I run a number of websites and offline services in the sports handicapping business. Also in the process of establishing a non-profit organization focusing on youth mentoring and helping with private school tuition.
I am working on coming up with a business plan to create alliances with local business who have clientele made up of my target market. I want them to market my special offers on my websites in exchange for me purchasing gift certificates and/or products/services from them on behalf of their clients. For example if they are a sports bar and grill, I would purchase a $20 gift certificate for client who does business me or my partners. I have a great offer that I know I can sell to the end user, but would appreciate any suggestions about how to sell the middle man (the business owner)on the benefits to them, and what I should ask from them that would be effective yet non-intrusive
As somebody who has had many ideas....tried alot...and failed alot...I only know 1 thing....find what you love doing....and get good enough at some aspect of it that someone will pay you to do it.....I don`t mean to sound simplistic....but business is a lot of work, and you must love...you have started in the right place....internet business is a great way to start...very little overhead. Good luck....I have been raising 3 children (7,5,3 now) while running home businesses for years....for the same reasons you describe.
I would agree....network marketing or MLM as it is often called is very hard, but can be very rewarding. Alot of people will not like to deal with you..however almost all very successful people that I have talked too have good things to say about them....however some are scams...do your research
As someone who recently accomplished this (without mentioning names we are talking multi millionaire, media personality, author, etc) by doing the following things: being persistent....you will not likely suceed on the first time...being bold and honest....people want to help, and almost everyone started where you are at and had some mentors along the way...offer them something in return.....try to form a business alliance where they can teach you along the way...make your an asset to this person...not a liability...good luck and feel free to e-mail me if you need and more ideas
I have been selling heavily on Ebay since 1999. Many competitors have come and gone since then and most have failed miserably. I don`t say this to discourage you...simply to suggest that you will need something very unique in functionality and purpose....just another auction site (even with a niche market) is going to be very tough.....you might even be able to use Ebay or an Ebay store as a tool....not sure what you are envisioning