The One Thing That a Home Business Entrepreneur Has to Get Right

There was no shortage of training and instruction opportunities on how to run a successful home business when I first got started. Just the training offered by my company was more than I could read or listen to in a week. That wasn’t even accounting for all of the information available from Google. I began to notice that some people were doing a lot more home business training than home business building. The predictable result was that they became very knowledgeable but not very wealthy.

From my experience, the purpose of home business training and education is not knowledge. It’s action. What good is learning if you do not apply what you have learned to get the desired result?

The secret to home business success? There is no secret anymore. Those who have been successful are usually very open about how they did it. Why? First, they understand that there is enough money and opportunity for everyone to prosper. Second, they know that 9 out of 10 people they train will not apply what they have learned and therefore will never be a threat of any kind.

When you are getting started in a new business, it is exciting. It can also be a little bit overwhelming once you figure out how much there is to learn. It seems like there is a lot to remember. Many new home business entrepreneurs react to this by finding ways to stay busy without doing anything productive to move their business forward. Doing “research” is a common way to stay busy without moving your business forward at all. Researching advertising, researching prospecting, researching team building, etc. At the end of the day, you haven’t done anything to potentially put money in your pocket.

There are countless ways to advertise, prospect and network. Some things will work for you and some won’t be a fit. You have to evaluate whether or not it fits in your schedule, budget, etc. To be successful, you will absolutely need to learn a new skill set and some of the activities you spend your time on absolutely should give you butterflies in your stomach. Butterflies in your stomach let you know that you are moving outside your comfort zone and stretching yourself as an entrepreneur and person. Examine your daily activities. If you are never uncomfortable in your business activities, there is a good chance that you not having much luck moving it forward.

It’s simple to determine if what you are doing is home business building or home business training. When you look back on your day, what activities did you engage in to move your business forward (i.e. did you sharpen all the pencils on your desk and rearrange your office or did you speak to five prospect/customers about your product?).

Examples of staying busy: arranging your desk, ordering business cards, researching advertising possibilities that you do not immediately implement. Training should be a cornerstone of your business, but not to the exclusion of the things that bring in income. Training and education is critical, but only when you couple it with money making activities.

Examples of taking action: Placing advertisements, speaking to leads or customers, providing support for others in your enterprise.

If you are spending a lot of time on your business with little income to show for it, this is a great exercise to pinpoint the problem.

It comes down to this – It is a great deal easier (and more comfortable) to train than to take action. If you are always comfortable in your business, you are most likely not moving yourself forward.

Never forget that you learn so that you can take action. Here’s how you do that. Learn something, then immediately apply it. Use what works and discard the rest. Repeat. Soon you will develop an arsenal of tools to help you become a successful home business owner.

Every Business Entrepreneur Should Have a Mentor

A must for any home based business entrepreneur is a mentor. Have you met yours? This is a person with more entrepreneurial business experience than you possess who becomes someone you can trust over a period of time.

You may wonder why having a Home Based Business Mentor is important for the development of your online business. You may have friends and family that you respect their opinion for certain areas in your life but not necessarily for your business. That’s where a Mentor can help guide you in the right direction for your business ventures.

If you are an entrepreneur and have dreams of running a highly successful business, I would highly recommend that you go out and find one. It’s not easy to find a good Mentor but they are out there and are willing to work with you to build you a successful Home Based Online Business. When I found mine it made a world of difference in my approach to having an online Internet business. It has made a huge difference in my success on the Internet and when you find yours you will start having the success that you want for your business.

You might be asking yourself at this point, so how do I find a Mentor?

It’s not always an easy task but one worth researching for the future success of your business.

Here are a few key characteristics to look for in a Mentor:

1) Do they share the same values that you do?

2) Make sure you have good rapport with this person and are willing to listen to them, even if it is something you may not want to hear.

3) Does your Mentor have goals that line up with yours?

4) Are they willing to use their energy and time with you? (Assuming you don’t waste their time)

You may be thinking “Why would someone want to Mentor me, for free?” The answer to this, most of the time, is by helping and guiding you to build a profitable business, this helps them build their business at the same time. So it’s a win, win situation.

There are numerous advantages in having a Mentor at your finger tips:

* They have “been there and done that” on their side.

* They provide this experience to you for “free.”

* They expand your networking world because they may put you in touch with other experienced people you would have never had the opportunity to work with.

* You will develop a long term and trusted relationship over time.

* You will end up with a highly successful home based business.

Once you find your Mentor for your business, I am assuming you want it to be a healthy and long lasting relationship, I highly recommend that you respect them by doing the following:

1) Respect them by not wasting their time.

