Although starting a home business is not rocket science there are some traits that a person should probably be capable of if they are going to accomplish anything. Most involve being ‘self-motivated’ or directed and taking initiative.
In your former career you may have been used being presented with a plan. This is your job and these are the duties associated. In some cases there may have been quotas that were expected as far as performance. In others it is just assumed you will do everything put in front of you in a timely way.
So you may have not had any reason to have initiative or for that matter even much motivation. Initiative is when you take control. You realize something needs to be done and nobody is there to tell you to do it. You do it just because you know it is necessary. This is how having your own business would be. You will need to stay on top of what is required to run your business successfully.
There are many training videos, courses, etc. online and you may find that you need some kind of direction to start out with. This can be on the computer/technical level, the business management level, or the marketing and advertising level. All of these facets are likely to come in to play when you are running a business.
To begin with if you are smart and will admit you don’t know what to do, you might consider joining a program that is all put together and will just give you basic training in what you need to do for that particular application. For example an Internet affiliate marketing program will really give you everything you need to get started. This may include basic training and a web page that is all ready for you to use, just to name the main components you need. You can even earn while you learn.
When you have done the training and learned as much as is necessary you have more or less a prototype – a model of what an online business is about and what needs to be done to use it to your advantage. So you can continue on to promote this business and earn money. Eventually you can expand your horizons in a few different ways. Get more training/increase your knowledge and skills, and even maybe join more programs to increase your chances of earning the greatest amount of money.
There are definitely a lot of details when you are first setting up a new program and learning the ropes. It is important to be very thorough so that you do understand their protocols and particularly their compensation plan so there are no surprises.
However, it is also important not to get lost in the details as the number one thing you need to do is sell your product or service. Sell means marketing and advertising online. This is the only thing that will actually generate income for you even if you know all the details in the world.
There are some people who get what is called ‘paralysis by analysis’ where they get lost in learning the details. They never feel that they know enough to take the leap and actually start using the information. There is another popular saying and that is ‘information is power’. This is very true but it has power only if you use it. Just knowing it doesn’t really do anything except make you smarter!
You can actually earn while you learn. That is if you get the basic details down pat then you should start finding out how to market and advertise an online business. There may be some steps beyond the training such as if you need to sign up for a list-building service or other program that will help you generate traffic. There are more important details that you need to be aware of as far as how these work, etc.
Bottom line is always going to be ‘just do it’. Nobody is perfect and almost nobody has a perfect understanding of everything. However we do the best we can and if we are really focused on our business we will get the information we need, and then we will use it. It is a good idea after a time to analyze our results just to see if the techniques we are using appear to be working. Note this will not be apparent overnight – best to give it 30-days or so to be sure.
If something isn’t working as well as we had hoped then it may be time to learn about some other strategies we could add to our arsenal. Not necessarily throwing anything out since the more time we are able to give something the better. This is because there are many factors that influence sales that actually have very little to do with your marketing and advertising strategy. They are called ‘just life’ – ‘just the way it is’ – the market, and the financial climate.
We need to know a little about a lot of things that relate to our business, but again none of it means a thing unless we are aggressively using as many methods as we can to promote our business consistently.
Just imagine, if you really believe that you can do something how it will inspire you to keep trying each day. You merely have to remember that you really believe you can do it. Maybe you have the type of mind that you also need to tell yourself why you believe you can. Is it because you know that once you make a decision to do something that you won’t stop until you have accomplished your goal? Is it because of your past experiences where you always prevailed?
Then conversely imagine trying to do something while not really believing you can. Just the thought puts a terrible weight in the air and you have to keep lifting that in addition to whatever chores you need to do to run your business. It is exhausting because your focus is on doing everything in spite of the weight. It won’t be long before you convince yourself that you may as well stop trying since you already know it isn’t going to work.
There are many factors that may discourage someone when trying to start a business. There are things we don’t know yet that create an element of doubt (what if I can’t understand?); There are things that people have told you about yourself long in the past that make you feel insecure; Or there may be those wonderful souls that may be telling you about the evils of the Internet that make you skeptical.
Now add in the fact that nothing is going to happen instantly or by osmosis. This is the day you realize that unless you get off your duff and learn how to do what you need to do, and actually do it and keep doing it, you may have real reason to doubt you will make it. In spite of any issues with your mindset either way, if you can focus on doing the learning and the work necessary, you can get through it.
Actually there are those who ‘live to work’ and those who ‘work to live’ – think about the difference. They both work, and they both live. One loves to work and the other works just to get by. Nothing wrong either way, but I guarantee you the person that lives to work is having more fun working than the person who sees it as a necessary evil.
It is the one that loves to work that will be proactive and really try to learn everything they can and be constantly striving to excel. They will enjoy going that extra mile and will actually be more likely to reach a place where they love to share on some level with others. They want to share information, they want to help people achieve what they have, and they just have a lot to give to the universe.
Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?
Mary Manin Morrissey
You might exclaim that it is profit! Certainly that is the object and does indicate whether or not the business is successful. However what all determines if the business even gets to that point? Some of the main components of success beyond the obvious things like a good product are mindset, focus and presentation.
There is really a lot to be said for the ‘spirit’ of things. This has to do with mindset and extends to the environment in the business. Is it bright and shiny? Or is it dark and dubious most days? It is obvious that if the atmosphere is one of positivity and hopefulness that it will carry the business a lot farther than if someone is skeptical and just has a negative attitude. This can be about the time, money or duties required to conduct the business.
A positive mindset is so important that steps should be taken to create a positive atmosphere no matter what is happening or not happening. Remember wherever you are focused, that is where you will likely end up. That is why it is so important that you force yourself to be in ‘a good mood’ about your life in general as well as your business. Do not allow yourself to get off into self-pity or create reasons that you know you will fail.
You can accomplish this positive mindset by doing mental exercises whenever you feel a dark cloud hovering over you. Truly know and believe that you can succeed. Do not look at what you can see, but look at what you might not be able to see YET. Focus on what you HOPE to attain and believe that you can accomplish it. Keep telling yourself about that over and over until you actually believe it.
Here is where it is important to keep your goals realistic. Certainly somebody who tells themselves they know they can make a million by Friday is going to be sorely disappointed. Keep it real. Give yourself goals that you can actually accomplish. Don’t be afraid to under-estimate. You can increase your goal each time you accomplish a benchmark.
Another very important component of having a successful business is to be focused on the tasks at hand. It can’t be a half-way thing where you kinda, sorta pay attention to business. Treat your business just like you would a job where you are accountable to someone. In fact you want to be the type of person who ‘exceeds expectations’ – don’t just do enough to get by but do more any time you have an extra 5-minutes to invest in your business. Learn what ‘proactive’ means and go there often.
Do you have some little (or big) things that you think it would be nice to have? Do some of these persist off and on or year after year? Do you wake up from the day dream being very practical and acknowledge that you really can’t afford it, so you forget it again. ‘Can’t afford it’ means not even on credit, which is not free money but quite the opposite.
You may or may not begin to resent this, feeling deprived or punished. You work hard and you take care of business. Why can’t you have just this one little thing you want? You can. If you look at it from the perspective of saving the money to buy it, maybe you can!
Saving money means putting it away – say every payday whatever you can – just a few dollars that you won’t notice if you are running things pretty close to the bone like most of us. Even small amounts will add up after a while. So next time the dream comes up and you say “I wish I had that” you realize you can have it because you have the money! No reason not to!
There is another way to set yourself up so that you come up with this wonderful “I can afford it, I deserve it, I am going to get it” day. That is to start a small part-time business at home. This is very practical because you are using ‘spare’ time to earn ‘spare change’ and once you get it rolling, you can start to save money that doesn’t come from the paycheck-to-paycheck squeeze.
This part-time business can become so productive that after you get your heart’s desires you have had to do without, then you can just keep up your momentum and start to use the money you earn to pay down bills so that you spend less on interest; you start to save for emergencies. In case you don’t remember the feeling, it is wonderful to realize you actually have a comfort zone where savings are concerned.
The dread of unexpected expenses need not give you nightmares anymore but let’s face it, it can happen to anyone at any time. The water heater or the car can die, there can be a tornado or a flood, someone in the family can get sick and require deductibles and co-payments. Again if we are running paycheck-to-paycheck how do we absorb these extra expenses? Do we go into debt with credit? Unfortunately sometimes that is the only alternative unless you have savings.
So make it a point today to find a way to earn extra money that you can save for fun or otherwise! Start a home business part-time. Make even your spare time count to build your present and future security!