Scheduling Your Online Business For Success

Welcome to Simple Saturday.  I’ve noticed in my online business, and in many of the businesses I advise, some of the best changes I make and greatest accomplishments I have, come from taking very simple steps. So, every Saturday I’ll share with you a super simple ~ yet super effective ~ tip that you can implement either to improve your mindset or to improve your methods. Today’s tip: Set specific deadlines for every project in your online business Maybe you’ve heard some of the personal development gurus like Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar talk about the day before you leave on vacation.  It tends to be the most productive day of the entire year in your online business. Why? Because you have a deadline that you must meet.  (Who’s going to miss the plane to sunny Jamaica?!)  And you have things that you must  accomplish before you leave. Sometimes these things are required by your boss, or business partner, or a service provider you are outsourcing to. Sometimes they are required by you, and the thought that you can’t enjoy a worry-free vacation if you leave without completing the tasks. Either way, I think you will agree that your productivity is sky high the day before you go on vacation. While it’s not realistic that you can always be in this super-productive mode, it is possible to spend parts of your day – or even entire days – in the vacation zone. How to Get Your Online Business Into the Vacation Zone Have you ever spent 3 hours getting an article done and up on your site, because that’s how...

5 Things Your Online Business Must Do

These days, anyone can start a business.  And that is a beautiful thing. The online business model allows you to hang out your virtual shingle for just a few dollars. The International Franchise Association estimates that most business owners can get started with a traditional franchise business for between $100,000 and $200,000.  But who needs that when your online business can be up and running for a $10 domain name and $8 in hosting fees? While the ability to do just about any business online has made it possible for virtually everyone to declare themselves an entrepreneur, as usual, there is a downside to the easy button. Unfortunately, too many people are spending time and money on what they deem to be an “online business” when – in reality – they have no real chance of ever creating a successful business under their current circumstances. The best way to predict the success of your online business is to look around at other successful entrepreneurs and see if your “business” is doing what those who have already made it are doing. There are 5 things you will universally find successful online businesses doing. 1.  Creating a Well-Branded Website Before you say “duh,” let me tell you that I can’t even count the number of people I come into contact with that are doing the online business talk and walk, but who casually reveal to me, “well I don’t have my website up yet.” The successful online entrepreneur has a self-hosted WordPress website (that’s WordPress.org, not WordPress.com) set up.  She is branding that site in a way that people will remember...

Affirmations, Visualizations and Other Kooky Stuff

My 3-year-old is trying to learn how to button his shirt.  When he’s having “one of those days,” he’ll whine “I can’t do it,” as he half-heartedly fumbles with the buttons.  To encourage him, the rest of us will start chanting “I think I can” a la The Little Engine That Could ~ one of our favorite books. His success rate when we can get him to join in with “I think I can,” is – not surprisingly – much higher. In my experience, this simple example with my son has a lot to do with success in your online business. I know a lot of people disagree with this notion.  Certainly I’m not suggesting that sitting on your couch chanting “I think I can” will make your online business successful? Well, no.  But I am saying that using positive affirmations throughout your day, and taking quiet moments to visualize your life as if it were exactly the way you want it to be, are crucial components to your success. These “new age,” eyebrow-raising techniques got a bad name around the time the book/movie The Secret was such a popular phenomenon.  Many people thought The Secret suggested that you could get anything you wanted in life by laying on the couch and wishing that it would come to you. Obviously, closing your eyes and seeing yourself as a millionaire while you repeat over and over “I own a successful online business,” is not going to do anything to grow your email list or your bank balance. Or is it? I just told you that affirmations and visualizations are a...