Home Business Ideas and Opportunities

Archive | November, 2015

Don’t Let Your Home Based Business Be a Time Trap

The reasons people express for wanting to work from home are many and varied, but most home based business owners cite the ability to set their own hours as a major factor in their decision to work at home. However, many people that have work at home businesses often fall into a trap that flies directly in the face of their stated desire for time flexibility.

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The strong growth in home based business activity continues and according to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, fifty-two percent of ALL small businesses are home-based. Some home based business owners have been known to become “workaholics” because their office is so accessible. Don’t become a slave to your business…get out of your home office regularly to renew and revitalize yourself.

Close the door to your office or otherwise remove yourself from your designated “work area” and go into your “home” area to live your personal life. If your business involves the use of the telephone and you find it difficult to ignore a ringing phone in the office, simply turn the ringer off and turn the volume on the answering machine way down. If your business is Internet based, just turn off your computer (or at least get away from the monitor and keyboard).

As a work at home business entrepreneur, you certainly aren’t required to be available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week just because your business is located in your home. After all, your office or workspace is just an area in your home…it’s not your home itself! Working and living under the same roof has a host of advantages, but it can present some challenges (in addition to the workaholic syndrome mentioned, above) and stress factors.

Here are four ways to create a less stressful home business environment:

-Remember why you wanted to become involved with a home-based business (i.e. more time for family, work schedule flexibility, etc.)

-Have discussions with your family members and get their input about the working arrangements and the amount of time they want with you.

-Use good time management techniques. Keep a list of tasks by order of importance. There are many low cost and effective “day planners” or “organizers” readily available today.

-ALWAYS take a little time to “smell the roses”.

-While not experiencing the negatives common to a corporate office working environment, the home-based business owner may occasionally experience stresses and frustrations that are unique to working at home.Networking with other home-based and small business owners provides an opportunity to connect with others who may be experiencing the same stresses/frustrations that you are. Sharing stressful and/or frustrating issues with someone else in the same situation can relieve your stress and may bring you good advice from a different point of view.

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Work At Home – Free Programs

Millions of people are looking for ways to create additional income to help pay the bills. Others want to get rid of their day job and work from the comfort of home. There are hundreds of work at home programs to choose from. Some are free to join and others charge a minimal fee. If you do your research before jumping in it should be relatively easy to find a program that can work for you.

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The major difference between paid work from home programs and free programs is the organized information you receive. If you are very familiar with the Internet and have a lot of time to spend researching programs and reading forums, then it is a bit more likely you can start you work at home endeavor for free.

If you are short on time more than money, it may be worth it to invest a few dollars in yourself to find out what you need to know. For example, minimal charge (normally less than $50.00) is well worth the money charged. Time is money. Here are a few things you get with the paid programs:

* Research programs
* Step-by-step guidance on how to perform the tasks required
* Advice on how to avoid the normal pitfalls of the market place
* Organized, understandable approach to working from home
* Customer support: that will respond timely when you ask questions or when you need help

The time you save will more than pay for the minimal expense of these programs by far. Having said that, here are a few of the reasons people wanted to start for free:

* No money to spend. Unable to pay their bills currently
* Have been scammed before
* New to work at home and would like to try something before spending any money
* Not sure if they had the necessary skill to do what was required

If you will do your research you will find many programs that are free to join. You can be successful going this route, but it will take more time. Many people have time, but no money so this could be a perfect fit for you. What do you have to lose? There are many programs on the Internet that offer some guidance, which is a big help when starting out. An organized approach will give you a much better chance for success. What you don’t want to do is to spend a lot of time and get nothing in return.

It is very important to find companies that match your income goals, skill sets and comfort level, because your chances of success increase when doing so. Many people will join 3 – 5 free programs then keep working the ones they like best. Others will work 2 – 3 on a continuing basis so that they can create multiple income streams.

One thing is for sure you can’t make any additional money working from home if you don’t try. Give yourself a chance.

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The Proof of the Pudding is in the e-Mail

E-mails can be very intriguing. The first e-mail can make you extremely curious to know more, especially if it says briefly and succinctly something really tantalizing yet mysterious, such as an offer to ‘make you several thousand dollars in only two months’.

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No doubt you will receive quite a few of these communications each and every week and you will either pursue this by responding to ask for more information directly or clicking a link to get more details – or you will say ‘no thanks, this isn’t something I would be interested in’.

On the one hand people may like emails that are long and give as many details (and selling points) as possible, but then on the other hand, when it is short and sweet it may prompt a reply just out of curiosity if nothing else. The next message you receive may invite you to a webinar or phone call, etc. that will explain more and further entice you.

One good question you should ask the sender in your initial reply, is ‘Have you made this money yourself?’ Which brings us onto the point of ‘where is the proof’? Although there are some amazing ideas, it is important to find out if it is just a theory or ‘pipe dream’ or if it is actually a reality. It really should be a rule that you make ideas work for you and then if they do work, you can then recommend them to others.

However, by extension if you are an affiliate and can’t honestly say you have already seen this idea in action/received the money, then you can still propose the idea to others if you are quoting and using documentation of the program’s owner’s proof of success. You should make the distinction clear if asked and if you are inexperienced or do not have a reputation yet, always use the documentation that is usually provided to you by the program.

Proof is an incredibly powerful marketing tool that simply must be included in order to succeed. Proof can be provided for example, by an honest testimonial or review. In the same sense presenting a problem and then offering a solution along with proof it works, is an excellent way to structure your e-mail marketing and advertising.

In that same vein, showing statistics from any studies or surveys that have been done and of course saying who/what/where it was done, is another powerful way to create trust in what you are claiming.

Yet another example would be to pose a series of questions and answers. Maybe you have made notes on the various reasons people believe they can’t do something – lack of experience, lack of time, money, etc. In this method you again show a solution or negate their concerns where people have fears that are preventing them from moving forward.

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