Tuesday, November 20, 2007

What Does It Take To Start a Home Business

Imagine being one month in since beginning your hard worked website and you have only received one hundred visitors. One month feels like one year and none of the advertising techniques you are using seem to be working.

Forget about the hope to make enough money to at least cover what you originally spent. No, it is far worse, you have to come up with the money to stay in the second month and you haven't earned a dime. What are you thinking? Do you feel scammed? Are you already losing positive emotions?

Or maybe things are not that bad depending on expectations. You may be getting a steady stream of traffic, and possibly pulling in a few bucks. But depending on your expectations, the money still isn't rolling in like you dreamed. You have read about all those people earning thousands a week and becoming millionaires practically overnight but now you begin thinking it was all lies.

You find yourself becoming negative and getting discouraged. After all, this was your dream and it was just another hope gone busted. You begin letting go of your dream, growing disgusted thinking you will always have to keep the job you despise.

You may begin finding more entertaining things to do than sit at your computer and work. You go back to the old ways before you became inspired to take control of your own life and make self-employment on the internet happen. Perhaps you begin to watch TV, surf the internet, play with your kids. Before you know it, you have given up on yourself and any chances for your own home business.

For What? ... Because it wasn't handed to you. You would rather go to work daily to make someone else rich while you complain repetitively than to truly give it a realistic effort.

Every business takes time to build. Let me say that again; every business takes time to build. You just gave up on something that never had a valid chance.

Well, stop! ... you started down the path to failure the moment you start thinking about giving up. Albert Einstein says, "Imagination is more important than knowledge". Do you know what he meant?

The truth is, positive thinking is far more powerful than knowledge. Don't set yourself up for failure. Make realistic goals and not longshot hopes. A very high percentage of people never do manage to earn a serious income online. And the reason is quite simple: they give up. They stop trying. They set themselves up to fail before ever starting. They decide that it all seems too difficult, and they go back to their steady low paying job they hate.

The price of success by Norman Vincent Peale is; dedication, hard work, imagination, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

So, how do you avoid getting to the negative stage where you just want to quit? You lose all your ambition believing that you really tried when you in fact, did not.

First - Realize this is not a "get rich quick" scheme. This is much better than that. This is real, a business. You are the boss now. Some people find they are not cut out to be the boss. In this case, self-employment is not for you because you are the boss and nobody is there to push you but yourself.

Remember, as a self-employed business owner, you may have to act as boss and worker. You cannot believe all those claims about making money by sitting on the couch. Maybe some people have managed that, but I've never met any! If you want your home business to be a success, you will have to work, put in valuable time, and provide relentless effort.

You will have to work in the field and on the phone. People don't hire secretaries until they can afford to. This hard work is what will really make you proud someday. You must stick through the mud, but in the end, when you succeed, there is no more gratifying feeling. You' ll be singing, "I did it my way" by Frank Sinatra.

Clear a workspace in your home as if you were at your office. If you have more than one computer, designate one as your 'work computer'. This will help you stay organized. It will also mean that every time you sit down at your workspace, your mind will start to recognize that now is the time to start thinking about your business.

In your workspace, make sure that everything you might need is close at hand. If you suffer from procrastination, make sure you have everything before you start. If you are constantly getting up and down from your computer, you will never get anything done.

Remember, you are home, but not for relaxation. Home is now your workplace as well. At least for the time being, until you begin growing and taxes accumulate, then you realize the time has come to move from home to a real office. Trust me, this is a memorable day with a proud feeling of success.

Second - Set yourself a timetable and strict budget. Start work early just as you would if you had to report to work. Do not take the day off for recreation or get caught up watching television. These are bad habits that can be difficult to break.

Get yourself into a routine. Set up your monthly budget and do not over extend it, no matter what. This means that if the temptation to give up does arrive or spend money that doesn't exist in the budget, you will already be mentally prepared to shut down these negative, destroying emotions.

Remember, we are emotional beings. If you learn to always think with your I/E, things will go your way. I - standing for Intellect and E - standing for emotions. If you let your E control your I, serious problems are in your near future.

Third - Make sure your family members realize that you are working. This is not a game and you are not home as a nanny. If you are not taken serious by your loved ones, it will be hard to convince yourself. Sit your wife down and explain to her your goals. It is hard to expect anyone's support if you are not honest with them.

Remember, failing is not trying. Trying is not giving up without a fight. That is why it is so important to maintain a budget so you do not waste money. Approach openly and with confidence but remain analytical and methodical to get the most out of your efforts.

Make sure slowly that this is for you. Some people need a boss to push them. If your only goal is to make millions and become a playboy/girl, then save yourself the torment and keep to the road you are already on.

A positive family can also be a useful tool to support you and keep you from giving up. Admitting failure is never an easy thing to do. If you are the only person involved, it is easier to make excuses and just move on. However, the idea of having to explain it to your friends and family could be a powerful incentive to keep working! Everything helps...

