A lot of people hoping to make money online are limited to working at it just a few hours per day or less. If you’re working a day job and are frustrated that you can’t spend more time becoming financially free, I have some good news for you.
Do you know what’s even more effective than having more time to work? Getting as much as you possibly can out of the time you do have available.
The reason is that if you’re not focused and effective during a short period of time, then having all day would just mean more wasted time. As a mentor of mine once said, “If you can’t make money in your spare time, you can’t make money full-time.”
Setting up the home office is a must..!!
So, here are 5 proven tips I want to share, based on what modern neuroscience has shown (not motivational fluff), that will help you to get even closer to your income goals in less time.
How Our Brains Work Against Us
There’s a meme floating around called “Scumbag Brain” that jokes about how the human brain works against us sometimes instead of doing what we want it to. For example…It’s easy to get motivated, but hard to stay disciplined.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that gritting your teeth and relying on willpower alone is not enough.
A home based business must be treated like any other business or job.
Think of the last time you were on an exercise program that did not last. You went to the gym religiously for several weeks…until you caught a cold, or missed a day. Then, it was back to your old habits and behavior again—not to mention feelings of guilt and self-blame (which make it even harder to bounce back).
The key is to avoid self-criticism by understanding how your mind works. We all get lazy or have setbacks.
The key is to get back on track again quickly when (not if) it happens.
Schedule 90-120 Minute Time Blocks
Set up a clock and stick to a time frame like that anyone that has a successful home based business will tell you this.
The easiest way to get something done is to set a specific time and place to do it, and then show up when the time comes. Otherwise, your goals and plans are not concrete enough, and you can fall into the procrastination trap.
It’s also a fact that people can only stay focused and productive for 90 to 120 minutes at a time, before we need a rest or diversion. It’s impossible to stay ultra-productive all the time. Don’t even bother trying.
Instead, schedule blocks of time when you’ll be doing nothing but working, and when it’s over, STOP. Take a 15-20 minute break, or wrap it up for the day.
Also, treat your scheduled commitment to yourself as seriously as you would your job. Isn’t it just as important?
Prioritize Your Top 5 Items
It helps to list the top 5 tasks to accomplish each day, preferably the night before. Then, when the time comes to work, work on one thing at a time, starting with the most important action item of the day.
When it’s finished, move on to item #2, and so on, until done. Do NOT try to do two things at once! Multi-tasking is a myth and a joke.
It gives people the illusion that they are getting more done, but in reality you lose concentration while switching back and forth between items because it takes time for the mind to get caught up again.
In your own home based business Create an Environment for Focused Work.
Your performance is affected the environment you’re in and the tools available to you, positively or negatively. Give your body and mind what they need to perform by setting up your workspace for success.
Before you start, clear out the clutter and remove any potential distractions. Have only one window open on your computer. Get away from email, phone, and social media until your work block is over. You can schedule a separate session for phone calls and email.
I have also found that upbeat music helps me move more quickly, as long as it’s not too distracting (and no vocals—otherwise my mind pays attention to the lyrics).
Like any business or job, Take a Fun Break away from home based business
Lastly, don’t forget to give yourself the rest you need, in order to have the concentration reserves you need to fuel your work.
So make a point to schedule periods each day for breaks, leisure, and fun as well as working on your home based business.
It’s just as important if you want to be consistent in the long run!
Hopefully you will find these tips to be as helpful as they were for me while growing my own 7-figure income!
Any home based business or home based jobs are not as hard as you may be thinking, maybe look at a Franchise opportunity as a lot of successful home based business companies are set up like this so you have a proven business model that is already set up and running..
Also, if you want to get even more done and make even more money in less time than you can achieve through your own efforts, consider licensing and promoting other people’s info products and sales funnels, rather than creating them all from scratch.
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A work from home career or business, no matter how attractive it is to everyone, may not be for everybody who is not willing to make ends meet. There are several conditions and factors to take into consideration before one embarks on this unfamiliar territory of employment. I wouldn’t be surprised if I meet people who are not really keen into leaving their comfort zones and starting a new life. Watch this video and find out how I started my work from home career here.
Apparently, there are also others who have cracked the code to successfully running a business at home. Take a look into your personality and see if you can handle this new work at home career. If you answered yes to all of the questions below, then you know you are ready, fit and able to sustain your work from home career.
Do you know how fix and manage your schedules?
