We developed this learning center, to help you with problems that may arise when starting your new home business or home job.
We want to start by saying, that you should pat yourself on the back for getting the ball rolling. It takes courage to make the decision to start your own business. Our goal here is to make the growing pains small and insignificant.
To help you with this, we provide a large list of articles, that we have found online. We are always searching for good advice to pass along. We believe that more heads are better than one. We have the author's name listed for each article.
Below, you will see the list of categories, and then the title of the article. Please check back here occasionally, for new articles that we find, and feel are good enough to pass along to you.
- 1. Family obligations. Working from home allows many entrepreneurs to take care both of the family and business. They could work on their clients' accounts while taking care of the baby or doing the laundry. Or could they? Balancing family obligations and working at home is hard. It is not easy to handle a crying baby while talking to a customer on the phone. Nor is it a picnic to mow the lawn, iron the clothes, cook dinner, take the dog for a walk while cramming to write a weekly newsletter. Imagine how clients would regard an answering service business whose owner could only respond to the calls a few minutes a day after all the chores had been done. Working on a business requires focus and energy. Without proper time management, an entrepreneur could lose all his or her time and energy doing household chores without accomplishing a single thing for that day. Before starting the business, or when it is slowly picking up, it is important to make arrangements in handling housework obligations, maybe getting a babysitter for the baby, or rearranging the kids’ schedules so they could help out in the household work.
- 2. Frequent visit to the refrigerator. Frequent eating is one of the biggest distractions for the home-based entrepreneur. With the refrigerator or kitchen a few steps away, many have taken the habit of munching all the time while working. Some could eat two big bags of potato chips without even knowing it. Well, taking a break to eat and snacking is ok; but overindulging in food is not. No wonder people are gaining weight when they start a home business. In fact, Income Opportunities Magazine reported that 36 percent of Americans who work from home or run a home-based business report that they eat more and a similar percentage say that they have gained weight.
- 3. Too much sleeping. They key to running a business is to get things done. Obviously, a sleeping entrepreneur will accomplish little, if anything at all. While some works well during the day while others are night persons, it is important to properly schedule sleeping time. With the bed just a few steps away, some home based entrepreneurs take their own sweet time leaving the bed, while others snatch some nap time every so often. Snooze times should not interfere with work, and be scheduled around the planned objectives for the day.
- 4. Procrastinating. Working at home sometimes feels like taking a vacation. No set schedules, and no deadlines to worry about. Plus, the entrepreneur is the boss! However, the whole thing can be overwhelming and too scary. Or the person may not know what to do. And well, yes, it could also be innate laziness. Whatever the reason, many entrepreneurs fall into the bad habit of putting away what they should do for the day, then cramming their heads off when deadline looms. Procrastination often decreases personal productivity and increases stress levels. To ease this bad habit, self-employed people must become masters of planning. Whether it is done the night before or first thing in the morning, self-employed workers need to have a clear to-do list for the day, scheduling around interruptions and assigning deadlines.
- 5. Unnecessary phone calls. Calling a friend to network is good for the business. However, talking to a friend for two hours about anything and everything under the sun ¬ while therapeutic and relaxing ¬ can affect the completion of relevant business tasks. Limit the yuckfest to a few minutes. Explain to friends that clients may be calling, or that an important project needs to be completed as soon as possible. If friends can’t take the hint, take the “don’t call me; I call you” approach.
- 6. Watching too much TV. From daytime soaps to courtroom dramas, the television is one of the biggest distraction when working from home. Remember the Ikea ad on home offices, where the woman working on a computer in her home office keeps craning her neck to watch the daytime soap unfold? Because it is so true! TV is an extremely distracting device (trust me, I’m a TV addict). Who cares about the web site, when the heroine is about to reveal who is the father of her baby? An entrepreneur who can still balance the books of a client while watching TV is blessed. But for those who can’t, they better schedule TV viewing around their plans for the day.
- 7. Getting sloppy. One of the advantages of a home business is the freedom from dressing up for work. No need to dress up in spiffy shirt-and-tie everyday or power suits for women. Lounging around in sleepwear all day now becomes an option, so is taking a bath or shower. Heck, one can even not brush their teeth (although that sure is gross). How many people, however, can really deliver their best performance when they’re in their sloppiest state? Many people don’t. In fact, more home-based entrepreneurs report that they need to dress up even while working at home to help get them into an “office work” mindset.
- 8. Too many unnecessary activities. Some entrepreneurs sit on their favorite couches to read newspaper while sipping coffee, only to discover that half of the day has passed without a single task being done. Or it may be the computer game that is meant to relax the mind, only to realize that three hours have already been wasted. The house, with its relaxed and inviting atmosphere, can be a source of too many unnecessary activities. It is up to the home-based entrepreneur to discipline one’s self to control the urge to do mindless activities that do not contribute to the bottom line.
- 9. Drinking alcohol while working. Occasional drinking is not bad, like a glass of wine during lunch or a beer while working on a client’s computer program. But anything excessive is not good at all (and we won’t even talk about excessive drinking and addiction)! Some entrepreneurs are finding that their “afternoon” drink comes earlier and earlier in the day. Or that a beer with lunch becomes a six-pack by dinner. How effective can an intoxicated entrepreneur be? While some do perform better with a little alcohol in their system, imagine a client’s reaction when hearing his or her virtual assistant slur and talk incomprehensibly on the phone. Even at home, home-based entrepreneurs should never forget that they are first and foremost, working and that alcohol has no place in that.
- 10. Working too much. On the other end of the spectrum are home-based entrepreneurs who never could seem to stop working. With the computer just across the hall, they couldn’t bear to be away from it. They feel that they need to be there when an important email arrives. Or they should immediately respond to a customer who emailed his or her complaint. If they are running an online business, they need to know every second of the day how much traffic their web site is getting. They begin to view little everyday bonding activities like watching television with the family as an opportunity cost; the time spent for these activities are much better directed to writing that e-book. As the old saying goes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." People need to balance their lives; and entrepreneurs are no exception.
