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Home Biz Start-Up: Don’t Bite Off More than You Can Chew

Especially if this is your first try at starting a home business, it is very important to take things slowly and in small increments. Yes we should be able to visualize the big picture in the future. However there are many steps and periods of time that will need to elapse before we get there.

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If you overwhelm yourself it will work against you. One of the more common situations for new business start-ups is ‘information overload’. It is not just that information is coming at you from every direction, but the fact that the terminology and concepts may be new. Don’t be ashamed to admit the human brain can only do so much at one time. That is why small ‘chunks’ works best.

It really helps if you are organized so that you can prioritize which information is most relevant to begin with and to be able to keep track of what is pending for tomorrow so that you do not lose any continuity.

If organization is a new idea for you, it can be as simple as making folders in your email account. Click-Click, Name it, and drag your document into it. Now you know where it is and when you are ready you can find it. It might be good to name this first folder ‘Pending’ as it is stuff you haven’t read yet.

As well once you have completed something you can put it in a new folder – just basic ‘completed’ or if you want to get sophisticated the folder can even have a company’s name, or some other designation that makes it easy for you to find. Whatever works for you in the simplest way, being at least somewhat organized is really essential to running a business.

It is the same idea with finances. It makes absolutely no sense to over-extend yourself — that is spend more than you have. Credit shouldn’t be counted in this equation. You should have an operating budget that is apart from living expenses, or any other source. Keep in mind since everything is a gamble, not to gamble with more than you can afford to lose.

Again, if you put this kind of pressure on yourself (spending more money than you can afford), you just add an element to your efforts to start a business that brings stress and fear. Neither one of these are particularly conducive to doing anything except maybe bankruptcy, getting sick or causing problems with your relationships.

So keep it real. Do everything you can but don’t try to do more than you can at any given time. Taking everything in small chunks is the best advice anybody could give someone who is trying to start a new business.

Internet Entrepreneur: Stay Flexible

Another way to express the opposite of ‘flexible’ (inflexible) is STUCK. Stuck means immovable. One of the most important things in life is to keep an open mind. One very true statement is that ‘there is nothing constant except change’. That is why it is imperative to keep an open mind and to be flexible.

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If you are open, you can change. You can learn. You can grow. As far as your home business is concerned this is relevant because you will likely need to be flexible about many things up to and including the foundation of WHAT you do as well as HOW you do it. That is because you will want to evolve. For example if there is new technology, new strategies or new opportunities.

Although being tenacious has its brownie points, there is no logical reason to stick with something that is not working. You need to be cognizant all the time of what is and what isn’t working. Naturally you have to give things a chance – plenty of time and effort to see what will happen. However, if you have done so and do not see any progress then don’t be afraid to let something go. There are no sacred cows in business.

It is normal of course if you have invested considerable time and money into something to be reluctant to just toss it. However, there is a lot to be said for not ‘throwing good money after bad’. Sometimes you just have to write things off to experience and move on. Then again, it is possible to shuffle things around and perhaps put something on the back-burner to let a new idea have the forefront for a while.

The point is not to get stuck in ideas or anything else that may hamper your ability to progress. The bottom line is always profit and no matter if you have to accept that you have made a mistake, or that something just doesn’t work as well as was promised or expected the point is keep pushing forward.

If you are well-informed and fully engaged in your business, you should make it a point to use the most powerful and innovative methods you can find. This is not to say ‘trendy’ and you may want to research the actual results that are being manifested before you make a radical change.

You should make it a point to browse the sites that discuss the technology and techniques in your industry. Always try to stay on the ‘cutting edge’ and remember, ‘information is power’ only if you use it.

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