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7-Lessons for Business Success

7-Lessons for Business Success

by Carrie Greene

I participated in a “painting party” with seventy business owners. Painting has never been my thing. I don’t see myself as artistic. And creating an image by drawing, painting, sketching or anything else like that makes me uncomfortable.

There were rows of tables and easels. Each seat had paint, brushes and an apron. There were three platforms, also with easels for the instructors and a bar.

I searched for an excuse. How could I possibly get out of this “party”? I did not think it was going to be fun; in fact, I was certain I was about to expose some serious shortcomings.

With no way to escape, I got myself a glass of wine, took a deep breath and picked a seat near one of the platforms (I wanted to be close to an instructor).

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 The instructors went step-by-step, telling us which colors and brushes to use, where to paint and how to mix the colors.

I listened, I watched, I followed the directions as best as I could and I painted (and drank a little wine).

After a few minutes the room filled with laughter. We were having fun.

It took about an hour to finish the paintings.

Afterwards, I wandered around and looked at the paintings. Every one was different and while they probably aren’t museum quality, they all came out really good.

As I checked out everyone’s work I realized that there were lessons to be learned from the experience that apply directly to your business.

Here’s what I noticed.

1. We were all given the same materials and directions and told how much paint to use. Yet the colors turned out all different. They were all nice but some used more pigment and the colors were bold and deep, some used less color. They were less intense and softer.

Lesson: How do you approach your business?

Do you just go for it, throw caution to the wind? Do you take it slowly and cautiously? Do you stop when it is good enough, like I did because I was afraid I’d mess it up if I touched it anymore?

2. The instructors talked about “working the colors,” adding more to increase the depth, the texture and the contrast in the painting. It was obvious looking at the paintings that some people did more of this than others.

Lesson: In your business do you just put something out there and walk away from it?

Do you tweak and refine it a little, so it’s good enough? Or do you keep working and working it and are never satisfied?

3. No two paintings were alike. Some of the difference can be attributed to skill with a paintbrush but it went further than that. The real differences were about following, or not following, the directions. We were supposed to paint a sunset scene, there were several paintings that had nothing to do with a sunset, the painter simply wanted to do something else.

Lesson: In your business when do you follow directions?

When do you do whatever you want to do? When there is an expert leading do you follow their advice or do you ignore it? Do you follow an assignment or do you set your own rules? There is certainly a time and a place for both, just make sure that you consciously decide which rules to follow and which to set aside. 4. At some point along the way, most of us fell behind or got lost in the directions. Everyone handled those moments of confusion differently. Some asked the instructor for help, others called to assistants who were walking around, some asked the person sitting next to them, others looked at the person next to them and guessed at the next step, some made it up and others gave up.

 7-Lessons For Business Success
7-Lessons For Business Success

Lesson: What do you do when you don’t know the next step to take? Do you get frustrated and stop? Do you ask for help? If you ask for help, who do you get to help you? 5. There were over a hundred people at the event; only seventy participated in the painting party.

Lesson: These people missed out on a really fun time. Do you engage even if you’re scared? Trying something new can be scary. Painting is WAY outside of my comfort zone. What do you automatically avoid in your business without really understanding what’s involved or even trying?

6. I already told you that I do not see myself as an artist. I don’t believe I can paint; yet when I came home I showed my painting to my son and he said “Wow, that’s really nice! And you say you can’t paint!”

Lesson: What assumptions do you make about your skills that stop you even before you start? Where are you shortchanging yourself? Where are you shortchanging your clients?

7. When we were done we checked out everyone else’s painting. A lot of them were really good but the “artist” would say that they didn’t like it. Thinking back to the evening, I said that I liked my grass but didn’t like the way the sun looked. The next morning I walked by the painting in my hotel room, it caught my eye and before I realized it was mine, I thought, that’s a nice painting.

Lesson: Do you see yourself and your work fairly? Do you pre-judge yourself? Are you open to seeing and acknowledging what you are doing well? I mean, be honest with yourself for a moment, if you weren’t talking about yourself what would you think of your accomplishments? Would you look for the flaws or the good?

