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Working from home is the wave of the future. At home business creation and management is the king of the trend. Learn how to manage your work from home business.

Sweat The Small Stuff And Stop Losing Your Keys.

Getting organized will help reduce stress and increase productivity.

Stop searching for the things you need. Don’t misplace your keys. Act on the small stuff. Make your environment part of your productivity.

Follow a few tips on getting organized and save yourself time and frustration while increasing your ability to achieve success.

If your workspace is too cluttered to efficiently grab what you need and stay on track you need to make a change. Get rid of clutter.

Get organized. Keep your space productive.

Rory Sutherland (an ad man with credentials too long to list) says “Sweat the small stuff . . . “

Here’s some small stuff you can get in line right now.

Keep everything in a place that makes sense. Use a dish or “key bowl” to keep your keys near the front door. You’ll stop wasting time searching for them and always be ready to go. Use this as a place to keep anything that needs to go with you when you leave. Mail, things that need to be returned, plan ahead for bags, books, and brief cases.

Pick up and organize as you go. The more you do now the less you have built up later. When walking from room to room take the things that are left out with you. Pick up the newspaper when you walk by the coffee table.

Have a place for everything that comes in. Sort mail when you receive it. Get rid of the junk mail and organize the rest. Create a system of filing and act on it in time. Chores that need to be done serve as a constant reminder and contribute to feeling overwhelmed. Reducing demands on your time reduces stress.

Finish one project before you begin another. Going back rarely happens and each visit to the undone project creates anxiety. Your space will be in a constant state of confusion. This applies to your work projects as well, partial completions and backlogs hinder success.

Organize closets and fine tune your routine. Cut the small decisions you face every day and you’ll have more energy for the big ones. Each event and decision you make will build on the next one. Make efficiency a priority and you’ll increase productivity. Carry this into your bathroom and have access to your daily supplies to start your day with the right mindset.

Don’t let paperwork pile up. If it’s important but not part of your daily business store it. If its part of your current projects get it where it belongs. If its no longer needed or digitized then recycle it.

Back up your files and clear off that desktop while you’re at it. Computers are machines and they need maintenance in order to produce. Spend the time creating the necessary folders and digital organization systems necessary to keep your business operating at its peak.

Think in terms of consistently completing the small jobs. This builds momentum and increased performance. Creating unnecessary large and time-consuming tasks will take away from your ability to succeed. Small stressors contribute to larger ones.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to use these tips on getting organized and increase productivity in your home business.

Networking friends laughing while having a conversation

The Top 5 Challenges of New Network Marketers

Most new Network Marketers will have to overcome these 5 common challenges. Once they do, they find their new network marketing venture takes off.

Business success is a measure of how well you can connect with others. Just ask Dale Carnegie.

Professional networkers depend on profitable relationships.Networking events are their usual vehicle.

These events provide opportunities to meet new people and reconnect with ones they know. If you want to grow your business and promote your career, start attending.

Walking into a room full of strangers and striking up a conversation is difficult.

Take a look at the 5 challenges below and the solutions.

1. Hesitant to talk to strangers.

As soon as you had become good at using language someone taught you not to talk to strangers. For good reason. For young kids it isn’t safe, sometimes it’s not safe for adults either. So it’s not bad advice.

but . . .

In business, it’s 100% necessary. Talking to strangers is the best way to generate interest and support for your product or service. Don’t miss opportunities by avoiding new contacts. Make sure you’re reaching out and building valuable contacts.

To get past your hesitation and discomfort try setting an outcome.

Decide how many new people you will approach before the event starts.

Establish a number for new people to meet and what contact information you will get from them.

Do some homework and target some specific individuals you would like to know and work with.

Create a list of questions or ice breakers. Ask about their business. How they spend their free time. What they like or dislike about the event or upline. Keep your preformed questions broad and applicable to a wide audience.

A couple anecdotes won’t hurt should you find yourself past the introduction phase.

2. Not having a formal introduction.

Making connections is so much easier with a formal introduction. It sets the stage and offers up conversation starters. (Try to remember that as your networking prowess improves). Take the bull by the horns and have a well thought out introduction ready.

Do . . . think and plan your introduction.

Don’t . . . introduce yourself the same way every time.

Different situations and different personalities will mean you need differing introductions. Come up with a few and rehearse them in varying degrees. Let people know who you are, why you’re there, and why they want to get to know you.

