Free Businesses (Business Frugality)
Budget Your Business to Success
I haven’t been able to write to my blog for a bit due to my Fibromyalgia Symptoms giving me a hard time lately and other obligations just keep getting in the way. I fanally observed a void in the time-space continueum so I am taking advantage of it to write a little bit about being frugal with your business decisions. Some of you know that I suffer from fibromyalgia from reading a few of my blogs or articles, what you may not know is that I am a pastor of a small community church. So, aside from the fact that I work a full-time job as a flooring consultant and trying to build my online business, there are ocassions when time and energy are in short supply. Some days, just getting out of bed is quite the challenge, so I do not want to create greater burdens in my life by making irrational business decisions that will cost me more money than it makes me. I am not trying to get rich and I don’t fall for any get rich quick scams, but there are always temptations to spend more than you should in hopes of getting a more immediate result. The economy has been very slow this year and people either don’t have, or are unwilling to spend on higher ticket items like carpet, ceramic tile, laminate and hardwoods. Therefore, I reasoned that our Area Rugs would be selling better since they are not a big ticket item.
I was very tempted to spend an excessive amount of money on area rug stock, and on advertising for my web site. Overhead for any business is extreme. If you start making decisions based on your emotions or out of a false sense of urgency, you can find yourself in trouble very quickly. When I started my Online business, I had decided up-front that I was not going to build a large overhead, in fact, everything I do Online I try to do Free; or as cheap as humanly possible. The wash-out rate for web business is just to great to justify spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on an advertising campaign that may or may not bring in more business. Even though I end up working harder for every visitor that comes to my web site, it is somehow more rewarding. If you have a lot of money to sink into your advertising, you can always hire others to do the grunt work, but you miss out on something. When you are your own webmaster and SEO specialist you have to get educated, and even though things take longer this way, your education will serve you well for many years, and many opportunities that may come in the future. Don’t let the many online opportunity sales copies lure you into spending any more than you can afford. I would much rather still be swimming one or two years from now, than to sink my business in a matter of weeks or months by spending more than I should on opportunities or advertising.
There are thousands of so-called opportunities on the internet, and each one that has a pitch or angle that sounds so good, but most of them just want your money in exchange for that which benefits only them. If you go slowly and do your research you can usually find a similar or exact opportunity that you can get going for free. I have a couple of them listed on our web site. (Good, honest opportunities with potential for those who are willing to put in the effort). Here is an example of one I came across the other day. They wanted me to pay fifty dollars, right now, "before the offer expires". I did a little more research and found the exact same opportunity that you can start for FREE. The only difference is the amount of commission you make on each sale (not that much difference). Go here if you want to check it out…
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Don’t sink your business before it is given a chance to succeed. Be Frugal and persistant, and you will see results. You may have to work a little harder and smarter, but the results will be all yours. Success is never sweet if it takes advantage of others and costs us our sanity or morality.