2) Be absolutely honest with them, even when it might have them respond with something you don’t want to hear.

3) Stay focused on the business task at hand.

4) Show up on time for any appointments with them. Let them know in advance if you can’t make it.

5) Keep all commitments you have made with them.

6) Make sure to finish all projects they have assigned.

7) Come to the table with a positive outlook and be solutions oriented.

If you follow these simple guidelines, it will make for a successful and profitable business relationship for the both of you.

My final thoughts on this subject: “Go find a Mentor if you don’t have one already.They can provide you with a path of prosperity for your business life. As you can see, there can be many rewards and the risk is zero! They are essential for the home based business entrepreneur.

Qualifying For Success As A Home Based Business Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurial success is gained through the accomplishment of mission and objectives. Success and failure are tied directly to the entrepreneur’s reason for being in business, that is, their mission and objectives. Success requires being both effective and efficient.

With clearly stated mission and objective and producing the intended resulted, the entrepreneur is termed as being effective. Efficiency describes the relationship between the resources used and the extent to which objectives were accomplished.

The effective and efficient entrepreneur uses three basic management skills to accomplish the mission and objective of the business.

Technical Skills: the ability to use tools, techniques, and specialized knowledge to carry out a method, process or procedure. A typical example for us online marketers is the use of the autoresponder, imagine emailing thousands of prospects without such tool.

Human skill: used to build positive interpersonal relationship, solve human problems and build acceptance of one’s customers. Even though the autoresponder is such a great tool for communicating with one’s prospects, the human factor cannot be absent. The successful home based business entrepreneur knows that in order to gain the trust and loyalty of the prospect, personal communication has to be present.

Conceptual Skills: careful thoughts are taken about how decisions will affect the business overall and are made to benefit the entire business. Analytical, creative and intuitive talents are conceptual skills that an entrepreneur must develop.

Integrating these three management skills and continuously improving them will work wonders for the home based business entrepreneur as the business progresses. 

Home Based Business Entrepreneurs and the Internet Affiliate

Home based business entrepreneurs are ahead of the recession and its crushing effect on big corporations. Average working men and women, in the spirit of the entrepreneur, are stepping up to the plate to beat the odds and start their own home based business.

In Canada, small and medium sized business is the hope of the future. This segment of the population has been described as the backbone of the economy. Making the decision to take control of their financial future by supplementing or replacing their employment income is more prevalent today.

More emphasis is being placed on entrepreneurial endeavors to stimulate a sagging economy. Governments are offering tax benefits and incentives to develop work at home initiatives. There has never been a better time to look at alternative income choices.

Home based entrepreneurs can start a work from home enterprise at a fraction of the cost of traditional business start ups. Many entrepreneurs have a product of their own creation they wish to sell. Developing a product requires a lot of commitment and dedication to get the product ready for the marketplace. You are responsible for all aspects of developing your marketing plan and the costs involved can be substantial. In fact, the costs involved can be prohibitive for most people.

There is another way. The Internet offers a multitude of ways to start work from home. Many companies who have realized the power of the Internet as a marketing tool have developed opportunity plans to include the Internet. Affiliate programs come in all sizes and shapes, so to speak. Each company has their own unique way of compensating their affiliate members. Taking the time to research the company, its products and its compensation plan makes sense.

A well developed marketing and compensation plan creates a win-win-win situation. The company builds a workforce that doesn’t get paid unless product is sold. The distributor or representative of that company has market ready products, professional marketing and promotional information, flexibility to work their own hours and can earn compensation when product is sold through their network. The customer or end user gets quality products at competitive prices.

Advantages of an Internet home based business vs brick and mortar storefront:   

    * Low start up costs – often less than $5000      

    * Low maintenance costs – many under $500 a month   

    * Global marketplace

    * Low advertising costs    

    * Business partners instead of employees     

    * Schedule your time around your family needs   

    * Online cost effective marketing resources      

    * Tax advantages

More and more companies are becoming exclusively Internet based. Developing an online home business has some definite cost saving advantages. Once you have made your decision to build a business online, be sure it is a business to be proud of. After all, you will have to put in considerable time and energy to create a long term online presence to make money online.

Affiliate marketing is popular with entrepreneurs who don’t have their own product or service to market. A company that offers affiliate programs will pay you a commission to sell their products. They generally include marketing web sites, promotional tools and marketing information to get you started. The biggest advantage is instant start up. Once you have entered into an affiliate program you have everything you need to be successful in your home based business.