Can you discipline yourself to not procrastinate?
Do you have excellent work ethics?
Can you multitask? Are you multi-talented?
Are you comfortable working alone or do you constantly feel the need to be with other people?
Does my family support and acknowledge my home-based franchise or small business?
Do you know how to communicate well when visual feedback is limited?
Do you have the necessary space and facilities to operate a business from home?
Is this office space conducive enough for work?
Is my office space not easily accessible by my family or pets?
How motivated are you in running your own business at home?
Do you know how to fight the urge to buy milk, pay bills or other errands?
Are you willing to set boundaries with your family & friends whenever you are in work mode?
Will you be able to separate work life and home life?
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While there are millions of other questions to ask yourself on how ready and able you are to devote yourself to building a work from home career or business, the one key thing to note is how functional your work from home space is inside your home. Your space should be devoid of interruptions and distractions to ensure maximum productivity.
The people around you must also respect and honor the commitment it takes to manage a work from home business and offer you the peace and quiet you need when you are at work. When you know you got yourself all figured out, running a business from home can be quite rewarding! Think you are ready? Read then the 5 Steps to Start Working From Home.
When you are constantly juggling between tasks and time, it is now the perfect moment when you know how to manage your activities to give more space and time for doing what you want. Isn’t that we are here for? Our long time credo to help others become financially free through online marketing and blogging (watch this video on what platform we use to do this here) means being 80% productive out of the 20% work we did. And we didn’t do just that by mismanaging our activities.
The 24-hour time you have is just like everyone else’s. What you do with them is the only thing that sets you apart. How then can you create this plan to manage all your activities?
SCHEDULE. Let us go back to the basics. Managing often begins with a layout. Try doing this in Excel or best, your calendar. Maximize your availability. The rich and successful people value their time so much they HIRE people to schedule it.Why not do it also? Finding a layout and formatting it might be the most challenging part because you have to maintain it in the future and it has to be the best one that you can understand and keep track off easily.
LIST. Now that you have decided on a format, list down your activity that is as early as one week ahead. Again, this management plan is for your online marketing activities – not your time. The “time” part will follow.
TRACK. When you feel like your days and long and your weeks are short, check back on your calendar and find out where all of your time is going and whether you have managed 80% of the 20% you have devoted to doing your Empower Network duties. Give yourself realistic goals and honest expectations. If you think researching the competition takes 2 hours than the usual, write that down.
PRIORITIZE. After listing your activities and tracking which tasks are the ones that make you productive, prioritize them in order of how they will affect your health, wealth, and relationships. When you constantly address activities that make you rich, healthy, and emotionally stable, then wouldn’t you be leading a complete life then? Isn’t that one of our goals? Watch this video too on how I made myself one of the top 7 Figure earners in the online marketing industry.
Time is constant in our lives but activities are the ones that CHANGE. By giving more significance on activities that bring you success, it is easier then to let go of the ones that don’t. Discipline and perseverance will be your allies and procrastination your enemy.
Manage your activities and plan them in a way that will combat time and the hectic chaos of your life. Who knows, by being religious to such tasks, you might even end up with more time that usual for recreational activities.
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Back before when we have discussed how working from home is the new era, it seems like we have struck a nerve from our readers both negatively and positively. We cannot help but also have questions from people who are not certain about their future when they work from home and join Empower Network Australia. Fortunately, there are people who are open-minded about the concept of becoming your own boss and building their enterprise while working from home who gave us quite positive feedbacks about it.
Apart from working at home is anyone’s dream, there are so many reasons that I can write on how fun, beneficial and productive working from home is. I couldn’t give more emphasis on its advantages but I also can understand how taking and making the first step to get started is the hardest part.
Start on your skillset. Do you know what kind of work do you want to do?Decide on a career path and start from there. You might have been in the corporate world so much you can’t think of a career to embark on that actually makes YOU the boss. But in reality, your skills should be something you capitalize on. What is the reason that makes your former boss pay you wages every month for? Use that! If you have been writing for the company for years, why not become a freelance writer or set up a firm where you can house writers and have companies pay them for hire per hour. Try WordPress or Blogger and make money off blogging. See how you can do this by watching this video here.