3. Assuming other people will not like you.

That’s a risk your just going to have to get comfortable with. Reframe this thinking, it’s good if not everyone likes you. Expressing an opinion is part of being interesting. Not everyone will like yours, and that’s o.k.

This is your adventure. If you don’t take a risk you’ll give up the reward. The goal is not to be the most liked. The goal is making the best connections for you.

4. Having your intentions misunderstood.

This is going to happen. Be prepared for it. The good news: it creates an opportunity for humor. As long as your intentions are on the up and up; you’ve got a conversation starter. Later you may end up with a great anecdote.

The most common misunderstanding happens between men and women. At times your networking charm will be mistaking for flirting. Don’t be afraid of sharing things that are personal but keep some polite boundaries. If you have a significant other, mention them. Stay focused on the business and the long-term relationship and you’ll come out just fine.

5. Afraid to come off as pushy.

Being “pushy” is a different intention than being assertive. Assertiveness and confidence are qualities we can all respect.

Put this at the front of your mind and you can avoid sitting alone at functions and conventions. Worst case scenario is that you leave with no new connections at all, not you seemed too “pushy.”

Be open. Be friendly. Ask Questions and offer answers. This will help you avoid coming across as aggressive. Look for the people who are approachable. Maybe they are standing alone or talking in a group.

Be careful of groups of two. Sometimes it’s a private conversation or sometimes it’s the formation of a connection. Try to wait for the pair to break off or join another group. Then make your introduction.

If you recognize some of these stumbling blocks take action. Ignore the initial discomfort and soon you’ll work your events in a way that is valuable to you and others. Having a plan is critical to success in any endeavor and this is no different.

Once you move past your new networker road blocks; you’ll find yourself connecting with confidence. This will reflect on your marketing bottom line.

How To Share TED Videos In Your Blog Posts

Here’s how to embed Ted Talks into your WordPress blog.

Want to add some reference and media to your blog posts or maybe you just watched a mind-blowing TED Talk and need to share it with your readers. Much like I did with the video below . . . I did find it a little mind blowing.

Cameron Herald talks about how maybe the kids that aren’t quite the best in school, could just be little entrepreneurs. Most entrepreneurs are cut from a bit of a different cloth.

Instead of fighting their natural dispositions you can channel it into something great.

That being said let’s get back to the how to.

Step 1. Once you find what you would like to share, Look for the embed ( </> ) button. Click It.

Image of Ted Talk with arrow showing embed button

Step 2. Get the Code from the popup and copy it to your clipboard. Choose either the iframe or the WordPress shortcode.

TED has added some more features to their embed code. Play with the size and subtitles to fit your needs.

Step 3. In the visual editor write your video introduction and then what you want to say about the video.

Use a marker like I did below. I usually just put a series of ****************

This is a good time to plan out your post and relate the information you found important.

Step 4. Switch to the text editor and paste the code you copied from the popup in place of your marker.

Once you switch back to the visual editor (or preview your post) you will see your embed.

Now just publish and share your post.

TED believes in sharing ideas:

“At TED, our goal is to spread ideas. We encourage the TED community, non-profit organizations, bloggers, companies news media, and the like to share TED Talks that are open for distribution, through social media, other platforms and public events. While sharing ideas openly is a big part of who we are, we do license our content under certain conditions listed below.”

For full information on licensing and usage guidelines use this link.

 

 

 

Start Your at Home Business Strong

7 Tips to Start Your Home Based Business Strong

Start your home based business off on the right foot. How you start is as important as how you finish. Maybe even more so. Here are 7 tips to make sure you get it right. Start strong finish stronger.

You’ve decided to start an at home business. First, Congratulations and welcome to the exclusive club of crusaders and freedom seekers.

Welcome to the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship.

There is a lot to learn. Make sure your effort is worth it. There is a thrill in growing your business. A satisfaction in the freedom and flexibility you are creating.

The possibility of ever increasing rewards is more than appealing.

. . . and these are all great reasons to start now.

Now that you made the decision, dedicated your time, and committed yourself

. . . can you answer this question:

“How do I get my business off to the strongest possible start?”

1 Create your workspace inside your home.

The size and scope isn’t as important. The designation of a the space is. If you have a bedroom or the corner of a living room, respect it as a work space. Get your resources together and make it work for you.

