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How To Beat The Home-Based Burnout Blues

I went to visit a friend who had quit the corporate world to start his own art-based business. This was a guy who wore, if not a suit, at least a tie and jacket to work every day for a decade. All the curtains in his house were drawn and his bed was littered with color samples, catalogs and all the assorted detritus of a home-based business. With his unshaven face and sunken eyes, he bore a frightening resemblance to Tom Hanks in “Castaway”. He leaned over and, with a wild glint in his eye, whispered “I haven’t taken a shower in three days.” That close to him it wasn’t difficult to believe but I couldn’t figure out why he felt the need to tell me.A couple of years later I got it when I too had swapped working for the man for the pleasantly unstructured life of a home-based entrepreneur.I was on my way to a Networking luncheon and slipped some dress shoes on only to find that my feet had apparently grown two sizes. My sneakers and my fluffy slippers fit just fine but they didn’t go with my little black suit. I understood then that his confession had been more than a need to share his personal hygiene issues with me. He felt compelled to share the horror of what he was becoming.At some point every back bedroom entrepreneur has an epiphany that they might be a little too far gone along the do-it-yourself continuum. For me it was the shoes. For my friend it was the orange water pouring out of his groaning shower head when he finally found a reason to shower.If you’re just starting out with a home-based business and still euphoric over getting to conduct business in your pj’s or being able to take an Oprah break – be aware that there is a dark side. One day you, too, will run slap up against a moment of clarity when you see your formerly civilized life slipping away from you and realize that you may have taken the ball and run with it just a little too far.It’s a tricky thing to get the balance just right. There’s so much to do in setting up and maintaining a business. And, mindful of the fact that 80% of all small businesses fail in the first year, you are probably anxious to do as much as you can as fast as you can in order to start bringing home the goods.There are several balances to be worked out – all of them tricky. When do you outsource and when do you do it yourself? How much can you work and still have a life and a family at the end of it? What do you absolutely have to do first and what can wait?There are many excellent books and articles on what to do to set up your business. This isn’t one of them. This is about how to be as you do those things. How to be kind to yourself; available to your family and friends and enjoy life even amid the uncertainty and stress of creating your dream from scratch. Your life isn’t wallpaper to your daily struggle. It goes on whether you pay attention to it or not.So here are a couple of tips to keep you present and focused. Some practical some more touchy-feely. All of them useful. Six things you can do to avoid singing the Home-Based Burnout Blues.1. Find your Purpose.This may sound pretty basic but it’s so basic many people don’t do it. Your Purpose is not the same as your goal. Your goal is what you want to do; your Purpose is why you want to do it. Your Purpose is larger and inclusive of all aspects of your life.Why do you want to do what you want to do? Why are you uniquely qualified to do it? If you don’t know this and can’t explain it to yourself how are you going to be able to market yourself? (Are you still laboring under the illusion that you won’t have to market yourself? Are you still waiting for a knock at the front door from someone demanding your goods/services?)Your goal may be to sell $200,000 of widgets this year. But your Purpose may be to sell $200,000 of a fine quality product with such integrity and appreciation for your customers that they will provide you with return business which will in turn provide for a good living for you and your family.Write out your Purpose and post it everywhere. Stuff it in your sock drawer so it’ll surprise you when you least expect it. Definitely stick it on your TV. Read it every day. Don’t lose this Purpose in the minutiae of daily tasks. Don’t go unconscious to it. Be aware of what you do every day. Everything you do is a structure to either move you towards it or away from it.Ask yourself periodically. Am I in line with my Purpose? Is playing with your kids in line with Purpose? Sure, if it keeps you sane and healthy and nourishes your family. Is watching back to back episodes of Cops in line with your Purpose? Probably not if you slump on the couch and come to three hours later wondering where the time went.There’s an old Buddhist saying:”If you seek enlightenment do not waste your time by day or by night.”Switch success for enlightenment and you’ve got a pretty good mantra for business.But what if you’ve been working your rear off and you decide that some mindless TV is just what the doctor ordered to rest your brain and give you a rare treat? Then – vegging on the couch may actually be in line with your Purpose because you chose to do it willingly and mindfully. It’s about whether you choose the situation or let the situation choose you.2. Once you find your Purpose plot a road map to it.My husband and I once took a road trip which went through 8 beautiful Western states including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah . I had exactly two weeks of vacation and knew when I could leave and when I had to be back. In order to get back in time we had to budget a certain minimum amount of travel time per day and there were things we wanted to do along the way.We went to AAA and they built what they call a Trip Tik for us. They gave us maps of all the states we would pass through and plotted the best route. We also scheduled in time for detours and hiking and just lolling around. They put all this information in a handy little pouch and gave it to us. It was a great trip.Had we just set out on the fly without a plan we could have ended up stressed out hundreds of miles away from home the day before I was due back at work or we could have zipped through some beautiful scenery and found ourselves with time to spare and nothing to do in it.So build yourself a Trip Tik to your Purpose. Take your day planner or a long sheet of paper and break your day up into appointment blocks. Two hour increments work great. These appointments are not negotiable. So be on time and ready to go. Make appointments with yourself to do the tasks you have prioritized. Make appointments with yourself to clean house, do yoga and walk the dog. But write it down. Otherwise time will seduce you. They’re contracts with yourself and you need to keep them with as much integrity as you’d keep any contracts with clients.No matter how much fun you’re having doing a task it should end when it’s supposed to end. It shouldn’t take on a life of its own. In fact, the more you like doing it the more you need structure surrounding it. We all like to do pleasant things that we’re good at. But they may not be what needs to be done right now. Have definite starting and ending times for your day.Make yourself an appointment for something active every few hours so you’re not sitting on the phone or computer for 12 hours straight. If you have a problem with forgetting to eat or drink enough water – schedule those too. I might schedule two hours of writing on my articles then a half hour appointment to clean the kitchen which would stretch me and get my circulation moving (and get the kitchen cleaned!). Back to the computer for answering e-mails and client paperwork and bookkeeping. Another hour scheduled for a quick lunch and walk in the park with the dog. Client phone sessions would be scheduled with ten minute breaks in between. Finish work at 6 PM.I could easily work until 11 PM and have done so many times. But that’s not healthy and not sustainable especially as I share my life and home with others. My particular Purpose includes having the energy and peace of mind to enjoy the results of all my hard work at the end of the day.3. Put it in writing.Put what in writing, you ask? Everything. Purpose. Ideas. Outlines. Lists. Deadlines. Goals. Studies show, by the way, that only 3% of us write down our goals. But of the 3% of entrepreneurs who do – a stunning 97% achieve their goals!Get this stuff out of your head and onto paper. Make it so that your business is present and visible.There are two great advantages to getting all of this stuff out of your head and onto paper. It makes your business real. A character in your daily life. And it saves energy because you don’t have to worry about forgetting things or keeping track of ideas. So find a system and run with it. Get a Daily Planner. I love the Franklin Covey system. It combines journaling with an appointment calendar and a To Do list. It’s expensive but you can usually find it on eBay. Write down your Mission statement; Vision statement and Business and Marketing Plans. You’ll need a business plan anyway if you’re planning on getting outside funds. Look at your Business and Marketing plan daily.4. Value yourself.Figure out your hourly rate and factor that in to every decision you make. I mean every decision. It’s great to be able to build your own website. You can save a bundle if you’re already computer-savvy and there are many excellent softwares which will help you. I made my first with a program I got from my website host. I put $14.95 on my credit card, downloaded it and within minutes was working on my site. I did it myself and it looked decent.But it took me close to six weeks. I wasn’t working on it full-time but when I wasn’t I was thinking about it. It was a major distraction and it was a lot of fun. There was a learning curve so I first had to learn the software then implement it. I knew nothing about color or fonts or placement or keywords or metatags. I lost time that I should have been marketing and in the end the whole exercise was more a character building exercise than a website building exercise.I survived and so did my site. But had I added up all the hours I worked on it (including the “hidden” hours when I got up at 3 AM to fiddle with it) and paid myself – I probably didn’t save any money and I would have gotten a more professional looking site with a designer. When you decide whether to do something yourself or outsource it be sure to also factor in the time it takes to learn the software. This can be substantial.Add up the missed marketing and promotional opportunities and add in the stress and aggravation factor.If you want to outsource design work try a community bulletin board like Craigslist.org ( a stomping ground for many unemployed web designers). There’s now a Craigslist in pretty much every major city. Remember, too, that you don’t need to even have a web designer living in your home state unless you plan on suing them over the end product. elance.com. is also great for home entrepreneurs. You can post your project online and receive bids from vendors. Check out their portfolios; interview them and go with the right one.If you’re good with graphics and hellbent on designing your site and cards, letterheads etc. yourself give yourself a deadline and stick to it. When I was starting out I figured out my hourly rate was about $75.00. I got in the habit of calculating how long it would take me to do something; learn the software and experiment by trial and error. I tried to factor in the frustration factor to me and the lost time to my family and other areas of my life. If I could hire a professional to do it for less I farmed it out.5. Which brings us to money.Don’t get caught in the “I can’t afford it” trap. You may not have much money to spend but everyone has a little. Allocate it wisely. You have to spend money to make money. Maybe this is a Universal law because it thins the herd right at the outset. If you don’t invest in yourself why should anyone else?Most of us have an ego mind which has mixed feelings about our success. One way to put a tripwire in front of what should be our stunning rush to success is to tell ourselves we can’t afford to do what we know we need to do. Then it’s not our fault if we don’t make it. We didn’t make the cut because we didn’t have the money to start our business right not because we were afraid or unwilling to risk.If you don’t have the money to pay for something – barter it or ask for terms. Get a credit card and use it specifically for start-up expenses. Getting into a little debt isn’t so terrible. If you have equity on your house take out a home equity loan or refinance it. Talk to a relative and ask them to swing you a short-term loan. There are many organizations out there which will loan to small businesses with a Business plan. (You do have a business plan, don’t you?) Try Charo. SBA. Come from a place of abundance (hope) and not scarcity (fear). Assume and believe in your success. Then take the steps you need to take to be successful.Part of figuring out your Trip Tik is figuring out what you absolutely cannot do without to get to your Purpose. There are certain elemental things you’ll need. Website. Business cards. Phone line. Make a list of bare necessities and find a way to pay for them. Don’t buy or invest in anything else no matter how interesting or fun it might be until you’ve covered the basics.”Vision without action is a daydream”.6. Build a team and a support system.A one man band can usually play many instruments passably but none of them well. Find out what you do well and get help with the rest. Even if it’s only online. Find people you can network with locally. There’s probably a professional organization you can join. If not – join Toastmasters or your local Chamber of Commerce. Ask for help. Get out of the house and rub shoulders with people who are doing what you’re doing.Ask for feedback. Do you know how many people would like to help you to succeed? Do you know how good it feels to give support to someone struggling to make something of their lives? Give your friends, and even strangers, this opportunity.Find someone you admire in your field and write or call them. Tell them you would like to be where they are. Ask if they have any words of advice. If they respond – be sure to send them a thank-you letter. Then follow-up and let them know how their advice has helped you. Don’t fall into limiting belief scripts that they wouldn’t be interested; you’re bothering them etc. Don’t make their decisions for them. Think how you’d feel if your expertise helped someone and they took the time to thank you. You breathe the same air as your mentors.Finally, when you hit a roadblock be kind to yourself. Setbacks can hurt. Keep in mind that every moment is a fresh one and carries within it the seeds of tremendous fortune. The next contact you make could turn your life around.If you’ve never been big on the God thing this isn’t a bad time to give it a whirl. You don’t have to be into organized religion. If you feel passionately about your business you may believe you were put on this earth to do it. It’s nice to have Someone to thank or blame when things go up or down. It’s good to have Someone to talk to when you just need to be heard. It’s even better when they talk back.

