Simple Tips To Work at Home Successfully

Simple Tips To Work at Home Successfully

How does working from home sounds to you? Maybe you just started looking into work from home business, or you just recently decided to start an online business. Whatever your situation is, welcome to the entrepreneurs’ world!

You will always be learning as an entrepreneur. In a way, you continue to grow as a person.

Without further ado, here are some simple tips to work at home successfully…

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1) You need to have your own at home working space. If you have an extra guest room, you may want to consider using the room as your home office. If you don’t have a spare room, even a small area of the house works. As long as you have a go to area that you can call “my working space”.

2) Self discipline. When you work for yourself, you really answers to no one. You need to have a high self discipline and follow a set of rules. Establish these rules early.  When you work for a company, you have no choice but to work based on the deadline of each particular project. Set your own workflow and complete your tasks on a day to day basis.

3) Establish your own hours. While it is fun to work for yourself, you still need to set your own actual hours. What days are you going to work? What time are you going to sit down and work on your business? These are stuffs you need to do yourself.

4) Plan and take action accordingly. Being “busy” and being “productive” are two different things. Set a goal and work your way to become a productive entrepreneur. Your goal is to make money from home. What are you going to do to achieve this goal?

5) Learn to say “No”.  When you start a business, your friends and family may ask what is it that you are up to. They may even distract you, ask you out, do things that keeps you from completing your tasks. As a result you will be behind and get overwhelmed with the numbers of tasks that pile up. The best way is to turn them down politely. It does not mean that you don’t love them, you only have 24 hours a day. Everyone have 24 hours in a day no matter who they are. But how you manage your time truly determines your quality of life. You need to remove things that distract you, and this includes tuning down your social life…like going to everything you are invited to.

6) Get help and support. Running your own business and being your own boss can be frustrating because you are doing everything yourself. This is why it is important to network with fellow entrepreneurs and like minded people. (Drop me a line or connect with me on Facebook, I am happy to help and connect with fellow entrepreneurs)

7) Take a break, get out of the house. Play with your kids, go to the park, work at Starbucks, or wherever…but it is important for you to go out and breath some fresh air. Don’t lock yourself in the house the whole day.

8) Outsource and automate your business as much as you can. Eventually you should look into automating your business and hire a team who can help you grow and scale up your business.  This is part of entrepreneurship. Unfortunately you cannot do everything yourself. Doing so will burn you out. So take the time to look into outsourcing the little tasks and focus on growing your business.

9) Relax and pray. 😉

These are just some simple tips to work at home successfully.

As your business grows, you gain more freedom and flexibility to work on your own terms. Not everyone can work from home though. And definitely not everyone can be an entrepreneur. So reward yourself when you get something done. 😉

 

The Best Time To Plant A Tree Was Twenty Years Ago

The Best Time To Plant A Tree Was Twenty Years Ago. The Second Best Time Is Now.

I have always loved this proverb. When an idea to plant something comes up, you take action and plant it. But do you actually sit there and wait for the trees to grow?

So today I wanted to share with you some of the biggest concerns and questions that people often write me about…

“I only have one hour each day, can this work?”,

“I work full time and I have kids and family, can I still do this?”

“I don’t have any money to invest”

“I have a full time job, I want something I can do easily”

“Who are you? Stop sending me emails!” Lol, no joke…I’ve gotten several of these since I started in the Internet Marketing…people forget because they’re overwhelmed and are getting a LOT of emails on a daily basis from Internet Marketers, to the point that they forgot that they opted in to my websites.

Majority of Internet Marketers are writing you on a daily basis – telling you to join the “next big thing” or the “new shiny program” that just launched.  So what happens when you’re faced with these kind of emails on a daily basis? Do you actually end up taking action? I’m willing to bet that you’d end up procrastinating, because one thing sounds too good, then another thing sounds great, and the next thing sounds wonderful. You’d end up in a non ending loop without going anywhere.

So here’s my answer: “It’s completely up to YOU. You have the answer”

The mind is a powerful force. If you say you can’t, you’re not going anywhere, just accept that you’re going to stay in a non endless circle of unhappiness. If you say you can, I believe you can too!

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You are on Internet Marketers list for a reason.  You looked online to find ways to make money on the Internet. Maybe you’re just looking to earn some extras. Or maybe you’re looking to make a full time living like many of the big guys and gals in the industry.  If you are reading my blog or on my newsletters list, you’re also there for a reason.

