2008 Top Work At Home Opportunities for Canada

Millions of people all over the world, from all walks of life, are turning to the Internet to create extra income for their families. Some want to simply create additional income while others want to own a Home Based Business, whereby they can replace their current day job. Wouldn’t you rather work from the comfort of your home rather than face the weather, stress and boredom of a typical job?

A lot of people have great hopes of one day being able to retire and enjoy life at an early age. I don’t know about you but I made the decision to retire early when I saw my Dad who worked very hard all his life, only to reach retirement age, and pass away one month later without getting to do many things he had talked about in life. You may have other reasons, but whatever they are, the Internet has the potential to change your life.

One has access to millions of people, almost instantly, and it is levels the playing field for everyone. It’s not just for the wealthy. Many are having great success creating large incomes while working their current jobs.

Are there any Work at Home opportunities for people who reside in Canada? You bet there are! You will be able to find a lot of good opportunities in the following areas:

* Rebate Processors

* Data Entry

* Type At Home

* Online Paid Surveys

* Home Phone Jobs

* Mystery Shoppers

* Online Dollars Stores

* Online Jewelry Store

This is just a handful of the many types of business you should be able to find with proper research if you live in Canada. What do I mean by research? Well, let me tell you first what I don’t mean. I DO NOT mean simply joining the first program that offers to pay you the most for doing nothing. There are many programs out there simply looking to take your money, waste your time, while leaving you feeling discouraged. You need to either use a website like mine, but not necessarily mine, that has done some research or be prepared to spend the hours doing it yourself. It must be done. In addition you need to narrow down the programs you find to match your profile. When I say profile I mean your income objectives, time constraints, skill sets and comfort level. This is very important, because no matter how much money a company is willing to pay for your service, you will make nothing if you don’t do any work from home. This match up, I have determined over the past year, is a key factor to your being successful.

So what should you do to get started if you live in Canada? Well here is what I would suggest:

* Make sure you understand what your Work At Home profile is.

* Do you research and narrow down the choices to 2 – 3 programs.

* Join them and begin reading the step-by-step guidance provided.

* Exercise patience, while working hard from home, for your future.

You may be wondering why I suggest 2 – 3 programs and not just one. Well, I believe from looking at past history, that many successful people join 2 – 3 programs later focusing in on the ones they enjoy working the most. It gives you a better chance for success. In addition you can join all three for less than it cost to take you and your family out to dinner and a movie one evening. Please feel free to read both this article or one of my many others by visiting my link in the resource box below. I always enjoy getting emails pertaining to my articles or my site. Your feedback is important to me.

Why not give yourself a chance at improving your lifestyle and achieving your dreams? I wish you the very best.

Small Business Success Secrets

Ever wished you could find out what makes successful entrepreneurs successful? The good news is there is no secret sauce. It’s a matter of being proactive, resourceful, prepared and ready to dig-in for the long haul.

Sound doable? It is, but no one said that doable was easy…

Whether you’re just stepping into the small business world or you’ve been running your own show for some time, you’ll not be a stranger to the fact that hard work, tenacity and an indefatigable nature are necessary, but that they are also not enough. So that begs the question, what do you need to succeed?

In a nutshell, you need to get started right:

  • Be professional from the outset. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to take your business seriously. Consider what you expect in terms of customer service, sales collateral and response times and consider what you do and don;t like about businesses you have dealt with in the past. Get a dedicated phone line with a business answering service if necessary, get a dedicated cell phone and web site, get professional business cards and other stationery. The outlay is worth it’s weight in gold as it will be part and parcel of your brand image, your trustworthiness, and will contribute to the perception that you are ‘here to stay, not to play’.
  • When you’re starting a business you need to find the business idea that works – it doesn’t need to be the one that will make you a house-hold name; you need to create a cohesive, well-considered SMART business plan; and you need to find funders.
  • It is also imperative that you do what you love and that you don’t try to go it alone. Ofcourse you want it to be ‘your’ business, that’s the point, but a support system is necessary. There will be days when you want to just give it up; Dyson [http://www.careers.dyson.com/story.asp] may well have done so without the support of his wife and children. Doing what you love is as important. You will be spending a lot of time, effort and money on this business, and assuming you expect it to succeed as a long-term venture, you need to enjoy what you do whether it’s managing a day-care, or starting a horse ranch.
  • The old adage of ‘fail fast‘ is as true today as when it was first coined. Find out what doesn’t work as fast as you can, apply those learnings and keep going and growing. Once you’re ready for expansion, successfully growing your business won’t seem quite so daunting. Spending on growth, expanding for success and investing in staff are integral to your continued success.
  • Get tax and accounting right from the beginning.

With support, the right tools and resources and of course that die-hard entrepreneurial spirit, you might find yourself paving the way for your own small business success story!

Are the Words “Social Media” Missing From Your Business Vocabulary?

