What are the key components most employers look for in an employee? Passionate, self-motivated, attentive to detail, flexible, team-savvy, confident, personable,proactive, and multi-tasking. Much like an employer looks for these things in a qualified employee, you need to maintain these skills for your own home business success. As long as you make these an active part of your life, you will succeed in all aspects of life. Throw some computer skills, marketing skills, and customer service expertise into the mix and you have a dynamite business package.
Now here are some key tips to help you organize and prepare a winning business plan you can put into action.
Making Your Home Business Work
Copyright 2005 Heidi Chartier
Running your own home based internet business is a piece of
You have probably heard how easy it is to rake in tens of
thousands of dollars practically over night, and how you
can have all kinds of “free time” and extra cash for
traveling and shopping at your favorite store…
Just throw up a web site, add a few affiliate links, post
to some forums and presto – you’re in the money!
But the reality is this. If you want to succeed in your own
home based internet business, whether it’s affiliate
marketing or selling your own products, you will have to
work at making it successful. You have to make it your job
to succeed. You must treat it as your job, not as your
It’s great to think that with just a few easy strokes
you’ll be running on auto-pilot, bringing in loads of cash
and then on to the next venture. But without some simple
planning and consistent effort you’re setting yourself up
Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Set up folders in your email client.
You should set up a folder for each contact and keep
important correspondence while deleting what you don’t
need. If you belong to membership sites that require
passwords, keep the “welcome” letters where you can find
Set up folders on your desktop.
If you download a lot of software, ebooks or PDF books from
specific individuals simply name a folder on your desktop
after the author or site owner. Then when you download
something you can place it in their folder.
Make your own HTML home page.
For quick and easy access to all your important sites make
up an HTML page with hyperlinks to your most frequently
used sites along with a brief explanation of each site.
Keep it on your desktop for easy access.
Set aside a specific time for work.
It could be from 7pm-9pm every day or whatever time’s good
for you. During this time do not get distracted from doing
only what needs to be accomplished for your business. Try
to use the same time slot every day so you get into a
routine and get used to the working mindset. Save the
surfing for another time.
Set aside a work space.
Make sure that all your friends and family know that when
you’re in your work area you’re off limits! No one’s to
Finish one task before starting another.
As the old saying goes, “Put one foot in front of the
other.” Don’t start working on something new until the
first task is completely finished.
Work the ideas that “work.”
When you find something that works well for you work it
hard and get as much out of it as possible. If you’re
submitting articles to a certain site and they’re paying
dividends, keep feeding the cycle.
Learn from failure.
Don’t get discouraged. Each failure’s just a learning
process. Use any failure to your advantage by taking the
lesson and applying it to your next venture.
Test, test, and more test.
Always test headlines and ad copy. A small change can reap
With these few simple steps you will stay organized, stay
focused, be consistent in your efforts and build a solid
foundation on which you can build your internet empire!
After all, you are the one who will ultimately determine
the success or failure of your business!
Not long ago, I didn’t know ANYTHING about Internet
marketing… However, within just 2 weeks, I launched my
own website AND learned how to profit from an opt-in list,
pull in sales with ezines, make money with Google Adwords
and setup my own BLOG!
As you go along each day and learn new things, you will soon find out what works for you and where you can find the most home business success. Once you learn that, turn those strategies into an organized plan of action that is implemented on a daily or weekly basis and you will see your successes rise on so many levels.