The Journey to
Success in your Home Based Business
Since 2007 the economy has been rocked by recession and unemployment.
Today (December 31st 2013) many on unemployment will see their
unemployment benefits end. Some have already turned to
work-at-home businesses. Here is an opportunity for those wanting
to be their own boss:
Work at Home Success -- How do you measure the success in your life? As
a home-based working mom itís so different than the outside corporate
world. I know for me, one day it can be a call from Borders that they
are accepting one of my books, where another day it can be that I
finally got my 8-year-old to go on a field trip at school.
The last two she had missed being too scared to attend and instead spent
the day home, sick. Both days, I consider huge successes! Both days, I
felt a real winner! Home based success can mean the little things such
as a day we get all our work done while attending a sick child, or being
one of the only parents able to attend a school function that your
daughter so eagerly anticipated. Thatís what we are trying to achieve in
our home-based business, the best of both worlds. And having worked at
home since 1985 I can truly say, it can be done.
So how can you achieve this success for your business and family? How
can you make more good days than bad? Here are some tips:
Start Early: I find that by getting up an hour or so before everyone
else, I can accomplish so much more. That allows me the extra 10 minutes
of devotional time, a few minutes to enjoy my coffee alone, and then
time to dig into my work. I usually save my peak work for this time as
this is truly when Iím at my best.
Regroup and Rebalance: So often home-based moms feel overwhelmed and
unable to accomplish anything because of this. Try breaking it all
down. Take a day or two and write down your typical day. What can you
change to make it better, to make it work? Often when itís down in
writing, itís clearer to see where changes can be made. Try to lump
together tasks and delegate any tasks you can. And above all else-avoid
Eliminate time-robbers! We still have to cook dinner, (I tried, it
didnít work!) but I donít have to talk to my friend, who doesnít work,
for 45 minutes during my workday. Say No!
Also, with my kids I found some of the work I actually could take
outside or in another room. Thereís no rule that says I have to work at
my desk. Perhaps you can create different workstations around the
home. Be creative.
Shortcuts To Success: What can you do to make your business run
smoother? Constantly be thinking of ways to improve upon your business.
Organization is naturally a big one. The more organized you are, the
better youíll be at many things.
Another shortcut for me was to create different books of materials that
I frequently used so I didnít have to reinvent the wheel each time and
it was right in front of me. Thus, I created different 3-ring binder
books of marketing letters, press releases, etc. Anything that I
frequently use and would save me time, Iíll implement. Think about
things that you can do for your business. Things that you use often,
that you could print out and possibly make a collection of, and then
look to as a resource. Or what other times savings tip could you think
of that would help your business?
Another thing I do is buy paper that has 3 ring holes already in it.
When I print out a clientís e-mail, or clientís article, Iíll
immediately put it into their binder categorized by topic. Iím now able
to find things more and also can see clearly all Iíve done with the
Focus on Success:
Continue to see yourself as a success and focus on your goals. Success
is within your reach when you continually focus on your goals, both for
your business and your family.
Diana Ennen is the author of numerous books including Virtual Assistant:
the Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA, Words From
Home, Start, Run and Profit from a Home-Based Word Processing Business &
the Home Office Recovery Plan. She specializes in publicity and book
marketing and is president of Virtual Word Publishing
http://www.publicity-va.com/. She also is the publisher of the
science fiction thriller, Sledgehammer,
http://www.pauloreyes.com/ Articles are free to be reprinted as long
as the authorís bio remains intact.
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