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Work at Home Success:
Tips for Bloggers and Online Business Owners
Running a successful home-based venture is the dream of many, but it is not something you can magically create with zero effort. Many are lured into this world with hopes of easy money. Convenience is confused with ease and not having to do anything. With no boss to answer to, or the fear of getting fired motivating you to do your job well, you might find yourself faltering in the discipline department.
It is really easy to just not do anything with no consequence, except sabotaging your venture, of course. If you are just starting out, or are well into the game, but are finding yourself a bit adrift, here are a few key points to help you keep on track and achieve the success you so desire.
Why Do You Want This?
Without a strong motivator anchoring you to your vision, you’ll really have a hard time building a successful business on your own. This isn’t easy, and that’s why as much as many people think they would like to do it, never actually attempt it. It takes hard work. It involves making a lot of uncomfortable decisions, learning lots of new things, and going through periods of frustration and uncertainty. There is no set paycheck being deposited into your bank account every two weeks.
You are responsible for motivating yourself, and planning your whole day. This is not as easy as it may sound. Enthusiasm can easily wane. The most successful home-based entrepreneurs have identified their ‘why’ down to the deepest levels. Why do you want this business? What benefits do you think it will bring you? You need to go beyond the surface reasons of more money, flexible schedule and the like. It goes deeper than that, and once you identify those core drivers, you will stay the course much more successfully.
Create Some Order
Successful people come from all walks of life, philosophies and what have you, but at the core, they share many common traits. One such is creating order in their day and minds. There is no one best schedule, but you need to find one that works for you. Some feel most motivated working first thing in the morning, while others do their best work at night, or in the afternoon after getting all their errands out of the way. They have some sort of daily schedule of tasks they will complete—maybe it is a variety of items, or perhaps they devote one day to just one or two primary tasks, like producing a blog post, or networking with other people in their niche. Their files are neatly organized, both online and off.
Keeping Your Blog Secure
A plug-in to limit log-in attempts is good to keep hackers at bay–don’t ever assume you blog wouldn’t draw an interest because it is not a major website.You can also set it up so that the admin can only be accessed from designated IP addresses–anyone else will get a message notifying them they are not allowed to access this area.
If you run a multi-author blog, a password manager can be good for keeping track of all the passwords you assign and easily accessing these accounts. Activate a security plug-in, and consider blocking pings. Unless you have a membership site, there is no need for guest registrations.
Commit to Your Personal Development
When reading about successful people from any industry, you quickly see a common thread in terms of mindset. These are not the kind of
people who abdicate responsibility for their life, have a poverty consciousness or believe anyone but themselves determines their success. True success comes with not only working on your business, but working on yourself. Unless you were blessed to grow up around people with a hardcore success consciousness, you are probably contending with a host of limiting beliefs and bad habits that are holding you back from reaching your fullest potential.
Make it a point to work on your personal development. Read books, attend lectures, watch videos on YouTube, join forums or whatever else will get your focus on bettering yourself. There is a lot of reconditioning of your mind that needs to take place, and repeated exposure to empowering information and deliberate focus on changing thought patterns and habits will be required. Don’t underestimate the role this will play in making your home-based venture a success.
So, there you have it. Three helpful hints to find the success you so want and deserve. Always go back to your ‘why.’ Create order. Work on yourself.