The New Influences in Business – Internet Marketers

2009 is now almost one quarter of the way complete and most of the discussion so far has been about the recession. How are we going to get through it? What is going to happen next? Are we going to get back to normal?

We all have questions and hopefully they are all answered and answered to our liking over the coming months. But there are still things happening in the business world that you can take advantage of.
Emergent Research has given their top 10 list of things that will happen in 2009 as it relates to small business. And many of those things are positives. Among those 10 things there are 3 separate results related to the growth of small businesses in 2009.

That is good news for internet marketers and affiliate marketers. Why? Because their services and goods will be the things in demand to start some of these businesses. More and more businesses are starting and most of them are at least integrated with the online side of things. Many of the businesses being started nowadays are almost exclusively online.

Think about the advantages that they offer. Advertising is the same whether or not you are purchasing space on a billboard or on a website, office space is expensive while a website is much more cost effective, and with programs such as Skype or Google chat becoming increasingly popular conferences or meetings are much more manageable.

But who is going to answer the questions such as where to place items for sale or how do I get visitors to my site? Who is going to be there to help these new business owners, many of whom may have no prior internet experience?

In my opinion Internet Marketers will be the major influences on businesses like this. They have been working within this medium for many years now while most people have just been receiving email or checking sports scores. So the “experts” will be called upon more and more to help the new online businesses make a name for themselves in the growing online world of business.

What role are you going to play in the future of business?

Untapped Business Niche Markets – 5 Tips on Finding Potentially Hot Markets With Little Competition

The hype for several years now has been on niche markets and niche marketing — finding those smaller more tightly targeted audiences to market to and profit from.

So how do you find these niches especially the untapped business niche markets?

Luckily there are lots of ways to find niches and in different ways than you might expect.  Not all niches are potentially profitable though you can put in the additional research to decide what has the most potential.

Niche Markets can be found easily online by putting in some time and effort.  Here are 5 areas online that you can begin your search for potentially untapped business niche markets.

eBay Pulse is located within eBay, of course, and gives you a listing of what is hot at the moment.  You can use this to pinpoint some niches to research.  You can also search through the massive amount of categories within eBay to find untapped and almost unknown markets.

Google, as do other sites, have Groups where like minded people can get together to discuss their common interests.

The Yahoo Buzz Index lists interesting news stories and breaks out the top search terms currently.  Check out what tops those lists and research for potential markets.

Google Hot Trends is somewhat similar to Yahoo Buzz and another possible research avenue.

And, lastly, probably still one of the best ways to find markets and what people need or are looking for is to visit any of the numerous online forums or bulletin boards.

Small Business and the Network Marketing Model – Why Now is the Time to Build a Home Based Business

Now is a great time to start a home based business! I know, I know! The economy is in the toilet, banks are failing, people are losing their jobs – how can now be a great time to get started building a small business?

Regardless of what you might think, I am not crazy! Yes, things are hard right now, but the opportunity is wide open for a savvy entrepreneur to make great things happen. Consumers are still spending money, even in the midst of a recession. They are just more selective of what they purchase and from whom. Why shouldn’t they purchase from you? Of all the business models available to market your product or services, the network marketing system is the most viable. Network marketing has, over the years, been given a bad name, but it is making a strong comeback with solid companies featuring quality products and services, exemplary owners with incredible talent and wisdom, and excellent compensation plans. With consumers now making many of their purchases online, the network marketer has many different ways available to market.

One of the beautiful things about network marketing is residual income. Residual income is income that continues to build long after you have done the work. When you work a 9-5 job, or own a traditional business that has to be open 8 to 10 hours a day to make money, if you don’t show up for work or open your doors for business, you don’t earn an income. As a network marketer builds a business, she will earn directly from selling her product or service, but then will continue to earn commissions based on that past sale. So if she decides to take the day or week off from working her established business, her business will continue to produce income for her. Here is what Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, has to say about network marketing in his book, The Business School. “If I had to do it all over again, rather than build an old-style type business, I would have started building a network marketing business.” “The richest people in the world build networks. Everyone else is trained to look for work.” “Network marketing gives millions of people throughout the world the opportunity to take control of their lives and their financial future.”

Donald Trump also has plenty to say about network marketing… “Network marketing has proven itself to be a viable and rewarding source of income, and the challenges could be just right for you. There have been some remarkable examples of success, and those successes have been earned through diligence, enthusiasm and the right product combined with timing.” Another advantage of building a network marketing business is that the company you decide to represent will teach you the business skills necessary to be successful. You can learn while you build your business! You will work with a team that will guide and direct you, and give you the time to make the mental, emotional and physical changes required to be successful in business. Also, it generally doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get started. A traditional business can cost tens of thousands of dollars to get started, and you are on your own. With anywhere from $100 to $500, you can start a new home based business and get it moving toward success. Now, I never said it would be easy to do this, but if you are willing to work hard, be teachable, and step out of your comfort zone, you will never have to fear the economy, the possibility of losing your “secure” job, or losing your retirement and investments again. Wall Street won’t have as great an impact on this type of business as it does on traditional business or jobs. Network marketing as your small business may be just what you need to build your future.