Promoting Your Mobile Bartending Busines With Social Media

You can get a ton of new clients from Word-of-Mouth Advertising.  Well, the new lingo is “Word-of-Mouse!”  Traditional advertising can be very expensive and have dismal results.  Social Media on the other hand, can be extremely powerful…and it’s free!

Are you using Social Media to promote your Bartending Business?
The Top Business books of 2009 are all Internet and Social Media related.  The first step is to make sure you have a blog or website.  Once you have your online presence, you can send traffic from the networking sites to your website!

How to get started:

There are hundreds of social networking sites you can choose from on the web. But you don’t need to sign up for more than a small handful beause most will never give you the results you want (The 80/20 Rule!)  There are 4 Essential players in the Social Networking game that you have to be involved in.  In this article we will briefly introduce them to you as I recommend you sign up for each.  In the following weeks I will go into much more depth discussing how you can use each of these tools to your benefit.

LinkedIn.com:
Simply put, linkedIn is a powerful networking platform for business professionals.  It is your resume on steroids.  Your strategy with LinkedIn is to create a professional, quality looking page and then start to connect with others in your area.  Remember what I have always said, people always know someone who is having a party!!

Youtube:
Video is powerful!   Even if you just do a few videos here, they can be a huge asset for your business, here’s why:  Google LOVES video: (they ought to, they bought youtube) so when your client does a Google search for private party bartender and you have done a quick 2 minute video describing your services, etc you are going to show up on that first page of results!

Facebook:
Facebook may have started out as a social networking group for college students, but as the largest social networking sites ever, and also one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the planet, the average age of a facebook user is now about 35.  Use facebook to connect with friends and family, but there should be links to your website as well as a FAN PAGE for your business!  (It gets great SEO)

Twitter:
Twitter is my favorite!  And for most it is the hardest to understand!  BUT it happens to be the fastest growing Social Networking platform right now with a grow of over 800% in just a few months of 2009.  In a nutshell, it is like mass-text messaging to all of your friends and followers.  It is WAY MORE than “What am I doing?” it is a communication tool that is in real-time!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your brand shows up on demand using paid advertising. You can simply combine the right FREE tools and used them up easily.

Like I said, stay tuned for more.  In the next few weeks I am going to go into specifics for using each of the social media platforms to drive traffic and boost sales in your business (at zero cost!!)

Home Based Business in 2013

How Can a Home Based Business Save YOU in 2013?

The Stability of a SMART Home Based Business May Save You.

In the next two years, 2013 – 2014, the Economy is expected to dive yet again. The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the destruction left behind accelerated this issue for the residents of North East USA. We only have to look at the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans in particular), to see lives have been forever changed, and not for the better.

President Obama has come right out on cue to tell the world the Government will take care of them. Past history tells us it will be decades before it will all be repaired.

So, are you waiting for disaster to befall you and guide you down that hole to oblivion? Or do you want to ensure that you will have a bright, safe and fruitful future?

Where Are You Now?

Economically, and historically, we have never been in deeper debt as we are now. Credit Card debt MUST be slashed or eliminated. Why? When recessions hit, they bring higher interest rates. Do what you can to minimize mortgage increases. And, I know, it sounds impossible to save anything these days but you do need to succeed with this one too.

Now, what are you willing to do about it?

What Are My Options?

The good news is there are only two choices, take action or do nothing.

Consider this; Wells Fargo Securities predicts this,”unemployment rate declines to 7.6% by end of 2012 (Christmas Rush), before rising to 8.1% by the third quarter of 2013, finishing 2013 at 8% and declining to 7.5% by the end of 2014.” The outlook for next year and into 2014 is more of the same but worse. If your Company has any trouble they are fighting right now, It will get worse next year.

But to be forewarned is to be forearmed. If you intend to weather this very long economic storm, you need to make a plan and put it into action. It would be nice to be able to fall back on your desires, find something that matches you. One question. How long have you got, money wise, in the bank, before you are, God forbid, out on the street? Yes, one of the hardest questions you can face. But, if you do face it, prepare properly and take action as far in advance as possible, the potential for weathering this economic storm are more than good.

If you ask for a pay increase at work, it will put you at the top of the heap when the time comes to, “trim the fat.” Dump that one. If it comes to that, you are in a better position if you have not had a raise in a long time. To keep your job, you may consider offering to work for less if you are in the boss’s office one day, wondering why you are there. Take charge and make an offer to the boss stating that you know things have been tough lately and you can get by with less, but still have confidence in your team and need to keep it as intact as possible.

If you look at taking a second job, it is likely that it will pay very low wages, trading your valuable time for peanuts, so to speak. It is an option but you likely do not want to do that for very long. You would do better to work for yourself, when you have the time to invest.

Home based business makes sense. Choice is important. It is amazing how many do not think of this. If you are looking to sell something, try not to inventory stock. You do not want to have cash locked up until you sell product, sitting in your basement or garage. We do not want you to end up like me for instance. I still have some NSA Water filters here since the 80′s, Argh! But, now you can learn from my mistakes. That was just one of them.

Remember, if you are going to start a home based business, selling a product or service, make sure it is not only something that you do not have to inventory, but you use a lot, and if you use it a lot, I expect everyone is going to use it a lot too. Now, there is a special reason for this. If you are offering a popular thing, and using that same thing every day, you are going to buy from yourself first, right? Of course you are. And if you are doing that, you can bill its use as a sales expense.

