How to Stay Motivated As an Online Home Business Entrepreneur

No matter how dedicated and passionate you are about your online home business, as an entrepreneur who works from home it is inevitable that at some point you are going to find that your motivation levels begin to drop. This is something that will happen slowly over a period of time, so that you don’t realize it until you find that your productivity has almost slowed to a standstill.

Because this happens over a period of time, there are ways to maintain your levels of motivation by developing some daily habits. If you fail to do this what will happen is that your online home business is going to crumble, so it is essential for you to keep up on your daily tasks and keep your head in the game.

The best thing to do when you begin to lose focus is to just take a short break. Depending on your preferences you could either go for a walk to clear the cobwebs from your mind or maybe just take the whole day off.

Some people find that the best thing for them is to just change from the project they are working on, to something else for a short while but irrespective of how passionate and driven you are to succeed, there will be times that you find your motivation to carry on faltering, and just trying to push through it can do more harm than good. If you are not sufficiently focused your chances of making mistakes will increase or alternatively you may find yourself just not working efficiently. When you take a break it gives you the opportunity to refresh your mind and come back to working enthusiastically.

Two hours of focused and efficient work will reap better rewards than eight hours of trying to work and losing focus all the time. A break can help to get you feeling energetic and focused and you will achieve far more.

Another option to remain motivated is to set boundaries on the time you spend working. One of the difficulties faced by many online home business entrepreneurs is that they tend to spend most of their time in front of their computers. If you plan your time so that you allow time for family and friends in your schedule, just as you would if you worked a 9-5 job then you will have more motivation and focus when you are working. Let’s face it you wouldn’t spend 60 hours or more per week working in a regular job and just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you need to increase the hours you work.

Keep your motivation high by making sure that you really enjoy your free time. Many people feel guilty when they take time off and end up spending that time worrying that they are not working. One of the main reason why people choose to work from home is the freedom of choice that it allows, so enjoy the time when you are free, it will benefit both you and your business in many ways.

A big issue in the workplace and one that is regularly addressed is motivation and there is a good reason for this. When you are not motivated you will make more mistakes, you will not enjoy what you are doing and your work performance will suffer. This applies equally to running an online home business. Be pro-active, take regular breaks, set boundaries for yourself and enjoy the free time you allow yourself. By doing this you will keep your motivation levels high and you will find greater success for your online home business.

Home Based Business Entrepreneurs and the Internet Affiliate

Home based business entrepreneurs are ahead of the recession and its crushing effect on big corporations. Average working men and women, in the spirit of the entrepreneur, are stepping up to the plate to beat the odds and start their own home based business.

In Canada, small and medium sized business is the hope of the future. This segment of the population has been described as the backbone of the economy. Making the decision to take control of their financial future by supplementing or replacing their employment income is more prevalent today.

More emphasis is being placed on entrepreneurial endeavors to stimulate a sagging economy. Governments are offering tax benefits and incentives to develop work at home initiatives. There has never been a better time to look at alternative income choices.

Home based entrepreneurs can start a work from home enterprise at a fraction of the cost of traditional business start ups. Many entrepreneurs have a product of their own creation they wish to sell. Developing a product requires a lot of commitment and dedication to get the product ready for the marketplace. You are responsible for all aspects of developing your marketing plan and the costs involved can be substantial. In fact, the costs involved can be prohibitive for most people.

There is another way. The Internet offers a multitude of ways to start work from home. Many companies who have realized the power of the Internet as a marketing tool have developed opportunity plans to include the Internet. Affiliate programs come in all sizes and shapes, so to speak. Each company has their own unique way of compensating their affiliate members. Taking the time to research the company, its products and its compensation plan makes sense.

A well developed marketing and compensation plan creates a win-win-win situation. The company builds a workforce that doesn’t get paid unless product is sold. The distributor or representative of that company has market ready products, professional marketing and promotional information, flexibility to work their own hours and can earn compensation when product is sold through their network. The customer or end user gets quality products at competitive prices.

Advantages of an Internet home based business vs brick and mortar storefront:   

    * Low start up costs – often less than $5000      

    * Low maintenance costs – many under $500 a month   

    * Global marketplace

    * Low advertising costs    

    * Business partners instead of employees     

    * Schedule your time around your family needs   

    * Online cost effective marketing resources      

    * Tax advantages

More and more companies are becoming exclusively Internet based. Developing an online home business has some definite cost saving advantages. Once you have made your decision to build a business online, be sure it is a business to be proud of. After all, you will have to put in considerable time and energy to create a long term online presence to make money online.

Affiliate marketing is popular with entrepreneurs who don’t have their own product or service to market. A company that offers affiliate programs will pay you a commission to sell their products. They generally include marketing web sites, promotional tools and marketing information to get you started. The biggest advantage is instant start up. Once you have entered into an affiliate program you have everything you need to be successful in your home based business.