7 Mistakes To Avoid While Working At Home
by Jason Haehle
More and more people continue to look for home based business opportunities for either full time income or supplemental income to become more financially stable. There are a lot of options out there for people to look into when they decide to get serious about a home based business.
No matter what type of business there are some things that successful entrepreneurs will avoid doing on their way to building and running a successful home based business.
Here's 7 mistakes to avoid as you enjoy working from home.
- 1) ...I'm bored - Make sure your business is something you truly enjoy. You are going to spend time and money on this business. There are tons of legitimate choices out there. You need to pick something that gets you excited and maintains your interest. There are going to be tough times in any business. There are going to be growing pains. Having a business your passionate about will help you work through those tough times. Also remember the reasons you first started your business. Let those same reasons and goals recharge your battery when you need it.
- 2) Well, I guess I could do some work now... - One of the perks to working for yourself at home is that you have the power to chose when you want to get to work. The hours are flexible. Responsibility and dedication are very important though. Thinking ahead and setting up some specific work times will help you stay on task and continually move forward. Utilizing a planner may even help you organize your time and allow you to succeed in your business and enjoy the other things in life too.
- 3) No defined workspace - Working from a desk or home office is acceptable. Working from the kitchen counter, bed, coffee table, recliner, etc is not. Certain areas of your home can provide distractions that will slow down your production and the growth of your business. Every successful business owner keeps things nice and organized in a central location. Having an area set aside for your business and only your business will be helpful to keep things clear for you.
- 4) Don't work in noisy conditions - Doing business in a noisy area or with the tv on is distracting to you. A noisy work area is also bad for customer relations. When customers hear kids, dogs, tv shows, music, etc in the background while talking with you they may be lead to believe that you are not fully dedicated and focused on your work at hand. A good home office should be just like any other office environment - quiet and professional!
- 5) Eating while working - This goes right back to professionalism. How many other jobs have you had where you could eat lunch and snack while you were working? I'll bet there's not too many. You should treat your home based business the same. Peanut butter and jelly spots on envelopes and sales materials is not a good look. Talking with a mouth full of candy bar or potatoe chips doesn't sound very good on the other end of the phone. Follow some general ettiquette and you'll be just fine in maintaining your professional image. Setting aside a half hour for lunch is a good idea anyways.
- 6) Not understanding what multitasking is - There are going to be times when you need to do a load of laundry while you work. There are going to be times you'll have other responsabilities to look after while you're working. That is always going to happen. The key is to make sure it doesn't happen often. Even though you're working for yourself you need to set your boundaries and make sure work time is just that, work time! Mixing personal chores and business tasks don't allow you to pay enough attention to the details in either area.
- 7) What do I need to know that for? - Successful business leaders never stop learning. They never stop searching for new strategies and techniques that can help them become more successful and efficient. Marketing courses, computer classes, and communications courses are essential in perfecting the skills you will need to succeed. People gravitate towards people they perceive as leaders with something to offer. If you want to be a leader then you need to realize that you can never know too much. Don't get lazy, no matter how much success you're having!
All 7 of these common mistakes are based on one primary thing.......PROFESSIONALISM!
Even though it is great to work from home wearing whatever you want and working whenever you want, it is still extremely important to maintain a professional image for your customers, business partners, and colleagues. Avoiding these mistakes above by using a little common sense and freely lending your knowledge to others will help you to get and stay on a successful path towards reaching the goals you have set for yourself and your home based business.
Working from home - five pitfalls you must avoid
Posted February 10, 2009
Starting your own business is fun, exhilarating and rewarding – at the same time as being terrifying and exhausting. For many people those extremes are part of the appeal.
There’s one thing that is certain at the start of a new venture: there is a lot of hard work and many early mornings and late nights ahead of you.
Your new business will consume your time and energy in a way that no job controlled by someone else ever could. You need to keep an almost laser beam focus on what you are trying to achieve and how you go about doing that. But maintaining that focus in the long-term is difficult – especially if you work from home.
Thousands of businesses are started from spare bedrooms every year, which is very smart. Keeping overheads low is a key component of ensuring the success of a new venture. For the first six to 12 months this can work very well.
The novelty of being your own boss and knowing that nothing will work until you make it happen can keep you well motivated and clear of distractions. But after you have proved your business is viable and settled into a routine, things can start to change. If you’re not careful, you can start to develop a kind of “cabin fever”, because you are seeing the same four walls whether you are at home or work.
For many home workers, the real test is on the first beautiful sunny day of the year. They see the sunshine, watch their unhappy neighbours tramp off to work, and realise that as their own boss they could take a day off and enjoy the sunshine.
Most will shrug this off and carry on working. But for some, it will be too much of a temptation. Warning: this is a symptom of loss of focus, and a sign of potential damage approaching your business.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s essential to have time off. But you need to plan that time and work your business around it. Be in control of it. Taking a day off just because it is sunny is not the action of a focused entrepreneur. And if you do it once, you will probably do it again. That can become habit forming behaviour which could lead to your business losing you for a couple of days every week.
This is the danger of working at home. Without the physical and mental separation of having a workplace to travel to, you can find home and work lives merging. And in this instance, it is the home life taking over the work life (most small business owners find the problem is the other way round). Luckily there are five simple things that you can do to help you keep your focus when working from home year in, year out.
- 1. Keep work and home strictly separate
- Any business needs space even if it’s just a desk and a computer. If you have a spare room that can be dedicated to your business, be very strict about using that room only for work. Use the room as a psychological barrier between your personal and professional lives. When you are at work (in your room) act as you would working for someone else – keep personal calls to a minimum and stay focused.
- At the end of each working day shut the door and mentally switch back to being at home. You could find it easier to relax this way. If you don’t have the luxury of a spare room, clear your work away at the end of each day to put in that psychological divide.
- 2. Set rules and stick to them
- The worst thing you could ever do working at home is switch on the TV for a bit of background noise. Jeremy Kyle is not appropriate for your business and will distract you (unless you are in the business of DNA tests, that is). Set a rule of no TV and stick to it. Same with personal phone calls or emails.
