20 Time Management Tips for Your Home Business

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timemanagement1. Create a designated work space. If you have a separate room that you can turn into an office, great! If not, no worries, just make a space in a corner of a room that is ONLY for your business. Make sure the space is clutter free and free of any other things that will distract you. This setting will instantly put you in an efficient state of mind. When you have a designated work space, you can also figure the square footage for that area and use it as a tax write off for portions of your mortgage/rent, utilities, internet, etc. One of the many perks of having a home business.

2. Schedule your time. It is VERY easy to waste your day away. By the time you’ve made yourself a cup of coffee, checked your e-mail, returned some calls and socialized on Facebook, it’s often time for lunch. That’s why it’s important to develop a daily schedule to organize your time. How you structure your schedule doesn’t matter as long as it works for you! When you are setting this schedule you want to account for time you’ll spend speaking to potential business, for training calls, for your team members, family and personal time. When you don’t have a schedule, it is easy to get overwhelmed. What do I need to do? What do I do first? It’s very easy to get to the end of the day and not truly get anything done. The fact is, you cannot be productive when you are overwhelmed. It’s hard to implement your passion when you are in that state of mind. Take the first 15-20 minutes of every day to plan your day. You should never start your day not knowing what you want to have achieved by the end of it. Make a plan. Even a simple post it note with a few things you’d like to accomplish will work!

3. Determine what part of the day you have the most energy and feel the most productive. Then schedule the things that have to get done during that time. If you’re a morning person, for example, you may want to hit the phones first thing in the morning and start calling potential business.

4. Create a to-do list. It’s important to write down your goals for the day, week and month. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment every time you check off a task on your to-do list. Prioritize your to do list. Put it in number order, or put stars next to the most important things, highlight, whatever works for you. You can list the “have to get dones” and the “like to get dones”. A to-do list sounds like such a simple idea. But it’s one that is frequently ignored and one that makes ALL the difference in the success of your day. On the days I create a to-do list and stick to it, I am unstoppable. I get so much done. And I feel proud at the end of the day!

5. Focus on what you’re doing. When you’re working on your to do list, do one thing at a time. It will increase your concentration and you will be more effective. Your value will increase and your business will grow! Focus only on what you’re doing. Don’t think about everything else you need to be doing. God knows I’ve been guilty of that. When I’m doing chores, I’m thinking I should be working, when I’m working, I’m thinking about the chores that need to get done. Schedule your time, create blocks of time that are dedicated to only completing the task at hand. So that you don’t feel guilty.

6. Stop checking your email every five minutes. This is a huge time waster and distraction. But we’re drawn to “new”, it’s human nature. It makes us feel good and important. Ignore it when you’re working on something. Every time you check your email when you’re in the middle of working on something else, it pulls your focus from what you were working on and you lose time trying to get back to that task. It will have your mind wandering here, there and everywhere. If you’re working on something important, turn off your email so the dings of new emails coming in don’t distract you. For example, as I was writing these tips, I shut my email down. Try to limit the amount of times you check your emails to 3-5 times a day. It’s very hard to stick to that especially in the smartphone world we live in these days. And I know I check my email many more times than that on some days. But make sure that the number of times you are checking your email per day is not pulling you from the task you are scheduled to be doing at that time.

7. Eliminate Distractions. The TV, Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush, all those things that pull us away from our business and what needs to get done… eliminate them when you’re working your business. We all love those things for entertainment purposes, but there is a time and a place for that… and it doesn’t fit in to your work day!

8. Don’t take personal calls. Obviously we cannot turn off our phone while we are working because we are expecting calls from potential business. However, screen your calls during your work hours. If a friend is calling and you know it’s just to chat, let it go to voice mail and call her back after work. If you were working at a job for a boss, you wouldn’t be able to take that call. Treat your business with that kind of respect and it will respect you back with the success you want and need.

9. Shut the door. This may sound obvious, but it’s hard to screen out distractions when your spouse, kids, pets and neighbors can walk into your home office any time and strike up a conversation. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up an office in a room that has a door that you can close when you need to make an important phone call or concentrate on your work. If that’s not possible, explain to your family that there are certain hours during the day when you will be working and ask them to respect your boundaries. Of course, that’s easier said than done and make take them a little time to adjust to it and take you seriously but keep telling them! One problem I have faced is my family and friends thinking that since I “work from home” that I am just sitting at home and have tons of spare time to “hang out.” I would remind them over and over again that “Yes, I do have flexibility to do things here and there WITH notice.” However, for the majority of the time, I am working and building a business just like someone who works outside of the home and I take this very seriously. It took them a while to respect it and take me seriously but now they do.

