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Tired,Frustrated & Ready To Quit


 
 
 
 
 
 
 With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud. The words I spoke to God that midnight are still vivid in my memory.

“Lord, I’m down here trying to do what’s right. I think I‘m right. I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But Lord, I must confess that I’m weak now, I’m faltering. I’m losing my courage. Now, I am afraid. And I can’t let the people see me like this because if they see me weak and losing my courage, they will begin to get weak. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I’ve come to the point where I can’t face it alone.Martin Luther King, Jr. – January 27, 1956

 

This was written the night he’d received about 40 threatening phone calls and letters and was starting to feel, for the first time, that something could happen to him.

This is so powerful because it’s a reminder that no great feat is going to come easy. And while you may think that Dr. King’s mission is no where near yours, every calling that we pursue is necessary (because it’s our calling) and nothing worth having is going to come without its naysayers, challenges and second thoughts. Whether you are fighting injustice, running a non-profit to serve world, committed to volunteering to help those less fortunate and under-served around the country or the world, raising your children, building strong family relationships, or working to live out your true purpose, you must know that it won’t be always be easy.

Every person we view as “great” has had at least one time in their life – if not more – when they wanted to give up, give in or let go. Reading something like this shows us that they also realized that it was not just about them. And it‘s not just about you. We are all working to make a difference - whether it be in our own lives, within our families, in our communities, workplace or beyond.

Have you ever felt this way? Lost? Overwhelmed? Burdened? Weak? Afraid?

As we wrap up this year, many of us are reflecting on what we’ve done and are celebrating the successes, wins, progress and goals met. If you haven’t taken the time to do that, be sure to pat yourself on the back and give yourself a “hi-five” for all that you’ve accomplished.

 However, there may be some of you who feel as if you’ve been spinning your wheels – trying, working, sweating, crying and hoping your way to your goals and are still not where you want to be.

Can you relate? I know I can.

There were many days during this year when I was tired, frustrated and ready to quit. How about you? It could have been because people let you down, deals fall through, you made a bad decision, you take on more than you should, you let others steal your time, things happen out of your control or you are headed in the wrong direction and need to stop, regroup and go a different way.

If you’re tired, frustrated and ready to quit, here are a few tips to get you back on track:

1. Acknowledge your frustration and clearly identify it.

2. Evaluate it – ask yourself “How did I get here?” and “How can I move past it?”

3. Remember your “Why”. Remind yourself of your bigger vision, the bigger impact, the bigger contribution you are making and pull on that energy to keep going.

4. Build on your successes – remind yourself what is working and how far you’ve come.

5. Commune with like minded individuals who can support you on your journey.

6. Read inspiring stories to know that others have achieved and so can you.

7. Tap into your higher power. Have faith.

After Dr. King prayed, he said he got a clear answer:

Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness.Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo, I will be with you.Even until the end of the world.”

 And so I say to you – you may be challenged right now, but continue to stand up. Stand up for your vision.

Stand up for your goals. Stand up for your purpose and calling. Stand up for those whose lives will be positively impacted because of who you are and the work you do.

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“RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL – by defining success for themselves and getting the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at www.doreenrainey.com.

© 2012 Doreen Rainey

What is Pinterest?

10 Tips for Pinterest Success by Terri Seymour

What is Pinterest? You guessed it. It is another social networking site that is exploding in popularity. Social networking sites are a dime a dozen but not all of them are worth the time and effort. So, when one comes along that looks promising and alive with potential, we need to get involved.

Pinterest uses a unique idea for the basis of their networking. Your page will be in the format of a push pin bulletin board. You can pin videos, images, photos, etc., to your pinboard and share it with your followers. Pinterest allows you to be creative in your pins and have a lot of fun with it.

If you are unfamiliar with Pinterest, below are ten tips to help you get started on your way to Pinterest success:

1. Connect with Twitter – You want to connect your Pinterest account with your Twitter account email. This will allow you to cross post with your Twitter account. You could connect it with Facebook but you would have to use your personal page account.

