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Creating a successful business based on your expertise

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In order to create a successful business you want to start one that is based on your expertise. This allows you to have more interest in your company and it will be a lot easier for you to manage your company easily. Being seen as an expert is the best way to strengthen your online presence and your business in general. As you have your website address figured out and you are finding ways to focus on the overall financial health of your organization.

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5 things every small business owner needs to know to stay in business

accountant37004036.jpgSmall businesses are not a rarity. It seems like just about everyone has tried their hand at being their own boss at one time or another, but very few people actually succeed. More than half of all new businesses fail within the first few years of operation. With odds like that, it can be very intimidating to take the leap and become self-employed. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to improve your odds of a successful small business owner.

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Taking your home business to the next level

buildings19268963.jpgEvery small home business owner would like to see their business flourish. However, many people don't realize how hard it actually is to make a small business profitable. But with all the time, money, and effort that is put into to a business, it's important to do everything you can to make sure you succeed.

The following are some of the ways you can take your small business to the next level and make it more profitable:

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Starting a home business: do I really need a business plan?

document23265159.jpgIf you are thinking of starting a home business, you may have heard or read that one of the first things you will need to do is create a business plan, or a detailed written summary of how a business will be organized and run.

Many people balk at business plans or think they are only needed when applying for a loan. But there are a number of reasons why you really do need a business plan:

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Making the most of your home business with a website

accountant37004036.jpgIn order to be successful, most home businesses need a website. A well-designed, informative website can result in increased business by expanding your presence to the web. In return, you can enjoy a more profitable business.

In order for a website to be effective, people have to know about it and be able to find the information they need and want from it.

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How to hire and keep the best employees

cellphone30365260.jpgMany small home business owners will often find that in the beginning, they can get away with running their business on their own or with the help of family members. However, if you're lucky enough that your business starts to grow, you might find that you will need to hire employees to help you run your business.

But finding the best employees can be difficult. And because it can be costly and time-consuming to train employees, you want to be able to retain them as well.

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Help for the beginner: the best resources for starting a small business

manoncomputer30342716.jpgStarting a small business is an exciting and scary time-exciting because you can be your own boss and control your own income, but scary because for the beginner, there's a lot to know about starting a small business.

Because few people realize what they're actually getting into when they start a small business, like legal requirements, licensing issues, new tax requirements, insurance, and other issues, there are a number of excellent resources for the beginner. They can help you with any questions or issues you may have when starting a business.

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Easy marketing for your home business

laptop30347484.jpgHome business owners are constantly looking for ways to market their business. Successful marketing means more customers, more profits, and more attention for your business.

In order to have a successful marketing campaign for your home business, you will need to use different marketing tactics. This includes combining different marketing resources and tools in order to reach more customers and draw more business. But this doesn't need to be expensive or difficult; in fact, there are a number of easy marketing tactics for your home business.

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Home business reality checks you should run before deciding to start one

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Do you want to work from home?
Are you tired of being a slave to your boss?
Do you want to set your own hours?
Do you want to set your own dress code?
Do you want to make thousands and thousands a week from your own home?

Most people would say an enthusiastic, "YES, YES! I WANT THAT!" But few stop to take a reality check. If starting and operating a home business were this easy, wouldn't everyone be doing it? And if you could really make thousands of dollars a week by sitting in your underwear, don't you think that more people would jump on the home business bandwagon?

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Creating a profitable home business

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There are lots of ways to earn money. You can work at a conventional job where you work 9 to 5 and earn a regular paycheck. You can own your own business and work for yourself. You can also work from home while owning your own business by creating a profitable home business. There are lots of different options out there. Let's look at some of them.

The internet is a huge marketplace.
There are millions of businesses and people who are looking to buy things online. Starting up your own website is a great idea. You can work from home and reach virtually anyone who has the internet. You can start from the ground up or you can purchase a website from companies like Yahoo who charge you a monthly rate to run and operate a website. You can have a store online and sell products. It is a great way to sell things that you make.

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Questions to ask an accountant you are considering hiring

An accountant is a vital part of any business. Not only do accountants handle a company's taxes, they can also help determine whether or not certain moves will have an effect on taxes, such as buying a company vehicle or leasing computers. In addition, they can help employers when deciding whether or not to incorporate the business.

While having an accountant is important, it's even more important to find one who is qualified, competent, and honest, as a portion of the company's financial well-being lies in the accountant's hands.

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Why a home business could be right for you


Why could a home business be right for you? Ask yourself a few questions to answer this question. Are you looking for a little more income? Are you self motivated? Are you tired of working to make someone else money? Do you have a trade to capitalize on? Do you need to get involved with others to get a business going.

Who isn't looking for a little more income? If you are among the many in the world looking for more household income, starting a home business may be what you want. With a home based business you have very little overhead, which decreases your expenses. There is no commute and you can usually do a home business with kids around. There are some home businesses that can be started with very little out of pocket capital.

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How to better your home business


When it comes to your business, whether it is a small business or a home business, one of your main goals is to have the best kind of business that you possibly can. Basically what this means is that you are always on the lookout for what you can do to better your business. The reason for this is that the better your business is the more money you are going to make and the better chances you have of being a successful business. But one of the main problems that people face when it comes to bettering their home business is that they are not sure what they can do to make their business better. But there are plenty of things that you can do to better your home business.

Difficulty rating: Moderate to difficult

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Are you really your own boss with a home business?

Are you looking into a home business? Are you wondering if you really are your own boss with a home business? Well, yes you are your own boss. You get to choose your hours of work. You get to choose when to vacation. You get to manage the money that is used concerning your home business. You get to work with family, by yourself, or hire employees. It's up to you, because you are the boss.

Being your own boss isn't always fun and games however. You have to make sure there is enough inventory. You have to make sure the profits made are being used to increase business revenue. Some days you are sick and you still have to work. Sometimes being the boss of your own home business interferes with your home life. Sometimes being your own boss with a home business will require you to hire and possibly fire employees.

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Tips for taking a home business and turning it into a small business


Everywhere you turn from the internet to the newspaper or even to neighbors and friends, there are opportunities to start your own small business. Some claim instant money with little work, others require hours of dull and monotonous labor. The trick is to find which home businesses will be most beneficial for you, offering reasonable profit as well as a logical amount of work. The following are tips for taking an idea for a home business and turning it into a small business.

First, you've got to have something to work with- if you already have a home business, it's probably well on its way to becoming a small business. You just need to write up a business plan and make it a legal entity. However, if you're trying to determine if your home business has what it takes to become a small business, here are some things you should consider.

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How to determine a margin for the product or service you provide in your home business


How to determine a margin for the product or service you provide in your home business. This is something that all home business owners think about. The reason is that you do not want to overprice your product or service, which will keep you from selling your service or product. However you also do not want to under price your product or service so that you will not be able to survive in the business. So how do you know where to set your margin?

The margin needs to be sufficient to cover the overhead, and generate the profit needed to keep the home business going. The way this is done, is determining two main factors.

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Business planning for a home based business - what needs to be in one:

If you are starting a home based business you will need to make sure that you have all your plans ready before you actually start the business. You will need to make sure that you have all the necessary things in place so that your business can actually succeed. If you do not then you probably should not hope to do well in this new business of yours.

