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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't Let Work At Home Benefits Backfire

If you are like me, there are a lot of reasons you decided to work from home.  At the time you made the decision, all those reasons sounded like wonderful solutions to the problems of working outside; commuting, childcare, and restrictive schedules, to name a few.

You now have you home office arranged and you're enjoying the good life and all the benefits of working from home.

Except...

Some of the benefits have actually morphed into unexpected trouble. Let's take a look at a few of the ways work at home assets can turn into liabilities, and how to correct it.

I Can Spend More Time With My Family

Skipping the commute and time at work for a day at home with the kids, spouse, and pets is a common reason for working from home. Everyone is happy you're right there in your office, close at hand, all day long, accessible at the drop of a hat.

The problem is, of course, you don't get any work done. You are just a few steps away from everyone's wants and needs, so why wouldn't they call on you? The solution is to set up boundaries and schedules. You have to treat your workday as if you were gone from the house. Schedule in plenty of play time, as well, and you will enjoy that extra time with the family that you wanted.

I Can Get Housework Done While I Work

If you worked outside the home for any amount of time, you'll remember how much you disliked having to spend your evenings and weekends doing household chores. Now that you're working at home, you can easily get those chores done during the day.

The problem created by this benefit of working at home is you lose focus rather quickly. On the way down the hall you pick up the laundry. Then as you head to the laundry room, you see dishes in the sink. Each little chore will end up growing into larger chores if you allow it. Instead, choose an hour during your day to catch up on a few things that would have otherwise waiting until you arrived home at night after work. Your evenings are free, like you wanted, and the housework gets done.

I Can Work When I Want And How I Want

The image of pajama-clad work at home folks is not that far-fetched. Many people like the idea of getting the kids off to school and spouse off to work, then getting cozy with another cup of coffee and snuggling on the couch with their laptop, answering emails and starting their work day.

Unfortunately, this lovely scenario can backfire. When we are in this cozy mode, we can lose track of time. The day disappears and we are still in our pajamas and deadlines are looming. Now we are stuck working into the night trying to get things done. This is not the 'when and how' we planned. In order to make this benefit work is to, again, set a schedule. Treat your work day like, well, a work day by punching a time-clock you create for yourself. Get ready, get dressed, and get to work.

I Can Have My Own Peaceful Little Office

Having your own space after perhaps sharing desks or cubbies with other workers sounds like a nice thought. No more office politics. No more gossiping. No more stress. Right? Just the peace and quiet of your own keyboard clicking away.

Peace and quiet. And more peace and quiet. Now you're feeling lonely and isolated. You begin to miss the camaraderie of having co-workers. The solution is to create a similar circle of co-workers in your work at home situation. Reach out to people in the same type of work, either through professional groups or social media. Find forums that are engaging and purposeful. And don't forget to wander out of the house routinely to meet up with friends for some face-to-face fellowship.
 
There appears to be a common thread among people who work from a home office. Most work-at-home folks say they chose this career path for family, convenience, and for a more relaxing work environment. All these benefits of working from home are possible to achieve, but they each have pitfalls, which are avoidable once you recognize the risks.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Free Classic - The Science of Getting Rich

Although The Science of Getting Rich was revealed over one hundred years back, there are numerous helpful tips inside it for people that are trying to build better businesses and build better lives for themselves, their family and society as a whole.

You get what you have by doing things in a particular way and people who have been successful once will apply this to other companies and usually continue to grow rich. For people who've not discovered the simplest way to use these techniques, it does not matter how hard they work or how devoted to their jobs they are , they will never grow rich.

Wallace Wattles says in this book that any individual that can find that formula will be ready to become wealthy.

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Knowing how to go about things that can make you rich is the key and that key according to Mr.Wattles is in your head. The elements are very like Steve Pavlina's ideas in his Law of Attraction.

You are in command of what you do so if you are repetitively failing and doing things wrong, it is time to figure out why. The explanations for failure are virtually always in your own subconscious mind. Inversely, individuals that are terribly successful seem to be born with this power of positive thinking and become entrepreneurs as fast as they can.

The Science of Growing Rich was written so that people could achieve a positive fashion of thinking, a sense of self worth and take that perspective out into their everyday lives to gain wealth.

The Power of Human Will

Your will is why you do everything you do, and also the reason why you cannot do things. Will is why plenty of people are awake before the alarm goes off, while others hit the snooze button - thus they are running behind all the time.

