Small Space Vegetable Gardening Ideas

Spring will be coming soon, and those of you buying condos, townhomes, or even single family homes where it is not possible to have a large garden may be disappointed in your lack of space for growing fresh vegetables. However, it is possible to have an impressive garden in a small area if you choose and space your plants with care and/or do some container gardening. Fresh vegetables could be easily available to you if you put some thought in your garden arrangements. You need to start with good soil, sunlight and water. If you’re container gardening, you’ll likely be getting all your soil from the local nursery. If you’ve got a small plot of land, however, you may find that a generous mixture of high-quality soil will help your plants get the start they need. Sun-loving plants need at least 6 hours a day of sunlight, so it is best to make sure that these are advantageously placed and that shade loving plants have the greater share of any area that does not get sun so much. While rain may help moisturize your plants, you must ensure that they get a steady supply when there is no rain – or shelter them from too much water if you experience a deluge! If you have space for a garden on your property, combining your plants is a good way to maximize your available space. Planting fruits and vegetables together can produce a strikingly attractive garden area. It also helps to know what plants like sun and shade, as you can put a shade-loving plant in the shadow of a...

Today’s Small Business Email Marketing And Other Advertising Solutions

Today, we have many choices when it comes to email and database marketing. Your primary goal is to avoid the spam filters. If you consider another direct marketing solution, such as regular mail, your goal is to stay out of your potential customer’s trash can. Here are a few suggestions that will help you achieve those goals. One of the things that you might find tempting is to buy a list of e-mail addresses. Similar to buying a list of standard mailing addresses, this approach reaches a large number of people initially, but you could still miss your targets. If you have done your homework, you have identified your niche markets. You know who your targets are. In other words, you have identified those people that are most likely to need your goods or services. A direct marketing solution that does not target your niche is probably a waste of your resources. Most small businesses have a limited advertising budget. They need to make every penny count. Even if you don’t have a limited budget right now, it is best to stretch your advertising dollars as much as possible. You never know what might happen in the future. Let’s look at a few examples of how you can hit your target with a direct marketing solution. Retailers that provide baby clothing and other needs like diaper services can get together to create gift baskets full of samples for new mothers. Interior decorators can ask real estate agents to give their cards to new home buyers. Insurance agents can leave cards or brochures at automotive dealerships. And any retailer can...

Search Engine Optimization – Is Your Small Business Searchable?

What is the good in having a website if the people who are searching for what you have, cannot find you; there is no good reason! That is why there is a thing called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  SEO is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a website through search engines in organic results. Usually, the closer to the top a website appears, the more popular it is and the more traffic it will receive; hence, this is where you want your small business to be. A website is found by search engines through many different factors, including; page rank, website traffic, incoming links, link popularity, link relevancy, keywords, rich content and a variety of other agents. Search queries, the words that user’s type into the search box which contain terms and phrases best suited to your site, carry extraordinary value. Queries that relate to products, services and information on a website should be present in the variety of factors above. If a search engine cannot make a connection between the search query and the information on a website, the site will not appear in the results.    So what search engines are we talking about here? – The largest and smallest alike. The majority of web traffic is driven by the “big boys” – Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask, but others such as AOL, HotBot, All The Web and Live Search are powered or crawled by the “big boys”. So it is equally important to be considered “search engine friendly” by the top 100 search engines on the web.   Research has proven that search engine traffic can make (or...

Low Risk Small Business Ideas

Whether you want to start a home business, internet business, or part-time business there are always risks. If you invest your time, money and efforts into a small business you have taken the risk to never see a benefit of those labors ever again. Any one person with the entrepreneurial spirit dreams of working for themselves, acting upon an idea and benefiting from that in monetary gains. The fear of failure is the negative emotion that will stop someone in their tracks when seeking a life as an entrepreneur. Some push through those fears, risk it all and profit from their persistent attitude. Others keep a more skeptical mind frame taking the low risk approach and profit just the same. Low risk may not bring on substantial profits unlike putting it all on the line but in the long haul is the safe approach. The Risks We Face As Entrepreneurs 1. Most entrepreneurs think they have to come up with a marvelous idea that will make them millions. There are ideas out there making millions of dollars already, why waste your money and time on a new idea. We want to get up and running fast. 2. What is popular this year may not be so popular next year, this is called “trending.” Invest in a business that you know is rock solid. 3. You want to find a business with minimal competition, unless you have the knowledge to beat the competition. Rest assured to know that the knowledge is out there but research products that are in high demand with a low competition rate. Meeting the demand, with...

What’s HOT In Small Internet Business Ideas

Many people have come to the Internet looking for small Internet business ideas thanks to a poor economy with high unemplyment. Because you can make money online in so many ways, lets shorten the list 6 of the hottest ideas for starting your own small business online. 1. Local business marketing. Many local business owners are in need of someone to handle their Internet marketing for them. This presents a real small business opportunity for you. Off-line businesses will pay more for advertising than an online business will. Therefore you do not need as many customers to make more money as you might if you are doing Internet marketing strictly. 2. Auto blogging. The goal here is to set up as many blogs as you possibly can and make just a little bit of money every day on each of them. The only way to manage hundreds or even thousands of blogs is to set them up so that they pretty much run themselves. This is where the term auto blogging has come into play. There is software that will help you automate your blogging efforts. You can still rank high on the search engines and make money selling products on it as long as you continue to add some fresh content to your blog. 3. Blog writing. As more people start blogs there is more need for blog writers. You can make a full time income sitting at home writing blog content for other blog owners. This is a business and you can start with virtually no overhead and earn a six figure income very quickly from. 4....
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