Home Business Success
Things You Learn From Your Ex-Boss
To make money at home – In the past, everyone could take pride in working for large, multinational companies. The current trend of downsizing and outsourcing, however, has brought major changes in the employment landscape. One thing for sure, as job security becomes a thing of the past, many are turning towards starting own home based businesses.
Job security has its merits, and a home business is, arguably, not for everyone. But for those who are interested in making this shift, a change in mentality is absolutely important. There are many bad habits that lie dormant in all of us.
What can corporate culture can teach you about starting and running a home based business?
Here are some new disciplines that you can borrow from your working life, to develop and to practice:
1) Ownership and Decision Making
In corporate culture, you are responsible only for what your job requires you to do. In most jobs however, you are hardly responsible for the survival of the company. Your contribution, as compared to the whole, is only marginal. You can make mistakes and get away with it. Your job is easily replaceable.
As an entrepreneur, however, you may find the world to be less forgiving. A mistake can cost you your entire business. It is vital for anyone who wants to start their own home based business to think about this fact. You have to realize that success in a home based venture is directly tied up to your actions. You need to take responsibility for everything that happens.
In your own business, you need to go beyond your capacity at times, stretching yourself more than you would as an employee. Taking responsibility also means being able to make the correct decisions as and when needed. When you work from home, YOUR decision is final. Although it may a little scary for an entrepreneur at first, these habits practiced over time becomes second nature.
It sure beats having to put up with corporate red-tape!
2) Developing a Creative Mindset & Taking Risks
Companies hardly, if ever, reward you for being creative. They do, however, reward you for showing up on time and completing your daily routines. You are rewarded not for being outstanding, but for being average.
As an entrepreneur, you need to shake off the bad habit of doing things the usual way, the “way it’s always been done” There is nothing wrong with using standard procedures and methods. In fact, sticking to the ‘rules’ can help you make a decent living. But if you want the big money, like I do, you need to start thinking “Outside the Box”. A little bit of ingenuity in your business can save you a lot of money and time.
Ingenuity involves finding solutions to a problem. You may, at any stage of your home business, realize that you just don’t have an abundance of resources. Resources in this context can be money, time, expertise or just about everything else that you need, but just don’t have…
As you might have figured, creativity comes with risk. Doing something new is more risky than doing it the old way, but the payoff is incredible. Thinking outside the box might result in failure, just as well as it might lead to amazing success. But risk is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it is studied, anticipated and even welcomed.
So what do you do?
Most home business challenges can be solved, even if you are not a genius or have thousands of dollars to spend. If you can just use your ingenuity, you can find a solution to these challenges.
Figure out how to make the best of your advertising dollars. Figure out how to save time and automate your business. Figure out how to complement your skills using the skills of others. Small steps like these can go a long way in determining just how successful you will be.
3) Making Your Own Rules & Organizing Time
Imagine you arrive at work one day and find that the punch-card machine has been removed. The company also fired your boss, and the new rules say that you can come in at any time you want, bring your wife and kids along, and take as many breaks as you want. Shorts and a T-shirts are now the standard, accepted work attire.
What would you do?
I know what I would do – absolutely nothing at all! I would take advantage of the situation, and do absolutely no work at all. As days go by, I get lazier and eventually become a total slob.
A home business environment is not much different from the scenario above. In the absence of corporate rules, you must develop your own self imposed “home business rules”. Set a time for work, for play, and for household activities. If you just decide to “go with the flow”, you often get no where at all.
I used to think that money was the most important asset of my home business. Being quite naive, I thought that with more money, I could be successful faster. After all, money is king. With more money, I could buy more “big time” advertising, hire assistants and equip my business with the best software systems.
It didn’t take me long to realize that time is more important than money. Money simply cannot buy time. But with more time, I can all make all the money I want. Put in another way, I would say that MORE TIME is more important than just MORE MONEY. But none of us, not you, nor me, can have more than 24 hours a day at our disposal.
So, as a home business entrepreneur, we need to ultimately learn how to make the best use of the time that we have. This easy to say, but it will take discipline to see it through. Discipline is not easy to achieve, but it CAN be done. Just focus on doing a little bit every day, and stick to the timeline you had laid out, and you will get into the productive rhythm that comes with discipline.
