Do you recall the days when you first began your home based business? Maybe you did so much research that you felt you were practically an expert on the topic. Times are constantly changing, though, so you always need to stay current. The information here will help you recapture the excitement you felt when you began.
Form a contingency plan if your home based business does not work out. Have plans for things like issues with your web host and missing product shipments. When you are prepared for things going wrong you won’t be caught short if you suddenly lose your income.
Focus your business efforts on maintaining the happiness of your regular customers. It is easier to get sales from satisfied repeat customers than people who have never purchased anything from you. If your customers are happy, they will come back.
If you want to make your customers happy, go the extra mile. You may want to include a handwritten thank-you note when you ship items. You could also consider including a free item with their order. Customers like to feel acknowledged for their business. Prove to them that you appreciate them as customers.
Determining a fair price-point for any home-made goods you sell is critical, so ensure you have an accurate idea of your production costs. A basic wholesale mark-up would be twice the price of your cost. A standard retail mark-up would be twice the price of wholesale. Price your items at a rate that works for your customers and yourself.
You need to to let your customers know if you have an item on back-order. It is a sure-fire way to upset your customers when they find out their products had to be placed on back order, and will not be ready for immediate delivery. If an item has been back-ordered and is not going to be in stock for weeks or months, state this clearly on your product page, and give your buyers the opportunity to purchase an alternate item that is similar in quality and price.
Do you want to relive the same excitement that you had upon opening your home business enterprise? You need to be successful and you may need to refresh yourself on some of the information you’ve learned in the past. Start putting these ideas to work for you right away.