This question has been nagging at me these past few weeks like I was being pecked to death by a chicken, could it be that these words are not computing with local business owners? It’s like your smallest child learning how to read an can’t pronounce a word, they end up creating a new word because they can’t say what they are reading. No it’s not a learning disability, it’s an understanding of what those words actually mean and how to use it in this new age and environment of marketing. It’s changed, or has it? Anytime you have the word ” Social ” attached to a phrase or sentence, people think less formal, beach party, BBQ or relaxing on the deck with friends. Yes, that is a form of being social and it is somewhat related to the term in business circles as well. The problem isn’t the word, it’s the thinking that is attached to the words, and small business owners can’t seem to break how they feel or think about the word. It’s not that they can’t, they just don’t know how and it’s embarrassing enough that they won’t ask for help on the topic for fear of looking stupid. I mean come on, it’s the words ” Social Media ” how could I not know what that means! So rather than find out, they think, let’s not go there and or I’ll avoid the conversation all together. Worse yet, I’ll ask my kids. Small to medium business, all business for that matter needs to educate themselves on the tidal wave before them and how to ride that wave without being wiped out.

In my corner of the world here in Western Canada, a very small group of people participate in the formal sense of the words social media. This group is comprised of mostly people from chat rooms or Facebook and the like, not a many are business owners trying to add this environment into their marketing mix or even their support systems. I say this because I’ve been coming up against this lack of understanding everyday and this uncomfortable feeling when you try to share with them, to help them understand what it is or could be for their business. It’s like the words Social Media aren’t even in their vocabulary or business language, it’s completely missing, and if it is there, it’s a picture of people standing around a water cooler. So in light of that, I am posting the Wiki definition of Social Media here for all the world to see.

SM Definition

Social media is online content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. At its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share news, information and content. It’s a fusion of sociology and technology, transforming monologues (one to many) into dialogues (many to many) and is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into publishers. Social media has become extremely popular because it allows people to connect in the online world to form relationships for personal, political and business use.

Distinction from Industrial Media

SM are distinct from industrial media, such as newspapers, television, and film. While social media are relatively inexpensive and accessible tools that enable anyone (even private individuals) to publish or access information, industrial media generally require significant resources to publish information. Examples of industrial media issues include a printing press or a government-granted spectrum license.

“Industrial media” are commonly referred to as “traditional”, “broadcast” or “mass” media.

One characteristic shared by both social media and industrial media is the capability to reach small or large audiences; for example, either a blog post or a television show may reach zero people or millions of people. The properties that help describe the differences between social media and industrial media depend on the study. Some of these properties are:

1. Reach – both industrial and SM technologies provide scale and enable anyone to reach a global audience.

2. Accessibility – the means of production for industrial media are typically owned privately or by government; social media tools are generally available to anyone at little or no cost.

3. Usability – industrial media production typically requires specialized skills and training. Most social media do not, or in some cases reinvent skills, so anyone can operate the means of production.

4. Recency – the time lag between communications produced by industrial media can be long (days, weeks, or even months) compared to social media (which can be capable of virtually instantaneous responses; only the participants determine any delay in response). As industrial media are currently adopting social media tools, this feature may well not be distinctive anymore in some time.

5. Permanence – industrial media, once created, cannot be altered (once a magazine article is printed and distributed changes cannot be made to that same article) whereas social media can be altered almost instantaneously by comments or editing.

Community media constitute an interesting hybrid of industrial and social media. Though community-owned, some community radios, TV and newspapers are run by professionals and some by amateurs. They use both social and industrial media frameworks.

Here is the link from the above: Social Media Definition

The real issue isn’t what the words mean, it’s how a consultant or media firm explains them, provides a case study that reflects that a business can derive an ROI from Social Media. Thus, giving the term value and a new way of marketing and communicating with their customers, by building a deeper, richer relationship that builds a new kind of loyalty. More importantly it provides a forum where you the business owners actually cares about what your clientele think about your products and services. A place where you can give them and even better experience of dealing with you.

Another challenge for these words and business owner’s; there are people out there claiming to be knowledgeable and understand social media that just plain don’t. These individuals land high positions in large organizations, they get the position and then scramble around to figure out how to do the job when they have no business being there in the first place. A great rant on this topic is from my friend Olivier Blanchard of The Brand Builder, his video entitled, “Is your Social Media Director qualified?”, it articulates far better than I Olivier’s frustration and concern with these individuals in one short video. Take the time to view it.

As you can tell there is a lot of work to be done, an educational track that needs to be articulated in a way that business owners can connect the dots, connect the words to a real opportunity and value they have not considered before. Each business owner needs to bone up and learn that the term Social Media is a new marketing environment but also a relationship they have avoided in the past. You can no longer avoid it because it is the new word of mouth, it can be your best friend or your worst enemy. You have to decide which it will be.

Your Jump Start to Multi-Level Marketing Business Opportunities

If you’re looking into starting a marketing business, either full-time or part-time, and are very good in interacting with people, but have little knowledge about business and with a minimal capital, then Multi-Level or Network Marketing may be for you.

An intro to Multi-Level Marketing

Multi-Level or Network Marketing or simply MLM is considered as a business distribution model that allow a parent MLM Company to advertise or market the company’s products and services straight to consumers by means of direct selling or relationship referral.

