Get More Productivity In Your Home Business Part 2

Time FreedomOn yesterday’s post we shared the first five of ten focal areas to master in order to maximize the usage of time in your home business and create the time freedom that you desire.

Today we give you the remaining five. If you make these 10 principles a part of your daily planning, you are bound to see the positive effects both in the quality of your life and your bank balance.

6. Make Deadlines Firm But Adequate
due dateSet deadlines for yourself as a home business owner. The absence of a deadline eliminates the motivation to do a task and places the task at the bottom of the pile of things to do. Be dependable to your customers and business partners by meeting agreed deadlines. Set deadlines for a specific date and time as opposed to a time period. For example “due on June 18 by 12:00 noon” is better than “in about two weeks time”. Make your deadlines adequate, not too tight. Build in a few extra days for the unexpected delays, last minute changes and a crisis in the home or on another project.

7. Protect and Value Your Time
Productive people do not waste time. They guard their time jealously. Get right to the point when talking to people. You risk coming off as abrupt to some people but understand that you cannot afford to everyone all the time they want. Choose who you spend time with. Be decisive. Say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done and move on.Value Your Time

Know the value of your hourly rate, commit it to memory and use it to weigh the effort required for specific activities and the return they will produce against the cost of your time. Weigh your options and always use your time wisely.

8. Stay Focused
One of the habits of successful people is to apply themselves to the task at hand. Work until the task is done. Concentrate on one thing at a time. Avoid going in many different directions. Do not be a talker. Be an actor, a doer. Have a vision and focus your activities to achieve that vision.

9. Set A Production Goal
Steinway makes 800 pianos in its German plant every year. An individual who truly wants to be productive sets a production goal, meets it and keeps going until they can do no more. The renowned author Joe Lansdale says he never misses his goal of writing three pages a day, five days a week. When people are employees, they will pitch up for work whether they feel like it or not. It surprises me that when the same person starts a home business they start accommodating “not being in the mood or feeling like it.”

10. Enjoy What You Do
Love what you doA Scottish proverb says “Be happy while you are living; for you’re a long time dead.” When you enjoy your work it ceases to be work in the typical sense. It becomes your passion. The vocation that you choose must be something that you love to do.

You will not love every project equally of course, but try to balance “must-do” mandatory tasks with things that are more fun for you. Remember we are not talking about you doing a hobby but we are talking business. So train yourself to enjoy what you do by changing your attitude. Attitude can be a trap or it can be freedom. Take your pick. Keep interested in the career path that you have chosen of working from home. It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

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Get More Productivity In Your Home Business Part 1

Schedule ClockWhen you become a home business owner managing your time becomes that much more important as you now are your own boss and the boundaries between work and personal life can be blurred.

Mastering the art of working faster to produce desired results will introduce efficiency into your home business routine and release more time for you to engage in leisure activities such as reading a favourite magazine, hiking, or play with your toddler.

Here are the first five of ten ideas that can increase your personal productivity and give you the time freedom that characterizes the lifestyle of a home business owner.

  1. Master Your Home Business PC

downloadYou do not have to be a technology geek for you to have a well equipped and organized PC. Use a modern PC with the latest software installed. At the very least have the latest version of Microsoft Office and broaden your software packages in accordance with the specialized work that you do.

Constantly upgrade your desktop to eliminate computer processes that slow downloads of files or web pages. The internet is an indispensable tool for a home business. Get the fastest internet access you can such as an ADSL connection.

  1. Do Not Be A Perfectionist

Be a careful worker who produces excellent work but do not be a perfectionist. Customers do not have the budget for perfection. This does not mean that you be negligent or give less than your best. It means once it is done to the best of your ability deliver the work to your client or customer. Create it, check it and let it go. There comes a point in the production cycle when extra effort is not worth it. If you aim for 100% perfection you will not be profitably productive. A consistent 90-98% quality range will maximize both customer satisfaction and return of investment.

  1. Be A Good Copy Cat

Copy CatMany an entrepreneur has brought ruin upon themselves by wanting to always be an innovator. Be creative but do not place yourself under the pressure of being the first one to ever do things. Do not reinvent the wheel when there is a blueprint that you can follow and still make your customers happy. Most successful home business solutions are just common sense packaged to meet a specific need. Your best is enough without the pressure of your work being different or better than what others have done before.

