Blueprint for Building Your Successful Business

Starting a business and becoming successful is often part of the American Dream. But there is a difference between starting a business and building a successful business. Many businesses fail within the first few years of existence due to the lack of planning for the long-term. There is not enough vision and there is not enough done to strengthen the business properly from the ground up.

If you want to start a business there is an easy way to get a better understanding of why some businesses fail and others don’t. When starting a business try to think about it in terms of building a house. If done right, the house will protect you against any kind of storm or other dangerous elements from the outside world, and it will last for a long time.

Following the same line of reasoning for your business, as the house offer shelter and protection because it was constructed properly, your business will offer economical well-being when It is built properly. For you and your business the translation is, you want to have a business that is able to weather economical ups and downs (a la the storm in our house example) and that will provide income to pay the bills (a la shelter and protection in our house example).

When building a house there are several different steps you must take in order to have that house built properly. You know you want a house, but first you have to pick a location and get an architect to draw up a plan and a set of specifications. In the business world that would translate to: You know you want to start a business, but you have to come up with a business idea and develop a business plan.

The next step for the house would be to build a foundation (and eventually the basement) for the house. In the business scenario, you have to build the initial infrastructure (example: connecting with vendors, finding a manufacturer for your product, creating a sales team, renting office space, getting a delivery truck, etc.). Once that is in place you’ll be able to actually do business and earn some money.

However, you are not completely done yet, because you still need to build a frame, put in windows and install a roof on the house. Similarly for your business, you’d have to pay off debt, improve business processes and get professional help when needed (example: find a tax accountant, select a payroll service, etc.).

Once the house is built you probably want to furnish it and make sure the interior is suitable for your family’s comfort and safety for present time as well as years in the future. Obviously nobody wants to sleep on the floor, if a bed and other furniture is available.

This stage of the house construction, which is close to completion, is translated to building the business in the sense that you are investing money you earned back into your business. Business owners reinvesting in their businesses is something that is done routinely. One example of that is buying machinery instead of leasing it.

Eventually the business buys a building, hire more staff, develop more products, move into new markets, build up a high cash reserve, and buy other businesses and so forth. This is often the step where winners and losers separate. Re-investing money into the business is a key factor for success. If you go and spend all the money on your own salary to buy personal things, you have nothing to go back to when the economy slips into a recession or some kind of disaster.

The successful business owner has built up a cash reserve or can borrow money from bank – securing loans with the assets of the business. Going back to building a house this pretty much matches the same efforts.

You pay off your mortgage and have equity available to eventually borrow against when emergency arises. Emergencies do not include paying off credit cards to use them again or to buy a car. Financially responsible owners (home or business) should be looking at the long term and not finance short-term goods with long-term debt.

Home Based Web Business – A Network Marketing Affair

If you have been in the eCommerce market for at least 6 months, you are already receiving offers from many companies promoting their products/services to you, and this will continue as businesses offer you the opportunity to become a distributor of those products and/or services. While many of these businesses offer the opportunity free of charge, others may require you to pay a fee similar to that of a franchise, based on their willingness to set up a website with your name on it and provide instructions on how to make it a success.

Regardless of the motives behind their willingness to share knowledge, techniques and strategies, you’re still able to share in the wealth of their business operations. Where many people make the mistake, is in getting involved with a home-based Web business and then believing – mistakenly – that just by filling out the online forms and paying the required fees, they will immediately start on a money-making journey to riches, wealth and the realization of their dreams.

This could not be farther from the reality of what actually happens after getting involved with a home-based web business. Failure to think long enough about how you came to be involved in this type of business, and the fact that someone was marketing this plan to you, can often lead to failure to grow your new business by marketing it to others; as many “others” as you possibly can during the early years of the new venture.

So the time to relax is not in the beginning of your new business but after you put in the required time (10 to 18 hour days and 7 day weeks, for as long as it takes) to make your business a success. The major portion of your time, work and and money will be spent – or should be spent – promoting and advertising your new business.

There are numerous ways to promote your home-based Web business, such as old-fashion advertising, handing out business cards or even putting you web address on the side of your vehicle to be seen while you drive to the grocery store or around town. All that may be good to draw a half dozen people or so to your new business venture, but to help it really grow and ultimately succeed, it may be necessary to rely more on the network marketing strategy.

Oil millionaire J. Paul Getty is often quoted as saying, he would rather have one percent of the efforts of 100 people, than 100 percent of his own efforts; and that is the basis of network marketing. The Kirby vacuum cleaner company devised its own form of network marketing as far back as 1935 before the phrase was coined and the concept totally understood.

The KVC company knew that in order to sell their sweepers, a sit-down presentation was needed. They had a few dealers with whom they shared the profits of their sales and using their proven methods they taught others to sell the sweepers and each person who was brought in as a sales representative could also share in the profits off the efforts of others once s/he followed the proven success plan.

While a few people may make a lot of money in a short period of time with network marketing, most must grow their business slowly, because of the learning curve, as well as the marketing tests (or test marketing as the case may be) that must take place if your home-based Web business is to be a success. Test marketing is a time-consuming activity which cannot be rushed.

You owe it to your business and yourself (and family, if applicable) to devote the number of hours every day, week and month to learn all you need to know from and about the sponsoring company (if your business is network marketing or milti-level marketing in nature), and anything else you need to know about how to market the product or service you are selling.

Once you educate yourself, you can train others to be successful by teaching them to market the product or service and make money from their sales as well. The more people they have working under them, the more money they can make; And since you devoted valuable time, money and resources to train them, you will also make more money which you would deserve.