4 common misconceptions about directory website traffic
4 Common Misconceptions about Directory Website Traffic

4 Common Misconceptions about Directory Website Traffic

Published on July 10, 2023
 
If you’re thinking about starting your own directory website, you might be wondering, "Will I be able to attract enough visitors to my site to make it successful?" This concern is understandable - after all, traffic is generally seen as the lifeblood of an online business. At Ideal Directories, we understand these misconceptions well and offer solutions to address them.
 
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How to start a directory website  step by step guide for beginners
How to Start a Directory Website: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

How to Start a Directory Website: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners 

Published on July 3, 2023

Whether you're a budding entrepreneur looking to explore new business avenues or someone seeking to supplement their income while working from home, this article will serve as your comprehensive guide on how to start a business directory website. So, get ready to discover a unique business opportunity that combines minimal investment, low-risk, and promising returns all from the comfort of your home.
 
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How to Sell Directory Listings to Bakeries
How to Sell Directory Listings to Bakeries

How to Sell Directory Listings to Bakeries 

Published on June 27, 2023

If you're considering starting an online business directory or already own one, you're likely aware of the value that directory listings can bring to businesses. One industry that can particularly benefit from such listings is the bakery industry. As the owner of a directory website, selling directory listings to bakeries not only adds value to these businesses, but it can also increase your revenue.
 
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9 ways to add value to your business directory website

9 Ways to Add Value to Your Business Directory Website

Published on April 4, 2022 Updated on June 19, 2023.

When you start your own business directory website, your marketing efforts are two-fold. You want to bring on new advertisers as well as drive consumers to your site. To do so, consider different techniques you can use to increase value for your website directory. This will help you further demonstrate the benefits for businesses to be listed on your website.
 
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5 ways to improve your sales strategy when selling directory listings

5 Ways to Improve Your Sales Strategy When Selling Directory Listings 

Published on June 12, 2023
 
​​One of the most important factors in running a successful directory website is being patient with sales. When it comes to advertising, many small businesses require multiple contacts before making the decision to sign up for a listing. To learn more about the specific sales strategies and best practices that can help you achieve success in this dynamic and exciting industry, keep reading.

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10 ways to monetize a directory website
10 Ways to Monetize a Directory Website

10 Ways to Monetize a Business Directory Website

Published on June 4, 2023
 
A staggering 94% of us have used a business directory to research a product or service in the past year. There are few areas of the internet now with such vast and unending demand. If you have a directory website or plan on building one, your priority will be to create a monetization strategy. But how do directory websites make money? We have all your answers right here.

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The ultimate guide  how to start a directory website from scratch
The Ultimate Guide: How to Start a Directory Website from Scratch

The Ultimate Guide: How to Start a Directory Website from Scratch

Published on May 24, 2023
 
In this ultimate guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of starting a directory website from scratch. From conceptualization to launch, we'll cover everything you need to know to create a successful directory website that captivates your audience and stands the test of time.

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Selling to small businesses

Selling to Small Businesses: 6 Ways to Fine Tune Your Sales Pitch

Published on December 27, 2021. Updated on May 22, 2023.

Whether you're in B2C (business to consumer) or B2B (business to business) sales, a fine-tuned sales pitch is essential to any company. How well you present yourself, what you have to offer and the value it provides to your customers will ultimately determine your success.

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9 Tips for Optimizing a Business Listing
9 Tips for Optimizing a Business Listing

9 Tips for Optimizing a Business Listing

Published on May 15, 2023
 
Online business directories are increasingly becoming a popular way for small businesses to advertise. Explore the key elements that contribute to the success of a directory website and actionable tips on optimizing your own website. 

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How to sell directory listings to pet shops
How to Sell Directory Listings to Pet Shops

How to Sell Directory Listings to Pet Shops

Published on May 8, 2023
 
With pet ownership on the rise and pet shops being a popular local business category, there is a high demand for directory listings that provide pet owners with information about pet shops in their area. 

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11 Add-on Services You Can Sell to Your Directory Website Clients to Boost Your Bottom Line
11 Add-on Services You Can Sell to Your Directory Website Clients to Boost Your Bottom Line

8 Add-on Services You Can Sell to Your Directory Website Clients to Boost Your Bottom Line

Published on May 1, 2023
 
As a directory website owner, upselling add-on services to customers who already have a listing on your website is a wise way to hit your revenue targets.

