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5 Things Not to do on Facebook

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Social Networking has become one of the hot trends over the past couple years that has taken off not just for high school and college students, but also for business owners.  Facebook is a great place for home based business owners to network and market themselves, but if you are going to put you and your business out there, you should follow some simple rules of things NOT to do, as these can cause you to possibly lose potential customers.

1. Do NOT solely post and interact about your business.  The reason it is called “social networking” is… because it IS about being social.  Facebook was originally created with the intentions of keeping people connected with each other (specifically Harvard students when it first was developed). 

 


By interacting with others and letting them learn a bit about you, it gives the opportunity for people to come to trust you and in turn trust your product. It will also continue to get your name out there and associated with your business.  When you are only posting about your business, and not sharing a bit of yourself, or not participating in other people’s statuses or notes, you will soon be ignored.  Building your business is about building relationships, whether online or off. 

2. Do NOT hop onto chat and announce your business special or business opportunity to someone who happens to be online.  This will literally get you nowhere.  I cannot tell you the number of times that I open up chat and within a matter of 10 – 30 seconds, someone that I have never had any sort of conversation with, pops up, without even a greeting, and blasts off their ad to me.  Not only am I not interested, but I typically go in and un-friend them to avoid any further spamming.

3. Do NOT send someone a message via their inbox that is an ad, especially again, if you have not had any previous one on one interaction with them.  This is a big turn off and will make you look like a spammer, and could in fact have your message being reported to Facebook as spam.

4. Do NOT send out invites for your events to everyone of your friends.  Take the time to create different friend lists and use those lists to weed out who should be invited.  If you have an event going on in California, it is most likely that someone from Michigan will not have any inkling of attending.

5. Do NOT be vulgar or sexual. Watch the type of language, conversations and pictures that you post on Facebook.  Facebook is not the place to be vulgar or sexual in your words or actions.  It can and will be a big turn off to many that you hope to network and do business with.  If you are a person whose business is family and children’s products or services, but yet you talk like a trucker on Facebook, you will do yourself more harm than good, and not reap the benefits, customers or traffic that you could.

There are numerous ways to successfully use Facebook for your business, but you need to make sure you take the time and do it correctly. By following our "Do NOT do this on Facebook" rules above, you will have a good start on getting your business noticed the right way.

 

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Has Your Fire Gone Out?

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Have you found that you’ve lost the initial excitement of having your own business? Are you second guessing your decision to become an entrepreneur? Do you find you are experiencing burn out?

Don’t worry. This can be a pretty common feeling when you own a home based business, especially if you are the one running the entire show. One solution to help remedy this feeling is to find someone who still has that spark in their eye and bounce in their step that comes along with being the proud new owner of a home based business. You know the type.

 


They are filled with excitement and dreams and optimistic of what the future holds for their business. What better way to get a little jolt of energy by looking at a reflection of yourself when you first started out. Not only will you benefit by watching and listening but in turn, you can offer your mentoring and experience to someone who is just starting out. While managing our own business, we can tend to get into a routine, which, if we aren’t careful, can bring us into a slump.

A trap that many entrepreneurs fall into is thinking that they cannot learn from someone who hasn’t been around the block, so to speak. They tend to feel superior in their knowledge and that they have already cut their teeth on all that a home business owner needs to know. Sometimes those who are just venturing out have more to teach us than the seasoned veterans. The biggest mistake is thinking that they can’t. You have the opportunity to view issues and solutions through a new set of eyes, less jaded than yours may have become. These freshman business owners bring to the table new experiences and a different outlook on certain aspects of running a business. They have possibly been given new tools to utilize in running a home based business or new concepts to embrace. New entrepreneurs have more to offer than many experienced business owners give them credit for.

So, if you are at the point of feeling a little weary in your business, try to hook up with a new business owner. Gain a fresh perspective, hear some new ideas and let some of their excitement rub off and rejuvenate your spirit.

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Cyndi Webb is the Founder and President ofMoms Network – an organization dedicated to the promotion and success of Moms in business. Since 1997 she has promoted and worked with thousands of work at home moms in coaching and guiding them in how to help grow their businesses. Over the years Moms Network has evolved to include more than 20 websites offering free resources to moms from all walks of life.  Cyndi makes her home in Minnesota with her husband and two children.

 

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Networking – Making or Breaking Your Business

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One of my favorite business authors is Harvey Mackay. He has written many books on networking and success. He has such wonderful simple principles and guidelines that if we all would follow them, we would see a drastic change in our businesses. I’d like to share a few of my favorite bits and quotes from his book “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty” (A Currency Book, Published by Doubleday Copyright 1997). Even though this book is geared towards networking, there are many truths and thoughts to bring into any business. And really, in essence, our business will die without us actively pursuing the practice of networking.

“No matter how smart you are, no matter how talented, you can’t do it alone.”

“Prepare to win. Then prepare to dazzle.”

“Why don’t you try to capitalize on what you do best?”

“A network is an organized collection of your personal contacts and your personal contacts’ own networks. Networking is finding fast whom you need, to get what you need, in any given situation and helping others do the same.”

“The really big networking mistakes people make in their lives come from the risks they never take.”

“Find an outfit to join that recognizes you have something to offer, and find out what they can offer you: contacts, exposure, experience. It’s all there – in exchange for a little effort.”

“The wise person isn’t the one who makes the fewest mistakes. It’s the one who learns the most from them.”

Networking is, in my opinion, one of the most critical areas of your business that you need to constantly keep on top of. Your “network” needs to consistently be growing for your business to continue to prosper. When you are tuned into networking, you will become aware of the fact that opportunities to network are presented to you each and every day, in almost every situation.

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