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Grow Profit By Keeping Your Business Small

Grow Profits By Keeping Your Business Small

Regardless of what stage your business is at you can grow profits by keeping your business small. Your focus is and always should be on how to generate income. I have listed some general ideas on how to accomplish that. Keep in mind though, you are in a fierce market, the online market. It all takes more time, more creativity and more patience.

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Let us begin with some key ideas on which I will elaborate further.

Sell your own products

Sell your own services

Drop ship products

Recommend affiliate products

Sell ad space

Create a joint venture with like-minded businesses

Start an affiliate program

Well, now what is it we can do with any of the above general ideas?

Sell Your Own Products

 

The main idea of selling your own products is that you ultimately control how much profit you make on every sale and you therefore have the potential for the biggest profit margin. You know exactly what each product costs, and you can try out different price points to see what works the best. People appreciate good value, and removing the middleman is a great way to provide your customers with competitive prices that keep them coming back for more.

Sell Your Own Service

Whether you’re a high-priced online legal consultant, a real estate agent, a tutor, a landscaper, a bed and breakfast owner, an auto-mechanic, a caterer, a fitness trainer or anything in between, you can profit from selling your service online. It’s easy to get started selling a service online, but your revenue potential, in most cases, is limited. That’s because, unlike someone selling a physical product that can be stored and shipped on demand, you can only provide as many services as your time allows.

When you sell a service, you’re essentially selling a relationship with yourself. And this requires that you spend more time and effort establishing your credibility and developing rapport with your visitors than is typically required on a site selling a physical product. You not only need to establish the benefits of the service you’re offering, you also need to establish the value of you providing this service.

Drop Ship Products

If you want to sell products without the hassles of tracking your inventory, setting up warehouse space and maintaining a confusing shipping/receiving infrastructure, drop-shipping may be the choice for you. Drop shipping lets you sell quality, brand-name products on your site for a hefty profit, while the drop shipper takes care of fulfilling the order. They warehouse the stock, pack the orders and ship them out to your customers.

Recommend Affiliate Products

Recommending affiliate products creates a “no-risk” partnership that allows you to promote another company’s products or services on your site to earn a percentage of their sales. As one of the company’s “affiliates” or promotion partners, you earn a commission each time someone you’ve referred to their site makes a purchase. To advertise their wares, you might post a banner on your site that links to the affiliate program’s site, or you might publish an article about the company and their products in your newsletter.

Sell Ad Space

Once your site has lots of highly targeted traffic, or a large, targeted opt-in list, you may be able to sell advertising. Advertisers are willing to buy ads when they’re being directed at large numbers of their target market. Nowadays, though, advertising revenues are a lot less than they used to be, so I don’t recommend you plan on making this your sole source of income. Selling ad space can be a great additional profit stream, but it’s unlikely to keep your business afloat on its own.

Create A Joint Venture With Like-Minded Businesses

Joint ventures are all about related businesses teaming up and combining skills, products, services and resources to create new streams of income and profit. One great way to profit through joint ventures is to seek out products or services that would benefit your visitors, and then approach the companies that provide those products or services. Ask them if you can recommend their product or service on your site for a portion of the profits. Most companies will gladly agree to this arrangement–after all, there’s no risk for them since they only pay you when you refer a paying customer.

Start An Affiliate Program

With your own affiliate program, you can recruit an army of people (your affiliates) who will recommend your product on their web site for a percentage of any sale they refer. You have the power to exponentially increase your income as more and more affiliates sign up and you continue to teach your existing affiliates how to increase their commission checks (and your income).

It’s one of the most powerful forms of online advertising I know. It allows you to grow your profits while keeping your business small, since you don’t have to go out and spend money on salespeople and advertising. Your affiliates do the advertising for you, and you only pay them when they make a sale.