Your Online Business - Keys To SuccessWritten by Todd W. Winslow
Whether you have an existing online business or you're just in planning stage, there are a few key points to consider for your ultimate success.
All too often, people tend to run before they learn to crawl. No, I'm not going to start talking about how to potty train your toddler. My point is simply this, without good planning and research prior to launching your business, likelihood of your business failing within first year is exceedingly high. (Don't despair if you've already jumped gun, there's time to formulate a good business plan now - better late than never!)
Start by making a detailed business plan. You can get free templates and assistance from a multitude of online sources. A good business plan will help give your business focus, and may well bring to light issues and potential problems that you hadn't previously thought of. This will also help you to form a plan of action. This step is critical in fully developing your business idea, and will make launching your business much easier. If you've foreseen and corrected mistakes before they could actually occur, you'll save time, money and reduce your stress considerably. Once your business is up and running, don't forget to revisit your business plan from time to time. This will help keep you focused along way and is a good measure of your success.
Marketing and Promotion:
A good marketing and promotion strategy should be made part of your initial planning phase. However, this will be changed and fine tuned many times over life of your business. If you're new to marketing online, and even if you're not, I can't emphasize strongly enough importance of education. Think of it like this, you wouldn't wake up one day and decide to start preforming brain surgery, now would you? I'm not saying online marketing is comparable to brain surgery, but I think you get my point. Purchasing a good Internet marketing course will pay big dividends in future. The old "learn as you go," mentality, just doesn't make good business sense. Without at least a cursory education in Internet marketing, you will, without question, fall victim to at least a few scams and worthless programs. These set-backs will cost you time, money and much frustration. I would encourage anyone attempting to do business on web to invest a little money very early on in a little education.
Don't Quit...De-Stress!Written by Terri Seymour
I recently received an email from a friend who was considering quitting her online business. She is going through a stressful time, as we all do, and feels her business is just not worth it anymore. If this sounds familiar to you, then join crowd! We are all human and there are times when everyday stress of life just takes it's toll.
What you need to do when this happens is not to quit your business, but to step back, give yourself some breathing room and take care of what is causing excess stress. If you are having family problems, take a break from your business and tend to your family. When that problem is resolved you will be anxious to get back to business.
Think long and hard before quitting.
There are times when I have felt same way, but I know that I would never want to quit my business. Besides getting to work with so many wonderful people, this business is now a part of me and my life. I am sure that a lot of you feel same way.
There are many things you can do to de-stress and be ready to get back to business.
** Exercise is one of best stress relievers there is. Walking, aerobics, dancing, or whatever form of exercise you choose has many more benefits also.
** One thing I do when business gets better of me, is to shut computer down for day and turn my attention to other things that need to be done. Just taking a small break from business can help. When things are really stressful, we may need to take a longer break.
** Another thing I do, is to take a few moments and just reflect upon how lucky I really am. I have a home, wonderful family, great job, my health and I also get to live on this beautiful planet. I do not take any of these things for granted for even one minute because in a minute it could all be gone!!