- Have separate phone lines if you can afford them (easy with VOIP internet phone lines) and keep personal emails to a separate account that you don’t look at during the day. Beware of online tools such as Facebook and Twitter dragging you away from what you should really be doing.
- It can also be sensible to set clear working hours so you know what you should be doing and when. For people going from a job to running their own business, sticking to the same habits of working weekdays and having weekends off can be sensible.
- 3. Use goals and rewards to stay motivated
- Nobody can keep going forever without a bit of stick and carrot. It is essential to set clear goals to ensure that what you are doing is helping your business. Goals can be daily, weekly – whatever suits you.
- Now and again give yourself a reward for achieving something difficult. It can be as simple as getting a pizza in, or having an evening out. Either way when you achieve your goal, enjoy your reward and look forward to doing it again!
- It makes sense to build a number of opportunities to leave your home office into your working week. If you need to meet clients or associates do it at their office or a hotel or cafe. If your work doesn’t require you to leave home, then why not reward yourself with days working out.
- Many cafes and most branches of McDonalds have free wifi, so why not take your laptop with you and have regular McDonalds Mondays? Hotel lounges can also be a great place to work without interruption, and often only for the price of an expensive cup of coffee. You may also have serviced offices near you that will rent you a room or desk for a few hours,
- 5. Connect with like-minded people
- One of the hardest things about working from home is the loss of contact with other people. So find some people who think like you do and meet up with them. There are plenty of networking meetings in most areas, and you may find joining a business club that meets regularly a valuable way to stay in touch with the local business community.
- Non-business groups such as Rotary and Round Table are often populated by local business people. And if you can’t or don’t want to leave your home, then look online for forums dedicated to general business chat or discussion about your particular sector.
5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Work at Home Business
Whether you're just starting out with your work at home business or you've had a home business for many years, you'll need to stay motivated if you're going to see continual success. Everyone goes through a home business slump occasionally, but it's those who stay motivated who will reach their goals. Here are five simple ways you can stay motivated in your work at home business.
- Create a daily, weekly and even monthly list of things to do in your business. This sounds so simple, but yet a "to do" list is a powerful tool in helping you accomplish home business tasks. Prioritize your list each day so you can do those things that are most important first. If you have tasks that you absolutely dread, then put those tasks at the very top of the list if possible. This will give you a free mind for the remainder of the day to concentrate on the tasks you enjoy. A list can consist of many things, from promotion steps to phone calls to make, and even a stack of papers that must be organized on your desk. Most successful business people create a list and then check off items as they are completed. This gives a sense of accomplishment throughout the day as you complete tasks.
- 2. Search for New Opportunities during Slow Business Times
- Having a slow time in your work at home business? Don't despair. And, whatever you do, don't go apply for a job at the local fast food chain - just yet! Stay motivated by seeking out other home business opportunities that may tie into your current business. Perhaps you offer a product or service that sells very slowly during the spring months. You could seek out related products or services that would be popular during those months to offset the other in profits. This will give you a chance to make money and enjoy multiple streams of income year round!
- 3. Take an Online Training Course for Better Education
- Educate yourself through online training courses related to your field so you can learn how to maximize your skills and profits. There are many training courses available online today in the fields of web design, graphic design, online marketing, real estate, travel, office skills, medical, insurance, and finance. With online training, you choose only those courses that will benefit you and your work at home business. You can usually take the courses at your own leisure from home, and will pay far less than you would for a college course.
- 4. Expand Marketing Avenues
- Don't settle for less. Use the wisdom and experience of others who have been in business a while to expand your marketing avenues. You might consider reading after top marketers to get Internet marketing ideas. Also, there are many ways to promote your work at home business off-line. To stay motivated, always test your efforts to see what results they bring. This is far more exciting than paying for ads and never knowing if they work or not!
- Another way to stay motivated during a business slump is to network with others. Find others in related fields who can offer advice and encouragement about your business. A work at home business can be lonely at times because you never leave the house! Finding others online and off-line who do the same thing will give you an outlet for those lonely days. Use these tips to stay motivated in your work at home business. You deserve success, so don't give up!
How To Stay Motivated Working From Home: Tips for Making it through the tough times
You're lucky. You work from home. You're your own boss and you answer to no one but yourself. You may have worked years or even decades at a regular job, but now you get to make your own rules and set your own hours. There's no need to fight the alarm clock every morning, nor is there any reason to go to bed early at night. Since you're your own boss, you don't have to worry about getting written up, laid off, or fired.
Since you're reaping all the benefits of working from home, you're also stuck with the responsibilities. You're in charge of every aspect of your home business, which means you have to handle the bad along with the good.
One of the biggest challenges you'll ever face is motivation. Many individuals working from home are content with just earning enough money to get by, and don't strive to take their small business to the next level. If you find yourself slacking from time to time, then you need a good motivation boost.
Here are some tips to help you stay motivated:
- Take some time to think about why you started working from home to begin with. Was it because you wanted freedom? Was it for the money? Were you having trouble finding a job anywhere else? In other words, what motivated you to start your own small business in the first place? Try invoking the same feelings again, and you will find yourself motivated once more.
- Set goals for yourself. They don't necessarily have to be large goals—in fact, you will be better off setting small and easy goals. Try to get through one step at time. Plan to work an hour more every day. Try earning an extra $100 a week. What about $200? Just imagine what all you can do with that extra $100 or $200 each week!
- Create a vision board. A vision board can be a wallpaper or collage of everything you want in life. It can include pictures of your dream car, dream home, yacht, land, famous places that you want to visit, and so forth. Anytime you need a boost of motivation, just look at your vision board! It will remind you of everything you can obtain if you work hard enough.
- If you're not feeling very inspired and your creative juices aren't flowing, don't force yourself. The more aggravated you become, the less motivated you'll be. You also won't be able to produce quality content when you're feeling down. It's ok to take breaks. Sometimes lack of motivation doesn't necessarily mean that you're not doing any work—it could also mean that you're working TOO hard. Lie down to read a book or take a nap if you have to. Sometimes a bit of rest is all we need to stay motivated.
