Home Business Coaching – Excellent Example of 9 Hour Work Week Schedule For New Home Based Business

As a home based business coach, I’m often presented with the same three challenges for online home based business owners. I felt it important enough to write about this in hopes it makes a difference to others.

Here are the three common challenges:

1) Staying focused on the task at hand. Too many distractions; specifically email.
2) Fitting time into their already busy day to work on their business
3) Feeling overwhelmed – too many things to do which leads to doing nothing.

By reading this article, you will have real bite-sized steps that you can take to organize yourself so you can easily and systematically keep moving forward in your business without the feeling of overwhelm, stress and frustration and the feelings and emotions that go along with those. As you become a home business mentor, you can recommend this same schedule for your new business partners.

I’ve put together a sample schedule based on a 9 hour part-time work week that I use in my home business coaching program. As you become better skilled in drafting your content and posting it online, you will be able to do this same work in about 7-8 hours a week.

Keep in mind, if your budget permits, you can outsource pretty much all of this. However, having mentioned outsourcing, I always recommend you do your own videos. You can outsource the editing and posting of your videos, but let people hear and see you on a regular basis. It’s your face, your voice, and your authentic self that your prospects will be building a relationship with.

Also keep in mind as you read this article, these are money generating activities. Your daily personal development, shuffling papers, organizing your desk, learning skill sets, participating in seminars, webinars, etc., is NOT included in this schedule. Those kinds of activities do not replace your job income, nor, your goals.

I’m also taking into consideration that you are utilizing your lunch break to write your articles. If you do not have the ability to write your articles during your lunch breaks at work, you will have to add that in your schedule perhaps bringing your weekly part time hours to 10-13 hours a week following the full time job/career you already do.

Or, here again, based on your budget, you may want to provide your keywords to an article writer and let him/her do it. They can also rewrite the spins on your articles.

Here are defined action steps you can take immediately to get yourself in a routine and stay on track:

1) First things first: Go through your email and unsubscribe to any and all emails that distract you and steal your focus. If it’s a contact you don’t want to lose, set up a folder in your email and save the contact information. Then unsubscribe, or set up a rule in your options email where the emails you received from this contact go directly into the folder, rather than clutter your email inbox.

2) Next, write out your game plan for all the ways you want to market so you can make sure to get them all in during the course of your working week. Remember, success online depends greatly on the quality and consistency of your content being placed online. Keep in mind that you are in the relationship business and in my opinion, it’s necessary to have a presence online in the social communities.

You don’t need to be in a slew of communities but certainly you will want to identify 3 or 4 to be actively involved in them. At the time of this writing, the ones I’m recommending are Facebook and Twitter. Then choose a couple of forums where you can establish yourself as a leader in your industry.

3) Set your business hours and commit to work those. Hold yourself accountable. Show up for work. Don’t accept excuses from yourself. You are building an asset that will create freedom for you and your family.

HERE’S THE REALITY: Most of you will be tired after working all day at a 9-5 but do the work regardless. Do the work in spite of being tired.

Most people who join a home based business or network marketing company do so because they want to escape the 9-5 rat race. So, when you come home tired and not feeling like you want to put the effort into your home business, remember your ‘why’. If you will do what it takes for a short period of time, you will not have worry about your future.

This is one of the things that positively separates those who make it from the ones who don’t. You will find yourself repeating these same words to your new business partners as you begin your home business coaching and you’ll fully understand where they’re coming from.

Committing to 3 nights a week and half a day on the weekend for your money generating activities will put you on the path you want to be on. It will get your phone ringing and people finding you online. You must be putting out value packed content. This is key. Failure to do so will throwing content into the wind and hoping someone sees it and you won’t get the results you are seeking

Here’s a possible schedule for you.

PREP WORK TO DO DURING YOUR 9-5 LUNCH BREAK EACH DAY

Rather than eating lunch with the work crew in your office, find a quiet place, even your car if need be, put on your CEO and Million Dollar Mindset and write articles. Take your lunch to work so you can maximize your time.

