When You Work at Home You Can’t Go Home from the Office

Your office is in your home, versus you live at the office. You need both a home and an office. This may sound like nonsense but it does have important points. The problem with living at the office is that you may become inclined to work too much.

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Having an idea at midnight is a good thing (ideas anytime are good!). You should take action as soon as possible or at least write down the details so you don’t forget what may be a very bright idea. You may also remember something that you need to do. However, if you have already worked more than 8-12 hours, you need to rest. Remove yourself from your work at times as a rule. All you need to do now is make a note to do it soon.

If you work at a job most usually don’t want to bring their work home with them, and it’s best not to. This includes emotional baggage from stress that is created by the whole hamster wheel rut to get to work, be at work and go home from work. If you are self-employed your routine can be varied somewhat anytime you feel the need. When you work for yourself you are free to a certain degree!

The day job has a start and stop working point, and then there is the struggle in traffic as ‘punishment for a job well-done’. The commute, at least is a break from the actual work — if anything good can be said about all the chaos of being stuck in traffic. It does provide a period where you can mentally switch gears from work to home.

Some people work to live, and some live to work’ – either way it’s ok. However we need to have moderation and balance in everything – enough work and enough play but not too much of either. With that said the person who loves to work will probably do a much better job. Try to find the good points!

When we rest, we cleanse our minds. It is crucial for our bodies to have relaxation and sleep on a regular basis. People who take ‘cat naps’ are more efficient – sharper than those bogged down by too many details. Taking naps, or at least shutting our eyes for a few minutes is good for the soul. It is not slacking unless we are not getting our work done (and maybe it is because we are too tired).

It is imperative to take frequent short breaks to rest your brain, eyes, neck and arms. Even sitting at your PC or desk for long periods is hard on your back and circulation, so better get away from your desk to stretch and walk around a bit if you can. Just a couple minutes is helpful to your health and efficiency.

Home Business – Staying Motivated

One requirement for starting anything is you need a certain level of self-confidence in order to survive. If you don’t naturally have that gift then you need to acquire some somehow. First and foremost you need to like yourself. If there have been people in your life that didn’t seem to ‘get’ you, or any situation in your life that made you feel bad, just forgive and move on.

You Can Do It!
That is #1 forgive yourself and #2 forgive the other party no matter who you feel was at fault. We all have those trials and tribulations and we can’t let them impede us forever. We must just acknowledge them and the pain they caused and just accept it. Time to move on and grow, but forgiveness is the key to being able to really do that.

It will help, if we start remembering to feel bad, if we have something to counter the negativity. It can be as simple as forcing yourself to smile. Hold that pose for a few seconds. You may also say to yourself that you are a good person and mean it. Take at least one deep cleansing breath to clear your head and walk on. Exercise, for even a short time, will really help to calm you down and give you a new perspective where you can get your focus back.

Self-confidence is usually something that we acquire from the things that we accomplish. You especially might need this when starting a new business because it more than likely will take you a while to see any substantial results from the work you are doing. Believing in yourself is key and knowing that you can accomplish your goals.

Take some time to create a mental inventory of your accomplishments. It may also encourage you if you list the skills and experience that you have acquired in your life. Refer to this list whenever you are feeling down or discouraged. Even simple things can work – such as you feel gratified after having organized your office, or did a great job cleaning the basement. Actually being brave and confident enough to start a business is something to be proud of, win or lose!

One of the topmost important things you can do to succeed with your new business is to stay motivated. The best way that you will stay that way is if you keep trying and remember to feel a sense of accomplishment. This is not so much tied to end results at the beginning, but is related to your level of effort and determination to get started and keep going!

Very Few Programs Work Unless We Work Them

No program does magic tricks or create wealth for people. The people have to seriously work at making anything happen. Words used like ‘easy’, ‘free’ or ‘fast’ can be misleading, especially if you are hoping to get something for nothing. (wealth without work). We must be logical about these words because they are subjective – What you think is easy I may think is hard – or what you call fast I may think is slow.

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With that said, affiliate marketing programs do much to help you get started. They usually always provide several different resources toward that end. Nobody, however has a responsibility to make it profit except YOU! Depending on your level of commitment and focus, the program will eventually work over time. If you are willing to invest your time in learning, implementing your promotions, and giving them time to generate results, the program will probably work for you.

Nobody can guarantee your success. Success is about what you do with everything over time to develop your business! Of course there are still things we can’t control that may affect the speed at which we see results. Just keep your effort coming no matter what it looks like. When you don’t see anything it is time to ramp it up and do more, not get discouraged and stop working.