In the end, it comes down to painting a real and positive picture prior to starting. I recommend beginning by creating a professional business plan just like you would for an offline business for any bank, grant, partnership, etc. In addition, it is always a good thing to have in case you ever want to apply for a loan or grant. Before any loan / grant officer even considers accepting an application from you, they will request a thorough business plan with future planning and goals.

Next, you have to treat your home business like you would a real job. If you are seriously thinking about quitting your day job, you first need to be earning a reliable and steady income. You can only get that by putting in the work.

Needless to say, quitting your job is not recommended. Plan out your available time and begin your business part-time if you must. Be positive but also be smart and realistic. Sometimes a business online or offline will take more than two - (2) years before an actual profit is felt.

This is not for everyone but for those who it is, don't give up on yourself. Hang in there and don't leave before "the miracle happens".

Joseph Wehner created TNTsuccess.com, but not before researching the internet for the top rated successful programs and reputable marketers. Joseph has been a successfully self-employed offline contractor for over 20 yrs. BA in Business management and finance. He is enjoying his newest passion, helping people select the best work at home business online opportunities.
***To Your Dynamite Success***
Joseph Wehner
The harder I try
The luckier I get...



Productive Home Based Business - 3 Top Ways to Excel At Home Based Business

More and more people are seriously thinking about quitting their day jobs. Their reasons vary; some just hate wasting 2-3 hours a day driving just to get to their offices, while some would like to spend more time with their families, earn more money, and most of them just want to be their own boss. Luckily, they now have the option to start a home based business. Here are some tips on how you can excel at this kind of business:

1. Bank on your talents and abilities. Choose a business that you know you can do well. If you love cooking, catering might be the best business for you. If you love selling, you can put up a mini-store on your garage and sell the items you no longer use. One thing to consider though is, your home based business income must surpass your regular pay check as you will need to shoulder your health insurance and taxes by your self.

2. Advertise. Let your business be known! If you are just targeting your neighbors and neighboring towns, you can advertise through local newspaper and local radio. You can also use flyers and traditional banners. However, if your market is wide, it is suggested that you go for television or maybe online. Remember, the more people who know your business, the higher the possibility of making a sale.

3. Provide world class customer service. Be nice to your customers, they will keep your business alive. Answer their email or phone calls promptly, deliver what is expected, and be always honest in all your dealings. When you satisfy your customers, they tend to recommend you with their friends and families. This is the best advertising method you would want to look forward to.

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Sean Mize is a full time internet marketer who has written over 1574 articles in print and 11 published ebooks.



Home Business Houston- Low Cost Home Based Business - Bopping Expenses and Field Mice On The Head

Home Business Houston- Low Cost Home Based Business - Bopping Expenses and Field Mice On The Head

Low cost home based business ideas are all over the place. It would probably be much easier to get started with a low cost business if there were just two. Well there are not just two and now an article such as this needs to be written as a service to all the would be entrepreneurs looking for a low cost home business they can start without selling the farm.

I have the opportunity to talk with individuals who are looking for a business opportunity, many are just looking for hope. You can not buy hope but some sell it anyway. You can not buy beauty but some sell it anyway. You can not buy peace but some sell it anyway. I think I'll quit there and get to the point, its good to have one when writing an article for the good of entrepreneurialism and mankind.

Here is my point. There are costs associated with being in business and there are costs associated with having a job. A Job will require money for gas, a car, clothes, lunches, supplies, and things like that. A low cost home business will have costs as well, many time these costs are investments in disguise.

Most low cost home based businesses can be operated with tools or equipment you already have and pay for like a phone or computer. I mentioned business costs can be investments in disguise. Look at this article your reading for example. This could be a low cost home business marketing tool. It has only cost the time it has taken to write it. My family is sleeping so it has not cost valuable time with them.

Another idea worth mentioning is the fact you have spent one thousand dollars in the last three months on something you did not plan on or you did not really need. In case your thinking right now the answer is probably yes. The difference in investing money in a low cost home business and spending it on eating out or fixing the transmission in your car is that you may not be absolutely sure of what you will get for your money.

A bottle of pop does not cost much and when you buy one you know what it will taste like. You form an agreement with yourself that the money spent is equal to the value returned. Making decisions that will result in the unknown are difficult for us human beings especially when we throw money into the equation.

I can say that I have never made a decision in the unknown where I did not learn something. I can reflect, and have, on tough decisions I have made regarding business and money and can see transition periods in my life. Looking at investing money in a low cost home business the same way can be extremely profitable.

A low cost home based business will usually allow you to hedge your risk by continuing your day job and operating the business on a part time basis from home. I would recommend that you have three months of living expenses before you think about quitting your day job. Try this on for a goal instead of the mistake of using 'quitting your job' as a goal for your business. Try earning enough money to save three months of living expenses with your new low cost home business.

