Want An Internet Marketing Business

Questions to ask yourself before starting your internet marketing business.

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  1. Why do I want my own internet marketing business? If you have no “why” then you will find this venture very difficult.
  2. What interests, talents, skills and strengths do I have that will assist me in running my new internet business? Write them down list them all and think of ways you can include them in your marketing. Work with people who have similar ideas to yours, you don’t have to do this alone.
  3. What are my strengths and weaknesses? Concentrate on what you are good at, outsource what you struggle with even if it costs money, speculate to accumulate.
  4. What skills do I need to learn to improve on to run my business effectively? Never be afraid to learn new things or ask for help, remember the only silly question is the one never asked.
  5. Do I enjoy challenges? This isn’t just aimed at business but includes everyday life too. Challenges are good for your progression and learning.
  6. Will I be doing work that is meaningful and really interests and excites me? When you do things you enjoy you will concentrate  better, and therefore do a good job, self motivation and enthusiasm is a key part here, get a kick out of what you do in your daily life and business.
  7. Do I really have a money making idea? Many people have ideas, but is it a money making idea? A good internet marketing business idea needs to address a problem, a need, a pain that people are faced with, give them the solution so they will buy from you. Research is vital here to see if you have the right money making idea to give you results.
  8. Who are my ideal target customers? It goes without saying all business needs customers to survive, top businesses know exactly what their customers desires, needs and wants are and how to give them the solution to their problem or search.
  9. Who are my competition? In order to stand out from the crowd you must find out everything possible about the competition indirectly and directly, especially if they are in the same niche as your business.
  10. What can I offer that my competition doesn’t? People buy from people they know, like and trust so you need something that will stand out above the rest. You need to become the market of choice in order to succeed and grow your internet business. You need to set your stall out in a way that you can compliment the competition and not see them as a rival, work with the competition and not against them, at times join forces with them. Compete against yourself only, strive to be the best you can be day by day.
  11. Have I established business goals? Setting goals is a very important part of any business plan, but that is only a small part of the picture, achieving goals is the most important thing. To do this you need to take small steps to accomplish your goals, break them down to make them easier to achieve.
  12. Am I a self starter? When it’s your business you are in control, you have no one to answer to, no one to tell when and how to do things, so perhaps this section should be titled, are you motivated! You need to get things done, having an internet marketing business is not easy there are so many distractions, do something meaningful, something you enjoy and complete the task in hand.

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The Social Percher

I invite my readers to take a look at my latest ezine article called The Social Percher.

This is the beginning a taster if you will of an experience I encountered recently.

Allow me to present a recent scenario I encountered at a gathering of highly intellectual and friendly people whilst attending an after dinner party. I tend to be an observer of peoples body language as well as listening intently to what others have to say, and speak when spoken to and not interrupt an on-going conversation until the right moment presents itself.

What I discovered lately is that some of the most out spoken, confident and self-assured people are as apprehensive and uneasy as the most insecure person in the room, and they find it hard to handle the quiet and at times timid person without being rude to someone who they feel they are superior to. Well I can tell you that appearances can be deceptive.

There is probably no intellectual difference between the most confident person in the room and the most insecure, in fact the old adage of the “beware the quiet ones” can be a lesson to all concerned.

Here is the link, enjoy.

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Social-Percher&id=8847347

Put your imagination to work.

This going to be a very different post today entitled, “put your imagination to work”.

The majority of people live in a very tangible world. They base their lives, their thoughts and capabilities along with their ambitions on what they can actually see. However the minority of people live in a visual world, based on what is actually possible and not just what can only be seen around them. This minority use their imagination in such a way to see what is possible and achievable. This is because imagination points to all that we might yet discover and create. Therefore as Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge” is very true.

Successful people use their imagination more than most. The difference being that the successful person will act upon an idea, some will be good, some will be bad; some will be mediocre and other ideas brilliant. The important thing here is that in order to become successful as a business owner or entrepreneur you must keep your imagination switched on in order to create new and innovative ideas. To an entrepreneur anything is possible.

Imagination is the greatest tool we have as human beings. When it is nurtured correctly, developed and properly used it is potentially the most powerful tool in the world.

