Businesses To Start For Under $500

COMPUTER CONSULTING. As the computer pervades almost every aspect of our daily lives, people need to become computer literate–or at least know how to work things. If you have basic computer knowledge as well as specific expertise with popular software (Word Perfect, Lotus 1-2-3. etc.), individuals and other businesses will find your help worth paying for. You can have clients come to your home, but they might feel more comfortable if you came to their offices or homes to work on their particular machines. Of course if you consult for business, you must go to them. Advertise in the Yellow Pages or send direct mail queries to various business offices that you know use computers. Check your local computer dealers and ask about businesses that have just bought computer systems–you KNOW they’ll need help, and the dealer usually isn’t interested in helping customers work the things once they’ve made the sale. In fact, you might be able to enter into a deal with the computer dealer in which he recommends you as a consultant. For further reading: The Computer Consultant, Schueler Communications, Inc., 208 N. Townsend Street, Syracuse, NY 13203.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING. No software package right now out of the box is going to work for a business exactly the way they want it to, so custom computer programming is often needed. Your programming ability can create a custom applications for retailers and other businesses. If this idea interests you but you don’t know programming, a home study course available from International Correspondence Schools, 925 Oak St., Scranton, PA 18508-9989.

CLOWNING. This business is no laughing matter. decent profits can be earned from doing your funny business at children?s parties and schools. Contact nursery schools, pre-kindergarten classes, and day care centers and offer your services. The schools may not be able to pay much, so birthday parties are probably your best bet. Advertise on community bulletin boards and in local shopper papers. Two publications worth getting are: Creative Clowning, Java Publishing Co.,6510 Lenham Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80918 ($16.95); and Start A Clowning Business by Donna Huff, 203 State Rd.,Sellersville, PA 18960 ($5).

DJ SERVICE. Good disk jockeys are still in demand for large parties of all kinds: birthdays, anniversaries, small weddings, office parties, dances, etc. You’ll need a large selection of popular dance tunes that covers a wide variety of tastes and styles, and quality sound equipment that is both portable and powerful enough to project throughout a large auditorium. You might consider staging your own dance weekends at a resort, charging per couple. Place ads Yellow Pages for this service.

GARAGE SALE ORGANIZER. Sure you can make some money with your own garage sale, but you can make much more by becoming a professional. You can organize and run garage sales for dozens of households in your town. Your sales pitch is that you know what sells and what doesn’t, how to price objects, how to attract customers and what to serve (such as free coffee). As the organizer, you can either charge a flat fee for your services or accept a percentage of the total take. But you must insist that you run the show, and that your decisions on pricing and display are not questioned. Look for The Garage Sale Book, $7.95 from E.A. Morgan Publishing Co., Dept IO-10, P.O. Box 1375, Huntington, NY 11743-1375. Or How To Profit from Garage Sales, $5.95 ppd. from Income Opportunities Booklets, P.O. Box 40, Vernon, NJ 074672.

Can Facebook Really Help Your Business

Every Monday, I am usually checking the Google analytics of my clients and am impressed by those that use Facebook as to how much traffic I see coming to the corporate website via this Social Media Channel. Am I surprised? No. You might be asking why. If so, check out these interesting stats:

No of people who check Facebook EVERY day

128 million Americans 14 million Canadians

If you do the math that is approximately 40% of the population of each respective county that is visiting Facebook EVERY day!

That means if your target audience is ANYWHERE in North America, over the age of 13 with access to a computer, chances are they are pretty heavily represented on Facebook. Therefore ignoring this hub as part of your marketing might not be the best call.

So, why am I impressed to see the traffic coming to my clients corporate websites? Because BEING on Facebook doesnt help your business.but USING Facebook effectively can. Facebook just recently launched an updated version of their Facebook for Business Resource. Its definitely worth checking out. Not only for how-tos on the points listed below, but also for some great success stories that can help you creatively promote your page.

While Im sure this list is far from exhaustive, heres some savvy, simple and cost effective ways to start marketing your small business on Facebook:

1. You need a Company Page

2. Consistently post to your Page

Interesting ideas, tips, important industry/company updates, conversation starters, promotions and contests are what bring your page alive and when coupled with the other points below, these are what will grow your followers and increase traffic to your website.

3. Include Calls to Action on your Page

Calls to action can encourage your Facebook followers to LIKE your page, share your posts, visit your website, participate in a contest, try your product/service or subscribe to your newsletters/blogs/YouTube Channels/other social media channels, etc.

4. Promote your company page via ads

There are so many creative ways to do this that can dramatically increase your results. You also need to think differently about these ads. Unlike Google where people are searching for something specific, on Facebook they are typically there socializing. That means your ads need to stand out, entice and distract them from their conversations in order to take action.

5. Boost your posts

Your posts only reach about 16% of your followers, but boosting exposure of these posts for as little as $5 can increase exposure dramatically, and can be directed not only to your followers, but also to your targeted audience on Facebook.

6. Advertise on Facebook to promote your company website

If you can offer a free eBook, special event or a free trial of your product or service, try using Facebook ads to drive traffic directly to your website instead of only to your Facebook page.

Chiropractic Marketing Teacher Appreciation Programs

Well, its back to school for almost everyone by now and this means theres a small window of opportunity for you to market to all the teachers in your local school district.