2. Complete Profile – Be sure to fill out your profile completely. They will ask if you want to make your profile invisible to the search engines. Be sure to choose “No”. You want the search engines to find you.

3. Follow Popular Users – When you follow someone, most of the time they will follow you back so it is important to get some of the most popular pinners linked to you. This will put your account in front of more people.

4. Neat and Simple – Keep your board, neat, clean and professional. You don’t want it to look like a cluttered mess. Pinterest is visual so you have to make your board appealing to the eye.

5. Relevant Keywords – Be sure to fill your pin descriptions with relevant keywords. Keep your descriptions brief, not long and drawn out but use as many keywords as possible.

6. Use Your Social Accounts – Be sure to put your Pinterest info on your Facebook, Twitter, etc., pages. Take advantage of these sites to guide people to your Pinterest account and stir up more interest.

7. Use Pinterest Buttons – The “Pin-It” button can easily be installed in your browser. Then you can easily pin images and info from other sites to your pinboard. There is also a “Pin-It” button you can use to invite people to pin images from your site to their pinboard. You can also add a “Follow Me on Pinterest” button to your blog and social pages to get more people to your Pinterest board.

8. Share Other People’s Images – You can use your board to share other interesting content with your followers, thus encouraging people to share your content. Try to use images and content that complement your content.

9. Pin More than Your Products – Don’t limit your pinning to pictures of your products. Pin tidbits of helpful information, tips, ideas and more. Stick to your topic of business but offer a wide variety of content. By offering answers and information you will attract more followers to your board.

10. Add Some Fun – Even though you are using your pinboard for business, it doesn’t mean you cannot add some fun and humor. Brighten someone’s day with a cheerful or inspirational quote or some good news. Be creative and make your board fun and interesting but never pin anything offensive or inappropriate.

Pinterest is a little different than the other social sites and is growing at a phenomenal rate. Be sure to hop on over there and see what the buzz is about. Sign up now and get your board up for all to see. It could do wonders for your online and/or offline business!

About the Author:
Don’t be one of the 95% of people who fail at their online business. Terri Seymour can help you make money online. Find out how to increase your traffic and sales with her popular “How to Build Your Online Business” ebook for FREE at: ==> http://www.SeymourProducts.com

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10 Organization Tips for Part-time Business Owners

Everyday a new business will be started. The dream of entrepreneurship becomes a reality
and freedom begins to ring in the ears of the much anticipated launch.

Although the majority of business owners would like to quit their day job, finances, health insurance and other factors take priority causing the business owner to stay on their day job longer than expected.

Meet Tai Goodwin – Editor-in-Chief of Launch While Working, the official online magazine for Employedpreneurs.
Tai provides support for the ever growing community of employed entrepreneurs.

Visit her online magazine at www.launchwhileworking.com

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10 Organization Tips for Part-time Business Owners

By Tai Goodwin

This one is for all of the time-strapped employedpreneurs – oh wait that’s most of us. Even though we don’t have to do it all – we do have to learn how to manage it all: work, life, part-time business. Poor time management means we will be inefficient in the tasks required for launching our part-time business. The more efficient we are, the more profitable our business will be, and the sooner we can transition from employedpreneur to full-time entrepreneur.

What’s the problem?

Maybe your day job is  too difficult or unsuitable which makes it a drain on your energy and confidence. Or maybe you are not making good use of the time you have for your part-time business (is there something you need to outsource?). At the core of most time management issues is a problem with organization. Becoming more organized can make you more efficient and productive which both open the door to better time management. Being well organized takes lots of time and effort and there is a lot to remember but the return on the investment is worth it: The more organized you are the more time you will have for your part-time business, to take care yourself and your other responsibilities without feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.