You can pay for services to help you with the work in building an affiliate marketing business from home online if you have a little money. With no money, that’s ok but you need to do your own marketing and advertising. Not difficult to find instructions and even models that you can use. In general you will find that using the Internet is 10 times cheaper, easier and faster than anything you can do offline – for example you don’t need supplies like paper, ink, postage, or equipment like printers to send advertising messages to your prospects.

You need a mechanism to capture leads online to send your messages to or you can pay for list building services. A combination of both usually works best as capturing leads can take a long time, although they are typically more interested than those on a purchased list of no quality. You don’t want to just “buy leads” – you want to ‘build a list’ of real people. You also may need an autoresponder to manage the list and send the messages automatically.

Don’t manufacture excuses to fail – It is really simple – If you want to earn a profit, you need to do the work and spend the time. You have to be very engaged in your business at all times; albeit whatever time you choose and keep in mind the more time the better result sooner.

If you slack off or sit back and wait, you may wait a long time for nothing. You get what you give. Nothing equals nothing. You are responsible for either your own success or your own failure. Just like real life!

Are You Home Alone? Get Bizzy Working!

While being home is great and so far superior to commuting, it can get lonely. You should take regular ‘breathers’ to get away and change your scenery. If you don’t, it can feel depressing and smothering, and even ‘tied down’ like your day job. No matter how much fun you are having with your home business, you need to refresh your browser!

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You need to be able to stop working sometimes even though it is midnight and you can’t go outside for a walk or go shopping to get away from it. You also obviously need to sleep and to rest and relax. Make an appointment or schedule this with yourself, if necessary. You don’t need to get run down and burned out. Add moderation to both sides of the coin in order to maintain a balance.

On the other hand, if you do stay home a lot as a rule, why not do something productive with your home. Make it generate money to help with the bills. Make it a better atmosphere. Your home can be something that would be very easy to monetize!

There are benefits that you can get from your taxes if you are running a business in your home even part-time. You can deduct a percentage of all your housing costs – rent or mortgage, utilities, equipment, communications, (Internet service, phone, etc). These would also include direct business expenses like advertising, technical services, software, etc). There are schedules you file with your regular itemized personal income taxes (Form 1040), that are for use of your home for business, *(form 8829) and profit or loss from business (*schedule C); (and of course self-employment tax (*schedule SE).

You can file these deductions for a certain number of years even if you do not make any profit from your home business. However, if after a few years time you have not made any profit then it would be considered a hobby at that point and as such you wouldn’t be able to deduct any more business expenses. Why not have a hobby that you can earn a little money with!? Don’t give up on your home business even if you have to do without all the deductions. Who knows what will happen next year?

You can also look at your home business as a learning experience. You may, over time, develop a very profitable business. If you work all day, you may have a problem accepting more work when you get home, working on your days off, etc.. That is not so much the case if you enjoy working and you love working from home. Your problem might be how to stop working! 😉

Take your Home Business Seriously

You may consider a home business as a ‘hobby’ because you already work a full-time ‘day job’. However if you would really like to have a money-making business, or even dream of being self-employed full time someday, listen up.

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While the environment working from home can be one that is more relaxed and comfortable than a regular job, we are still accountable to create a professional business atmosphere during the hours we are working. That may require scheduling time to work and sticking to it the same as you would with a job. can be one that is more relaxed and comfortable than a regular job, we are still accountable to create a professional business atmosphere during the hours we are working. That may require scheduling time to work and sticking to it the same as you would with a job.

Creating a professional office space starts with having clearly a defined area that is only used for your office. If the only space you have available is only a desk in the corner of a room, that space should be used exclusively for business. The space should be organized and straightened up each day. It is best not to spend a lot of time shuffling through piles of papers which will create more productive time you have to accomplish your goals.

Your home office space should be healthy. This means for example, well-lit. People are more productive and positive with bright lighting. You need good, indirect light for your work area so as not to stress your eyes. Your eyes are under a strain especially if your home business is a second ‘job’. Be sure to look away from your computer to something as far away as you can at least once every hour or so.

This will help to decrease the strain on your eyes and corresponding muscles. Be sure to have your eyes checked often (yearly). Seriously, there are some diseases of the eye that are manageable but only if you catch them in time.

Another thing that can cause you to be distracted and less focused, is not having the correct chair. You should not be straining any part of your body. Your chair arms should line up straight from your keyboard and mouse. This is the best way alleviate a lot of the pressure on your wrists.

