How to Schedule Your Home Business For Success

It’s like a dream come true. You get to work at home. You make your own hours. You are your own boss. No one can tell you what to do, when to do it, or how to do it. Yet these things that make your online business the answer to your prayers, are the same things that often cause your online business to fail. I recently did a video about the offline business lessons that could save your online business. And I want to expand on that with a series of three articles that go deeper than the video. Because treating your home business more like a traditional J-O-B is going to be crucial for many of you. In fact, neglecting to do this leads to way more failure than lack of technical skill or knowledge about your market does. I know you started your home business to get away from many of the drags of a traditional business or job. I know as an entrepreneur you like to color outside the lines. I appreciate that. It will serve your business well. But, there are some pages in the book where you’ll want to keep your colors inside the lines. You’ll need to act like your home business is a real business. Because it is. One area where you’ll want to act like your home business is the “real job” your friends and family have been telling you to get is scheduling. There are 5 things you can do to schedule your home business for success. 1.  Set Work Hours Here’s a common problem. You have a great plan for the...

Google+ Shopping in the Chrome Web Store

Making social media easier is always a good thing. But, there are so many tools out there. It’s hard to know what will help you, and what will just cause you more frustation. Google+ can be especially tricky because they haven’t publicly released an API. Which means it’s not easy to cross-post to Google+ and other networks, or to schedule posts within Google+. The tools that make it more convenient and less time-consuming to use Google+ are harder to come by. One place that has no lack of Google+ tools is the Chrome web store. If you do a search for Google+ within the Chrome web store, it returns somewhere around 500 results. Now some of these are kind of silly. Like installing a “1-” button to counter the “1+” feature.  Or turning your 1+ button into a Mario Brothers mushroom icon. Okay . . . And some of them just plain don’t work. I know because I’ve tried. And I wanted them to work. So I tried. And tried. And tried. Today I’m going to share with you five apps from the Chrome web store that will help you with Google+. I’m not saying they’re all “must haves.” It just depends on your preferences and what makes things easier for you. These five work (for me), and they are relevant to online business owners. At the least, they give you a good place to start when looking at the list of 500. 1. Replies Plus More for G+ This app adds the following features to your Google+ stream: – “Reply” and “Reply to Author” links for easy +mentions...

How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into the Profit Zone

In my Bodyflow class (yoga/tai chi combo), we’ve been doing the “star” pose. It involves balancing on one leg and raising the other leg to the side as high as you can. As we’re holding the pose, the instructor will say “how big will you go,” to encourage us to raise our leg even higher. It’s very tempting to go just to your level of comfort. Where you feel good because you are perfectly balanced. And you look good to the rest of the class. What happens when you raise your leg too high? It’s a struggle. You eventually lose your balance. It appears to you, and everyone else, that you can’t do the pose. You’ve attempted to go “too big.” Because I’m almost always thinking about growing my business, when the instructor said “how big will you go,” it occurred to me that stepping out of your comfort zone during your workout is no different than going beyond your comfort zone in your business. When it comes to work, the “comfort zone” for most people is a steady paycheck working for someone else. Those unsettled souls who decide to start a business inevitably lose our balance, i.e. fail. And most of our friends and family are standing nearby to take note of our failure, and our ill-advised decision to try to go too big. But here’s the problem. If you never lift your leg any higher, then you’ll never be able to lift your leg any higher. On the other hand, if you keep lifting to the point of imbalance, that point will become increasingly higher. Same thing...

3 Tips To Create a Free Offer that Builds Your List and Your Bank Account

You’ve probably been told, “the money’s in the list.” It’s one of those phrases that’s thrown around so much I think it loses its effect. But, the money IS in the list. And this fact should be in the front of your mind in everything you do in your business. You’ve probably also heard that social media is all about building relationships. Another true statement. But what do you do with that relationship? After all, the point of your business is to make money, not build the biggest list of friends. So, as you are building relationships, you also need to be thinking about building your client list. Not that every relationship you build is about selling to. There are many people that will become colleagues, partners, or mentors. But, your primary focus is on turning your social media connections into customers. And the best way to do this is to move them from being your Twitter, Facebook and Google+ follower, to a member of your email list.  In the earlier days of online marketing, getting people to sign up to receive your newsletter in their email inbox was relatively easy. A statement on your blog that said “Sign up to receive free tips and important updates!” was often enough to convince people to give you their name and email address, and their permission for you to send your newsletter to their inbox. Today, so much is done by email. Everyone’s inbox is full. And, the time people have to actually read what shows up in their inbox is decreasing. Which means you need to give people a reason to sign up...