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How to sell directory listings to jewelry stores
How to Sell Directory Listings to Jewelry Stores

How to Sell Directory Listings to Jewelry Stores

Published on April 24, 2023
 
Whether you're new to the industry or a seasoned pro, this article will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to succeed in selling directory listings to local jewelry stores.

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Why Small Businesses Should Advertise on Directory Websites 

Published on January 24, 2022. Updated on April 17, 2023.
 
Finding customers is the number one challenge that small business owners face. The main reason? Small businesses often have an ineffective or nonexistent online presence. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to grow your web presence is to advertise on a directory website. 

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How your directory website business can effectively use a virtual assistant
How Your Directory Website Business Can Effectively Use a Virtual Assistant

How Your Directory Website Can Effectively Use a Virtual Assistant 

Published on April 10, 2023
 
A virtual assistant is a professional who can take on various tasks for your business remotely, which can free up your time and allow you to focus on other important aspects of your business. In this article, we'll discuss how your directory website business can effectively use a virtual assistant.
 
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7 tips for selling business listings on a local directory website
7 Tips for Selling Business Listings on a Local Directory Website

7 Tips for Selling Business Listings on a Local Directory Website

Published on April 3, 2023
 
By offering a range of pricing options, clear and compelling value propositions, and excellent customer service, you can effectively sell business listings on your local business directory website and connect small businesses with customers in your community.
 
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8 skills that every successful entrepreneur needs
8 Skills that Every Successful Entrepreneur Needs

8 Skills that Every Entrepreneur Needs 

Published on March 27, 2023
 
If you're intrigued by the idea of joining the ranks of successful entrepreneurs, you're not alone. However, building a thriving business takes more than just a great idea. To help you succeed in your entrepreneurial endeavors, we've compiled a comprehensive guide outlining the essential skills and traits that every successful entrepreneur needs.
 
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How to sell directory listings to restaurants
How to Sell Directory Listings to Restaurants

How to Sell Directory Listings to Restaurants

Published on March 20, 2023
 
Explore the crucial aspects of selling directory listings to restaurants, including why restaurants need to be listed in online directories, how to find potential restaurant listings, and how to approach restaurants and sell listings.
 
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5 Creative Ways to Use QR Codes to Promote Your Directory Website
5 Creative Ways to Use QR Codes to Promote Your Directory Website

5 Creative Ways to Use QR Codes to Promote Your Directory Website 

Published on March 6, 2023
 
QR codes can direct consumers to different types of websites to view information or access special deals. By the year 2025, the number of smartphone users scanning QR codes will increase to 99.5 million. In this guide, we explain how to creatively market your directory website using QR technology.
 
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The Difference Between Working "On" vs. "In" Your Business and Why it Matters to Your Long-Term Success
The Difference Between Working "On" vs. "In" Your Business and Why it Matters to Your Long-Term Success

The Importance of Working "On" vs. "In" Your Business

Published on February 27, 2023
 
As an entrepreneur, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of working in your business. This can hold you back from focusing on your business's long-term growth. What many people don't realize is that if they want to succeed at running a business, they'll need to shift from working "IN" their business to working "ON" their business. 
 
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12 Reasons Why a Directory Website is the Best Recession Proof Business Idea
12 Reasons Why a Directory Website is the Best Recession Proof Business Idea

12 Reasons Why a Directory Website is the Best Recession Proof Business Idea

Published on February 20, 2023
 
One business idea that has proven to be resilient during economic downturns is a directory website. With the right approach and a well-executed business plan, a directory website could be an excellent recession-proof business opportunity for you.
 
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5 factors to consider when searching for a business to start

5 Factors to Consider When Searching for a Business to Start

Published on January 10, 2022. Updated on February 13, 2023.

Many people dream of starting their own business but very few will actually take the leap. While it might seem difficult at first, anyone is capable of running a successful business. Whether you're just beginning your search or ready to take the plunge into entrepreneurship, here are 5 factors to consider when searching for a business to start.

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5 Common Fears Salespeople Need to Overcome to Be Successful
5 Common Fears Salespeople Need to Overcome to Be Successful

5 Common Fears Salespeople Need to Overcome to Be Successful

Published on February 6, 2023
 
Are you a salesperson who has a fear of selling? Sounds odd, doesn't it? But sales fears are real and can prevent salespeople from reaching their goals. According to research, 48% of B2B salespeople are anxious about making cold calls. Right now, you might be a part of that 48%. If you are, don't worry - you're not alone. The first step is acknowledging your fears.
 