Finding Profitable Products For Your Online Business

Emerging entrepreneurs from around the globe would like to try their hand on online marketing. Where to start and what to sell are the first stumbling blocks for these aspiring entrepreneurs.Fortunately, entrepreneurs can overcome this state of inertia given the right guidance. This article aims to guide and stimulate your creativity on how to generate one’s online product.To cash in from the marketing advantages of the Internet you must first provide a product. There is an exsisting theory in marketing on on existing pattern people buy products.Significantly, product must be something that people want not what they need. If you offer only what people need you may not get a strong demand for your product. It is a fact that people buy based on emotions. People have to justify their decisions to buy after making a purchase from an emotional standpoint.To put it another way, people will always make a decision based on emotion and justify it logically. The product must be able to grab the interest, desire and inspiration of your potential customers. Interest, desire and inspiration will trigger the emotions, which will create a “want” of a product. This is a key concept if you want to have a successful product online.Some people will be at a loss in finding a product. A good program for a beginner is to join an affiliate partnership. An affiliate program allows anyone who has a website to sell and promote a product in exchange for a commission. Affiliate merchants pays between five percent (5%) to seventy five percent(75%) commission. The job of an affiliate is pretty easy. There are no products to develop, carry or ship and no orders to process and refund. All the hard work is handled directly by the affiliate company. The popular affiliate companies are, Amazon, Ebay, Commission Junction, Be Free, Click Trade Link Share, among others.Another method for searching products is during the Christmas season. Whatever the economic class they fall into, as a rule, people prepare for gift giving. A pervasive sense of generosity fills the air, and seemingly, people have more money to spend. The last 2 “ber” months are the best time to look for opportunities.To cite an example stall in most malls are a good venue to look for new products. These stalls also are a good place to see if the potential product will actually sell and can be sustained by the market. The workplace is also a good place to find opportunities. There are a lot of corporations looking for Christmas giveaways. Because of budget constraints, corporations always look value for money. Since people may be too busy to go and shop, one can avail of the informal market place tucked under the desk of the enterprising employees. This mode can be a promising outlet for the potential product. Staff also organize exchange gift programs and create the need for daily or weekly gift-giving that leads up to the annual office Christmas party.On the other hand, executives are looking for presents for their staff, their peers, and boss. On the other, rank and file look for gifts for their bosses. Indeed more opportunities in November and December, that one will ever get in the other ten months of the year given the general propensity to spend at this time. If your product cannot sell in the next 45 days. It will certainly be more difficult to do so later.I hope this article was able to stimulate your creativity. Pull out your new product ideas from your thinking cap. Incubate them now and find out if they have an economically sustainable market. Be sensitive and monitor how the market reacts to them.Most importantly, It is not enough to have just a product. If it does not sell, you must find reasons why it did not sell.