Keep your articles short, about 300 words. Change up the articles to make them at least 25% different, using different titles, rearranging sentences, paragraphs, changing out related keywords etc.

So, by each Friday, you will have 3 original articles and 3 rewrites of each for a total of 12 original articles you wrote.

Take the three articles and their ‘spins’ that you wrote during lunch last week and work with those as follows:

MONDAY: (Should take no more than 2 FOCUSED, UNINTERRUPTED hours)

1) Submit your 3 original articles you wrote last week to 3 articles directories. (30 min.)
2) Create a Squidoo Lens or Hub Page with a spun version for article #1 (30 min.)
3) Add a few friends to Facebook, offer value (15 min.)
4) Say hello on Twitter, offer value (5 min.)
5) Post another spun version of article number 1 to your blog (10 min.)
6) Bookmark your articles and blog post (3 min.)
7) Vote and rate 2 other’s stuff on your booking marking site (10 min.)
8) Pop into a forum and contribute 1 post (15 min.)
9) Do keyword research to build your list of key, targeted words and phrases you will be using in your articles. (20 min.)

TUESDAY: (Should take no more than 1.5 FOCUSED, UNINTERRUPTED hours)

1) Create a hub page or Squidoo lens with a spin version of article #2 (30 min.)
2) Add a few friends to Facebook, offer value (15 min.)
3) Say hello on twitter, offer value (5 min.)
4) Post another spun version of article number 2 to your blog (10 min.)u
5) Bookmark your articles and blog post (3 min.)
6) Vote and rate 2 others’s stuff on your book marking stuff (10 min.)
7) Pop into a forum and contribute 1 post (15 min.)
8) Continue with your keyword research (20 min.)

THURSDAY: (Should take no more than 1.5 FOCUSED, UNINTERRUPTED hours)

1) Create a hub page or Squidoo lens with spun version of article #3 (30 min.)
2) Add a few friends to Facebook, offer value (15 min.)
3) Say hello on Twitter, offer value (5 min.)
4) Post anther spun version of article number 3 to your blog (10 min.)
5) Bookmark your article and blog post (3 min.)
6) Vote and rate 2 other’s stuffs on your bookmarketing (10 min.)
7) Pop into forum and contribute 3 posts. (15 min.)
8) Continue with your keyword research (20 min.)

SATURDAY: (Should take no more than 4 FOCUSED, UNINTERRUPTED HOURS)

1) Create 3 videos based on your 3 articles you worked on last week. (30 min.)
2) Edit videos and upload through Tube Mogul or Traffic Geyser (1 hour)
3) Add videos to your blog posts, Squidoo Lens, Hub Pages, that you put up already this week. (30 min.)
4) Write out some new titles for the upcoming week’s articles and make a list of your keywords that you want to be using. Make a summary of your main topics so you care ready to write come Monday at lunch. Your lunch time for writing is not preparation time to write, but rather actual writing time. So, prepare for your 3 articles during this Saturday work time (30 min.)
5) Finish up any work that didn’t get done so you can hold yourself accountable to your goal of getting your minimum content online. (1 hour)

Give this a try, change the days of the weeks you work based on your family schedule, allow yourself to be flexible, but just be sure and get your work in. I’ve given you some bite sized action steps and the amount of time each step should take. You understand that as you become better and more efficient and comfortable with doing the work, you will accomplish your work in a quicker time.

How To Create A Business To Last A Lifetime

The Question That Says It All: How?

It’s no secret that in this day and age keeping a small business open and thriving is not an easy task to tackle. You have to overload yourself with knowledge in order to be successful and remain fresh to your target market. What’s the first step to staying successful? I’m glad you asked!

Create a Profitable Business Model

Your business model is the way that you as a business owner ensure that you’re generating income. Very easy to say; not always so easy to do.

