Starting an Internet Business

Taking action is the key to everything. While a thought or idea usually brings things to the fore, we have to do something to make them reality! We should start by analyzing our situation. Why do you want to start a business at home? Do you need extra money? Or even another whole income?

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Although business and money seem to go hand in hand, there are other intangible elements that could be motivating you to think about starting your own business. For instance, you might be in a rut at work, or even wish you had a different job; or you know you could achieve more and you want to be more interested in what you are doing; maybe you would like to be with your family more, or are bored with staying at home to take care of kids or others.

Additional circumstances which may leave you dreaming about starting your own business, are such as when you have looked for a job, you were either over or under qualified, or weren’t politically connected and/or just didn’t fit in. Maybe through the years you find that you really want to have an alternative lifestyle. It is your life and you should be able to live it in the way you believe would make you happier. So many people have to sell out and live a somewhat miserable existence just to survive. The number one priority is to keep a roof over your head. Logic dictates that the roof is the primary consideration, so they don’t feel that bad about having to make sacrifices in order to live as comfortably as possible.

You can have much more satisfaction with your life if you can visualize and take action for a way to be self-employed. If you have a computer with a decent Internet connection, and some basic skills, you have all the makings for starting what could be a successful home business. All you have to do is realize the ways that you can make money with your computer at home. Don’t imagine your first idea is your only idea. You can actually try different things before you make up your mind what your business will be. There are a number of different things you can do and/or learn to do online that would create a profitable business someday.

You will learn that the search engines are your best guide in all aspects of starting a business. You can do instant research by submitting a query and you can then drill down with all the links you find to learn more. If you find that there are things you need to learn before you can proceed, find out how you can do that, how much it will cost, if anything (there is much free stuff when it comes to learning how to).

Analyze everything and compare. See what is most feasible for you. Be sure you know all the aspects of what you are doing and how to do it before you ‘burn any bridges’ (quit your job, fire your boss, etc). Always keep the ‘roof’ in mind when making decisions. Be realistic. Be logical – nothing is going to manifest itself overnight by magic or by magical thinking. Set your target goals and plan exactly how to make it happen.

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.

Be Free At Home

‘Free At Home’ – the best part of this meaning is you are free! You are working for you! You are spending your day on your terms, on your time. So starting right at the get-go, things are looking better than sitting in a traffic jam waiting to get stuck in your cubicle for 8-hours.

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One of the most unpleasant things about working at a job is being shocked into consciousness by an alarm clock every day. You are like a hamster on a wheel. As soon as the alarm goes off you are rushing around to meet your time constraints of being at work by an exact time after stressing that you won’t make it in traffic; then you must eat lunch at a certain time, and return by a set time. Then you will need to stay and work to a certain time, and hopefully not later.

You might notice there is no freedom to ‘live’ in this scenario. Where is your life? After 5:00 pm until time to go to sleep so you can get up and do it all over again tomorrow. So wonderful you get a few hours off the wheel and can actually breathe a little.

However, working free at home allows you to work your own hours. It doesn’t mean you don’t have to work though. On the other hand, you may have to force yourself to stop since working at home online is so much fun. Most people really enjoy their life looking at it this way.

You get to decide when you will work, how long you will work and to some degree how much money you will earn, which is likely very closely related to how much you work and how hard you try on a consistent basis to develop your business.

Some people may feel they would really miss being around their co-workers – however there is a huge, world-wide community online and with forums, web conferences, social networks, text messengers and Skype, you will be networking with people just as much or as little as you want to!

Free at home jobs usually involve doing Internet marketing. Sales usually plays a huge role in most businesses and of course that goes hand in hand with marketing. If you have some other business skills you can build into a service business where you can earn money, that will work nicely. There are many jobs you can do online but in order to promote whatever you choose it will involve marketing and sales either as a means or as a means to an end.

Your imagination is the only limitation and the greatest part is you can start one thing and end up with an entirely different business at the end of the day. You are not stuck on any wheel! You can start out with a (flexible) plan, maybe with something sure. As time goes on and your expertise grows, you can take that to new dimensions!

Working at Home in Your Pajamas? Better Get Dressed

It used to be really ‘glamorized’ to have such a simple, easy lifestyle that you can just stay at home and work in your pajamas. In Internet marketing you saw many ads to that effect. However if you try it you will find it gets old real fast. Depressing even, especially if you had formerly enjoyed ‘dressing for success’ in your career.

It will make you feel more business-like and it is easier to focus when you are in a business frame of mind, when you get up and get dressed to begin your day. Unless you use a web cam it is true nobody will know the difference – but you will.

There are many things you can do to stay ‘psyched’ to get to work and focus on the tasks at hand. Taking a nice shower is stimulating and while you certainly don’t need a suit and tie to work from home, just some clean clothes will make you feel like you are ready to go!

The same thing can be said for your work area. No matter how repugnant organization may seem to you, it will help you to focus and think more clearly if your work space is clear, clean and organized as possible. At the very least get a box where you can push things off so that at least at eye level your immediate space, is conducive to ‘clear sailing’.

The most important things to keep organized are your login credentials and links so that you can always find them, (even if you save them online, you should have a paper trail in case you need to recover from a computer disaster); your tax records, including both your receipts for business deductions and your income or payment information.

Staying organized throughout the year will make it much simpler when it comes time to put your taxes together. This way it is less likely that you will miss anything that you will regret later, such as a deduction you could have taken; or income you missed reporting that may come back to haunt you if you are ever audited (a real possibility).

There are many things you can do to help yourself stay focused, such as making lists of what needs to be done and including any dependencies such as things that need to be done before you can do something else. It works best to have a few different lists, at least one for the short term and one for the long term goals. It is fairly important to keep your list neat and organized as you can so that it helps you rather than hinders you.

Working at home you can still ‘get away with’ working your own hours (as long as you do the work the needs to be done); putting your feet up on your desk, watching TV out of the corner of your eye, listening to music, taking naps, breaks, etc., so no need to wear PJ’s or bag lady outfits. Start styling at home!

How to Focus on Your Online Business

Have you ever experienced the difference in your ability to focus on your tasks? For me it’s a great gap between my ability to get things done, and very often the environment and the surroundings have a major impact on my focus.

Lousy performance and distractive behavior frequently occurs when my surroundings are active and turbulent. Worst case is bringing my computer to a cafe trying to do that to my workplace. Very little productive work is done and the number of cups of coffee increases dramatically with the minutes spent in the cafe.

On the contrary I find that calm and harmonic environment makes a significant positive contribution to my productivity. So, when I want to get things in my online business done, start a new campaign or introduce some new marketing strategies, I search for a quite place where the only disturbance will my my own thoughts and the weather conditions outside the window.

The best place to go to find peace and workspace, is my cottage in the Norwegian mountains. Here the circumstances are ideal for me to focus and be productive. Here I can fuel my online business and power up myself with all the good vibrations provided by a generous nature.

What is your favorite workplace? Do you prefer a calm place like me, or are you maybe  most productive with some action in your surroundings?

Anyway, if you want to have a successful online business, work has to be done, and the very best is when you have the freedom to choose your optimal place.