Does Money Make Money?

If it is your goal to accumulate wealth, believing the fallacy that money makes money, will hinder your progress to no end. This belief stifles many to a life of failure, and misery.The goal setting theory of motivation means that you need to be positive – and realistic – to be able to reach your goal, especially if that goal is to make money.How many times do we hear that “money makes money.” Money can make money just as easily as Ferrari can win the Grand Prix without Schumaker in the driver’s seat.”Ferrari is the Grand Prix world champion.” Do we say that? “Microsoft invented Windows.” Do we say that? Or do we say, “Schumaker is the world champion.” And “Gates invented Windows.”? Of course we give credit to the person, or people. And that’s because that is the reality.Money is an innate, lifeless thing.To illustrate…Let’s say we want to make our money grow, then we place a $100 note in a tin and bury it, and a year later we return and dig it up. How much money will there be? Only our $100 note we placed in the tin. There is no way, on God’s green earth that there can be one cent more than the original $100.People make money! And people lose money!Certainly, money can earn interest, but the person (or rather the person’s intelligence) is required to invest the money to earn that interest. In this regard, a person can make a bad investment, and not earn as much interest, or can lose money.On the other side of the coin (no pun intended), a person can indulge in a business venture, and this way make money. Or lose it!Whichever route is taken, it is the intelligence of the PERSON that either makes money, or makes more money. This is the way it has always worked, and always will.Even in the event where someone has a big windfall, like winning the lottery, this money can be squandered, or made to multiply. Whichever it is, it is up to the person, to either invest wisely, or to spend endlessly. The history books are full of tales where enormous fortunes were won, and then lost.Therefore, if it is your goal to make money, don’t fall into the trap of believing that “money makes money”; it is a lifeless object, that cannot possible multiply without the intelligence of a human being. Rather…Make it your goal to…… learn about money, and how to invest and use it to multiply.

Your Window Washing Business Needs A Golden Image In Order To Reach Maximum Success!