People can get freaked out about goals that are too far in the unknown zone and actually self sabotage the attainment of the goal. There are a variety of things people get from the work they do. Things besides money like security and a sense of purpose and belonging. Choose a low cost home business that will provide for these needs too not just monetary needs and do not fire your boss until the low cost business you have chosen has done these things for you.

Remember the poor spend there money on expenses, the middle class spend their money on liabilities, and the rich spend there money on assets. A low cost home based business is an asset that allows anyone to do what the rich do. If you want to be wealthy, do what wealthy people do, then your assets will pay for the things wealthy people have.

Remember when striking off on your entrepreneurial journey keep expenses low, always work with a budget you can handle and do something everyday to move you one step closer to success. Create a situation where time becomes an asset. By carefully planning for your low cost home business you can create a inevitability equation where as long as you continue to do what your doing it is inevitable that you will reach your goal. Planning is a low cost method of achieving success in home business or whatever you set out to achieve success in.

Joe Crawford enjoys writing. Some of his favorite topics are business success, mindset for achievement, and the human condition. Learn more about these and other topics at http://www.createliberty.blogspot.com or http://www.createliberty.com Also for information on low cost business ideas and how to get started visit http://www.low-nocostbusinessideas.blogspot.com

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Home Business Houston- Home Business Tips - Negativity Will Kill You

Home Business Houston- Home Business Tips - Negativity Will Kill You

This is an article that is long overdue, sad to say. I have been so focused on helping others with "how to" articles that I have failed to touch on the one subject that has killed more Internet businesses and more dreams than just about anything else I can think of. I'm talking about negativity. And let me tell you...it comes in all forms. This article is going to touch on what I feel are the most important things, negativity wise, to stay away from and avoid at all costs. They WILL ruin your life.

The first, and maybe the most negative of all, is your family. Okay, raise your hands. How many of you have a family member, either a wife, husband, father, mother, or whoever, who says things to you like, "You'll never make any money with a home business. They're all scams." I can see about a million hands being raised at this very moment, depending on how many people are actually reading this article. Well, let me tell you, I've known people personally who have given up their dreams because of this negativity. Yes, I know, it's hard to stay focused when everyone around you is telling you that you can't succeed. If it was easy, everybody would be running a home based business, WITH their family. I don't know any other way to put this. Don't let this kind of negativity get to you. Focus your eyes on the prize and keep them focused. Is it easy? No, but it's critical that you do this. Find a way!

Another way that negativity will kill you is with your own. Yes, there are many people who get into their own home business and right off the bat say things to themselves like, "I'm never going to make any money doing this. It's impossible." Let me tell you something. If you think like that, you're right. You WON'T make any money. A positive attitude is essential for having success online. If you don't believe in yourself, nobody else is going to either.
Another way that negativity will kill you is when you listen to other marketers tell you that you can't succeed doing something because you're doing it wrong or your idea is stupid or whatever they have to throw at you. Unless they can give you some constructive criticism and tell you WHY something won't work, just take it as somebody who is trying to knock you down. Maybe they don't want the extra competition. Maybe they KNOW your idea is good and are scared to death of it. If you believe in something, do your research. Find out for yourself if it's viable. And then, if it is, stick to your guns and go for it.
Negativity will kill you.

Trust me, I know.
To YOUR Success,

Steven Wagenheim
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Start A Money Making Website

So are you looking to start a money making website ? Everyone is looking to start a money making website now a days. Is it really that simple to start a money making website ? Well yes and no. First off regardless of whatever you may have heard it just does not happen overnight. Creating a money making website requires daily work and consistent effort. Most people do not have the self discipline and motivation required to start a money making website.

So let's say you build your website or join an affiliate program. By the way if you have an affiliate website it makes much more sense to build yourself a true website since your affiliate site will not get high ranking in the search engines. So any ways you now have your website and now you need traffic. So what are your options? Well you can pay for traffic, you know those ads which claim to give you 1 million unique visitors for 30 bucks. Well this kind of traffic is worthless your lucky if you can get one click. Next you can shell out thousands of dollars to hire an SEO firm to do your search engine marketing for you. A word of warning if you go this route. Many of the SEO companies do not know their elbow from their you know what. Be very careful before turning your hard earned dollar to any SEO company and be sure to do your due diligence on the SEO company. Next you can buy pay per click advertising. The only thing with pay per click is you must have deep pockets, like to the tune of 10,000 a month to be really effective and it would make sense to hire a pay per click expert to manage your campaigns for you. Unless of course you already have prior experience dealing with pay per click advertising. Or you can learn how to get top ranking in search engines which is by far I believe the most effective way of getting traffic to your site.

So now that you have figured out how you are going to get traffic to your website, you are now ready start a money making website.
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