If you want to be successful at working from home on the net, making money cant be you’re only objective. While we all want to pay the bills, chasing money is a race with no finish line. The more you make, the more you want. Instead, you need deeper rooted motivations if you want to make your work from home venture a long-term success, both financially and spiritually. You also have
Here are a 8 ways of motivating yourself to be successful working from home:
Re-examine yourself and whether you’re making the best use of your time
Have a thorough evaluation of your daily routine working from home on the internet. Do you spend hours working more than anyone else but still earning less than them? If so, maybe it’s time to change your work habits to make better use of your time. Are there tasks you can delegate? Should you focus on more intensive tasks in the morning, and focus on admin in the afternoon? Consider setting up tracking software to see whether you’re wasting too much time on Facebook and not enough on the things that will make you money working from home.
Dont make money your only objective
Whether you have $500 dollars or $5 billion in your bank account, it’s your character and attitude that defines you as a person. The same applies to your business if you work from home. Remember that you have the opportunity to live a much better work/life balance than people wasting hours on the daily commute and consider what this means in terms of personal happiness and satisfaction. This should motivate you to work harder to keep living such a enjoyable work from home lifestyle
Track your profits
Set financial goals you want to achieve and keep it as a high priority. Keep a schedule of activities you have to do every day working from home and choose those activities that have a good potential in generating income. Procrastination is the most common time waster. So maintain your focus and keep fueling your passion by setting financial targets to hit.
Value your time
Even billionaires cannot buy time. Time is irreplaceable and limited, while money can be accumulated forever. Entrepreneurs who have billions of money to splurge make the most of the time they have to spend it. So use your time wisely and treat your time when working from home as more precious than your money.
Don’t be afraid to say “No”
It is our nature as human beings to feel appreciated and loved. It is hard to reject another person’s request for help because of that lingering guilt afterwards. However, setting boundaries and being firm on your standpoint is one of the reasons behind the success of most entrepreneurs. As what have Steve Jobs said, “It’s what Apple said ‘no’ to that ultimately made them successful.”
Create a support network of successful people
As the popular saying goes, “Same of a feather, flock together”. Starting a business where you work from home on the internet takes a special type of mindset, so it’s wise to surround yourself with people who share the same ideals as you or can inspire you to achieve more in life. Learn from them and adopt their attitude and life strategies. The more successful people you can surround yourself with the more likely you will be as successful in the future.
Stop making excuses
Many problems can arise when you work from home, and the nature of the beast is that only you can solve them. Instead of making excuses to validate your actions, if things go wrong focus on finding actual solutions. Making excuses is self defeating as it prevents you from learning how to overcome obstacles. It limits your ability to better yourself and achieve the goal you set for yourself.
Stop having a “victim” mindset and shift to being a leader
Here’s some tough love for you – you are your own person and everything that’s happening in your life is because of your own actions. Blaming your past and other people for any failures in your work from home business is childish. Take charge of your life and take full responsibility for every failures and disappointment as well as for every success when you work from home.
When you work from home, you have only yourself to rely on for the motivation to be successful. No one else is going to make sure you are productive and hit your goals every day. This is why it’s a good idea to adopt success driven ways of thinking, like the 8 positive attitudes listed above.
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For many people, becoming a freelance writer sounds like a dream job. You can work from home in your pyjamas, and wile away the hours pouring your creative talents into writing for paying clients.
And it’s indeed true that this dream job is a reality for many people. The internet has made it possible to work from home writing for clients all over the world. But I need to offer a note of caution (and I should know, because I’m a freelance copywriter myself) that it’s a competitive world out there.
Yes, the internet has expanded your potential client base to the world, but it’s also magnified the competition. Now anybody who can string a few words together can work from home as a freelance writer and compete for the work that’s out there. But there are things you can do to improve your chances of attracting clients.
Here are my top five tips for anybody wishing to work home as a freelance writer:
- Create a portfolio – Potential clients will want to see examples of your work. So if you don’t already have samples from previous jobs, write some press releases, articles, brochures and sales letters you can use to show off your writing skills.
- Get some training – If you are starting from scratch in your freelance writing career, you will need to teach yourself some the basics, such as how to write a press release, correct grammar usage and how to structure an article. You should be able to find books on copywriting in your local library or buy them from Amazon or consider taking a work from home copywriting course to brush up your skills.
- Decide what type of freelance writing to specialise in – Sales writing takes a lot of practice, knowledge and experience. Clients wont be impressed if the writing you provide fails to generate them any sales. So if you are new to freelance writing, it is sensible to start with easier writing jobs, like writing press releases, blog posts and articles as you build your skills and experience.