- Working toward goals and taking breaks may seem contradictory, but they both play an important role in motivation. You can work and still rest. There is time enough to do both. Napping doesn't necessarily equate to laziness. Laziness is when you don't even try to motivate yourself.
- If you work hard and find yourself stuck, then you need to rejuvenate yourself somehow. Once you're done resting, then you can get back to work again. You will more than likely have everything sorted out in your head after resting up, and before you know it, your work will be all done!
- It doesn't matter how much money you earn by working at home. Nor does it matter how successful your small business is. At some point in time, you will find yourself needing motivation. You need to: think about why you wanted to work from home to begin with, evaluate your present situation, and make plans for the future.
- Never let yourself forget why you're working from home. You are luckier than most people out there. You don't have to trudge to work every day slaving away for a thankless boss. Be thankful that you have freedom and independence that most people don't. As long as you can stay motivated and focused, your earning potential is unlimited and you can live a lifestyle most people only dream about.
How To Stay Motivated After Work At Home Failures
By Khemal Dole
Let's face it, we've all been through failure. Be it online or offline, we've experienced it in some form or the other. Failure is specially hard when it's your work at home business. You've put in so much into your work at home business and sometimes nothing seems to be working. And there comes a time when you fell you have to face the facts and call it a failure. Did you actually fail? And if you did, how do you stay motivated? Is this the end of the world for you? Here are a few things to think about that might help you pick yourself up and move on towards success.
Failure is a necessary step towards success. Changing your perception about "Failure" can help you overcome it. Take for instance your first swimming lesson. Did you swim the length of the pool the very first time you jumped in? Of course not. You failed the first time. You might even have failed the second time. But did that stop you? Of course not. You kept trying and kept failing. And today you can swim like a champ. So looking back do you think you really failed that first time? Or did you merely "try". Did you fail the second time? Or did you merely "try"? Failing is trying. Failing is practicing. Failing is learning. And thus failing is making progress towards success.
Realize and tell yourself that you have not failed as a person. Just because your work at home business failed does not mean that you are a failure yourself. The "failure" is simply a temporary set back that failed to reach your goal at this time. It merely tells you that you might have to chose differently the next time or chose more wisely. It simply means you were "Man" ( or "woman " ) enough to make a decision and stick with it and saw it through to the end, regardless of what the outcome was. Do not berate yourself. Pat yourself on the back for not giving up.
Set yourself goals and work towards them constantly. Your "failure" might have been due to the fact that you did not set goals. Or perhaps the ones that you did set were too hard to achieve. Set yourself goals that are easily achievable and work towards them constantly. Do no wander off the path. Stay focused and make sure that you achieve your goals at regular intervals. When you begin to achieve your goals one by one, you will find that you are that much closer to success.
Set a time table for all of your work at home business chores and goals. JFK didn't say "Lets go to the moon SOME day" He said "Lets be the first to put a man on the moon" and he set a time. Set a timeframe for every goal and make sure you abide by it. If you do this, there'll be no time for failure.
Think of failure as God's way of telling you that you've still got lots to learn. Think of all the others who've suffered failure like you and who have bounced back on to their feet. Perhaps it wasn't your time to succeed yet because you weren't really ready for it. And perhaps the "big guy" upstairs sent you a "wake up call" just to let you know it's time to rethink your goals. Don't think of the message much, but think of the sender. HE is watching, and the fact that you were in his sights was a success by itself.
Did you know that the Chinese characters for "Crisis" and "Opportunity" are the same? If you can find the "Opportunity" in your "Crisis" then did you in fact suffer a "Crisis" in the first place? Treat failure as a temporary setback and an opportunity to get back onto track, on the way to success. It's a little wake up call to make sure that you're on the right track. Rid yourself with all negative thoughts and you will find that you are once again on the path to success.
So what is failure really? It's a mind-set. Train yourself to be rid of the negative "failure" mind-set and embrace the "setback" as a gift. Pull yourself together and focus on achieving your goals in a timely manner and don't let temporary "hiccups" bring you down. Think of "Failures" as a stones you step on the path to success. Each "stone" will bring you that much closer to being a rock solid success
The Journey to Success in your Home Based Business
Work at Home Success -- How do you measure the success in your life? As a home-based working mom it’s so different than the outside corporate world. I know for me, one day it can be a call from Borders that they are accepting one of my books, where another day it can be that I finally got my 8-year-old to go on a field trip at school.
The last two she had missed being too scared to attend and instead spent the day home, sick. Both days, I consider huge successes! Both days, I felt a real winner! Home based success can mean the little things such as a day we get all our work done while attending a sick child, or being one of the only parents able to attend a school function that your daughter so eagerly anticipated. That’s what we are trying to achieve in our home-based business, the best of both worlds. And having worked at home since 1985 I can truly say, it can be done.
So how can you achieve this success for your business and family? How can you make more good days than bad? Here are some tips:
Start Early: I find that by getting up an hour or so before everyone else, I can accomplish so much more. That allows me the extra 10 minutes of devotional time, a few minutes to enjoy my coffee alone, and then time to dig into my work. I usually save my peak work for this time as this is truly when I’m at my best.
Regroup and Rebalance: So often home-based moms feel overwhelmed and unable to accomplish anything because of this. Try breaking it all down. Take a day or two and write down your typical day. What can you change to make it better, to make it work? Often when it’s down in writing, it’s clearer to see where changes can be made. Try to lump together tasks and delegate any tasks you can. And above all else-avoid Guilt.
Eliminate time-robbers! We still have to cook dinner, (I tried, it didn’t work!) but I don’t have to talk to my friend, who doesn’t work, for 45 minutes during my workday. Say No!
Also, with my kids I found some of the work I actually could take outside or in another room. There’s no rule that says I have to work at my desk. Perhaps you can create different workstations around the home. Be creative.
Shortcuts To Success: What can you do to make your business run smoother? Constantly be thinking of ways to improve upon your business. Organization is naturally a big one. The more organized you are, the better you’ll be at many things.
Another shortcut for me was to create different books of materials that I frequently used so I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel each time and it was right in front of me. Thus, I created different 3-ring binder books of marketing letters, press releases, etc. Anything that I frequently use and would save me time, I’ll implement. Think about things that you can do for your business. Things that you use often, that you could print out and possibly make a collection of, and then look to as a resource. Or what other times savings tip could you think of that would help your business?
Another thing I do is buy paper that has 3 ring holes already in it. When I print out a client’s e-mail, or client’s article, I’ll immediately put it into their binder categorized by topic. I’m now able to find things more and also can see clearly all I’ve done with the clients.
Focus on Success: Continue to see yourself as a success and focus on your goals. Success is within your reach when you continually focus on your goals, both for your business and your family.
By Diana Ennen
Top 7 Strategies To Achieve Success On Home Business
By Erny Setyawati
What are your professions? As a entrepreneur home business, affiliate marketer or the beginner of all home business. You are an asset. You are not only CEO (Chief Executive Officer), but you are including OEO (Only Executive Officer).
The improvement and failures of your business are depends of you. You should be professional in your work. Without professional and commitment on your business, people never believe you. All of your actions would reflect to your business. How could you seem professional on your business? There are many ways.
- 1.Made a small room for your office.
- Had a small room for your office are better than you worked every where in your home. By having separate room from your house hold, you could consent for your job. Your small office would remind you to work when the time for working. You would be discipline and consistent to come there and began to work.
- 2.Answer telephone with friendly and welcome voice.
- Many new home businesses don’t care to answer telephone. Answered from child voice would make your customers are disappointed. It looked you are not serious in your business. Answered from automatics answered machine is avoided. Personal answered is more human thought than machine. Your customers are feeling be cared by your personal voice.
- 3.Don’t be late to answer your telephone.
- Don’t wait until three times ring to answer your telephone. Every times you speak over the telephone; you would represent your business and your professionalism. Master your business as complete as possible. One times you give false answer; your customers never come back. Professional speaking would improve good image, building brand image and could build business network.
- 4.Contact your customers.
- To promote your home business is not enough one time contact. You could offer your customers to visit your website in order to see full information about your business. Offering to give presentation is good idea also. By assemble at one place, you could communicate and change information about your business.
- 5.Building website as specific as possible.
- Building specific website is more interesting for visitors to come. For example, your business is selling orchid. Of course, your website would tell all about orchid. How do you take seeds; to improve the seeds, to plant and marketing the orchids? Give special contact for consultation and discussion.
- 6.Bring hand phone and laptop whenever you go!
- The risks to improve home business is ready be contacted by customers every time. How are the customers feeling when contact your phone, but no one answer? It would be better; you always bring your hand phone and laptop whenever you go. By bringing them, you could answer telephone and check mail.
- 7.Be blogger to build network.
- Building network is not enough only to make specific website, because many competitors around you. You should competitive with others business that the core business is same as you. Joining blogging is solution. You could get many customers from there. Having friends to discuss and changing experiences
Great Tips to Help You Achieve Success in a Home Based Business by Valerie B Knotts
Now that you are seriously contemplating a home business opportunity with gusto and have heard from other online entrepreneurs how utterly rewarding and addictive it is, it will help to take note of some finer points that will help you give impressive finishing touches to your business. A home business is definitely about being in control of your business and taking independent decisions for its betterment. This very attribute makes it all the more imperative for a home-based entrepreneur to be in complete possession of knowledge related to his business domain and the systems that power the business. Here are some tips on how to create a home based business that will be the cynosure of all enviable eyes.
Never underestimate the power of having a business plan in place. The demeanor of a home based business has several people treating it with triviality and an air of casualness. An ambiance which is stress free and devoid of superiors, targets and deadlines can sometimes inspire individuals to lose focus and go astray. It is a must to have professionally determine goals and lay down strict work guidelines in tandem with the goals. You have to religiously follow a stipulated work schedule without succumbing to the attraction of a comfortable work environment. Be self-motivated. Have your own targets and small milestones to be achieved periodically. Focus on the things you want in life and work towards fulfilling them with commitment, dedication and non-negotiable hard-work.
Learn to cash in on your inherent talent and acquired skills to build profitable ventures. If you have an aesthetic bent of mind and are known for the lovely bead jewelry you create for your family and friends, turn your passion into a money-making conduit. Market exclusively handcrafted creations with your own brand name and put them up at local exhibitions, stores or even e-commerce sites like eBay. If you have a flair for writing, start your very own content development venture on the internet and offer your services to clients around the world.
Network, network and network! One can never emphasize enough the importance of networking to build a successful home business. Reach out to your audience, spread the word and give wide exposure to your products. Market extensively on the internet using specialized forums and other tools or organize house parties and community events to showcase your business.
Home Business Success Tip: Are You Majoring In Minor Things?
Author: Devon Brown
It takes 4 hours for you to write an article, 45 minutes constructing an email because it has to be "just right", and all day complaining that you have so much to do and there's not enough time in the day. You’re so busy that even your clock has a clock and it’s rushing.
You're making things too difficult on yourself and because of that, you're wasting a lot of time on minor things. You're majoring in minor things.
A lot of it is your own mentality on dealing with issues such as negativity or stress, and some of it has to do with basic time management. You've just spent 2 hours on the phone with someone you really didn't want to talk to, so why did you do it? Too nice to hang up, huh? Now's the time to take action. Your business sits on hold while you're trying to be polite. Keep all phone calls to a certain limit. Your time and their time are both valuable, so cut to the chase and get down to business on the phone. They may respect you more for it because you don’t deal with “small talk” you get straight to the core of the phone call, and that’s why they wanted to talk to you anyways, right? You can talk about personal stuff when you’re not on business time.
Stress, negativity, and worry may haunt you all day, but you have to learn to pick your battles. Negative emails can be dealt with by the person directly or deleted. You don’t have to respond to everything, sometimes not saying anything is saying something. Learn some deep breathing techniques to learn how to deal with stress and focus on what you need to do. Also read up on some time management skills or look up some web applications that can help save your time. Online schedulers, to-do lists, and such can benefit the home business entrepreneur. If you do sign up to these types of online tasks, do yourself a favor and use them. They’re there to help your business and your time by getting you organized and focused.
You want to send an email to your mentor and ask a quick question. So it takes you 45 minutes constructing it, proofreading, spell checking twice (just to be sure). When your mentor receives that email and replies do you think he/she will take that long sending one back to you? Highly unlikely. Write it out as you’re thinking it, read it once, spell check it once, and then send it. Stop over thinking things because you’re only making them more complicated for yourself.
How to stop majoring in minor things:
- Trust yourself
- Start reading about time management such as Getting Things Done
- Invest in an egg timer and give yourself tasks on that timer
- If something negative crosses your path, deal with it and move on. Thinking on it makes it worse and raises your blood pressure.
- When working on your home business.. WORK ON YOUR HOME BUSINESS. Don't mix it up with personal stuff (like paying the bills). Watch Youtube on personal time. Not business time.
- Organize yourself at the beginning of the day. Set out your to-do list and actually follow it. Cross things off your list as you go along. If you didn’t get to everything, create a new list for the next day and add those to the top.
Your home business success relies off of your focus, your time, your actions, your effort. It can be challenging having a home based business, but if you can learn to delegate where you spend your time and effort at, you can achieve successful results.
Elevator Pitch & Majoring In The Minor Things
Category 1: Things to avoid when working from home.
Category 2: Focus and Motivation
Category 3: How to Achieve Success
Step Up and Organize your work at home business
When you conduct your work from home, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed by all of the paperwork and all of the responsibility that comes along with being a business owner. You try and try to keep your work separated from your family, but sometimes find you get your personal paperwork mixed up with your work stuff. Now is the time to get organized, however, to make certain you keep things organized. The following are some ways you can organize your work at home business.
- The first step in organizing your home-based business is to have a space designated for your work space. This area should be for your work alone and no other family members should conduct any activities in this area unless it is relevant to your business. While this can be difficult to maintain, you must in order to keep your business items and paperwork separate from anything to do with your home.
- When you have a work at home business a good sized filing cabinet is a necessity. You will want to make sure you have space to set up files on your clients and customers, as well as any other businesses you deal with. It is very important, however, to only keep items from your business in this filing cabinet. If you need a space to file personal paperwork, purchase another filing cabinet and keep it separate from your work area.
- While you may only think there is one way to file your paperwork, you will find many businesses develop their own systems. The key is to create a system that works for your business. You may want to file paperwork on a system that is set up by date or you may want to set up a system that is alphabetical under your client's names. Develop a filing system based on the needs of your business. You will also want to set up a system on your computer, as well. Create a new file for each customer or client and you will find you won't be struggling to find the information you need.
How to organize your work day at home - 5 top Tips.
- One of the MOST IMPORTANT points in this type of new arrangement is goal setting. I can't stress this loud enough. The importance of setting goals,both short and long term , is essential to your homeworking experience and this is what you need to sort out in your mind before you get down to the practical nitty gritty.Fundamentally speaking what has worked for myself is looking at both my assets and liabilities. I will give an example. You have internet thus have an internet bill you need to pay monthly. Let's start with month 1 then and say you want to earn enough money online to cover your internet bill. So this can be your first goal. After clarifying this in your mindset then you can sort out your daily goals and what you want to achieve on a daily basis.
- Now we know how we can get lazy if we don't have a nasty boss ramming his head down our throats so to speak and getting lethargic won't get us any where. HOW NOT TO PROCRASTINATE is to 'pretend' you are in an office while you are working at home. Set a time schedule for the day but it doesn't have to be nine to five of course as this is what you want to get away from. You work out the hours that suit you around your lifestyle but try to stick to a certain discipline, especially in the beginning. Work out how many hours a day you realistically want to spend on your home working then set out a time table. Write in a diary what you want to achieve for the day and keep to it.
- Try to make a corner for yourself at home that is comfortable and where you won't be disturbed and this means even putting on the answer machine so you don't get bombarded by phone calls that are not urgently needing your attention. Also very important is your posture so an ergonomic chair is a must in order not to develop back and neck pain.
- Taking regular breaks at hourly intervals is a must in this line of work. This will aid both in your concentration and productivity levels. So some exercise in between or getting into some physical chores done will be a good option to keep you balanced. You can even make hourly groupings of your work load, for example you can click on sites for an hour then in another hourly session you can do your writing, then say your research or marketing. Breaking up your day in hourly sessions will really give you a boost and you will produce more like this than by working long stretches without a break.
- Make sure your nutritional needs are met with lots of purified drinking water and fresh fruit at hand. This is essential for your general well being and long term aspirations. Looking after your brain and the rest of your body is just as important as making those extra bucks online.
Work at Home? Five Ways to Set Boundaries Between Work and your Personal Life
Working at home can cause a number of problems with regard to workers having to integrate work and domestic responsibilities in one arena. Because there is not a physical removal from your domestic situation when you begin work, it is essential that you care for your work time and space, otherwise chaos in the home workplace environment is quite common. There are five simple ways to set boundaries between work and your personal life while working at home.
The first way to set a boundary is through adequate and accurate communication. Because working at home is often confused with being at home, your work must be a family effort. It is essential to communicate with every member of the family, including children, the boundary of your work time and space. It can be difficult for children to understand that you aren't available even though you're sitting right there at your desk or at the computer. As a result, it is very important that you talk with them to help them learn respect for your time and space boundaries with regard to your job. The best way to do this is to communicate limitations as early as possible. Create rules and any reminders, like posters or signs that might help the children understand your work needs. Spouses can also misunderstand your needs. Be sure to effectively discuss your work hours with them so they know you are off limits during that time to run errands or help them with their tasks as well.
Another way to set an effective boundary is by setting limits for your self. You can start by setting a rigid work schedule. Not only do you need to set a work time, but you also have to stick with it without fail. It might be helpful to publicize your work hours on your website, in your newsletter, or find some other way of letting your clients and bosses know when you will and will not be working. It is also essential that your family understand your schedule. This will help keep them from interfering with your work time. You might also consider setting limits with regard to distractions you know you are likely to face. For example, if your teenager is constantly playing his stereo too loudly during your work hours, set a no television or stereo rule during your posted hours. If you are likely to work on laundry instead of meeting your deadline, set the limit for yourself that you will not leave your office once you have entered. Moreover, it might be worthwhile to have a few things on hand in your office like a mini fridge stocked with water so you won't have to leave your office to get a drink. Leaving your office might distract you from your work tasks at hand.