The One Thing That a Home Business Entrepreneur Has to Get Right

There was no shortage of training and instruction opportunities on how to run a successful home business when I first got started. Just the training offered by my company was more than I could read or listen to in a week. That wasn’t even accounting for all of the information available from Google. I began to notice that some people were doing a lot more home business training than home business building. The predictable result was that they became very knowledgeable but not very wealthy.

From my experience, the purpose of home business training and education is not knowledge. It’s action. What good is learning if you do not apply what you have learned to get the desired result?

The secret to home business success? There is no secret anymore. Those who have been successful are usually very open about how they did it. Why? First, they understand that there is enough money and opportunity for everyone to prosper. Second, they know that 9 out of 10 people they train will not apply what they have learned and therefore will never be a threat of any kind.

When you are getting started in a new business, it is exciting. It can also be a little bit overwhelming once you figure out how much there is to learn. It seems like there is a lot to remember. Many new home business entrepreneurs react to this by finding ways to stay busy without doing anything productive to move their business forward. Doing “research” is a common way to stay busy without moving your business forward at all. Researching advertising, researching prospecting, researching team building, etc. At the end of the day, you haven’t done anything to potentially put money in your pocket.

There are countless ways to advertise, prospect and network. Some things will work for you and some won’t be a fit. You have to evaluate whether or not it fits in your schedule, budget, etc. To be successful, you will absolutely need to learn a new skill set and some of the activities you spend your time on absolutely should give you butterflies in your stomach. Butterflies in your stomach let you know that you are moving outside your comfort zone and stretching yourself as an entrepreneur and person. Examine your daily activities. If you are never uncomfortable in your business activities, there is a good chance that you not having much luck moving it forward.

It’s simple to determine if what you are doing is home business building or home business training. When you look back on your day, what activities did you engage in to move your business forward (i.e. did you sharpen all the pencils on your desk and rearrange your office or did you speak to five prospect/customers about your product?).

Examples of staying busy: arranging your desk, ordering business cards, researching advertising possibilities that you do not immediately implement. Training should be a cornerstone of your business, but not to the exclusion of the things that bring in income. Training and education is critical, but only when you couple it with money making activities.

Examples of taking action: Placing advertisements, speaking to leads or customers, providing support for others in your enterprise.

If you are spending a lot of time on your business with little income to show for it, this is a great exercise to pinpoint the problem.

It comes down to this – It is a great deal easier (and more comfortable) to train than to take action. If you are always comfortable in your business, you are most likely not moving yourself forward.

Never forget that you learn so that you can take action. Here’s how you do that. Learn something, then immediately apply it. Use what works and discard the rest. Repeat. Soon you will develop an arsenal of tools to help you become a successful home business owner.

Small Business Entrepreneur – Become a Jewelry Designer

Small business entrepreneurs have confidence in themselves. Confidence in yourself is your power or your control panel to your jewelry business success. Belief in you is the critical key to maintain a small business.

Speaking from experience, you need to be emotionally ready to take the first step into becoming an entrepreneur. If you are not emotionally strong or you have doubts then you are not ready.

No one person or test can tell you when you are ready. Just like love; you will know. But whether to ask the marriage question or to answer yes to a marriage proposal you need to be ready for the commitment and a willingness to live life together with its many ups and downs.

In a sense you will marry your small business just as you marry your mate. Both situations need to be ready to work and grow together. When you love what you do or you love the one you are with, it will be a professional or a personal successful lifestyle.

Here is a list of questions that may help you to decide if you are a small business entrepreneur:

Do you have a lot of ideas for new products or improving products?

Do you find yourself changing jobs often?

Do you learn quickly and are bored with many of your jobs?

  1. Do you have coping problems following job orders or being corrected on the job?
  2. Are you more comfortable being a leader than a follower?
  3. Do you feel that you are being held back from advancing in your job?
  4. Are you truly doing the workload of three people, yet being paid as one?
  5. Are you very knowledgeable of your subject?
  6. Are you very unhappy on the job and wish you were doing what you love to do?
  7. Do you fantasize seeing yourself being self-employed or owning your own business?
  8. Do you know and feel that you are smarter than your boss?

You may wish to consider becoming a jewelry designer as many entrepreneurs are creative and are excellent at developing new products with their jewelry designing abilities. The creativity within you will keep your abilities challenged and your work will never be boring.

You will be able to advance yourself as a jewelry designer much quicker in your own business than depending on management promotion with a standard company or corporation. Small business jewelry designers are happy doing their chosen work. The benefits of being a jewelry designer is beauty, joy, and fun.

If you are interested in becoming a jewelry designer visit the home page of Tricia Deed at http://www.Infotrish.vpweb.com/ and review “The A-Z Steps to Becoming a Jewelry Designer”.