The early risers are packed with expectation and passion for the day ahead. The "snoozers" are thinking negatively, and unless they already have a bunch of money or have won the lottery, those people won't usually become wealthy.

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The Science of Getting Rich can be obtained here today at absolutely no cost to you, as a .pdf download. This book has encouraged many, including Rebecca Fine, who has broadened the elemental theories behind the book and came up with a course which has been brought to just about all nations around the globe, motivating men and women to take the initiative and change their daily habits for the good. Numerous people have gotten shocking results by applying the strategies inside The Science of Getting Rich.

It's easy to become cynical about all the numerous courses and Internet programs there are at present about making personal prosperity and being successful. This book could have dropped into obscurity. But it didn't. That's because it is full of good information! 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Color Your Home Office To Create The Mood You Need

Take a walk in the woods or stroll through an art museum and you will instantly be aware of the color that surrounds you. What you may not be aware of is your mind and body responding to the color on a sub-conscious level.

Chromotherapy, or color therapy, is used in many parts of the world as a means for reaching a person's psyche for better health and well-being. This type of therapy is not without debate, but when you consider the importance color plays in nature, you can see where we might want to discuss the matter further.

Surrounding ourselves with a variety of colors, in what we wear and in our home, is believed by many to have a very real impact on our state of mind. It is not considered a coincidence that a woman wearing red feels more power and vigor, while a woman dressed in blue exudes peace and tranquility.

Your home office is the perfect place to experiment with the effect color can have on stress, mood, and energy. Let's take a look at the kind of struggles you face in your home office and how color might be able to switch things around a bit.

No Energy

If you are sitting in your home office hour after hour, staring out the window because you simply can't get a spark going to get anything done, your energy level needs a boost.

Red and orange are definitely colors that will set your mood on fire. Lethargy, tiredness, and just plain sluggishness won't last long when surrounded by these passionate colors. Use these powerful colors as accents so they don't overwhelm you and make you nervous instead of energized.

Anxiety

When your mind is racing, your heart is pounding, and you find yourself pacing instead of working, anxiety is in over-drive. This is often a result of stress and possibly fear.

Calming, quiet blues and greens are the colors for you. These colors create what you might think of as a cool hand on your forehead. You can include a very soft pink to help balance your energies. Blue, green, and soft pink; are you thinking of a calm ocean sunset? That's the idea.

No Focus

Sometimes we get so involved in multi-tasking that our focus suffers. This situation causes stress, but relieving the stress is secondary to regaining focus. We want to fix the problem first; and the problem is lack of focus.

Clean, crisp, fresh white helps restore clarity of thought. Include the color violet to renew wisdom and strength to help guide you through your work and keep you on task.

Negativity

If your every thought seems to turn negative for no reason, and you can't talk yourself out of this downward spiral, perhaps a dose of color to lift your mood would help. Depending on where the sadness is coming from, colors could affect your mood in different ways.

Yellow is a cheerful color and can create a more positive feeling. Orange is another color that invigorates the psyche, helping to perk up the mood. Pink can be used in this instance as a way to balance negative energies with positive energies so one doesn't dominate.

Stress is caused by many factors, both internal and external. Losing focus, having negative thoughts, feeling tired and lethargic, and feeling anxious to the point of serious distraction, are things we may have to face as we try to accomplish our work. Dealing with these issues in a proactive manner is the first step to creating a real solution. Consider using color as one tool to help alleviate these moods. It's easy to do and well worth a try.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Next Wave of Social Network Marketing

Social network marketing has become one of the hottest profit-making ways of making money online today. Some people are earning thousands of dollars in commissions each month by utilizing this strategy.  But others are failing miserably.

There are a several things you really should know with social network marketing before you enter that crowded marketing if you want to be one of the successful ones!.

You Need A Methodology in Social Network Marketing

You always have to keep an eye fixed on the competition, and that means following and watching what the competition is doing. Call it spying if you will, or research, but it is the best way to discover the reasons for their success.

When you decide to enter into social networking fray, you have got to build your personality, make people feel that they know you and like you, and most importantly trust you.        

When you enter the arena of social networking, no one knows who you are. So part of the strategy is to build your internet personality. Engage with others continually. It is called "Social" networking after all.

You can't mix your personal life with your business life. When starting social networking on Facebook you must make a page for your business, and keep this completely separate.