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Inbound Marketing Strategies for Your Directory Website
Inbound Marketing Strategies for Your Directory Website

Inbound Marketing Strategies for Your Directory Website 

Published on January 30, 2023.
 
Once you understand how inbound marketing works, you can utilize it as an effective strategy to generate more website traffic, connect with potential customers, and expand your business's reach online. Here are some inbound marketing strategies you should implement on your directory website to make your directory stand out from the crowd.
 
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8 Sales Icebreakers To Help Level-Up Your Sales Pitch
8 Sales Icebreakers To Help Level-Up Your Sales Pitch

8 Sales Icebreakers to Help Level-Up Your Sales Pitch

Published on January 25, 2023.
 
For most people who are new to direct sales, it can be a bit intimidating. Sometimes, the hardest part is getting a genuine conversation started. In those cases, it’s helpful to have some sales icebreakers in your sales toolkit to help you start authentic, engaging conversations with prospects.
 
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Ideal directories blog   how to overcome your fears of starting an online business
Ideal Directories Blog - How to Overcome Your Fears of Starting an Online Business

How to Overcome Your Fears of Starting an Online Business

Published on May 27, 2022. Updated on January 16, 2023.
 
You’ve always been interested in starting your own business, but there’s been something holding you back—something that gives you that little nudge of fear when the thought crosses your mind. But if you want to start an online business and take control of your financial future, overcoming those fears may be what it takes to get you started on the right path.
 
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6 Tips for Onboarding New Clients on Your Directory Website
6 Tips for Onboarding New Clients on Your Directory Website

6 Tips for Onboarding New Clients on Your Directory Website

Published on January 9, 2023

Welcoming new advertisers and having an onboarding plan in place can help make a positive first impression and improve retention. If you’re not sure how to get started with onboarding then we’re about to walk you through some helpful tips.

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11 Benefits of Advertising on a Local Directory Website
11 Benefits of Advertising on a Local Directory Website

11 Benefits of Advertising on a Local Directory Website

Published on December 30, 2022

Local advertising is particularly important for a business to attract potential customers. By featuring your business on a business directory website, you can improve your chances of being noticed when consumers search for keywords related to your business. If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of advertising on business directory websites, here are 11 reasons why it can be advantageous for your business.

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How social media can help your business

5 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Directory Business

Published on November 8, 2021. Updated on December 26, 2022

Social media is one of the most powerful tools you can use to grow your directory website business. Whether you’re looking to drive traffic to your site or find potential advertisers, there are so many people you could reach; it’s incredible. If you currently run a directory website or are looking to get started with Ideal Directories, here are 5 ways social media can really help your directory business.

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Ideal Directories Is Business Ownership Right for You? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself
Ideal Directories Is Business Ownership Right for You? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

Is Business Ownership Right for You? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself 

Published on December 19, 2022
 
If you want to start your own business, it’s important to figure out whether or not you have the characteristics and mindset that set apart successful entrepreneurs. So, before you take the plunge into entrepreneurship, ask yourself the following six questions to help you determine whether you have what it takes to run your own show and if now is the right time to start your business venture. 

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Directory website mistakes

25 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Business Directory Website

Published on November 9, 2021. Updated on December 12, 2022.

At Ideal Directories, we’ve helped hundreds of entrepreneurs launch their own business directory website in their town or city. Over the years, we’ve witnessed what works and what doesn’t. Understanding where others went wrong can help you on your own path to success.

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Signs it's time to quit your job and start your own business
Signs it's time to quit your job and start your own business

11 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job and Start Your Own Business

Published on October 27, 2021. Updated on December 5, 2022. 

From a young age, we’re all told that if we want to succeed in life, we need to go to school, get good grades, graduate college, and find a good paying job with benefits. By taking the traditional path of going to school and getting a job, sometimes you might find yourself “stuck” in a job that you don’t like. If you’re feeling stuck, then you might like the idea of owning your own business.

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Creating a persuasive pricing page

8 Tips for Creating a Persuasive Pricing Page on Your Directory Website

Published on May 12, 2021. Updated on November 21, 2022.

The pricing page is often one of the most visited pages on your local business directory website, so it’s important that it’s set up correctly, easy to understand and optimized for success. After all, a pricing page shouldn’t just be informative, it should be designed to convert visitors into buyers (or advertisers in this case).