In the window washing business, it takes a lot more than knowing how to wash a window in order to be successful. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “You get one chance to make a first impression. Make it a good one”. So we’re going to talk today about how to create a powerful impression designed to turn your window washing prospects into a boatload of repeat customers.There was a headline recently in the USA Today that said “Image is everything”. They hit the nail right on the head. Yes…a top caliber image is extremely important for your window washing business.A good example of “a golden image” vs. “a shoddy image” can best be summed up by a story I write within my manual about this window washer I saw “out and about” one day.He had this ugly looking beat up truck with smoke billowing out the back. The name “Pete’s Window Washing” in tore up white stencils was on the side of the truck. But not only was hisvehicle appearance weak, his own personal appearance left something to be desired. Long greasy hair, tattoos, raggedy jeans, etc. A real drab individual backed up with an even sorrier company appearance.Now let’s look at you. You spend a few dollars to properly outfit yourself with a company polo shirt and you’re wearing some casual Dockers. You’re also driving a fairly clean car or truck with nice looking magnetic signs on the side of the vehicle.Your appearance is neat and so is your 4 wheel rolling company advertisement. You’re already way ahead of the game, but watch what happens next.You and Pete both show up at the prospect’s house to do a window washing estimate. Who do you think your prospect will feel more comfortable with-Pete or you?I know…I know…simple question. But let’s take it one step further. You and Pete proceed to do the estimate. Pete scribbles the amount of his estimate on the back of his business card (like most window washers do).You, on the other hand, proceed to present a complete estimate package to the prospect. Not just a price, but a complete story about you, your company, your service, some references with phone numbers and then the price. I created just such an estimate package which literally did the “selling” for me (it’s included within my system).It’s decision time for your prospect. But is it really a decision? Who do you think your prospect will pick to do their windows? You! It’s an absolute no-brainer.This is why if you focus on creating an all around golden image, you’ll rarely feel the heat from competition.This is ESPECIALLY important in the residential window washing business. You’re in some beautiful homes. Your prospect needs to feel very comfortable with you if they’re going to let you into their castle.There are so many benefits to creating a top caliber image. First and foremost is you’ll get more jobs. But you’ll also be able to charge more (people pay for peace of mind), you’ll get many, many referrals, and you’ll be invited back for repeat services because the trust factor your customer will feel towards you will be very high.The bottom line here is to simply look like a professional. Even if you’re brand new to the window cleaning business, you can still “fake it ’til you make it”. Any dollars you use to create a professional image will be multiplied back to you in the form of a lot more business coming your way.I see window washers out in the field all the time who “don’t get it”. And they wonder why they’re struggling for customers every week. It’s very simple really…don’t look like a window washer. Look like a professional who owns a window washing company. Big difference.If you approach your window washing business this way, you’ll be able to literally bury the competition and create a never ending supply of customers who come back to you for years and years and years.So work on that image and happy cleaning!Best Wishes,

Voice Over Talent – Getting Paid For the Gig

You’ve launched your voice-over business. You market your demo. You network. You audition. You get gigs. Now all you have to do is get paid.Union or Non-Union?For AFTRA and/or SAG union talent, getting paid in a timely fashion is a benefit of union membership. It’s built into the union contract. Union talents fill out a form at the session and then submit it to a paymaster (someone contracted with the union to handle talent payroll). The paymaster ensures that the talent is paid within a time period specified by the union contract.Non-union talent and financial core talent doing non-union work are totally responsible for collecting what’s owed to them. Financial core, if you aren’t familiar with the term, refers to less than full union membership. Financial core union members have paid the portion of dues and fees dedicated strictly to collective bargaining, excluding any activity not directly related to collective bargaining. You might call it “union lite.” Financial core members do not have voting rights and cannot hold elective office in the union, but they also do not have to abide by union rules and regulations.Types of ClientsSo, what payment policy should you, the non-union talent, adopt? Just as the Internet has changed the voice-over business by making the home voiceover studio possible, the Internet has changed collection by making it possible to take payment electronically. PayPal is just one of a number of the online options that make requesting immediate payment possible, instead of sending a paper invoice through the postal system and then waiting for a paper check to be sent to you. But before discussing methods of accepting payment, let’s look at the various types of clients out there and the payment policy that may best apply to each one.Most businesses base their payment policies on assessment of risk. Assessing the risk you take with a client usually is a matter of simple common sense. If an individual contacts you through your web site and asks you to narrate a wedding video or tribute to a deceased relative, then probably it would be wise to request payment up front before delivering the voice over. If the individual balks at paying up front, then you can agree to voice the script, play the voice-over down the phone line to prove you did it, get paid, and then deliver the voiceover.Working with ad agencies and production houses usually means giving up a little control of payment terms. You can request payment up front, but most ad agencies and production houses expect to be invoiced. You can put “due on receipt” on the invoice, but that is often interpreted as “30 days net.” There are some excellent ad agencies and production houses out there that pay promptly, but very often you will have to wait 30 days or more for payment. Be aware: many smaller ad agencies and production houses have adopted a policy of not paying you until they get paid. In the ad biz, this means you can wait a long time for payment.(On a personal note, after waiting a year for payment from a small agency for a VO I’d done for a local electronics and appliance retailer, I finally reached an agreement to accept a color television in lieu of cash. A couple of months later, the retailer went out of business, a victim of serious negative cash flow! Did the ad agency ever get paid? Good question.)Doing voice work directly for mid-sized to large corporations usually means having to bill on a 30-day net basis. This means, in essence, that you end up offering 30 days credit interest-free. The good thing is the risk of not getting paid is usually low. Will some companies push payment out 60 days and even further? Yes, but again you’ll eventually get paid.Payment OptionsSo, let’s go through the individual types of clients and your payment options.For individuals, request immediate payment. As described above, play the completed voiceover down the phone to prove it was done and then ask for payment. Once payment is made, deliver the voice over.For direct work with larger companies, ad agencies, and production houses, request immediate payment upon receipt of invoice. If they say their policy is 30 days, try for 15. For long-form voiceovers involving many pages and a large talent fee, try requesting 50 percent up front and 50 percent upon delivery of the project. Remember everything is negotiable. You can even barter for part of your fee. Remember how I received a TV in lieu of cash? Of course, keep track of your receivables (what’s owed you). When a client does not pay by the due date, send a statement. Make a polite but firm phone call requesting payment. Be proactive. Most people pay their bills. But for many clients your invoice will not be top of the pile, so to speak.Payment via the ‘NetNow, back to collecting via the ‘Net. PayPal is a very popular site for collecting or sending payments. Just visit PayPal.com and sign up. Clients can pay by credit card or through electronic transfer from a checking account. You’ll receive an email telling you when the transfer of funds has occurred. This makes it perfect for collecting an up front payment. As soon as you receive the email, you can deliver the voiceover. http://www.worldpay.com and http://www.verisign.com are two other online payment processors you can check out, too.Want to take credit cards? You’ll have to open a merchant account in order to accept them. It will cost you a fee to open the account, a monthly fee, a fee for each transaction, and a percentage of each sale. Do an online search for credit card merchant accounts and compare costs and services to get the best deal.Direct wire transfer is a third electronic payment option. Set up a checking account used exclusively for wire transfers. You supply the client with your checking account number and the banks routing number, and the client transfers funds directly from his account to yours. It works well and can cost virtually nothing depending on the deal on the account you get from your bank. One of my TV imaging clients pays by wire transfer. I email an invoice out of my QuickBooks and usually the next day the money is in my account!With a payment policy in place, you’ll gain greater control over how and when you get paid. Hey, it might be a really fun business, but it’s no fun not getting paid.Happy collecting!©Peter Drew

