Starting a Home Business – Stay Excited

When we first try something new we anticipate the best results. This idea may be very exciting as success is very attractive to everyone. We are speaking here to the excitement of being a part of something new.

Stay Happy!
It would be really good if you could maintain that level of excitement as time goes on as it is definitely motivating. You may note though that the level of excitement goes down a little more every day. Particularly if you do not see any results yet (normal for a new business) you may have to force yourself to stay positive.

However we do not need to psych ourselves up so much that it may amount to a fantasy. This could really have the opposite effect than what you would imagine. Since a business is a reality we need to stay realistic about what we can accomplish, at least in the immediate future.

Any business opportunity is going to require various tasks be performed to keep it running and moving forward (gaining momentum). We do not know how much time will be necessary to elapse before we start to see tangible results from our efforts.

One thing is for sure – in this context, ‘what goes around comes around’. If you put forth minimal effort to promote* your business, you are likely to see few if any results. *(Internet advertising and marketing)

In other words, it is not going to work for you just because it is working for somebody else, unless you did exactly what he is doing, with the same frequency and duration.

The quality of your leads and where you may have gotten them is also going to affect everything you do. You should always use leads that have voluntarily opted-in to any web form or email you have used to invite them.

This is called ‘ethical, permission-based’ advertising. Even though it may cause you to do more work and/or spend more money and time, the other side is being derailed due to spam complaints from people who did not request your information. This is a serious legal issue so don’t get so excited that you forget there are rules and regulations!

Home Business – Don’t Paint Everything with the Same Brush

Painting everything with the same brush amounts to passing judgement on everything without qualification, because at some point one or more things proved to be unacceptable. The things that might cause you to paint everything with the same brush are fear and laziness as the two most negative reasons.

keep an open mind
It is normal to have a certain amount of fear when starting out in uncharted territory. ‘Fear of the unknown’ is common and when there is cause (past experience, reputation, etc.) it probably is a good idea to listen to your fear to a certain degree.

The problem is when it becomes a blanket judgement where you just assume Plan C is not right purely because Plan A or B left a lot to be desired. This is not necessarily true as Plan C may stand head and shoulders above the rest. You will never know that though unless you give it a chance after doing some research in which you don’t see many red flags.

It’s pretty complex actually in that while you want to see any negative reviews before you take action, you do not want to assume every negative review is necessarily completely true. People are very different and as such have very different expectations. This is why it is a good idea to see a variety of comments about any program, service or product before you make a decision either way.

The point however is don’t just close your mind after one or more negative experiences and hide your head in the sand. Keep your mind open and continue to give new things a fair chance so that you and your business continue to grow.

Remember everything is pretty much a gamble and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. That is really what is called ‘the cost of doing business’ and it is a risk we sometimes have to take.

Starting a Home Business – Maintaining a Positive Mindset

It is very important, maybe even critical for you to have faith in yourself and the universe in general. It can be very difficult especially if you read the news and/or have unresolved personal issues.

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It may seem obvious that we have to try to balance everything so that no matter how bad things get, we can still see the light. We may have to conjure up some good thoughts if we don’t find any when we search our own data.

If necessary to turn things around we may have to just get away from the whole situation. Go out and force ourselves to enjoy something – fun, food, sun, fresh air, friends, relatives, etc. Whenever thoughts come up that are about our problems, for at least this period of our escape, we must refuse to entertain negative thoughts.

We can do this by consciously slamming the door that goes that way. Grab hold of a pleasant thought and stick to it. You can do this with a short prayer requesting that you be given faith; or you may think about something of beauty such as sunrise or sunset, the ocean or the trees. Focus on whatever you really love and then imagine you are there right now.

With a home business you can actually use your actions to promote your business and subsequently improve your mindset at the same time. This speaks to the fact that instead of getting discouraged because you have not seen many results yet and letting this cause you to lose interest. It is perfectly normal to have to take action over a period of time in order to produce results.

Many think they should see results without putting forth any effort or investing any time. If you think about the logic of this there isn’t any. You must be realistic if you need to work a little harder for a little longer. Again this is a good thing because eventually you are apt to see improvement in your bottom line because of the extra effort and this will cheer you up and encourage you.

Working at Home – Exceeding Expectations

When you work for a corporation you usually have annual performance evaluations. To pass, stay in good graces and perhaps earn a reasonable raise in salary one must just ‘meet expectations’. However if you are someone who excels then you may earn a ranking where you ’exceed expectations’.


Go the extra mile
This is usually gained by someone who really tries to go that extra mile. They make it clear they are not just there taking up a chair for 8-hours a day. They may volunteer to take on extra duties and they may, if there are numeric benchmarks for example do more than what is required without being asked to.This person usually receives a larger raise and/or bonus.

So this should be a model for you in your own home business. The ‘reward’ for extra effort is hopefully increased sales volume; and to be considered as having excellent customer service. Customer service would include both your service to customers as well as to members if you have your own program.

You might take a few minutes right now and try to envision the times where you felt valued by the way a customer service agent treated you – either in transacting a sale, in making an inquiry, or resolving a problem. You might list those things that impressed you about the interaction as well as what might have turned you off.

In the future try to remember what felt good and apply it to your transactions as a rule of thumb. It can honestly be as insignificant sounding as saying ‘have a nice day’ after you thank them for the sale, or just for contacting you about something. However what is just as important as being friendly, is being accurate and efficient.

Nobody likes to sit on the phone and listen to the phone bot over and over again or to wait days for a response to an email inquiry that shouldn’t take longer than 24-hours. This is very important as you do not want to have people who dread contacting your company for any reason because they remember how inconvenient (or downright unpleasant) it was last time.

Don’t get the idea that whatever you are selling will rise above any mere manners or professionalism. They are all part of your ‘package’. Remember no matter how obnoxious (impatient, rude and/or entitled) the customer is, that you wouldn’t have a business without them. Sometimes you will need to ‘byte’ your tongue to get through it, but just think about the bottom line which is making the sale or satisfying the customer.

Don’t Be Surprised If Things Change Suddenly

We should always be prepared for the unexpected. There are always constant changes in life and we can’t let things throw us off balance when they do. It is just a normal part of life which is not ‘a bed of roses’.


stay sober and watch
In a sense that is why one of the wisest beliefs is to ‘never gamble with more than you can afford to lose’. That way if you do lose it won’t ruin you – it will just make a little dent, sometimes referred to as ‘the cost of doing business’.

This refers in this case to for instance ‘investing’* money in yourself as part of a business opportunity. It can happen that through no fault of the program that their fortunes can turn for the worse. As a member and participant unfortunately you may be dragged down along with them. This is always a gamble that may not be avoidable.

It will be easy for you to blame the program, especially if you don’t understand the circumstances. Believe it or not a financial institution can actually persecute the company for too much success too fast. It is not just that they are skeptical and suspicious but that they are being forced to pay out large sums of money too fast.

As a business entity the payment processor aka financial institution, are required to accept the government’s rules and regulations. They need to ensure that they are not participating in a scam knowingly or otherwise.

In some cases they will put a ‘hold’ on people being able to receive the money they have earned, supposedly to allow the financial institution to accrue sufficient funds to pay everyone that is owed. In some cases the government becomes suspicious of the rapid success of the company and begins to make accusations.

The problem with this is that true or not, they usually believe in ‘guilty until proven innocent’ and in the meantime they believe they have the right to confiscate funds from members and programs that were paying as promised and as innocent as they could be. Even if at the end of the day they return or release the funds to those that do own them, all would be well.

However, you almost never hear of that happening as they spend the money on ‘receivers’ and nefarious legal fees – the best you are promised is ‘pennies on the dollar’ and even that you will likely never see even if you wait years (based on past situations and watching them play out).

So again don’t be surprised if it happens to your home business and be prepared in advance by not sinking every dollar into one opportunity, no matter how golden it may appear to be. Be sure to diversify your ‘investments’.

* (Note buying advertising is not ‘investing’ but this is the usual accusation that changes the legal standing where they are able to grab the juggler vein and ‘confiscate’ your funds).

Home Business – Go Forth and Prosper

With your own home business, you can go forth and prosper no matter what happens on the surface. Unlike a day job where they may eliminate your position, you are not ‘up a creek without a paddle’. With your own business, especially if you have chosen to follow the ‘multiple streams of income’ strategy, you can just choose a new opportunity to replace one that has been lost.


keep going forth
Particularly with the ‘affiliate marketing ‘program model you do not need to miss a beat. Everything to get started is provided to you as part of the membership. It would be good though if you had done a little research previously so that you do have some information about your new opportunity.

There is certainly no rush that would make it necessary to go into something without knowing anything about the company, principals, reputation and product. So if you haven’t so far done this, you really should run a few queries at Google.com on possible business opportunities.

Because of the way things are always changing online you should be prepared and well-informed especially about the programs/products you already have and certainly before you take action to add another business opportunity.

There are some pretty strange situations that may arise and which may impact you. You need to ‘watch’ to see something coming down before it reaches crisis proportions (especially if you have money you need to recover if the company tanks).

Be sure to read the details – the real story and not just rumors and innuendos. In almost every case it is not the program or principal who has caused the trouble. Seriously, they are usually paying as agreed and both the program and the members are doing great.

Honestly in 99.9% of the problems it is a 3rd party that is the cause of the problem. It can even be the government or bank that confiscates the funds while they ‘investigate’ their accusations (and usually nobody ever sees their money as it is spent on legal fees, court costs, etc.)

Recently a very good company has imploded and then additionally been the victim of multiple scams to ‘straighten’ the issues out for them. Really sad what bottom-feeders will do even to people already being victimized (the company and members).

So the point is don’t rush to judgement, but do pay attention and try to get out with your assets if you can, ASAP. You are not the captain in this case, so no reason for members to go down with the ship although many times there is nothing anybody can do to avoid it.

Home Biz Entrepreneur – Use Your Head

Mainly in that it is easier to learn with ‘hands on’ strategy for most people, you need to start thinking for yourself. Unless you are not given any instructions you shouldn’t automatically contact support to have them do things for you. What do you learn by having someone else do something? Nothing.


not always free
In most cases support won’t do something for you that they know there are instructions for and that you can do yourself. There is no excuse here like ‘I can’t’. There is no can’t. If you want something then you need to learn about it and be able to do it going forward.

If you have the money to pay for technical support that is up to you – however again, you won’t learn anything and you will always need help. That is not the real idea of having your own home business where you are the boss and know how your business actually works. If you can afford to pay for support maybe they will be kind enough to give you the instructions so you can try it on your own.

With affiliate programs for example the support and everything you need to start is free. Some would realize this is really fortunate and that the opportunity deserves your undivided attention. Many others will adopt an ‘entitlement’ mindset and expect more and more free services.

How much would you/could you do free? Not much because time is money and if you are spending all your time giving free support you likely will not have sufficient time for your own critical money-making options. So be logical – do not expect people to run your business for you.

The entitlement people do not think in terms of imposing on anyone since the only importance to them is getting what they feel is their due. It must be sad and lonely in that state of mind where nobody else really counts and we can’t lift a finger even to help ourselves.

Don’t even get started on ‘freebie seekers’ – they are cousins of the entitlement clan. They can only participate if something is free. No matter how much they have received free, the minute they see even an optional charge they are done. They never imagine how a program that gives so much away for free to help people get started, may need support themselves.

As such they may need to create a fee structure where there is some chance (usually optional) to receive help to run the company by selling services, etc. Be realistic. There is no sin here. Where do you suppose they get the money to run their program? The tooth fairy?

Home Business Issues – Would You Knowingly Do Business With a Flake?

Seriously if you had advance knowledge that one of your peers or vendors had credibility issues would you proceed to do business with them? By credibility there are degrees that range from just not being on time for deadlines to more serious issues like not paying debts or repeatedly not delivering on promises.

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Note that word ‘repeatedly’ – stuff does happen once in a while. We are all human and things can transpire that are actually beyond our control. So don’t make snap judgments – cut people some slack. However if it becomes a pattern where there are frequently issues that are inconvenient to you, then you should really start reconsidering your decision to work with this person or company.

Remember the saying ‘birds of a feather flock together’. Even if you are reasonably straight in your business transactions, if you associate with people who have credibility issues you may be considered as one in the same. People may wonder if they can trust you either.

Again it can happen to anyone that we join a program that tanks or worse has some legal issues that end up costing people. If nothing else, the fact that this can happen to perfectly innocent people should tell us that we need to do some research before we join a program. We should also keep checking periodically for any indications that there may be trouble coming.

You know the saying ‘if it sounds too good to be true it probably is’. Really apply some logic and read up on the various infamous scams. Ask yourself – does this sound like that? If yes, you probably don’t want to get involved. Do consider however, that a small detail may make it different, so you should ask the company directly if you have any doubt either way.

Not saying believe every rumor but you as an intelligent adult should be able to tell the difference between some wild rumor and several comments or reviews which seem to be pointing to the same direction. You can choose to hang in there and see what actually happens, and risk losing a little money on the opportunity should it be the worst case scenario; or you can take your money and go before it comes down to that.

Working at Home – Escape from Your Computer

All dedicated computer users probably understand what it is like to be really engrossed in whatever computer activity we might be involved in and unable or unwilling to stop even momentarily. However it is important to understand how seriously unhealthy it is not to get up regularly to rest the pressure that is being put on your entire skeletal system.

You really need to get your circulation going by moving around. This can take the form of short walks around your house, or some type of stretching exercise. It doesn’t have to be longer than a few minutes every hour or two but should definitely not be ignored.

At the same time you should be aware that your eyes need to rest as well. There is one exercise that involves looking at something as far away as possible (out a window for example). Focus on that for a few minutes. Your eyes will not be stuck at whatever distance is between you and your computer monitor. You can also alternate this with just closing your eyes for a few minutes to rest them.

None of these suggestions are remotely close to ‘slacking’ – they are necessary to maintain your good health. Look at it like if you were in too much back pain to work. Your neck is stiff, your lower back is painful, and you are not able to stand it after a while and must take time off to recuperate. This represents lost productivity and consequently income in addition to ruining your health.

If you do abuse your spine, one thing that is very effective and much healthier than pain pills or even OTC pain remedies is to get an ice pack – Ideally one of those that usually has a blue gel and is reusable indefinitely. It lives in your freezer and you take it out and use it for not more than 20-minutes on the same spot off and on.

Three more tips you should be aware of to alleviate some of the strain on your lower back that comes from too much sitting, etc., are as follows:

#1 Employ some sort of a footstool (a phone book works). You will feel right away how you are more comfortable not straining;

#2 Be sure that your computer keyboard and mouse are exactly in a straight line with your hands. This means no reaching up or down and straining your wrist and neck;

#3 Your monitor should be exactly at eye level – again this is no straining to look up or down. It should naturally be straight ahead.

If you want further information – just Google ‘ergonomics’.

Does Extra Money Sound Like a Good Thing?

To most people it would. There always seems to be something extra we need. If we are living paycheck to paycheck then there are likely things we cannot afford to buy and we just have to learn to live without them.


born to shop!
Then again, why should we have to? There are a number of things you can do to create more income just working at it part-time from home. Of course there are other options such as a part-time job but this is really gnarly. You must rush from one job to the next considering your commute time and start and end time for both positions.

You may end up eating dinner in your car as you drive from one job to the other. Once again you were not able to see your family as by the time you get home they will be sleeping. Obviously if you think about having a part-time home business to earn extra money, it is a whole lot more pleasant and relaxed than the above scenario.

You can take your time coming home from your day job and settling in. You can visit with your family and have a nice relaxing dinner. Whenever you are ready, you can go and boot up your computer. You can now focus on developing your source of extra income, your part-time home business. It is up to you if you have the energy to put in several hours or just more or less check in and make sure everything is running right.

There are many things you can do online to earn money. Easiest and fastest would be joining an affiliate program where they supply everything you need to get set up and running. All you have to do is marketing and advertising online to promote the business and eventually earn commissions.

There are also other things you can do that also involve advertising – for example becoming a reseller for a product where the company does ‘drop-shipping’ straight from your order to the customer.

Other examples are providing a service for other home businesses – maybe technical, maybe office services. There are lots of ideas for you to consider that cost very little to implement.