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Ideal Directories 5 Advantages of a Business Directory Listing Compared to Other Forms of Advertising
Ideal Directories 5 Advantages of a Business Directory Listing Compared to Other Forms of Advertising

5 Advantages of a Business Directory Listings Compared to Other Forms of Advertising

Published on November 14, 2022

Among the different advertising options available to a small business, directory listings are one of the most universally appealing, affordable and effective forms of advertising that a small business can benefit from. Keep reading to learn how a local directory listing compares to other forms of advertising and what makes it highly valuable for small businesses. 

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Ideal directories how to start a business directory website that generates passive income
Ideal Directories How to Start a Business Directory Website that Generates Passive Income

How to Start a Business Directory Website that Generates Passive Income 

Published on November 7, 2022

Every entrepreneur knows that passive income is one of the keys to generating wealth and financial security. Passive income is any income that you earn with minimum work to maintain. It's basically a source of income that you set up once, and continue to get paid for over and over again. A business directory website is one of the best ways to generate passive income online as an entrepreneur.

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Ideal directories 4 ways to attract more advertisers to your business directory website
Ideal Directories 4 Ways to Attract More Advertisers to Your Business Directory Website

4 Ways to Attract More Advertisers to Your Business Directory Website

Published on October 31, 2022

There are a few things you can do as a directory owner to drum up business and increase sales. Taking a proactive approach is the best way to increase revenue rather than sitting back and waiting for clients to come to you. Sometimes all it takes is a couple simple actions or changes to your business to see results. 

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Ideal Directories Social Media Calendar: 30 Social Media Post Ideas and Examples to Promote Your Directory Website
Ideal Directories Social Media Calendar: 30 Social Media Post Ideas and Examples to Promote Your Directory Website

Social Media Calendar: 30 Social Media Post Ideas and Examples to Promote Your Directory Website 

Published on October 24, 2022

When you run your own directory website, there are many benefits of utilizing social media in your marketing strategy and the possibilities of what you can share and post are endless. However, sometimes figuring out exactly what to post can be challenging. Explore 30 social media post ideas to help spark your creativity and keep your calendar full. 

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Holiday shopping

How to Find Advertiser Prospects During the Holiday Season

Published on December 1, 2021. Updated on October 17, 2022.

The holiday season is among us making it a great time to get those local businesses listed, better yet, to advertise their promotions and deals on your business directory website. After all, advertising on a local business directory is a great way for a business to get more exposure during the lucrative holiday season.

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Ideal directories how to make smarter decisions as a business owner
Ideal Directories How to Make Smarter Decisions as a Business Owner

How to Make Smarter Decisions as a Business Owner

Published on October 3, 2022

One of the most important skills you can teach yourself as a business owner is to make smarter decisions. While there’s no way to ensure you make the right decision every time, there are certain steps you can follow to help guide you through the decision making process, to help you make smarter choices that you won’t regret.

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Ideal directories how to turn your past work experience into a flourishing online business
How to Turn Your Past Work Experience into a Flourishing Online Business

How to Turn Your Past Work Experience into Flourishing Online Business 

Published on September 26, 2022

Whether you realize it or not, the work experience you’ve gained from previous jobs can be incredibly helpful in pursuing a career as an entrepreneur. Most people who are or have been in the workforce have many of the necessary skills and knowledge base that can be directly applied to starting their own online business.

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Ideal Directories Why You Need to Sell Yourself in Sales and How to Do It
Ideal Directories Why You Need to Sell Yourself in Sales and How to Do It

Why You Need to Sell Yourself In Sales and How to Do It

Published on September 12, 2022

When you sell yourself, you’re showing people why they should do business with you over the competition. It’s about putting yourself out there, being genuine and working to maintain a good reputation. In most cases, people don't just buy into a product or service, they buy into the person that’s selling to them. So it’s important to put your best foot forward and be someone that people want to work with.

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Ideal Directories 4 Ways to Encourage Site Visitors to Share Your Directory Website Using Social Media
Ideal Directories 4 Ways to Encourage Site Visitors to Share Your Directory Website Using Social Media

4 Ways to Encourage Site Visitors to Share Your Directory Website Using Social Media 

Published on September 2, 2022

As a digital forum for word-of-mouth marketing, social media is one of the most effective ways to promote your directory website. To grow your following, you'll want to maximize the power of social media and implement different methods into your marketing strategy to prompt site visitors to share and post about your directory website.

