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Telling Your Friends and Family About Your Home-Based Business

Aug 17, 2007
You are excited about internet marketing. You want to start your own business working from home. You want to sell products or services online and have a great idea about how to make it work. You have what it takes to get your home business off the ground and you have done all your research. But your friends and family think you are wasting your time, energy, and money and do not support your efforts. This discourages many people from starting or continuing with an internet business. The determined home-business entrepreneur must ignore these attitudes if they are to succeed, and do what they believe within themselves. Or sometimes these attitudes may encourage them to work even harder to prove that they can do it.

It is important to have goals and dreams and take steps to achieve them, despite the lack of support one may have. By educating ourselves, we can share our knowledge with friends and family to help them see that it actually can work with hard work and persistence, and that many people are very successful at earning huge incomes from the internet. By explaining the process involved, and acknowledging that there are no get-rich-quick schemes out there, friends and family may become more supportive. But even if they don't, we must network and tell the people in our lives about our business, starting with those closest to us - our friends and family.

Networking is important because it is a free advertising tool. Your friends and family already know you and trust you, whether they support your business venture or not. By telling everyone you know about your business, you are referring those people to your business, and you may get a few sales. Then everyone you know might tell everyone they know, and so on. The more people who know about it, the more potential sales you could have, and even just a few sales can offset your membership and advertising costs. If you are affiliate selling, and have referred new affiliates who now have memberships, your earnings can become a source of residual or leveraged income for as long as they stay members, and the bigger your team of affiliates, the more you will make.

Another good place to network is in discussion forums where you can find supportive new friends or business partners who have the same goals and dreams as you. You can place the link to your website or sales page in the signature at the bottom of your posts. When you post something of value - helping others, or providing useful information - then people will start to trust you as a good source. They might just click on your signature link, and this could lead to a sale.

The power of networking should not be underestimated. Not only can it skyrocket your earnings, but it can help build new friendships and business partners for life!
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