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Home Biz Start-Up – Staying Focused Amid Chaos

People usually have a certain amount of chaos in their lives, however there are times when there is more turbulence than ever. Even looking at chaos as stress, things like losing a job or source of income is a major event on the stress-o-meter. So if we have waited until a real crisis arose before we took action to start a home business, it’s going to be more chaos.

Starting a business has a lot of it’s own chaos even on a good day! Not to mention all the new information and emails from everywhere, etc – Not the best time to develop a sensible plan, and as a result, lots of short-cuts may actually be necessary due to the critical time element where finances are concerned (bills due).

This scenario is another reason why we should ‘just do it’ now, instead of ‘one of these days’ we are going to start our own business. Just like preparing for an emergency or having a contingency plan, start trying to make more money now. Whether we save some money or pay off something, having more money is the answer to a lot of our problems.

Particularly when nothing is ever guaranteed anymore as far as our ability to get a good job and support ourselves and our families, we have to always be doing more, just to run along-side to keep up with the rising cost of living — it keeps on rising whether our income stays the same or gets to be less or even none! So it is time to start building something for yourself.

We need to stay on top of it. We have to prioritize our time and efforts and conserve all our resources in order to have enough positive energy and strength to start working to run our own business, often IN ADDITION to still working a regular ‘day job’, working part-time job(s), raising a family, etc etc etc. We have to find the time somewhere and also need sleep so as to stay healthy. So about the only time we can sacrifice may be ‘play time’ and that is why our home business must be a priority, so that we are willing to make sacrifices to get what we want and need.

In a huge sense when we can do this, we are then no longer as vulnerable to one entity for example an employer who may have to let us go for various reasons that are nobody’s fault, it’s just the way it is. So we need to keep on evolving and gaining momentum with all the various things we can do to take control of our own lives. If it helps look at it like a hobby- the making money hobby.

Yes that sounds better if you have to have a job and starting a business sounds like a second job, call your new business a hobby! Of course if your job is your hobby you will really like it! Have fun with it and remember why you are maybe going to work twice as hard for a while until you have everything up and running and going for you – then it is time to coast a little, but you always need to stay engaged and keep it running with the least chaos possible.


Home Business Opportunity Shopping – Get Real

There is apparently something very exciting and very compulsive about shopping for home business opportunities. People seem like they become crazed like ladies at a close-out shoe sale. Maybe it is because they want to believe literally and implicitly what they think they are reading – and more or less (maybe purposely) ignore anything that would tell them otherwise (is logical).

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People want to get rich right now and they don’t want to work for it. They want to believe there is magic and all their money problems are just about over with. It’s as if people don’t read the fine print. They are seduced by the ‘only $1′ to start and then they don’t seem to understand what ‘start’ means. It means it’s only the beginning. First base.

A free or $1 trial can be a blessing in that you have the ability to read things behind the scenes and have access to resources temporarily so that you can judge for yourself if the program has any worth. You have a chance to find out what the compensation plan is and to decide whether you feel that is acceptable or not before you expend any more energy in that direction.

The deal is there is no commitment as long as you cancel the membership before the trial period is over. When you signed up for the trial you likely gave your credit card or payment information so that the recurring (typically monthly) billing could start as soon as the trial period has lapsed. This should be a major clue that there are other charges beyond the $1. hello?

While you are looking over the program details be sure to find out how much the monthly charge is going to be and determine whether or not you can afford it comfortably. Do not speculate, as in ‘oh, I will surely be earning money in 7-days, 30 days…’. But what if you don’t? Will the mortgage wait? (no) Will they leave the lights on if you don’t pay? (no) So you don’t want to gamble with these essential necessities. Just don’t do it unless you have the money for both your survival and your business opportunity shopping spree.

Realize that ‘you can make money today’ means there is a possibility that you can – it does not mean it is guaranteed in any shape, way or form unless that is stated exactly – what is guaranteed, and by when. Since it is technically illegal for anyone to guarantee how much money you will earn, you should be very wary of anything that says otherwise.