  1. Inject Variety Into Your Project Schedule

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. Arrange your daily home business schedule so you switch from one assignment to another at least once or twice each day. Keep your mind fresh and allow yourself to explore new areas, markets, industries and disciplines outside your area of expertise. About 70-90% of what you do at any time must be familiar tasks within your area of expertise, while 10-30% should be in areas, markets, industries and disciplines outside your current skill base. Allow room for imagination inside your work schedule.

  1. Work Only on Concrete Orders

Before proceeding with a project, make sure it has an existing buyer or customer. Do not waste time working on projects that you think customers might want. Obtain letters of agreement, contracts and purchase orders before proceeding with production. To create a new product line, be guided by results of a sound market survey, not what you think the market wants.

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Vision Creation For Home Business Growth

Creating a Vision For You To Succeed

VisionOne of the biggest challenges in building a home business is creating that consistency in doing the daily activities that are meant to get you the success that you desire to have.

There are those business building activities that if not done daily, success is impossible. In network marketing those activities are prospecting (meeting new people and connecting with them), inviting, presenting and enrolling new people into the business.

Any honest networker will tell you that doing these activities is very uncomfortable and the temptation is to not do them or to keep putting them off until tomorrow, right?

So how then does a home business owner ensure that they get the success that they want. The answer lies in creating a VISION for yourself. there is power in creating a vision of where you are going.

Lessons From My Favourite Teacher

My favourite Teacher, knowing that the motivation for His followers to do what He asked them to do after He was gone would be essential, painted word pictures of the life that was to come for them if they stuck it out. As His followers what keeps us going in a tough world full of injustice, sickness and war is the fact that a New World without these things is coming for the faithful and we keep that picture in mind when facing challenges to our faith. In the last book of the Bible He even gave a vision to John to share of how the capital city of the New World would look like.

The same principle applies to growing your home business. Your current circumstances cannot serve as a basis for motivating you into consistent action. In fact your current circumstances might discourage you. It is your vision of what you are working towards that will keep you going consistently, even on those tough days when things do not seem to be gelling together the way that you want them to.

The Power is in the Mind

One of the strongest traits to build as a home business owner is to develop your power of visualization. Visualize in your mind and see yourself become the person that you want to be when your business is successful. Many a times the struggle with consistent action stems from dwelling your thoughts on where you are instead of where you are going. Obviously you made a decision to do what you are doing in order to move from where you are to a different kind of lifestyle that you aspire for. Let the vision of that lifestyle stay ever before you and it will get you off your butt when you feel like giving up or not doing what you committed to do daily to get you there.

Demonstrating The power of Vision

Your vision obviously translates to the reason WHY you are doing what you are doing. Here I give a few examples of the kind of vision statements that many people that I have spoken to have shared with me.

  • Working moms who want to be at home for their children and still have a steady source of income to support their families. Obviously if you are in this category, your current schedule to fit in a job, family and your business can look like a nightmare. But the alternative is leaving your children at home with a child minder or at day care every day and missing them growing up. If you do not do what is required of you now to create that desired future of being there for your children, it will never happen. Visualize yourself playing in the park with your child on a Wednesday afternoon or taking them to the zoo at ten in the morning. That picture will keep you going.
  • Do you want to help people change their lives by sharing your story? Well you have to create the story first and that requires you being successful to do that. The vision of your future that should be playing in your mind constantly is you standing on that stage, with hundreds or even thousands of people listening to you and some among that crowd making decisions to change their lives and one day meeting you to tell you that had it not been for you telling your story, they never would have taken the decision to change their lives. That picture will keep you going.
  • Maybe you want to be able to give to causes that really matter to your life. You might want to sponsor the causes with money or be able to give your time without restriction. The vision to keep before you is you writing that check and giving it to the organisation championing your cause, or you having built those buildings for housing the cause or you rendering that service at any time of day because you do not have financial or time restriction to hinder you. That picture should keep you going.

These are just a few examples. The bottom line is this; you can attend all training events and read all the training you can on how to do the activities for growing your business, unless you have a clear vision of what the outcome and impact of doing that work is supposed to be for you, you are going to lack the willpower  to get up and apply what you know. You will only be excited and active for a few days after the training event and then fizzle out.

Keep the vision ever before you and you will be unstoppable in doing the activities that will grow your business to where you want it to be for you to fulfil that vision.

Today I leave you with this quote: “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift

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Names List Building For Long Term Home Business Success

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Building A Robust Names List

The article that I shared on the two types of names list to grow out of in order to run a successful home business seems to have aroused a lot of interest. Now here is information on how to build a robust names list that will ensure sustainable success for your home business.