Work Hard and Work Smart are NOT Enough

When we browse the net we often find the sites, articles, ads and any other forms of written lines telling and explaining about getting Success on internet.Every author would tell us any kind of secrets and tips how to get rich, to get success or to win business competitions. There are plenty of resourceful accesses that link us to mind opener. Advising us to work hard as well as to work smart. Suggesting us to utilize our time more efficiently to get maximum result. Yet, there is something often forgotten. It is the inner self of US.Have you ever found a situation where you think you have put the best efforts you got, still you get things not as expected?How about the enthusiasm that gets low when you see things not working out too well?Not to mention, your circumstances that may vary your availability to always get connected to internet?I’m sure most of internet marketers in the world had ever experienced such conditions. It depends on the individual how to keep up their spirit to go on. One may have stronger will to fight; the other one may need longer time to adjust the changing situation. It is therefore, we often find wise quote of the day saying about how important our goal is. Because it is our end of business adventure.I believe that we should ask ourselves before we start jumping in the business. Ask ourselves how strong we are to face the hardship that may come ahead. Find and learn our own weaknesses and strengths before we get tempted in a good business offer. Coz at the end of the day, we have to deal ourselves……not the business.I’ve learned that we MUST have PPC: patience, persistence and consistence.When we are certain that we can boost these three elements in us, then there would be no difficult obstacles we find. Persistence and consistence will help us to cope with any kind of situation for they will keep us on track of reaching out the goal.They will enhance our spirit when we get low, they will keep us objective when things go wrong, and they will be the best company to go on the hardship.So, before we decide to take on a business journey, make sure we can set this PPC high enough within us. Make sure this PPC will always be available so that we can keep being enthusiastic in surviving the competition.Wish you all the best in maintaining your PPC!