Here are ten tips to help you become better organized:

  1. Write things down. With so many details to remember on any given day it can be overwhelming to try to keep it all in a memory bank. When you remember that something needs to be done write it down as soon as you can in a to-do list.
  2. Use on-line organizers. Two great on-line tools are Toodle-do and Remember the Milk. In addition to being online they can be accessed and synced through your mobile devices.
  3. Set-up email reminders. There are many good and free e-mail reminder services available. You can type in what you want to remember, such as a welcome party, anniversary or special event, and you will receive an e-mail reminder when the date is approaching. This is a terrific way to keep tasks fresh in your memory.
  4. Use sticky notes. Sticky notes like Post-its from 3M are amazing as memory helpers. Write your tasks down and post it highly visible spots at home or at work. The bright, neon colors will be great to catch your eye as you are leaving. You will not likely miss it! Need to make an urgent call first thing in the morning? Leave a Post-It Note on your telephone.
  5. Keep it all in one place. Whatever method you choose, make sure you are consistent in where you keep your list. Having things listed in one place keeps you from spending valuable time searching for your notes.
  6. Deal with items only once: Handle each letter and email as soon as they come in.  Whatever it is read it and file it, redirect it to somewhere else, schedule it in your day planner or toss it. This will keep you from creating a never-ending pile on your desk in hopes that you will get to it eventually.
  7. Use timers and alarms. Take advantage of alarm clocks and timers throughout your day. Have to take the clothes out of the dryer by 12 noon? Set your alarm clock to remind you. Want to leave for the ladies luncheon by 7 p.m.? Set your timer to beep a few minutes before it is time to start to get ready.
  8. Be confident in yourself. If you keep saying you have a bad memory, you will continue to have a bad memory. Use affirmations and self-talk to drown out the negative messages that keep you believing that you can’t do what it takes to become organized.
  9. Stay healthy. Eat healthy; get plenty of rest and lots of good exercise. These will enable you to have better memory, stay focused and be alert. And it’s not just your physical health you want to pay attention to – your emotional health can contribute to how organized or disorganized you are.
  10. Establish a good routine. Having a structured routine helps you plan your time. Use a planner or journal daily and be sure to schedule time for yourself. Stick with your new routine and you will find you will be happier and with much less stress.

You can become better organized: It starts with changing your attitude, then adjusting your habits. From there establish and implement your plan. Over time, evaluate your daily routine, examine your findings and make revisions to your plan until it works for you. Commit and stick to your plan and eventually you will organized for efficiency.

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Tai Goodwin is Editor-in-Chief of Launch While Working, the official online magazine for Employedpreneurs. Employedpreneurs are part of the growing community of entrepreneurs who choose to launch a business while working a full or part time job. Tai is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, online publisher, coach, and speaker. Published on Forbes Woman.com, she writes for Career Magazine’s Launch While Working column, and is a regular contributor to The Success Center. Tai is also the co-host of #SmallBizChat on Twitter and facilitator of the Brilliant Network Marketing Mastermind  www.launchwhileworking.com

5 Tips to Simplify Your Life in 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each week, thousands of twitter users join small business expert and author , Melinda Emerson – @smallbizlady  as she chats with  other industry  experts on her twitter talk show #smallbizchat. This past week her guest was Allyson Lewis, – @Allyson7Minutes, author of The 7 Minute Solution: Creating a Life with Meaning 7 Minutes at a Time.

Below are 5 Tips from the chat  to simplify your life in 2012.

The requirements of small business can be overwhelming if a lack of focused attention on the priorities of your business are not engaged.  There are literally hundreds of things you can list that are a part of your success in business, but if most of us are focused, it boils down to five things:

  1. I think the first priority for every small business person should be to take the 50,000 foot view and it begins with thinking.
  2. Taking time to think without distraction or taking time to think with FULL attention will allow you to clarify your strategic plan.
  3. With your strategic plan, you can set boundaries for a clear path that leads to a meaningful destination.
  4. Next, prioritize your plan into high value activities to achieve your objective, take seven minutes each day to create a written daily plan of action so you will be much more likely on what is most important to your success.
  5. Finally, you cannot do 100 activities a day. Commit to accomplishing 5 high value activities before 11 am each day. We call these completing these your 5 before 11.