10. Log what you do. Something great that you can do is monitor what you are doing on a daily basis. Get to know what you are spending your time on and work on improving and becoming more productive. Logging what you do will make a huge difference. It’s much more effective than just floundering around and letting hours go by without getting anything done. I’ve defintiely fallen victim to that. When I log what I do, I am much more productive. You don’t want to go through the day half unconscious and all over the place and espcecially you don’t want to get to the end of the day and not know what you did. You’ll just feel exhausted and overwhelmed. And that will not create success. Great thing about logging what you do is that you can find out where you are wasting your time, where you’re confusing activity with accomplishment. You will learn that as you log what you do, you will learn your numbers. How many ads it takes to generate the leads you need, How many presentations it takes to enroll an IBO or member, any successful person knows their numbers. If you asked any top leader within Ameriplan about their numbers, I bet they could give them to you. Log all of it. It will help you with goal setting. For example, if I wanted to have 20 enrollments during September, I could tell you how many presentations I will need to make because I track my numbers. Any successful person knows their numbers, they know what they’re passionate about, they know what they need to spend their time on on a daily basis.

11. Multi-Task.
When you’re working at home and you’re talking to someone else who wants to work from home, it’s good that you can walk around your house and talk to them while you are picking up toys and things. I’ve cleaned my whole house while talking to prospects! And it’s even okay if they hear you helping your kids because THEY want to work from home and if they hear your kids in the background, you can use that to your advantage. I love to incorporate my kids into my presentation if they are around. Some people like to purchase a headset to help with multi-tasking or some are comfortable just carrying the phone around the old fashioned way like me.

12. Work in 30 minute blocks.
It’s very easy to flounder around and just do whatever comes to mind at any give moment. Don’t allow yourself to operate that way. Pick an activity and give yourself a 30 minute block of time where you ONLY focus on that one activity. Turn everything else off (TV, Facebook, etc.) and just focus on that one activity. I do this with responding to emails. I will sit down and say “I am going to sit here and answer emails for 30 full minutes and not do anything else.” I keep my eye on the clock to make sure I’m staying on schedule. You could also set a timer for this. I find myself being very effective with my time and getting more done by working in these 30 minute blocks.

13. Ask someone to watch your kids. This is GREAT when you schedule your spouse or a family member to watch the kids so you can get some work done without distractions. You can also talk with some of the other moms in the neighborhood to see if they want to swap out some play days. You can have her kids over and then on another day send your kids over there so you can get some REAL good work in.

14. Ask for help. This can be a tough one for a lot of people, myself included. But you shouldn’t have to do it all… ALL the time (cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, building your business)… delegate some tasks to your family members that will free up some of your time. For example, have your teenage daughter do the dishes, have your spouse make dinner one night, carpool with a mom to your kid’s activities, etc. When we ask for help, and get it, we can be more productive, be happier and reach our goals a lot faster.

15. Use technology. One of the most beautiful things about this age we are living in now is all the technology we have at our finger tips. Texting, Instant Messaging, Facebook, phone apps… use these to help you save time with communicating with people and with your time management organization. For example, in your business, make sure all your team members know they can access you by these methods. A text to answer a quick question is much more effective than a 30 minute phone conversation. If you have a smartphone, look into getting an app that will help you with creating a schedule and to-do lists and set up reminders for things you need to get done. There are tons of them out there and most of them are free.

16. Team Calls. Attending team calls is a huge time saver for everyone. We have a VERY large team. And we all have the same questions and need to learn the same stuff. Jumping on these calls and us all learning together is a huge time saver. For example, imagine a leader on this team who has 30 team members… all 30 of them need to learn prospecting tips. But instead of that leader calling each one of them explaning 30 minutes of prospecting tips, all 30 of those team members can jump on a team call about prospecting tips. Then after, contact their enroller with quick questions. This is not only a huge time saver for the leader but also for the 30 team members so they can focus on getting into action. Also, on our team site at www.careerandfreedom.homestead.com, there are recorded calls for every topic pertaining to this business on the Weekly Calls page. Use that. Bookmark it. Listen to the calls yourself and direct your team members there when they have a question about a specific topic.

17. Our team’s Facebook Group. Another time saver. We are all there asking and answering questions all day everyday and providing the support that you need and deserve. You can get your questions answered there and your team members can as well. If you are not a member of our private Facebook Group “Career and Freedom”, email me at kwooten@ameriplan.net and I will send you an email invite to join the group.

