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Working From Home and Time Management

2 de agosto de 2010 2 comentarios

One of the concerns, aspiring Internet Marketers have when contemplating starting a home based business in the internet marketing field would have to be how to separate work time from play time.

In the beginning your e-business may require a greater time commitment from you, at least until you get things rolling. One of my favorite things about internet marketing is the automation. I built my business so that as time went forward, I’d be spending less time working, and more time having the freedom that comes from working from home.

I’m going to give you a few tips that have helped me with my own time management, in order for you to be a little more productive with the time you’re investing into your business. Workflow and productivity are two important ingredients for a successful business in any niche.

Planning and Setting Goals:

It’s important that you have clear set goals so that you don’t end up spinning your wheels throughout the day; it’s a good idea to have your goals written out and displayed prominently so you can keep track of them throughout the day. I use 3 types of goals personally. The first one is my long term goals, where I list my company’s objectives, things I’d like to achieve over the course of the next twelve to twenty-four months. I include things like income expectations, traffic numbers, joint ventures in place, etc. These goals give me a broad overview of what I’d like to see happen within my business long term.

Next, I break my goals into smaller chucks that are easier to manage. For example if you set your income goal as 120,000 a year, then you know you have to set your monthly target for $10,000 in order to achieve your long term goal, this can then be broken down further so you know your daily target.

What works for me, is a simple whiteboard that I picked up from Staples. It has a calendar that I can fill in as each month turns over, and it has a spot to the right, where I list out my goals for the month. I fondly refer to it as the “Goal Board”. On my goal board, I’ll list out twenty things I’d like to accomplish with my business by the end of the month. Here I set targets for things like twitter followers, twitter income, Aweber subscribers, etc.

The last part of this process is breaking it down to a daily level. This way, you know exactly what you have to do, and approximately how long it will take you. It’s a good idea to break down your tasks into your “Daily duties”, everyone’s will be different. I’m going to include my list for today to give you an example.

Daily Tasks:

– Backup data

– Track stats and earnings for all sites

– Check and respond to voice/email/tweets etc.

– Research and write tomorrow’s article and schedule

– 10 Directory submissions for my website/websites

– 10 blog comments on various blogs

– Create 10 backlinks using Angela and Paul’s method

– Bookmark my post to 10 bookmarking sites

– Submit 2 articles for article marketing

– Do my Twitter maintenance (Follow/unfollow/schedule/etc)

– Fulfill or outsource any outstanding services for clients

– Track my keywords and rankings

– 1 hour on research and educational (if you’re going to be the expert in your field you need to keep up on what’s new and cutting edge)

– Spend 1 hour on project (Can be any module you wish to add to your business)

This keeps me on track, and makes me much more productive that if I started work with nothing more than a vague notion of what I should be doing today. Another thing you might want to try is breaking your daily duties down into blocks of time, this way you can know at a glance how your day is progressing, and whether you’re behind, or ahead of schedule for the day.

Organization:

Organization should be another key ingredient in your business regardless of what it is. In order for you to accomplish your goals for the day, you need to have an inventory of materials and resources available or you’ll end up wasting precious time and energy.

“Make sure you keep a small inventory of the things you’ll need to run your business”

Keeping things organized is definitely a skill that I lack, so it’s a bit harder for me. What I ended up doing was devoting an entire day to organizing my offline and online files in a system that makes it easier for me. In our line of work, were constantly downloading, uploading, writing, revising, files upon files upon files. It’s important to structure your files in such a way that you can easily find then when you need them, and also recognize what you’re seeing so you know if you’re looking at an early revision or the latest one!

“Focus on the task at hand, until it’s complete”

Review:

From time to time, it’s important to go back and review the goals, and objectives that we’ve set for ourselves. This is a great way to keep ourselves on track, and remind ourselves of the things we’ve already accomplished, as well as the things we might be avoiding.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a productive day!

The Top 5 Work At Home Myths

28 de julio de 2010 Deja un comentario

Most people who come home to stay with their children, or to escape the rat race of corporate world, are under mistaken impressions when it comes to how they will be able to support themselves without a regular job. Many of these people fall victim to scams, or give up their jobless dreams quite quickly when they realize it is not what they thought it would be.

There are several myths circulating about working at home. Here are five that I debunk on a regular basis.

Myth #1: You can get a regular job at home

Many people believe that they can simply apply for a regular job, at a regular company when they decide to come home. They think that they simply open the online version of the classified ads, and companies are lining up waiting to hire them.

The truth is, its not that simple.

Unless you bring your job home with you, meaning you convince your boss to let you telecommute, or unless you are a highly skilled specialist, there really aren’t too many regular jobs looking for home based employees.

The exceptions to this would be customer service telephone positions and possibly ghost writing, but do not expect to make the same amount of money as you would in a typical work setting, or to take advantage of any benefits plan.

Myth #2: A home based business is a scam

The true way to make money at home, and the way that most successful work at home parents choose, is to open their own home based business.

This business can be anything from manufacturing and selling their own invention, to having an ebay store, becoming a webmaster, or participating in direct sales or network marketing.

The commonality that all of these at home parents share is that they set their own hours, work for themselves, and get paid by their own efforts.

Myth #3: You shouldn’t have to invest any money to work at home

The myth of entitlement is frightening to me. Many people believe that companies and business opportunities should bend over backwards to entice them into participation.

The truth is that in order to start your own business, you will have to invest some of your own money. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money. In most cases, starting your own business can be as inexpensive as $100-500.

Everyone, no matter what their circumstances, can come up with $100-500. The harder it is to acquire that money, the more likely you will be to put all your effort into building your business.

But the feeling that you shouldn’t have to pay to start a business, or work at home is silly. If you had a job in the workplace, you would be required to dress in a uniform, which costs money. You would be required to secure transportation to your position, which costs money.

In short there are a whole host of expenses you would have in order to maintain a regular job, including child care expenses. Why would working at home be any different?

Myth #4: You can’t make any money at home

Starting a home based business is not easy money. Often you will need to work for several months without turning a profit for your business to be successful. This can cause financial stress in a home if not planned for.

But the opportunity for realistic income is great. You can make money at home, so long as you enter into your opportunity with dedication and interest.

Plan to work your business as you would a job, showing up on time, and giving your best effort. If you treat your business as a hobby, you will fail. Treat it as the most important job you have ever had, and you will succeed.

Research the opportunities you are looking into thoroughly. Take the time to ask others in the industry questions, and go over any possible scenarios you have before you put time, effort, and money into it.

Myth #5: You can get rich quick

Unfortunately, there are many scammers out there looking for those desperate to make money at home. They offer everything from paid surveys, to stuffing envelopes, to Nigeria schemes, and even inflated claims within the network marketing industry, all designed to trick unsuspecting people out of their hard earned money.

Many of these scammers are those looking for a quick buck, who prey on those also looking for a quick buck. They promise people that in return for their payment, they will show you how to have money practically fall into your lap. Heck, they might as well say that they will sell you a money tree.

Do not believe that you will earn $10,000 a month by subscribing to a program. Do not believe that the person who has posted the ad is making that kind of money.

These kinds of advertisements are Get Rich Quick schemes, and they are lies. You will only lose your money, and your hope.

Building a business takes time. You may come to a point several years down the road where you will make $10,000 a month, but it won’t be by using the tactics that the get rich quickers use.

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