There are hundreds of microactions to support those five steps, but until the first sale is paid for, business is about finding out what you do, connecting clients who need what you do, and how to deliver that product, service, or consultation for a profitable payment.  It is very easy to spend an inordinate amount of time wishing you had clients, but when you shift into a specific, measureable, actionable expectation goals each day such as  “I will greet each person with smile and “How can I assist you?” or “I will call 10 of our clients to see if they need assistance and to make them aware of our current offer” , we move from overwhelmed to on target for success.

Imagine how doing 5 of these actions before 11 a.m. each day. How many of you have actually called, or checked up on 900 of your clients or potentials in the last 90 days? Could you see the value of consistent achievable microactions for your business?

You can read the full chat on Melinda’a website – http://succeedasyourownboss.com/01/2012/just7/

Melinda Emerson is a nationally known small business expert,trainer, speaker and the author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months; A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works

Allyson Lewis is a nationally known speaker, columnist,trainer and author of several books. Her latest book, The 7 Minute Solution: Creating a Life with Meaning 7 Minutes at a Time.

 

7 Steps to Get Your Courage Back

 

 

 

 

 

By Pam Perry

 

 

What can you do now to be a BRAVE HEART:

1. Don’t be afraid of your shadow. Trust in God and build up your faith. Be strong and take courage. Do not be dismayed even though things seem hard and tough – know that you have God with you wherever you go. Just only believe.

2. Smarten up and sharpen up. You have to put in the time to learn. You have to train, prepare and get your groove back. Learn technology. Integrate, automate and delegate tasks where you can.

3. Figure it out. Information is power. Quit saying you “don’t know” and go get your Google search on. All the information you need is at a click of button on your computer. The more you know, the more you grow and this increases your confidence.

4. Be bold. Be fearless. Be willing to take risks. You have to risk to win. No one who is living large ever did so by going the safe route. Get out of your comfort zone. Quit being “shell shock” and get some CHUTZPAH, some gall, some nerve. Some audacity!

5. Believe in yourself. Know your worth and demand your value. Keep dreaming big dreams, doing your vision board and saying your affirmations. Who cares what others think or what they don’t do for you? Be true to yourself. Stay on your path and stay excited about your goals – no matter what.

6. Keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. If you have to stop to rest, rest in the Lord. He will give you strength. Don’t panic – know God has a plan. Keep doing your part – and know God always come through. He is our “Superman.”

7. Have a coach or mentor that pushes you. Have a network that celebrates you. Know what type of people to stay away from and know who you need to show more gratitude towards. Who you hang are around is who you will become. Don’t “friend” everybody and follow only those who “get it” and are going places, believing God for big things.

Award-winning social media strategist and PR Coach Pam Perry helps African American Christian authors garner publicity and leverage online strategies. As a 20-year PR veteran, she is also the co-author of “Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry.” For a free MP3 of “What Every Author Should Know,” go to http://www.PamPerryPR.com. She’s also the creator of the ChocolatePagesNetwork, a social network for Christian authors and the Chocolate Pages Show at Blogtalkradio. She offers free help at her blogsite:Ministry Marketing Solutions  with her monthly Ezine and teleclasses. 

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I’M SO FAR BEHIND I FEEL LIKE I’LL NEVER CATCH UP

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We’ve all heard the expression ‘Baby Steps’.  And that is usually the answer when we need to do something in our lives that requires us to change our usual habits.

If you try to do everything at one time you get more overwhelmed and seem to take three steps forward and two steps back.  This only leads to feelings of failure.

The biggest step you can take at this point is to actually start.  Stop putting it off and get started.

Now for the Baby Steps, let me suggest this approach.  Take it one step at a time.

Depending on your personality and which approach will give you the largest sense of momentum to keep moving forward, decide if you should start in the area that will be the easiest for you to do or to start in the area that will give you the biggest sense of relief once it is done.

