7 Ways To Win "The Time Crunch"Written by Ken Leonard Jr.
7 Ways To Win "The Time Crunch" By Ken Leonard Jr. ©2002 KLJ Online Are you working a "day job" while building your home-based "dream business"? Do you find it difficult to manage your time? Follow these seven tips to get more done growing your business, and have time for other important things in your life, too. (1) Make and use a 'to-do' list daily. It's easy. Write down tasks you need to do for today (or for tomorrow). Now, do them. Any that aren't done are placed at top of tomorrow's list. Seeing that list at end of day with everything scratched-off is a great feeling. (2) Schedule your time for day. Make note of your 'free time' (non-day job time) and set a block for each major thing that you need to do. Save most involved tasks for your more fresh, alert time of day. Try your best to adhere to schedule, but be flexible. Don't stress out when you run out of time and are off schedule. Over time you will know how much time a task will take to complete, and can plan for it better. Remember, this is only a tool for you to set time for what you need to do. It's not intended to have a negative affect on you, but it could if you don't be realistic. (3) Do not disturb. Make sure that your most productive, task-filled period is free from interruptions. Close your office door if you have to. Plan to use this work time when household distractions will be at a minimum. When kids go to their grandparent's house. When your husband shoots pool with guys. When wife goes shopping. If you have to hang a sign on your office door, do it. You'll be surprised how much more you get done. (4) Make time for family. Quality time with your family should not be sacrificed in order to build your home business. If you make time regularly
Do Yourself A Favor...Written by Ken Leonard Jr.
"Do Yourself A Favor..." By Ken Leonard Jr. ©2002 KLJ Online "...Pick Up A Full-Featured Website Design Program" Developing websites for selling products online can be much different from designing glitzy, effects-driven sites of today. A website designer may not realize requirements of online marketing related, or product selling/reselling sites. They may sell you a design that looks great, but makes no sales for you. A website, like any other method of online promotion, has to be exper- imented with, fine-tuned, and then "tweaked" some more. It is a work forever under construction. Paying a webmaster to edit your site frequently can get very expensive, especially for those of you that are building your online business "on a shoestring". Designing a website may seem to be quite a task for a non- techie. Well, it doesn't have to be, even if you know nothing about web design or HTML coding (the language of web pages). Website design software known as "WYSIWYG" (What You See Is What You Get) is available to let beginner design a great site, without having to pay a webmaster. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) allows user to see exactly what changes in coding look like, on fly. Instead of writing HTML code to form pages,(etc.), simple tools are used to easily create (after you've spent time to learn how a very complex piece of software works) website pages, place images and text where you want them, work with color "palates", and create "header tags" that will allow you to get ranked highly (with a lot of work) in major search engines. These programs have many features that you may think don't apply to a productive sales-oriented website, but you may find them useful to create other sites that may not be sales sites, but are more image and effects-driven by design.
Purchasing a good website creation program will set you back from $100 US to over $500 US, depending on functionality. This wise investment, though, will pay for itself many times, giving you an edge over competition. Paying a designer for just one website (plus a few edits) can cost you as much or more as buying and learning to use a great website design tool. These programs involve quite a learning process to become a proficient user, but if you weren't willing to learn for good of building a successful online business, you wouldn't be reading this article right now, would you?