There are many, many things to consider. Here are a few of them:

-You will need to have a specific work area. You will need to keep your personal and work things separate. This is not just for organizational purposes, it is also for security. People who mix their personal and business things tend to have problems. They will have important business papers mixed with non-important home type papers, and important business papers may end up getting thrown away and lost.

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How to Start Home Based Travel Businesses

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Home based travel businesses are no longer the wave of the future. Home travel businesses are the hot trend right now. So if you're considering becoming a travel agent, this brief guide will provide you with information you need to know.

First, there are generally two types of home travel businesses:


Referral agencies
Booking and selling agencies

Home based travel businesses that fall into the referral agency category do just that: they refer people to a travel agency. They may have several agencies they refer people to, but most generally have one travel agency that they work with on a regular basis. In return for the referrals from a home based business travel agent, the travel agency pays a referral fee or commission percentage on what the travel agency receives from the supplier. Part-time referral agents can earn up to $500 on each sale, and sometimes even more.

The home based travel businesses that fall into the booking and selling agencies category usually work with one travel agency. These booking and selling travel agencies actually do the booking and planning involved in making all the necessary arrangements for great trips.

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A Few Important Tips For Starting Your Home Based Business

There are numerous reasons why people choose to start a home-based business. Some of those reasons include:

1. Dissatisfied with their present employment situation.

2. Out of work due to being laid off or downsizing by their employer.

3. A need to be home more with young children, an infirm family member, or aging parents.

4. A yearning to be their own boss.

Whatever your particular reason for exploring a home-based business, there are a few common steps you need to take in order to launch your business.

First off, you need to come to grips with reality...be realistic in your expectations. Far too many folks read advertisements that are hype and imply quick money, and lots of it, from a home-based business start-up. It will certainly take a year, and in some cases it may take up to three years, before you begin to truly make a significant profit from your business.

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Reflections On The First Year Of Working At Home

For reasons that escape me now, I kept sort of a diary during my first full year of working at a home based business. It was nothing close to being a complete daily diary, but was more of a collection of scribbles about things that I felt were worthy of note at the time. Since quite a bit of time has passed since then, I decided to revisit these notes.

In no particular order, here are some of the things that I had made note of.

Choosing the path...in the beginning, my enthusiasm was very high (perhaps too high?) and I was chasing off on several different home-based business opportunities at the same time (exhibiting the "dog in a meat market" syndrome, I suppose) and not focusing my efforts enough to be successful at any single one of them. I finally reigned myself in and focused on a single work at home business opportunity.

In other notes I find reference to emotional and/or psychological issues that I experienced and are probably typical for most people when starting a home based business. When working at home a person can, at times, experience a feeling of isolation which is probably brought on by the lack of interaction of a work force environment.

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Thoughts And Tips For Selecting Your Home Business Opportunity

I started looking for viable work at home opportunities back in 2001. It was a time consuming process, but in retrospect, I give myself a pat on the back every month when I cash the check from my home based business. The purpose of this article is to perhaps help others make their selection with a little less time and effort than I had to expend.

Having spent many years running traditional "bricks and mortar" type businesses, I didn't buy for one second the numerous heavily hyped, or worse yet, scam operations that touted the instant and fantastic riches that could be achieved (often with little or no effort required). While doing my research as to which business I would eventually pursue, this type of claim became an instant trigger for me to move on to check out some other "opportunity".

I mean, give me a break, if those claims were close to being true, why would they share their "secret" with anyone else? They would just execute their "magic system" and in short order would have made all the money that exists in the world...yeah, right!

In the course of my investigations, a few other natural filters surfaced to help me narrow down the realistic and legitimate opportunities from among the far too numerous unfounded offers. Early on, I determined that the "get in on the ground floor" offers were essentially smoke. After all, if I wanted to take a chance on the lottery, I would have purchased a ticket. Because of my business management experience, it soon became clear to me that three of the primary factors that would influence my choice would be:

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Fallacies Regarding Online Home Based Businesses

In the course of my home business coaching activities, I have often found that people head into the startup of their online home based businesses with a wildly unrealistic mindset.

Many have been told that they can sign up for a few programs, build a website around them, add a bunch of banners and links onto their site, then sit back and watch the money roll in and never have to work again.

There is a misconception that you can come online and set up an Internet based business and be making big money within a few days. This is absolute hogwash and it has not been my experience nor the experience of anyone I have come in contact with through my online business activities.

The harsh reality is that there are more people who fail at their home businesses than there are people who actually succeed.

Newcomers to the world of online home based business are not usually aware that they may actually have to work harder at their home businesses than they did at their traditional jobs. They are typically not aware of the many hours of marketing time that they will need to put in to be successful.

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Will Your Home Business Succeed or Fail?

You may operate a home business selling services or products, but no matter which kind of business you're in, there's always a question in the back of your mind: will my home business succeed or fail, or do I have the motivation it takes to keep it afloat? Whichever type of home business you have, it's important that you know ways that you can keep your business going during slack times and/or economic downturns. If cash flow is a problem in your business, you should be sure to make certain that your money management techniques are on target and well refined.

Some of the things you can do to make sure your business will survive in the 21st century is to avoid impulse expenditures. There are many reasons for impulse spending, even as it applies to business. We may fall under the persuasive spell of a salesperson who has talked us into buying things we don't need. Maybe we simply made impulsive purchases because we had a little extra money, or perhaps to keep up the appearance of prosperity. Then you realize a few days later that you've committed some of your business funds to products or services that are not necessary for the success of your business.

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult". -- Seneca

Here are some tips to help you avoid these impulse purchases and make certain your business succeeds:

1. You can help control impulse purchases by requiring two (or more) signatures on all company checks over a set amount. This will give you time to seriously consider whether or not you really need the product or service you are about to buy.

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Goal Setting for Home Business Success

The ability to set goals and effectively motivate yourself to achieve them are two essential skills that will help you achieve success in you home business.

To try and start a business without goals could be compared to throwing a baseball pitch, blindfolded in the dark. What would be your chance of getting your pitch on target? Never mind getting a strike-out. Unless you are very lucky it is unlikely that you will have any success without properly setting out goals.

If when you start your home business, in what ever field it maybe, if you have no goals and aim at nothing, is it not unlikely that you will hit nothing and achieve nothing?

To set effective goals there are a few things you need to know about yourself which will affect how you set your goals. You are affected by, the environment in which you live, your experience and knowledge, your attitude and dreams and visions for the future.

When you set your goals you need to decide what you want and when you want to achieve each goal. You should spend time writing down your goals and display them in a prominent position where you will see them daily to remind yourself to stay motivated and focused. Cross off your goals once theyíve been achieved, adding new ones to ensure your business keeps growing.

ďDonít set your Goals to low. If you donít need much, you wonít become muchĒ.< - - Jim Rohn - -

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The Work At Home Dilemma...Should It Be A Job Or A Business?

So you have decided to work at home (either by choice or necessity) and now you are faced with the decision as to whether to pursue a work at home job or to start a home based business. That may sound like a minor distinction, but this can pose a dilemma as the differences can actually be quite significant.

A general psychological characterization of the entrepreneurial spirit, says they are typically people who have a high energy level, set long-term goals, feel quite self-confident, and view money and financial security as a measure of accomplishment and piece of mind.

