5 Pillars To A Successful Home Business
Generally, people who make it big have one thing in common—they are dissatisfied with the status quo. They will not take what is “common” or “expected” and let that define their lives—they move past it and excel. You must work hard and hustle.
Someone coined the phrase, “character is what you do in the dark.” In other words, when no one is looking, will you behave differently than if someone was looking? If not, then you have character. If you are attacked, be tough—not hard. Don’t be a pushover, but be compassionate, gentle, and flexible—especially on procedure (not principle).
This isn’t gambling, it’s a willingness to be bold, hearty, and to push forward. People who refuse to take risks are definitely going to lose. If you refuse a new promotion because you’re not confident of your skills, you will likely be passed over when a different chance arrives.
Don’t be afraid of rejection. Just take it as part of life and you’ll find there’s nothing to be afraid of—especially in the word “no.” “No” is just another opportunity to find a way around an obstacle and to use creative problem-solving skills.
We all know that one minute has 60 seconds and that one hour has 60 minutes. One day has 24 hours, and one year has 365 days. But one year also has 525,600 minutes. We don’t think about a year in such small increments, but maybe we should.
We waste minutes as if they’ll always be around, and the fact is that time wasted is time we can never get back. We might miss a deal or promotion of a lifetime by wasting just a few minutes.
Proper time management is essential as you climb to success. Continue to break goals down in to manageable chunks—do that with relation to your day and the time you’ve been given. You’ll accomplish far more this way and you won’t regret using your time wisely.
Master Non-Verbal Communication:
It is said that our body language and facial expressions do much more communicating than our words will ever do. When the words that you speak don’t match the expressions on your face or the stance of your body, you confuse the listener and muddle your message.
Be aware that when you try to “multi-task,” you often end up short-changing something, and the last thing you want is to short-change people. Don’t try to do too much at once—your willingness to do this tells people they aren’t important, even if you’re expressing your appreciation of their work and effort.
Be aware of what message your body is sending off!
5 questions to consider before starting your home based business
For many people, having a home business would be something really attractive
To not having to commute
To choose the working hours freely and to be able to plan the work-day entirely on your own
If you are considering starting your own home based business, then you could start with thinking it through, by asking yourself some initial questions, such as:
If I’m going to keep my current job, at least as a starter, when will I find the time to build my home based business?
How many hours each day can I put aside and use to my business endeavours?
Can I work early in the morning or at the late evenings?
Maybe at the weekends?
Do I have a suitable room or place for my home business? Can I work uninterrupted? And, would my neighbors also feel uninterrupted?
How much energy and determination am I willing to put into learning something new, if required? Even if the basic direction of my home based business is something that I already know of and master, then: How about the management of the home business itself? Should I delegate some or any chores, like the book-keeping?
Do I know how to market my home based business, in order to get people aware of that they can buy something from me?
Should I use online or off-line marketing, or both maybe?
How much money and or time do I need to put aside for marketing efforts alone?
What is the most effective way for me to market my home business, within my particular economical frames?
If I plan to do this myself, could I learn something that would make it easier and more effective?
And, last but not least, how about the money?
How do I plan to finance the start?
How much money is needed?
Do I have most of the equipment already or do I have to buy or rent something?
If I do need to buy equipment, then what does it cost?
This is a few questions to start with, that’s very good to have the answers to, before starting up your own home based business. It would make your upstart smoother and safer, to have some answers for yourself, about the home business of yours to be.
5 Questions to Discover The Perfect Home Based Business for YOU
How to discover what you really want to do as a home based business entrepreneur.
Are you interested in starting your own home based business, but not sure where to begin? Why not start with yourself?
Here are a few steps you can take to determine what you really want to do. But first, have a pen and paper ready in front of you…
Done? Ok, here we go…
1) What Are Your Hobbies?
Write down all the things you love doing in your own free time. Don’t hold anything back, because I’m not here to examine your answer. There is no right or wrong here, only the truth, only what you feel straight from your heart.
Why do this? The answer is because hobbies are a great source of motivation and energy for anyone. If you’re willing to do something without being paid, you’d definitely do it for money. The only difference is, money will only come second, as compared to the immediate satisfaction you get from doing what you love. Write everything on that piece of paper.