2 Stock your at home office for success.

Maybe this seems a little elementary. But, the last thing you want is to spend time searching out pens, sticky notes, and staples. Make sure you have easy access to the tools, materials, and resources that contribute to your efficiency. Being productive is in the small things. Create time in your schedule by having an organized dedicated supply plan.

3 Define the time parameters of your business.

Set your schedule. Separate your time for work, rest, and necessities. Know what days your business runs and when you are working. Set up your times and tasks.

Ask these questions . . .

What are my work days?

What are my work hours?

When will you communicate with clients?

When will you market?

What tools will help keep it all straight?

4 Create a balance between planning and action.

Avoid the pitfall of diving all in with no plan. This is a recipe for wasting time and resources on low priority or no return tasks. Being busy is very different from executing on a plan. Focus on high priority goals and work with consistency. Plan first. Execute after.

Need a suggestion . . .

Start with where you want to go in mind and then back plan the path to get there.

5 Always be Networking.

One of the fastest ways to grow your business is to leverage the influence of others. Share your passion and enthusiasm every chance you get. Make use of each opportunity to tell others what you offer and why it will help them. Increase the probability of getting clients or customers by letting others know what you are doing.

6 Keep your image professional.

You should be separating your bank accounts. Creating well-designed online and print marketing materials. Using services to separate your phone and email. Make your business legitimate from the start.

. . . and

Don’t fall into the trap of letting your appearance suffer. Working from home is not a reason to let it all go. Try to think that just because we can do something, it doesn’t mean we should.

7 Automate everything you can.

Right now you may be just one person. Automation will help you go farther, faster. When your business grows so do its demands. Start this process early and it will pay you back in dividends later. Time is always going to be your most valuable asset. This is also going to let you stay focused on those high priority items we talked about earlier.

These 7 tips should get you going in the right direction. When you commit to best practices you’ll be able to easily manage your own man operation. Getting started right and keeping it going strong will help you get to success faster than you thought.

Work at Home Entrepreneur Reviewing His Schedule

5 Reasons Work From Home Entrepreneurs Have a Schedule

You want to work from home. I want to help. After spending some time talking to some great people who know how to make it work, I discovered 5 secrets.

Working at home, for most of us, means freedom. You keep your own clock. There are no time sheets. No one to answer too on how you spend your time. This is an attractive proposition. The phrase “fire your boss” almost ignites the fire. Like many of the things we find attractive there is also a downside. You are most likely wasting a lot of time.

Spreadsheets are everywhere in the working world. Many professionals spend a good part of their day filling in a comprehensive data base. Some of this accounts for their day. Some to ensure process and projects are being tracked. Very few people enjoy that activity. Most of us feel like it’s a waste of time. But, tracking and testing are critical to any business. A home business is not excluded.

Building a home business requires organization. If you want to increase your productivity and reduce stress. Along with abolishing the detrimental sense of being overwhelmed. Think schedule.

“To do” lists have a tendency to grow beyond manageable. One way to get control of those items is to schedule them. Spreadsheets work well. There is software that can help too. I happen to like Smartsheet.

Getting started is the hardest part of anything. Here’s what usually happens:

Days become unproductive and tasks become intermingled.

Plans change.

Partners have other priorities.

One successful work at home mom and blogger offered . . .

“After a spat of relatively unproductive days when my to-do list seemed to grow exponentially, every time I looked at it I knew something had to change.”

Granted, I was going through a rough patch. My home business was experiencing growing pains and take up more than the usual time, my four-year-old was in pre-school part time, my husband wasn’t pulling his weight on the home front, and my extended family was experiencing a number of crisis. But I’m also old enough to know there is never a perfect time in life – you have to live the one you have. These are simply problems I’m dealing with this year. Next year these problems will be traded in for new fresh ones.

I had to embrace a schedule.”

Here are the five reasons that will help most work from home entrepreneurs . . .

1. It’s easy to waste time on non-priority tasks.

2. It’s too easy to get sidetracked and distracted.

3. Unscheduled working time can monopolize all your time.

4. “Free time” can monopolize your working time.

5. Concentrating on high priority tasks means you get more value for your time.

Embracing the schedule is going to create more freedom. It may seem counter-intuitive but scheduling creates white space. Remember its your schedule. You can build it the way you want. Want to work in a 3 hour lunch, go for it you have the plan to still get things done. Creating mental space should remain a priority.

If you need help make sure to ask for it. Warren Buffet advises you to go to war with a “multitude of counselors.” Coaching and mentoring is a huge part of success.