Creating an Online Business 101 – Online Business 101 Course – Pt 1

The tides are changing when it comes to how businesses become successful. It used to be dependent upon heavy advertising with TV, radio, newspapers and phone books. That is no longer the case! Businesses are now found with Google, yahoo and other internet search engines.What this means is that if you have a computer, internet connection and a little determination you can create an online business for yourself. Check out a few basics lets call it ‘online business 101’. This will be a 10 part series with a lot of information, so make sure you pay attention.A Quick Preview Of The Online Business 101 Info To ComeThere are of course a lot of things involved with starting an online business but here are some of the more important ones in my opinion.1) Having a squeeze page or landing page.This is one of the most basic necessities of business. It is the way you get your customers info and are able to advertise to them.2) Having a quality product to sell.Some people have things they want to sell already and that is good, but don’t worry if you don’t. There are plenty of products to choose from and many don’t require any capitol or inventory to begin selling.3) A way to generate leads.If you don’t have a way to produce new leads on a daily basis your online business will fade quickly. This is probably the most important part of your business, and also one of the least understood aspects of online businesses.4) Learning the power of attraction marketing.Most people hunt down their customers and ask them to buy their product. That is a thing of the past with the internet. If done correctly, customers now search YOU out and ask for your product.5) Finding your niche and using keywords.This is the art of finding what your customers are ALREADY looking for and then offering it to them using search engines like Google and Yahoo.6) Using Free Marketing MethodsThere are plenty of marketing methods to use. Some of them cost money but the good news is there are plenty of free methods to use to promote your online business if your short on cash.7) Using an “auto responder” for online business automation.Keeping track of your leads and making sure you respond to them immediately and keep in contact with them can be difficult. Use this tool to streamline the process and save yourself some major headaches.8) Don’t worry about making mistakes… just do it!There is nothing that slows a business down more than “analysis paralysis”. The great thing about online business is that websites, prices, videos and just about anything else can be changed is just minutes. Just put forth the effort and you will figure it out quick enough.9) Realize that people buy you not just your product.Many online business owners try to sell on just the strengths of the product they have not realizing people will buy from YOU because they relate to YOU and like YOU. Find ways to keep yourself in your marketing campaigns.Putting all these things together will give your online business a powerful start. Make sure to check out the rest of the articles in this series to get more details on each of the methods mentioned above. Good luck on creating an online business of your own.

3 Low-Carb Versions of Pasta Dishes That Are Worth A Try

Pasta is one of the best comfort foods out there. However, even one serving can mean loads of carbs which isn’t ideal for anyone trying to eat healthy or lose weight. But don’t worry – you can substitute the ingredients to create a healthy, low-carb version of your favorite pasta dish without compromising taste and flavor!Healthy Eggplant LasagnaWhat you need:

1 large eggplant, peeled, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces, roasted

1 egg

3 sprigs thyme, chopped

2 sprigs oregano, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

2 1/2 cups tomato sauce

2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

2 cups ricotta cheese

1 1/4 cups chopped spinach

10 grinds black pepper

Salt to taste

In a bowl, combine egg, thyme, oregano, garlic, Italian cheese blend, ricotta cheese and black pepper. Place aluminum foil on a 9-inch baking pan then spread about 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce followed by half of the roasted eggplant. Layer with half of the spinach then half of the ricotta mixture. Repeat the layers with the ingredients, ending with the tomato sauce. Top lasagna with mozzarella before covering with aluminum foil. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees F) for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue to bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbling.Mac(auliflower) and CheeseWhat you need:

1 head cauliflower, broken into bite-size pieces, steamed

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

1 cup milk

1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese

3/4 cup Gouda cheese

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

On a greased baking pan, layer cauliflower, onion, Monterey Jack cheese, mozzarella cheese and Gouda cheese. Season with cayenne pepper, salt and ground black pepper. Pour milk over the mixture then cover with aluminum foil. Bake in a pre-heated oven (375 degrees F) for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove cover and continue baking for 20 to 30 minutes more or until top is browned.Carbonara A La Sweet PotatoWhat you need:

1 kilogram sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced into long, thin strands resembling noodles

3 strips center-cut bacon, chopped

3 eggs, beaten

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup sliced mushrooms

3/4 cup baby spinach

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place sweet potatoes in a pot of boiling water and stir until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Reserve 1/4 cup of the water and drain the rest. Return “noodles” to the pot. In a bowl, combine reserved water, eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper then pour over sweet potatoes in the pot. Toss to coat. In a skillet, heat oil then cook bacon and mushroom until cooked through, stir in garlic and spinach. Pour mixture into the pot and toss to combine with sweet potato.Try these healthy and flavorful low-carb options for your favorite pasta dishes!