Pictures of you at a party with a lager in your hand, and comments from your chums about how great the party was, isn't going to electrify any person if they are mixed in with your business promotions. Do you understand this? Few people will buy something from you, if they think that all you do is party each night. Keep your business and personal life separate for the most part, and brand yourself.

Social Network Marketing Using Video

There are billions of hits on videos every day on YouTube. It is one of the hottest social media marketing platforms today, and many of us make giant incomes from posting videos, so it's critical that you learn the way to make good videos that show you in them. If you hate being in front of a camera then sadly you are just going to need to become used to it, and if you do not understand how to make a video then you will have to learn. There are lots of websites that give directions. Video marketing has gotten very important, both on social media sites, and blogs and websites.

Video is the Internet's answer to old school face-to-face marketing. Remember those people who used to stand in malls and demonstrate products, and ladies that used to have Tupperware parties at home?  Now they do it online with video!

Social Network Marketing is Simply Attraction Marketing

To draw in people you've got to show your face so you should be smiling. Posting a photograph of something or someone else isn't going to work.     

In social media people need to feel like they know you and what makes you tick. If you do push your business through social media sites, you should expect to encounter people who want to socialize too much. You will have to learn how to be polite and still keep those distractions to a minimum. In fact, this is how you hope to earn your earnings, so you should keep your real socializing separate.     

 You're doing this to produce leads, and don't forget that. Think leads all of the time. Think personal branding all of the time. Always be aware that you are growing your business.

When you start to learn to do it properly, you will be ready to create enough leads on demand to have a successful business and pocket thousands of dollars in commissions. You will also be able to sign up a lot more reps by simply having a system that promotes a massive online social network marketing lead generation strategy. You'll find out more by following this
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Monday, February 27, 2017

At Least You're Out There Doing Something!

Mistakes!  Have you ever made one?  Goodness knows I have!  Time and time again.  And you know what?  I don't care.  I'll keep right on making them.

Every mistake is a learning experience.  I know.  Most of us think mistakes are terrible things to be avoided at all costs.  Successful people don't make mistakes!  Smart people don't make mistakes!  Only losers make mistakes. 

That thought process is exactly why so many people give up on their goals.  I'm sorry to be the one to have to tell you this but if you are trying to do anything new, if you are in any way stepping outside your normal comfort zone, you are going to have setbacks.  Yup!  You are going to make a mistake. 

Does that make you a failure or a loser?  Absolutely not!  What does is not admitting the mistake and taking the opportunity to learn from it.  For example, I did not put gas in my car last Friday.  It was cold and rainy and I didn't want to mess with it.  I told myself I would go do it over the weekend.  But the weekend came and went and I didn't do it then either.  I didn't want to run all the way into town just to get gas.  I had an appointment Monday morning.  I would just leave early and do it on the way. 

Well I'm sure you can guess what happened Monday.  Everything that could possibly go wrong did and instead of being early I was actually running late.  And of course, I had completely forgotten about needing to stop for gas. I was so focused on everything else, that I didn't remember until I actually turned the ignition and saw the gas gauge.  I had made a mistake.  And a big one because I was 20 minutes late for my appointment.  Not a good way to make an impression! 

Stupid mistake?  Oh yeah!  Did I learn from it?  You betcha!  Will I ever do it again?  Absolutely not!  And instead of making excuses, I truthfully explained to the person I was meeting what had happened.  They were a bit irritated because they were going to have to reschedule our appointment.  But they did reschedule.  Because they too had made stupid mistakes.  And they respected the fact that I had admitted to my foolish decisions.

And so tomorrow we have another meeting set up.  My gas tank is full.  I have set the alarm to make sure I don't oversleep.  I WILL be on time.  I will not let the past interfere with my goals for tomorrow.  Persistent action and continual learning lead to success. 

Some of you are probably already judging or laughing at me for making such a ridiculous mistake.  You think you would never do business with someone as irresponsible as I appear to be.  Well you know what?  I don't care.  The real battle is not with you.  It's with me.  I have to learn to get past this.  I have to make the changes to be sure it never happens again.  And you soon as you learn that lesson - that the real battle is not with others but with ourselves - you will be one step closer to success.

If you're making mistakes, it means at least you're out there doing something.  Make your mistakes your motivation, not your excuse.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Clean The Air With Houseplants For A Healthy Home Office

For many decades, we have been sealing up our homes as tight as a drum to conserve energy. As heating and cooling costs have risen, so has the effort to weather-proof our houses.