- Setup a website – Having a website will give you a more professional image and a competitive advantage when it comes to bidding for work. These days it is easy and inexpensive to do. You can buy hosting with Hostgator for less than $4/month, upload WordPress (free blogging/website software) and get a professional looking theme from Themeforest to create an online portfolio. If you start a blog you might even attract clients through the search engines (as I have done with my copywriter website).
- Where to find freelance writing jobs – You could try approaching local marketing agencies and local businesses to see whether they need help writing press releases and marketing collateral. When looking for freelance writing jobs online your best bet is to try freelance bidding websites like Elance. Be warned though that competition is fierce and low bidders can force rates down. But Elance and other bidding website sites are a good place to find freelance writing jobs as they give you an opportunity to build your portfolio, get experience and connect with clients. In fact, I still write for many of the clients I found in Elance when I started off freelance writing six years ago.
So as you might have gathered, it takes hard work and perseverance if you want to work from home in freelance writing. It can also take a while to build up your portfolio and experience, so don’t give up your day job thinking you can make a success of it overnight.
But if you are prepared to work at it, becoming a freelance writer can offer a rewarding and interesting career along with all the benefits of being able to work from home and fit your work schedule around your life, rather than the other way round.
Disclaimer – The links in this article are affiliate links, including the links to my own website, I guess.
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Sadly, where there is human need or desperation scam merchants are only too quick to step in with the promise of a miracle cure.
Being able to work from home and earn an income doing work on the internet is a dream for millions. Whether it’s someone who’s just been layed off, a mom wishing to earn extra money for childcare or someone who’s left college to discover there are no jobs, there’s no shortage of people desperate to earn the millions from ‘push button strategies’ that earn $100s every day while you sleep.
Unfortunately, there are no end of scams online, only too happy to take people’s money in exchange for a poorly produced eBook and a bunch of videos, and then leaving you to try and put an online business together. Here is a video highlighting why you should be wary about some of the internet marketing courses you hear about and question whether they are just snake oil salesmen in disguise:
You can read more about this video and the online reaction from both the internet marketing community and the media here.
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The office environment can be difficult place to navigate for introverts. When you are more inspired and productive in solitude and in quiet environments than dealing with other people all day can be very tiring. It is also more stressful when you have an extrovert boss and/or colleagues, which can make you feel like an outcast on company gatherings and meetings. It’s no wonder so many introverts are attracted to working from home and starting their own home based business that allows them to work to their strengths.
When you’re an introvert it’s easy to assume that you must conform to the extrovert standard in order to be successful. But there are actually a lot of famous celebrities, leaders, and CEOs who claim to be introverts. This includes Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Marissa Mayer.
So rather than treat introversion as a weakness, or masquerading as an extrovert, it’s better to build on the abilities it provides you with, According to Susan Cain, the author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”, rather than smothering their true personalities, introverts can learn to embrace their natural strengths and quiet gifts.
Here are easy to follow tips for introverts to shine at work.
Embrace your thoughtful side
Introverts analyze a lot. They prefer to sit in the corner of the conference room and monopolize their thoughts before forming their own opinions. When they are asked to voice out their standpoint they can give a well balance perspective.
Play to your strengths
Most introverts are creative because of their inclination to work in solitude and with a lot of focus, which aids their creative process. Writers and bloggers are mostly introverts and they excel in their crafts in a more secluded environment.
Stay calm and carry on
Introverts are good at hiding their emotions. They are not easily swayed with office chaos, they maintain their composure even when at odds. Their co workers will perceived them as strong and dependable whenever unexpected situations arise.
Honor your need for alone time
Introverts are likely to feel overwhelmed and ultimately burned out if he or she is dealing with constant environmental stimulants and digital distractions. Taking breaks often are one way to maintain their productivity and positive well-being at work.
Build meaningful connections
Most introverts dread attending networking events and would rather stay at home and watch their favorite movie or read a good book. But sometimes we have to get out there and let people know that we exist and we are passionate about what we do. Comparing yourself to your extrovert co worker won’t do any good, so it’s better to focus your attention on making new and meaningful connections.
If you already work from home running a home based business then you are already in the perfect environment for working to your strengths as an introvert. If you’ve yet to make the jump from the corporate world, then consider how you can use these five attributes to your advantage and able to be successful in an extrovert’s world.
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The best online work from home businesses are always those you already have a passion for.
So if you have a passion for photography then it makes sense to find a way you can work on the internet selling your pictures. But as always, earning a substantial income from selling photography online can take a lot of hard work and determination.