If you don’t have a footstool, you can use a phone book because lifting your feet slightly relieves strain on your lower back, which can be caused from sitting for hours without a break. Along this line be sure to get up and move around every hour or so to keep your circulation moving. If you have a couple simple stretching exercises, do them – or just walk around your house.

Building a Home Business – Learn How to Do Things Yourself

It may seem convenient to have someone else do things that you are not sure how to do. However it is much better to learn how to do things for yourself. We are not talking about building a space ship (“rocket science”). We are merely talking about very basic technical things for your website or your membership program.

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Even if you could afford to hire technical support to do them for you, you will not be as well off as if you learned how to do it yourself. Somewhere in your program, in your hosting account, or in a search engine, you will find directions on how to do just about anything you need to do.

If you get used to shuffling off anything you do not know how to do, then you will never learn how to run your business completely. If you pay someone else to do it you will never learn. If you have a high volume of work and little time, then it is understandable.

However, it would be wise to ask your support to write some simple instructions for you (and pay extra if necessary) when they do your work. This way you are not tied to paying for support and never quite knowing what is going on. To be real you should actually know how everything in your business is done, whether or not you have support. You should have written procedures that anyone can follow, ‘just in case’.

Particularly if you have not been happy in your career, you will have a great time calling yourself ‘the boss’. Maybe you will also enjoy procrastinating as long as you can if you have nobody to push your work off on; but you can’t carry this too far. You being the boss are the one who is responsible for your business whether you have support or not.

You never can tell — you may come up with some new innovations on how to do things in a more efficient, more accurate way. You must learn how things are done presently or on average before you could see a different perspective where you may improve the procedure. Don’t forget to update your written procedures when you change anything throughout all stages of your home business’ development.

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’.


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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.

Working At Home – What More Could You Do?

If you are fortunate enough to work from home either part or full time, you have a lot more time on your hands than you may realize. When you work outside the home the usual time span for work is 8-hours. You may also include an hour for commute time and another for lunch.


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So you have this small window where you need to get everything done or you start to fall behind or are not meeting deadlines. This creates a special stress that is in addition to all the other time constraints you have to meet. However when you work at home it is not as limited.

You actually have 24-hours in a day and right off the top you can see where that is 3 times as much time as you have to get things done if you have a job. It is not only that you can take advantage of all the hours in a day, but you can use those hours in any way you feel most comfortable.

For example, if on Monday you want to go shopping and out to lunch, you can do your work when you get back. Then on Tuesday you want to dig in and get your work done first thing. So you work for 4-hours and then get ready to head out to the gym. When you get back maybe you do some more work or not.

The point is you can both meet deadlines and be flexible. You can be comfortable. This type of environment is what stimulates creativity and productivity. If you enjoy what you are doing, it makes life so much more fun. Of course if you have a family you can probably see where you would have more time to spend with them.

If you sit down right now and make a tentative schedule for the next week, you will see all the free time you have to fill in with both work and play, You may remember the song from the 60’s where they say ‘relax and float downstream’. You can do that!

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.

Home Business Things – When Things Get Tough the Tough Get Going

You know what? When things get tough you should realize you have to try harder in your home business just to keep up with your own status quo. Major clues may be that you appear to be stagnating (not making progress); or even worse you may be actually falling behind (sales are tanking).

Try it you'll like it!

Actually even this may be a positive thing because you may end up exceeding your past levels as a result of the extra effort you may put forth into trying to catch up! You may become re-enthused in accomplishing something with your business. Who knows at this time in your life, if you do not become even more excited about the possibilities and as a result be willing to make more effort to really succeed with your home business.

There is always something that seems paradoxical to some and that is to be ‘divorced from the fruits of your actions’. You naturally want to see results for your work. However it really can tend to make people want to rush and give them unrealistic expectations when they are only focused on the rewards. People really need to be aware that they need to focus on taking the actions that will eventually produce the results.

Otherwise you are putting ‘the carriage before the horse’. This is evident in many ‘new’ home business entrepreneurs where they are almost laser focused on – what they are going to get right away. They completely seem not to acknowledge logic or reality and insist that things will happen by osmosis merely because some successful guy told them it would.

They are in complete denial that they need to invest their time and effort to actually develop a business before they will see substantial results. It is not a quick, shallow half-effort a few times or once in a while. It needs to be a whole-hearted effort just like it would be if you had a job you wanted to do well with and succeed at.

The only difference is this one is for you – you are not putting forth this effort to make someone else rich. If you do it right and you really want it, it can be you that reaps the benefits. Think about that for a while especially if you feel bored or disenchanted with your life in general and/or your business in particular.