2) What Specialized Knowledge Do You Have?
In your current or past jobs, you would have accumulated a great deal of knowledge on a certain subject. Thanks to your boss, you may have become an expert at something. And this expertise, believe it or not, can help others around the world. Don’t let this go to waste.
So write down any specialized knowledge you have. Write down any specialized skills you may have developed too, and it could be in sales, event organization, public relations, accounting, counselling, etc.
3) What Section of The Book Store or Library Do You Go to First?
When I heard someone ask me that, I was like “What? What has that got to do with anything?”
It has got to do with everything. Which corner of the bookstore you visit FIRST usually indicates which topics you love reading about. In a conversation with one of my team members a week ago, I asked him the same question, and his reply was “Well, Gobala, I never thought about it, but I actually go to the self-help section first, because I like reading about how I can improve myself to be a better human being.”
Ditto. Your sub-conscious actions may hold the answer to your problem. Now we’re getting somewhere, so write YOUR favourite section down on that piece of paper.
4) What Did You Love Doing 5 Years Ago?
My life now is VERY different from what it was 5 years ago. How about yours? What did you love doing 5 years ago, but simply cannot find the time for it right now? Did you plan to start something new 5 years ago, but for some reason it never happened?
Our lives change all the time, but if there was something in your past that you’re still passionate about, write it down now.
5) What Are You Naturally Good At?
To answer this question, you MUST ask your friends, not yourself. Whatever you already know about yourself is not going to help. Only things you never knew you were good at are going to open doors to your own home based business. So go ahead, call 10 of your best friends, and ask them “What do think I’m good at?”
Make a mental note, or write all their opinions down on your piece of paper. The key to getting this right is to NEVER question or argue about their opinion of you. Take the good with the bad, take it all. By the time you’re done with number 10, I guarantee you’ll start discovering things about you that you never knew you were good at.
I found out that I’m good at teaching. I also found out that I can explain things in a simple way, and that I have patience when dealing with others. Trust me, I never knew that before I asked. It’s amazing what others know about you that you don’t know yourself.
The Road Becomes Clearer
When you’re done with your list of all the things you love, all the things you’ve become an expert at, and all the things you found out you’re naturally good at, have a good look at it. Does your dream home business seem a little more clearer now? Do you see the beginning of an exciting journey, instead of an intimidating one?
You now have many ideas on what type of home based business you can do, and all you have to do is choose. Choose the one that you’re most excited about RIGHT NOW and are eager to start RIGHT NOW.
If you rushed through this article without the pen and paper, without taking notes and asking yourself these questions, then let me tell you the truth:
It takes YEARS to build a steady five or six figure income from your own home based business. You can’t do it in months, no matter what anyone else out there may say. The only way you’re going to get through the initial “make-or-break” years is if you’re doing something close to your heart. Something that will seem like fun and not hard work.
Seek the truth, for the truth shall set you free, and show you where you want to go. If you don’t know where you want to go, it’s no secret that you’ll never get there.
Reasons Why You Need A Work-At-Home Schedule
After studying my time and chatting with some other work-at-home folks, I discovered five reasons to embrace the schedule
One of the attractions of working at home is the vision of freedom it invokes — no time clock, no time sheets, and no one to account to for how you spend your time. Yes, it is an attractive proposition, but like so many attractive propositions there is a heavy downside — you are likely wasting a lot of time.
A man spends time every day filling out large spreadsheets to account for his day. He works for a large engineering company and his day often encompasses work on a variety of projects for different clients. He loathes the activity and his wife has always dismissed it as a waste of time — that is until her home business recently took off and she realized there simply were not enough hours in the day to accomplish all her goals.
She saw the reasons for her husband’s spreadsheets and now has her own and agenda for the day and she has improved her productivity and reduced her stress immeasurably. If you don’t think you need a schedule for your home business then think again and read on.
After a spate of relatively unproductive days when my “To Do” list seemed to grow exponentially every time I looked at it I knew something had to change.
Granted I was going through a rough patch. My home business was experiencing growing pains and taking up more than the usual time, my four-year-old was only in preschool part-time, my husband wasn’t pulling his weight on the home front, and my extended family was experiencing a number of crises. But I’m also old enough to know there is never a perfect time in life — you just live the one you’ve got. These are simply the problems I’m dealing with this year. Next year these problems will be traded in for new fresh ones.
After studying my time and chatting with some other work-at-home folks, I discovered five reasons to embrace the schedule:
- Its too easy to waste time doing non-priority tasks
- Its too easy to get sidetracked or distracted from your current task
- Unscheduled work time can often overlap into your free time until you don’t have any free time at all
- Your free time can overlap into your work time until you fall behind with important projects
- Concentrating your time and effort on highest priority projects means more gets done
I’m not the only work at home business person encompassing the schedule. I recently took part in an online forum where men and women had moved to embrace it — and found it more freeing than restrictive. After all, you are still the one setting the schedule so you are free to schedule yourself off for a 3-hour lunch, an afternoon, or a whole day whenever you choose.
If you find it difficult setting up your schedule and priorities for the day and week then perhaps your significant other or a friend can help you set your schedule.
5 Tips To Make Your Home-Based Business Not Appear “Homemade”
One of the toughest obstacles we face when working from home is making it appear that we’re not, in fact, working from home. When clients call and there are kids screaming in the background, pets barking and meowing and timers going off for laundry and cooking, it doesn’t appear professional. So, how can we appear more professional?
Tip # 1: Have a clean, professional website with your own domain name
Do not, under any circumstances, have a “free” website hosted on another domain name with other company’s ads all over the place! This is one of the biggest no-no’s out there! Decide, instead, that in order to appear professional, you must invest in a professional website. If you aren’t skilled in web design, hire someone to do it for you or barter with another home-based business owner who does do web design. Choose a domain name that is closely related to your business’s name.
Tip # 2: Invest in a separate phone line or in a distinctive ring tone for that line
Most phone companies offer a plan where you can have two or more numbers ringing to one phone line with distinctive rings. It’s usually better to have a separate phone line in your office, in order to avoid after-hours phone calls from clients. This also enables you to “shut the door” on work when you’re not there. Use a professional voicemail message or answering machine message and check the messages often.
Tip # 3: Think about how to display your business address
How are you going to display your physical location?
There are a few different options available. Most home-based business owners will say that they accept meetings by appointment only, to discourage clients from “dropping in” while they’re still in their PJ’s and haven’t had their morning coffee yet.
If you don’t want your customers to know you work from home, two other options are using a P.O. Box or attaching a “Suite” number to your address.
If you use a P.O. Box, you will have to give your home address out for packages and anything they want to courier to you, but it does provide anonymity and discourages drop-in visitors.
If you attach a suite number to your address in order to make it appear a “business office,” make sure you mention to your postal carrier that you’re running a home-based business and that’s why there’s a different address on there.
Tip # 4: Define your office etiquette rules to your family
What are the rules going to be for your kids and family members when you’re on the phone or meeting with a client? Are you going to set a timer so they know when you’ll be available? Are you going to have set office hours and not meet with clients outside of those times? Are you going to have a play space in your office? This is especially important if you’re going to have small kids playing nearby (quietly) while you work.
Tip # 5: Invest in professional-quality promotional products and marketing pieces
Don’t print off business cards from your printer, unless you have a top-of-the-line printer. Invest in professional-quality business cards and brochures.
If you can, have some letterhead printed up, too, for contracts, letters to prospective clients and any correspondence that is business-related.
If you’re printing promotional products like T-shirts or apparel, coffee mugs, mouse pads, etc., check the quality of the products put out by the printer you wish to use.
Don’t just “price-hunt,” look around for the best quality and invest in your business.
There you go folks and almost complete guide to you starting up your own ecommerce business at home. I say almost because there will be a hundred and one little things you will encounter along the way. But what I am doing with this article is give you some idea what you Must Do in order to get your home business off the ground and up and running as a profitable going concern.
If you believe you could do with a little help from people who are already involved with working from home then I will point you in the direction of this online community where you will get all the support you will ever need.
Go and have a browse because unless you are one of those people who really thrives on ‘going it alone’, you really will like being a member of this community of like-minded individuals who are becoming online business owners in their own right.
This is me, Robert Allan signing off and I hope to see you on the inside.