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Archive | July, 2016

Getting Things Done – Try to be Ahead of Time

Whenever possible try to have advanced notice of something that you need to do to keep your business running smoothly, and then go for it. You never know what may happen between now and the deadline for this issue. It could be anything – lots of little things or some that will be time consuming and may prevent you from being on time.

do it now

If you can handle doing things ahead of time even in increments, you will be ahead of the game whether or not anything out of the ordinary happens to delay you. Best case you can sit and feel prepared and on top of things. You may at this point even be able to identify something you could have done better – and even do it that way either this time or next time.

The point is there are things that do need to be done all the time with a home business. It may not be as apparent but you know what they are. Putting things off is a terrible idea for many reasons including deadlines and becoming overwhelmed when too many things stack up.

Making lists is of course very useful in staying organized – however you don’t want to have too many of these going on either. Lists may be critical but they are only instrumental in assisting you to keep track of what you need to do. They do not actually do anything to influence your bottom line.

When it comes to keeping lists it is helpful to have a few that reflect different time periods. You want to be able to see your target goals clearly. Mixing up what you need by this Wednesday is hardly relevant to what you need next month except maybe indirectly. The point though is you end up with a big scribbled mess that could hardly help you feel organized.

You should have at least 3-lists. One that reflects what you need to do in the short-term – today or this week. Another that has mid-range goals as may be necessary within 30-days. Then you can have a ‘master plan’ that reflects your long-range plans and might cover 6-months to a year so that you will remember what your long-term target goals are.

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Get a Major Clue – You Have Things to Do

How long can you really put off doing what you know you need to do to keep your home business running and healthy? Will you wait until it needs artificial life support? This could cost you big time if you want to rescue it. It would seem a lot smarter just to do what you know you need to do.

just do it!

This really means building momentum by being fairly aggressive with your marketing and advertising. No money? Find another way. Get smart and use your blog. Whether or not it is a part of your website, or even if it is only linked. Be sure to do one or the other so that it will draw targeted traffic to your lead capture mechanisms.

Just as important if not more so is to compel the search engines to index your site and start to give you a ranking so that people can see your links when they search.

Spend a little free time doing some new keyword research and make some swipe files so that you have a ready list of keywords to use in your blog posts, articles, ads, etc. It is time well-spent and again it is absolutely free so no excuses about no resources.

If you are really seeing a deficit in traffic and sales then you may even consider doing some ‘old school’ free things like posting a few text ads and/or banners in traffic exchanges. Even though they may have a low conversion rate, spend the time. One sale is better than none and could actually eventually represent something substantial if you find a good prospect.

There are numerous bulletin boards and other places you can place ads if you really look for them. This includes simple things like adding a link under your signature when you post to a forum or social network. Again they may not have the greatest conversion rates but it beats doing nothing and may actually lead to something because you have got to do what you have to do, one way or the other.

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Developing an Online Business

We need to be very aggressive about this issue. Half-baked really doesn’t work that well. While it may be more ‘warm and fuzzy’ to take a laid-back attitude and be very calm and passive so that things just have a natural flow, again in this scenario it is really not best.
be aggressive in a good way

Of course you probably can recognize superior negotiation skills involved in collaborating with others throughout the process (calm and passive). Particularly if there is any kind of disagreement or confrontation, we should definitely strive to stay on track lest we sabotage the whole project.

However as far as actually taking action to do anything that will help you to build your business in the most efficient, inexpensive way you should, you really should give it your most aggressive tendencies. Being aggressive should never include being a macho tough guy. We are talking about a very different type of aggression here that is targeted to specific actions.

As a matter of fact if you Google ‘aggression’ right now you will see a litany of negative connotations of this emotion up to and including violence. It almost always means trouble. What is being referenced though is taking that same negative energy and using it to get positive and necessary things done at the soonest juncture.

Sitting around and dreaming about what you know you need to do, or spending too much time trying to figure out how to do it will not serve your purposes. You really need to start with a plan and measurable target goals; and then use that aggressive energy to actually make something happen.

The plans and targets can change as you go along and find the best way to approach something. You can always improve whatever you initially planned. It is a good idea to document everything as you go along. Use an organized approach with multiple lists so that you know what you have done that worked and if it didn’t work, what were the alternatives and possible solutions.

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