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BoomerBizTips March 3, 2014 - You Have to Work the Hours
March 03, 2014
It's been a crazy week here. My husband had surgery on his heart this week. Fortunately, he will be fine. He can even come home from the hospital today - if I can get him there. Because we have been blasted with another winter storm! I have a 4-wheel drive Jeep though, so I am confident that we will make it.
There are over 400 businesses, schools, and churches closed today. Many of my friends are not working. I'm sure on one hand they are grateful. But on the other hand, many of them are paid by the hour and this is another day without pay. We have had 11 snow days this winter. That's 11 missed days of work for many. That's why I encourage people to start a home business to supplement or replace their jobs.
With that thought in mind, let's get to it. Lots of good stuff this week.
First I have TWO great business builders this week. I can't wait to share them with you.
And we will have a lesson on doing the work necessary to become a business superstar.
AND we are kicking off the first 8-week Build Your Business Coaching program of the year.
It's going to be a great week! Let's get to work!
Weekly Business BuilderWe have two great business builders for you this week!
One of the keys to a successful business is finding the right business for you. That's step one in my coaching program. Today's business builder is a tool to help you discover what your personality and talents reveal about the kind of business that's right for you. Take the E-Type Test to see what kind of entrepreneur you are.
We also have a bonus business builder for you. I was going through some old files on my computer and found this great audio file I had saved. We're living through historic times. You may very well lose everything you have, or you can prosper at a new level that few can imagine. All I have to say is this... The decision is yours. It takes commitment, desire, and decisiveness, but the rewards are incredible. Add education from a guy like Robert Kiyosaki, and you've got the ultimate advantage. This is an old recording from a call done back in 2008, but it still has some great info. Click here to download the recording as an mp3.
You Have To Work the HoursMy friend Linda is an enthusiast. So when she joined by network marketing team, I had ever seen anyone so excited about the company and the groundbreaking weight-loss products she now represented and the success she was going to achieve. Determined to learn all she could about the business, Linda attended training, read books, built an impressive library of tapes, and traveled great distances to attend seminars. The business consumed all her time and energy. Six months later, Linda had quit the business.
When we talked, Linda sounded disappointed, disillusioned, and a little bitter about network marketing. And I must admit, I was very confused. This is a great company with great products. Why did she fail? But after talking to her for a little bit, it was very clear what had gone wrong. Linda had invested a lot of time learning about the business but very little time actually working the business.
As Linda and I talked, it became very clear that she had not made nearly enough calls, or set up nearly enough appointments. She had not set up a website. She did have a blog, but she rarely posted anything to it.
With all of her learning, the most important lesson had eluded Linda. It's a basic principle of network marketing - or any business. It works if you do. At first you do more than you get paid for, but then you get paid for more than you do. That's what residual income means. It's income that keeps coming after you have done the work. But first you have to do the groundwork.
In business, there are no easy answers, magic formulas, or insider secrets to reveal. The number of hours you invest working your business will determine what you achieve and how quickly you achieve it. You can gain knowledge, support, and inspiration from trainings, manuals, seminars, and meetings, but you won't build a business from theory. You will master the skills you learn only through practice.
Building a business is not easy. But the rewards are high for those who succeed. Commit action time to your business and the results will follow.
Practice makes perfect. When you're working, note what works and what doesn't. Make the necessary adjustments. Keep working. Small improvements every day add up to significant improvements over time.
The single greatest reason people fail in business is that they do not put in the hours. Statistics show that the majority of those trying to build a home business spend less than 5 hours a week actually working it. No surprises here why most do not achieve their dreams.
You can be different. Work every day without fail. Work as many hours as you can. Industry research clearly shows that people who work their business consistently have higher income than those who work erratic hours. Make to-do lists and work steadily through them. Work the phone, work the internet, work the room, work your community. The more people you connect with, the greater your chance of success.
Take your business seriously. Allocate specific times to work and refuse to allow anyone or anything to intrude on that time. Just because you don't have to clock in doesn't mean you can take it easy. Cheat on your hours and you only cheat yourself. If you feel yourself flagging, take a look at the goals you have sprinkled around the house to remind yourself what you are working for.
We all have different body clocks, but mornings are when most of us are fresh. Don't waste your most productive time of day. Take a hint from my friend Andy Shepherd and star each day with a Power Hour working a key step in your business. You'll feel energized for the rest of the day, knowing you have dealt with an important task.
Whatever happens, don't put off doing what you must do to achieve your goals. Activity leads to results, and results lead to rewards.
Procrastination is a fast pass to failure. When we delay important tasks, we don't forget them. We carry them around with us and, as the day draws on, the burden becomes heavier. Even a small load will start to feel heavy after an hour or two. By tackling the tough jobs first, you will feel lighter for the rest of the day.
Have you noticed that busy people always seem to find time for the important tasks? It's because they put such a high value on their time. They don't waste it. Here are a few tricks that will help you maximize every minute:
1. Keep your workspace uncluttered, so you are not sifting through a mountain of paper to find the one piece you want. 2. Unload some of your time-consuming tasks onto family members. Tell them, "Share the benefits, share the work." 3. Keep an egg timer by your phone and use it. Learn to say, "I wish we could chat longer, but I'd better get back to work," when a call drags on. 4. Prepare your To-Do list the night before. Stick to your list as much as possible. 5. Map your day before you set out, to avoid backtracking, side trips, or double trips. For example, drop off dry-cleaning, post mail, and purchase supplies on the way to an appointment. 6. Carpool with neighbors to drive the kids to school and sports. 7. Keep a permanent shopping list on the refrigerator to avoid unnecessary trips to the market. 8. Record your favorite television programs and watch them on YOUR schedule. 9. Buy in bulk whenever possible. 10. Set up automatic payments for your bills. 11. Shop with direct sellers or shop online rather than at the mall. 12. Use retailers who deliver. 13. Check emails only once or twice a day. 14. Put a junk mail filter on your email inbox. 15. Attend to a task when your first think of it. 16. Don't flit from task to task. Finish what you start.
Don't gamble with your future. Make sure you are among the hundreds of thousands of home-based entrepreneurs who make their dreams come true by working the hours.
This week's assignments:
1. Set specific hours to work your business. Schedule these on your calendar.
2. Add up the hours you have allocated and ask, "Are my goals realistic in light of the time I have allowed?"
3. If you answered YES, you are in business. If not, find more time or revisit your goals. Ask yourself, "What can I delegate or set aside to make more time?"
4. Work the hours you have allocated. A change in your schedule such as a cancelled appointment isn't a "get out of work free" card. Use the gap to do something else to move your business forward.
5. Create time by cutting out waste. Use my suggestions or find your own time savers. If you can find an extra hour a day, you will have an extra 365 hours in a year to invest in your business. That's the equivalent of 10 extra weeks. And you can build an entire business from scratch in only 8!
I will create time by:
8-Week Business Start-Up!If you don't have a business started yet, or are still stumbling around trying to get started, now could be the time. The first 8-week business start up program of 2014 is about to get underway. As I stated last year, the price is going up this year. But I am giving all of my subscribers a special discount! And some special bonuses! Click here for details!
I'll end with a Benjamin Franklin quote:
"I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong."
We'll talk next week,
P.S. As always, your comments are welcome! Email me!
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