Marketing Your Home Business on a Tight Budget
by: Timothy Spaulding



If you have started a new home based business it is likely you have some monetary restraints. This does not mean, however, that marketing your home based business should be at the bottom of your list. In fact, marketing is the only way to get your home based business noticed and to increase revenue. If you don't make an effort at marketing your home based business you are not giving it the chance to grow and ultimately you will be out of business. But marketing on a tight budget is really not so difficult because there are many affordable options available. Put forth some serious effort into marketing your home business and you will see the benefits slowly but surely.

The first and most important step to take is to develop a marketing plan. This is incredibly important because it creates a guide for where your company is and where you want it to go within the marketing realm. Of course, you could hire professionals to create a marketing plan for you, but you can create one yourself just as easily with a little effort and save yourself a considerable amount of money.

Now that you have a plan, set it into action. Make sure, however, you are being conscious of costs because while marketing can be very expensive, the same exposure can be cheap as well. You need to be creative, but you can market inexpensively.

Some tried and true marketing strategies include newspaper ads, television commercials, phone book ads, billboards, web pages and other expensive media outlets. The trick here is to find a way to gain the exposure of these outlets without having to actually buy the advertising space. Depending where you live might also affect this a bit, but it is certainly doable. For instance, call your local newspaper and explain you are a new business offering these services and are interested in being listed in the business section. Many times, business editors of newspapers are looking for new businesses to feature so it is more than likely you can get a free story about your business that is considerably larger than an ad, read by more people and is absolutely free. The same thing goes for the news media. When it comes to buying large ads in the yellow pages, it generally does not pay off to begin with. You will want to concentrate your efforts in other areas first, and if you can afford to buy yellow page space later that is up to you.

When it comes to Web pages, evaluate your home based business to see if it is truly applicable to you. If so, it is worthwhile to put the effort into creating a web page and fortunately there are hundreds of free web hosting companies out there that will host your site at no charge.

The most important thing when it comes to home based business marketing on a tight budget is to identify your market, and then market to them via inexpensive or free methods they will respond to. If you know your market, you will know how to get their attention. Be creative and realize that good effective marketing does not have to be expensive; it just needs to be creative.
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