4) Continuous Self-improvement
The home business arena is highly competitive. As an entrepreneur you will need to keep up with any event that will effect your business, for better or worse.
Corporations usually have mandatory training courses for all employees. If you are someone who attended these courses just to get away from doing work, or just to get some extra sleeping time in the class, then you need to change your attitude.
As an entrepreneur you must to find ways to enrich yourself with more knowledge. Take that accounting class, attend that local business seminar and read related books. Don’t see these as additional expenses, see them as long term investment. An investment in knowledge, after all, yields the best return.
Every type of business is subject to slowdowns. If you do not continuously improve your skills and knowledge, simply throwing in more money or hiring more people when that happens will not solve the problem. The only way to move forward, to get to “the next level” is to acquire new knowledge. New knowledge opens up more opportunities for your business.
5) Commitment to Your Goals & Deadlines for Success
“I want this on my desk by 2.00pm”.
The irony, however, is that deadlines are EXACTLY what you need to succeed in just about anything. As an entrepreneur, these deadlines always are, and must be, self-imposed. There are many books and tutorials on how to set your goals and how to achieve goals and I suggest you read as many as you can.
Having family around you can be used to your advantage as well. Communicate your goals to your wife or husband. Promise your kids a vacation when you’ve finished a major task. Soon, you will get little “bosses” running around telling you to stop watching TV and get to your work. Well, at least they are “adorable” bosses!
An excerpt from the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill (pg. 15):
…a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield. He… gave the order to burn the ships that carried them. Addressing his men before the first battle he said “You see the boats going up in smoke? That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice – We win – or we perish”.
And no matter what YOUR goals are in seeking self-employment and an entrepreneurial life, with commitment to your goals and determination to meet your deadlines, you too will win. Take the positive aspects of your current of former work environment to build a healthy and productive home business mentality to ensure that you are heading towards success.
Home Businesses Important Steps To Make Extra Money From Home
There are many ways to make money at home. As stated above you can either start your own home business or apply to a company that employs people who can work from home. This is popularly known as Tele-Commuting.
The most common way to make money at home though is by starting your own home business. Because of the internet, it is now possible for people to communicate faster wherever they are in the world.
However, starting a home business is not as easy at it seems. You also need to invest a little time and money for your business to work.
If you plan to make extra cash at home, here are some guidelines, much like making a feasibility study, to remember in order to put you on the right track.
Firstly, you need to create a business plan. To do this you have to find out how much money you want to make and the goals you want to reach.
Be realistic, starting your own home business does not mean that you can become a millionaire overnight. Determine how much extra money you want to earn and how much you are willing to invest.
Best Home Based Businesses – How To Money
Research what kind of home business you are willing to consider. Make a list of these home based businesses and brainstorm home based business ideas and try to figure out what suits you best. Figure out the demands for each kind of business. Choose one that is easy to set up and one that does not require you to invest a lot of money.
Choose one that does not need much maintenance. For example, perishable goods like fruits and vegetables are a great income generator, but there are too many competitors and it also requires you to spend large sums of money for storage.
Look for a business that does not need this kind of special care. Remember, you are in a business to make money not lose it.
To help you decide, here are some types of businesses that are great money makers:
Start Import Export Business
Since we can communicate with anyone from around the world, you can look for a business that exports quality handmade products that are cheap. You can then import these products and sell them by using the internet with a larger price tag.
There are many quality handmade products with great designs and artistry all over the world. For example, you can sell exotic looking carpets from the Middle East that cost $20.00 each, including the packaging fee, and then sell them in your country for a lot more. There’s good money to be made in import and export.
Affiliate Programs – How To Make Money Online Free
Affiliate Marketing – This type of home based business has been around for quite a while and it is still popular. This is because this is one of the easiest ways to make money, and its free.
You just have to create a theme-based website and find a company to sign up as an affiliate that is relevant to your website’s theme.
Once a visitor clicks on the advertising and buys their products or services, you instantly earn commission for the sold product or service. You are paid by just referring people. The key to this business’s success is targeted internet traffic.
There are many types of work-at-home businesses. All you have to do is find one that tailors to your needs. Having your own home business can be either a part time job or a full time job.
It is also very convenient especially if you are a single mom or dad who cannot afford to hire a nanny for your children. By doing online business you can make extra cash and take care or look after your children at the same time.
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Here’s to your success folks.