Work from home option 1 – Stock photo websites
On stock photo websites like iStockphoto, StockXpert, Fotolia and Shutterstock you can upload your photos and earn a commission for every sale.
Sounds like the perfect solution, right?
The only problem is that the commission you can earn is depressingly low – maybe only a few cents rather than the dollars you might be hoping for.
Another problem with stock photo sites is that when you submit your photos you also lose control of your pictures. This means anybody can use them inappropriately or to promote products you don’t agree with. Unfortunately, when you register on the website and submit your photos any control you had gets signed away.
One alternative option is photographersdirect.com. This website pays higher commission and gives you much greater control over the price, purpose, how often photos are used, in which media etc. The only drawback is that it might not attract as much traffic and sales as the stock photo websites.
So you might want to trial both photographersdirect.com and the stock photo sites to see what income you can earn before quitting your day job to do online work from home selling your photos.
Work from home option 2 – Setup your own online photography website
Setting up your own website will give you full control over your photographs and potentially earn a much larger income.
Creating a photography website is the easy part. You can get a professional looking photography style website design from Themeforest for less than $40 which you can then customise with your own branding and content.
The tricky part is getting enough visitors. Tactics include promoting your website by posting photos onto Facebook and Twitter with a link back to your website. You could also post a few sample photos onto sharing sites like Flickr and Photobucket, with links back to your main site.
You could also consider promoting your photos offline and referring people to your website to see your full portfolio. Consider attending local craft markets and fairs where you can hand out business cards to anybody that might be interested.
So to conclude, it is possible to run an online work from home business selling your photography. But it can take a while to spread links back to your website throughout the web and to attract enough buyers, so it’s sensible to keep your day job until the sales start rolling in.
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Who’d have thought a straight D grade student would become a successful real estate mogul someday? With a net worth of almost $140 million, Barbara Corcoran the famous “Shark” investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” is a businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author and television personality. She has it all, but she is still haunted by her insecurities, and how people perceived her as stupid in the past.
Barbara Corcoran is the perfect example of someone who turned their insecurities and negativities into motivation. Barbara has dyslexia and not a lot of people understand what it means to be diagnosed with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disability that alters the way the brain processes words, and is typically characterized by difficulties in word recognition, spelling and decoding.
But instead of getting frustrated, depressed and wallow in self pity, Barbara used her disabilities as motivation to prove to everyone that she can succeed in life just like everyone else. She said that, it made her more creative, more social and more competitive. She also feels that it gave her the urge to prove herself to everyone and show the world that she has the grit, determination, and the acumen to succeed in business.
Kevin O’Leary overcomes dyslexia to become a financial guru
Another inspirational life story is of famous Canadian financial guru Kevin O’Leary, which is also known as “Mr. Wonderful”. At the age of six O’Leary was diagnosed with dyslexia, he has difficulties with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling. However, he is pretty good with numbers. In 2011 O’Leary published his book entitled “Cold Hard Truth” in which O’Leary show us a glimpse of how his life took a turn when he found out he has learning disabilities and how his life changed completely after enrolling in special education.
O’Leary has undergone therapy to gain his self confidence back. His therapists did a great job in giving him hope and courage, and told him, “You have the ability to read backwards, read in the mirror, read upside down, can your classmates do that?” These kinds of talks with his therapist made O’Leary believe in himself again. They convinced him to view himself like a superhero, or a “mutant with super powers.”
Daymond John launches FUBU despite a learning disability
Fellow Shark Daymond John shares the same story as Corcoran and O’Leary. “In math and science, I would excel, I could look at something quickly and get high grades, A’s and B’s.” says John. However, he found difficulties in reading and spelling which led a frustrated father yelling at him. He didn’t even know how to spell his middle name, Garfield. He also found it really tiring to read a book, he spent more time studying language arts than any other subjects but he still got a C or D.
But this didn’t stop John from trying to be exceptional in other aspects of his life. He focused more on his strengths than on his weaknesses. “I have this attitude about any challenges you have in life,” says John. “You highlight it, address it, and then find out how to work around it. Figure out how to live with it.” With his creativity and analytical genius, John has made himself a stellar reputation in business and enjoying a $350 million fortune from FUBU alone.
Barriers to success in your work from home business can always be moved
Dyslexia is just one of many things that can hold you back. Expect that in business there will be many overwhelming circumstances that you will encounter in the future. The most important thing is how you stand up against these difficulties. Instead of dwelling on a problem as being insurmountable, it’s better to believe that you can achieve what you set out for yourself no matter what gets in the way.
