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Archive | April, 2016

Home Biz 101: Making a Point of Staying Positive

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” is actually a direct quote from a cartoon bunny, the very infamous Thumper (‘Bambi’). He was so right really because saying something nasty doesn’t do anything at all except maybe hurt feelings and dirty up the vibrations with negativity.

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We must make a conscious effort sometimes to avoid making negative statements. If we are constantly making a comments to point out negatives it gets to be a real habit. Some may seem perfectly harmless like ‘what lousy weather’. Isn’t it bad enough that the weather IS lousy? Can’t everybody see that? Then why do we need to magnify it by pronouncing the fact?

If you begin to watch yourself on this you will see how many things you say just to make conversation, once it becomes a bad habit. You would be very surprised how people, whether consciously or subconsciously begin to see you as a negative person when you make negative statements.

We can’t avoid a certain amount of negativity in this life if for no other reason than polarity but there is no reason to glorify it. So when you start to say something that could be construed in any way to be negative either don’t say anything or turn your statement in such a way that it is not negative. For the weather for example, ‘They say it is going to heat up tomorrow’.

This all may seem irrelevant to you but it is highly relevant not only to business relationships but also to marketing. Listen and watch a real marketing expert sometime. It makes you feel downright guilty when you hear them turn everything negative into something positive.

For instance you say ‘man, business is really slow this week’ – He will not say ‘woe is me’. He will say ‘business will pick up’. Or you complain about a customer’s behavior – ‘he really doesn’t get it’ – and your marketer will say ‘he will do just fine once he learns’.

This all also relates to the art of forgiveness which is much more difficult than you would imagine. You must not feel offended. Even if somebody has done something to you that really hurts – you just turn it into something positive like ‘he knows not what he does’. Let him off the hook. This is not to say enable him or that he is entitled to hurt you. This is about freeing you up from the negative thoughts and feelings that poison you and sometimes cause you to project them, making yourself appear negative to others who usually don’t understand.

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HomeBiz 101: Change is Necessary – Run With it

It is often just the way it is and there is nothing we can do except to make the appropriate adjustments . Constant change is one reason you should consider becoming organized. You should know where things are and how to access them so that you can ‘go with the flow’ rather than to get all disoriented when there is a change.

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You should make a list of the necessary components of your business. That would include your website hosting and domain name. Who is the merchant you do business with? What are the contact numbers? What is your account number. When are your payments due? How do you pay them? Any interruption in service to either of these will bring your website down (no sales) until you fix the problem.

As well you need to keep track of your autoresponder service. When are the payments due? How do you pay them? If you have an interruption here, you are losing your new prospects who are unable to connect with your service. You want in all cases mentioned above to be sure the merchants have the current bank account information or the payments may be refused.

You should also consider your streams of income – your affiliate or other programs. Know how to contact them and be sure they have current bank information so there is no interruption in your membership where you might lose sales.

For whatever reason any of these things could change themselves. A company could change their terms and you find them unacceptable so you want to cancel. The company has new owners or management and you don’t like them. A company stops doing business in your area. Even what if you have a dispute with them about money you feel they owe you.

Change can be initiated from any direction. Even by you. If you are on top of your situation with everything then it will make it easier for you to determine if you need to change something. For example if you have on your list the cost of each service. You may see an ad one day that offers the same service for half the cost.
This would be a good reason to make a change. (be sure not to be ‘penny wise and pound foolish’ – don’t compromise quality to save a few bucks.)

Another BIG change that can be quite shocking and difficult to recover from if you are not prepared is a computer crash. ALWAYS be sure to back up your data every week or month. That way if your entire memory is wiped out, you have a starting point that has your latest information to build back up from. Most of the applications and programs are on your installation disks so don’t worry about them so much – just your documents and any work you may have done.

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Choosing Your Best Home Business

There may be ideas you have had for some time about a business you would like to have. Most seem to be related to stores or online shopping. Online shopping is very popular and you could really make some money.

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You have the choice of starting from scratch with your own website which is much more complicated, or just setting up for example an Amazon store (free) which is pretty simple if you can just follow menu-driven options. This is very convenient as they would handle all the transactions for you so you don’t have to worry about fulfilling orders as you would with your own store.

However there are other ideas such as being an independent distributor of a particular product such as for health and beauty and processing drop-ship orders. Another easy idea is becoming an online affiliate marketer. Either of these two ideas could be up and running in a matter of hours and could represent a handsome income once it is developed.

With all of the above suggestions it would be a matter of hooking yourself up to resources online and it could be rather simple and straightforward. However if your dream involves you making something to sell, then you have much more work to do to get it going. It would be double-good if you are doing something you enjoy doing as a hobby and can earn money with it.

This could lead to a real good business after a while. For example if you like to work with scents, such as in making soap or candles, this would be a great, fun business. Another idea of making things would be in the gourmet food line, such as cookies, cakes, candies, jams, etc.

Especially as a holiday business it would work really well to have a gift basket business where you could create customized baskets that may include for example a cup with cocoa, coffee, or tea to serve with your goodies. Or a bath basket with some of your candles and soap with a pretty wash cloth or soap dish.

Just about any craft you can think of might make nice gifts that you could sell online. This type of business does take some extra work as you would need to worry about shipping materials and costs, as well as inventory for supplies to build your product. None the less it could be done and it could be done ‘as needed’ – without a large inventory but when an order is received. That is until you start getting volume and then you could do 10 at a time or so!

Beyond that you need a website with a price list and order form. Some images or pictures of your finished product would be important for the presentation. You can save a lot of time, effort and money on this part by using a WordPress blog theme to build your site. You could however save a lot of time and money by using a free Paypal payment button. The account is free, they give you the code to create the button and help you hook the whole thing up.

Have fun making money!

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