Seriously, unless that company will take money out of their own pocket to pay you what they guarantee, and/or they will literally provide you with paying customers*, then they have no way to foresee the future and cannot legally guarantee anything other than what they can do directly. (*even at that how can they guarantee the customers won’t quit next month?).

Really make a list of what you are signing up for and outline the details. How much is the trial? For how long is the trial? How much does it cost after the trial? Is it per month or what is the arrangement? What OTHER programs did you sign up for? How much are those? What is the TOTAL that you are going to owe now and each month? WHERE will you get this amount? (remember do not speculate).

It is also imperative that you set a budget and stick to it. If you determine after your bills and survival necessities, that you have $50 or $100 left to invest each month in a business, then stick to that, no matter what. Remember that it may really be a big help to you if you can afford to pay for some advertising and marketing; (even though there are also many ways to do things for free online to support your home business opportunities, they take time and effort). So reserve some of your funds for that purpose. Go slow and plan wisely so that you do not ‘get in over your head’ or almost as bad, get in a big rush and then just give up before you have given it a fair chance because you ‘can’t afford it’.


Home Business Opportunities – A Recipe for Success

If you have ever baked a cake and did not follow the directions in the recipe, you may have had an inedible disaster. If you are lucky (and creative) you may be able to rescue it by crumbling it over ice cream, or some other way to think of cake.

It’s pretty much the same with most things – there are correct ways to do things, and some ways work better than others. Some things lend themselves to creativity in that you can sometimes do them slightly differently and they will still work. You may even be able to improve upon them. For others though it is imperative that you stick to the recipe if you want the same results as you envision – for example our cake.

When you are doing something new, that you have never done before or that you are really not sure of how to do it exactly, it is a logical conclusion to realize you need some direction. Even the hyper-creative or non-conformist should have some frame of reference – or ‘ballpark’ idea of what is involved at least in getting started.

Following directions requires a certain amount of humility but it doesn’t mean you are not in charge of your own business or that you are working for someone else again. You just need a plan and some idea of what to do, where to get what you need to do it – just general direction at the least.

With art for example you can’t learn ‘talent’ – you either have it or you don’t. However even someone with great talent will likely need to learn technique and do some experimenting before they find their ‘niche’ or to find the medium that they can excel at. Someone with little talent or experience who has a real desire to learn how to do something well, can often develop their expertise.

The point is it is probably best to have some kind of expert advice at the least when you are thinking about starting a home business. You can actually benefit and save yourself buckets of money and time if you are willing to consider what those with a successful track record have to share with you in the way of information and more.

With that said, what worked in 1998 in many cases, will have played itself out by now, as people are learning more and developing tools and resources that we can use ‘off the shelf’, rather than to have to learn a programming language or anything super-technical. Each generation of software for example often has more ease of use as well as ‘upgraded’ capabilities.

We just need to be aware of and try to understand to the best of our ability what, where, why and how to. If one is very analytical it would be to their advantage, as long as they know when to stop analyzing and start taking action with what they know. This is a fine art in itself and many people hide behind learning and never feel they know enough to actually do it. This is a mistake.

With any business that requires marketing and advertising (and they all do if you want to attract customers and income), it is best if you get started as soon as possible. Even while you are still learning, because it requires lots of momentum to be building at all times. This is because not everyone you reach will respond and you need to eliminate them to find the people who are interested and will take action.

For example at getting started soonest, at point A you learn you will need to use an autoresponder for your business; and you will need to load it with messages and create a list of prospects to send them to.

First you would do a comparative analysis of good autoresponder companies and see what the costs are, what the functions are, and determine the superior one with a good reputation that you can afford. Then you would either start composing your messages or enlist the help of a ghostwriter or copywriter.

Next, for an online business you would need to create a ‘web form’ for people to add their email address to (‘opt-in’) from your website or blog. If you have the money to accelerate this process you may participate in a ‘list building’ program or send out ‘solo ads’ that invite someone to receive information from you. To incentivize you might want to add a free gift for doing so.

So each one of these steps requires analysis and making a decision based on your own situation. If you skipped one step you may create chaos and confusion (and waste) because you will not be able to do what you intend unless you have covered each detail sufficiently.

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