If your home business success isn’t quite up to par the way you’d like it to be, and you’ve exhausted all avenues in the “business” sense to improve it, then perhaps your problems have everything to do with YOU and not with your business. This is a possibility that we will explore in this guide today.
There are many non-business aspects that go into how well you succeed in business. And when I say business, I don’t necessarily mean your “career” path at work. I’m referring to the website you launched last month, the entrepreneurial project you started six months ago or that blog you’ve been meaning to begin writing on for over a year. The way you act and conduct your daily life has a big impact on how much you get done where work is concerned, and that’s what I want to explore today.
Your Habits Often Dictate Entrepreneurial Success
Internet marketers often stunt their growth by believing their own press releases. For instance, just because terms like “bum marketing” keep getting thrown around, and “hope in a box” books keep telling startup marketers that they can sleep in until two in the afternoon and still make a hundred thousand dollars a month – doesn’t make it so. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t act like a teenager on summer break and still make a killing online. It just doesn’t work.
I’ve found that in order to achieve measurable success in the internet business, you have to act as though your livelihood depends on it. This means that if you quit your day job to work at home instead, you need to spend just as much time on it as you would with a “real job.” Why? Because now it IS your real job! This is your main source of income! Respect it as such if you want it to return results anytime soon.
You Need to Manage Your Time Better
Time management is the key to getting the most out of your internet business. It’s amazing how much time we waste on things like Facebook, Reddit, YouTube and Tumblr. Stopwatch yourself sometime. Hit the timer when you land on Facebook for a “quick look” at your feed, then stop the clock when you get off. How much time did you spend on it during that period? Probably more than you realize. Keep doing this every time you go on Facebook, and you’ll probably realize that you could have created that background graphic for your blog in the time that you read your news feed.
One of the best ways I know of to manage your time is to block schedule your duties. Set a reminder for them in your phone. Don’t go over each time block, or you’ll defeat the purpose of the exercise. Set half hour or hour-long time increments so you avoid getting bored or burned-out on just one task. Don’t forget to schedule in breaks for a stretch, a drink or a snack to recharge your mind!