Archive | March, 2016

What Makes a Business Successful

You might exclaim that it is profit! Certainly that is the object and does indicate whether or not the business is successful. However what all determines if the business even gets to that point? Some of the main components of success beyond the obvious things like a good product are mindset, focus and presentation.

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There is really a lot to be said for the ‘spirit’ of things. This has to do with mindset and extends to the environment in the business. Is it bright and shiny? Or is it dark and dubious most days? It is obvious that if the atmosphere is one of positivity and hopefulness that it will carry the business a lot farther than if someone is skeptical and just has a negative attitude. This can be about the time, money or duties required to conduct the business.

A positive mindset is so important that steps should be taken to create a positive atmosphere no matter what is happening or not happening. Remember wherever you are focused, that is where you will likely end up. That is why it is so important that you force yourself to be in ‘a good mood’ about your life in general as well as your business. Do not allow yourself to get off into self-pity or create reasons that you know you will fail.

You can accomplish this positive mindset by doing mental exercises whenever you feel a dark cloud hovering over you. Truly know and believe that you can succeed. Do not look at what you can see, but look at what you might not be able to see YET. Focus on what you HOPE to attain and believe that you can accomplish it. Keep telling yourself about that over and over until you actually believe it.

Here is where it is important to keep your goals realistic. Certainly somebody who tells themselves they know they can make a million by Friday is going to be sorely disappointed. Keep it real. Give yourself goals that you can actually accomplish. Don’t be afraid to under-estimate. You can increase your goal each time you accomplish a benchmark.

Another very important component of having a successful business is to be focused on the tasks at hand. It can’t be a half-way thing where you kinda, sorta pay attention to business. Treat your business just like you would a job where you are accountable to someone. In fact you want to be the type of person who ‘exceeds expectations’ – don’t just do enough to get by but do more any time you have an extra 5-minutes to invest in your business. Learn what ‘proactive’ means and go there often.

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Start a Home Business and Finance Your Dreams

Do you have some little (or big) things that you think it would be nice to have? Do some of these persist off and on or year after year? Do you wake up from the day dream being very practical and acknowledge that you really can’t afford it, so you forget it again. ‘Can’t afford it’ means not even on credit, which is not free money but quite the opposite.

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You may or may not begin to resent this, feeling deprived or punished. You work hard and you take care of business. Why can’t you have just this one little thing you want? You can. If you look at it from the perspective of saving the money to buy it, maybe you can!

Saving money means putting it away – say every payday whatever you can – just a few dollars that you won’t notice if you are running things pretty close to the bone like most of us. Even small amounts will add up after a while. So next time the dream comes up and you say “I wish I had that” you realize you can have it because you have the money! No reason not to!

There is another way to set yourself up so that you come up with this wonderful “I can afford it, I deserve it, I am going to get it” day. That is to start a small part-time business at home. This is very practical because you are using ‘spare’ time to earn ‘spare change’ and once you get it rolling, you can start to save money that doesn’t come from the paycheck-to-paycheck squeeze.

This part-time business can become so productive that after you get your heart’s desires you have had to do without, then you can just keep up your momentum and start to use the money you earn to pay down bills so that you spend less on interest; you start to save for emergencies. In case you don’t remember the feeling, it is wonderful to realize you actually have a comfort zone where savings are concerned.

The dread of unexpected expenses need not give you nightmares anymore but let’s face it, it can happen to anyone at any time. The water heater or the car can die, there can be a tornado or a flood, someone in the family can get sick and require deductibles and co-payments. Again if we are running paycheck-to-paycheck how do we absorb these extra expenses? Do we go into debt with credit? Unfortunately sometimes that is the only alternative unless you have savings.

So make it a point today to find a way to earn extra money that you can save for fun or otherwise! Start a home business part-time. Make even your spare time count to build your present and future security!

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HomeBiz Start-Up – Focus on What You Can Do

Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. It is really sort of like ‘shooting yourself in the foot’ if you allow your obstacles to dictate to you. How counter-productive to stop dead in your tracks because something or other didn’t go the way you had planned. Now all your energy is spent in anxiety about these circumstances.

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Until you can get past it you won’t really be able to focus on what you can do to promote your business. Remember it is all about what you can do and whatever didn’t work just goes in the circular file, figuratively as well as literally if necessary. It is the same concept as spending what could be productive time in ‘crying over spilled milk’ when you didn’t get the rate of customers you had hoped for from a campaign.

What exactly do you gain by your regret? Or by your subsequent skepticism? Does it make them change their mind? No – it is the same unfortunate situation but now you have exacerbated it by adding an element of negativity about it. We are only human and there will be an emotional component whether good or bad but we must be able to move past what is not helping our business.

You will find that in marketing and advertising it is very normal to have more people who do not respond than those that become customers. Think about all the advertising you see every day – include every medium you can imagine where someone is trying to convince you to buy something. How many of those do you respond to? Probably none or not many. Now figure your ads in that same bunch with the same result from others.

The important thing to remember is you don’t pick up your marbles and go home when you are not happy with your results unless you have really decided to throw in the towel and give up. The right thing to do in the face of any failure of whatever magnitude, is to just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward,

If you have to look back at some point you will probably realize that you really gained some strength there by forging ahead, and no matter how expensive the lesson may have been, it is worth it in the big picture. This is something that is not an easy realization for people who do not really understand that business is rarely easy and includes ups and downs. It requires lots of hard work over time. Yes, there are secret recipes and once you find one then things can be easier for you from there on out. However until you do, you have to really keep trying and flex those mental muscles!

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