MLM Business Development – Amateurs vs Professionals

Network Marketers are notorious for selling, convincing and begging people to join their business opportunity. That is the amateur approach which leads to the over 90% industry failure rate. Professionals in MLM use the same strategies as the most successful corporations in history. Read on to discover that standards you need to uphold to earn a professional level of income in Network Marketing.

While the amateur networkers continue to try to solve the mystery of how to get more people “involved” in their business opportunity, professionals are scouring the market for talent much like IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Fed-Ex and every other major corporation. These companies are constantly filling positions from entry level up to executive and their standards are very high.

Rather than telling our representatives how to get out there and “sell” lotions, potions and services, we are teaching them how to interview to find individuals who possess the qualities of the kind of people we are looking for. We raise up reps with the mindset that they are talent scouts competing with all of those big companies looking for success minded independent thinkers, team players who are not satisfied with mediocre jobs and average results. The individuals that qualify to be on our team want to have more control over their time and finances for the long-term future.

This changes the equation altogether. Would the hiring manager for any one of those big companies beg, convince or sell someone to fill a critical position? No way! They sort through applicants to find people with the skills, attitude, desire who are hungry and teachable. These qualities are absolutely essential for the long-term success of ANY organization.

As soon as you posture yourself as a talent scout interviewing prospects to see if they possess the qualities listed above, you will get much more results in less time with fewer people. You will now have a team that grows and duplicates with or without you. Congratulations, you have officially moved from amateur to professional.

Business Development Strategies For Your Design Business

A Web design business is not about design but about business. There are dozens of innovative and inexpensive strategies to ensure the profitability of your business amongst competition. Market your site effectively to make the business profitable and expand the client base. Provide a great portfolio on your site to attract prospective clients. Here are a few tips to stand out in a sea of web designers.

Marketing your web design business:

1. Make your site professional. Be innovative and creative to create an amazing site. Let your website reflect your personality and reveal your talents. The design of your site should hold a customer’s attention so that he does not move on to the next web design service.

2. Add your portfolio. After creating an exceptional site, add your portfolio to one of your pages. Let the clients view the samples of your work to build curiosity and appreciation of your work.

3. Do trial design for popular sites. This is important especially if you are a beginner with a small portfolio. In addition to building your own site attractively, the client site may commit more projects for them. The Webmaster is happy to get free promotion on your site and, in turn, tell his sources of your great design abilities.

4. Make business cards. It is an essential tool of marketing. Have a unique color business card and send it to other companies for more job opportunities.

5. Network. Join up with other popular design sites to plan a common marketing strategy. Promote one another through link exchanges. The more back links you have from other websites, the better ranking you will get on a search engine like Google.

6. Expand your marketing skills. Your website should be a part of every interesting design forum. Include your services in your signature to any e-mail you send to increase your client base. Talk about your service at forums, chat rooms and even write articles about your web design. This will get you even more back links.

Building the next level of business

Once you have established your web design business, take it to the next level. A few tips for this:

o Build in multiple streams of ongoing revenue from each web design client.

o With near zero marketing cost, leverage clients into a continuous stream of referral business.

o Hire and train people to grow your business.

o Manage multiple projects, in a given period and budget.

o Conduct follow-ups so that the client always seeks your service in future projects.

o Incorporate specific tools into your proposals to widen client base.

o Attract clients with add-on services.

o Focus on exact needs of clients to please them.

Have a competitively priced site. Focus on successful marketing strategy, conduct needs analysis to cater to exact need of the client, add a few freebies to existing services and always follow up on work done. It will not only broaden your client base but also earn you a good name in the web design market.

New Entrepreneurs – Overcome Information Overwhelm in Start-Up Business Development

After 30 years of being an employee who worked for attorneys as a legal secretary/assistant, the firm decided they needed fewer employees. That gave me the “opportunity” to go home to my computer, with all the current technology and online resources for learning, and start my own business as a virtual assistant. My initial vision was that all I had to do is set up shop online and in extra bedroom, get jobs, and start collecting checks. Sounds very logical, common-sense and practical — not!

The way an employee “works for a living” is completely different than being an entrepreneur “creating value” and getting paid for it. As stressful as a job may become as the employee is given assignments to complete in a certain time frame, that’s nothing to compare with the “dis-ease” called information overload that is waiting for the start-up Internet entrepreneur. Here are some examples of the painful symptoms:

  1. tasks that appear to be “must-do” activities are overwhelming in quantity and complexity;
  2. the need to take another online class or buy another “how to” digital program seems essential;
  3. the fact becomes clear that I don’t know how to identify and schedule short-term/long-term projects;
  4. my attention is constantly diverted by tasks that seemed A-1 in importance, but now appear as decoys;
  5. my feelings of being duped are mounting in inverse proportion to being drained of time and money resources;
  6. as I watch time and money flow out the door, in comes insecurity and lots of low self-worth;
  7. I never seem to have enough time, never finished, and that means 24/7 – is this a business or an addiction?

Why is it so much harder to produce results from the freedom of my own home? Why all this pain and paralysis, digging holes that never dig deep enough to strike pay-dirt? I knew the answer had to do with a difference in mindset between the employee and entrepreneur, so I decided to explore it with this article.

The Good News – The Problem is Solved by Tweaking The Mindset

It was easy to analyze – what I did as an employee was essentially a three-step process consisting of:

  • Receiving an assignment (a task to do) from a employer (boss) which included a deadline for completion;
  • Completion of the project (within or outside of deadline) by whatever means it took (nobody went home until it was done or rescheduled);
  • Payment made on a time or task basis (putting in the time or finishing the task essentially guaranteed getting paid). There was some performance review, but basically, if you showed up and did the work, and the company had money in the budget to pay employees, you had a job.