You may be wondering, “What opportunity might that be, Chris?”

Good question!!

Let me explain. I have just the right chiropractic marketing idea to help you out. Lets make sure you finish 2010 strong and quite possibly help you, help more people and make more money this last quarter than you did in the previous three quarters of the year combined!! For some of youthis is a strong possibility (especially if you really struggled most of this year).

For the rest of you, this program Im about to share with you could easily add an additional $10K-15K per month to your income!! How sweet is that?

So, what chiropractic marketing strategy has a “small window of opportunity” and can easily make you and additional $10K-$15K per month additional income?

(Drum Roll Please)

Teacher Appreciation Programs! Hosting a Teacher Appreciation Program in your local schools can literally turn your practice into a round-the-clock money making machine and allow you to make a huge difference in the health and well-being of the teachers in your school district.

You see, throughout the months of April and May this year we approached our local school districts and got permission to visit all the schools in our area. We talked with the different Principles at each school about hosting a Teacher Appreciation Program, where we would “pamper” the teachers for the day.

It was a hit!!! a real Home Run!! ..as a matter of fact, it was such a success that we talked with the schools again last week about providing the same program this year and we already have 5 schools scheduledall within the next 30 days!

You see, originally back in April when we first approached the schools and explained the details of the program to the different Principles they all just “had to get us scheduled, immediately.” I have never seen such open arms! It was Great!!! and it was really easy.

So we decided to approach them again this yearespecially since they loved us so much already.

We scheduled 17 New Patients at our first Teacher Appreciation Program last April, of which 15 got started with care!! Our second Teacher Appreciation Program netted even better results! We came into contact with 25 teachers, 21 scheduled appointments and 20 of those teachers started care in our office!!!

I just wish we would have thought of this idea soonerwe could have cleaned house all year long. lol

You see, most teachers have great insurance, so the chances of them starting care extremely high!!! Yes, you can expect high conversions rates when you host a program like this. plus the “quality” of the new patients is superb!

Just to give you an idea of what this translates too, Ill share the exact numbers with you.

Colors effect the human mind behavior

Colors are very important to select when you decided to paint your house, office or factory, because it not only makes walls look great, it also acts as an catalyst which accelerate mood and positive state of mind. Bright colors keep your mind alert while dull colors make you feel sad, this affects human behavior and work output.

Lot of research is done worldwide to examine how Colors affect human minds and how it can be applied to improve interior of house or office. The research also covered psychology of color that affects mind and sleep.

Technically colors are classified into warm and cool by researchers, at home one should use soft colors as you want to relax and you spend time with the family, bright colors dont allow you to relax, while in commercial place it is important that you use bright colors like Yellow, Orange, Blue, Red, etc before selecting any color shades it is also important to know how big is the carpet area of the room or the floor, bright colors are more attractive in big spaces, like conference hall, movie theater, etc for small rooms light colors are ideal.

The mental effects caused by different color are important to consider when designing the interior of any building, like orange color stimulates appetite, it would be smart idea to apply such color in dining area, Brown color would act as good accent color because it would help to create an order and flow within the building, cooking area is would be more effective with Yellow color as it represent and allows creativity, you can also consider white in Kitchen space would make it feel big and maintain fresh air and cleanliness. In all the areas where high energy activity is expected warm colors would be ideal, for bedrooms red color will introduce lot of excitement.

But one should not forget only colors dont are not the only thing that makes walls look good, it is also the skill of the painter which affects the texture and surface finish of the walls, you should have the right company to do this, most of the experienced painting contractor Bonton Beach Florida would help you to find the right quality and shades, also remember to check license for Painting company Boton beach as there are lot of new companies which dont have proper insurance as well as license to do the job, by selecting a correct painting company you can always relax that the job would be right done.

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Benefits of PPC Advertising

For those who are not familiarized with online marketing, hearing about PPC advertising and about increasing the Return on Investment (ROI) can be a little bit scaring. With just a little bit of information, people find out that there is nothing complicated when it comes to PPC. The concept behind the online marketing is quite simple to understand. If you are completely new on this subject, you can star consulting with a PPC expert that will answer to all your questions. But first, maybe you would like to try to get the general idea about it reading articles on the internet.

PPC is the short form of Pay per Click. It is an online advertising technique used by the search engines. Text format advertisements are showed on top or the side of the results page based on the keywords used on that specific search and the advertiser pays for the number of clicks on the advertisement. That’s why the name of the method is Pay per click.

One of the best advantages of the PPC is the immediate results it brings. If you are thinking about increase your website traffic immediately, you can be sure that this is the right method for you, comparing with a SEO service India. Although SEO is also very efficient and can really improve your page rank, it can also take some week or months until you notice the benefits. PPC, on the other hand, make your Ad accessible on the major search engine right on the first day. You choose the amount you are disposed to pay per click, which also gives you the opportunity to offer more than other competitors and be displayed in the first position.

As you are the only one who will take control of the campaign budget, the PPC is an affordable advertisement option for small business. It also allows you to plan your campaign according with specific marketing strategies, since you can set different amounts spent with each product or service.

Another great advantage is that the PPC advertising can be geographically targeted in order to you reach your potential clients. If your business only deliver in India, it is useless to announce in Russia. On the other hand, you do not need be in US to announce there and make your business international.