Are You Poised for Growth as a Home-Based Business Owner?

Written by Laurie Hayes

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What activities have you participated in duringrepparttar past year that are posturing you for continued growth?

What new business skills have you learned? Have you enrolled in any courses to upkeep certain skills or develop new ones?

What personal skills have you learned (ie. conflict resolution, improving verbal or written communications, interpersonal relations)?

What education, training or mentoring have you completed?

What organizations do you belong to and what is your capacity within those organizations (ie. member, chair, treasurer, secretary)?

What publications to you subscribe to?

Do you work with a mastermind group who keep you challenged, offer valuable resources, feedback and support?

Do you surround yourself with people who are further alongrepparttar 147698 life and business success continuum than you are?

Seriously evaluate your investment level in growing yourself as a human being and as a business owner. If you seerepparttar 147699 need for additional investment, take action immediately.

Continuous learning will keep you excited, stimulated and positioned for future growth. It will also keep your mind active and open, which will allow for creative insights, new ideas and a stronger ability to recognize valuable opportunities when they present themselves.

Laurie Hayes works with small and home-based business owners who are struggling to maintain a healthy work/life balance. To receive valuable tips, strategies and techniques designed to grow a successful business without sacrificing quality of life, subscribe to her free bi-weekly newsletter at

The Business Failed, But Did You?

Written by Tim Knox

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It took a long time and an enormous amount of reflection to realize thatrepparttar business had failed for many reasons, not simply because I was a miserable excuse for an entrepreneur. I wasn't looking to shuckrepparttar 147692 blame so much as simply trying to understand what really went wrong. A few years later when I musteredrepparttar 147693 courage to takerepparttar 147694 plunge again, I did so withrepparttar 147695 knowledge gained from my first failed business. I knew what I had done wrong and I knew what I'd done right. Lessons learned, put to good use. Knock wood, this time so far, so good.

Performing an autopsy on a failed business is a simple process, but one that can reveal a wealth of information that you can use should you ever decide to step out ontorepparttar 147696 business high wire again.

To do your business autopsy find a quiet place where you can sit and reflect onrepparttar 147697 life of your business. With pen and paper in hand (or laptop on lap) write down everything that you can think of that went right withrepparttar 147698 business and alternatively, everything that went wrong. Your goal is to create a "Success" versus "Failure" spreadsheet that will help you better understand exactly whyrepparttar 147699 business went south.

Forrepparttar 147700 autopsy to be effective, it is imperative that you are completely honest with yourself. Shove your ego in a drawer and be completely realistic orrepparttar 147701 autopsy will just become an exercise in futility. You will end up looking for scapegoats instead of reasons.

If your lack of experience was a contributing factor torepparttar 147702 failure ofrepparttar 147703 business, write it down. If your brilliant negotiating skills allowed you to close a big deal and beat out a competitor, write it down. If you were undercapitalized or incorrectly estimated your share ofrepparttar 147704 market, write it down. If you had a partner who didn't pull his weight or a product that didn't sell as well as you thought it would or your building was flattened by an earthquake, write it down. Write it all down.

Once you have allrepparttar 147705 facts in front of you, it's easy to see whyrepparttar 147706 business really failed. You might be surprised to find out thatrepparttar 147707 failure ofrepparttar 147708 business wasn't completely your fault, after all.

Then again, you might discover thatrepparttar 147709 business failure was your fault. If that turns out to berepparttar 147710 case, don't beat yourself up for long. Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur and that's OK.

The world would be a miserable place if everyone sat around whining about their lack of customers or complaining about their employees.

Next time we'll take a look atrepparttar 147711 primary reasons businesses fail and discuss how you might avoid them.

Here's to your success.

Tim Knox

Tim's latest book is "The 30 Day Blueprint For Success!" We asked 58 Top Internet Money Makers: If you lost is all tomorrow and had to start from scratch, what would you do to be back on top in the 30 days? Their answers just might make you rich! -

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