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Find a Home Business Opportunity With No Frivolous Fees

Looking for a home business opportunity that doesn’t charge frivolous fees? You can rest assured that an at-home-business that charges you extra fees doesn’t have to. There are plenty of web based internet marketing programs that do not charge frivolous fees. If you are going to market programs on the web, find one that does not empty your paypal account before you get a chance to start earning profits.

What fees are we talking about here? The first that comes to mind is the monthly fee. If their system is good enough, they should only charge you a one time entry fee, not an extra monthly fee. If every one of their internet home business members pays a monthly fee, what motivation do they have to keep their program current and relevant? If they need a constant flow of new members for profits, they should be more inclined to keep their offering competitive.

The next frivolous fee I have noticed is the regular introduction of expensive offerings by guest speakers after training sessions. While they may be legitimate, it seems as though some programs take advantage of their member audience. Training should be free of fees. If their program is solid, the program owners should pay for the guest speakers out of their own pocket in the interest of expanding their programs. If their guest trainer is that good, their program will naturally expand as a result. The guest trainer fee will be well worth the money and will create a more loyal membership.

Finally, the purveyors of the best home business ideas and programs should charge entry fees that do not hinder the new marketer’s budget for marketing. There are 25 million new home business opportunity seekers searching the web daily. Only about 15%-20% of these searchers can afford more than $400-$500 for an up front fee. If they are tempted by the over zealous profit claims of the big ticket programs requiring more than $500 up front, they are forced into free marketing methods or reduced pay-per-click budgets. It can still be done, but this makes it more difficult to profit from the top tier programs.

In summary, a solid internet marketing program can develop a loyal membership and profit well without charging you every time you turn around. Fair, profitable and worthy programs do exist, you just have to find them.

Hiring Relatives For Your Business – Should You?

Here are some of the pros and cons about adding your relatives to the workforce in your new business:

Members of your family take personal conversations, and business conversations as the same thing – all personally. It is very difficult for family members to separate the two. Emotionality comes into play quite a bit when working with family members that you ask, tell, or suggest to do something.

Workers you hire from your family expect that the work environment will be more relaxed than working for strangers. Some family members will expect special breaks, or a lot of leeway to complete tasks and projects. Can you afford to treat them differently than regular employees you didn’t know before you hired them?

Time off for vacation, sick time, vacations, flex-time, maternity leave, etc – is treated by family as very important and expected. You are part of that family and so you must know how important it is – right? It is best to make this issue very clear from the outset what the policy is – and how many days family members will receive off.

Salary. Regardless of their actual position in the company, family members may believe they should get more pay than others that are doing more than they are – or, in more critical positions. If you succumb to the temptation of doing this for family members, other employees will feel resentment because of it. Makes no difference to them that the person getting paid more is part of your family. There is a general sense of fairness in the workplace that doesn’t get overwritten when family works for family and you’re better off to pay what the person is worth, not more.

What if you are getting pressure from within the family to hire another member of the family? What should you do in that case?

As a business begins it is in a very fragile period where, if things start going wrong, the entire business could go bottoms up. Hiring family employees can be exhausting… no matter how much patience you think you might have. You may start to blame your family workers for not pulling their weight…freeloading! It could turn into a very ugly situation.

I would recommend you not initially hire anyone from your family until the business is firm on its feet and even if something goes wrong, it won’t be catastrophic.

Perhaps the best policy is not to have family members join your business at all if you can help it. It is one that I personally adhere to, and frequently share with other owners of small businesses that are considering what to do.

Instead, have a clear policy of choosing employees only based on what they can add to your business. Business startup is a crucial time where success or failure is often just a few days away. Why not eliminate this one issue by not hiring family? I think it would be a very wise choice in most cases.

These are a few of the issues that invariably raise their ugly head when family members are hired into your new business. Can you handle the extra emotional issues? The resentment from other employees? The sometimes bad attitudes?

These are things you need to seriously consider right now before you hire them because after you hire them, can you fire them?

How to Use a Facebook Group to Grow Your Home-Based Business

Facebook is no longer just a fun way to reconnect with old friends or to post pictures of your kid’s birthday party. It has quickly evolved into a powerful tool that is reshaping how people do business. There are more than 400 million Facebook users. If Facebook were its own country, it would be the third-largest country in the world today.

No longer do you have to conduct a long and expensive market survey to see what customers think about a company, product or service. Those key customers are on Facebook telling you what they think. Businesses can now communicate directly with their customers in real time, getting instant feedback – a marketing dream come true.

You don’t have to be a billion-dollar corporation to build a following on Facebook. One good way for home-based business owners to capitalize on the power of Facebook is to create a Group. Here’s how:

1. Develop relationships. Don’t just start inviting anyone and everyone to join your group. Develop relationships with people first. Don’t post things that are only talk about your business. Make it subtle at first.

2. Create your group and invite people to join. Invite current customers, fellow business members and anyone who you think might be interested in keeping up with what’s going on in your business. Just use the “Invite People to Join” link to the left of your group’s main page. Your members can also invite others to join your group. Come up with some incentives, such as free products, to encourage people to invite their friends to join.

3. Send messages about important announcements or events. The cool thing about the Facebook Group is that it allows you to send messages to everyone in your group. If you have new products or deals to announce, if you want to invite people to an event or just have something important to say, message everyone at the same time. But don’t overdo it. You don’t want to spam everyone. Keep it to about one message per week or less.

4. Encourage people to write on your wall. When people post something on the group wall, everyone who is a member of that group can see it on their Facebook Home screen; so can all of their friends, which might intrigue other people to come check out your group. This is a natural and, more importantly, viral way to increase your contacts. Interested people who run across your group may join, and then invite others to join. As the administrator of your group, post frequent

5. Post photos and videos. You can post photos of events, new products or whatever you think might promote your group. You also have the option of letting members post their own photos or videos. Many cell phones now have video features, and you can upload your videos and pictures straight from your phone. You can pick up a decent-quality flip-cam for around $200. Film videos of demonstrations, testimonials or events. Encourage group members to comment on photos.

Facebook continues to evolve as an effective business- and network-building tool. These are just a few basic tips on how to use Facebook to promote your business.