They are further characterized as problem solvers, who take risks, learn from their failures (as well as those of others), accept personal responsibility, seize the initiative, and use all available resources to achieve their success.

Entrepreneurs compete with themselves and believe that success or failure lies within their personal control or influence. They do not see setbacks as failures, but rather as learning experiences. Most of all, they exhibit persistence and tenacity, never giving up and never quitting the quest for success.

If you fit most of these criteria, you would probably elect to start a home business instead of undertaking a work at home job. However, the decision to work at home does not necessarily mean that you want to be the owner of a business. You may prefer working at home for an already established company. This is often easier to do than owning a business yourself and you may not want all the headaches, responsibilities and obligations that come with owning your own business.

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How to Profit from your Home Business Blog

A blog is a simple tool which all affiliate marketers should be utilising to explode their affiliate sales.

I set up my blog in about 15 minutes at http://www.blogger.com itís a completely free service, and itís really easy to set-up. I followed directions from an excellent article on getting a new website listed in Google in 48hrs, check it out here, http://www.scamfreezone.com/gg/ . I just followed the advice in the article and got started with no problems in less than 15 minutes.

I've been doing a lot of research with regards to blogging and came across a case of a 19 year old kid who was making something ridiculous like $50,000 a year with a blog on mobile phones, from his bedroom! So clearly there is a good earning potential through blogs, but they do take time to grow and build up a readership. Treat your blog as a marathon not a sprint, because it will take time.

Blogs provide a very simple, quick and easy means to add fresh content to your website. As Iím sure youíve heard many times over Ďcontent is kingí in the search engines eyes and if you can provide high quality, regularly updated content your website should benefit with regards to your search engine ranking.

By providing fresh, high quality relevant content you will gain an increase of both first time visitors and repeat visitors, they will come back to check out your new content. Providing itís interesting, relevant and useful to them. You will begin to build relationships with your readers, increasing your credibility and building their trust in you.

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Benefits of Article Writing for Your Home Business

Once you learn the benefits of article writing, you may want to open a home business based on your writing skills. The road to riches may be yours when you identify the basic elements required for writing top-notch articles, reports and other written material. When you have all the elements in place, you can produce page after page of written articles that will stand out and help you and your clients achieve their goals. If you are writing for someone else your goal is to produce clear, concise saleable material that will please your clients and of course, make money for you.

Anyone can learn to write saleable material on just about any subject, providing the person has personal knowledge of the subject matter or knows how to thoroughly research the subject, or both. The list of topics you may be required to write about is endless. Producing your articles is very easy and simple, but it may take longer and require more research for some individuals to produce a completed, saleable product than it will take others. A good command of the proper use of words and a basic knowledge of punctuation and grammar is a must.

Your written material should sound as if you are talking to someone in person. Keep in mind that you must convey your message, instructions or meanings through your writing, because the reader cannot see your facial expressions, your body language or hear the tone of your voice. This is why it is so important to use proper grammar and punctuation. Write your articles in a clear, factual, concise style. Keep in mind the type of audience you are writing for and confine your writing to words the reader will relate to and understand.

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A Home Business Mentor Can Help You Earn Big Bucks

A mentor does not buy, sell or negotiate. A mentor provides a service. In essence, mentoring is simply helping someone else play their cards right and become successful in their home business or other endeavour.

Thus defined, mentoring has been a business practice for a long time. Recent estimates indicate that a large majority of successful people have used a mentor as a standard business practice. Mentors choose to help others reach their goals for various reasons, the most common reason being to gain support and help for their own projects and from a true desire to assist others. After all, what good is information if you don't share it with someone who needs a mentor?

Many mentors help a peer or friend move up the ladder in order to achieve personal satisfaction and develop friendships. Also, you've probably experienced a friend saying, "I helped you, and now I need help too..." Basically, being or having a mentor is an exchange of services and friendship.

One reason mentoring is popular, especially in today's economy, is that it provides free training that normally would be provided at special training classes costing a lot of money. Mentors willingly provide this service, as it is simply the bottom line method of training with little or no cash. In times of little or no cash flow, mentoring is a highly desirable commodity, and mentoring is becoming even more widespread. Mentoring offers a way to hold onto cash while continuing to get advice and training.

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Perserverance for Home Business Success

What is required to be successful in your home business? Before we can answer, you must understand what "success" means and what common characteristics successful people have. If you are reading this article, you probably want to be successful and possess a strong sense of perseverance which will pay off in achieving your dreams. The truth is that only a small percentage of people will ever achieve their full potential, and those who do are the ones who persevere toward their goals.

Success isn't something you chase. It's something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it'll come when you least expect it. Most people don't understand that. -- Michael Jordan

Success is generally looked upon as achieving favorable results and gaining wealth and/or fame, but you must realize that success is different for each individual. For some, a yearly income of a few thousand dollars would be a success, but for another individual it may be several hundred thousand dollars. Whatever your definition of success is, there are several personal characteristics that are common denominators among successful people.

Goals are an important factor in realizing success. Without goals that are realistic, how can you know when your success level has been reached? Successful people set goals for their home business, and perseverance of these goals pays off. Goals should be specific, realistic, measurable, time related and attainable. Your goals can be changed as often as necessary until you reach your ultimate goal, and it will happen if you persevere. Completing your tasks one at a time and then moving on makes the task easier and you can see immediate results.

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Visualize Your Way to Home Business Success

The power of visualisation is a skill which is often neglected by people who run their own home business.

Visualisation or guided imagery is a very powerful technique that can help increase both your efficiency and effectiveness in achieving your home business goals.

"You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature." --Les Brown--

All top class athletes utilise visualisation to mentally rehearse what they have to do and how they are going to achieve it. By doing this they train their minds and bodies to actually perform the skill as effectively and efficiently as possible.

For example, Justin Gatlin who is now the 2004 Olympic 100 m champion will have visualised every stage and every step of that 100 m final, hundreds if not thousands of times before he even stepped out on to the track for the final.

When you begin to use visualisation techniques, you want to mentally create a vivid scene in you mind of your wanted outcome. You want this scene to be as detailed and clear as possible, you need to be able to see, feel and smell your success.

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Ever Dream of Your Own Home Business?

Do you ever dream of owning your own home based business? You know the dream; work on your hours, in your pajamas, sweats or what ever!

We have seen the countless ads, emails, websites, etc. on how to make big bucks right from your home.

So how do you tell the legitimate home based businesses from the get rich quick schemes?

Well hopefully this article will help you out a bit as I have been there done that with a home based business

Yes I have tried a bunch of different home based businesses, only to be disappointed at the outcome, and of course being a little bit lighter in the wallet.

The light bulb in my head finally went off after I heard a news report on my local news about Home based or work from home business offers. The report was if you have to pay a fee to join, it is most likely a scam!

Well after I heard that, I said to myself "that makes sense! Why would you have to pay to go to work?" It is the same theory when you went and looked for work in the work place.

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A Home Business Mentor Can Help You Earn Big Bucks

A mentor does not buy, sell or negotiate. A mentor provides a service. In essence, mentoring is simply helping someone else play their cards right and become successful in their home business or other endeavour.

Thus defined, mentoring has been a business practice for a long time. Recent estimates indicate that a large majority of successful people have used a mentor as a standard business practice. Mentors choose to help others reach their goals for various reasons, the most common reason being to gain support and help for their own projects and from a true desire to assist others. After all, what good is information if you don't share it with someone who needs a mentor?

Many mentors help a peer or friend move up the ladder in order to achieve personal satisfaction and develop friendships. Also, you've probably experienced a friend saying, "I helped you, and now I need help too..." Basically, being or having a mentor is an exchange of services and friendship.

One reason mentoring is popular, especially in today's economy, is that it provides free training that normally would be provided at special training classes costing a lot of money. Mentors willingly provide this service, as it is simply the bottom line method of training with little or no cash. In times of little or no cash flow, mentoring is a highly desirable commodity, and mentoring is becoming even more widespread. Mentoring offers a way to hold onto cash while continuing to get advice and training.

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Setting Up An Email Account in Outlook Express

A long time back (OK, two years ago) I started my web hosting business. Someone talked me into it, to be frank. Someone who himself wanted to recruit me as a reseller so that I could pay him monthly to sell his web hosting service (very smart of him, very dumb of me!). The idea was to provide very cheap custom hosting packages so that people who were till them hesitant about hosting their own websites would be ready to host them just because the hosting cost was so damn low. As is the fate of such low-cost-oriented ventures, I incurred a huge loss and gained a serpentine list of customers who couldn't differentiate between a Word document and a web page and who perhaps went to extra lengths to hire dumb secretaries.

Anyway, I winded up the business in six months before it could drive me to bankruptcy (and lunacy) and transferred the existing clients to other servers paying from my own pocket. Some of those customers still think I'm supposed to solve their problems, not only regarding their websites, but also when they cannot set up their email accounts in Outlook Express. Fortunately my phone numbers have changed since then so I'm out of their reach but there are some that keep coming back like the phantoms of an inexorable past.

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It's Not Brain Surgery, It's Just An Online Home Based Business

Back when I first started my online home business I didn't have a clue concerning how to go about it. I had never done any Internet marketing, and didn't know anything about websites or search engines or any of that other online business stuff...in short, I was a complete rookie. In retrospect, the two major things that really helped me was that I refused to be intimidated and I kept a realistic perspective (both in terms of initial financial results and the time frame necessary to become successful).

I know from my own years of experience that relatively few business ventures are started on the Internet by people with the experience, motivation, determination, backing, and support that it takes to even have a reasonable chance of success.

Real online business people are those who work hard, who immerse themselves deeply in marketing and advertising, and who put in long hours in the beginning in order to see their Internet-based businesses succeed.

Achieving success in an online business is not difficult to comprehend. There is indeed a learning curve, but it's not brain surgery. The process of learning isn't as much the issue as are the personal traits of motivation and determination.

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How to Start Building Your Work at Home Business for the New Year

As the year draws to a close, a work at home business looks incredibly attractive to your prospective business partners because they want a way to make money to cover the Christmas gifts that they have spent money on. Here we would cover a few simple steps you can take to boost your work at home business in the new year.

Firstly, if you have faced dismal performance with your work at home business the whole year, it's time for you to take a step back and think carefully what sources of leads and signups did you employ? By changing your source of work at home leads, you might be able to change your signup rate with your work at home business.

Advertising is a quasi science, it would be best if you took out a piece of paper and wrote out all your advertising sources and see which sources have been yielding the best result for your dollar. This is important as a home business like any other sales business only does well as the number of new customers that you attract and convert to sales.

Remember a good advertising plan is only good as the time your spend tracking the results of your work at home business advertising campaign. It is a good habit to reflect at the end of the month on which sources of advertising have yielded good results. Some people do monthly and then yearly analysis to see which months yield good results and then spend more money then advertising. This makes good business sense for your home business so that you can spend your advertising dollar wisely.

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How to Tackle the Three Major Stresses Associated with Every Home-Based Business

Owning your own home-based business is by and large a very rewarding, exciting endeavor. You can set your own schedule, and be where you want, when you want. You can oftentimes forego the commute to a "regular job" and save money on gas and other "niceties" that are expensive in the work-a-day world, such as lunches, parking fees, etc.

There are unexpected pitfalls and disadvantages, though, in the owning and operating of a home-based business. Some are psychological, some are emotional, and others are purely physical. The unexpected stresses of a home-based business are really one of the major obstacles that need to be overcome by business owners. Many new business owners are unprepared for just how much stress is involved, actually.

Home-based business stresses usually fall into three overall categories:

1. Psychological : Employees, Finances, Legal, and Operations

2. Emotional: Family, Friends, Change of Personal Routines, Personal Disruptions, Isolation

3. Physical: Sedentary Lifestyle, Poor Eating Habits, Overwork

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The Work From Home Internet Business Is booming On The Net

The work from home revolution on the Internet is in full swing. There has never been a better time or opportunity to make money online working at home in front of your computer. The number of money making opportunities is endless.

With today's technology it is quite possible to run your entire business online from anywhere in the world using your laptop computer. You no longer need to leave your house to make a living for your family. It can be done from the comfort of your own home. No commute required. No travel time with reduced fuel consumption and maintenance on your vehicles. Best of all you are your own boss.

The amount of people using the internet worldwide continues to increase almost monthly. This bodes well for internet business entrepreneurs and anyone wishing to take advantage of the internet work from home business industry. Global Internet Statistics shows over 800 million people worldwide are now using the internet.

Just do a search for internet business opportunities on Google or your favorite search engine. You'll find websites such as http://www.kawarthapublishing.com & http://www.bigmoolla.com promoting several top Internet home based business products and services from paid surveys online to network marketing and MLM businesses. If you already have your own website you can even sign up with Google ad sense and make money displaying Google ad words ads on your site. In fact everywhere you look on the net almost every single site you go to is making money from some form of advertising or work from home business opportunity.

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Tips on How to Earn Money with a Home Business

Everyone wants tips on how to earn money with a home based business. It never seems to amaze me that a lot of people with a work at home business are not earning some money.

When I got to question a few of these people about why they are not earning any money, I found out why!

People, you have to do something to earn something! Just because you have joined a MLM or affiliate program, donít think just by sitting back you will earn some money. NOT TRUE!!!

So I have tried to make it easy on these people by coming up with the necessary things you need to do to earn money from home.

If you honestly do these things, and still donít make any money then maybe a home business is not for you. But you need to be honest about this and put out the effort.

1. When you first start with a work at home business, set out at least an hour a day devoted to your business.

2. Spend the first day advertising your business on the free classified websites, there are literally thousands of these sites to advertise on.

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Being Successful with Your Home Business

How to be successful with you home based business really depends on attitude, persistence and of course what your business offers.

Let's start with attitude. Everyone starts out with this attitude that man I am going to succeed and be able to quit my full time job by next year!

Well I am not going to say that can not happen, but let's be realistic here. A home based business is just like any other business, the only difference is you are doing it from home.

And this kind of thinking that you will get rich over night is usually the death of your business. It is great to have a goal, but keep it within reach. To have a successful home business, the key is watching it grow from month to month.

So keeping your attitude good, and not get discouraged when you are not making $20K a month is the first key to being successful. Remember you want to grow each month, as you grow you also expand bringing in more business and revenue.

