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Pitfalls to the In-Home Business Operator

In previous posts we’ve talked about how you can make money from home with the Check City Affiliate program. While you can make some great money with the Check City affiliate program it’s till important to point out that if you choose to make money from home as a full time income you’re still goign to be starting and running a business so it’s important to understand everything that goes along with that.

Since the introduction of the internet to the modern world, and its subsequent complete integration throughout almost all aspects of modern life, it has become increasingly easy for people to run their own small business from the comfort of their own home. Easy, on second thought, might not be the correct word choice, because operation one’s own small business from home is anything but easy.

Perhaps the right word choice should have been accessible. Since the integration of the internet into the modern work world, it has become more accessible or plausible for an aspiring entrepreneur to open a profitable business from their home.

But even with this accessibility to the option of starting one’s own business, there are many pitfalls that beginning entrepreneurs will need to be on the lookout for once they start down the path of an in-home business. One of the first and most important pitfalls that can entrap any business of any size is running out of money.

You Still Need Capital

If the funds stop, the company dies; it is just that simple. Most individuals who are determined to open their own business will know and understand this simple truth to commerce, but the funds mentioned before do not necessarily mean profits.

What some new in-home business owners may not account for is the initial startup costs that it will take to get their business off the ground to begin with. Most owners will understand that in order to survive they will need to make profits, but one of the major pitfalls that engulf many new startups is the issue of running out of money before the company has a chance to turn a profit.

Luckily, for the in-home business man or woman, this potential hazard to their new company of running out of startup funds before turning a profit can be largely avoided by taking some necessary steps. The first step to avoid drying up the money well before letting profits take off is simply to budget well.

Budgeting should not be a new idea for most who are starting an in-home business as they have more than likely made effective use of a budget before in their domestic lives. Similarly to planning a budget for a family or for personal expenses, preparing a budget for an emerging small business will take careful planning and honesty.

Check Your Resources

First, a new business owner should take an account of all the available resources that they have available to them. Once they have a good idea of the amount of funds available, then they will be able to begin the process of proportioning out sections of those funds to various startup expenses that are foreseeable.
One should strive to reserve a large chunk of funds for unforeseen events as unexpected costs are almost always a part of starting a business. With a startup budget set and in place, a new in-home business owner will be able to initiate the process of opening their new business with the assurance that a planned budget affords.

Create Your Web Presence, The Right Way

After clearing this common pitfall, the in-home business owner will need to think more technical or more logistical in order to have their business succeed. For example, it may seem like a minor detail, but the next major pitfall that swallows many new home-based startups is the faux pas of directing potential clients to an empty website or landing page.

A landing page is the part of the website that a new visitor will “land” on after clicking a link to the site. Landing pages can be the homepage or separate pages within the site itself, which means that even if a site has a good looking homepage their actually landing page sites could be barren and have the potential to drive business away from the unprofessional look of blank or sparse landing page.

As a new business owner, people who create an in-home company should be aware of the extremely detrimental effects that an incomplete website can have on their potential. Because most of the commerce from an in-home business will most likely come from their online presence, it is vitally important that the website is well maintained, user friendly, and aesthetically pleasing.

Stay Organized

Along with setting up a functioning budget and creating a workable and effective website, an in-home business manager can be most profitable if they will avoid the pitfall of disorganization. Because the work that an in-home business conducts is by its very nature within the home, it can be temptingly easy for a new business owner to spread the details of their business across the entire expanse of their home.
This is a potentially fatal pitfall for a small business as it often directly leads to a severe case of disorganization. Having an organized work space, along with a functioning budget and a well-working website, will be key ingredients to a successfully run in-home business.

How to Make Money Blogging with the Check City Affiliate Program

In our previous affiliate post we outlined a number of different ways that you can go about promoting the Check City Affiliate program. While several of the methods that we outlined will provide quick referrals, like posting the links on your own Facebook or Twitter accounts there are some methods that will take more time to build up but will provide a lasting income. If you are serious about making money with the Check City affiliate program we highly recommend looking into building out a website or a blog to promote your affiliate links. To help you get started with setting up a blog we’ll answer several common questions that people have when they set up their first blog.

What is Blogging?

The word “blog” itself is short for the phrase “web log” which describes what blogs were originally created for which was to allow people to create a daily or weekly log of their activities, much like an online journal. Today’s blogs are used for the same purpose but the platforms that they’re built on have turned out to be a great way to build traditional websites as well.

How to Set Up a Blog?