What is means is that an employee really is a cog in the wheel of production, not determining the very beginning (a call for the product or service) or the very end (marketing or collecting by way of invoice/charges). Compare this with the mindset of an entrepreneur who must do these activities:

  • rule owner’s enterprise by taking leadership role(s), control decision-making and, ultimately, is responsible for the outcome in terms of satisfied customers and payment;
  • takes risks, experiments with various methods and systems of production, marketing, collecting money, keeps track of outcomes (like a science project), keeps records (notes, journals, spreadsheets) in order to maintain an accurate history of actions taken, to be able to learn from both successes and mistakes. And, yes, to be able to make mistakes as the best/fastest way to learn sometimes, and since you are the boss, you cannot be fired for your mistakes — you can only quit!
  • learn to plan for and rationally expect a return on your investment (ROI), and look for ways to increase income flow (getting compensated for time and money invested in business), the whole purpose of which is to provide value to others. And, logically, as you provide actual value to others, you will get paid, but it may not be predictable as to exactly when and how much. Also, look for payment in terms of knowledge and connections, not just money.

The Bad News – The Problem is Better Solved by Combining The Mindset(s)

In the Old Days, the days before the economy actually demanded we create a business online as soon as possible, in those old days, we’d do a self-evaluation (whether on-the-job or as a potential entrepreneur) to determine whether we have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, or if we should shape up even more, and be the exemplary employee with an annual raise. Now, I suggest that the bad news is that there is no longer a choice — it’s essential to be both an employee and an entrepreneur, both at the same time.

What I’m suggesting is that we need to create a new mindset that incorporates the best aspects of the employee mindset (which is to ‘just get it done, no matter what, because that’s what I’m hired to do), and the entrepreneurial attitude that wonders “what will happen if I do it this new way, in answer to what appears to be a need to create value for our society?”

We become both roles, the boss and the employee; we’re here to “just do it” and get the product or services out the door and delivered. We need to judge only our own self, but not spend too long lingering over the hard lessons called “mistakes” or gloating over a success that really is temporary anyway. We need to think about the customer/client as our employer and allow these people to dictate what we need to do, how to value it, and how to give them more than what they bargained for.

Yes, I believe we need to stop thinking about our expectation of a paycheck and think more about the quality of the results we are producing.

Once we combine both mindsets and step into the dual roles of employee/entrepreneur, we’ll be living in a healthy and practical world of expectations where hard work pays off as long as we produce results and not get bogged down by excess information, self-analysis and procrastination — inaction.

And this productive behavior will keep us busy, solving problems, moving forward to test our theories in action. And certainly we’ll have no time for information overload, any more than Alice in Wonderland had when she faced the Queen yelling “off with her head”! Alice simply faced the noise and commotion and said rightly: “You’re nothing but a pack of cards.”

The Business Development Economies of Dubai

Dubai is a global city situated on the Eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is one of the most welcoming cities for travelers as well as businesses. The city is a must watch, with its sky-touching buildings, luxurious hotels, beautiful beaches, shopping malls and a flourishing business community. Each year millions of tourists visit Dubai not only for leisure but, to do business.

Culture of Dubai

Dubai welcomes visitors all year round. It is rooted in the ‘Islam religion’ and all the tourists are expected to follow their ways of life. Islam provides strength, inspiration, and touches all the aspects of life in the city. The city has numerous beautiful mosques sprawled in every neighborhood. It is mandatory for every Muslim to do five times of prayers each day. The largest of all and the most beautiful mosques is Jumeirah Mosque, a must watch.

Attractions in Dubai

The city is packed with beautiful beaches and vast deserts. Moreover, the city is full of exquisite architecture. The one most significant tourist attraction places is Dubai Museums, which offers insights into the history of the city. Some of the most visited places in the city are – Palm Jumeirah, Wild Wadi Water Park, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek, Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Beach, The world, and Grand Mosque.

Business Opportunities in Dubai

Dubai is a major global business center and has experienced an incredible growth spurt recently. It is a strategic location and hub of headquarters of many international companies. The city is the largest exporting center of the Middle East. Most of the investors prefer Dubai for business. There are several reasons behind it.

Some of them are listed below.

  • Strategic location – Dubai is a gateway to a large and growing market. The local economy is situated amidst in the richest regions of the world. It has diversified requirements and growth opportunities for various businesses.
  • Stability – the city has a low crime rate, ample liquidity and is politically stable. It has sophisticated banking systems and wide credit facilities.
  • Government incentives – Dubai has a tax-free environment and the government offers various incentives to promote business culture in the city. There are various plans and schemes formulated by the government to encourage the establishments of small scale as well as large scale industries.
  • World-class infrastructure – Dubai invests heavily in the infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, and industries. Thus, it enables the best facilities in the world.
  • Extensive Foreign Trade – there is a vast foreign network extending up to 179 states, a diverse group of services and goods and a potential of global marketing.

Focus of Business Sectors in Dubai

  1. Information and Technology Industry – one of the fastest growing market are Software and mobile apps in Dubai. The IT industry is extensively increasing in Dubai mainly because of the tax inducement provided by the Government.
  2. Mobile Industry – the development of mobile technology has brought a major growth in social, political, and economy issues in the city. The development of mobile apps in Dubai has attracted some businesses and has increased employment opportunities for youth.
  3. Construction and Infrastructure – Dubai aspires to redesign its financial system following the international economic crisis, by swapping trade of its real estate sector to high-tech trade. Dubai invests mostly in its transportation, telecommunications and engineering infrastructure. It has fascinated numerous commerce opportunities.