Research, study and train. Leaving your corporate life can be daunting so make sure you have enough ammunition at hand to take the first step out of it. Look up on opportunities and different ways on making money while at home. Say, if you decided to start up a blog and capitalize on it, check out tutorials on making blogs and setting up money-making widgets from affiliates and ads. Apply all these research and train yourself on becoming very good at what you are currently teaching yourself with. Master tests online such as grammar, spelling, writing or typing tests. Get certificates from authorized institutions such as Google if you are into internet and online marketing.
Set up now. Furnish copies of certificates, permits, recommendations and referrals. Allot a small working space at home where you have your computer, internet, and phone all geared up and ready. Create a calendar for tasks you will do in the first 3 months of being a work-from-home employer to garner enough leverage in the playing field.
Now that you have decided that working from home is something you can build your career on, then get started on how to work from home and setting up your home office for your Empower Network business in the process. Hey, it was never easy. Check out how I started here by watching this video.
Although social media platforms possess different functions, strengths, weaknesses, advantages and utility, I’ve found that Twitter is the most engaging and real-time of them all. What could be more real-time when every other second your Twitter home feed updates and publishes your followers’ update? They could be from all over the world which makes any timezone look non-existent as it updates all the time. Talk about lasting friendships and contacts, yes?
But how do you sustain that friendship and connection?How do you engage more conversations in Twitter besides being active all the time in it? Watch this video on how I managed to become an online marketer at Empower Network Australia in a span of months here.
Tailored to your interests, Twitter gives tailored suggestions to make timelines interesting and relevant. Tweets, links, media and updates from people you found interesting are going to be the ones that are going to fill up your news feed. Easy and fast, tweets or followers give you more suggestions that are tailored to who you should be following according to your interests.
Make your tweets short and succinct. Get your point across with 140 characters or less. Use URL shorteners if you need to publish a link and still can talk more.
Schedule tweets and do not spam your followers. Fifteen tweets a day in a span of 5 hours is acceptable compared to 15 tweets in one hour. Be consistent and pace.
Ask questions. Answer some. Other users are also soliciting for advice. Give them. Reply to questions more.
Hashtags (#) are extremely helpful. Your tweet, news and even profile can be easily searchable.
Retweet if you can. Quoting is better. It makes you look less lazy and the user will appreciate you sending in your comments and feedback. Twitter is less lonely if you try to engage in conversations with your followers. Be generous and help others by promoting their tweets. Good karma for you then.
Find users from online marketing organizations that you are in or industries that you have signed up for. Find a niche and encourage discussions with users that share your common interests.
Monitor trendsand find out what people are talking about now. Debate, argue, give opinions and it will definitely spark a conversation. Be the first to always break the news. Always stay on top of things.
How much time do you devote to your tweeting? Do you find yourself answering to @Mentions more or basically just typing away status update after status update without even considering your audience? Remember, you are what you tweet! In the beginning, don’t be put off if you don’t have followers yet or mentions. With a little effort and time, you’ll soon be able to use Twitter better.
The weather may have overcast clouds but then the sun always finds a way to shine through. Care for some summer reading lately? Marketers like us at Empower Network Australia, although we are constantly online and the internet is our bread and butter, we also have in between downtimes where we just sit back, sip cocktails and pore over a good book. Of course – the education just don’t stop there. We read books that enhance our knowledge and continue our education on the business that we are in. Books also inspire us and remind us to become better entrepreneurs than we already are. This post will list some of our top ranking books to consider during those downtimes that gives us better insights, inspirations and determination to hone and develop our talents and skills.
CONTAGIOUS: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
Topping my list is this book by Jonah Berger that narrates how content marketing becomes viral – hence, the title “Contagious”. This book makes it relatable to the industry especially with Empower Network members and generation nowadays when people listen to their peers more than watching generic advertisements being flashed on screen.
The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt together with Jared Cohen are two global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs, who, in this book, gave us a visual of how the world will look like in the future. They depicted how everyone is going to be connected in the future yet might meet the peril and promise that will await for us in the upcoming years. Who doesn’t want to read about the Digital Age? The authors just made it simple yet insightful for us to prepare what is going to be there for us in the next ten years or more.
Keeping Up With The Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics by Thomas Davenport
Welcome to the new age of data. This book tells you why everyone needs to analytical skills no matter what your interests are. With analytics and statistical data, you can easily make use of the information as it improves your understanding of the data on hand.
Sexy Little Numbers: How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have
Although written by different authors, it seems like this book by Dimitri Maex is the sequel to Keeping Up With The Quants. Now that you have sufficient analytical data on hand, Dimitri teaches and inspires you to grow your business using that information.