Success does not come easy and there are a lot of pitfalls that can slow you down. But as these successful entrepreneurs from Shark Tank show, it’s up to you how you overcome adversity and make your work from home business a success.
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Are there really any legitimate work from home opportunities? Or are most of them scams?
I got a call from a friend one morning, she was very excited to share with me that she got selected for a job she applied for online. She has one problem though; she doesn’t know how to wire the money they asked her to send as payment for the instructional kit, that they require before she can start the job. I was hesitant to tell her that it’s a scam because I don’t want to spoil her day, clearly no legitimate work from home job would require any jobseeker to pay for some training kit. It should be the employers who should pay for her training and not the other way around.
I told her to see first if the company is offering legitimate online jobs before paying anything. I don’t want to be the one telling her that it’s a scam because I want her to discover it on her own. With so many scams online it’s very difficult to distinguish the legitimate ones from what is not. The internet is not safe for everyone, especially if you dont take precautions to avoid scam artists when searching for legit jobs online.
But having said that, there are also a lot of jobs that you can make good money from working from home.
There are the best online jobs that really pay:
You can earn large sums of money selling items online by reaching out to people who want to get rid of their stuff but are too busy to do it themselves. If you already have experience selling good through auctions on eBay, business savvy and a lot of ambition then you will do great on this job. You can earn through charging a flat per item fee which can range from $5 to $25, or take a percentage of (20 percent to 40) depending on the volume of your business.
Many companies are looking for cost effective ways to save money, so they outsource some of their tasks online. What you need to be qualified is a computer, typing accuracy and speed. Data entry jobs are the most high in terms of demand but scams are also plenty. Earning can range from $6 to $20 per hour. You can find most of these legit data entry jobs on craigslist and in Google just type in “online data input jobs” and cold-call companies human resources departments to apply.
Then once you’ve got a regular client, you need to start offering extra services to push up your fees.
This job is for the multilingual job seekers who have the ability to read, write and fluently speak more than one language. You can find plenty of work in Spanish, French and Chinese but the more obscure the language, the higher the demand. The pay is from $10 to $50 per hour. You can visit translatorsbase.com for a wide offering of gigs and an idea of what each job entails.
As a transcriber you have to listen to a digital file of an audio interview but be sure to listen well, type it up and send it back to your client. This job is good for people who have a good typing accuracy and speed; a good pair of headphones so that you can clearly hear every details. Pay is from $5 to $40 per hour. You can look for regular work with a transcription services such as the ones at verbalink.com and scribie.com.
More on being a transcriber in this post.
You will handle some basic assistant job in an office setting at the comfort of your own home. What you need is a cheerful and calm demeanor, a phone and a computer and flexible hours of availability. This job can pay from $8 to $14 per hour. You can look some listing of these job ton indeed.com, simplyhired.com and careerbuilder.com
Beauty Product Seller
If you are some sort of a beauty specialist you can sell beauty products online. If you love make up you can consider joining Alcone at Home to earn extra money by selling their products. They are new and have a great reputation in the beauty industry. You can create your own personalized website to sell products or buy a starter kit, which is essentially a “business in a box” and includes marketing materials, makeup samples and more. At Alcone at Home their sellers can receive 10-30% sales commission which is a very lucrative way to earn additional income.
As an expert consultant you need to offer advice on just about everything. After registering as a guru on a specific topic you can begin answering questions from the public. All you need to do is to take a test to prove your knowledge or you can show some documents to prove your professional expertise. You can earn money per questions asked, the rate range from $2.50 to $25.
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When you’re running a home based business, effective time management is a key to success. You have an endless list of tasks to complete but only a limited amount of time. So you have to be able to prioritize the things that you want to accomplish during the day and cut out the procrastination.
A lot of home based business entrepreneurs admit that they tend to procrastinate on high priority tough task and waste too much time on low-priority admin tasks which eat up their day. This is why successful entrepreneurs that work from home adopt productivity boosting habits that give them the competitive edge and steer them to success.
Here are top five productivity boosting habits of successful home based business owners:
Establish a routine
Make a daily schedule and stick to it. Making a list of what you want to accomplish every day helps you stay motivated and avoid distractions like TV and social media.
New unexpected tasks may come your way but you have to prioritize whether they are of greater importance than what you have on your list or whether it can wait. What makes a home based business owner successful is being able to stick to daily and not stopping until they are all completed.
Exercise and meditate
Exercise not only tones your muscles but also energizes your brain power as well. A 2012 study by the Montreal Heart institute found that aerobic exercise increased cognitive function from increased blood flow to the brain.
