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Your Home Business – Be Sure to Create a Business Plan

To be sure you stay on track, which is easier when organized, you should have at least a tentative plan. You need to know if you have any money you can invest in your business or you must find free ways to do everything at first. You should have a plan so that you can commit your time.

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Your qualifications and skill-set that you have acquired in your working lifetime are the core assets you have to work with. They represent the foundation that you will build upon to create a profitable business. You can always get a lot of free information and even ‘formal’ training online if you would feel better to update your skills.

It is fairly important that you be confident in what you can bring to the table when starting a business of your own. You may need to learn to use simple technology, and even learning about a new industry or niche may be on the agenda for you. Since you will be technically ‘self-employed’ it is more or less up to you what you do or don’t do. Probably best if you can avoid doing things you really don’t like if they are not necessary. If necessary then learn to live with it.

It may help you to do some self-assessment exercises at the planning stage of developing a business. Like an inventory, listing what exactly you have to work with. This will make you feel strong and/or point to things you may need to get some more details about before you can proceed.

On purpose or not, you will be learning lots of new things as you go along – even while still in the planning stage. If you have an open-mind and are willing to learn and to do the work necessary, you will do fine. It is best to get anything you need to learn out of the way so that it doesn’t become an obstacle that keeps you from making progress.

Be honest and play a role reversal game. Take stock of your skills and attitudes about work and ask yourself if you would you hire you? Apply for a job in your own home business. Write a cover letter resume and state why you are qualified for the job and really believe you are the best candidate and should be chosen for the position.

Remember not to use ‘convincing’ behavior or ‘selling’. Merely present yourself and leave it at that. (selling and convincing can create an atmosphere where people will resist rather than cooperate) if you do not do it in the right way.

Use power words to describe your assets such as for example, accurate, dependable, reliable, flexible, proactive, timely, can learn quickly, are efficient and enjoy helping others. Spell out your skills – mainly emphasizing the duties for the available position. You can also include ‘life’ skills. For example you were on a debate team, or committee at your church or club.

Final Exercise: Provide actual statistics and other information to demonstrate where you have had on-the-job experience using your skills. Provide the position title and define all the duties that you performed. Give length of experience and special recognition, promotions, and accomplishments. Be sure to include references the employer can contact.

Your Vision for Your Work At Home Business Online

Visualization is much more than imagination. We need to take action to bring your ideas to reality. It’s only real that the average person has little reason to believe there is such a thing as wealth without work. Legal and ethical strategies at least, so that is why you need to put your ideas into action.

can you see what it could be?
It may be fun to day dream, but it can be counter-productive. When we have not defined achievable goals, we can quickly have our hopes dashed. You have probably heard the expressions to ‘aim high’ and ‘dream big’. However if we set such lofty goals that they may be impossible to achieve at this point in our business’ development, this can become discouraging. This is exaggerated if the person really thinks they can earn money instantly by magic or osmosis, and what a crashing disappointment when they find out nothing could be further from the truth.

Like most budding online home business entrepreneurs, there may be lots of false starts. Until we create a real plan with reasonable expectations, we are just wasting time and resources – ‘spinning our wheels’. We need to get real. Ask yourself if your plan is feasible at this time, considering your skill-set, financial position, and available time.

The ‘key to success is to stay in the game’. There won’t even be a slim chance of success if we have given up on making it happen. However, if we can just keep trying, even though we have not actually achieved anything tangible, there is still a chance things will start improving eventually. If we quit too soon, we will never know what we might have achieved.

If you need something that provides a commitment, such as a job where you work X number of hours for X dollars, then get a job, or a second job. However if you want to see how far you can go, you may have to take a risk that your time and effort will result in a greater reward than you can expect within the business model that provides the structure of having a job with guaranteed pay.

If we want our own business enough that we are willing to endure almost anything within reason to achieve it, then we will eventually find a way to make it happen. While it is important to take action while we are feeling inspired, we need to remember to be realistic both about what we need to do and what we can logically expect to achieve. If we can work within those parameters, we will have the foundation for a successful home business.1.

New Home Business Start-Up – Having Target Goals

If you are really serious about wanting a successful home business, you should start right out being organized. This involves having lists that include tasks and clearly outlined target goals you need to accomplish.

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A few tips about making ‘to do lists’: Do not try to put a whole year of tasks on one list. You should ideally have at least three lists – one for now (today or this week for example), one for near future (the month) and one for distant future (6-months to a year for instance).

One reason for this is so that you are not trying to be organized using a list that looks like a complete snarled (scribbled) mess. Every time you cross something out because it has been done* or been cancelled, it gets harder and harder to navigate. Remember you don’t want your lists to become another obstacle. Lists are to help you, not hinder you further by becoming tedious.

Another tip about lists is that you should be realistic. Don’t put something on the ‘now’ list unless you are absolutely sure you will do it today or this week. When you don’t get to it, cross it off and move it to the next list = whether it will be part of the newest ‘today’ list you will create or pushed out to ‘near future’.

A point about not doing what you projected or planned, is that it can get discouraging when you don’t accomplish what you intended. No just once or twice (stuff does happen), but as a rule. If you often do not meet your deadlines, it would be a good idea for you to analyze what is happening to keep you from your target goals.

If you are really sophisticated you might want to look into Gantt Charts. It is really fun if you like to plan in detail. It has charts that show the beginning of a project and what needs to be in place at that time. Then as you go along it lists the dependencies. For example, can’t use the swimming pool until it is filled with water. It outlines how much time and what resources are necessary to accomplish each step of your plan so you can be ready for the next step.

Remember the tighter your plan and the closer you stay to the target, the better the outcome for your business. If you are a born procrastinator, you may find that just having the plan will encourage you to accomplish your target goals pretty much on time.

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