When it comes to How to set up a blog there are several options, the option you choose really just depends on your personal preference. When setting up your blog the first thing that you need to decide is which platform you want to build it on. If you are looking for the easiest and fastest way to build a blog you can use a hosted option such as the blogs found on Blogger, Tumblr, and Weebly. The nice thing with the hosted options is the fact that you wont have to worry about security and with most of them you’ll still be able to point your own custom domain name at these blogs which will make marketing and building your brand easier. To see which platform you like the most you can go to any of those sites and set up a blog and see which user interface you like using the most.

What Should You Blog About?

Once you figure out where you want to host your blog, the next step is to figure out what topics you want to blog about. When it comes to choosing a topic to blog about there are several options, the great thing with the services that we offer is the fact that they appeal to a wide range of people since nobody is immune from financial hardships so whatever you want to blog about will be fine. Some people choose to place our affiliate banner ads and links on their family blog while others choose to target people who are more interested in financial topics such as budgeting and investing.

Finding Blogging Topics

As you start to decide which route would be best for you we recommend using the Google Keyword Tool to see what people are searching for. By using the Google Keyword Tool you’ll be able to see exactly how many times people are searching for phrases in Google. Once you find a phrase or topic that has a good number of searches each month you can then start writing about that topic in a number of different ways. Usually if someone comes to your site searching for a “How to” type of phrase like “How to start a budget” and they learn something while they’re at your site they’ll be more likely to stick around and click on the affiliate links that you have on the site. It will be best to write about 3-5 blog posts each week, they should usually be about 300-500 words in length each. Use the Google Keyword Tool to find phrases that would attract a lot of visitors.

How to Promote Your Blog

Once you’ve chosen the topic for your blog and have started creating content on a regular basis the next step is to start promoting your blog. There are a number of ways that you can promote your blog including telling people about it on your personal facebook and Twitter accounts as well as creating Youtube videos that are related to the topics that you cover on your blog and then linking to your site. No matter how you decide to promote your blog remember that the whole goal is to get as many links pointing to your site as possible whether it’s from social media sites, other blogs, or articles that you write. By creating all these links the search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing will be able to see that there is a lot of buzz about your site and will start to rank it higher in the search results.

If you have any additional questions about how you can use a blog to make money with the Check City affiliate program be sure to leave them in the comments section below.

How to Promote Affiliate Links

In our previous affiliate post we announced the launch of our newly revamped affiliate program. As we mentioned we’re extremely excited to be partnered with Commission Junction in the promotion of our affiliate program. By combining Commission Junctions industry leading affiliate tracking software with our world class service we’ve created a winning combination for all of our affiliates. If you are new to our affiliate program, welcome, we’re excited to have you! In this post we’ve outlined several ways that you can promote our affiliate links throughout the internet.

Shorten Up Your Links Once you’ve set up your affiliate account with commission junction you’ll be able to go through and generate your unique affiliate URL. Your unique affiliate URL will make it so that we will be able to track which customers you’ve referred to our company. An important thing to keep in mind is that your unique affiliate URL can tend to be a bit long so for that reason one of the first things we recommend doing is shortening your affiliate link with a service like was created specifically for the purpose of shortening URL’s so that they can be posted easily on different social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Once you’ve created your shortened link you’ll be ready to start promoting your link.

Promote, Promote, Promote!

If you currently have a twitter following sending out a tweet to your followers can be a great way to quickly and easily get people clicking on your affiliate link. Since you are limited to the number of characters you can use on Twitter you’ll definitely want to set up a link before sending out a tweet. If you don’t currently have a Twitter account or you don’t want to send your friends and family that follow your personal account an affiliate link then you can set up an account specifically for promoting our affiliate program. (If you are in fact concerned about tweeting out an affiliate link to your friends and family we recommend rethinking the possibility as you’d be surprised how many people you know that could act it can be a great way to). Regardless of which route you go always make it a goal to provide good quality information when you tweet, provide links to articles about budgeting, mortgages, investing, etc.. Then every once and awhile you can send out Tweets related to Check City services with your affiliate link included. To follow affiliate marketing best practices you should always inform people that the link they’re clicking on is an affiliate or sponsored link.

Facebook- Facebook is another great way to share your affiliate link. As a Check City affiliate there are a number of ways that you can utilize Facebook to promote your affiliate links whether it’s through your own account, fan pages that you’ve set up or even fan pages that you can network with to get them to promote your affiliate links with you the options are really endless. As we mentioned with Twitter it always best to provide good quality information when your interacting in a social setting and when you do decide to drop affiliate links let them know that it is a sponsored or affiliate link.

