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Choosing a Winning Business Idea

You've probably heard it a hundred times by now - if you want to
make alot of money with an online business you have to offer
your own product or service. Well, make that a hundred and one
times...

It's true. Although affiliate programs are a great way to add
additional streams of income, the best money maker is still a
unique product or service that you control. That way you earn all
of the money instead of only 10% - 40%.


Here are six tips to help you choose a winning business idea:

1. Start with what you know. If you have experience in a
particular area, either through your work or hobbies, then the
best place to start is thinking how you can turn that experience
into a business. It doesn't have to be something you've worked at
for 20 years, think of the things you're good at and that you
could expand your knowledge on to create a business.


2. Don't waste time trying to find a brand new idea. At the
height of the dot com era there was a race to be the first to
launch a new product or to service a particular market. Although
many of the first launched services received alot of recognition
for their innovation, they ultimately failed because they were
breaking new ground and didn't know how to succeed. Many of the
second and subsequent businesses in those markets succeeded
because they saw the mistakes that were made and capitalized on
fixing them.

When thinking of a new business idea don't assume you have to
find something that isn't currently being done. A better
strategy for most new entrepreneurs is to find something that is
being done but that needs improvement.


3. Find a business area that needs improvement. Think about the
products and services you use or that you've heard other people
talk about. Are there any that could be improved on? Is there
anything they're not offering that would be of value? Consider
starting a business that fills a need that isn't being met by
the current providers.


4. Focus on a niche. Select a specific market to which you can
offer unique products or services. You can't be everything to
everyone, and trying to offer a giant selection of goods to a
huge and generalized market is the route to frustration,
disappointment, and failure.

As a small business, focus on a promising niche market and work
hard to offer them the products and services they need. If you
do this well you'll become known as an expert in this area and
you'll be able to generate new business from your reputation
alone.


5. Be careful of "hot" industries that are already overcrowded.
Although you have to be the first person into a market, you have
to be careful of markets that are already over crowded.

One of the keys to success in business is differentiating
yourself from your competitors. If your customers can't see
value in doing business with you over someone else you'll never
be able to attract the business you need to succeed. If there
are already so many businesses doing what you're considering
that you can't figure out how to make yourself stand out then
choose another business idea.


6. Think about what works online. There are some products and
services that work well online, and others that don't. Consider
the following rules when choosing your business idea:

a. The product or service offered can’t be readily available
offline – or there must be an advantage to ordering from you
such as price, bundling with other products, etc.

b . It has to appeal to the masses – the Internet is a global
medium. That said, there are local opportunities but you need to
explore them carefully.

c . It must be easily shipped around the world.

d. You can't charge for something if it's already available
online for free.


Before you decide what business you'd like to start, be sure to
research it carefully. Knowing upfront how big the market is,
who your competitors are and what your competitors are offering
will help you avoid costly mistakes.


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