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The Work From Home Revolution

The work from home revolution on the Internet is in full swing. There has never been a better time or opportunity to make money online working at home in front of your computer.


I have joined several opportunities and affiliate programs over the last 3 years and it's now becoming apparent that YES I can make a full time income off of the internet. And you can too.

With so many people using the Internet and so many opportunities to make money it has become easier than ever to make money online. If you already have your own web site your already on the right track. If you do not yet have a web site, GET ONE.

I have 6 web sites now, and every one of them is making me money. Of coarse creating your own site is only the first step. You will need to first choose a theme for your website then find good content related to that theme. Once you have done that you need to advertise your site.

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Identifying Some Common Work At Home Success Characteristics

Do people that are successful in home based businesses share some common characteristics and, if so, what are the primary ones?

The dictionary defines successful as:

*having a favorable outcome, or
*having obtained something desired or intended, or
*having achieved wealth or eminence

When applied to a home business, I think the definition of the word successful involves a combination of financial gain, time flexibility, and being able to call your own shots (being your own boss). The order of importance will vary from person to person.

I have had the good fortune to be quite successful with home-based internet businesses. No, that is not completely accurate, I have had success because I have invested a lot of sweat equity in my work at home business activities.

Having spent many years in the corporate world, I am a firm believer in the team aspect of business and so I naturally gravitated toward network marketing instead of trying to go solo selling products/services and competing with the big players like Yahoo, Amazon and the other well known names.

After doing considerable research, I found a very well established and financially solid internet-based company to work with. Using my business experience in the "offline world" and developing my internet marketing skills on the fly in an OJT (aka: on-the-job-training) format, things have gone very well and I recently spent some time trying to identify some of the primary traits that are common in my most successful team members.

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The Life Blood of Internet-Based Home Businesses...Search Engines

Anyone involved in an Internet-based home business will soon come to recognize the importance of search engines as a vehicle to attract potential customers.

Since the inception of Google in 1998, the popularity of using search engines has increased dramatically. Nielsen NetRatings reports that about 114.5 million Americans, or a whopping 39 percent of the US population, currently use search engines.

Through February of 2004, Yahoo and Microsoft's MSN ranked as the two favorite spots on the Internet with 87.3 million and 86.2 million unique monthly visitors, respectively, according to figures produced by Nielsen NetRatings.

Microsoft.com, ranked third, with 64.2 million visitors, but this figure is somewhat misleading because this site attracts much of its traffic by repairing flaws in the Windows operating system. Google was the fourth most popular site with 60.8 million visitors.

The market shares of MSN and Yahoo haven't changed much in the past three years while Google has emerged as a powerhouse without spending much of anything on advertising. Google's audience is now approximately six times larger than it was in early 2001, when it was the 26th most popular destination on the Internet.

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3 Steps To Home Business Success

If you own a home business, there are 3 things you absolutely, positively must have, if you want to be successful:

1. You must have a guru or mentor:

If you aren't proficient in Internet marketing, website design and copywiting--and most people aren't, do the smart thing and seek out an Internet marketing expert to help you. This can be a huge financial advantage for you, because 90 percent of those individuals coming online don't have a clue what their doing. And instead of doing the smart thing and seeking out an expert for help, they'll just struggle along trying this and that and losing money, until they're finally forced out of business.

2. You must have a back-up plan:

Not having a back-up plan for your home business is like being stuck out in the desert with a flat tire and no spare. You just aren't going anywhere. Sometimes, try as hard as we might, our ideas just don't work and we have to scrap them. That's why you should always have a back-up plan. Give your home business every chance to succeed, but if you sense it's not going to happen, don't be afraid to pull the plug on it and move on to plan "B."

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How To Make Money With Your Own Home Based Business Niche

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Want to know how to make money with your own home based business niche?

First of all, forget about what everybody else is doing. Forget about what everybody else is saying. Forget about what everybody else is selling. Who cares? From this moment on, none of that has anything to do with you. I'm going to show you how to make money with your own home based business, by sneaking in the back door. In other words, by creating your own home based business niche.

I want you to think about the one thing in life that you're truly passionate about. I mean, if you could do anything in the world that you wanted, what would you do?

Once you figure out what it is that you're truly passionate about, I'm going to show you how to turn that into a money making home based business niche for yourself.

What's a niche? A niche is a narrowly defined group of potential customers. Why should you bother to establish a niche market? Because of the great advantage and potential of having your niche all to yourself. Other small businesses may not be aware of your particular niche market, and large businesses probably won't want to bother with it.

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Being Successful with your Home Business

How to be successful with you home based business really depends on attitude, persistence and of course what your business offers.

Letís start with attitude. Everyone starts out with this attitude that man I am going to succeed and be able to quit my full time job by next year!

Well I am not going to say that can not happen, but letís be realistic here. A home based business is just like any other business, the only difference is you are doing it from home.

And this kind of thinking that you will get rich over night is usually the death of your business. It is great to have a goal, but keep it within reach. To have a successful home business, the key is watching it grow from month to month.

So keeping your attitude good, and not get discouraged when you are not making $20K a month is the first key to being successful. Remember you want to grow each month, as you grow you also expand bringing in more business and revenue.

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How Long Should You Hang Onto Your Home-Based Business Dream?

A home-based business becomes for the business owner, an entity in and of itself. Because so much hard work, blood, sweat and tears goes into every home-based business, it is easy to view it as having a "life" of its own and a home-based business can be more real to the business owner than anything else in their lives.

However, there is also a dark side to a home-based business, especially one that is failing miserably. Part of being successful within a work-at-home dream also means knowing "when" to quit, or "fold". A home-based business can be like a game of cards, when the "losses" exceed the "wins", it may be time to give up on the business and either start another one, or look into other forms of outside employment.

It has been said, "that most entrepreneurs fail three to five times" before they actually start a business that succeeds. Although it is imperative that entrepreneurs be persistent, not being able to accept failure, when it is obvious that failure has occurred, can be extremely detrimental.

So, how does an entrepreneur "know" when it is time to give up or when they should continue? Simple, the amount of actual "suffering" needs to be measured. The following "suffering measurement" should take into account:

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Tips For Starting A Legitimate Home-Based Business

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The number of home-based business opportunities is rapidly growing. In fact, over 50% of small business owners work from home. Numerous programs and options are available. If you would like a legitimate home based business but are having trouble deciding which is right for you, exercising a few precautions can go a long way in making sure you choose the best program for you.

There are legitimate home business opportunities that can start you on your way to financial freedom. Research each opportunity thoroughly and choose wisely. You can earn an excellent income, be your own boss, and work the days and hours you desire.

The home business industry is expanding continuously and research suggests that revenue generated from home-based businesses will increase by 17% yearly through the year 2008. Legitimate home business opportunities are highly successful when they are more than just get rich quick schemes. Valuable marketing tools combined with affiliate/prospect systems, discussion groups, and contact with those who are already earning money from the same company are excellent ways to help you make your business successful.

There is a wide range of business opportunities to consider, including Internet based businesses, retail sales, import/export, and even stuffing envelopes. Some are legitimate businesses, and some are not. It's important to know everything about the company and to communicate with those already involved so you understand completely any risks you may be taking, how long before you can reasonably expect to make serious money, and what amount of work is required to make that money.