Once you have made that decision take on that one area.  If it is a rather large area divide it into manageable chunks.  For example, if you choose to start with your desk.  Start with one drawer, not four drawers.  Just one.

When you are done with the one drawer you can always move to the next one if you’re ready, or you can stop.

The trick now is to make sure you set your next appointment with yourself to move on to the next step.  (And of course, make sure you keep that appointment).  Treat it like you would an appointment with your best client.  Because ultimately getting yourself pulled together will allow you to attract more of your best clients.

And VERY IMPORTANT, whatever you went through and organized in your first session, don’t undo that action.  Whatever you do, don’t put anything in the drawer or area that doesn’t belong.

Keep the momentum going by living with the results of your hard work.  As you begin to make your way around your office or home and can feel the weight lifted and the overwhelm dissipating, you will make it all the way through.

Keep the appointments you make with yourself to keep going and you will feel a sense of great accomplishment very soon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beth Flarida is the owner of Get It Together. She is a Certified Professional Organizer,
productivity coach & efficiency expert for businesses since 1991.
Visit Beth on the web at http://www.getbeth.com and sign up for her free weekly
newsletter, Answers From The Organizer®. Then claim your free 20-minute Problem
Solving Strategy Session and jumpstart your organizational goals!

My Primary Purpose for Being An Entrepreneur

Regina Baker NewAs I was preparing to share this message with my friends on my Keeping It Real page on facebook, the thought came to me, why not share it here on my blog! So here it goes…

When I first got the idea for being in business for myself, it was June 1990. I was working in Corporate America and not very happy with my salary. I loved my job but the pay just didn’t come up to my expectations — I needed more, mind you I didn’t say, wanted more… we needed more to make ends meet.

Being the computer geek that I am, at that time I would create greeting cards, brochures, flyers, wedding and funeral programs for friends and family at no charge, simply because I loved doing it! Well, that’s until the day the light bulb came on …

“Start Your OWN Desktop Publishing Business ~ and make money doing what you love!”

Bingo… extra cash!

I gotta tell you, although I made some extra income here and there… it just didn’t turn out quite like I thought!

Why? Because I didn’t have a plan. I just thought business was going to come from…

where?… I dunno, LOL!

A lot of us start business the same way. We just know we want to do it without doing our home work first.

You see, there’s more to business than just an idea, DBA, bank account and computer.

It all begins with your mindset.

* If you’re a negative person, you’ll need to fix that.

* If you’re a “know it all person” (i.e., you have a problem with listening), you’ll need to fix that.

* If you’re hard headed, you’ll definitely need to fix that.

* If you’re in a box, you need to get out (you’re subconsciously suffocating).

* If you’re cheap and not willing to invest in yourself, let alone your business, you need to fix that.

* If it’s just about money, it will never last.

I’ll also share with you why there’s the 3% who make it in business and why 97% struggle on a continuous basis.

My problem was, I wanted to do it my way! I thought I had everything I needed. I didn’t want to listen to anyone else because my idea was better than they could ever tell me! I didn’t want to network, I didn’t want to read boring books, I didn’t want to go to workshops or attending seminars… I just wanted to design whatever was requested and pass out business cards!

Well needless to say… all of my business was based on word of mouth… uh, that equaled to approximately 45 to 50 customers.

My primary mistake? I made it about money. All I wanted was the extra cash and didn’t realize I was struggling in my business!

When the cash stopped flowing, I justified my business failing saying things like, ‘people don’t want to pay for anything’ and ‘I don’t know what to do to get more customers’ and ‘I don’t have time for this or that’…

it was pretty sad! I had justified failing… failure didn’t come to me… I quit on myself.

It wasn’t until years later, I realized or for a better choice of words… faced the truth about myself – that I was just flat out lazy and on top of the fact, scared to approach strangers… I had the big four letter word syndrome…

F E A R (false evidence appearing real)

Subconsciously I knew I was dealing with fear – I just didn’t want to face it – however, I knew I wanted to change it. I read a book by Mark Matteson entitled, “Freedom from Fear”, talking about revelation! This tiny little book changed a lot about what I was doing to myself! I had missed the whole perception about business because I chose to overlook my shortcomings.

