Are you thinking of giving up?Written by Tammy Henderson
Are you at end of your rope like me? I have to admit that Iím really tired. Since trying to avoid going out into real world and getting another J.O.B., I have spent countless hours on Internet, trying to build a home business. I havenít gotten very far.
Giving up seems only alternative. I have listened to too much advice, signed up for too many programs and spent too much time getting nowhere. Does any of this sound familiar? Do you feel like giving up?
When my first husband left me two days after Christmas for my best friend, I felt like giving up. When I lost my job two months later because same best friend had more seniority than me, I felt like giving up. A couple of weeks later, my car died and a couple of days later, my TV shot craps. I REALLY felt like giving up. But my mother said something to me, only to make me laugh, but she was right. ďIt can only go up from here.Ē
Now, 11 years later, I just celebrated my 10-year anniversary with my fabulous husband. I have had several different occupations, some of which I loved, some of which I hated. All of which made me realize that I wanted to be my own boss. I wanted to be in control, decide how things would be run and work hard to further my career, not someone elseís. Does any of this sound familiar? Do you really want your own business?
Five Things NOT to do When Starting a Home BusinessWritten by Tammy Henderson
I know what your thinking but this is not another ďmarketing errors people makeĒ article. Iím not going to tell you how ugly and annoying your website is or that even your own mother wouldnít buy from you with that horrible sales letter.
What Iím going to help you with may be common sense to some but it may be eye-opening for others. I have learned from my mistakes (hopefully) and Iím going to pass on my new found knowledge.
1. Donít put an ad on an FFA site with your business e-mail address (or your personal address or your e-zine subscription address or any other address that you read regularly).
You will wade through a gazillion e-mails. Now that I have that basement full of Viagra, I have my 12 credit cards, 3rd and 4th mortgages, and all businesses going that I can (and sometimes canít) handle, I donít need to read all of ďconformation of posting to my FFA siteĒ messages. Now donít get me wrong, they do have a great use. I do scan them to catch headlines that grab me, and if Iím looking for a certain thing, I may scan for that too. But do yourself a favor, get a free junkmail address so you wonít be looking for customers e-mails, or urgent mail.
2. Donít sign up for every free program out there.
In order to be successful in an online business, you must know your business, inside and out. How can you possibly spend enough time learning about 10 different programs so that you can promote, answer questions and be loyal enough to stand behind them? Spread yourself too thin and you will start to forget things, skip important training, not reply to messages in a timely manner. I donít know how many times I have said that I have too many irons in fire. I have narrowed down programs I am involved in. I stuck with cream of crop. I stay much nicer that way.