Personal Discipline and the Home-Based Business Owner

Written by Elena Fawkner


Personal Discipline andrepparttar Home-Based Business Owner

2002 Elena Fawkner

Allow me to let you in on a little secret you're probably already wise to anyway. As often as not,repparttar 117646 inspiration for article topics comes from struggles with my own personal demons. Writing about them is my way of giving myself a good talking to (a.k.a. kick inrepparttar 117647 rear end). And so it is with this one -repparttar 117648 personal discipline demon.

It wasn't always like this. There was a time when I could and would happily sit at my computer for hours at a stretch. Doing this, doing that. Reading email, reading e- books, doing research for articles, writingrepparttar 117649 next issue of AHBBO. It used to be fun, something to do in my off-time. A break fromrepparttar 117650 grind, if you will. But now that it's my official job two or three days a week it's not so much fun as it is work.

So, what's changed? Quite simply, my online business has gone from something I always *wanted* to do to something I *have* to do. And that, alas, is my demon. As soon as I *have* to do something, I start playingrepparttar 117651 same mind-games that I played back in school when I wouldn't start an assignment untilrepparttar 117652 absolute last minute. I told myself it was because I worked well on deadlines. What it really was, of course, was procrastination. With a capital P.

Does any of this sound familiar? If not, perhaps you're just one very focused, very self-disciplined individual. Good for you. Now go away.

Or maybe you just haven't been doing this for long enough yet. You can stay. Think it won't happen to you? Maybe not. But if you're reading this at work when you really should be doing something else, like what they pay you for, you may just want to entertainrepparttar 117653 teensiest possibility that it might.

So, for those of us mere mortals with actual lives and who start businesses out of our homes for quality of life reasons, you'd better get a handle on this demon and quick about it too. Because if you don't, it will slowly but surely bring aboutrepparttar 117654 end of life as you know it and you'll be back to repparttar 117655 9 to 5 grind at your J.O.B. before you can even *think* about turning on The Young andrepparttar 117656 Restless. (Just for background noise, of course.)

OK, so, enough about what can happen and why and on to what you can do to make sure you get to keeprepparttar 117657 best of all possible worlds. Here are six tips for gettingrepparttar 117658 job done:

1. SET A SCHEDULE

If you approach your business withrepparttar 117659 attitude that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, guess what happens? You do whatever you want, whenever you want. Andrepparttar 117660 stuff that needs to be done but which you don't particularly feel like doing doesn't get done. Ever.

Lesson #1 - there's no such thing as being able to do what you want whenever you want allrepparttar 117661 time. It's a fact of life that sometimes we have to do that which we would prefer not to do. The best you can hope for with your own business is to chooserepparttar 117662 time for doing.

So, instead of seeing your days as a big, blank canvas, ready for you to paint as and when you feel like it, decide which hours ofrepparttar 117663 day you are going to allocate to working in your business. And stick to it. Of course,repparttar 117664 huge advantage you have in running your own business over working at your J.O.B. is that you get to choose what those hours shall be. Want to start at 6 am and finish at 2 pm? No problem. Want to start at noon and finish at 8? Go for it. But do it.

And when it comes to scheduling, don't fall intorepparttar 117665 trap of thinking that just because you live where you work you have to work seven days a week. Be sure to schedule some entirely work-free days. That's MY big lesson fromrepparttar 117666 past few months. I was makingrepparttar 117667 mistake of working at my J.O.B. for three days and then workingrepparttar 117668 four days I was home in my business. Got torepparttar 117669 point where I was sick to death of it. All of it. So I started taking weekends off. Much, much better. I'm actually starting to enjoy working again.

Can You Avoid Scam? Yes, of Course.

Written by Irena Whitfield


Internet opens new horizons, brings us loads of opportunities and vast possibilities of all kinds. As everything, it has two sides: it can be a dangerous weapon for anyone not knowing how to handle it right, and a great, helpful and obedient servant for everyone knowing how to use it.

One ofrepparttar major problems is scam and waste of time because still too many people don't recognize it in time, before they lose either their money or credibility or even all business. It is crucial to tellrepparttar 117645 hype, scam and waste of time, and protect yourself, your business, your time and your money. To protect your name, your business, your brand, and inrepparttar 117646 first place your credibility isrepparttar 117647 same important as to protect your money and your time.

First, let's try to clarifyrepparttar 117648 mysterious words 'scam' and 'hype': it is an activity aiming at getting other people's money using unethical tools. Purposely I don't say 'illegal' but 'unethical' because many ofrepparttar 117649 tools are legal. However,repparttar 117650 result is scam or waste of time anyway. Andrepparttar 117651 result decides.

It is also necessary to realise that there are basically two kinds of 'scam': intentional and unintentional. I considerrepparttar 117652 latter even more dangerous. I will explain this in a minute.

Second, your credibility: All of us make mistakes. It's OK, butrepparttar 117653 way you treat your mistakes decides about your success or failure. Once you are in business, you must care about your name and your credibility. Sometimes it may happen that you lose some money. It's 'fine' if you yourself loserepparttar 117654 money, but you can survive and no one knows. You at least knowrepparttar 117655 way wasn'trepparttar 117656 right to take. You received your lesson, and will be more careful next time.

However, you must be extremely careful to lead people trusting you into such a loss. Even if you can survive financially, mentally, your business will not because your credibility is ruined. So, be very cautious before you recommend something to another person.

And in spite of this, we can see literally thousands of people claiming to be netpreneurs recommending scams and hype all overrepparttar 117657 Net. If we suppose that most of them don't do it intentionally, then there are only two reasons: carelessness or inability to recognize scam. And both are absolutely unacceptable within an entrepreneur.

So, how to tellrepparttar 117658 scam and not only onrepparttar 117659 Net. The immediate signs:

1) unrealistic promises, one-time opportunities 2) upfront payment to join an opportunity 3) unprofessional behaviour 4) lack of proper communication 5) misleading information 6) hype advertising 7) fraudulent conduct

Now, you say you can't imagine much.

So, let's have a look atrepparttar 117660 individual items:

ad 1) unrealistic promises, one-time opportunities - this says it all. If someone claims you can develop a steady income of thousands of dollars within a week without work, you must know it's a lie. If someone invites you to copy a one-time opportunity, he's either a liar or not a professional, business person able to recognize a one-time opportunity. Of course, you can sell scam, even be making some money on it though not for long, but definitely you can't successfully copy a one-time opportunity.

ad 2) upfront payment to join an opportunity - you should realize that once you join someone's opportunity, you help to build his business, you take uprepparttar 117661 obligation to work for him, you endorse his business, so never pay for this. The other point is that it is an opportunity for you to build yours as well, a chance for a successful business relationship -what qualityrepparttar 117662 co-operation will be is up to both of you, and beyondrepparttar 117663 scope of this short article.

ad 3) unprofessional behaviour - a couple of examples: a) you receive an ezine singing chorals about a hype and/or having your first name all aroundrepparttar 117664 issue, b) you come to a website and you can't make out a business theme,repparttar 117665 actual offer, their business line (please don't confuse withrepparttar 117666 technical side, norrepparttar 117667 products offered, we're talking aboutrepparttar 117668 people behind now), c) showing your cheques.

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