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!

Home Business Start-Up – Credit or Savings?

You may be playing a losing game if you are using credit to fund your business start-up, unless you are prepared to pay your entire balance each month. The maze begins because when you have cash you need to pay your credit card and other bills. If you need cash even for necessities, you are forced to use your credit, aka ‘funny money’.

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It may just seem natural to use your card for business expenses, particularly online where you may be required to use a credit card in order to make a purchase. If you start planning to start a business by creating a savings account that will be for business operating expenses, it makes much more sense to your bottom line. If you have saved sufficient funds in your savings account to make a purchase, then use the credit card, but prepare to pay the entire balance from your savings as soon as you can (try not to accrue interest) and no need to since you already have the money to pay.

Ask yourself if you have any gambling addictions or compulsive spending habits. Please be honest with yourself because if you do, then you have to be very disciplined in your spending, more so than others who do not feel compulsive about spending money. You should definitely get serious about this before you go bankrupt. Your situation can get out of control if you do not have enough income to cover your expenses. Never speculate, which even with a fancy name is still gambling.

If you are using credit now, do some simple math with examples. Do some calculations that prove how interest due on the money you borrow from your credit card adds up quickly and compounds. It is costing you a lot of money to use credit instead of cash (savings). Never spend more than you have immediate custody of, no matter what the excuse, including investing in your business. Only use your credit line for emergencies, other than what you can pay each month to erase any balance, as defined above.

Preparing for the unexpected should be done before it happens. You never know when the unexpected will happen. The idea to be prepared ‘just in case’ is a good, safe one. We hope nothing catastrophic ever happens, and if it doesn’t you have a windfall. We need both savings for emergencies and a business operating budget. You can probably have two free savings accounts with minimum balances.

If necessary part of your business plan should start with how much money you have to invest each month to fund the start-up. You should start putting away money into a savings account if you have a job, each payday. Even $5 will add up believe it or not if you are consistent and don’t use it.

Don’t Be Stuck in Traffic – Drive it to Your Home Business Website

Have you ever stopped to account for all the time and money you spend commuting to and from your job? When determining whether it would benefit you to work from home, start right there with how much you spend on gasoline, bridge tolls, parking, car maintenance, or public transportation.

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You will likely see where a big chunk of your income goes out of pocket. If you have children then you could add the cost of child care and the related transportation for that. So technically right from the start, if you work at home, you will have money in your pocket that wasn’t there (for long) when you had a job.

Additionally you must consider the intangible benefits of working from home as they are of paramount importance. One is that you will have much less stress without the commute and office politics. You may say ‘eh, stress no big deal’ – but it is – people actually die from stress-related diseases. Part of this equation is that when you have a home business you have more time for exercise and fresh air so there are at least two ways it helps you stay healthy.

Another intangible benefit of working from home is that you have more time for your children. Whether you can cut out child care and do it yourself while you work at home, or just by using all the commute time as ‘play’ time with them, your child is benefiting from the arrangement more than you probably realize. You probably just accepted that you rarely spent time with the kids, because there was no alternative that you knew of. You have to work. However all a child understands is you are hardly ever there.

To think realistically there will be obstacles and challenges to getting your life transitioned to working from home. The most efficient way would be to start building your business part-time. Keep your day job as long as you need the income. Quit only when you are secure that you have sufficient money to cover your living expenses should you quit your job if at all possible. If you are being ‘let go’ (laid off, etc.) the company should provide severance, unused vacation days accrued and pay in lieu of notice if applicable. You should be eligible for unemployment insurance or have a healthy savings account and this will help tide you over while you find at least a part-time job for the next step in building your own business.

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It is always best somehow to anticipate the unexpected and be prepared. Unfortunately it is hardly ever possible to know when something is just around the corner. While we always hope for the best something terrible can happen like losing our job and our main source of income unexpectedly. That is not the time to start a business unless we have saved money and have severance pay, savings and/or unemployment insurance. Job or not, living expenses march on.

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Unless you have money to live on for a while, you need to focus on getting a job rather than to speculate on starting a business online just yet. Depending on many factors, nobody knows how long it will take to develop a steady income from your own business. While it is much less expensive to start a business on the Internet than it is offline, it is going to take some time and effort, and possibly some money to make it faster and easier.

One thing you don’t want to be is desperate, which you may be if you are unprepared for this major life change of losing your job suddenly. When people are desperate that is when they are most vulnerable and can make bad decisions. They are not thinking clearly and are emotional, afraid, etc. So being prepared for the unexpected as much as you can is a real good idea. That would mean taking some action ahead of time when there are no catastrophes looming.

