Home Biz Entrepreneurs – You Gotta Run

If you are in business at home, whether or not you also have a day job and the usual personal and family obligations, you have to learn how to say that you gotta run! That is because you likely do not have a lot of time on your hands to spare to small talk and chattering.

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Be polite to everyone of course, and even spend some time ‘networking’ when it is a peer or prospective customer you are communicating with. Make arrangements to meet again or whatever is applicable. Make a note to follow-up because there is nothing more shallow than saying you will do something that you don’t do, particularly if someone might be waiting for you to do what you promised.

A built-in escape hatch would be to say something to the effect that if they don’t hear from you by a certain time, to feel free to contact you instead. This really has a nice touch in more ways than being out in front. It gives the person the impression that you are responsive – and a real person with concerns like theirs.

If you have a large list or membership you will likely get a ton of emails. Some will be in response to autoresponder messages and as such may have a low rate of a response from you which may or may not be understandable to people. In any case it may be a good idea to have a second email address that you know is a higher priority to respond back to such as where there has been a direct, personal communication to and/or from the member or prospect.

The real point here is to make time for people if you are running a business or are even just at the point of beginning to develop one; don’t be off in an ivory tower or somewhere chattering mindlessly. Be down in the trenches with the real people who may have issues that need your help to resolve or to understand.

Ever hear the expression ‘don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’? The ‘gift horses’ in this scenario are your members and customers. If you want their continued support you need to pay attention to them and address their concerns. Tell your ‘buddies’ you gotta run!

Developing a Real Home Business – What is Holding You Back?

You may be a creative type with a million ideas all the time. However they rarely get past the idea stage. It could be ‘information overload’ or too much information that keeps you from selecting one idea and running with it. This may be just as bad as not having any ideas or being logical.

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One way to get out of that maze may be to make a list of the ideas that come to mind. Don’t get hung up on the list – just do a ‘brainstorming’ type of list where you write down the ideas as they come. This list is likely very unrefined and should have some space after each idea where you can go back and define what you mean.

Then at a later time you can take ones that you have been able to define which would indicate you have given them some thought. Decide from that ‘top’ list which ideas would be most feasible. Break everything down as far as all the issues that would be relevant such as cost, time required, any issues that may delay or prevent going forward. This could include needing further information or instructions on how to move forward.

There may be more negative factors that hold you back from implementing your ideas. They would be more-or-less the opposite of too many ideas and be like not having any motivation to do anything beyond what you are already doing if anything. This can be due to medical or psychological problems such as underlying depression or low self-esteem. It can actually be even be due to a compromised immune system!

Your body and health are anything but irrelevant to your business. They are actually key if you can see yourself as a machine that is running everything. If it is misfiring then you are actually trying to function at less than full capacity. Pay attention to your diet and get plenty of rest. Don’t practice any kind of substance abuse unless you want that to become your ‘career’ rather than building a home business.

Your hang up could be a lack of money to invest in your business. This may take some time just like rebuilding your health. If it means you save $5 every time you have a paycheck or other windfall, then just do it. No matter how long it takes you to get as much as you need to do something, determine the target goal and stick to trying to hit it!

Your Internet Business Can Be Like a School

People might be very surprised if they found out how much is really available online. For example community colleges have free or very inexpensive courses that can be done completely online. Even various certificates of achievement can be earned in this way.

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So at that price you can take something you are curious about or interested in that really hasn’t got much of a chance of helping your career. Just for fun. Along the way you may change your mind and it could possibly turn into something that would be a career.

Naturally it makes the most sense to find something that might even help you get a promotion or to elevate your skill level so you would qualify for a better job – or even to enhance your technical skills so that you may take more control of your home business. For example it would be so helpful if you had more of a handle on basic HTML so that you were not dependent on programmers whenever you want to make a small change to your website.

There are multiple free courses in HTML and other technical languages on the Internet right now. This could also be anything that would help your business like bookkeeping, or using a proprietary software that performs some task that you need to work from home. These courses, while maybe not formal (having certification) can be started the same day they are discovered, a manual printed out for reference and then just go!

It is amazing how the search engines have vast amounts of free information on the fly – a breathing index of facts for everyone who seeks and has access to; and then to realize you can really drill down from there to find really extensive instructions if you want to pursue something to more of an extent. There is nowhere in the world where there are more possibilities to learn than the Internet.

It would be a shame to waste it especially because even the business you are trying to develop can itself teach you so much about business procedures, using software, etc. Even though ‘code’ and etc. may seem complex and ‘above’ your head, it really isn’t. If you look at it you will definitely see patterns that can be recognizable to you in the future and not at all ‘rocket science’ or something unachievable except to geniuses.

HomeBiz Issues – Why Not Get Up an Hour Earlier?

You would be surprised to learn as groggy as it may feel, that you are your most creative when you first wake up. Maybe it is just because of maximum velocity; or maybe stressful situations have not arisen yet so you are better able to focus on what needs to be done.

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Whatever you use that extra hour for – to accomplish anything you know you need to do today – get it over with. Getting up earlier will also cause you to be tired earlier and you may start to fall asleep sooner. Many people have trouble sleeping and the sooner you start to try to fall asleep the better. It doesn’t take that much effort when you are really tired.

Sometimes you need to actually train yourself to fall asleep – you can practice with naps which are really good for you, especially if you do not sleep well during the night. If you can’t fall asleep keep your eyes shut, stretch out in a comfortable position and keep trying. On the other hand if you can’t fall asleep in an hour then get up and do something away from your bedroom so that your mind does not associate not being able to sleep with that area. Then go back and try again.

If you don’t have something you think you need to do in that extra hour that is business related then how about using it for some exercise? This will energize your day for sure if you start out with something healthy. Although the gym or gadgets will do, frankly something that involves fresh air is best if possible. It can change from day-to-day as long as you use the hour for something productive.

Particularly if you have a very busy schedule with a day job, a family, a home based business etc., any extra time you can squeeze in will not only make you more creative and productive, but will eventually make you feel a sense of peace and well-being because you are no longer rushing or feel like your life is just too tedious.

Building a New Business – Don’t Ever Lose Your Faith

It is important that you have faith and you keep it in tact no matter what happens. Having faith, like praying or wishing for something, does not guarantee anything. You may or may not receive what you need and want. Yet it shouldn’t have any effect on your level of faith. If you keep it in general, just having a positive mindset about everything, then you can’t lose.

Keep the Faith!
It is a lot like the opposite meaning of the expression that ‘you can’t fail unless you quit’. Think about it. As long as you are still trying, nobody can say you quit. You don’t need to feel that you failed. Remember we are all individuals and different. We each learn in our own way and take as much time as we need.

The harder you try the more momentum you have, because while you are trying you are actually learning and practicing and someday you will actually achieve your goal.

So in many ways having faith is essential no matter what you are trying to accomplish. Think of having none. How could you carry on without faith? If you had no faith you would just throw up your hands and say “I can’t”. However, since there is no ‘can’t’, what you must mean is you ‘won’t’. You will find someday that you can never give up as long as you have faith.

Being alive, you will likely think of lots of ideas as time goes by, and when the time and place are just right, maybe that will be the right time for you. The point is to keep an open mind and to believe that at any time you could come up with something that is notable!

The Importance of Blogging for an Online Home Business

If you have a blog associated with your home business you should be using it frequently – daily if possible or close as you can get. If you do not have a blog associated with your business, get one today.

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It is a powerful, FREE way to get free traffic that may become sales or leads (your list). If you can’t even do this much to promote your business, with all due respect, you may not be serious or committed enough to ever succeed with your online business.

Maybe this is the issue and the juncture where you should make a decision. You want a business, or not really that much. Hopefully it won’t be the case here, but maybe you should just quit while you are ahead if it doesn’t mean enough even to do something for free to promote your business.’ It will still require time and effort to compose blogs unless you can pay a ‘ghostwriter’ or have some other blog service.

This should be pretty telling to ask yourself if you really want a business or would you rather go out to lunch? On the one hand you are building and developing something that will pay you back someday if you play your cards right and invest your time and effort for an extended period. On the other hand, if you can afford to go out to lunch then you can afford to get your business running but only if you really want to.

You can set up a blog at blogspot.com absolutely free. It is just basic but it will work to get traffic to your website. (Use your domain name URL to your website or affiliate link as part of your signature on each article). The search engines will help you to build back-links to and from the blog or website.

Or if you don’t mind spending a few dollars to buy a domain and hosting you can also set up a free WordPress account and have a blog there. With WordPress you can actually create a top-level website on your domain and then add WordPress (*blog) using a simple utility in your hosting account cPanel.

The cost for both domain and hosting is minimal – the cost of doing lunch out – once a year for the domain name registration and once a month for the hosting cost.

Even though it seems like the majority of people trying to start a home business cry broke, almost everybody has a few dollars they can spare themselves to build some kind of an operating budget if they have the right priorities. You will be the only one that will regret it if you make the wrong choices.

How to Write an Article for Your Home Business Blog

Believe it or not even if you don’t think you have any writing skills – can you hold a conversation? Yes you mostly can. Writing is just like having a one-way conversation. Nobody there to answer but you can. It is pretty sure you can write an email as well. So you take these avenues and consider that YOU CAN write.


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Just think of any issue you may have had, positive or negative with your business. Use that as an idea to start and then just keep the conversation going. What happened? Did it work well? What didn’t work about it? What did you learn from it? You may want to provide the solution you found either way.

Another excellent thing to remember is ‘writer’s block’ is usually idea block – you just need to find an idea and write something. You will keep flowing the longer you add information. Although whatever is on your mind and in your daily life is probably a great place to find ideas to write about, using keywords is also automatically going to get you started.

Keywords are words or phrases that are relevant to your niche or business industry. In the case of “Home Business” for example you can create “long-tail keywords” like ‘home business online” or ‘home business ideas” – also in this family are ‘working at home’, ‘making money at home’ and many more.

You should create a swipe file so you can just open it up each day and pick a topic to write about. Use the keyword or keyword phrase in your subject or topic and use it a few times in your content. Do not use it more than a few times in each article, as it will have the opposite effect you are hoping for.

Use it only within the natural flow of your content. If the search engines consider you to be a ‘keyword spammer’ they will not index your site as they would if you had content with value.

Here is an example of keyword spam: ‘My home business is a home business that will succeed. I work my home business every day, If you want your home business to work out you need to work your home business every day’, Horrible right?

This same information provided by someone who is not a spammer: ‘My home business is an online business that will succeed. I try to make sure at the very least every day that all my links are working properly’. Not so bad. Keyword used in title and one time in content. You can also consider ‘online business’ to be a keyword phrase that may rank from this article.

You’ve Got to Do What You’ve Got to Do

It’s rather a bummer when you realize you really don’t have collaborators or ‘partners’ as much as you thought you did for your business. You realize this when it becomes clear that they are almost never there for you and you really don’t have any support – even when you are trying to support them. You begin to feel like an old shoe.


Keep it Real
The thing is that you still have to take care of your business whether or not there is support. That is if you care about it. I can imagine that realizing nobody is there for you really takes some of the joy out of having a business where you thought you had a partner. So really don’t let it stop you from your progress when this person fails you repeatedly.

You do have to wonder – if this person is spoiled, entitled, or just plain selfish? Maybe he is telling you he is not interested in the business anymore. If he doesn’t have the decency to discuss this with you and just leaves you hanging, then you should definitely bring it up. Get it all out on the carpet. Maybe it is just his ego where he can only act on his own demands.

Somehow he feels intimidated when you make a suggestion and his ego won’t allow him to lower himself even to help you when all you are doing is trying to help him. It’s a pretty sickly premise for having a “partnership” If you can’t even discuss some basics that will improve the business.

While you may not be in a position to just walk away and forget about him – shouldn’t be hard since he is never really there anyway. However as they say if you can’t change something all you can do is change the way you deal with it. So decide which way you want to take the situation. Stay and try to make the best of it. Accept that he will probably not change.

Or not – just let it go. Pick up your marbles and go home. Find another partner or even a new business. Of course do make an effort to resolve your issues on your way out the door. Make it clear why you feel you need to do something different.

Start a Home Business to Earn More Money

Just about everybody could use more money than what they have. In fact it seems like the more you have the more you spend, right? Well, ok, normal but it may also be a good idea to stash $5 in savings each time we get a little extra. In fact we should create extra just for savings. Whatever else you are able to earn, then that could be for anything you need or want.

Extra Money
It may seem boring to see the word ‘savings’ right when you were all excited about the prospect of having ‘mad money’ (money you have been living without but which would be nice to have). It may also have occurred to you how boring it is to know you have agreed on an annual salary for your current job and nothing will change that sooner.

At the best you can put forth extra effort in the hope that you will be recognized and your salary will increase next year. You may also shoot for a bonus on your next performance evaluation. Depending on your manager’s opinion and the politics and financial health in your company, you may or may not see any of the above – maybe again – next year.

So what can you do other than find a better job? You can take control of your own finances and start a home business to earn more money in your spare time. You can give yourself a promotion and a raise every month because you are your own boss. You make the decisions for better or worse.

The truth is it takes very little money if any to start a business online If you have a computer and an Internet connection you have a potential business. You can even start out with free affiliate programs to learn the trade. You could perhaps start a couple for free and then decide which one is the most likely to succeed. It may cost you a few dollars (dinner out) to upgrade that program so that you can earn more money.

The best part to this is not just the extra money you will eventually have. The best part is the feeling that you will have because you are in charge and are going the extra mile to see more out of your life.

It may take a little effort and time for the income to become substantial. If you can keep your motivation up high, you will see that the more effort you invest over time, the more extra income you will have created. Someday you may even be able to quit your boring day job and work from home full-time online!