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Home Business Entrepreneurs Keep On Trucking

It is wise to stick with your choices long enough to see how they work. After you research your potential affiliate programs and services for your business and actually join them then dig in. You need to give them a chance because there are many factors that determine speed of success, etc., that are not even related to the actual program.

This can be the economy/consumer confidence, world affairs, the seasons and even the weather that affect all sales businesses to one degree or another either off or online. So this is one reason you don’t want to ‘fly off the handle’ if you don’t see results right off. (Not to mention to consider how much action you are actually taking consistently to promote your business since this is the main factor).

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With that said as you build your business you should also be on the lookout for new opportunities to add to your portfolio of income streams. Some may be better than others in the long run so you want to have a few things going on not only to compare results but to determine which programs are keepers and which ones don’t have enough substance.

Remember though you can even make money in the short-term on those that don’t have much substance strictly because they are the new ‘fad’ and you will have the benefit of earning some commissions just by virtue of everyone wanting to see what is going on with the new program (if it is being promoted sufficiently).

You may find at first when a program launches that they put all their resources into heavy advertising, marketing, and holding online meetings, etc. to get people acquainted and excited. Naturally not many small businesses can keep up the volume due to costs for a long period, so that is when you may kind of see a slow-down in response as a result. Hopefully you will move into a steady stream from there and you can sustain your business.

In any case the idea is to give things a fair chance for as long as you can. Look at your own stats and reviews (with a grain of salt) and see what the world is saying. On the other hand if after several months you see nothing in spite of your efforts, etc., then maybe it is time to drop it and look for a new opportunity to replace it. The point is change is always necessary and good one way or the other unless you have found a goldmine you can depend on.

Home Business Start-Up Time Management

It may not seem to you that you need a real schedule – and to some it may even be repugnant to live in rigidity. More than likely the majority of people who start home businesses do so, for one reason to be on their own and to do things how and when they want to.

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While any part of the above said may or may not be true to some extent, there is a definite need for at least some level of organization. There are important issues that do have time constraints and it can cause you a lot of trouble if they are missed.

Most critical are things like your domain registration being updated BEFORE it actually expires. Some registrars will start reminding you months ahead and #1 you may start ignoring them because 2-months ahead you don’t need to worry. #2 eMail is so very unreliable (deliverability) due to spam and spam filters and some are blocked completely (lost in space) because the mail service has inferior filter software. Sometimes because people don’t even read the email mixed up in all the spam or they are just disengaged.

Another critical element is your hosting account. It is usually set up on automatic debit but sometimes you may prefer to pay each month or so manually. In any case your website will be deactivated eventually. Unless it is a very long period of time where you have ignored this, the files will still be there and will display again as soon as you catch up on your fees. If they have really terminated your account you will have to rebuild the site.

Then there are things of lesser consequence that range from optional duties like checking your affiliate programs for commissions or to see what new information may be posted there that you didn’t receive through email. If you are using your blog like you really should be, then you may want to remind yourself to ‘blog today’ (as frequently as possible but no more than once a day is effective).

Of course if you have any automatic services that should be advertising you might want to check they really are, as well as be sure you are paid up so that you have some kind of list building or advertising going on at all times.

Lists are much easier to deal with if you have 3 formats – short term (today), mid-range (this week or month), and long-range (future goals or projects). This makes it much easier to deal with a big scratched out mess. Do no put anything on short term that you absolutely are not positive you will accomplish today. If necessary move it to tomorrow.

Are You Cut Out to be a Home Business Entrepreneur?

If you are not sure, Wikipedia has some very good definitions of ‘Entrepreneur’ to help you decide, as follows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrepreneurship

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(Quote) “Entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching and running a new business, i.e. a startup company offering a product, process or service.”

It has been defined as the “…capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit.”

“The entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.” (end of quote)

There are actually some key points here about initiative and risk that are very relevant to determining if you even want to be an ‘entrepreneur’. Are you someone who is willing to take initiative? Risk? The opposite of initiative and risk is spelled ‘J-O-B’. Everything is straight up. Job description, duties performed, cash paid.

While a little initiative may be smiled upon by your employer they actually can have a mixed reaction lest you expect a raise for going above and beyond. They may purposely refuse to acknowledge your efforts for this reason. Of course that is not an absolute and some will actually reward initiative especially if it is something that you normally do.

Risk is another issue that is huge because this may be where you prefer a job since you are more or less guaranteed a paycheck after you work so many hours. With being a home business entrepreneur to start out at least you may work many hours without substantial pay. You really have to ask yourself if this bothers you.

For sure most people would want to be paid for their effort; however an entrepreneur would likely be able to see the ‘big picture’ and realize that the business needs to be developed before it reaps actual cash. Again this is not an absolute either. There are things like for example affiliate programs that may pay you right off the bat when/if you make a sale. There are no guarantees though so again this is a risk.

In this example it is actually a small risk because most affiliate programs have low monthly membership fees to participate, and should NEVER have a contract beyond month-to-month. In any case, make it or break it you will come out ahead at the very least having gained some knowledge and experience.

If you are going to actually build a real business, you will need to assume the risk and take the initiative because it is your responsibility. This may include much more than merely checking your email and will require some organization and planning.

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