Fire up Your Imagination.

The first stepping stone on your journey towards success is to imagine. We all have the power to imagine. The main problem is that not everyone knows how to use their imagination correctly; therefore it is an untapped power. Creativity is seen as the single most important quality by many of the world’s most successful people. In fact it is said that they favour creativity and imagination over any other factor within their own mindset. Creative thought is powered by imagination, and this provides the key to unlocking an individuals potential.

In the proceeding posts we will be showing you some great tips on how to make your imagination work for you and your business.

Children in the Home Business Environment

Operating a home business is seldom easy and interruptions come
in all shapes, sizes and forms.

Between the family, friends and neighbours who call or come by,
and the telemarketers who insist on ringing your number off the
hook, getting through the workday can be a real challenge.

When you introduce children into the home office environment,
your productivity and patience can be seriously tested.

For example, right now my three-year old daughter is pulling on
my shirt and begging me to read her a story. Clearly, Im in the
middle of something important here, but how can I say no to
those eyes? Ill be right back…

Ok, that wasnt so bad was it? Shes happy, Im happy (having
bonded with my daughter) and now Im back to continue my
conversation with you 🙂 Whats the lesson here? Flexibility
is a major key to balancing your home business priorities with
your familys needs.

I can tell you from first-hand experience that maintaining a
deep level of concentration on work in a home business for long
periods of time is next to impossible. Naptime does offer some
reprieve, but any break from the kids is usually short lived.

Even with older children, summertime introduces new challenges
with kids running in and out of the house all throughout the day.

I would like to share with you some of the tips I have
discovered to help manage your home office with children in your
midst. Since children of different ages pose different
challenges, I will present my tips in terms of age groups.

OLDER CHILDREN AND TEENS

We will look at older children first since they pose the least
challenge to our work productivity.

Children, who are old enough to understand the idea of schedules
and chores, are old enough to understand the needs of your home
business. Explain to your children that you do your work at home
so that you can be near them when they need you. But also be
sure they understand that you must do your work so that you will
have the money necessary to keep your house, feed the family and
to provide them with money for entertainment.

Once your children understand the necessity of your work, then
outline a work schedule and explain it to them. Do make sure
they understand that emergencies are definitely an acceptable
reason to interrupt your work. Then make sure they understand
that between hours x and y, you will be doing work — and then
hold them to respecting your schedule.

INFANTS

Infants will never understand your needs for work. But
fortunately, babies do well under a schedule or routine. Instead
of expecting your child to work around your schedule, schedule
your work around the needs of your baby.

It is simple. Babies eat, sleep and poop. Sometimes they play.
Fortunately, babies sleep more than they do anything else.

Naptime offers the best advantage for getting your work done.
Get your baby into a routine of eat, sleep and play, and you
will experience unexpected levels of productivity.

TODDLERS

If you have a toddler running around the house while you are
operating your home business, then you may find that your hair
turning gray or disappearing altogether. But, gray hair is a
sign of character, right. 😉

I am venturing to guess that the person who devised the door
lock for the inside of the house did so because he had toddlers
in his own home. Inside door locks should only be utilized when
you are making that important phone call and your toddler is
screaming for your attention. At all other times, your door
should remain unlocked with your door open.

Develop a routine with your children for meal times, naptimes,
and play times. Work these times into your work schedule and
adhere to them. If you fail to keep appointments with your
children, your children will have less respect for your work and
do more to prevent you from the completion of your work.

Don’t be afraid to let your children sit in your lap while you
are working. It helps them to feel wanted and it helps them to
be a part of your daily life. There are times when it is okay
for them to be sitting in your lap while you work, and at other
times you need them out of your lap. Don’t be afraid to tell
them to get down and go play or read a book so that you can
resume your work.

Permit your children to have their toys in your office. Often
they will sit contently and play while you work. Just knowing
you are near is enough to keep them happy.

Be prepared to take an hourly break to deal with your toddler.
Try to do potty breaks at your hourly break and to do drink
refills. This can help your child grow into a routine that will
work well with your home business. At each break, spend a few
minutes with your child giving hugs and kisses and talking with
your child about what he or she wants to talk about.