Whiteboard Selling: Empowering Sales Through Visuals
This is a personal favorite considering that my multi-level marketing business, Empower Network, utilises a lot of visuals such as videos and white board tutorials. This book by Corey Summers and David Jenkins explains how powerful standing in front of a whiteboard can be in building the relationship between the salesperson and the customer.
What about you? Do you have a favorite business book that you like to whip out during summer? Tell us what inspires you!
In our line of business and work, we have tremendously enjoyed the perks of working at home and building our empire at the comforts of well, our comfort zone. I couldn’t stress it enough how much I would like to help, coach, advice and bring people the kind of success that I am now in.
I now own my own time. I see to it that just because I am mostly working from home and enjoying my financial freedom without waking up at 8am to beat the rush hour traffic heading to an office. How, then, you ask, can working at home is more productive compared to being inside an office that binds you to your chair until the clock strikes out?
There are others who compel themselves into thinking that working from home is productive when in reality – it really is. There is no rocket science to it how it works. It makes people much more efficient because it allows us to deal with the littlest chores at home while getting the work done at the same time.
You see, a large percentage of the city’s population do their groceries after work – which is usually around 6pm onwards. When you get inside the supermarket, I wouldn’t be surprised if you get out as fast as you got in. It is a nightmare shopping for groceries when everyone else also has the same idea at the same time. Because of the flexibility of my time, I can do grocery shopping before the rush hour strikes and leave as quickly as I came.
And don’t get me started on bank hours. If you start working earlier, you can pop by the bank a little too early than the cut-off time for banks to close. These lull times make you queue faster and shorter.
See – what do you think will happen if more people can do that? We can all possibly eliminate both human and vehicular traffic. The whole point of working at home AND being productive at the same time is to find a balance where you can fit your work life into the rest of your life – while being EFFICIENT at the same time.
Convinced so far? The next time you get distracted by the background noise of your officemate behind you who is chattering away and spilling coffee all over his desk or the next you roll your eyes over the long queue at the supermarket during rush hour – think about gaining traction in the telecommuting business and build your empire at home.
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Business owners sometimes are unaware of committing one or two marketing faux pas that costs them millions of dollars in lost revenue and profits. Yes, it cripples their business but the extent of such mistakes might not give them the chance anymore to get back on their feet. Consumers are harsh and unforgiving and it will cost thousands again to rebuild another campaign to redeem themselves.
Whether business owners need more education or training, it is best to know what could be the possible outcome should they avoid committing the mistakes listed below.
Mistake #1. Not having a Unique Selling Point or USP.
Your USP is one thing that is going to set you apart from the rest of the competition. Without it, no can really differentiate you from the rest of the thousands of competitors who are also offering the same services that you are selling.
Mistake #2. Going into battle without ammunition.
Just like establishing a USP, every a marketing pitch has to have a strong offer. Prepare for the battle when you launch it. Turn it into a religion when you study, practice and devote all your time learning it.
Different businesses automatically send proposals and marketing letters that are poorly written that it is going to be miracle for someone to actually read it. They thought they can guarantee sales already by taking that huge leap into pushing their products aggressively.
When your sales and marketing are your foundation, establish them one by one. It might take time but the rewards are bigger and greater.
Achieve success by getting things right. Always prepare NOT to fail or you’ll end up preparing to FAIL at all. Athletes train all the time. Do you think they would win at the battlefield had they not practiced, exercised and prepared?
Mistake #3. No Sales and Marketing System.
So you’ve sent out your proposal and waited for a reply. How do you convert these leads?
How can you qualify if this lead is valid or not?
When brands form a system to market their brand, it does not establish on its own. A branch with a huge following like BMW, for example, might be doing well in one region but not in another. When I visited one BMW dealer in the area, I was surprised that they don’t have a marketing department at all. A marketing and sales department should be handy and ready to promote their business – and they should together and hold hands while at it.
Marketing your business is an art that you have to get down on your knees sometimes just to produce something creative – but it all boils down to one system. YOUR SYSTEM. Without that foundation, your efforts and conversions will go haywire.
Think this is it? There could be so many marketing mistake we could all do in a lifetime but the ones mentioned above are the basic marketing mistakes that we miss to correct but could certainly affect our businesses in the long run. I will be concluding more soon.
What about you? Have you committed mistakes in the past that affected your marketing efforts?