There are so many small businesses you can start in the United States sometimes it’s hard for new entrepreneurs to decide just what type of small business they will wish to proceed with. Obviously, for your first small business it makes sense to get into a business that is simple, perhaps one with no inventory or which does not have a lot of labor needs and of course one without very much competition in your local community or the area you plan to market for such a new business.
For instance you might consider a service business; cleaning homes, cleaning pools or detailing automobiles. One business that we had found to be quite lucrative was the business of cleaning awnings. You see when you clean awnings there’s not a lot of competition generally and you can get very high billable rates.
The Companies and businesses that have awnings are willing to pay more because the cost of the awnings is very expensive and they want someone who knows what they’re doing. You can get training on how to clean awnings and then buy a pressure washer with special attachments and start your business.
Generally you’ll have to clean the awnings during off peak business hours or when the businesses are closed. The types of companies which will have you clean the awnings often have multiple outlets and locations for you to wash and this means one customer might have up to 20 locations for you to clean.
This makes getting you business going quite easy and also means that you have a repeat business because you will have to go clean all those 20 different outlets and awnings either once per month or every other month to keep them happy and to keep those awnings clean. The companies are willing to pay more money because of the special materials they do not want ruined by a novice who does not know what they’re doing. Perhaps you’ll consider this on your list of businesses to start in 2006.
Before you can start forum marketing there are certain things that you need to have in place. In this article I shall describe the various things you need to have in your business before you can start forum marketing effectively. With them in place you can start building your business straight away.
You need to have already chosen the niche for your business. This niche should have plenty of buyers and people who are interested in it. A forum in this niche will be the place where your market can be found.
You need to have a squeeze page in place. This is where you will offer something for free as an incentive for people to sign up to your list.
You need a free gift to offer people for signing up to your list. This free offer must be relevant to people in your niche and therefore should be relevant to people on the forum.
Product To Promote
Once people have signed up to your list you will need something to promote in your email campaign. If you don’t promote anything then you will never make a sale!
When someone has signed up to your list you will begin to send emails out to them on autopilot. You will need to set up some kind of email campaign in your Autoresponder so that as soon as someone joins your list they will receive emails on autopilot. These emails will be sent out at set intervals you have scheduled.
Your email campaign should focus on building up a good relationship with people on your list so that when you promote a product to them they trust you enough to purchase it.
Ideally the product you promote should be your own product that you’ve created but if you don’t have any products yet then you can use an affiliate product to promote. However, the product needs to be something that you know is good and that you can genuinely recommend.
When you have all of this in place then you can begin effective forum marketing. Of course it is possible to start posting on a forum before you have all of this set up but if you do then you will have nothing ready to offer people. You’ll not be able to build you list and you wont be able to generate sales in an email campaign.