Getting Off To A Good Start In Your Home Based Business

Many people assume that working from home is impossible. If you know the tricks on how to work from your home, it’s easier to run this type of business than you realize. Follow these tips to get the low-down on getting your home business off to a good start.

Sufficient help is important in any business, especially a home-based daycare. Being overrun by kids, because you are the only one taking care of them, is an unnecessary pain.

Understand all of the needs of your business before setting it up. Your home business needs to be considered from all sides.

Just because you are working from home does not mean you can have a less than professional attitude about what you are doing. The flexibility of running a home based business can be a blessing. However, you still need to take time for yourself. Continue to shower every morning, get regular exercise, and limit snacking. Apply these tips to boost your self esteem and you’ll find that others hold you in higher esteem as well.

Business trips are a very good idea. You should be able to deduct a portion of the expenses of your business trip from your taxes. Find a destination where there is a conference or seminar related to your business if you desire a vacation. Attend the event and enjoy the remaining time as a vacation. You can normally write the travel expenses off on your taxes.

Be certain that your home-based enterprise is compatible with your family’s lifestyle. If you believe that the business will have a negative impact on family life, it may be wise to reconsider.

Always keep excellent financial records of all your spending and the costs of running your home business. This will help clear up all of your problems with taxes.

When you are “knee-deep” in work, inform your friends and loved ones so that you are not bothered at that time. If friends or family members constantly pop in and interrupt your work, it is important to let them know that you are busy. If these people continue to insist on spending time with you while you work, have them wait quietly in a separate room until you are on break and ready to have company.

It’s always appealing to be nice about payments with customers when you first start out, but this is a bad business model. It is important to establish a clear payment system including proper invoicing and penalties for late payment.

A successful business venture will have a quality business plan. Even though you may not be planning for investors or applying for loans in order to raise capital, consider creating a business plan in any case. Doing so motivates you to specifically state what your objectives are both in the near future and down the road, making it easier to know the logical steps towards those objectives.

Find support for your home business through online forums with other home business owners and operators. You will learn that there are many online places to meet up with other home business owners. You will find others who have had comparable experiences and who will happily share ideas that they have market tested to keep you from having to reinvent the wheel.

Make sure that your home business has an objective or mission statement. However, do not make the description too long; you want to explain what your business does in a concise way. This way you have a ready response when someone asks what your business does. You’ll impress potential customers by being confident and informed about your business and its products.

A home business is a dream many people have in common. Sadly, too many people try and fail or just never try due to not really understanding the basics behind running a business. Use the advice in this article, and you will be on your way to running your successful home business.

Top Signs You Need Home Appliance Repairs

Noticing when you need repairs for your appliances can help you save money. Fixing a broken appliance at the start can often prevent the need for a costly replacement appliance.

Paying attention to how well your appliances are performing is a good idea if you want to make sure that you don’t end up footing bills that are higher than they’d have to be. Keeping a look out for the signs that you need repairs can help you to ensure that you get the most out of your appliances and keep your wallet protected.

Obvious Signs You Need Repairs

There are quite a few obvious signs that you may need appliance repairs in your home. For one thing, some of your appliances may stop working altogether. For example, if your dishwasher won’t turn on, then you know it’s time to opt for appliance repairs. While you may think that putting off dishwasher repairs and washing your dishes by hand will save you a bit of money, the truth is that you may end up paying more on your water bills by doing things this way, since dishwashers are more efficient than hand washing. If it’s obvious that your appliance is broken, then you need to secure dishwasher repairs right away. Having your dishwasher up and running again will be more energy efficient and cut down on water usage, and you won’t have to spend a large amount on a replacement unit.

Sometimes, the signs that you need repairs for your home appliances are not so obvious. Many appliances will still turn on but will not function in the appropriate way, and this could cause you serious inconvenience as well as increase your household bills. As such, you should look for signs that your appliances are not working to the best of their ability. For example, if it’s taking twice as long to cook your favorite recipes, then you may need oven repair. If you let these problems go unattended for even a few months, you could cost yourself hundreds of dollars when you end up having to buy a brand-new appliance. Instead, you should find an oven repair expert and deal with them right away.

Increased Energy Bills

One of the major signs that you need appliance repair can actually be found in your energy bills. While you may not have noticed that it takes your dryer a lot longer to get your clothes dry, you will definitely notice a rise in the costs of your electricity bills if cycles are taking longer. When you first start to notice that your costs are rising, it’s a good idea to begin looking around your home to see if your appliances are performing in top condition. If your AC is working too hard, then this might be causing your bills to increase, and you may need to consider air conditioner repair. If you don’t take the initiative to hire appliance repair professionals right away to secure expert air conditioner repair, then you could stand to lose a lot of money in the long run.

Get Help Right Away

The best way to make sure that your finances are protected is to get repairs as soon as you can. While you may think that you can save some money by putting off refrigerator repair, the truth is that waiting usually ends up costing you more. Appliance problems can go from bad to worse in no time at all, so it’s best if you don’t take any chances. You should either find a way to perform refrigerator repair on your own at home, or you should contact a professional repair service to help you get your home appliances running in good condition once more.

Penny Jones is a home improvement guru and an Internet marketer for Prospect Genius, a leading provider of affordable marketing solutions for small businesses.

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