Blogging- Whether you use Blogger, Wordrpess, Tumblr or Weebly blogging is an excellent way to promote your affiliate links. As part of our program we’ve created a large number of tools for our affiliates to be able to utilize. Once you’ve signed up with Commission Junction and have applied to be part of our affiliate program you’ll have access to a wide range of links, as well as text and banner ads that we’ve created specifically for our affiliates. We’ve spent years testing and fine tuning our banner ads to ensure highest click through rates for our affiliates. In addition to placing banner ads on your site we’ve also found that affiliates that do several blog posts related to the topic prepare their referrals making them more likely to fill out the form.

Youtube Videos- Creating and posting videos to Youtube is a great way to get your affiliate links out there; a video will allow you to educate people about the services that Check City offers before they click on the link in the description which makes them more likely to complete the form on the next page. There a hundreds of different types of videos that you can create including educational, informative and even testimonial or review videos if you’ve personally used our services in the past. The videos that you create can even be used to

Instagram can be a powerful tool in sharing your Check City affiliate links. Due to the small amount of space that you have for your description you’ll definitely want to create a URL for posting links to Instagram. Promoting links on Instagram typically works best by posting pictures of things you’ve purchased or plan to purchase with money that you’d get or have gotten from a Check City loan. Posting pictures of a computer, ipad, or a new pair of shoes and saying something like, “I LOVE these shoes, might have to pay a visit to Check City” and then linking with your affiliate link is a very non-threatening way to share your affiliate link.

There are literally hundreds of ways to go about promoting your Check City affiliate links, if we’ve missed any of your favorite methods feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Join The Check City Affiliate Program!

Check City is proud to announce the launch of our newly revamped affiliate program. Check City has been in business since 1989 and ever since we opened our doors we’ve seen that some of our best business comes from word of mouth marketing and referral from our loyal customers. By offering friendly and fair service to all of our customers we’ve been able to grow to 71 locations nationwide and now with the technology available to us with the internet we’ve been able to take that same principle of word of mouth advertising and apply it on a much larger scale by allowing people all over the world to refer their friends, family and website visitors to use our services.

In this post we want to cover some of the common questions that people have when they hear about our affiliate program to help anyone that is interested get going as quickly as possible.

What is an Affiliate Program?

Affiliate programs, also known as referral or partner programs are a type of performance-based marketing in which you can get paid for sending customers our way. We’ve set up our affiliate program so that each time you refer a somebody to our website and they either fill out an application you’ll get paid. If they fill out the application and they end up qualifying for a loan you’ll get paid even more.

How Does The Affiliate Program Work?

When you sign up to be one of our affiliates you’ll be given a unique affiliate URL that you can then turn around and post on your own website or on a wide range of social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and more. Whenever somebody visits our website by clicking on your affiliate link and either fills out the form or gets a funded loan you will get paid for that transaction. The great thing about having your unique affiliate URL is that when visitors click on it, they don’t have to fill out the form or apply right then, we’ll be able to track that visitor for up to 30 days so that if they come back to our website anytime in the next 30 days after you sent them to our site you’ll get credit for any transaction that takes place.

How Much Can You Make?

With the Check City affiliate program how much you make is entirely up to you. Remember, you are paid each time someone fills out an application and each time someone gets a loan funded through us so the more people you send to our site, the higher your chances are to make more money. In addition to getting paid for each application and funded loan we also have bonuses for higher volume so the higher number of loans you get processed each month, the higher the payout.

Where Do You Sign Up?

To get started promoting the Check City affiliate program you’ll need to set up an account with Commission Junction. You can do this by going to our affiliate page and clicking on the sign up link. If you already have an account with Commission Junction you can log in to your account and apply to be a part of our affiliate program.

What is Commission Junction?

Commission Junction is the top affiliate network in the industry. Affiliate networks are simply businesses that manage affiliate programs for other companies. The reason we’ve teamed up with Commission Junction is because they have invested a considerate amount of time and money into their affiliate tracking technology. With their technology they are able to track who is referring visitors to our website, where those visitors are coming from. They also keep a running total of how many commissions you’ve earned during the month and they make sure that you get paid.

Do I have to be a Check City customer to sign up?

Being an existing Check City customer is a bonus, but not required. Our affiliate program is open to all who are interested in promoting our services. It’s important to point out that Payday Loan and Cash Advance customers have a specific set of needs in their life and to be able to effectively “speak” to these customers it does help to have an understanding of how the process works. If you find yourself referring a lot of visitors to our landing pages but nobody is applying it may be worthwhile to go through the application process yourself so that you can gain an understanding of how the process works so that you can better prepare your referrals in your marketing messages.

If you have any additional questions about our affiliate program be sure to contact us at any time.

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