Toddlers don’t always do well with the routine, so be prepared
to take a few minutes when needed to give the attention that
your child so desperately needs in the moment.

IN CONCLUSION

I hope these tips serve to help you in the challenge of
operating a successful home business.

My home business permits me to fulfill my financial obligations
*AND* see my children grow up. I would never contemplate trading
my home business for another kind of business. Even with the
added challenges of dealing with toddlers in my home office, the
upsides far outweigh the downsides.

Growing my own home business with children around has definitely
given me a new respect for all people who successfully run a
home business with kids in the work environment. I tip my hat to
you… You deserve it!

Procrastination

Do you put off your work for later, only to find your deadlines steadily creeping in? Then you, my friend, are one of the millions of people afflicted by the procrastination virus.

Procrastination is the biggest reason for loss of productivity and late output. Though many would not admit it, they would benefit greatly if they start their work on time.

For many people, putting off their work for later is more habit than desire. It can be so hard to get into a groove where starting your tasks in a timely fashion is a priority, especially if the consequences for being late are things that one can probably bear.

If you are one of these people, yet you desire to shake off your propensity for procrastination, then you have come to the right place. Here are a few tips to help you overcome this dilemma and become a more productive and reliable person.

1. Set schedules – It is very important that you have a list of activities to accomplish per day. This will help you realistically budget your time and resources. One of the cardinal sins people commit in regards to performing their tasks is to put off their work because they feel like there is so much time left. A journal, organizer, or calendar of events will help you plan and schedule your task so that you can start them promptly and finish them on time.

2. Save the Vacation for Later – Many people put their work off for later saying, “I’ll just have a little fun then buckle down to work later.” While it may be true that they may have more than enough time to accomplish their tasks, it would be better if they finished their work first and relax afterwards.

Wouldn’t relaxation be sweeter if it were after a taxing job? If you choose to lay back and relax before doing your tasks, you will be more prone to burnout and will have nothing exciting left to look forward to after accomplishing a task. It is always better to have slack period AFTER a job than before one, especially considering that people are wont to overusing their slack time. This is suicide if you are heading towards a deadline.

3. Never Underestimate Your Tasks – Sometimes procrastination sets in because people underestimate the resources, difficulty, and time spent for a particular task. They will usually say, “It’s just mowing the lawn, its easy; I could do it in a jiffy.” The problem is, no matter how trivial the task, it still takes time and resources to accomplish. If you underestimate a task, you will most likely set too little time to do it and schedule it too close to its deadline.

4. Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Comfortable Doing Nothing – It would definitely help if you kept a subconscious alarm whenever you are doing nothing. Get this alarm to remind you of things that may need to be done. This will help you foster the notion that jobs accomplished now means more time for relaxation later. However, even if this is the case, do not forget to put ample time in for rest and to remove all thoughts of troubles before hitting the sack. The trick here, however, is not to overdo you rest. There is a difference between resting and idling. Always set the right amount of time for rest and stick to that schedule.

Distractions? Then Deal With Them.

There are a lot of people who have made a fortune through Internet marketing. So, why can’t everyone who decided to go into this line of work enjoy the same results? The difference is that those who aren’t successful aren’t taking the right kind of targeted action that will help them find success. It isn’t easy to take consistent action before the results start pouring in – it takes commitment, passion, and a lot of hard work. However, once you begin taking consistent action, there is no reason at all that this business model won’t work for you. If you can manage to take the right action you’ll be miles ahead of most of your competition.

Wherever you’re working from, be it your home or an office, there are going to be distractions to deal with. Failure to deal with these distractions decisively can result in you having a rough time focusing on the tasks that need to be done in order to accomplish your goals. Allowing distractions to remain in place will slow you down and keep you from making the progress you’d like to make. If you work at home, for instance, you might find that a ringing phone and the call of the television provide huge distractions. If there is any way to do it, you must get rid of these distractions. Getting rid of the distractions means that you’ll get a lot more done each day. Be sure to divide big chores into smaller tasks so that you aren’t overwhelmed by what needs to be done. Taking the time to work on the smaller pieces is much easier for many marketers than tackling the one big piece. More importantly, you’ll enjoy a boost of pride and accomplishment with each step you accomplish. You’ll gain momentum and motivation as a result so that you can keep taking more and more action. After you get rolling you’ll find that your main goal is complete before you know.