SIDE NOTE: I’m a very spiritual person and that’s a personal relationship between me and God… its His direction, peace and promise that keeps me focused every single day (I believe in giving Praise to whom it’s due).

At this point, I wanted to read everything… well everything that pertained to self improvement (personal growth) and I had a mentor. He was a strong force in my [personal growth] life… he would say things to me that no one else could ever get away with (other than my Husband and Mom, LOL!)… He pushed me to dig deep, he encouraged me to try things I had never tried before, he insisted that I get out of my own way… to my purposed life. That’s not an easy journey… but it was one I welcomed because I wanted CHANGE. (All the things I didn’t want to do, I started doing!)

dunns_river_fallsDesiring change, opened up so many opportunities! I traveled all over – to places I never thought I would go! I ate at restaurants that I never thought about going to – we frequented Ritz Carlton hotels – I even climbed Dunn’s River Falls (in Jamaica) … yes me! I did it! LOL! (here’s a clip of the falls, not my clip just one I found on YouTube).

I’m saying all of this to say… even though I don’t have enough time to list everything I’ve been blessed to see, do, buy, etc., — those are not things I dreamed about! I didn’t have a dream and…

I Didn’t Have Purpose!

What I do know however, is that I’ve always wanted to help people. I just didn’t know that it would include making money, LOL!

I have a passion and that passion is helping people succeed in life and business and I get paid for doing it.

I allowed myself to get out of my own way… I stepped outside the box, no matter how fearful it was (cause let me tell you, when I saw Dunn River’s Fall… I was like, “who’s going to climb that? Not me! LOL!” – but I did. When I was told to speak in front of a room of hundreds of people, oh my gosh, talking about trembling! But I did that too…) because I knew my story would inspire others, even if it was only one person… I made a difference!

Today I have an entire different perspective of what business truly is – including my purpose. I’m a lover of people, right where they are IF, they desire to live life on and with purpose. When it comes to friends, I only associate with those who are positive (and yes, I’m human — sometimes we vent, but its not what we do every single day – we’re encourager’s!) I despise constant negative conversations, gossip and self justified (fit in) cliques. Removing such negativity from my life is a breath of fresh air.

The Truth WILL Set You Free

I’ve learned a very hard lesson and that is, business is not about money. Yes, there are those who would beg to differ and that’s okay for them… I’m just sharing my perspective. My sincere passion for helping others has afforded me the opportunity to be 100% self-employed for many years – I don’t have to answer to a manager, or punch a time clock, I set my own hours, and I go to lunch whenever I get ready. That’s important to me because that type of freedom allowed me to take care of my husband when he was terminally ill, to be there for my Mother when she needs me, to lay down my life and support my brother and to attend events if they are held during a week day without having to take a vacation day.

Is everyday peaches and cream? Heck NO! LOL! I still go through challenges and have obligations just like everybody else, but so does Oprah, etc., and the so called ‘gurus’ online – we’re all going through a process – there will never be perfection — money or no money!

And yes, money is very crucial to my overall needs however, the purpose, passion and commitment to educating myself regardless of what I *think* will or won’t work – overrides just thinking about money… the money comes as a result of reading, listening, commitment, mentors and my coach – this has made all the difference in the world and as my old mentor says: “it just gets gooder and gooder.” ;-)

Does this mean I’ve ‘arrived’ financially? Nope. I have a couple of bills that that are a thorn in my side — and with the same persistence, they’ll be gone VERY soon — however, money is no longer the primary reason I’m in business.

I’m constantly understanding the importance (unlike before) to have a plan — to rid myself of things that have no room for where I’m going (roadblocks that must be eliminated.)

Remember, it’s not about always having to be right! It’s about what’s the best solution/answer for your situation (even if you didn’t come up with it yourself!).