Even if you do not have emergency recovery resources in place, it is much smarter to try to find a part-time job FIRST so that you have some income while you are building your home business. If you can start this while you STILL have unemployment benefits you can report your income and this will result in your benefits being extended.

You can at least think this through and ideally also start saving some money right now. If nothing happens you can just keep saving that money; or pay some bills to save the expense of interest. You will also be surprised what a little peace of mind is worth in this regard. It is always best to be prepared. Having extra money socked away is a good way.

Home-Based Business Start-Up – Maintaining a Mindset for Success

When we are making a final determination as to whether we could set up a successful home business we should really ask ourselves the following.

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If we were our own boss, would we really do the work we need to do? Will we keep working diligently even though at first (and maybe for quite some time) we will not be paid? Will we be able to keep investing our time and effort and maybe a few dollars into our business for an extended period without seeing any return on investment? Will we be able to keep from feeling discouraged through this period?

You will need to be down in the trenches until you get everything set up, including some trial and error. The ‘magic sauce’ doesn’t sound very glamorous from this vantage point, does it? This is why you have to maintain a positive mindset. The work and sacrifice are exactly what makes the difference between make it or break it and not just at start-up but going forward as well.

So there is no point in wasting your time and other resources to start something you won’t be able to finish. That is why it is such a good idea for you to explore the possibilities first. Don’t forget that there are some business models that you may like more than others. So try a few on for size before you decide.

Also think about the goals you want to achieve if you do go into creating a home business. Do you just want to supplement your income with some extra cash? Do you actually badly need to bring in more income as what your job provides is not sufficient for a nice lifestyle?

Did you lose your job and now need to find a way to support yourself? (In this case it is probably advisable to get at least another part-time job first ) and work on your business start-up part-time (unless you have savings, severance pay, and/or unemployment insurance to tide you over). You have to have living expenses while you are developing your business.

Contrary to popular wishful thinking, starting a business is not going to generate income immediately. It needs to be developed over time with lots of effort. Just think logically – if we could send out 10 emails and then sit back and wait for the cash to roll in, why wouldn’t we all do it? The answer is because nothing like that exists (legally). It is more like 100’s of emails on a consistent basis over time that might produce some cash.

So do you think you can do it? I bet you can if you can maintain a mindset that is determined and motivated.

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!

Home Business Opportunities Online

The Internet offers a vast array of home business opportunities if you just look for them (in a search engine). Some may seem a little far-fetched, but you may be surprised. Even the companies that advertise their business opportunities on television may not seem realistic. There is always a ‘catch’ – for instance lately there are ads that claim they will build a website for you absolutely free. They forget to mention the $100 maintenance fee until you get to the order form. It still may be a good deal but ‘free’ it isn’t since the maintenance is required.

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Many ads simply show the results of the most successful people. Although it may seem to be far-fetched, there are legitimate online business opportunities and people really have been making money with them for quite some time now. However they may not always be easy to find. Searching for one of the ‘super sites’ may seem like a job in itself. Research is not the thing to scrimp on, so don’t rush. Many people may look for a quick buck on the Internet. Many who look for a quick dollar are not necessarily looking for an honest dollar, so be careful.

There are all sorts of business opportunities to choose from on the Internet. Freelancers can do writing and SEO (search engine optimization) projects just to name a few services you could do from home to earn money. Many business opportunities online rely on the buying and selling of products either directly or through affiliate programs. It may seem cheaper and easier to go off on your own (no ‘middle man’) but if you get to the point of itemizing your expenses to set this up, you will see the middle man is worth every penny.

The affiliate gets paid when a customer buys a product or makes a referral in some cases. Many online businesses center on online stores if a store is your idea of a ‘business’. It is a good way to represent several different products in one place. Others believe it is best to focus on just one niche. Having multiple streams of income is a very wise strategy, whether it is different opportunities or miscellaneous products in the same niche.

It works really well to have ‘back-end’ sales where you have made the initial sale and at the checkout you offer an optional related product. An example of this would be you sold a phone and the ‘back-end’ offer(s) may be accessories like a leather case, a stylus, head phones, etc.

Internet Marketing – Realizing Your Dream

When you were a kid did you dream about what you want to be when you grow up? You probably changed your mind several times by the time you grew up! If you had a solid idea of what you wanted to do by this time, you may have planned to attend college to create a reality from your dream. You researched which colleges had the best options, the best cost, decent housing costs for living either on campus or in an apartment, etc. You may have done this routine with a few different schools before you determined if one was just right for you or as close to it as possible.