Finally, it’s time for you to hold yourself accountable for taking action or failing to do so. It’s time to make a deal with yourself that you will hold yourself accountable for what needs to be done, failing to get it done, and to stop making excuses. This won’t be easy in the beginning but with consistent practice you’ll get better. It’s tough in the beginning and you’ll stumble along the way but, the more you practice and stay on target, the more you’ll discover that you are taking more effective action just so you don’t have to face yourself at the end of an unproductive day.

These are the steps you must follow in order to take the strong action required of successful businesses. Once you understand this basic fact about business you’ll be able to unlock the potential for massive success by taking risks you were never able to take before. You aren’t achieving that massive success simply because you’ve been unable to act upon them so far. Go ahead, make up your mind and focus on your target, and don’t let go of it unless and until you achieve it – action is the key.

A – Z Of Motivation

MOTIVATION, THE HEART OF SELF IMPROVEMENT

Pain may sometimes be the reason why people change. Getting flunked grades make us realize that we need to study. Debts remind us of our inability to look for a source of income. Being humiliated gives us the ‘push’ to speak up and fight for ourselves to save our face from the next embarrassments. It may be a bitter experience, a friend’s tragic story, a great movie, or an inspiring book that will help us get up and get just the right amount of motivation we need in order to improve ourselves.

With the countless negativities the world brings about, how do we keep motivated? Try out the tips I prepared from A to Z…

A – Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places. Remember this, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

B – Believe in your self, and in what you can do.

C – Consider things on every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides.

D – Don’t give up and don’t give in. Thomas Edison failed once, twice, any on many other occassions before he came up with his invention and perfected the incandescent light bulb. Make motivation as your steering wheel.

E – Enjoy. Work as if you don’t need money. Dance as if nobody’s watching. Love as if you never cried. Learn as if you’ll live forever. Motivation takes place when people are happy.

F – Family and Friends – are life’s greatest ‘F’ treasures. Don’t loose sight of them.

G – Give more than what is enough. Where does motivation and self improvement take place at work? At home? At school? When you exert extra effort in doing things.

H – Hang on to your dreams. They may dangle in there for a moment, but these little stars will be your driving force.

I – Ignore those who try to destroy you. Don’t let other people to get the best of you. Stay out of toxic people – the kind of friends who hates to hear about your success.

J – Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself. And the key to failure is to try to please everyone.

K – keep trying no matter how hard life may seem. When a person is motivated, eventually he sees a harsh life finally clearing out, paving the way to self improvement.

L – Learn to love your self. Now isn’t that easy?

M – Make things happen. Motivation is when your dreams are put into work clothes.

N – Never lie, cheat or steal. Always play a fair game.

O – Open your eyes. People should learn the horse attitude and horse sense. They see things in 2 ways – how they want things to be, and how they should be.

P – Practice makes perfect. Practice is about motivation. It lets us learn repertoire and ways on how can we recover from our mistakes.

Q – Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So, choose your fate – are you going to be a quitter? Or a winner?

R – Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. We must hear the little voice within us telling us to get started before others will get on their feet and try to push us around. Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

S – Stop procrastinating.

T – Take control of your life. Discipline or self control jives synonymously with motivation. Both are key factors in self improvement.

U – Understand others. If you know very well how to talk, you should also learn how to listen. Yearn to understand first, and to be understood the second.

V – Visualize it. Motivation without vision is like a boat on a dry land.

W – Want it more than anything. Dreaming means believing. And to believe is something that is rooted out from the roots of motivation and self improvement.

X – X Factor is what will make you different from the others. When you are motivated, you tend to put on “extras” on your life like extra time for family, extra help at work, extra care for friends, and so on.

Y – You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like you. Value your life and existence, because you’re just going to spend it once.

Z – Zero in on your dreams and go for it!!!