Have you ever done something out of your comfort zone and found yourself surprised by the outcome? Do you pre-judge yourself? Do you risk embarrassment?

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Carrie Greene is a speaker, author and business coach. She is a business strategist who helps entrepreneurs get clear on what they want and create simple and straight-forward plans to get there. She is the author of “Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm and Procrastination So You Can Create Ultimate Profit!” Free resources at http://carriegreenecoaching.com/

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The Home Office – Focus on Business

The Home Office – Focus on Business
by Daniel D Lotts

While it’s so much more relaxed and casual to work from your home office, you still need to keep in mind that it is for the purpose of business that you are there. As part of focusing your mind on the work you need to do to develop and maintain a business, what you see in front of you is directly related.

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Why add continually navigating chaos to your work-related tasks every time you do something? It wastes time and energy, not to mention causes you to lose focus on what you need to be doing. Make staying organized part of your work day and put things away! Get folders for things and even if all you have is a box or plastic crate, put your folders or important papers in there. ‘Out of sight out of mind’ has special relevance here. If your workspace is organized you will think and see things more clearly. Remove anything that is not related to business out of your office space entirely if you can.

There is more than one reason for creating a focused environment in your home office. For tax purposes, particularly if it is the case that you only make part of your income from home, when you are claiming home business deductions (which you should) then you have to have a clear delineation to separate ‘home’ from ‘business.’ In fact, an actual door on your office is required. (For those lucky enough to earn their entire income from home, you don’t need the door but you still need to have an area dedicated only to business.

In any case you can figure the square feet in your living space and determine how much is used exclusively for business. Then you can deduct expenses based on that percentage for rent, utilities, insurance, etc., in addition to directly related business expenses such as office supplies, equipment, etc.

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Just be sure you have receipts for every penny you claim. Another element to organize and to keep a folder marked ‘Taxes’ where you put receipts and invoices all year long, so you are not scrambling at the last minute, and maybe even missing something that would have been a deduction to your self-employment income taxes.

Be sure that part of your organization and focus involves committing your time (scheduling) – where you will sit and work and do nothing else. Turn on your voice mail and be sure that your family and friends know and respect your hours of business just as they would have to if you were going off to a job. If you have little kids then obviously this time allocated to your business should be when they are at school or sleeping if possible.

You really won’t get as much done, or retain as much information if you are constantly being interrupted by the doorbell, phone, kids, dog, etc. Of course the kids (and dogs) are some of the main good reasons you have for starting a home business; and of course you can’t always have 100% control over them, but with a little planning and mutual respect you can have more time for them and still have a successful business.

Oh – and don’t forget to rest – when you shut down (and put everything away) at the end of your work time, shut the door – even if the door is only in your mind. You have to have a time where you are OFF work – to relax and enjoy the other facets of your life. Resist the temptation to log back on your computer every time you get a bright idea. Just write it down and take care of it next time you go back to work.

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Daniel Lotts is the owner of www.dreamaffiliate.com and is dedicated to helping you succeed when starting a home based business. 100% Proven Online Profits! Visit today for more info or check out the site’s #1 home business at: http://www.PlugInProfitSite.com/main-18923

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Internet Marketing is Like the Wild West

Internet Marketing is Like the Wild West
by Sebastian Sorrentini

If you have been involved with Internet Marketing for any length of time you will realize it’s a lot like the wild west. What I mean by it being like the wild west is the Internet is unregulated for the most part and almost anything goes online. That’s why you have to be careful who you get involved with online, and you have to be careful not to get scammed since nobody is regulating things.

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Me I love the net being like the Wild West and I always romanticize about living in the Wild West if it were possible for some reason, I guess I love the freedom the net gives me and anything goes online is why the net reminds me of the Wild West. I decided I wanted my life like the wild West, and I can get that life online so I decided to start an online business.