Persist in the Right Way to Succeed in Your Online Home Business

Persistence is one of the most important characteristics of a Business Entrepreneur. Without it, failures will follows. Thishappens to every business entrepreneur including me.When you start your own online business, you often get frustrated when you cannot get the desired results that you want. When you checked your web log, not enough website traffics is coming. You have try lots of promotion methods: banner impression, guarantee clicks, exchange links, search engines optimization and many others ways but traffics is not coming as quickly as you want.That’s the problems many online entrepreneur is facing. Quick Results. They want to make money quickly and get frustratedand give up their online business when they cannot see the money coming in FAST. Many forgot how they managed to land into their FIRST job.We forgot the vast amount of time and money our parents have invested on us on our education before we can eventually landon the desired job that we want. Try counting back in time the number of years you spend on education before ending up onyour present job. Don’t forget to include those time you spend searching for your job, writing resume and attending interviews.Likewise, every business take time to build and grow. Your persistence will bear results sooner or later if you continue topersist in the RIGHT WAY. You just have to keep moving FORWARD even if you cannot see the result now.It is good to invest on a little paper notebook to record what you have done for your online business. Analyze your written logOFFLINE and think about what are the methods that are working and strike out those that are not. Many people never realizethat it is better to analyze your problems away from your work desk to allow new ideas to pop out of your mind.Go for a jog, a swim, a walk around the park, look at the fishes in the pond, visit the zoo just take a break from your normalroutines. Have you ever encounter situation where your problems was immediately solved the next day after having a goodnight sleep.Sometimes your online promotion might be working but it takes time for the search engine to rank your site, index yourcontents, count the number of incoming links to your site etc. Don’t forget that there are billions of website the search enginedatabase is handling and it will take time before you can see any real results.Therefore, never stop feeding your website with new contents. Your body need to eat daily so does your website. At least,try to feed your website weekly. Never stop exchanging links and provide a place for others to exchange links with you. Regularly, free a portions of your old articles and submit it to be published into other websites, ezines with your resource box at the bottom.QUITTER never wins and WINNERS must Persist in order to WIN.Wishing you success in your Persistence of becoming a Successful Business Entrepreneur.By © Arthur, The Online Internet Home Business Opportunity

10 Things You Need to Know to Choose Your Home Based Business

A Home-Based Business Opportunity is just one of the many ways that you can make money from home. As the name implies, a Home-Based Business is just like running your own business. You will need to sell and promote your product, recruit members to join you, and market your business. It takes time, dedication, and hard work. However, you can be very successful with a home-based business. Let’s get started with what to look for when choosing your Home-Based Business.1. Company Reputation – Do your research on the company. Look at information for the company such as when were they started, where are they located, how many employees do they have? Visit the Better Business Bureau and see if the company is registered and if there are any complaints registered against them. You may need to call the company to get their address to use with the Better Business Bureau. Go to various message boards and do a search with the company name to get feedback from different people on what they think of the company. Do a search on the company name and scan through what comes up.2. Product – What kind of products do they sell? Are their products unique to their company or are they available in a lot of different places? Take the time to go through and look at the products to evaluate their quality and appeal. Is it a product that you feel can generate repeat customers? Are the products priced competitively?3. Start-Up Cost – Most Home-Based Business Opportunities do include a start-up fee. This fee usually covers your training, promotional material, and products. Most companies want you to purchase the products so that you can be familiar with what you are trying to sell. Makes sense right? This is also one of the biggest ways that these companies make money is by recruiting people to join and having them make that initial investment. Keep this in mind. Also make sure that you check to see if there are different start-up packages available. A lot of companies offer different packages that may be less expensive if they don’t include as many products.4. Monthly Sales Quota – Make sure that you ask this question. I would recommend seeing it in writing before you sign anything. Read those agreements! Almost all companies will require that you maintain a certain sales quota per month in order to stay active. Know what it is! Make sure that you don’t have to personally purchase products each month. I have seen some companies that are requiring people to purchase products for themselves in addition to the sales quota.5. Inventory – Do you have to have inventory, make deliveries, collect money? These are all things to consider. They all require extra time and therefore cost you money. Remember time is money. Please don’t not join a company because they may require this, it’s just something that you need to consider when making your decision.6. Support – Where can you go when you have questions? Are you part of a team? Who is your team leader? How long have they been in the business? How many people are they managing? What do they provide to support you? Make sure that you talk to that person before you sign the paper and make sure that you want to work with them.7. Commission – What is the commission structure and how does it work? Make sure that you see it and understand it. How much money do you make on people you recruit? Please be cautious of those businesses that promise that you can make thousands per month. They are seldom accurate. There are no get rich quick businesses. The sooner you realize that the better off you will be. Expect it to take a few months to get started and realize that you will have to work it.8. Risk – What is the business opportunities refund policy? Can you get your money back guaranteed? How long is that guarantee good for? What terms do you have to meet to get your money back?9. Passion – Passion? What does that have to do with a business? If you are running a business you really need to be passionate about it. In order for it to be really successful, you will be “eating, sleeping, and breathing” it. So you need to make sure that you love the product, believe in it, and don’t mind learning everything there is to know about it.10. Make sure you speak to someone who is already working the business. Have them chat with you about their successes and challenges. Get a feel for what an average day is for that person.So now you’re ready to begin your journey into the world of home-business opportunities. If you remember that everything takes time and patience and you do your research you will be just fine. Good Luck!

