Everyday your online, literally hundreds of pieces of information are laid out before you, and ALL of them claim to contain knowledge critical to your online success.
Now obviously we can't read all of it, nor do we need to do so.
Therefore, isn't it about time we finally took a few moments to discuss just exactly what areas we DO need to focus our time on?
That way WE are in control over what we read, not those wanting us to read it.
The majority of information we find is about 'how to market', but really that's only ONE of areas where we need to focus. And not only that, but 'how to market' is information completely useless without adequate knowledge in other equally important categories.
So, let's briefly outline ALL of key areas where we need to obtain knowledge in order to build successful online businesses. Then, we can be more selective as to what we NEED to spend our time on.
1. HOW TO FOCUS AND ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS
Trust me, mental strength is essential in developing and growing a profitable business. This is one topic your online business cannot live without.
Working from home and being your own boss present different challenges than a traditional job. You must be self-governing and self-driving. Both traits common to millionaires and other highly successful people.
So, be honest with yourself, do you have this area well in hand? Can you focus and meet your daily goals?
No one is totally immune to distractions, but there are things we can do to eliminate majority of them and save ourselves a lot of time.
Two major tools include, working from a daily 'to do' list, AND monitoring our own activities.
It sounds oversimplified, I know, but just plain getting down on paper what needs done saves a massive amount of time. It gives us direction, control, ability to prioritize, and most importantly it helps us to stay focused.
As well, we need to police our own actions. Occasionally, I take a day or two where I write down exactly when I start work, when I take breaks, what I get done during each time period, and when I quit.
It's a very educational practice. It's taught me to identify what things are taking away my time, what can be done faster, and what time of day I get most done. Time-management puts you way ahead of your competitors and gives you a quantum leap towards achieving your goals.
Obviously, everyone has different distractions, schedules, and priorities. However, focusing a portion of your learning time on dealing with this topic will be of great value to your overall business.
2. DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP QUALITIES
Learning how to be a leader is critical to network marketing, AND sales of any kind. Think about it, who do you buy from? Someone you can trust. Who do you prefer to sign under? Someone you know is successful and willing to show you way.
'Follow leader' may be a child's game, but it's one that teaches us to look for best people to place our trust, and money, in. Learning more about what it takes to lead and inspire will only benefit your business no matter what stage of game you are in.
Another aspect of leadership often overlooked, EXCEPT by those that are highly successful, is creating a genuine desire within yourself to help others succeed.
The best leaders are those that serve their follower's interests.
Educate yourself on quality leadership practices and put them into use. You'll find this is an area more critical to business success than most will ever admit.
3. HOW TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN ALLIANCES
Alliances can range from all out partnerships to simple word of mouth referrals. In either case, it's something we need to be good at. Nurturing your business and customer relationships is another trait commonly found in self-made millionaires and successful leaders.
How do you build trust in others? How do you earn their recommendations? How do you work with others for mutual benefit?
First, simply start by being honest and trustworthy in all your dealings.
People talk about and seek out products and services that benefit them. If you want a good reputation, word of mouth publicity, and partnerships with others who have a lot of followers, earn it first by providing your best at all times.