Is Working From Home Really For You?

Written by Joe Bingham

Forgetrepparttar hype! No, NOT everyone can make big money working from home.

Is it possible to make a six figure income working from home?


Is it possible to enjoy more freedom in your schedule, own your own business, fire your boss, and all ofrepparttar 117544 other work from home fantasies?


Can you do it?

Well, now that one's not as easy to answer. I can't solve that riddle for you. I CAN, however, let you know what working from home really involves so you can make that decision for yourself.


In some respects, working under a supervisor is a life of ease. You have certain responsibilities, and you take care of them, but that's as far as it goes. Working your own business is NOTHING like that. Allrepparttar 117545 decisions are yours to make, allrepparttar 117546 work is yours to do, and allrepparttar 117547 success and profit OR mistakes and failures will be yours as well.

Working your own business not only requires a change in what you are doing, but in how you think. No longer willrepparttar 117548 luxury of 'letting someone else handle it' be around. You have to step up your level of responsibility if you want to succeed.


Sure, everyone desires more money, a better house, more time off, a nicer car, and all that. However, there is a BIG difference between sitting onrepparttar 117549 couch saying, "I wish I had a car like that," and havingrepparttar 117550 desire to takerepparttar 117551 ACTION necessary to earnrepparttar 117552 money forrepparttar 117553 car of your dreams.

There is work that will need to be done. It's NOT going to just happen upon a wish. The kind of desire it takes to make it while working from home is a constant ACTIVE desire, not just a passive want.


Working from home will bring about new challenges for you. It takes courage to step up and meet those challenges. Each stage as you progress will require you to learn new skills, face different obstacles, and completerepparttar 117554 necessary tasks at hand.

Are You Afraid to Sell?

Written by Elena Fawkner

Are You Afraid To Sell?

2002 Elena Fawkner

Relationship marketing. It'srepparttar backbone of a successful online business. Fail to forge online relationships and your business will suffer. Simple enough concept, right? But what does "relationship marketing" really mean? Simply put, it refers torepparttar 117543 principle that, in order to be successful in business, especially an online business sincerepparttar 117544 Internet is such an anonymous medium, you need to establish a relationship of trust with your prospective customers before you can expect them to do business with you. It requires a commitment to customer service and a willingness to help others for no certain reward other thanrepparttar 117545 satisfaction of helping another and building for yourself and your business a reputation of credibility and trustworthiness.

Atrepparttar 117546 end ofrepparttar 117547 day, though, if your business is to be financially successful (and if you don't care about that, you're engaged in a hobby, not a business), you have to turn a buck. One ofrepparttar 117548 most common anxieties expressed by new (and even not so new) online entrepreneurs, though, is that they don't want to come across as "selling something" to those with whom they have forgedrepparttar 117549 very relationship that is a prerequisite to actually makingrepparttar 117550 sale!

In other words,repparttar 117551 focus on "relationship marketing" has been so much onrepparttar 117552 relationship thatrepparttar 117553 marketing begins to seem crass and a something of a violation of trust. Many new online business owners report that they feel like they're taking advantage ofrepparttar 117554 trust of those with whom they have forged a bond. Of course, there's no reason to feel any such thing so long as you believe in what it is you're selling and that it's something that will benefit your customers. If you don't feel this way, then your bad feelings are well placed. You ARE taking advantage!

The discomfort associated with selling is not restricted torepparttar 117555 business owner, either. I have received several indignant emails overrepparttar 117556 course ofrepparttar 117557 past three years I have been in this business from readers of my ezine in response to promotions I have run for programs I actively promote. The recurring theme of these sorts of communications is that I have a "responsibility" to my readers because they've come to rely on me as an authoritative source of information and I have somehow breached this responsibility by doing something so crass as to actually *market*repparttar 117558 programs I promote to earn part of my online income.

Some have even gone so far as to suggest that, since I accept paid advertising in my ezine, I should be content with that revenue stream and not seek to make money by promoting outside programs. (Of course, these are generallyrepparttar 117559 very same people who complain aboutrepparttar 117560 advertising as well.)

My response to this line of reasoning is simply that I'm running a BUSINESS. I'm not working nights and weekends on my site and on my ezine out ofrepparttar 117561 goodness of my heart. I'm just not that noble, trust me. I have a profit motive. Despite what some people seem to think, a profit motive is NOT, in and of itself, a Bad Thing. A profit motive is only a Bad Thing when one misleads, deceives and otherwise takes advantage ofrepparttar 117562 trust of another to pursue that profit. There's no reason to apologize or feel guilty for wanting to make an honest profit.

How about you? Do you have just a twinge of uneasiness when it comes to marketing your products and services? Here are some ideas to help you overcomerepparttar 117563 reticence you may feel in pursuing sales from your prospective customers and how to manage these relationships so that your customer understands that, although you are there to help them, you are also out to help yourself by earning an honest living.


The very first thing you need to do is decide what it is you're really doing when you create your website or publish your ezine. Is it a hobby or is it a business? The difference, respectively, isrepparttar 117564 absence or presence of a profit motive. If it's a hobby, fine. Don't try and turn a profit, just enjoy yourself and generate just enough income to cover your expenses (if you can). But if it's a business, understand that making a profit is non-negotiable. It's repparttar 117565 reason for your business's existence. You will no doubt have several purposes. Butrepparttar 117566 profit motive is key.

Do whatever it takes to crystallize your purposes. For some people, just thinking about it and making a mental decision is sufficient. For others, crystallization requires seeing it in black and white. If that's you, write down your purposes. Again, though, if you're running a business rather than indulging in a hobby, turning a profit must be on your list of purposes (unless, I suppose, you're running a non-profit business but we'll leave that aside for present purposes). Recognize that purpose for what it is. Embrace it. PURSUE it with a vengeance. It's nothing to be ashamed or coy about. So long as you intend to do so, and actually do so, by legitimate, honest and ethical means, give yourself permission to aggressively chase a dollar.

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