What Is Wrong With My Internet Home Business?

You did your homework. You carefully chose you new Internet home business, but despite a proven track record of success for others before you, your business just does not want to get off the ground.

Before you throw in the towel and assume you cannot succeed, consider the following list, which outlines some of the most common reasons new Internet home businesses lack success.

1. No clearly-defined goals

When you set out to work your new business, did you write down specific, clearly defined goals? And do you revisit those goals frequently, adjusting them as needed? One of the worst mistakes you can make is to skip this step. Goals are powerful. They give you direction and purpose. Every decision you make regarding your Internet home business should be geared toward achieving your specific goals.

2. Unrealistic expectations

With all the hype surrounding Internet home business opportunities, it is common to have unrealistic expectations about your earnings potential. So many of the opportunities on the Web show “proof” of your inevitable success in the form of paychecks, sales reports, and testimonials. Though the evidence may be genuine, it is never typical and nothing you should expect from your own business at the very beginning. If you assume your home business will make you a millionaire in a matter of a few months, you should reevaluate your expectations.

3. Not enough time

Of all the would-be entrepreneurs that start a home business, an estimated 95% of them fail. One of the leading reasons is expecting too much too soon. Frankly, it takes most Internet home businesses 6 months or more to get off the ground. This is because it takes time to see marketing results. Give your new business time before you give up.

4. No clear marketing campaign

Think of your marketing campaign as a recipe for success. This formula should include a mixture of ingredients. Unfortunately, so many people simply try one form of marketing, decide after a short while that it is not working, and then switch to something else, abandoning the original strategy. Instead, you should undertake several different approaches at once. Some marketing techniques will drive traffic to your site, while others will build awareness, while another’s aim is simply to build credibility in the marketplace. Strive to find the proper balance of the different marketing tactics. Then create a definite marketing plan and stick to it.

5. Ineffective Web site

Once potential customers visit your Web site, does your message propel them to action? It is not enough to just direct traffic to your site. If the site is unsuccessful in converting prospects to sales, you need to rewrite your text to compel your visitors to take action. You can achieve this by addressing what your visitor will get if they buy your product or service. Let them know what is in it for them. You also need to make sure taking action is quick and easy.

6. Not asking for help

Do not insist on doing everything all by yourself. Everyone needs help from time to time, even you. Hopefully, your Internet home business includes either a telephone number or email address you can use to get support. If you are struggling, call someone who can help you. Also, visit blogs on home businesses. There, you will likely find others who have experienced what you are going through who can give you useful advice.

7. Not treating your home business like a business

A home business is still a business, after all, so you need to treat it like one. Do not believe the claims that your business will be up and running on autopilot in 15 minutes. Any business requires hard work and determination, and a home business is no exception. In the beginning especially, you will need to devote countless hours to marketing your business and adjusting your plan as you go. Though it is true that an Internet home business may ultimately seem to run itself, this happens only after devoting months, or even years, to marketing it. Every successful entrepreneur works hard…very hard.

Now, go back to the beginning of the list and evaluate your own Internet home business? Have you written clearly defined goals? Do you have realistic expectations? Have you devoted enough time to judge the success or failure of your business? Are you using a broad combination of marketing techniques? Does your Web site propel visitors to take action? Do you seek help from others when you have questions? Are you treating your Internet home business like a real business? Take care of these most common obstacles, and then move forward with your new outlook and launch your business to success.

Precision Investment Casting – Cast in More Than Just Stone, Cast in Metal!

Investment casting is one of the oldest known metalworking processes in existence. Beginning more than 5,000 years ago as “lost wax investment casting” the historical process used bee’s wax to form a pattern which was then used to create various components and products.

Fast forward to today, thousands of years later and the science remains the same. However, investment casting foundries all over the world have introduced new innovations such as high-tech waxes, advanced refractory materials, and the many advances made possible by computers and computer aided design.

Similar to the results of our ancient ancestors when they did it, casting provides unparalleled accuracy, repeatability, and quality — this makes the investment casting of small parts and large parts in high quality alloys a fantastic alternative to other less precise fabricating methods.

The Investment Casting Process: An Overview

The investment casting process begins with a design. This can be a drawing or an existing prototype part.

Mold Making The next step is mold making. From a drawing, design, or prototype the investment casting foundry produces an injection mold. This wax pattern injection mold is then machined using computer assisted design and/or computer aided manufacturing, a marriage of both ancient science and cutting edge technology.

Wax Pattern Assembly

Multiple wax pattern injection molds are assembled on a tree or “sprue” to form the full part.


In the next part of the process, a ceramic shell or prime slurry is applied to the tree or sprue, coating the wax assembly in a fine ceramic liquid. While the slurry is still wet, it is covered in a very fine sand and then allowed to dry before another slurry and more sand is applied. This is repeated until there are 6 or more layers of ceramic shell on the wax assembly

Wax Removal

Next in the process, the ceramic shells are prepared for the wax assembly to be removed from the inside. This is done with an autoclave, where the ceramic shells are put on a tray and the autoclave uses steam to melt the wax inside the mold.