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Ideal directories 7 ways to exhibit confidence as a new business owner
Ideal Directories 7 Ways to Exhibit Confidence as a New Business Owner

7 Ways to Exhibit Confidence as a New Business Owner

Published on August 29, 2022

Above anything else, to succeed as a business owner, you must believe in yourself and exhibit confidence. You can have all the capital, tools, support, and resources in the world but, if you don’t believe in your ability to succeed, you could be easily swayed to give up, especially when things get tough. Confidence as a business owner comes from knowing yourself, your abilities, and being passionate about your business. 

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Sell your first listing

5 Tips for Selling Your First Directory Listing

Published on August 25, 2021. Updated on August 22, 2022.

If you just launched your own directory website with Ideal Directories or are thinking about starting one, you're probably eager to sell your first listing. Most would say that landing your first paying advertiser is often the hardest sale, but once you get in the groove and gain momentum, sales will come easier, referrals will start to trickle in, and you’ll be on your way to building a profitable online business.

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Ideal directories 5 steps to creating a captivating headline for your directory website
5 Steps to Creating a Captivating Headline for Your Directory Website

5 Steps to Creating a Captivating Headline for Your Directory Website

Published on August 15, 2022
 
 
The headline on your directory website is one of the most important aspects of your website's homepage. It's the first thing your site visitors will see when they visit your directory and is often larger than the rest of the text on your site. A well-crafted headline is relevant, clear, descriptive and captures the attention of your audience. Use the tips listed in this article to help you write an effective headline for your directory website. 
 
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15 Directory Concepts That Can Work For Just About Any Market
15 Directory Concepts That Can Work For Just About Any Market

15 Directory Concepts That Can Work For Just About Any Market

Published on August 8, 2022
 
Most directory websites cater to a specific city or town. While a local-focused directory website is a great place to start, expanding your business by creating a network of niche directory websites can help you expand your reach, stand out from competitors and maximize (or better yet multiply) your earning potential. If you’re interested in starting a business directory website that caters to a specific industry or niche, here’s some inspiration! 
 
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Ideal directories 12 creative ways to show your customers you appreciate them
Ideal Directories 12 Creative Ways to Show Your Customers You Appreciate Them

12 Creative Ways to Show Your Customers You Appreciate Them

Published on August 1, 2022
 
Building a relationship with your customers is especially important when you're just starting out, and can be one of your best tools for growth. The more they like and trust you, the more likely they are to recommend you to their friends and followers. That’s why it’s important to show them that you appreciate them — not just so you’ll keep their business but also so they'll keep singing your praises in front of their network. 
 
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5 benefits of adding free listings to your online business directory website

5 Benefits of Adding Free Listings to Your Online Business Directory Website

Published on May 24, 2021. Updated on July 18, 2022.

If you recently launched a local business directory with Ideal Directories, or are thinking about starting one, one of the first things you will want to do is add some free sample listings to your site. While at first it might sound counterintuitive to add free listings to a site that is meant to be a source of income, there are many benefits to adding free listings. 
 
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Ideal directories 7 tips for starting a home based business
Ideal Directories 7 Tips for Starting a Home-Based Business

7 Tips for Starting a Home-Based Business

Published on July 11, 2022
 
To operate a home-based business effectively requires careful planning, developing the necessary skills, and adhering to best practices. If you're considering starting a home-based business, you'll want to establish how you are going to manage your business to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. This article outlines 7 tips that will allow you to enjoy the freedom of running your own home-based business while still staying on track with achieving your goals.

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Ideal directories 12 steps to populating a business listing
Ideal Directories 12 Steps to Populating a Business Listing

12 Steps to Populating a Business Listing 

Published on June 27, 2022

A business listing should be a digital representation of a company and provide all the information a consumer would need in a simplistic format. There are certain creative elements that go into populating a business listing with relevant and meaningful content. With Ideal Directories, it’s simple to customize and populate a business listing with information. Whether you're adding a listing yourself, or advising a client on what's best, here are 12 steps to follow to get the most out of your directory site.

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Tips for hiring a sales rep

6 Tips for Hiring a Sales Rep for Your Directory Website Business

Published on April 14, 2021. Updated on June 20, 2022.

While you can certainly run an Ideal Directories website business as a “soloprenuer,” there may come a time when you want to expand and hire a sales rep. For those who struggle with sales themselves, hiring a dedicated sales rep can be a great option, allowing you to focus on the other parts of the business you truly enjoy and that you’re good at.

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