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The point is people have to create a plan that includes their ability to pay the costs, do the work, etc. If you want your dream(s) to become your reality, you have to create a plan and research it as you develop it into a step-by-step process that will get you where you want to go. You also need the ability to change direction when necessary. Your plans need to be both focused and flexible.

After graduation it will be the same type of planning where you will need to find the companies that are hiring in your field. Some of the things you will need to know to decide if it could be right for you are for instance, where is the company located? Will the company pay you close to what you are expecting? *(they say don’t ask this until you have been through a few interviews with that company). Will you or they be willing to compromise if not? Who do you need to see to arrange an interview? Since plans are usually dependent on different factors, some of which are beyond your control, you may at least consider what other options you may have. It is best to plan for contingencies.

If you dream of creating an Internet marketing (IM) business, then all of the above still applies. However, IM seems to attract its share of ‘mavericks’. Entrepreneurs do not necessarily have college degrees, so don’t give up if you can’t hack college. IM Entrepreneurs just need initiative and motivation and be willing to learn. If necessary there are other (much cheaper) options to learning online part-time so that you can still support yourself and/or build your business while you are learning. Check out ‘Community Colleges’. These schools actually are accredited (you can earn a valid degree).

You can start out to see if you like the industry just by joining an affiliate marketing program online for a few dollars. It wouldn’t be such a far stretch to assume that with a little hands-on experience in the field, you could start your own membership program.

Are You One Who Lives to Work or Who Works to Live?

Some people love to work and their job is a priority. These folks enjoy working and look forward to it. Others not so much and just show up for the paycheck and do as little as they can get away with. Hard to tell if they have something they really do like to do, like a hobby, such as photography or painting – maybe not even that.

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It is pretty common to hear the expression ‘starving artists’. That’s because for some reason they usually spend several years of creating art that doesn’t sell and doesn’t often generate enough money to live on. Many times artists have no sense of business so they may mismanage most financial issues. Sad, but maybe something about the struggle may contribute to developing their talent.

If we live to work or work to live , the difference may depend t on whether you have a job where you are doing something you like to do if not just tolerate it well. Sometimes it is necessary to do anything we can to support ourselves when in dire straits. This may have to be okay for a limited time, but if it becomes a permanent career it can become a real mental and emotional drain.

Other than sleeping, our work consumes a large portion of our daily life. We should really try to be happy with what we are doing – or are forced to be doing. It really requires some strength to remain positive in a negative situation. However, if we are in a position where we are not really happy, we need to try to change it.

In today’s financial environment, we can’t just throw away a job, because the days are gone where we knew we could always find something better. We are fortunate if we have a way to support ourselves on any decent level. If we really want more, we have to believe that we can do it and then we have to take action to achieve our goals.

If we love to work it will be a lot easier if we have to develop a business to supplement our income, or to start mapping out a planning an escape from our hamster wheel (rut) to save our sanity among other things. If you are willing to try working at home at least part-time to begin to build a business you can get creative and build something you like doing.

Building Components for an Online Business

The idea for the business would seem to be the most important thing to consider when you are creating a plan to start a business online. Ideas may include products or services to sell, and also the entire concept. The concept would be the look and feel (environment) etc. Your presentation is key as well – your website design and format, your advertising and marketing content is important in attracting people and keeping them interested.

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It would be important to know if there is a market for what you plan to promote. It is very logical that it is more difficult if we choose the product and then try to find somebody that wants it. The ‘path of least resistance’ would be to do some research to learn what the market wants and then give it to them. Think about that. It is a whole different dynamic when they come to you for something they want, than if you are chasing them down to try to convince them.

Your motivation is important. Determine how badly you want to have a business and why. It probably should be more than ‘need money’. You should have a passion – (besides the money). Motivation may arise as a result of your dissatisfaction with where you find yourself. For instance you are not making as much money as you want or need; or maybe you are not doing something that you like to do.

There can be other negative factors associated with politics in our workplace environment. A huge motivation would be if you are about to lose your job, love it or hate it, or have already been terminated. You know you need to do something fast and as for a home business it can be either part or full-time. Realistically if you don’t have severance pay or unemployment insurance, you should probably focus first on replacing your full-time income.

Any of these things can motivate you to start building your own successful home business. If you put a lot of effort and time into developing your business, and are patient with the process, you are likely to eventually achieve your goals for success. Just don’t give up. One thing that must be part of your mindset is that you are not in a rush. You are realistically building a business from the ground up. There is no magic that will have money popping out of your computer in 2-days – or maybe even 2-months. That is why you have to be strong in your motivation to see it through. Otherwise why bother?