To gain the benefits you don’t have to lift weights or do some rigid exercise. A simple 30 minute jog or yoga meditation is enough to get the healthy brain boost. It’s also wise to do some physical activity during the day to relieve stress and to give yourself a boost of natural energy, rather than rely on caffeine to power through to the end of the day.
Check your progress
Regularly review your progress and see how far have you gone during the day. Figure out what are more relevant things that deserve your full attention and deserve the most focus. Completing big tasks can be more efficient if you break them down into stages. Otherwise you can get to the end of the day and not feel like you’re accomplished anything. Aim for quality over quantity and figure out how to get better results in a short period of time.
Spend quality time with family and recharge
Sometimes children and family can feel like a distraction from running your home based business. But a lot of successful people have managed to prioritize spending quality time with their family. Successful entrepreneurs use their family as inspiration to drive themselves to achieve their goals. To be able to have fun with your family and friends amidst your busy schedule can also save you from the risk of burnout. Recharging yourself and temporarily disconnecting your focus from work will give you a new and wider perspective about your personal life and your business.
Plan for tomorrow – tonight
Having lists of priorities will help you get more done in less amount of time. Why not prepare tonight the things that you expect to do tomorrow? Preparing the night before ensures you can be focused on what needs to get done the moment you sit at your desk, dining room table or whether you work from home. Another vital habit is getting a good night’s sleep so you have you energy to be as productive as possible running your home based business.
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The internet has created lots of opportunities to work from home, and gain all the benefits that go with it. But it has also opened the flood gates to a torrent of scam artists and tricksters ready to take money off people aspiring for the work home dream.
One area in which work at home scammers are rampant is in the field of data entry work. On their websites they will make claims of ways you can earn $100s if not $1000s a week entering data for lawyer and medical firms.
The problem is that to gain access to these (probably imaginary) lucrative markets you have to pay them a sign-up fee and then, probably, never hear from them again.
If you are looking for data entry work then there are plenty of legitimate websites (like Elance) offering data entry work where you don’t have to pay a fee. On these sites you will find real companies looking for people to enter data into spreadsheets, transcribe audio interviews, enter comments into forums and other straightforward work from home online jobs.
You might not earn the $1000s a week promised by some websites. But you can at least earn enough to support yourself rather than chase an imaginary dream designed simply to fill a scam artist’s pockets.
To earn $1000s doing online work from home you need to expand your services
Data entry tasks are generally simple to do, and consequently don’t pay big bucks. If you really want to earn a decent income working from home online my advice would be to consider how you can grow your services.
Along with data entry, why not apply for article writing jobs, research projects and other work from home tasks. You could also offer clients additional services after completing a data entry project, such as remote customer service or social media marketing assistance.
There’s a wide variety of real work home jobs you can do for clients. My advice would be to think about the variety of services you can offer as a package. Data entry is unlikely to earn you the $1000s per week promised by some websites, but it can be the springboard to something bigger with ambition and perseverance.
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Managing a home based business can become really challenging fast. Without a boss to turn to, there are many important business decisions you have to make that can impact the future of your company.
A common mistake made by people when they start a new business working from home is they overthink every decision. This is natural when you have nobody to bounce ideas off. But too much ruminating and worrying about a decision can slow than the mental process and even lead to making the wrong move.
That fear of failure itself is caused by overthinking. Most successful home based business owners follow their intuition. Sometimes you just have to follow your instincts and know when you feel its right.
5 Tips for Better Home Based Business Decision Making
- Trust your gut – Yes, every decision is crucial in running a business working from home but if you always calculate every decision you make you will end up worrying and it does takes vital space in your working memory. If you are going to break down and dissect every component of making that choice then you can no longer efficiently process the information needed.
- Be instinctual – Do not let stress takes over you. Overthinking is the number one stress builder. If you already have defined and assessed every aspect of your home based business, don’t dwell on it for too long. Sometimes, every hour and every second counts. Know when to move forward and pull the trigger.
- Stop thinking about the future – Deal with your problems one at a time. Most of us would think ahead of ourselves and set future plans a month or a year ahead. You should be more concerned on how you will reach your daily goals for your home based business.
- Seek guidance – Every entrepreneur needs a mentor that has more knowledge and experience than you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you might need them when you least expect it.
- Have fun -Treat yourself every once in a while. A refreshed mind can really make a difference when making a tough decision.
Do not be afraid to make mistakes. I once read that the difference between a mediocre and a successful home based businessman is that the latter do not commit the same mistakes twice.
So give yourself a break and don’t be afraid to take risks.
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