How I work from home successfully and what to avoid to make it work for you.
Working from home is full of both challenges and joys. However, it is not as easy as people would have you think it is. For the longest time I wanted to work from home however, I didn’t know what I wanted to do and it seemed like I would get pitched all the time for business opportunities that for one reason or another didn’t seem like a fit. Then I finally found my current opportunity online via an ad in an ezine. At the time the company was only offering candles and soaps. Now, they have expanded to include mineral makeup, anti-aging products and other bath and body products and we also have simmer pots and wickless melts. The main things I do in my business to ensure my success and to make sure that I am making money are:
1. I talk to people every day about my business. I do this both online via facebook, twitter, etc, and offline such as at business networking events, tradeshows, on the bus etc. This is crucial to long term success. A lot of people will tell you or you will read ads that will promise you that you can make lots of money by sitting at home on the internet. This simply is not true for most people.
2. I use the internet as a tool but I do not rely on it exclusively. I blog and use facebook, twitter and video and build my email list that I market to by offering great content and value and by promoting both my business opportunity, my products and affiliate products. I do not sell anything that I have not first tried myself. I make sure that what I am selling is of value to others. By doing by business in this way I have made as much as $1,000 online in one day. While this does not happen every day, and I don’t necessarily even make money every day, I have developed an extra second stream of income that continues to grow.
3. I also do a lot of local business networking. I attend events, get to know people and share with them what I have. I also find out what they have to offer and I strive to work together with them. Some of the things I have done that have worked and made money for everyone involved include: joint vendor shows with more than one vendor selling their products, seminars and workshops and I started a local women in business networking group.
4. I keep good records and I always follow up with every customer, contact and potential customer or business partner. The fortune really is in the follow up.
Some things to look for in a business opportunity are:
1. The reputation of the company. How long have they been in business? Can you pick up the phone and call them and ask questions? What are their return policies? How will you be paid?
2. How much will it cost to get started? Regardless of what anyone says any viable work from home business that is not a job will have costs. However, you need to be very clear about what you will get for your money and about exactly how much it will cost. This information should be readily available.
3. The products- Are they something you would buy even if you were not selling them? Would you pay the prices they are asking for them? If not, then you should not get started with that home business.
4. Ask other people involved with the same company for their opinions. If you cannot find anyone working with the same company that has positive things to say about it, then stay away.
5. Use common sense. It may be obvious but too many people get too excited and they forget to use logic and reason.
AnnaLaura Brown has worked from home successfully on a part-time basis while working her job as a librarian. Learn more about her and how to work with her at http://annalaurabrown.com
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