I will tell you upfront right now…if you want to build a true online business and have a fat healthy bank account, then YOU have to take responsibility for YOURSELF and your FUTURE right now.  No one else is responsible for your financial situation. It’s up to you and you only to make that decision!

Over the past year I have seen a lot of emails like this:

I don’t have the time because I need to make time with my family” – I have a family also, I started this part time while I still had a full time job. And now I have a family and a little toddler running around and keeping me busy most of the day, but I managed to make time for my business and for YOU. Ask me how? :)

I just want someone to show me how to really build a business” –  Reallllllyyyyy? Then you have the option to unsubscribe from the Internet Marketers who don’t resonate with you, that includes me. It’s for your own benefits, trust me. So no hurt feelings and I’ll still help you if you need pointers or need help in your business. Just save my email address but you won’t hear from me again. See how simple it is?

I don’t have any money but I want that kind of lifestyle” – I’m not a financial advisor. I had what many considered a high paying job. But when I transitioned to become a full time Internet Marketer, I spent a lot of money on courses because I was hungry for more information. But I became overwhelmed and was pulled in too many directions without clear guideline. Many people don’t have money to start with, you’ll come up with a solution if you want success as much as you want to breathe.

You will never start a business until you are fully serious and ready to take responsibility.

If you have been on the Internet Marketing for a while and not getting results, then stop treating it like a hobby. The longer you treat Internet Marketing like a hobby, the more you will see obstacles standing in your way to becoming successful.  You will spend a lot more money for the next shiny thing only for it to rot and collect digital dusts. Your loved ones will doubt you and upset you for all those money spent with nothing back in return.

You can make a change in your life. Take massive action within the next three to six months. Remove all your distractions and focus on taking action.

I am going to end this post again with a Chinese old proverb “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Pursue your dreams. Don’t wait for tomorrow.

 

 

Your mind determines your own success or failure

Your mind determines your own success or failure

There are many people who complain every day about not getting results after doing business for a week, a month, or two months. This trend continues to amuse me.

I came to thinking about these people who fail to succeed after such a short time of doing business.  What they do not realize is that it takes time to see results. They do not realize that their action is what matters. When they take action, results automatically follow, though it may not be immediate.

There are so many business models to follow. If you do your due diligence and commit yourself to focus on one thing only and refuse to quit, you will see results. You reap what you sow. Your mind determines your own success or failure.

After mentoring and sponsoring some people, I came to really see why only the top 2%-3% people became successful in the Internet Marketing industry. It’s like I can give you the recipe to success but it is up to you follow through with the recipe, take your time to cook the “success dish” and make it a reality. Coaching and sponsoring someone in a way is just like a doctor who gives you an antibiotics to cure your infection, but it is up to you to take the medicine or not.  If you love your life and want to get better, you will take the medicine. But if you are skeptical and doubtful, your action maybe that you take the medicine with hopes that you will feel better immediately. If you do not feel better immediately, you blame the doctor and the medicine. And for people who do not love their lives they just won’t take the medicine. Yet it takes time for the medicine to get into full effects over its course. Halfway through you throw the medicine because you don’t believe it at all, guess what happens? When the infection recurs, it will be worse than before and you will be prescribed another type of antibiotics.

It is truly a non ending cycle.

Make a decision to want to be better, focus on doing one thing until you are very good at it and you see results. Your mind determines your own success or failure.  When you truly want to succeed, you will do whatever it takes, follow the footsteps of successful people and take massive action. Don’t quit before you even start.

Why You Are Not Where You Want To Be In Life

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Why You Are Not Where You Want To Be In Life

Have you ever wondered why you are not where you want to be in life? You may be very smart with big dreams, you may be very good at what you do but nobody recognized your work. Or for some reason you just cannot seem to hit that “high point”. Do you know why?  I will tell you why. The reason is simple, because there are things blocking your way from reaching the “high point” in your life.  And the main thing blocking your way from reaching that “high point” is yourself, you are your own main obstacle.