High Temp Burnout

After wax is removed the ceramic shells are subjected to a high-temperature burnout to cure the ceramic molds. After this process they are prepared for preheating and casting.

Metal Melting and Casting

In this step of the precision investment casting process, high quality alloys are melted in lined furnaces. This step is absolutely critical to ensure the casting quality. Also in this part of the process, degassing and alloying are performed to ensure the melted metal’s properties are optimal for pouring. This metal is then cast into the ceramic mold.

After cooling, the metal casting takes the shape of what was once the wax pattern. Once the casting cools, the ceramic shell is removed with high powered water jets, leaving the casting foundry with a completed metal investment casting.

Cut Off, Grinding, and Finishing
Unwanted gates are then cut off with a saw and further removed by grinding. This is followed by de-burring and hand tooling, machining, and finishing resulting in a completed and finished casting.

While this is one specific way investment casting is performed, there are also other methods of creating castings — such as vacuum casting, which is typically used for Aluminum casting. Just as the ancient history of investment casting has seen the process through thousands of years of innovation, the technological advancements of the modern day and of casting foundries such as Alcumet Incorporated continue to prove that the process will always have a place in the manufacturing of new parts, components and products.

How To Start A Business Travel Agency On The Road To Greatness

In your Business Travel Agency or any small business for that matter, do you really know what you are building? This is a very important question because how can you successfully build or grow anything without having a vision for what it will be once completed.

As a business coach I have asked this question, “Do you know what your business
will look like in five years?” What I have discovered is this. Most business owners cannot articulate even three areas clearly in answering this question. Conversely, your clear vision of what your business will look like five years into the future can set you on the path to greatness. Clarity of future = maximum success. Why?

Because motivation, desire, persistence and overcoming any hurdles happens naturally when your vision is clear on what you want. Your clear vision is the starting point to greatness. It should inspire you, motivate you and give you the reason why. The reason why is essential in knowing “why” are you doing this game of business. What is your motivator?

Creating a list of why you are in business is your very first step. I encourage you to get to twenty five items if at all possible. Having a clear vision is simply setting the ideal YOU and YOUR business into the future. Planning out your ideal business is a great and powerful exercise and I know you will benefit greatly from this exercise.

Please think out to a point in time x years out. I believe five years is a perfect starting point as it is easy to see and not too far into the future. Please try to visualize in detail what your business looks like? The more detail the better. Think big, aim high and do not be too conservative. Create your ideal business.

Can you see it clearly already? If not, writing it out on paper helps to crystallize it. Take your time to reflect and answer these questions below. Going through this process can be the foundation of clarity and give true purpose to your working life. Remember direction and clarity equals future success.

1. How big is your business? The number of clients, annual revenue, annual profit being generated, your income…. What is the value of your business at this point and time? And why would someone else want to buy your business?

2. On a physical level, what does your business look like? Where is your business located, Do you have multiple locations?

3. Why is your business different for from all your competition, what makes you unique? What makes you the best at what you do? What products and services do you offer and at what prices/fees? What type of customer service do you offer?

4. What does your organization in your business look like? How many employees do you have? What roles do they play? Do you have additional partners/ junior partners? What role do you play in the business? How many hours are you working? How many days are you working? What are some common traits and characteristics of your employees? What is the culture of your business like?

5. Who is your target market? Depict your ideal clients? Why does a client rave about your business? How are you perceived in the business community?

6. What functional areas of the business of your business are systematized with processes and procedures? Be specific.

7. What outsourcing do you know and in which areas of your business travel agency?

8. How do you market your business, what are the primary methods/strategies that you use to market your practice? What % of your new customers comes from client referrals? How do you insure that your clients provide referrals? Where else do you receive referrals? What types of businesses do you partner with for referrals? Are there any businesses that you have strategic alliances with?

9. What is your exit strategy? Are you selling to new owners, existing partners? How much will you sell it for? Will you leverage your business to create passive income?

Please take the time to put in as much detail as possible! Write it all down on one or two pages in if you possibly can. Once you have short sentences and paragraphs I recommend you frame it, hang it on the wall prominently, and send a paper copy out with quotations.

But more important than externalizing your written vision of the future, is the internal acceptance of visualizing your future success every day or weekly by re-reading or re-writing it over and over.

So you now have a set of short statements which deeply captures your total vision and the mission of your business travel agency.

In the book The E-Myth by Michael Gerber, it is made clear that hopeful entrepreneurs start out with great zeal but little real focus on what it takes to be a successful business owner. Talented workers make the often fatal assumption of being great at their technical skill is all you need. Wrong! You need to start with a strong vision of what it is you are building. A vision of the first five years is imperative and in your business travel agency, upon doing this, you have set your sails on the path to greatness.

Shout your vision from the rooftops. Live it and breathe it and let it motivate you to greatness.

Remember: Realizing Your Dreams =

Your Total Commitment +

A Powerful Vision +

A Comprehensive Action Plan + Exceptional Execution