Just because you work from home, there are going to be some people who think that you don’t actually work at all! This is especially true if you are working an online business and it’s likely they have no understanding of exactly what it is you do. Most people will think you are just a free spirit all day and not really doing very much.
I’m sure this was the reason I was approached by a business owner recently. She asked me if I would help her out in her business for a few days here and there while some of her admin staff went on extended leave.
As you know, working at home can be pretty lonely sometimes so I thought “What they heck, that sounds like fun -“ why not?”I thought it would be a great chance to get out and about, and meet some new people. So, I agreed to help out in this office whilst staff take some holidays.
It quickly became apparent how restricting a regular JOB could be to my lifestyle. Murray and I have had to shuffle some personal plans around to enable me to meet my commitment here and it’s been a pain in the neck. Wow – what a reality check into the freedom and the flexibility having an online business gives!
Shock realization number two – I hadn’t even got beyond the first two or three days when I was just amazed at how many hours I had to work to bring home such a small amount of pay!
It was around the fourth or fifth day in the office when one of my existing online clients called me. He wanted to hire me for a VIP coaching day to map out his new online business. Now this is one of my highest ticket offers. Nonetheless, here was the stark reality. On one hand I’m in a J.O.B. working someone else’s schedule and bringing home $160/day. On the other hand, I can be sharing my skills and knowledge, changing the lives of aspiring entrepreneurs, and actually being paid several thousand of dollars for one days work.
This short term commitment is making me really uncomfortable!!
If you get really uncomfortable with where you are at right now and I can guarantee it will inspire and motivate you to force yourself to keep moving towards your dreams.
So many people today hate going to work, hate having to wake up every morning and do something that they are not passionate about. There will be so many of you who are torn between two options:
Even if things don’t always go as well as you planned in your online business, stay strong. Be committed. Be determined.
If you’ve got big goals to work from home – go for it and force yourself to keep moving towards them.
WHAT ARE YOUR BIG PLANS? WHAT IS MAKING YOUR UNCOMFORTABLE RIGHT NOW?
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It was May 2008; I was at a three day seminar. What I now know as a ‘sell fest’. You know the type – where speaker after speaker takes to the stage and sells you their stuff. Well I bought in – to the tune of $30,000. And the promise to me was a complete ‘done-for-you’ internet business system and within twelve months I would be a millionaire. I didn’t realize at the time, I was about to learn one of the most expensive business lessons I’ve ever had.
How naive was I!!
Actually Murray and I had already earned the right to call ourselves millionaires, and that had taken us about 10 years and some very good investment decisions. So I’m not sure why I suddenly thought I could multiply that result in just another twelve months and, in a brand new industry.
Fast forward the twelve months and I still didn’t even have an operational website!
To say I’d been ‘had’ was an understatement. I was pi***** to say the least. Many people would wallow in self pity, give up, or believe making money online was only for other people.
As it turns out, giving up our $30k to this company who placed such low value on integrity was the best thing that could have happened. My response to the whole situation was like waving a red rag at a bull. I was determined to make this internet stuff work! And, it raised the bar on the level of service, integrity and authenticity I wanted to offer my own clients.
My enthusiasm for internet marketing meant I had already started to devour everything I could find on the topic. I spent thousands more on resources and travel to learn from some of the very best in the industry.
And now, just 36 months later I have the honour of being listed in WE Magazine for Women Top 100 in Ecommerce for 2012! To be listed along side great entrepreneurs like Carrie Wilkerson, Melanie Benson Strick, Kathleen Gage and Nicole Dean is simply awesome!
I look back in the rear view mirror to define what characteristics you can model that will serve you well for your business (and life)..
#1 Believe In Your Vision:
What you visualize or dream of achieving may seem outrageous. It might be something you think only ‘other’ people can have success at. Remember, if someone else has already done the same thing before you, there is NO reason why you can’t do it too. Be cautious as to who you share your goals with because there will always be loads of nay-sayers who think you’re wasting your time and are just waiting to tell you “I told you so.” Find yourself a team of supporters and people who will hold you accountable to taking action.