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Some Thoughts On Selecting Your Work At Home Business Opportunity

I started looking for viable work at home opportunities back in 2001. It was a time consuming process, but in retrospect, I give myself a pat on the back every month when I cash the check from my home based business. The purpose of this article is to perhaps help others make their selection with a little less time and effort than I had to expend.

Having spent many years running traditional "bricks and mortar" type businesses, I didn't buy for one second the numerous heavily hyped, or worse yet, scam operations that touted the instant and fantastic riches that could be achieved (often with little or no effort required). While doing my research as to which business I would eventually pursue, this type of claim became an instant trigger for me to move on to check out some other "opportunity".

I mean, give me a break, if those claims were close to being true, why would they share their "secret" with anyone else? They would just execute their "magic system" and in short order would have made all the money that exists in the world...yeah, right!

In the course of my investigations, a few other natural filters surfaced to help me narrow down the realistic and legitimate opportunities from among the far too numerous unfounded offers. Early on, I determined that the "get in on the ground floor" offers were essentially smoke. After all, if I wanted to take a chance on the lottery, I would have purchased a ticket. Because of my business management experience, it soon became clear to me that three of the primary factors that would influence my choice would be:

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The 3 Elements You Need for Successful Home Business

Product, Leads, and advertising the 3 most important elements of any successful home based business.

For this article we will focus on leads. Leads are people that are interested in making money from home. How do we know this?

For starters, they have either put an ad on the internet stating they want a home based business, or they have filled out a form with one of the lead generation companies.

Now how do we go about getting these so called leads? Some businesses put a simple questioner out over the internet that people can access to answer some simple questions.

These questions are usually, how much time a week you can put towards your business, how much money can you invest in your business, why do you want to work from home, etc.

These questioners are usually short and to the point. Once all this information is gathered the business then contacts that individual to sell them on his business opportunity.

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How Long Should You Hang Onto Your Home-Based Business Dream?

A home-based business becomes for the business owner, an entity in and of itself. Because so much hard work, blood, sweat and tears goes into every home-based business, it is easy to view it as having a "life" of its own and a home-based business can be more real to the business owner than anything else in their lives.

However, there is also a dark side to a home-based business, especially one that is failing miserably. Part of being successful within a work-at-home dream also means knowing "when" to quit, or "fold". A home-based business can be like a game of cards, when the "losses" exceed the "wins", it may be time to give up on the business and either start another one, or look into other forms of outside employment.

It has been said, "that most entrepreneurs fail three to five times" before they actually start a business that succeeds. Although it is imperative that entrepreneurs be persistent, not being able to accept failure, when it is obvious that failure has occurred, can be extremely detrimental.

So, how does an entrepreneur "know" when it is time to give up or when they should continue? Simple, the amount of actual "suffering" needs to be measured. The following "suffering measurement" should take into account:

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5 Lesser-Known Online Business Ideas

1. Ask people to find a hidden link in your ad copy. If they find the hidden link tell them they will get a prize or freebie by clicking on it. This will increase the chance that they will buy your product or service because they will read your whole ad copy.

2. Start a members only web site. Tell visitors what's in your members only site and what it costs to get access. Offer them a free membership, if, in exchange they link to your web site, post your banner on their home page or agree to advertise your web site in their e-zine for a set period of time. Usually they will agree to the free advertising to save money. This is a powerful way to get free advertising.

3. Want a popular discussion board? This technique is based on the number of postings made by any one person. You could give away a free product or service to any person that posts ten or more messages on your discussion in a month. It could be a free e-book, report, e-mail consulting etc. Just keep track of everyone's postings each month. This could also work for e-mail discussion lists.

4. Give your visitors an instant article directory. Tell your visitors they can instantly add a free article directory to their web site by linking to yours. Just place your ad or banner ad on top of the article directory for your main product or service. All those links can add up to a large amount of traffic for your web site.

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Are You Starving Your Home Business Of Lifeblood?

If you've seen Kevin Costner's film the "Field of Dreams" you will remember how he was inspired to build a baseball field with the words "If you build it, they will come". He built the stadium, and with a little faith, streams of visitors were coming to see his dream.

Sorry to bring you back to the REAL world but this isn't "Field of Dreams" and you aren't Kevin Costner. If you want visitors to your dream website and you want some measure of success online, you need to take some important steps to do so.

Without a regular supply of leads to your business then you just aren't going to make it in internet business, period.

How on earth could you? It would be like setting up an offline business and expecting it to succeed without anyone picking up the phone to call you or walking in through your companies' front door.

Makes sense doesn't it? Of course it does but the majority of prospects I deal with respond with shock horror when I tell them that now that they have set up their business websites they will have to buy leads or work hard to obtain them.

Leads are the lifeblood of your business and a highly targeted prospect can be worth $1000s, especially if you are involved in network marketing.

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All Work At Home and No Play Make Jack a Dull Boy

We've all done it!

We sit for hours in front of our PCs searching, submitting and scrutinizing, while the very freedom we are building a home business to achieve, dwindles to stolen moments in between search engine submissions.

I can be almost certain that from the very moment you got your first check in the mail that you became hooked on the idea of working entirely from home. So much so that everything else in your life has had to take a back seat while you build your dream.

Having a dream and pursuing it is a very noble concept but when our home and family life suffers because of it then it can become a big problem.

It doesn't have to be this way.

Here are a number of points that may help you in keeping a balance.

1.Discipline yourself - When it comes to the amount of time you spend building and running your online enterprise. Set a time limit and don't stray over it.

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The Work At Home Dilemma...Should It Be A Job Or A Business?

You have decided to work at home (either by choice or necessity) and now you are faced with the decision as to whether to pursue a work at home job or to start a home based business. That may sound like a minor distinction, but the differences can be significant.

A general psychological characterization of the entrepreneurial spirit, says they are typically people who have a high energy level, set long-term goals, feel quite self-confident, and view money and financial security as a measure of accomplishment and piece of mind.

They are further characterized as problem solvers, who take risks, learn from their failures (as well as those of others), accept personal responsibility, seize the initiative, and use all available resources to achieve their success.

Entrepreneurs compete with themselves and believe that success or failure lies within their personal control or influence. They do not see setbacks as failures, but rather as learning experiences. Most of all, they exhibit persistence and tenacity, never giving up and never quitting the quest for success.

If you fit most of these criteria, you would probably elect to start a home business instead of undertaking a work at home job. However, the decision to work at home does not necessarily mean that you want to be the owner of a business. You may prefer working at home for an already established company. This is often easier to do than owning a business yourself and you may not want all the headaches, responsibilities and obligations that come with owning your own business.

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Top 5 Work At Home Business Tools

Let's face it, having a work at home business on the Internet is both exciting, as well as difficult. The competition for customers, as well as the anonymity of the Internet, leads to frustration at times by those marketing their work at home business online.

Many online chores can be time consuming also, taking precious time away from other chores that would improve marketing efforts and success. Since many people have to be reached on a consistent basis by anyone endeavoring to succeed online in their home business, a few tools, that cost very little, are probably a necessity in the fast-paced online marketing environment of today.