This is all fine and good when it comes to saving money. After all, who needs to let their warmed or cooled air leak out of the cracks and crevices around doors and windows? We spent good money to get our temperature inside to a comfortable level, so let's keep that air inside.

However, since we've started super-sealing and insulating our homes and businesses, we have found one drawback - the lack of fresh air. These tightly closed environments became associated with illnesses related to the pollution created in buildings that were sealed off from any source of air cleaning or filtering mechanism.

After years of study by NASA researchers and scientists around the world, the answer became evident. Man does not live on this planet alone. In fact, our existence depends on our close relationship with other living things; namely plants. Yes, one of the answers to indoor air pollution is the simple houseplant.

That brings us to our healthy home office.

Many of us work in a tightly closed environment. If you have a home office and a busy family, you probably spend most of your time with the doors and windows closed.

If that's the case, your air quality may not be as healthy as it should be. Air pollution can be causing you and your body stress. Perhaps you are getting headaches more often than you should, or you are battling a cold constantly. Itchy eyes, a nagging sore throat, or other ailments may be caused by what's in the air in your own home office.

According to a NASA study, if we are to close ourselves into these sealed environments, we must take along with us our own natural fresh air system - plants. In their research, NASA found plants, along with their eco system (roots, soil, etc.), reduced the air pollution created by man within these air-tight environments.

The houseplants found to be good air purifiers include:

English Ivy

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Golden Pothos

Janet Craig Dracaena

Chinese Evergreen

Spider Plants

These plants are typically low-light loving and easy to grow with just a bit of care.

Of course, you'll want to have your home checked for radon and install a carbon monoxide detector. Once you have taken care of those issues, consider the air quality of your home office. Are you constantly feeling ill when you are in your home office? There could be reasons why your tightly closed office isn't feeling like a healthy haven.

Now we know that little houseplant does so much more than brighten up a room - it actually cleans the air. Isn't it time to add a bit of greenery to your home office?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Small Business Internet Marketing

Too many people think that online marketing is about building a nice site and sitting back waiting for the cash to roll in. Not so! It requires a lot of work and patience to generate results and that means working on your website on a regular basis.

Here are some things you can do:  
     
1. Your internet site must feature keyword and phrases. But if you sell shoes, you've got to understand that if someone puts the word shoes into a browser, millions of results will come up.

This is where longtail keywords come in. Longtail keywords are essentially phrases that someone will put into a browser, for example "leather shoes".

So if you have leather shoes as a keyword, you're going to be somewhere in the results. Longtail keywords are very important in getting found on the internet and Google offers a keyword tool you can use for free to find these often-used phrases.

By entering the phrase "leather shoes" Google will tell you how many searches there were in the past month for that phrase, both globally and in the US. If you want to conduct much more in-depth key phrase research there are a number of other programs you can purchase. Whichever tool you choose, you will have to pay very close attention to the results it returns and decide which keywords you will be targeting for your articles.

If a keyword returns around five thousand searches a month locally, that's an ideal number. Whether you use local or world search numbers relies upon the product you are promoting. You must be on page 1 of the search engines and it will take a large amount of persistence and hard work to get there but that's where the money is. 
       
2. Google likes websites that are continually updated and contain relevant content. So get into the habit of writing at least a five hundred word, keyword=rich article every day or so.

Use your keywords within the first few words of your initial paragraph and again in the closing paragraph. Dependent on the length of the article, use the phrase a couple of times more. If you're employing advertising through Google Adwords, this may also help Google to serve tighter targeted advertising to your website.

3. Backlinks Getting backlinks is a pain. Most website owners outsource this task as quickly as they can. The only possible way is to get into the practice of finding important DoFollow blogs and adding nicely-written, informative comments to ten of them daily. Google knows about link farms and penalizes for their use. Don't bother with them. They're a waste of money and will do no good.

The easiest way to get backlinks is thru marketing articles. This is because of the fact that many article directory sites will need authors to have at least a single link to his / her site. People will be required to submit articles to article marketing sites or to other sites using a 'hub'. This is generally cheap and saves time. The best article directory, in my opinion, is EZine Articles.       

There are many other strategies involved in small business internet marketing. The above points are crucial if you want to be successful. These techniques are the least expensive but effective and can be used by anyone that is just getting started.