What to Do When People Want Everything for Free

It’s a sticky situation. A prospect, a site visitor, or just a casual acquaintance asks for your help or advice on something. You gladly give it, thinking it’s a one-time “favor.” But instead of providing a little free advice, you’ve opened the door to an onslaught of mooching! Now, every time you check your email, you find question after question. What do you do?This is a problem many online business owners face. You want to appear friendly and helpful, but the person on the receiving end of your favor is draining you dry. After all, these are services you charge for. This is how you make your living.Like many folks, you don’t want to appear rude or unprofessional. But the time you take to answer questions and provide help is taking away from your ability to earn an income. Let me tell you about one approach that seems to work wonderfully.Minimal InformationWhen the repeat offender asks for help, offer a minimal response to the question. For the sake of illustration, let’s say your area of expertise is in Web site design. If the person asks for information on making his/her site design more professional, you might consider saying that adding a top border to the site would create continuity. You might also mention that having black text on a white background makes for easier reading (as opposed towhite text with a deep purple background). However, don’t go into details.This lets you give an answer to the question (instead of just ignoring them), but doesn’t reveal any information you might charge for.Honesty Is the Best PolicyNext, be honest. Explain that designing Web sites is what you do for a living. It’s how you earn your income. Let the person know that you would be more than happy to offer consulting services or full-fledge design and maintenance services, but these would come at a cost. Outline your pricing structure for people so they’ll know exactly what each service costs.This action gets you “off the hook” (so to speak) and frees you from having to answer any future questions.Provide Alternative ResourcesGo one final step further and find some alternative, free resources the person might check into for additional information. By offering a list of design forums, free ebooks, or information -packed sites, you’re getting yourself out of the picture in a kind and professional way.Nine times out of ten, “moochers” either don’t have the money to pay, or they are unwilling to pay for products and services. In either case, you’re unlikely to make a paying client out of such people. By using the steps above, you gain your freedom, and at the same time provide helpful resources where the moocher can get free information.Copyright 2004 Diane Hughes * ProBizTips.com

Home Business Help For the Single Mother

I AM A SINGLE MOTHER – CAN I GET HELP STARTING A BUSINESS?The concept of the home based internet business is practically MADE for you! As a single mother you have enough to be concerned about in earning a living at all to support your family, being all and everything to your children with no backup and taking on all the worries and cares which in other situations are shared by two. The last thing you want is to have to worry about the type of child care you can get and how much you have to pay for it. The second last thing you want is to be afraid that your child is going to get sick or hurt and that your boss will be angry if you miss more time from work. The best way to insure that you have good child care and an understanding and flexible boss is to have a job where you provide the child care yourself and YOU are the boss!Can you get help taking advantage of a work at home business opportunity? Yes, you can.Without being a computer or internet expert you can find many resources which will help you decide which business is for you. You probably want something which can be started up at low cost and also provides flexibility as to time along with stability of income. You will find that some ideas have been around for a while – such as sewing, if you have that ability or want to develop it or marketing of cosmetics such as Avon or Mary Kay. Other business ventures are newer, but still meet the criteria we’ve just mentioned: eBay, for instance, or desktop publishing. Afraid you don’t have the knowledge and skills for these? Would you be surprised to learn that a simple internet search will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to begin and succeed in any of these ventures – or almost any other that you can think of.Another good idea is to look at the web sites of companies such as Clairol and Revlon who primarily market to women. Sometimes these companies offer loans or grants to women who want to start a business. Making application for this type of assistance can be the first step in learning to negotiate the paper work that any business entails. Even if you don’t get specific financial help it is good experience to research, and apply for, these opportunities.There are actually national support groups especially for women who work at home or want to. These groups are organized online and are an easy way to benefit from the experience of others. Statistics show that there are 91 million businesses run by women and nearly half of them are run from the home. Does this convince you this is not a pipe dream but a practical solution for some of your potentially biggest problems?SBA, or the Small Business Association, has a special web site for women. Here you can get information on loans or grants, tax guidelines, opportunities for special training or finding services in your local area. Some Social Services districts have programs such as Learn to Earn which are designed to help single mothers avoid having to apply for welfare by providing them with the training they need to earn their own living. Almost any type of specialized training you need can be obtained online and this is an advantage not only to you for the sake of meeting your childcare responsibilities but to the social service provider which does not have to be concerned with finding transportation for you to get the training.Always remember that each one of those 91 million women who are running their own businesses started out with some of the same difficulties and fears that you have. If all of them did it, so can you!In part two we will explore the government, non-profit and paid services that can help you as a single mother in your home business. You can do it.