Your business model answers the “how,” as in how you’re going to ensure that you generate income. As business owners, we need to know what we’re offering to our clients, what strategies we’re using to make offers, what our infrastructure is (for example, are we renting office space, are we working out of our home, are we part of a group), what’s our organizational structure (who’s in charge; and if there is more than one person working in our business, then who is in charge of what; what are the responsibilities and how are they divided).

Then there are our trading practices (are we creating products that we’re sharing with other people, are we trading expertise, or participating in joint ventures, for example) and our overall operational processes and policies (do we have a 24-hour cancellation policy; do we have processes outlined clearly; do we have policies in place that protect us and our clients, and that clearly lay out who is responsible for what and what the consequences are for not proceeding as outlined).

A business model is an all-encompassing way to look at your business and how you operate.

Know What the Challenges Are

Many studies have shown that inexperienced management can lead to a business downfall. However, a huge reason a business can fail is due to improper planning. Planning is always going to be much more difficult than actual doing. It requires a lot more thinking and time. Remember the cliché, businesses that fail to plan, plan to fail. There couldn’t be a more true statement.

Often times people who open businesses don’t put forth the necessary effort to research the market to find out if there’s a genuine need and want for their product or service. Yes, we all want to do what we love, but if what you love is not what someone else needs, then the idea just won’t work. As much as running a business is about doing what you love, it’s more about helping your potential clients.

Keep On Changing

It is important for your business to stay up to date and to continue changing along with the market. By monitoring emerging business trends you can discover many ways to innovate your business in order to make it more successful and profitable and even to beat competitors. Ways to stay updated can include attending industry trade shows; following consumer spending habits and lifestyle changes; talking to other successful businesses about their success, trials and their observations on emerging trends. Another way to benefit your business is by hiring folks who have already worked at other successful companies, including interns. You can learn quite a lot from their experience.

Enjoy Your Success!

Once your business becomes a success, you most likely will get lost in the daily shuffle of demand and forget to stop to breathe and take it all in. This part is so important. You have to slow down once in a while and remember the reason you fell in love with your business idea in the first place. It really is what makes it all worthwhile.

Starting a Web Based Business – Knowing Where to Start

It’s no secret that one of the trends in business and marketing nowadays is through the use of the internet. People nowadays rely on the internet for many things such as researching, online banking and shopping. Many small businesses are also joining the band wagon of starting a web based business to earn more profit. This is a good move because of the growing number of internet users every single day, one will never run out of customers to attend to online.

Starting a web based business begins with a good business plan. One should have a goal to achieve before going full time on promoting the business. A business without a goal is often the ones that easily waiver if something goes wrong. Many business analysts would point out that one of the reasons why many businesses fail is because they don’t have a goal to achieve to start with, therefore they are easily lost in the shuffle of small businesses that comes and goes on the internet. Once you have a business goal, making a plan to achieve that goal would be easier and would surely be beneficial for your web based business.

If you already outlined your goal and already have a plan on starting your web based business, the next crucial step to make is making a website. Since your business is web based, you need to have your own website, otherwise it’s not a web based business at all. Starting a website is not as easy as starting a blog. On blogs, you can easily sign up for free ones and all the tools that you need for blogging are there. A web based business website is very much different as you will have to consider a lot of factors for it to be successful.

Starting a web based business starts with a well designed website. Your website should reflect what your business is all about as well as should reflect your business goals. It’s like creating a brand for the products or services that you offer. Once clients are able to see your website, they should already have an idea of what your business is all about. So color schemes, logos, web design are important. You should also consider having your website hosted instead of relying on free web hosting especially if you are serious about starting a web based business. Search engines give you more “juice” when you have a domain name that is paid for, not free.

Promoting your website should also be part of your business plan as it can be your vehicle to achieving your business goal. A well promoted website is usually the ones that come out successful in the competitive world of internet business and marketing. Every business needs advertising to be successful and this is equivalent to website promotion when it comes to a web based business. There are many ways for you to promote your website and gain traffic to your site but if you are at lost on how to do so, it’s best to get some SEO experts to do it for you. You can even consult the experts on the most effective way on starting a web based business.