric is something known as Tier 1 traffic. Simply put, it is the amount of traffic – or clicks – originating from the USA, UK, Australia, Canada…. They all have strong economies and are predominantly English speaking countries. I don’t wish to insult citizens of other countries and apologies if I’ve left out other Tier 1 countries from my short list. I’m only reporting the information that I have found.

So, the best way to learn how to suck lemons – and maybe even gain a taste for them – is one segment at a time. Just like Solo Ad vendors, take small portions of what each has to offer to begin with, because spending a large bite of your budget on the first one you come across could leave a very sour taste in your mouth.


QSC Grand Finale Webinar (& introducing ipro)

QSC Grand Finale Webinar (& introducing ipro)

QSC Grande Finale Webinar 2014QSC Grand Finale Webinar (& introducing ipro)

Well, this year’s Quick Start Challenge finished in the early hours of Thursday morning in the UK (1:30 am). As I’m no longer young and carefree, that was way too long passed my bedtime!

Waking some 6 hours later, I was still bleary eyed and needed at least a gallon of coffee before I began to wake up properly! Anyway, I slowly started to come round and eventually began to function.

Despite it being the Grand Finale of Quick Start Challenge 2014, there was still quite a lot of excellent content. Dean Holland sure does give fantastic value and over-delivered at a rate which was at least ten times the price of the course. This is Dean’s normal mode of operation and a standard by which his business operates – one of his “secret sauce” ingredients that has made him such a successful internet entrepreneur and millionaire.

Dean started off with a review of everything we had covered during the course, making sure that we understood and appreciated important fundamentals, such as KLT (Know, Like, Trust) and the “Success Metric” T+C=S (Traffic + Conversions = Sales).

He stressed the importance of KLT in establishing a relationship with visitors to one’s blog. No hype or BS, just honest and authentic writing, until visitors feel they have a rapport with the blogger and naturally establish the KLT metric of Know, Like & Trust. That’s when the Success Metric of T+C=S (Traffic + Conversions = Sales) comes into play.

To not understand and appreciate the importance of both metrics, means an unsuccessful and frustrating time for any aspiring Internet Marketer.

I would also add that these are important fundamental requirements of any business venture, whether on or off line. Without all of these basic components in place, any business would struggle to make sales.

Dean compelled us to commit both KLT and the Success Metric to memory and to base our IM ventures on the principles of integrity, honesty and authenticity enveloped within KLT.

Further strategies presented by Dean, that he uses in his own business, included his “Value Stack” Business Model, which is his own proven high converting sales funnel.

He spoke about traffic and how there are really only two ways of getting it.

“Free” traffic and “Paid” traffic. Dean stressed the importance of researching the reputation of “Paid” traffic vendors, before ordering “clicks” from them and how it is wise to spread the amount spent over a number of vendors. During my limited experience and previous research in this area, I have found out that the smart thing to do, is to order the minimum quantity of clicks as reputable vendors tend to over-deliver anyway.

The other important point about paying for traffic is the quality of the traffic and not the quantity. Targeted traffic is what you want, that is people who are already interested in your niche. Cheap Fiverr gigs will deliver quantity, but most of the visitors will not really be interested in your niche or just be “freebie” hunters collecting as much stuff as they can get and then immediately unsubscribing.

There may well be a lot of traffic, but in the IM world, it is known as low-quality.

“Free” traffic is not really free. It requires that you drive traffic to your website and that needs time. So, the difference between Paid & Free traffic is the spending of money or the spending of time.

Dean carried on delivering a lot more excellent content and strategies from his own business.

The big grand finale included some surprises from Dean.

Everyone who attended the live webinar was entered into a prize draw, to win one of three 60 minute sessions with Dean which could take the form of a direct consultation on the winners business, or an interview that the winner can record and sell as their own product.

An awesome prize that unfortunately I didn’t win, but warmest congratulations to those lucky people who did!

As usual, with any of Deans’ events, there was also something more.

He presented to us, something that has been dubbed “The Ultimate Six Figure Short cut“.

An exclusive and unique program called iPro that allows members – known as partners – access within his business and rights to sell his products with very generous commissions.

iPro is not advertised directly by Dean, all references I’ve found to it are mainly in the form of video testimonials or written about in the blogs of people within the program. All of them have said how much it has restored their faith in IM as a way to earn a living online and many have actually stated that they have indeed earned their first ever income! Their first four figure days are celebrated by Dean in their own exclusive closed Facebook group.

Within the members’ area of iPro, there is a wealth of in-depth training, covering many areas from traffic generation to Dean’s own proven and profitable business models. Acceptance into the iPro program is more than just handing over a sum of money. There is no guarantee of acceptance and before a price is even mentioned, the applicant is required to undergo an interview. I don’t know if there is just one interview or a series of stages, or whether it depends on a particular applicant. Although I have seen mention of a 90 minute interview.

Dean concluded the QSC with perhaps the biggest surprise, and announced that all of us have shown such consistent commitment and progress throughout the QSC, that he was prepared to waive the normal interview vetting process and allow us to access iPro at the Platinum level. I understand the levels are: Gold, Platinum, Elite and Master.

Entrance to the second level is pretty cool and yes, I did take advantage of the opportunity and I am just starting to work my way through the training.

I make no secret of the fact that my IM income efforts thus far are rather dire. Not-a-bean; zilch; nada; nothing have I made. But now, I have invested properly with Dean Holland, a well-known, proven and successful mentor.

I have added links below to QSC and another of Deans’ courses, Big Commission Blueprint (BCB), if you are interested in any of them. As for iPro, I’ll be documenting my progress – when I have time – as I work my way through the training.