Five tools that are economical, and practically a "must-have" for any serious online marketer, are as follows:

1. A professional Website: Whether you are marketing your own goods, services, or products, or whether you are an Affiliate Program Member, or a Network Marketing Member, your own professional Website is a virtual "must" (even if it only looks "professional" and you've created it yourself). There are many good template software programs out there for this need, as well as affordable Website design services. Affiliate Program "viral Websites" or any Network Marketing "viral Website" can be used initially, as well as the "sub-domain free sites", but to see "real sales" everyone will eventually need their own domain name, and Website.

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All The Comforts Of Home - Or Home Office!

With the continued explosion of small business startups these days, home office setups are becoming more and more of an issue. You need all the standard equipment of a brick and mortar business, but can you afford them? And does it
really make a difference? The answer to both questions is yes!

Many home business entrepreneurs feel that if they donít have clients stopping by, they donít need to have a good office setup. An old desk, your childís forsaken bookshelf, a chair from the kitchen table, and a miscellaneous table
or two will work just fine. The rest is just fluff.

However, consider these things. Every human being responds to his/her surroundings in one form or another. When your office looks like a professional place of business, you actually respond by being more professional with your
clients and vendors. But more importantly, "leftover" desks and chairs are normally not as comfortable as furniture specifically designed for an office. When you spend a tremendous amount of time at your desk, you physically need it to be as comfortable as possible.

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How to Effectively Manage Your Time With A Home Business

Are you spending too much time with your home business and not achieving the results you desire. Focusing too much of your time and efforts on your business and achieving poor results can have detrimental effects on your business, your personal relationships, physical and mental health, and overall happiness in life.


One simple way to reduce the amount of time you spend working on your business is to set clear specific goals and objectives, clear and specific plans and to organize your day so you can focus continually on the most valuable uses of your time.

The clearer your are about your goals and objectives the more focused and efficient you will be in achieving them. One trait that successful people have in common is they seem to get more done in the same amount of time as the people around them. They use the minutes and hours of each day differently. They are more focused and productive and they get more done.


Study the way you spend your time during a typical day.


1.What are the things that you need to do more of, sooner in order to improve the quality of your business results?

2.What are the decisions that you have made in the past that have created the problems you are currently dealing with today? Whatever they may be, immediately make new decisions that will take you in a new direction.

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Your Part-Time Home Business

Whether seeking a supplemental income or a full-time income, many folks have undertaken the task to discover a viable home based business solution to meet their personal needs.

For most folks who contemplate a home business, a low-cost or no-cost solution is not only nice, but also very necessary. Many also seek to find a home business that will permit them to maintain their regular day job in order to protect their base income.

Taking the cautious approach to a home based business and keeping one's job during the start-up period is often a very good decision. By maintaining one's job, one can maintain the health of their personal finances while permitting their home business grow healthy and strong.

Fortunately, most home based businesses can be started with little or no cash, can be maintained on a shoestring budget, and can be operated successfully with only a part-time investment.

One day, the business will be strong enough to support itself and its owner. When that time comes, it will make good sense for the business owner to leave his or her outside job to dedicate more time to growing and maintaining their new thriving home based business. You will know when that time has finally arrived.

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Equipping Your Home Office - Part 2

Choosing Home Office Equipment

In Part 1 of this article we discussed how to select office furnishings and why making the right choices were crucial to your comfort and ability to remain organized. In Part 2 we will take a look at your basic home office equipment needs.

1. Computers

The type of computer that's best for you depends upon the type of work that you do, and whether you spend all of your time in your home office, or go out on the road to meet clients. While there are a seemingly endless choice of makes and models, there are essentially only three basic choices.

For most home office situations, the desktop computer reigns supreme. However, if you are on the road a lot then you can find notebook computers with nearly the same horsepower as the best desktop. If you do choose a notebook, the consider one that has an available docking station. That way, when you are in your home office, you can easily use a standard keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

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Equipping Your Home Office - Part 1

Choosing Home Office Furniture

Having an adequately equipped home office is essential to being productive. It is not necessary that everything be brand new, nor is it necessary that you spend a lot of money. What is important is that you select your items carefully and that they are functional and safe for use in a home office environment.

Check your telephone directory for used office furniture stores. Many time you can find very nice furniture available at a fraction of the cost. Don't forget to also check the resale store and thrift shops in your area, as well as the local classified ads.

1. The Desk

Bigger is better when it comes to desks. Try to choose one that has lots of room for your computer monitor, keyboard, telephone, and space to spread out paperwork and anything else that you may be working on at the moment. Pick a desk that has adequate drawer space and a file drawer for short-term filing of active projects.

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Is a Home Business Right for You?

Every morning as people wake up and make the commute to work, many dream of the day when they will finally work for themselves. Every time the boss lets someone know that they must give up their weekend plans for the good of the company, people contemplate the benefits of being the owner of their own business.

Are you one of these people?

If you are, it is important to ask yourself some very important questions before you make the uncertain leap into self-employment.

Many dream of the benefits of home business ownership, but few take into account the sacrifices that must be made to bring the dream to fruition. Please don't make this mistake yourself.

You must approach home business ownership with your eyes wide open. Ask yourself the important questions, and more importantly, answer your own questions openly and honestly.

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Operating a Home Business is Seldom Easy

Operating a home business is seldom easy and interruptions come in all shapes, sizes and forms.

Between the family, friends and neighbors who call or come by, and the telemarketers who insist on ringing your number off the hook, getting through the workday can be a real challenge.

When you introduce children into the home office environment, your productivity and patience can be seriously tested.

For example, right now my three-year old daughter is pulling on my shirt and begging me to read her a story. Clearly, Im in the middle of something important here, but how can I say no to those eyes? Ill be right back...

Ok, that wasnt so bad was it? Shes happy, Im happy (having bonded with my daughter) and now Im back to continue my conversation with you Whats the lesson here? Flexibility is a major key to balancing your home business priorities with your family's needs.

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Home Business Strategies for any Online or Offline Business

Home Business Strategies for any online or offline business By Joel Teo 2004 All Rights Reserved Worldwide

Starting a home business is not any easy concept to come to terms with. Someone I spoke to at length the other day expressed amazement at what an internet home business can do and how it can work for her. Here are a few simple home business strategies that I told her.

Firstly, start small and keep your own day job while building your home business at the side. I am not discounting the fact that some home business ideas can blossom into large commercial ventures, however it would be prudent to keep your day job and utilize all the free time you have to build your home business until it supersedes your day job. Remember that as you enter into the office for your day job, you are busily working on your home business at the side as your own Home Business Financer.

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Why Don't You Work At Home?

Over the last 6 1/2 years that I have been offering work-at-home advice online, I have talked with many people who are successfully working at home, and many who are not. I have discovered that there are some vast differences between those who succeed at working at home and those who don't. The truth is EVERYONE can earn income from home but not everyone will.

If you are struggling to find a way to work at home or to make your home income opportunity work, read on to find out what it takes to be successful at home.

1) Burning Desire - People who succeed at working at home don't just want be home, they have to be home. Their desire to watch their children grow up, care for a loved one, own their own lives or whatever their motivation burns deep in their gut. It's so deep and almost uncomfortable that they are willing to do anything ... even things that are difficult... to be successful. If fear or fatigue stops you from pursuing your goal of working at home, then your desire may not be big enough or you don't focus on it enough to keep you motivated.

