Friday, November 2, 2012

The New World Order

I have no doubt that this article is going to shake some people up. And I won't lie, that's my intention, with good reason. The world we live in today, referring to the Internet, is much different from the one we lived in even just a few years ago. If we're going to succeed with a home based business IN this world, we have to understand what we're up against first. I am going to attempt to give you an idea of just what that is.

Let's start with something that very few people even think about because it's happened so subtly. If you've been on the Internet for a while, you probably remember that back in the Wild West days, the people who were running businesses online were a bunch of no name mavericks. Eventually, these people went on to become quite well known. But they weren't at the start. And that was pretty much all that was online.

Today is a different story. Take a look around. Big corporations are now sharing the Internet with us. It isn't just Ma and Pa Kettle with little home brewed web sites competing for a share of the online profits. You've got everybody from AT&T to Zenith selling their products online. In fact, I can't think of a major corporation today that doesn't have a web presence.

So the competition has not only gotten larger in numbers, it's also gotten greater in power. I don't know about you, but if I'm trying to sell watches online, I don't think I really want to go head to head with Seiko.

And this problem isn't only confined to physical goods. You've got some very large companies providing services online as well.

In short, the easy ride is over.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Keep Your Business Thriving by Taking Care of You

Your business is growing at record speed and all things are turning out exactly as you had always envisioned. You have a full client base, perhaps even some waiting to come on board, and things are looking amazing! But for some reason, you aren't enjoying it. In fact, you are feeling overwhelmed and out of control. You realize although your bank account is up, you yourself are feeling really down and out of sorts. The main problem could be although you are working hard on your business, you're forgetting the most important asset of your business-YOU! It's time to make some changes.

Here are our best tips for recharging:

Take evenings and weekends off - If you can, totally unplug on your evenings and weekends. If this is too much of a stretch, then decide exactly what you feel would work best for you. Some work Saturday mornings on catch-up tasks and feel more in control because they do. This is fine. But decide on what works and commit to doing more of that. You feel so much more energized when you start the next week off after having a break. What you can do to feel even more in control is to create your to-do list for next week before you end your current work week. It empowers you knowing nothing is left out.

Take breaks and lunch away from your computer - Think back to when you actually stopped, left your computer, and ate a sandwich without your hand on the mouse. It's time to get back to a similar routine so you can decompress and re-energize. Now we aren't saying you need to leave the office every day and take a two-hour lunch. But you should at least stop and take a break. Make this a new healthy habit.