Setting effective boundaries can also mean setting physical and mental boundaries. The first way to do this is to consider your ideal office space. If the space available in your home works with this, make it happen. If it does not, adapt your space. Many folks who work from home simply do not have the space for a private office. Lots of people share a common room, a section of a bedroom, or another area that is used for a variety of purposes in the home. If you can't have a closed office, it is important to make the space functional for you. Some of the best home offices aren't private, but make excellent use of items like shelving, plants, and curtains to make their office space feel more like an office. If you are lucky enough to have an office, be sure that it has a door. Also be sure that you communicate with your family that a closed door means you cannot be disturbed.
A fourth way to set an effective boundary is to minimize phone interruptions. You can do this by screening your calls with an answering machine, purchasing a second line or a cellular phone, or investing in a software program that helps you decide whether to terminate your dial-up connection to take a phone call.
One final way to set an effective boundary is learn to say no. If you need someone to call you back during your leisure time, say so. This is also true of a client who needs something during your leisure time.
Category 4: Tips For Organization
Category 5: Things to consider when starting a work at home business
Things To Consider When Starting A Work From Home Business
As a new business entrepreneur, you need to become familiar, poised and execute your own personal business plan, surveying and making an assessment of the risk/reward equation of what you are about to embark on.
It is practically essential that you know about proper business management, creativity management even if you want to establish a work from home business. Effective and efficient business management will just bring profit for your business.
So, what are the important points to consider when you want to start your own business? Consider the following:
1. Define what do you want to do, have on offer, how you will make money out of it;
2. Make a detailed business plan presentation;
3. Examine for existing channels, products, similar businesses, partners, as well as competitors;
4 .Launch your own website, register your business, business name and manage your tax obligations;
5. Organize according to the structure that is proven to be effective for your business;
6. Budget, get seeding/funding capital investment for your business;
7. Have an assessment for all the business risk, pros and cons of each component, product and service, industry, contract, business you are in or getting participated with;
8. Figure out your estimated start up costs, accurate financial estimates and projections, budgets and funding documents, reporting and accounting systems, business management administration, creativity management;
9. Workspace, time, means and skills required for your chosen business;
10 .Advertising and marketing strategies;
11. Seek expert advice from work from home business entrepreneurs;
12. Support, insights from others, industry or from corporate communities;
13. Success stories, testimonials, making good reputation and position, legitimacy and growth in the corporate arena;
The dream and reality of having and running a successful work at home business might in some situations be worlds apart. It is up to you to get involved and see this process through from start to finish.
Whether the first hesitant, little, tentative steps, or bold leaps of action, deliberate purpose and brace enduring steps into the marketplace, because Work at Home business Success may take you down various paths of discovery and adventure, even failure and times where you do not know how to make ends meet, what to do next etc.
It takes real dedication, and motivated work at home income to know that you are successful, growing and making development. You need to track from the start how well/poorly you are dealing and doing what you set out to do, stick to and working your plan as well as continuing to plan your work! Dream, passion, vision will get you literally nowhere in the absence of direction and effort.
Starting A Home Business Online? Work At Home Internet Start-up Tips
Thinking of starting a home business online? Herewith some start-up tips to help you get organized to ensure the smooth running of your work at home internet business.
Most people starting a home business online do so while working a full-time job and therefore being organized will help you make maximum use of the few hours a day that you have to dedicate to your work at home internet business.
Getting and keeping the contents of your computer organized will save you heaps of time and it is a great idea to set up a good filing system so that you do not waste time looking for web addresses, passwords, files, e-books, emails, images, etc.
If you are starting a home business online that involves joining a few affiliate programs you will have a lot of important information and emails coming in that you will need to refer to. There is nothing more frustrating knowing you have saved a certain file or bookmarked an important web address and not being able to find it.
Firstly, the initial information that you will receive will be in the form of emails and so it is strongly advised that you set up folders in your Outlook so that you can file the emails in the relevant folders. If you join a number of affiliate programs, open a folder for each program.
To setup a new folder in Outlook simply click on FILE in the Menu Bar (the top horizontal menu), in the drop down menu click NEW, then click on FOLDER. A little window will open entitled CREATE FOLDER and you then type in the box entitled FOLDER NAME, the name you would like to give this new folder. Then click OK.
This way you can set up sub-folders too. For example you may have a main folder called XYZ Affiliate Program and you could create subfolders under that for Admin emails and another for Sale Notifications and another for New Signups. In your Outlook main window, select XYZ Affiliate Program, right click and select New Folder and type in the title for your subfolder.
If you make an error or your subfolder appears in the wrong place, do not panic. Just right click on the folder and click delete and try again. Or if you want to rename the folder just right click and choose rename, and enter the correct name.
By setting up folders in Outlook will save you a huge amount of time when you need to locate a certain email and you will find that your Inbox is not full of emails that you have already dealt with or read. There is also the search function in Outlook, should you need it. File the emails in their respective folders as soon as you have dealt with them. Do not forget to file the emails in your Sent Box too into their respective folders. Often it is your reply to an email that you will be looking for.
Your Favorites in Internet Explorer, or whatever browser you are using, is another place that you need to keep well organized as this will save you so much time and frustration.
Again, set up folders and subfolders if necessary. Using Internet Explorer 7 in the Menu Bar, click on Favorites, then choose Organize Favorites from the drop down menu. In the small window that opens click on New Folder and a new folder will be highlighted where you type in the name. You can also move, rename and delete folders here as well. Or you can just select the Star Icon for Favorites so they open down the left hand side of your screen, right click on a folder and choose the option New Folder and type in the name.
By right clicking on a folder and selecting Sort By Name will organize the contents of that folder alphabetically.