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Starting Your First Home Based Business

Over the last few years I have helped thousands of people start their own home based businesses. Many of these folks have become quite successful and others, for various reasons, have failed to achieve success.

People starting out in their first home based business adventure almost always suffer information overload in the early stages of trying to get their business up and running. I often refer to this as the "taking a drink from a fire hose syndrome".

For the first time home business entrepreneur there will be a great deal of "newness" to virtually all aspects of getting their business started. When you combine all of this "newness" along with the natural sense of excitement and eagerness, it is easy to understand how people can easily fall prey to the feeling of being overwhelmed and lost.

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How To Reorganize Your Time To Accommodate A Home-Based Business

Almost everyone needs or wants more money coming in, and with this desire most would like to start some sort of extra income-producing project.

The trouble is, not many of these people seem able to fit "a second job" into their time schedules.


It's true that most people are busy, but extra time for some sort of home-based extra income-producing project can almost always be found.

It may mean giving up or changing a few of your favorite pastimes -such as watching TV - but if you score big with your extra income project, you will have all the time you want for doing whatever you want to do.


The first thing to do is to sit down with pencil and paper and list your daily schedule. What time do you wake up?

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Improve Performance Without Compromising Quality

Henry Ford taught us that to simplify the manufacture of automobiles, that the best way to do so was to install the assembly line. That one change revolutionized the auto manufacturing industry permitting the industry to build cars at a cost whereas the average person could afford to buy one.

The lesson we should take from this is that having the ability to improve the process of getting the job quicker and cheaper, without compromising the quality of the job being done, will help catapult the person who simplified the process to the top of his/her field.

Pennies saved in your home business can turn into dollars at the end of the day, and dollars can quickly multiply into hundreds or thousands of dollars over time.

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Brief Experiences on How I Started Making Money Online

I started selling different products as a mail order business in 1996, however, a month later, after buying a computer and discovering the Internet I decided to open an online store. Very soon I found out that selling books and information online in general was a hit and also a very convenient way for an extra income home business, considering that my personal life had very little money, little space, a lot of work and a family to support. Therefore I registered a domain name, I sign up for an Internet connection and then finally opened my bookstore named QualityBooks.com.

Setting up the store at the beginning was very hard, I had to design my own pages, plan and put in action my own marketing strategy, take orders, ship the books, and do by myself whatever else came up.

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Working at Home - The One Thing You MUST Know

You will spend more time, effort, money, and headaches in the beginning of starting a home business than with practically anything else in your life. However, when it all comes together, the hard times will seem like a distant memory because it will all have been worth it.

DO NOT GIVE UP! DO NOT GIVE UP! DO NOT GIVE UP!

I could repeat that phrase 1,000,000 times and it wouldn't be enough!

Remember, there is a very sharp curve when it comes to internet marketing. Your income stays the same for what seems like an eternity, and then slowly rises for a while. Before you know it your income suddenly skyrockets seemingly out of nowhere and continues to grow.

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The Biggest Temptation When Working At A Home-Based Business

From what I have seen and experienced, to quit is the greatest temptation during the first year of working at a home-based business. If smoking was like working at a home-based business, the occurence of lung would be dramatically reduced.

It is a known fact that a majority of the people that undertake a work at home business do not achieve real success. There are several reasons for this, but one of the primary reasons is that these people get frustrated and do not allow themselves enough time to succeed.

In the early going, one of the most difficult things about developing a new home based business is dealing with the emotional roller coaster that can result from the highs (successes) and lows (temporary setbacks) you are almost certain to experience. Once you have done the research and decided on a particular home based business opportunity, you really need to focus on persistence and realize that any real business will not just automatically become successful in a matter of days or weeks. You should be prepared to give it your best sustained effort for at least 6 to 12 months in order to begin to build a solid business base and begin to see some good income.

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Tips for Dealing with Children in your Home Office

Operating a home business is seldom easy and interruptions come in all shapes, sizes and forms.

Between the family, friends and neighbors who call or come by, and the telemarketers who insist on ringing your number off the hook, getting through the workday can be a real challenge.

When you introduce children into the home office environment, your productivity and patience can be seriously tested.

For example, right now my three-year old daughter is pulling on my shirt and begging me to read her a story. Clearly, Im in the middle of something important here, but how can I say no to those eyes? Ill be right back...

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Home Business Writing Made Simple

Have you ever written a letter to a friend? Ever written an
outline for any project you were about to start? What about a
shopping list? If you have, and I imagine most have, you then
can write focused, brief, content articles for your online home
business.

Why write? Well, of course you can spend lots of money to drive
traffic to your site with absolutely no guarantee that you will
obtain a single sale. Moreover, most of the traffic, although
targeted, may leave your site and forget it ever existed. Writing
puts you personally, your site, and your products/services within
the same framework as a well-honed opt-in list of subscribers.
People remember you, learn to trust you, eventually purchase from
you, and most importantly return to purchase again and again, as
long as you continue to offer what they need.

"So how can I simplify what seems to be the arduous task of
writing", you ask?

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Freedom! The Battle Cry of the Business Owner

"I wanted freedom from a boss so I started my own business. Now I need freedom from my business because it's running my life." Sound like you?

Here are three tips to help you find that freedom.

1. Put your stake in the ground. Where are you headed with your business? Can't answer because you're too busy working on yesterday's problems? Stop and do it now. Much of your freedom is being eaten up by activities that won't get you where you want to go. Define where that is and work toward it.

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Work At Home Solutions for Stay At Home Moms

It's 2004 and as the years go by, it's getting increasingly difficult for a family to survive on just one income.

With credit card debt, (which if you're in an average American household you owe about $8000 on all credit cards), the under-saving on 401k plans, and living paycheck to paycheck - parents are recognizing the need for an extra income.

What does this mean for you all who want to be a stay at home moms or dads?

Simple, it means that you will need to create that much needed second income by finding work at home at home solutions in order to be stay at home moms or dads.

If you are in this position there are many work at home solutions out there for you. Here are just three for you to consider. Please note that the following suggestions involve you starting your own home business by learning a financially valuable skill.

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Staying on Track even with Home Business Distractions

When you are the owner of a home business, you will find hundreds of distractions that vie for your time, energy and focus.

Common distractions include: children, family, friends, neighbors, pets, phone calls, mail, household chores, video games, television, neighborhood children, visitors, and so many more.

As an owner of a home based business, you must always remember your purpose in bringing your profession home. What was your reason for wanting to own a home business? Was your goal to work from home so that you can share in the lives of your children? Was your goal to be out from under the rule of a tyrannical boss? Was your goal to have the freedom to work when it is convenient for you? Was your goal to make tons of money working for yourself?

Here's a few good tips that will help you stay focused on your home business:


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Searching for Home Business Ideas Beyond the Franchise

When some folks begin to think about a business of their own, they know in that very moment what kind they are going to start. Then, there are the rest of us...

Knowing that we want to have a business of our own is not enough. Many of us have struggled with the important question of what type of enterprise we would like to start.

Franchises offer a simple pre-packaged money making idea, but the cost of a franchise often makes it a prohibitive option to most folks who contemplate going out on their own.

For those who do not have a million dollars to buy a McDonalds franchise, we must look to other ideas for our own business.

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