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Diane Hughes
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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Ask successful online business owners, and they’ll quickly tell you there are certain things that are imperative in order to reach your business goals. Some of the common responses to the question “How do you thrive online?” are: dedication, organization, perseverance, and street smarts. But what’s love got to do with it?

Back to the Basics : How to Successfully Start an Online Business

As someone who has been running a full-time Internet business for years, I often have to remind myself that there are thousands of business “newbies” who are just starting out. As I get farther and farther into the realm of online business, I find that the basics for starting your own business still hold true.

What You Need To Know About Incorporating Your Business

Most US-based small businesses are getting eaten alive in taxes! That statement has proven itself true over and over again. However, while small business owners want to save money, many are literally afraid of incorporating their companies. The paperwork, the additional reports, having a set payroll amount each month, and other visions swirl around their heads. Those visions could be costing you a ton!

What to Do When People Want Everything for Free: How to Politely Get Rid of Mooches

It’s a sticky situation. A prospect, a site visitor, or just a casual acquaintance asks for your help or advice on something. You gladly give it, thinking it’s a one-time “favor.” But instead of providing a little free advice, you’ve opened the door to an onslaught of mooching! Now, every time you check your email, you find question after question. What do you do?

Are You Walking the Talk?

I saw a television commercial the other day. It actually made me laugh out loud. It wasn’t funny “ha ha,” it was funny ironic. A local telephone service provider was singing its own praises about what wonderful service it provided. “Yeah, sure!” I thought. I used to live in the area that this particular provider covered, and I know for a fact their service is anything but wonderful.

Shattering the Branding Myths

If you’ve been online long, you’re sure to have seen many “gurus” give their ideas about branding. However, much of what you read simply isn’t true. Over the years, many myths about branding have taken hold in the online world and spread like wildfire. The fact is: They are doing you more harm than good.

Want To Expand Your Business? Try Walking Barefoot in the Grass!

I hear it all the time. “I want to expand my business, but I don’t know how.” Many online small business owners have this challenge. In all actuality, it’s not a business problem rather a creativity problem.

Want To Expand Your Business?

I hear it all the time. “I want to expand my business, but I don’t know how.” Many online small business owners have this challenge. In all actuality, it’s not a business problem rather a creativity problem.

Failure is Not an Option

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that online businesses — just like brick and mortar businesses — have a very high failure rate for startups. Ever wonder why that is? There are several business consultants, success gurus, and motivational experts who can tell you. The problem is: Most of us don’t listen.

What Happened? Troubleshooting Poor Response from Ad Campaigns

Too many small business owners today run ad campaigns that get little to no results, and they have no idea why. When you have the knowledge to troubleshoot the poor responses, you also have the knowledge to make the needed changes so that – next time – your sales improve! Let’s take a look at the breakdown of an ad campaign, and how to determine what went wrong.

Small Business Success – Its a Matter of Confidence

I was floored! I couldn’t believe what they were saying! But there they sat — three of the biggest film stars of our age — telling the world they had issues with confidence. I was watching an interview where Merle Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore were talking with Oprah Winfrey. Their conversation gave me a lot to think about in regard to small business success.

Small Business 2003 Forecast

It’s been a long three years! The American economy has been in recession officially since 1999, and this has truly wreaked havoc on many companies – large and small, American and international. So what does 2003 hold in store? Will things remain “as-is” or will we begin to see improvements?

According to many industry leaders, drastic improvements are on the horizon. Will there be a “free fall” of money? Hardly, but if you play your cards right, 2003 can be “The Year of the Small Business.”

The Economy

The Eye of the Storm

I’ve been publishing a newsletter for over 3 years and I’ve been actively marketing and running an online business for almost 5 … needless to say, I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go and definitely know all about “lulls” and “surges.”

Proven Ways To Dramatically Increase Your Conversion Rate

There is an old saying that I agree with 100%. “Nothing kills a bad product faster than good advertising.” The same applies to Web sites. Nothing will suck up money faster than a poorly structured Web site that can’t convert sales.

The Pitfalls Of Using Technology For Technology’s Sake

Being a long-time Internet entrepreneur, I have made certain observations over time. Most people who start an online business seem to go through certain “phases.” They make the same mistakes, and they react the same to different circumstances. All the while, they never realize that much of this behavior sends a glaring red signal that they are undoubtedly newbies.

Avoiding the Delete Button — How To Make Your Email Campaign Pay Off

Have you noticed? It’s becoming harder and harder to get a good response out of email campaigns. Why? The more popular an advertising method becomes, the more overused it gets. When that happens, customers develop an “immunity”. They are so overwhelmed by the dozens, or even hundreds, of emails that pop into their inboxes that they simply hit the delete button without even giving it a second thought.

Advertising Costs Getting Too High? Start Your Own Ad Co-op!

Everyone knows that advertising is essential to growing a business. One problem that small business owners have always faced is the high cost of marketing. Most, however don’t realize that there is an effective way to reduce the cost of your advertising while – at the same time – increasing its reach.

Organization Tips That Add More Hours To Your Day

One of the most common complaints that small business owners have is lack of time. What most don’t realize, however is that their lack of time stems from a lack of organization. But with a few simple tips – that you can implement immediately – you can literally add hours to your day.

What’s the Secret to Repeat Business?

When you think about ways to gain repeat business from your customers, you probably turn your thoughts to marketing efforts such as advertising, public relations and other means that will allow you to repeatedly be seen. However, without one particular element included in your plan, your efforts to entice customers to buy over and over will fail. Even autoresponders – the “king” of repeat exposure – can’t produce the type of loyalty needed to ensure your customers continually send their dollars your way.

Some Advertising is Doomed to Fail

When people are concerned about the lack of response to their advertising, usually they complain about one of two things. They either say, “I put it in all the popular ezines but nobody responded” or “I followed all the copywriting ‘rules’ but didn’t even get one sale.” This dilemma is normally due to one common problem. There is one thing most people don’t think about that dooms their advertising to failure.

Some Advertising Is Doomed To Fail – Find Out Why

When people are concerned about the lack of response to their advertising, usually they complain about one of two things. They either say, “I put it in all the popular ezines but nobody responded” or “I followed all the copywriting ‘rules’ but didn’t even get one sale.” This dilemma is normally due to one common problem. There is one thing most people don’t think about that dooms their advertising to failure.