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Helpful Tips to Start Your Own Home Based Business
If you've been dreaming of starting a home based business and don't really understand all you need to know about it, you need to read this article in its entirety. If you've been involved with a home based business and not doing very well, there could be some simple reasons for your less than stellar performance. In this article we want to share some simple yet effective strategies that can make a tremendous difference in your online success.
In recent years, when mentoring numerous individuals or in my online classroom teaching sessions regarding how to effectively build a home based business I've had to address the same issues that we will be discussing here today.
One of the most difficult things about running your own home based business is managing your productive work time from your personal and social time. People think just because they run their own business in their home that the honey-do list for around the house can be done anytime they choose. I don't understand why people have that mentality, thinking they can take off work whenever they get an urge to do something not pertaining to building their online business.
To be successful with any business you must set definite perimeters for your personal time, social time and business time. Committing to a definite work schedule in your home based business is just as important as it is with a regular 9-5 job when you're working for someone else.
For the ladies if you're going to be working from home you'll be pulling a double shift almost every day too. For the lady of the house it's expected that she cook the meals, does the laundry, takes care of the shopping, runs the kids to the Doctor and the list seem to go on and on.
After all that she's expected to work the normal 9-5 job while the old man takes off after work and goes hunting and fishing. On top of all that, the man of the house doesn't even bring the meat home to eat. He's interested in taking the trophy rack of a deer to hang on the wall to show his macho and throws the fish back into the lake because he's such a good sportsman.
One of the hardest choices to make is balancing your business by separating your work, designating time for your family and social life all at the same time.
It's imperative that you create a doable work schedule and then stick to that schedule just like you would if you were punching a clock at a regular job. Sure it's going to be tempting to squeeze in some of your personal phone calls, going out with the gang for an extended luncheon hour or getting involved in a Wednesday afternoon bowling league.
Your friends and family will unintentionally make every effort to distract you from the work routine you've put into place; however, you must without fail hold your ground and work just as hard or harder regarding your work ethics especially when you're in business for yourself.
Even though your family should be the most important asset you have, you must stay focused on your business hours and resist any urge to do some of other things we discussed above.
If your friends are not familiar with your work schedule, you must inform them that this is a job and they must respect your designated work time. This is where you must draw the line early on with everybody in your life. You can control your business or your business will ruin your life and your family.
We mentioned earlier about the 9-5 hours. The main point here is that as a home based business owner you can make your work hours anytime you choose. It could be from 4 am to whatever time you need to get the kids up and off to school. Then pick up later in the morning and work till the kids get home from school works for a lot of people. Whatever time you choose, make that working time the most effective work time imaginable. If evenings are best for you to schedule your work, that's OK too. Schedule your work time when you feel would be most productive and you'll find that you're working more productively and getting things done much easier, better quality of work and getting it done so much faster.
If you're getting business calls on your existing home phone line you may want to consider getting a business phone number and only take calls relative to business on that line and anything to do with personal business take on your personal phone. This will convey to your business contacts that you are totally professional and you're easy to get hold of during business hours.
Don't try to save a couple of bucks on a second line and lose a lot of money over the long run. This is especially true if you have children. Kids lose track of time when it comes to talking on the phone. If a single line is always busy when customers and potential clients are trying to call, your business will go to pot very quickly. Having a second line is imperative.
It's a good idea to have a designated room or working area that you consider your personal work space and that portion of the house must be off limits to anyone but you. Even if it's just a room partition screen, that lets the family members know that when you're in your work space they should not bother you for anything unless there is a dire emergency such as the house is burning down.
Even though you're in the privacy of your own home you should dress professionally while working. Some businesses allow their employees to dress casually, and that is OK too. My point here is, to work out your rules and guidelines that allow you to get the most accomplished in the least amount of time in familiar surroundings.
Be willing to invest in your business such as a comfortable office chair, copy and fax machine or anything else that can turn your humble home office into a money making machine.
By following the simple guidelines outlined above, you can build a thriving and profitable business from the comfort of your own home.
If you have questions or need some personal mentoring, give the eBiz Solutions Team a call for your FREE 30 minute "no obligation" consultation.
Larry L Miller SEM SEO Consulting
Larry L Miller - SEM/SEO Consultant specializes in promoting clients to "Top Positions on Google, Yahoo and Bing". Mr. Miller is the promotions director for BLM Traders the leader in Automated Marketing Tools. 321-594-4405, Skype:larrylmiller121
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