Under My Documents be sure to start opening folders there as well to file all the information relating to your work at home internet business, for example your ebook downloads, articles and reviews you may write, Excel spreadsheets, etc.
Another idea is to open a Word document or Excel spreadsheet to keep a note of the affiliate programs you join, their web addresses, referral urls as well as your username and passwords for each program. I personally work with Notepad as I find it opens quicker and I save it to my desktop for easy reference.
A couple of computer protection and maintenance tips: Install good virus protection on your computer and keep your Firewall turned on.
To help keep your computer running well, delete your Temporary Internet Files in Internet Explorer regularly by clicking on Tools, then Internet Options from the drop down menu and under Browsing History select Delete and then under Temporary Internet Files click on Delete. You can also delete your Cookies here too.
Do not forget to use the disk defragmenter regularly (once a week), especially if you are downloading new software or have automatic software updates coming in from Microsoft. Just click your Start button, click on All Programs and select Accessories, then System Tools and Disk Defragmenter. It is advisable to shut down all programs including temporarily disengaging your Screensaver while using the disk defragmenter.
To disengage your screensaver click on Start, Control Panel, Display and in the Display Properties Box click on Screensaver and in the drop down menu under the computer icon select `none` and click Apply. Remember then to go back and reinstate your screensaver once the disk defragmenter has completed its task.
Just a word of warning here, if you do not defrag your hard drive regularly you will experience your computer slowing down and more frustrating is that the defrag process can take hours. If this happens it is advisable to leave the disk defragmenter running overnight while you catch up on some well earned sleep.
You will in time develop your own way of working, but initially when starting a home business online and everything is new and a little confusing you will find it really helpful if you get yourself organized early and get into the habit of filing items where you can find them as well as keeping your computer in peak condition thus avoiding slowdowns and downtime.
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Work From Home - 8 Things You Need To Know Before Starting To Work From Home
By Osman Dastageer
Starting a work from home jobs or business may seem like a perfect opportunity to earn as well as having time to take care of your family.
Yes, now you have no more problems of...
- waking up early in the morning to go to work
- putting up with office politics
- having to face traffic during peak hours
- getting stuck in the office from nine to five
But working from home do have its own challenges you have to face. Instead of earning more and enjoying life, not preparing yourself with your work from home business may instead result in decrease efficiency and effectiveness levels and may even jeopardise your business.
Here, I've listed 8 things you need to take note of before starting any work from home jobs or business.
- 1- Set your working hours.
- If you've set your working hours from nine-to-six, strictly stick and adhere to it and let your family members know you're not to be disturbed during these periods unless of course if there's an emergency. You do not want to see anyone knocking heavily on your door or just barging into your room when you're busy working.
- When doing a work from home jobs or business, it's possible that you'll may end up working longer hours than necessary. So it's important as I mentioned earlier that you stick to your working hours and you should stop when the time is up. Remember you still have family to spend time with and therefore do not get yourself too engrossed with your work at home job or business and end up eating into your family time.
- 2- Business ups and downs.
- To be a true blue business person, you'll have to accept any challenges and circumstances that may comes your way. There are rosy period and likewise, there are days when it's full of thorns and you'll have to face the problems in your work from home business. Always act in a professional manner at all time even in difficult circumstances and plan and work your way out of those bad days.
- 3- Handle possible distractions.
- It's easy to get distracted by everyday lives while working from home as you may get tempted to take a nap here and there, getting yourself immersed in the afternoon soap opera on tv, kids playing around noisily, and these are just some of the distractions.
- Even while you're working there's always this possible temptation to keep checking and reading email messages or even surfing around and listening to musics or just spending time reading other peoples' blogs. Where emails are concerned, it is best that you set yourself some time to check and read those email messages.
- For instance, you may set a 30 minutes time period in the morning to check and read emails and it's importantly not to go beyond that or else, it may easily drag into the hours.
- And with various instant messengers around now, you need to be diciplined enough not to end up burning your day chatting with friends. You have to keep focusing on your work from home business and practice time management to ensure your day is spent wisely and doing all the productive works.
- You may feel isolated as you're working on your own at home now and no one to talk to and joke around with. You won't have a boss barking and giving you orders and you're now have to lead your business instead of you being led. You need to give yourself some time to get used to your new working condition.
- 5- Setting an ideal work from home environment.
- Getting your work area organized is important in increasing productivity for your work from home business. You should have your work files properly placed and dumped whatever unnecessary items to create a condusive working environment.
- 6- Dress and act professionally.
- Just because you do a work from home jobs or business doesn't mean you should be working in your pyjamas and do your bathing later in the afternoon. You should also always dress smartly even when you work from home.
- 7- Take some time to chill out.
- Working at home all the time can be very mundane and boring. Take some time outside to relax or do some outdoor activities with your family and friends to break away from the monotony after some time working from home. It'll help recharge and rejuvenate your energy and you'll be able to work with more vigour once you get back to work.
- 8- People may look down on you.
- There are those people around us who have negative perceptions on any kind of work from home jobs or business. They frown and looked down on people who work from home and view these people as losers who can't get a job. Do you have to worry of that? If you looked at any super successful business people, one thing you should be paying attention to is how these people NEVER let emotion get the better of them. They care less to what people around them may think of them and most importantly, they just get their business going. You should be doing and behave in the same manner too.
These are just 8 points you should take note before plunging into any work from home business.
As in any business, your work from home business has to be taken seriously and not treat it as a part time job and always look for ways to improve and expand your work at home business to a higher level
Avoid the Top 10 Distractions When Working From Home
by Lyve Alexis Pleshette
A home business can be a great way to stay at home while earning money. However, it is not a walk in the park. The reality is that it is hard: to make it work, you need an extraordinary amount of discipline, self-control and organization skills. Without these, productivity will remain low and income-generating potential will be severely constrained.
The freedom that working at home offers time with the family, no dress codes, no strict schedules and deadlines, and no glowering bosses can be a double-edged sword. These same things that we all long for a home business environment can serve as distractions, if uncontrolled.
There are a million and one reasons that could distract a working entrepreneur, and here are the top 10: