Work at Home – Always Be Early or On Time

Especially if you are taking your home business seriously, you will want to be proactive. If you really expect to earn an income online you will need to be engaged in your business. Once you get your website or affiliate link online, that is not all there is to it.


Use your time wisely!

On ‘Autopilot’ does not mean there is nothing to do. You should implement as many things as you can to promote your business. What is true about autopilot is that you do not have to be online to make a sale.

The affiliate programs will handle your transactions and will give you a report of your commissions earned. Technically you can make sales 24-hours a day because your links and advertising are always running on the world-wide-web (globally).

So once you get everything set up you just need to check to be sure here are no system errors that are preventing your site(s) to display. You also need your hosting account to be running and that your domain name registration is current. (website)

It is also important that you check your reports at the affiliate programs to be sure that there are no problems with members or payments either to you or to your customers. It may be critical because people will just quit the program if they don’t understand something, or they may decide not to join in the first place.

If you know you have things you need to do, try not to wait for the deadline. If you can accomplish some tasks in the meantime this would always be best. Stay ahead of the game.

You do not know in the near future that you will encounter obstacles that you need to resolve before you can move forward. If you have to rush everything it is an environment where errors are more likely to occur as a result.

Really the bottom line is that you like having a home business and you may even enjoy doing all the necessary procedures. This will be a lot more possible if you take an organized approach. You may find that in the spare time you created by being proactive, that you may now expand your portfolio of opportunities. You have time.

Home Business Issues – Use Your Vacation Time Wisely

We do need some down-time periodically so be sure to enjoy yourself for at least half of your vacation time. However it is a real good idea to use it to gain some momentum as far as devoting some extra time to your business. Have you had some ideas or insights and realized there is more you could do to accomplish your goals sooner?

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It is pretty normal that on most days what with the day job, the family, and the home business that there is just not another minute that you have to yourself. That is why it may take a period where you know you have free time that you could use to be a little more productive. You could get a step up that you normally would not take during regular hours.

From the get, you should see that when you work at home either full or part-time, you can look at your clock as having 24-hours. Not 8 as in the 8 straight that you anticipate as your work day. When you look at it as 24-hours it is obvious you have much more time to accomplish what you want to – and on your own terms. Could be 2-hours in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, 2 at night. Whatever – flip it upside down sometimes.

There are no truer words than ‘variety is the spice of life’ – and there is no reason not to include your business in that and have the most fun you can with it. This really seems like it would be the key to success in that you will be more willing to give more of your time and effort to make it work for you.

So if you already have some ideas about what you could do differently if you had more time, just do it. However if not, you might think in terms of using that extra time to learn something new that would help improve your bottom line.

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.

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, 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.

Getting Things Done – Try to be Ahead of Time

Whenever possible try to have advanced notice of something that you need to do to keep your business running smoothly, and then go for it. You never know what may happen between now and the deadline for this issue. It could be anything – lots of little things or some that will be time consuming and may prevent you from being on time.

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If you can handle doing things ahead of time even in increments, you will be ahead of the game whether or not anything out of the ordinary happens to delay you. Best case you can sit and feel prepared and on top of things. You may at this point even be able to identify something you could have done better – and even do it that way either this time or next time.

The point is there are things that do need to be done all the time with a home business. It may not be as apparent but you know what they are. Putting things off is a terrible idea for many reasons including deadlines and becoming overwhelmed when too many things stack up.

Making lists is of course very useful in staying organized – however you don’t want to have too many of these going on either. Lists may be critical but they are only instrumental in assisting you to keep track of what you need to do. They do not actually do anything to influence your bottom line.

When it comes to keeping lists it is helpful to have a few that reflect different time periods. You want to be able to see your target goals clearly. Mixing up what you need by this Wednesday is hardly relevant to what you need next month except maybe indirectly. The point though is you end up with a big scribbled mess that could hardly help you feel organized.

You should have at least 3-lists. One that reflects what you need to do in the short-term – today or this week. Another that has mid-range goals as may be necessary within 30-days. Then you can have a ‘master plan’ that reflects your long-range plans and might cover 6-months to a year so that you will remember what your long-term target goals are.

Improve Your Business with Six Sigma

“Six Sigma is a proven set of tools and skills that will lead us to error-free processing to the next level of customer satisfaction and profitability.”
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If you have any desire to really perfect your business operations into a smooth running machine, it would be a real good idea if you spent a little time on this ‘science’.

The improvement process includes is to define, measure, analyze, improve and control everything we do with regard to our business.

* Defining is to identify business objectives, project charter, scope and process objectives and develop the project plan to identify the customers and their needs that are ‘critical to quality’.

o Ask what the issue is
o What is the magnitude of the problem?
o What is the gap compared to the competition?
o What is the impact on the business?

* Measuring determines current performance and how it measures against customer expectations.

o Ask what is the impact on customer satisfaction and business results? Quantify it!
o Are you measuring your progress and showing the gap to benchmarks or theoretical best?
o Do your metrics relate directly to your problem statement?

* Analyze we analyze the data to determine root causes and opportunities for improvement.

o The marble in the Jefferson Memorial was deteriorating (why?)
o The deterioration was due to frequent cleanings with detergent (why?)
o The detergent was used to clean bird droppings from local sparrows (why?)
o Sparrows were attracted by the spiders. (why?)
o Spiders were attracted by midges (why?)
o Midges were attracted by the lights (real root cause)

* (Improve is where we generate, validate and implement the improvements we identify.

o Are your countermeasure plans specific and directed at fixing the root causes?
o Have you estimated (quantified) the impact of each counter measure?

* Control ensures the new development or improvement meets or exceeds customer requirements, standardize it, and implement ongoing monitoring to sustain the gain

o Develop a control plan to sustain the gain!

To give credit where it is due this ‘exercise and training’ was provided by Bank of America in 2002 for its personnel. The concepts and theories etc., did originate from another source. The link has since come down so there is no direct reference 16-years later.

Keeping to the Straight and Narrow

Passive Income – But You Have To Be Active and Having a Work Schedule

Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it? However, when it comes to business it is the way to go for success. Of course having a home business is not as rigid as a 9 to 5 job. You will be surprised how much having your own time schedule not only gives you so much more time to do things, but allows you to have a different mindset where you may actually enjoy working!

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The point of the straight and narrow theory, however is not to ignore your business because you can. You still need to be engaged in your business and stay on top of things. For example at the very least you should check to see your website is up and running normally; and if not find out what is wrong and have it fixed as soon as possible. Usually you would just need to contact your hosting company and they would know what to do.

While it is true income is regarded as ‘passive’ in many online businesses, it doesn’t mean YOU can be passive. You actually need to be a little aggressive at times! Marketing and advertising are such that you can never rest on your laurels. You have to as often as possible be implementing new ads to attract new business.

You will find Internet advertising is very intelligent when compared to offline, because much of what you do is permanent. An example of this would be your blog posts where you discuss your business and/or display your banners and text ads. It’s always running for you and may at any time attract a sale or at the least a lead capture if you have those mechanisms include on your site. (compare to those flyers that get trashed or ads that just expire with no response).

There are other things that you can do that are less passive, and you definitely should anytime you have a few dollars to invest in your business. There are list builders that will help you acquire prospective customers, and there are solo ads that you can send to your list, whether prospects or existing customers. These are some of the more powerful techniques.

There are also those of lesser success but yet still can generate a sale, and they are free if you are willing to work it. Here referring to traffic exchanges and other ‘clicking’ schemes. The work is easy although tedious after a while – but if you absolutely do not have a dime to spend, they can work if you are aggressive and consistent enough.

Home Business Entrepreneurs Keep On Trucking

It is wise to stick with your choices long enough to see how they work. After you research your potential affiliate programs and services for your business and actually join them then dig in. You need to give them a chance because there are many factors that determine speed of success, etc., that are not even related to the actual program.

This can be the economy/consumer confidence, world affairs, the seasons and even the weather that affect all sales businesses to one degree or another either off or online. So this is one reason you don’t want to ‘fly off the handle’ if you don’t see results right off. (Not to mention to consider how much action you are actually taking consistently to promote your business since this is the main factor).

Check Mate

With that said as you build your business you should also be on the lookout for new opportunities to add to your portfolio of income streams. Some may be better than others in the long run so you want to have a few things going on not only to compare results but to determine which programs are keepers and which ones don’t have enough substance.

Remember though you can even make money in the short-term on those that don’t have much substance strictly because they are the new ‘fad’ and you will have the benefit of earning some commissions just by virtue of everyone wanting to see what is going on with the new program (if it is being promoted sufficiently).

You may find at first when a program launches that they put all their resources into heavy advertising, marketing, and holding online meetings, etc. to get people acquainted and excited. Naturally not many small businesses can keep up the volume due to costs for a long period, so that is when you may kind of see a slow-down in response as a result. Hopefully you will move into a steady stream from there and you can sustain your business.

In any case the idea is to give things a fair chance for as long as you can. Look at your own stats and reviews (with a grain of salt) and see what the world is saying. On the other hand if after several months you see nothing in spite of your efforts, etc., then maybe it is time to drop it and look for a new opportunity to replace it. The point is change is always necessary and good one way or the other unless you have found a goldmine you can depend on.

How Being Organized is a Major Issue for Business

It is not just a new business where you have to take special care to plan and schedule your duties but it is an ongoing affair. However you will naturally begin to remember things on your own after a while. However it is still a good idea to have simple schedules and lists as things do come up that interfere with the usual flow.

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Another thing that is pretty important is getting things done early if possible and out of the way. That way if something unexpected comes up you are not rushing around and trying to squeeze things into a small time period. It is only natural that in this situation things can be overlooked and that can range from being late all the way to completely forgetting something for an extended period.

Either way it can result in serious consequences that can involve paying fines, cancellations being reversed, and etc. It is just a real good feeling to know you are on top of things and have everything taken care of before you venture out in your day. No trying to remember if you did everything you needed to or worrying about the need to check it out as soon as you can.

Your lists and schedules don’t have to get cumbersome and become another task you need to worry about all the time. Maybe just one day a week take an hour and try to map out what is usual and what may be different for that week. Keep the list organized and neat and have a special place where you might keep notes or questions for issues that you need to address.

You can still run your business the sloppy way and just do whatever whenever if that is your style – there are different strokes for different folks but if you would at least try it the ‘right’ way you might find that you start enjoying your business more and actually accomplishing more!

Why You Must Have Faith to Start a Business

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?

have faith in yourself.

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.

What Makes a Business Successful

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.

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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.