Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A home business with options

I’ve been in the Network Marketing industry for the past 4 years. Two years ago I made a huge decision to leave the company I started with and go a different direction. I had to find a way to work “smarter” vs. harder. As a mom of three, a corporate America employee and a wife, my time was very limited in building a residual income. I took my business to the Internet and started learning all the ends and outs of being an Internet Marketer. It has allowed me to free up some time and still build a healthy residual income.

My company now has two simple product lines that are consumable, affordable and have a high profitability factor. This was important to me. I wanted a product that was easily understood and one that was affordable to the general population and one that was consumable. And it has worked great with my internet marketing strategy.

I came into this business as a recruiter/business builder. But not everyone enters the network marketing arena with this same mentality. In fact, more people get turned off by expensive auto ships and no option BUT recruiting. Our company has have a strong retail product that can be driven through parties and retail events if that is the path you choose to take.

So, whether you want to replace a full time income some day or you want to earn an extra $200 per month, it’s great to have options. Parties, fundraisers, craft shows, internet marketing are all a part of the network marketing arena. However, not every company gives you those options.

So, when you are looking for your “plan b” really look at your choices and see what’s out there. Everyone is different and people like to have options on different ways to work their business. Make sure your company has a “buffet” of ways to make money. When you discover your niche, it becomes your passion and will help move you forward.

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard

Staying positive and goal oriented in a bad economy

During times like these, it’s important to keep your goals close and to keep your thoughts and mindset positive. Whether your searching for your plan B or you already have it in the works, don’t let the economy or anything else for that matter get in your way.

Fear is the main factor that prevents people from embracing their dreams and moving forward, even in hard economic times. Yes, we all have challenges and obstacles, but don’t let it prevent you from thinking clearly and going after what you want.

Set Goals. Hold yourself accountable. Know where it is you want to go and know where you have been. If you need an accountability partner, get one. I personally think we all need one. Specify completion dates. Break it into daily, weekly, and monthly goals so you can better measure your progress.

Be willing to work hard. Know that success comes with hard work. Study those that have accomplished what you want. Duplicate what you can and along the way you will find what works for you. There’s something to be learned from everyone around us.

Keep a healthy balance. This may have been my most difficult task. As an employee of Corporate America while running a home business and the mom of three busy children, I forgot to take time for other things. I’ve learned from the past few years that maintaining a healthy balance is important and a necessity. You have to run your business. Don’t let it run you!

BELIEVE Success!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tips for the home business beginner

With so much information out there today, sometimes it’s overwhelming for the “beginner” who is just starting out. So, here are some tips to help you get off to a “smart” start.

Be willing to train and learn. Put a big emphasis on training and learning and then follow this with implementing what you learn. So many focus on the small picture in the beginning – making sales, commissions, etc. This may be effective short term, but a long term successful business requires a steady and consistent action and training plan.

Always provide value to your audience. First, figure out who your target market is and then learn what their needs and wants are. Your target marketing isn’t “everyone.” Find your niche and concentrate on them. Observe, study and know your market and then deliver information that is valuable and help them along the way.

Don’t focus on the $$$$. Yes, this is what most beginners want to do in the beginning. And that’s natural. Instead focus on connecting, networking and building relationships with others. Simply apply and then share what you learn with your audience. Instant gratification by making a few bucks is easy. But long term connections with your communities will build a solid business.

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard