Working from home used to be an isolating experience that left single mums struggling to remain connected to the rest of Australia while doing menial work, like stuffing envelopes or assembling simple crafts. It is easy to see how that would be unappealing to talented professionals, but if you want to run your own schedule and leave the constricting corporate world behind, then you can leverage the power of the Internet and other technological tools to build your home based business without ever losing touch with the rest of the world.
E-mail Is Your New Business’s Life Blood
If you thought that the telegram revolutionized Australia, not to mention the rest of the world, then think about what e-mail can offer your new home based business. The ability to instantly send communications of any length to your business partners, clients, vendors and potential customers means that as long as you have an Internet connection, you can be open for business.
Some of the most popular uses for e-mail for home based business owners include using it as a way to send attached documents. It could be a proposal to a potential new client or a masterfully edited commercial for a customer or even an image file of a logo for a restaurant or another organization.
Today, you can use a variety of different e-mail clients for free with most offering a smooth interface with your favourite smart phone and computer’s desktop. When you set up your new e-mail account for your home based business, remember that when someone, whether they are a client, vendor or another business partner, receives an e-mail from your business e-mail account, the user name that you have chosen says a lot about your business as well as about you personally. This means that you need to keep your e-mail address professional, mapped to your business’s website domain, and leave your personal nicknames and inside jokes for your personal e-mail account.
Become An International Business Person With Voice Over IP
If you have not downloaded Skype or another of the free Voice Over IP telephone services, now is the time to try them out. Voice Over IP, also called VOIP, will allow you to make phone calls using your computer’s Internet connection for free or for a reduced rate compared to your typical phone company’s charges. Go after that client in Great Britain or even in the United States, knowing that you can afford to woo them during lengthy conference calls about their products.
When setting up your VOIP phone service, make certain that you have not only identified how to make calls to others, but also how to receive them. You need to have a reliable phone number that your current and potential clients can reach you at during business hours. Many entrepreneurs go a step further and prefer to be available to their clients around the clock. This is especially true during the early growth stages of a new home based business since a failure to grow can mean that your new home based business simply fails.
Jump Start Your Client List By Buying Leads Online
You may have already become familiar with buying things like shoes, baby clothing and even groceries online, but as a home based business owner needing to make his or her first sale, you also can fast forward this process by buying leads. A lead is industry short hand for the contact information for someone who is interested in your niche area.
The cost of each lead, which will include contact details such as phone numbers, e-mail addresses, physical addresses and IP address information to help you to avoid spam accusations, will vary depending on where you purchase the leads from and in which industry you are operating. Be wary of purchasing a list of leads that costs significantly less than lists from other companies. This could be a sign that you are being sold a low quality list of information which will not help you in your quest to grow your business.
Once you have your list of new leads you can contact them in the same way that you would contact leads that you generated through other contacts, requests for additional information on your website or through another source. It could mean sending a physical catalogue to their homes so that they can order your imported ceramic figurines or, instead, you could call your new leads to discuss their solar panel installation needs. Whatever you do, let your business niche area and your customers’ needs dictate the approach that you decide to take. Staying focused is a key element of succeeding with a purchased list of leads.