There are people like you, everyday, who think that life sucks. I too, have been to the bottom of the barrel in my life and I came back. Like you, I failed more than just once. We cannot get anything we want in life all the time, and trust me life does and can be sucks sometimes. But the key is CONSISTENCE and PERSISTENCE in trying to achieve your “high point” in life. Whatever your definition of “high point” is at any given time, you need to be persistent and consistent to achieve it. If you have failed in the past, view it as a life lesson, a valuable teacher. No one but you knows exactly what you did wrong, and only YOU yourself know how to avoid repeating the same mistake. Rather than viewing “failures” as a depressing subject, embrace it because it makes it who you are today. Embrace your failure and appreciate that it happened to you for a reason: To push you towards your “high point” in life. If you have been failing all your life, so what? It prepares you for your future success. You will fall many times before you succeed. Even if you don’t fall, you may still get bruises along the way. View “Failures” as “Growing and Learning”. All successful people in the history of mankind and today had their fair share of failures, problems and disappointments. If you read about successful people, you will know how many times they failed before they got to the high point of their life.

Now, let’s be honest, I am sure you can answer this question now. Why you are not where you want to be in life can simply be caused by your own personal views of life.  If you view others around you as negative people, start by looking into yourself. A negative attitude presented by others generally is a reflection of the negativity you presented towards them. Which in turn makes them become negative about you. Change your attitude to be positive around others. Remember, you are your own main obstacle.

Be high on life even though you have it hard. No matter how hard life gets, there will be a better tomorrow. Never compare yourself with others, work on your inner self and mindset. Do not let people “define you”. You are a unique individual, no one can replace you, and no one can be YOU. If your life sucks in every aspect, there must be something you are still passionate about. Channel your negative energy into that one thing you have passion for.

 

Timing is Everything

I want to share a real personal story about “timing is everything“. In fact, it just happened this week.

I am a good friend of John and Janice (both are nicknames as I am protecting their identities), who happened to be ex boyfriend and girlfriend. They were in a long-term relationship from grade nine up to their second year at the university, until they broke up over twelve years ago. Janice eventually got married, and John got into another relationship. Janice just recently gave birth to her lovely first daughter.

They remain good friends, and even work together.  Late last month, John came to me and told me that he is still deeply in love with Janice. Even though he is in a relationship right now, he still has feelings for Janice. He is helping the girl he is with due to family issues. He told me honestly “I am not in love, but I am trying to love her”. He is obviously cheating his own feelings by being in this forced relationship. But I never told Janice about this, as I know she is married. Earlier this week, Janice called me and said she was divorcing her husband. All these time, she has apparently been in a very abusive relationship, her husband hit her often. I was shocked to hear this, as I never knew the details of their relationship. This must have been a really difficult situation for her as she just gave birth to her baby. I applauded her for being brave and leaving him.

On that call, she told me she was about to reveal a secret…

Janice: “Val, I wanted to tell you something crazy, please keep it a secret will you?”

Valerie: “Ok, what is it?”

Janice: (stopped for a moment)….”I still have feelings for John. What should I do??”

The thing is, neither of them ever told the other about how they each feel towards each other. I stopped for a second, trying to gather myself about how complicated this thing has become and I am somehow stuck in between the two of them.  It has been years since they broke up.  Within a minute I knew how I was going to approach the subject.  Knowing John’s personality, I knew he will not profess his love to Janice, especially that he had said “Loving someone does not mean of being with her physically”. Talk about true love.

Understanding the mutual deep feelings they have for each other, I told Janice to make the first move and tell him the truth. She was afraid of being rejected.  But I realized, this might have been the right timing for the two of them to start all over again.

She took my advice, and called him. She cried after she finished talking with him and both of them texted me at the same time.  Both broke down at the same time and ended up speaking from the bottom of their hearts. They were both relieved to find out the truth. They are working to find a way to be together, while staying true to who they are.  I know they both will fight for the right thing and treasure the second chance given to them.

This may have been the missing puzzle of happiness in their lives.  Had I not been friends with both of them, their true love would have remained buried deep down in their hearts. Had I not been actively stay in touch with both of them, I will not know the truth either. Everything has a reason. There is timing in everything.  Janice made the right decision, and she took my advice and told John the truth. This is a new chapter to their new beginning.

You see, there is a meaning in every chapter of your life, no matter what happens. It may be a small thing, or a big thing. But it always lead to something else, big or small. Be aware of your life, your surrounding, recognize opportunities. Not everyone got a second chance in life (love in this case) like John and Janice. If you stumble upon this post or my blog, it is not an accident. There are countless of blogs out there, countless of people telling their stories. But the fact that you are here, it is a special thing.  I am no one special, but I am glad I was able to help them do the right thing, share their burden, and lift them up. Their story inspired me that being successful in any aspects of your life requires efforts. Maybe we will learn from each other. Timing is everything.  Let’s see if we can inspire each other to do the right thing, reach the success you desire in life.

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