#2 Be Hungry For Coaching:
Always be open to learning more about your subject. There’s a whole world out there of people who know things you don’t. Have an insatiable appetite to learn from others who are already achieving great things. This includes things like listening to audios, reading books, travelling to events, coaching or mentoring with high achievers. Even when you think you know it all – there is always something more to learn. Even if you take just one skill in your field and become REALLY good at it – this will skyrocket your business alone.
#3 Be Prepared To ‘Fail Forward’:
One big mistake I’ve made is trying to get everything perfect. This has meant I have wasted many months and lots of money, waiting for my ducks to line up. I’ve finally realised that things will never be perfect. What’s more important is to get your voice and message out there and improve and tweak as you go. The results are far better.
Above all – it’s taking action that counts!
I still have skydiving on my ‘bucket list’ so I can’t honestly say what it feels like to jump out of a plane ‘000’s of feet above the ground. What I do know is that sometimes I’ve been so far out of my comfort zone building my business that it feels like a similar leap of faith. I now live by the term ‘take imperfect action’, and that has served me well so I encourage you to do the same.
I haven’t got all the answers, but I’ll keep pushing forward….it’s now your turn to make the decision, will you?
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Goal setting is always top of mind as one year finishes and a new one begins.
We are now well into 2012 and it’s likely that many have already set some goals for the year. There will also be a good portion of you who thought you might, buy haven’t gotten around to actually doing it yet.
What’s holding you back? The biggest obstacle I’ve found amongst people who don’t get past just thinking about goal setting, is their fear of not achieving what they set as their target. On the surface that might not be such a big deal. So what? But at a deeper level, not achieving your goals can severely undermine your self confidence, your belief and your ability to achieve.
I came across this goal setting strategy not so long ago and decided to use it for setting goals myself this year and I just love it. It is much more motivating, inspiring and empowering so I wanted to quickly share it with you.
Have you done your goal setting?
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How to Keep Your Home Based Business Profitable
Why It’s Important Not To Take Your Eye Off The Money For Too Long!
It drives me NUTS when I hear people say ‘Don’t focus on the money.” While that may be true for some things, at the end of the day you are in business to make money. If you think otherwise, then you are running a hobby.
For so many businesses, the reason they fail is lack of cash flow. I see it all the time. It’s typical for many home based business owners to appear all happy and chirpy, but the truth of the matter is, their business is often struggling for regular cash flow and long term financial growth.
Have you ever been out for the day and started out with a purse or wallet full of cash and by the end of the day you open it up and glare with amazement at the few dollars or cents that are left? And worse still, you can hardly recall where all the money has gone?
Even though you may operate a home based business, it’s still vitally important to track where you spend your money. You probably don’t have the same expenses a brick and mortar business has such as rent, rates, or rubbish collection, but there are plenty of expenses related to an online business that add up very quickly and can see your bank account looking like a leaky bucket at times. Some of what I have, and you might too, are shopping cart fees, web hosting, audio hosting, video hosting, membership sites, product purchases, email services and there’s more…..
I’m not talking here about being a scrooge. It’s about how to get more for your money.
I want to share 5 tips on how you can keep more money in your bank account and increase your cash flow with little effort at all….
Record every single expense you have related to your business. (In the interview you will hear how I take this even one step further!). Allocate each expense into a category such as advertising, subscription services, virtual assistance, graphics, etc. This will allow you to track how much each area of your business is costing you and you can access whether or not you need to make any changes.
Review all your subscription services. List every site that you are paying a monthly subscription fee. This will be things like your autoresponder service, shopping cart, video or audio hosting. Check the level of plan you are on and be sure you are only paying for the facilities you require at the time. I recently dropped a level of service on one of these and saved myself $70 per month! You may want to downgrade, or change providers to amalgamate with another service you already have to get the level of service you need.