Once you master how to do this right, you will never run out of prospects for your home business ever again.

Business professionals write down their list and it is an ever growing and living names list. To be able to have such a list, you must become a sociable individual who learns how to create opportunities to meet new people, collect their contact details and create ways to stay in touch with them.

When you run a home based business, especially one that uses network marketing as the marketing model, never forget that your success depends on your ability to build relationships with the people you intend to be your business partners. Before the product and the opportunity, people first buy into you.

Now this is how to build that robust names list that will ensure that you have an endless source of people to talk to about your business:

STEP 1 – Make A Comprehensive Names List

Do not be selective as to who you add to the list. As long their name pops into your head write them down.

The mistake to avoid as a word of mouth marketer is to judge whether or not people are potential prospects before adding them to the list. Just write down the names of everyone you know. They need not even know you; if you know them, just write their name down.

STEP 2 – Write Down Who They Know

As you empty your brains of the people that you know by writing them down on paper, you will realize that you create more room in it for new names to remember. Obviously the people that you have written down know other people and their names will start coming up too. Write them down. Keep your list with you at all times and keep adding names as they surface from your memory.

STEP 3 – Keep Your Names List Growing

Keep your names list growing by adding at least two people a day. Pay attention to what’s happening in the world. Increase your social circles by attending church, business forums, networking events, joining a gym, going to parties when invited etc., and when you get there talk to people and collect their contact details. NETWORK ON PURPOSE by putting yourself out there and developing the skills to talk engagingly with the people that you meet. Do not be a hermit. Deliberately go out to make friends.

STEP 4 – Do Not Pitch

As you interact with people, make new contacts and add them to your list, remember this golden rule, do not pitch them your product or business opportunity. Avoid the mistake of seeing dollar signs on people’s faces. Instead see people and be genuinely interested in them enough to know about them and create genuine friendships. Find creative ways of staying in touch with them and when the time is right, help them to understand what you have to offer through your business and/or opportunity.

That sounds simple hey? It is simple and it is also not easy to do.

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Names Lists Done Right Will Grow a Home Business

ListThe Two Types of Names Lists To Outgrow

One of the activities that your sponsor will tell you to do as soon as you become a network marketer is for you to make a names list of people that you are going to call to make appointments with and show them your product/opportunity.

The type of names list that you build is a powerful indicator of whether or not you believe you are in business with a long-term view to success.

In this article I discuss the two types of names list that you need to grow beyond if you are to succeed in your quest to become a professional network marketer or home business owner.

Names List Type 1 – Your Warm Market Mental List (Toe In The Water)

This list is made in the head. It is quite short and it is not written down!

As the presentation was rolling through, you made a mental list of the handful of people that you were going to show the opportunity to. You were quite certain that these people would like what you have seen and liked. In fact I have heard aspiring home business owners in this category pronounce at the end of the presentation: “I’m in! I know the people that I am going to show this to. I know they will love it!”

You tell yourself that these 5-10 are it! If they do not join, then obviously it will mean that the business will not work because those are the only people you can and are willing to talk to about your business.

Needless to say, you are really putting your toe in the water here and if you do not like the temperature, you will not get in. You definitely will not get far unless you up your game because you are hinging your success on the reaction of a handful of individuals.

Names List type 2 – Your Warm Market Plus Acquaintances (Foot In the Water)

You did make the effort to write down your names list. You have included your friends, work mates, church colleagues  and acquaintances. Your list came to anything between 50-100 names and you were quite pleased with yourself.

You went through the list, invited and presented. Some said yes and others said No but you got enough number of people in to get started and realize some success. Alas! The people who came in are not doing much, if anything and you have also run out of names to call and present to.

When this happened you got despondent and started doubting if the road you were on was leading you anywhere.

It is possible to get one or two who will join your team who are going to duplicate what you did and also get the same kind of limited success as you did. But as you can see, with this approach of names list building, you get stuck at some point and cannot go beyond that level of success.

There is a way of building a more robust names list that will ensure that you stay in business long into the future to create an empire and a legacy for generations to come. Would you like that to happen for you? Then make sure not to miss the next article that I will share with you on creating list type 3 which is a living names list. Once you master how to create this list, you will never run out of people to talk to about your business. Now that is every home business owner’s dream, especially if your business model uses network marketing.

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