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 – 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.


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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.

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.

Start an Online Business – Promise Yourself You Will Succeed

Whenever there is an opportunity to really excel and transcend whatever plain of existence you find yourself living on, why not go for it? It may be a very true statement that being ‘half-baked’ about anything has a half-way chance of winning or failing. Not great odds but still better than no chance at all.

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If you have a computer at home and a decent Internet connection, you have a good chance for success. Of course the computer and/or the Internet will not do the work you need to do to accomplish anything; so let’s add real motivation and a dedication to making an effort to succeed. We are just ‘over the top’ on the success side!

Enough emphasis however can’t be given to the necessary time and effort that must also be invested in order to develop a business online. Time referenced here, refers to research and the learning curve, and taking action to implement what you have learned. The biggest time factor though that people seem to miss the point on is allowing time to produce the results.

Their main focus seems to be that there were no commissions in the first month (common) and they have created an artifcial deadline – didn’t see anything in 30-days and now there may be another monthly fee so just abandon it – so wrong.

It is not instant or magical that you put up a link on the Internet and send out a couple ads once or twice. There must be millions of those half-baked businesses online; it’s sad.. Success and accomplishing your goals are about the actions you take consistently over TIME. You must always be building momentum by continuing to advertise and market your business whether sales are soaring or sinking!

If there is any money to be spent you can find ways to save your time and effort by purchasing various services. If not, then you will need to do things for yourself. Either way if you do, it will lead to success. Could be sooner or could be later. It can still happen if you have an organized plan and stick to it – or change it if it doesn’t appear to be producing any results. (give it plenty of time before you decide).

Be sure to tell yourself each and every day when you sit down at your computer that you are there to succeed. There isn’t going to be any excuses why you don’t because you will just keep trying!

Online Business – Never Burn Your Bridges

Not all people will always agree on every point and for that matter may vehemently disagree on many things. We are all different and that is the way we are the same. Diversity makes the world more interesting. With that said grudges are something that doesn’t need to exist and in fact make life complicated and ugly.

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No matter which side of the fence we may be sitting on in a disagreement or confrontation, we need to learn how to negotiate and collaborate. At the very least we need to ‘agree to disagree’ and respectfully move on or change the subject. We are not forced to agree or to change our point of view although it would be an additional advantage to the relationship if we were able to admit we may be wrong.

You never know a year from now if you are faced with a wonderful proposal to start a new project or business and there is your nemesis! If your past argument ended on a friendly note, then there may be a chance that one or both of you forgot what the confrontation was even about. At the least it won’t matter and you can try to work together and maybe even laugh about it.

On the other hand if it ended on the ugly side you probably need to move along and find some people to work with who you have more in common with? This can prove to be very embarrassing and will limit your chances. It would also be very disappointing to you (maybe both) if you realized on the spot that a possibly great opportunity will be missed due to some petty argument in the past.

This is just another reason to always keep an open mind. Do not ever limit your options by being stuck to a way of thinking that cannot be changed no matter what the logic may be. Sometimes it is much easier to consider the other person’s point of view and unless it is something so radical as to be in your opinion morally or ethically repugnant, at least think about it and be gracious in your refusal.

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.

Focus on Your Target Goals

For many people they mistakenly think they don’t need actual ‘goals’ in their life. They figure they will just go with the flow and see where it takes them. This is a mistake because often you will just go along and never really get anywhere except your least denomination.

get a target and hit it

Somehow some people ‘grow up’ with no real idea of what they want to do or be. They never really find out and end up with the best ‘dead-end’ job they can find. Not to say really ‘dead end’, but just not necessarily as well as you could have done had you had goals to target.

You look at this type of job as an income, sometimes barely sufficient but good enough since there are no expectations. Sometimes this happens to people who do not have a lot of self-esteem and have more or less just been satisfied with whatever life puts in front of them. In a way that is not totally negative that they can just be happy to be!

At some point however you can change. You can start wondering what it would be like to have more money or more freedom. You can even do something about it if you really want to. It could start with a free online course to teach you something you could do to earn extra money.

Or you could just discover some affiliate program(s) that are very inexpensive to join and will teach you some basic things to start an online business. So now you may have what is considered a ‘goal’. In fact the goal even has a target to focus on.

Maybe you could set a target goal to make $25 a week in referral commissions as your initial goal, with or without a timeline, and then as you meet your benchmark your target goal could be increased to $50 a week and you are on your way!

If you want to be Interesting, be Interested

People communicate through various mediums. Talking is one of the best things there is about having associations. There are relationships with your family, friends and business associates. You would likely talk about different things to different people.

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If you have nothing to say, it is pretty hard to talk! Of course there is always ‘small talk’ for family – what the dog did – what the kids did, etc. Things will come to mind. With friends there are a few more topics that could be discussed including career and romance.

However if you need to write or communicate in some other way to the general public, business peers, etc. then it is probably a good idea for you to read something interesting that you can then later discuss. For example world news and unfortunately that may include extremely negative or problematic issues. Of course best to avoid ‘politics’ and ‘religion’ as they usually include conflict and confrontation. We don’t need too much of that.

However, ‘political correctness’ is the biggest threat to ‘freedom of speech’ that this country has ever experienced and it is a real danger. Next they will tell us what we should be thinking and we will be going out shopping for those tin foil hats so people can’t read our minds.

There is never any excuse to be cruel so right there that covers a lot. People do have the right to their opinion of course; but if it is hurtful in some way you might want to avoid mentioning it at all rather than to judge and thereby humiliate someone as well as yourself.

The point here though is when you have ‘writer’s block’. It is really not about writing. It is about not having any ideas. If you read the news, or a few words in a book, or even an advertisement on a cereal box you are likely to get some ideas. Stay interested in your surroundings so that you will have plenty of thoughts that come to mind that may create an interesting conversation.