Research – Sometimes, by allocating a small amount of time to research, you can often find the piece of information you need to move forward on a project by searching You Tube, Yahoo Answers or asking for help on Facebook rather than purchasing a whole product just for one tiny piece of information. Stand firm to only order a product if you are commitment to take action and implement it into your business immediately. Keep a spreadsheet of all the products you order and how effective your results were so you can track the return on investment.
Reach Out – Some of the best money you can spend will be to hire someone to do a task for you. This leaves you free to continue with what you are good at, and do more of the money making activities in your business.
Reward Yourself – Get excited when you reach your money goals! Regularly set money goals that are a stretch, but at the same time achievable. As you set these goals and implement some of the strategies we’ve talked about, you will also begin to see opportunities that will allow you to reach your money targets even quicker. Regularly take a set amount of your income and pay yourself. You will feel rewarded for your efforts and commitment and after all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
Doing what you love while running a home based business can be extremely profitable if you decide to operate every area of your business like a professional.
The choice is yours….you can fritter away your money or you can keep more of it to help others and have more fun!
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I’ve had to learn this the hard way myself. When I was in my early twenties, I was a good 20 kilos heavier than what was healthy for me. As much as I would moan and groan about not fitting into the latest fashions or being as slender as others, nothing changed until I took personal responsibility for my situation. When I made the decision to take the right action – boom – I got the results I was after Sure, there have been periods of time where my results have been better than others and, I choose to consistently do what it takes to maintain these results.
You cannot complain about something you’re not willing to do.
What I mean by this is that you can’t complain about not having a bigger income when you know there are some things you meed to do to get it, that you are not doing.
This relates to other things in your life too.
Quite simply, if you are not doing the work, you can’t expect to get the results.
This is actually what we can refer to as personal responsibility.
Perhaps for you it’s a relationship you don’t like or you feel that you’re in a terrible financial state. It’s easy for us to have circumstances that we are less than happy with when we aren’t taking personal responsibility in taking massive action on the opportunities that show up.
When you have a strong desire for something to be different in your life, opportunities will show up when you ask and believe.
This is when it’s important to take action in spite of whatever else is going on for you.
When you take massive action then you have personal responsibility.
Personal responsibility is being in control of the results that you create in your life.
It is sometimes a hard thing to accept, but the fact is that you create every result that you have in your life. In your business, your level of income and even the kind of relationships you have. The actions you take or the actions you don’t take, create your current reality.
The difference lies in being willing to do what others are not willing to do.
You might even know some people who are unwilling to do the work to uplevel your results.
What would it mean for you to play a much bigger game in your business and your life? The more people you attract to work with you, the more money you make and the bigger difference you can make to other people’s life.
How do you show up in your business in relation to taking action?
The difference between each of these types of people is being willing to do what others aren’t willing to do.
In my opinion, if you’re going to do it anyway, you may as well do it right, and do it well.
So what stops you from taking massive action?
It’s always excuses that will get in the way of you taking massive action. They’re destructive when it comes to playing a bigger game.
There are several types of excuses that I hear come up all the time. heck, I should know. After all, I’ve used many of them myself over the years. When you see opportunities come by you to make more money, you might make excuses why you can’t take up that opportunity.
Most people use “I can’t afford it”. Perhaps you’ve said that too when an opportunity has come up to attend a program or work with a mentor. The person who says this is saying ‘no’ to the opportunity they were seeking. then next week, they will turn around and book a holiday or buy a flat screen TV. This ‘I can’t afford it’ is nonsense. You will always find the means to do what is priority for you.
“I don’t have time.” This is also baloney. You can find the time. If your biggest dream was ready to be made a reality, and you had to travel to the other side of the world to ‘cash it in’, would you say “Fay, I don’t have time to go and get that”? I doubt it. Most people would say, “I’ll clear my calendar so I can get the time to go and get that!”
When you say you do have the time, you are choosing not to use your time to perform certain activities.
“It works for them, but it wouldn’t work for me.” This is all about your determination, focus and implementation. Everybody implements at a different rate, and if you are following a proven system, where you can see a variety of other people getting good results, then there is no reason why, if you follow the steps, you won’t achieve great results too.
These are all excuses and many more that you may use to not uplevel your results.
This is a moment in your life where you can decide to take a different course of action. Do you want it? I recommend taking massive action.
You’ve got opportunities in your life now. Use them.
It comes down to being WILLING to act differently. It’s not just thinking differently, it’s about taking bold and decisive action toward what you say you want in your business or your life. It’s about saying YES to what’s possible for you. Saying YES to the opportunities that are given to you. And then taking action. Your business, your life, your in-come will never be the same. I promise you that.
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While so many people continue to dream of hitting the million dollar mark, its one place you can’t get to without having the mind of a millionaire. Unless of course you win the lottery or marry into a royal family as a way to gain instant triumph.
Today’s post looks at 3 of the most common things that people do that prevents them from ever achieving financial abundance and long term wealth.
“Life is not fair; get used to it.”
– Bill Gates
“No one helped me, nor did I think at any time that it was anyone’s duty”
– Ayn Rand
This may be the most common thing that I hear from people wanting to have success. This type of declaration is a justification. ANYTIME, and I mean, anytime, you blame your lack of achievement on ANYTHING or ANYONE other than yourself, you…will…fail. No one gave you what you needed…. Boo-Hoo! Get over it. NO ONE except YOU is responsible for your success. Not only will people NOT help you but there will be those who conspire AGAINST you! Do you think your family and friends want to see you reach incredible success? Unfortunately, they don’t. If you are to succeed, gaze in the mirror and there you will see the one and only resource you can truly count on, IF, you work at developing the mind of a millionaire.
“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. “
– Christopher Columbus
Notice Columbus gives you the idea that you WILL have obstacles and distractions. He doesn’t say IF you have obstacles and distractions. It’s the difficult parts of life that you often learn from the most. Anyone who has achieved any level of success will tell you, it has not been without challenge to get there. It’s when things are plentiful and going smoothly that you learn the least. But what happens, is most people have a series of things that go against them and then conclude that their success was only a fluke or one off occasion. In fact, your circumstances are not what will stop you from success, it will only be YOU that can stop you.
“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
When I was training for my triathlons, I remember my coach telling me once “Fay, when you are hurting, everyone else is hurting too. It’s how you react to that feeling that will determine your place in the race.” Are you feeling it tough in today’s economy? Congratulations! Welcome to the majority. If you’re feeling it tough, so are most of the people around you. Its how you choose to react that will determine your outcome. If you focus on your pain and continually tell your story of woe, you won’t find anything gets any better. You know how annoying it can be to hear people tell a story over and over – they start to sound like a broken record. Well I bet people around you are sick of hearing about your woes too. Stop telling them, and change the record!
“Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.”
– Zig Ziglar
A relevant pop-psychology book from the 1980’s is If I’m So Successful, Why Do I Feel Like A Fake, subtitled The Imposter Syndrome, by Judith Bardwick. The core message of this book is that some very successful people feel like fakes because they don’t think they deserve their success and they live in fear of being found out. The real problem is that most people seem to think the success of others has come too easily for them. Instead of recognizing their strengths and being happy for them, they will quickly explain why that person got to where they are now.
If you choose to keep pointing out the faults of those who have the lifestyle, relationships or money you desire, by separating yourself in this way, you are telling yourself that you don’t want what they have and guess what – you will never get it!
Developing the mindset of a millionaire means constantly creating a feeling of abundance. Thinking, acting and feeling all the things you dream of having will push you towards your dreams. Enjoy being amongst others who have achieved the success you desire.
The key is to take the inspiration you get from reading or listening to others who are more successful than yourself. Ensure your aspirations are realistic and stay focused on your goals.
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