My most favorite quote in the world (cause it’s mine, LOL!)…

“An excuse is a justification to make the soul feel good.”

I stopped justifying the reason things ‘didn’t work’ and looked at the truth, started the process and loving the journey.

Regina Baker is the co-creator of Wahmcart.com and Certified Business Consultant at ReginaBaker.com. She’s dedicated to educating the small business individual on how to do business by the book as well as teaching ecommerce solutions that will allow them to work smarter, not harder. Find out more about Regina at www.reginabaker.com

Reducing Stress In The Home Office

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Stress happens when we are not relaxed, when our minds aren’t settled. When there’s too much to do, too many distractions, and too many problems. Many of you started your home-based business to avoid some of the stress of working for someone else, or to ease the stress of financial worries.

But working at home can create it’s own stressors. Isolation. Kid’s noises and distractions – which always seem to happen when you’re on an important phone call. Worrying about where the next client will come from, and if he’ll come in time to meet your obligations.

An overload of stress is bad for your body, your emotional health, and your business. You can’t eliminate it completely, but there are ways to reduce your stress levels.

1. Organize your time. Set a schedule based on your priorities and your goals. Yes, flexibility is one of the major reasons for working from home but it is still a good idea to have a basic time-use plan for your day. Decide how much time you need to spend each day on household tasks, family and children, and your business activities. Break your day up into manageable blocks of time and write down which activity belongs when. This will help stop that nagging little guilt in the back of your mind when you think you should be doing something other than what you are doing.

2. Get your family involved in your business and your plans. Let them know what has to be done and share your plans with them. Older children can help out – either with the household or maybe even with your business. Giving them tasks helps develop responsibility and pride in accomplishments. Schedule business time for when smaller children are sleeping or otherwise occupied. You might even consider having someone help out by distracting or entertaining children during set times for your phone calls or other business activities when you need quiet.

3. Develop a strong support network. Everyone occasionally needs someone to talk to. Join online or community networking groups. This can be an invaluable source not only of emotional support, but for tips and advice as well. Nothing helps more than talking with people who are or have been in the same situation that you are in. Ask questions, give advice, or just vent. Thats what these groups are there for so take advantage of them. You can get great ideas on both family and business issues, and these networks also can sometimes be a good source of business leads.

4. Create a soothing working environment. Even if your home office is a converted closet or a corner of the den find ways to separate it from the chaos of the household. This helps in two ways. First, it helps you remove yourself from the household distractions in the background, and second it allows you to emotionally change gears when you “leave” work. If your living and working spaces aren’t separate you’ll often find yourself worrying about work during family time because you can see it if it’s constantly in view. You’ll think of one more memo to write, or the proposal that you didn’t finish. And the same goes for work time – you can’t concentrate and be productive when you’re looking at a sink of dishes that need washing and laundry that needs folding.

If you don’t have an actual door to close on the office use a screen or shelves; something to create a sense of a physical barrier between home and work. Make your working space relaxing. Display a picture of a soothing scene or something funny so that you can take a mental mini-break when you need to. Use warm inviting colors, or soft music in the background. Don’t go overboard though. You don’t want to create a space that puts you to sleep, just relaxing enough to keep your stress at manageable levels so you can do your best and most efficient work.

5. Avoid procrastination. This is related to the first idea – scheduling your time. Often, stress is created by the pressure of knowing you haven’t done what you planned to do or what you should have done. There’s no need to beat yourself up – guilt is very stressful too. And it will happen occasionally, but that’s one of the best advantages of working for yourself. You have the flexibility and the freedom to get yourself back on track.


Author Bio

Vanessa Shelton is a web designer, marketing consultant and copywriter with over 20 years experience. She uses “The Right Words – The Right Way” to turn your vision and ideas into reality. With newsletters, article marketing, the website refresh, and more in her arsenal, Vanessa is ready to help small business owners and independent professionals get attention, and get results. Visit http://www.vanessasdesk.com to see how Vanessa can help you.

Making Noise About Your Business

Making Noise PictureBy nature, I’m normally a very quiet person. So when I first heard the concept of making noise in my business, I kind of hesitated at the thought. Why? Because I’m not a loud person and I don’t boast about my business.

Even still today, I don’t boast about it. However, I’ve learned how to ‘get out of the box’ per se, or get out of my own ‘harmful’ way of thinking. After all, I am in business and only what I do in terms of marketing will ever make a difference as to whether or not my financial goals are met.

I will say however, that I’ve become “LOUD”, LOL! Not verbally loud like shouting, but people know who I am and what I do because I’ve made myself visible.

Making Noise in An Already LOUD Environment

I use to think that there was no room for me! I felt like the market was already saturated with coaches, consultants and internet advisors, and who would want to listen to me?

I quickly learned that I am who I am — a unique individual with my own message, my own experience, my own way of teaching internet marketing and those who could relate to me and me only. Hence, I’m not in competition with anyone else! It wasn’t until I ‘got that‘ — the interview requests and speaking engagements began to roll in.

Making Your Own Noise

Get Loud About Your Business!Here are a few suggestions for making noise, getting out of your own way and do the things that people do for positive results:

1. Research a mastermind group or forum that offers practical solutions for your needs. Participate and ask questions.
2. Go to BlogTalkRadio.com and search for radio shows on topics related to your niche. Create a speakers bio, convert it to a pdf and request to be interviewed.
3. Get on facebook and twitter and talk, talk, talk! Be authentic in your message without trying to sell yourself.
4. Create free local workshops in your area empowering people with your how to do… [message]
5. Network with the other person in mind… take the focus off of self and be a sincere help to others (results: creates long lasting relationships, trust and referrals).
6. Hire a Coach/Consultant – a coach will help you strategically plan for profitable results; a consultant will teach you ‘how to’ implement your plan.
7. Consistently strive for personal growth: read, listen and apply positive affirmations every single day!

If you’ve ever heard the saying, “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan“, write it down, define what it means to you and put it to action!

Remember, nothing EVER beats a failure… but a try!

Now get up and make some NOISE about YOUR business!

‘I’m just keeping it real’

Regina Baker is the co-creator of Wahmcart.com and Certified Business Consultant at ReginaBaker.com. She’s dedicated to educating the small business individual on how to do business by the book as well as teaching ecommerce solutions that will allow them to work smarter, not harder. Find out more about Regina at www.reginabaker.com


Can a Virtual Assistant grow your business?

Corrie PictureWhen you are first starting your business, you may not be able to handle everything that goes with it, especially if you are working full or part time outside the home. On the other hand, when you run a successful business and family, you may also need some help. You will get to a point where you just can’t grow anymore without some assistance.

One of the best and easiest ways to get the help you need, to take you business to the next level, is to hire a Virtual Assistant. Virtual Assistants are people that work out of their home doing administrative duties for others. They have a computer and a phone and some may have a fax machine and a scanner. When you hire a VA, you can delegate business work that doesn’t make you money, but needs to be done. Not only will hiring a VA help you make money, but it will also give you more time to spend with your family.

Now, you may ask, what a VA can do for you. Below is a small list of things that a VA can do to help you grow your business. If you have some things that are not on this list that you need done, just ask a VA and they will tell you if it’s something they can do or maybe they can suggest another VA to help you get the work done.

• Advertising
• Newsletter creation
• Blog posts
• Blog submissions
• Transcription
• Website updates
• Article writing
• Article Submissions
• Email
• Set appointments
• Set up auto responders
• Create PDF documents
• Create databases

With all the things your VA can do for you, you will be able to increase things you are doing to grow your business and add things to your business that will increase your income. When you find a VA that works perfect for you, you will wonder how you managed without him or her. Your VA will cost you money, but it will be well worth it in the long run.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She enjoys helping others reach their goals and dreams. Check out her website at www.virtualfreedom4you.com.