For someone like me who loves the net starting an online business is like a dream. I can literally spend all day on the net and not get bored. I just think of something off the top of my head that excites me then Google it and presto it’s there. I thought since I’m online all day wasting time, why not start an Internet business, and waste time making money if that makes sense.

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In 2005 I started looking for an Internet business to get involved in and boy was it wild. What I mean by it being wild is I kept jumping around from one opportunity to opportunity and spending all kinds of money. What happened to me was what happens to a lot of newbies who start looking for an opportunity they get caught up in a lot of scams, or they are confused on how to do things so they jump around or quit.

MY advice to newbies thinking about starting an online business is instead of jumping into an opportunity research many opportunities. Google reviews about the opportunity and take as much time as you need then when you are ready join the opportunity and stick with it till you are successful in that opportunity then start looking for another opportunity. I would be successful by now if I stuck with the first opportunity, but I had to keep jumping around. I jumped around for almost ten years and accomplished nothing because I always though the grass was greener on the other side. But now I’ve finally figured it out that sticking with one thing till I succeed is the only way I will accomplish anything. I’m sticking to this opportunity until I succeed or at least give it enough time to see if it works.

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Sebastian Sorrentini owns http://www.cashflowreviewed.com where popular home business ideas and opportunities are tested rigorously to find out what works and what doesn’t. Visit today for more info or check out our #1 work-at-home program at: http://www.cashflowreviewed.com/specialoffer

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Article Marketing For Your Online Business?

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Article Marketing For Your Online Business?
by Jon Allo

Article marketing is an online business marketing strategy where you supply written content about your business to article directories and ezine owners who then publish that content on the Internet for free. This generates a link back to your website, which can drive traffic to your website. Article marketing also assists your search engine rankings when people are searching for something that is related to your article’s content.

A few years ago, you could very easily produce an article of a few hundred words then send the identical article to a bunch of different article directories. But, as a growing number of second-rate article directories began starting online with no editorial criteria, the results on the search engines started to become very poor. In 2011 Google decided to try and control the poor quality search results coming from these low standard article directories and released the Panda and Penguin updates. These oddly named updates were developed to filter out pages from article directories that had very low on-page reader time, high exit rates, poor quality links and identical versions of the same article. So the question has to be, is article marketing still relevant today?

  • Is Article Marketing Still Relevant Today?

Article marketing is still effective for your online business strategy when used correctly. Here are 6 article marketing tips that will help you use this online business marketing strategy to its full advantage:

1. Successful article marketing comes from producing valuable and relevant content.

A bad article is one with a load of pointless waffle in the hope that somebody may click on the link contained within it and visit your website. A good article should provide valuable information that a reader will want to share it with somebody else, or save it because it is beneficial to them.

2. Increase your volume of article marketing.

You may not rank really very well in the search engines with 5 or 6 articles, but increasing the amount of content you place online can help boost traffic to your online business website.

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3. Consider writing a press releases as well as an article.

A press release is an article that’s designed like a story for a newspaper. It usually is fact-based, and includes a few quotes from sources (one of which could be you as the expert). Just like Internet marketing articles, you can issue a press release on the Internet for free or use a paid PR service. Your press release needs to answer who, what, when, where, why and how, and you should still include a link to your website.

4. You can post your articles to your own websites.

This is basically a form of blogging. Owning your own content certainly helps search engines view your domain as an authority figure.

5. Get your articles published in ezines.

There are hundreds of different ezines online, and there will be ones that suit the market for your online business. Most ezine editors are happy to provide you with a link to your website in exchange for the content you provide.

6. When creating content for article marketing

Make sure you follow the rules and guidelines for what the directory owner wants and then polish your submission before sending it over for possible inclusion. Do not send the exact same article to different directories. Search engines like to provide unique content to their users and if they detect that the exact same article exists somewhere else on the Internet they will not rank it.

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Success in business is mostly about marketing, especially online. Great marketing can sell an average product but poor marketing cannot sell a great product. To learn more about marketing that will work for your business and how to find the right products to sell and the right customers to buy them, visit http://www.jonallo.com

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