It is starting to become a catchphrase in the consumer product industry. Many companies are considering the effectiveness of the Multi-Level Marketing scheme both in boosting sales and cutting cost. For this reason, the number of MLM groups has greatly increased in numbers over the years.

Starting your MLM business the right way

In starting your Multi-Level Marketing business, you would surely look for information that will help you in making your business venture a success. But it may take a long time for you to connect all pieces together because you are just starting out. So in order to avoid these unnecessary failures you should consider five simple steps before entering into the MLM industry. And be amaze that finding success in this industry can be an exciting and straight forward journey.

The first step you must consider in starting your entrepreneurial journey is the self-assessment of yourself. You should know your strengths in order for you to take advantage of them and determine your weaknesses so that you can make some improvement. Also, determine what you like most, your passion and what field your good and not good at. By understanding yourself you can find the best Multi-Level Marketing business opportunity for you.

Identifying your goals is the second step you must do. You should find out the reason why do you want to start a Network Marketing business because if you find the answer to this, it will help you in solidifying your commitment in making your business start up through to the end. It can also be a motivation as you build a strong foundation of your business scheme.

The next step to consider is to learn about the network marketing industry. You should lean about the Multi-Level Marketing business model and understand how it works in theory and how these theories can be applied in real life. Educate yourself by reading books and ask questions to experts because later on you can also educate your customers and business partners.

The fourth step to consider is to look for a good MLM company. Take time to think about the caliber of the company that you want to belong to and the kind of service or product you would like to represent. You must match the company where you want to work with your goals and interest.

The last step you must do is to find a mentor to lead you to success. It is a good idea to identify a mentor before joining in a company because a good mentor can make or break you when you first start in a Multi-level Marketing business. It would give some security that someone will be guiding you in your network marketing success.

Looking into the positive factors of a company

In choosing a MLM company you must look into its positive factors in order to locate the best company that suits you. Make sure that the company you are prospecting to work with has attributes like having a successful business and marketing plan, with a strong support system, training provided, solid track record and good work ethic, easy to sign up new distributors online, established and marketable product line or service, excellent bonus plan with incentives and have the option of working full time or part time.

It is not a guarantee that all these attributes can be found in a reputable business company, some will be better in certain areas while others do not. Make some research of the company and don’t just agree to the motivational propaganda used by most Network Marketing companies in order to employ new leads.

What it Takes to Successfully Manage a Home-Based Business Online

Since every successful business started with a successful idea carefully evaluated, every business then started with just one person. A young home-based business online is usually just a vision, done by one and executed by the same one.

It’s not easy to start and run a business. In fact, business degrees are not easy to achieve. Most entrepreneurial degrees take at least four years and have at least five math subjects and four accounting subjects. Moreover, there are other miscellaneous business subjects like business writing, business ecology and others.

However, a business degree doesn’t ensure that you become a good entrepreneur. So we ask the question: What does it really take to successfully manage a home-based business online? What are the certain traits that you need to learn and develop so you can most likely succeed?

BE AN OPPORTUNITY-SEEKER

The flooding of new products and services overwhelms the normal, low-key consumer. Be very keen with your surroundings. Evaluate certain needs that emanate from certain circumstances. You have heard of a lot of products that have been “discovered” just because there was a certain need, one that nobody knew, or even talked about and then boom! One day, a solution was provided. And nobody knew why but the solution made sense! A home-based business online is relatively easier to study because the internet has all the resources that one can have in terms of information. Just be very sensitive.

TAKE RISKS

That’s it. Take risks. No, not legal risks, but the risk of not staying in the industry too long and some unavoidable financial risks. However, you’re not advised to plunge into unsure loaning offers or buy untested materials. Every business has the element of risk attached to it. First, when you make sure that you are unique, if means that your products has never been there in the market before (or a variation of it).

What you need to do is to minimize the amount of risk that you can possibly have. If you are on an online business, a survey is easy to achieve! When you feel that you are failing though, be quick to adjust. Again, it will involve risk. Just take calculated risks and take off from there.

INNOVATE!

An inventor gathers scrap, makes something out of it and names it. An entrepreneur has an eager eye for possible income options and new saleable products. An entrepreneur then comes up with a good business plan to complement a good business.

Innovation is important for a new product. However, innovation is not just a one-time thing. It is a constant process. Sure, your product may be an online superstar, but when people get tired of it, your business will falter. Moreover, do not forget that as time goes, your consumers will develop new needs. As the famous corporate adage goes: innovate or die.

POWDER WITH HARDWORK AND OPTIMISM

Lastly, as majorly, entrepreneurship has a lot to do with one’s attitude, do not forget to be hard-working. There will be days when you will need to sit down and deal with clients all day and you may spend the whole night tossing around your bed thinking about what went wrong in your last operation. Bear it all with a smile. It is now more meaningful to love what you’re doing because a.) it was your idea, your brilliant marketable idea and b.) because you’re earning from it.

Do not demand from yourself a total psychological makeover. Understanding how you should behave in a world where uncertainty is common (virtual commerce) is not that easy. Just adjust slowly and continue developing your idea. A successful home-based business online should be an easily-adapting business with an open-minded manager.