18. Wake up 15 minutes earlier than you need to every morning. This is such a simple tip that will make ALL the difference in the tone of your day. You can take 15 minutes each morning to enjoy the peace and quiet before your busy day starts. I personally like to take this time to have coffee and listen to personal development. It starts my day off in a great way. Give it a try, you’ll notice a difference in your days.

19. Take care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy and exercise regularly. This will make a huge overall difference in your energy level, attitude, ability to learn new things, how you treat people and how you handle obstacles.

20. Give yourself time to create an efficient routine. Good time management requires discipline and commitment. It’s truly an artform that takes time and energy to master. But it’s an amazing process. You will find that you will think better, work better, you will develop a higher self esteem.

A successful business all starts with good time management. Make it your goal to become a master of your time and everything around you will grow!!

Believing in you,


7 Emotions You Will Encounter in the First Year of a Home Business

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feelingsYour first year in a home business will be filled with a roller coaster of emotions. Here are seven emotions you will most likely encounter so you can be ready and know how to deal with them:

1. Excitement - You just started a business that is going to change your life!  You’re gung ho ready and excited to start building a successful business and residual income!  Then you start going through the training process and now you feel…
2. Overwhelmed - There is a lot to take in, a lot of websites, training calls, reading material, etc. Of course there is though, you’re starting a brand new business.  When you feel this way, talk to your mentor. They will remind you to be grateful that there is a lot of training versus not enough and they will assure you that the feeling of being overwhelmed will fade in the next week or two or three.  Then you will get excited again and start generating leads to talk to.  The leads start coming in and then a new feeling arrives…
3. Fear - You may start to think “Oh my goodness, I need to talk to this person, give them the details, answer their questions. Oh no, what if they ask a question that I don’t know the answer to?”  If this occurs, make the decision to make your reason WHY you’re doing your business BIGGER than your fear and DO IT AFRAID!  When you do that,  you will get to the point where you feel…
4. Happy - Because, YES, you just got your first enrollment, then your second enrollment and you may end up enrolling ten that month.  But then you may experience feeling…
5. Discouraged - If one of those ten quits!  You begin to understand that you shouldn’t focus on the quitter but you should focus on the nine that stayed and continue to press forward enrolling new people.  But then, you may start to feel…
6. Impatient - You may have enrolled 20 people by now but you still don’t see the big, full time income yet. You need it, I get that, I needed it too!  Remind yourself that this is a building process and it takes time to reach a six figure income, it doesn’t happen overnight.  However, you start seeing other people reach big income levels and you start…
7. Comparing yourself to others - You cannot compare your journey to anyone else’s.  It will destroy your focus.  Everyone’s journey is unique. That person you’re comparing yourself to may have been in business for four years and you’re brand new. You cannot compare your day three to someone’s year four. That person may have done many home businesses in the past, and this is your first. That person may work the business full time, and you’re working your business part time.  Everyone’s journey is unique. Your success will come when you stop focusing on others’ success and start focusing on your own!

Now, if these feelings sound familiar to you, you are not alone.  We all go through these feelings in the beginning!  Some of the feelings are fun, some are not so fun.  No matter which one they are, they are all a part of the process and they will make you better in the long run.  I believe we have to go through these feelings ourselves so that when we have new team members that go through them, we can empathize and help them through it!

I’ll leave you with this… anything worth having, will not come easy. It may not be easy. But it WILL BE WORTH IT!!!

GAME ON!!


20 Time Management Tips for your Home Business

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timemanagement1. Create a designated work space.  If you have a separate room that you can turn into an office, great!  If not, no worries, just make a space in a corner of a room that is ONLY for your business.  Make sure the space is clutter free and free of any other things that will distract you.  This setting will instantly put you in an efficient state of mind.  When you have a designated work space, you can also figure the square footage for that area and use it as a tax write off for portions of your mortgage/rent, utilities, internet, etc.  One of the many perks of having a home business.

2. Schedule your time. It is VERY easy to waste your day away. By the time you’ve made yourself a cup of coffee, checked your e-mail, returned some calls and socialized on Facebook, it’s often time for lunch. That’s why it’s important to develop a daily schedule to organize your time. How you structure your schedule doesn’t matter as long as it works for you! When you are setting this schedule you want to account for time you’ll spend speaking to potential business, for training calls, for your team members, family and personal time. When you don’t have a schedule, it is easy to get overwhelmed. What do I need to do? What do I do first? It’s very easy to get to the end of the day and not truly get anything done. The fact is, you cannot be productive when you are overwhelmed. It’s hard to implement your passion when you are in that state of mind. Take the first 15-20 minutes of every day to plan your day. You should never start your day not knowing what you want to have achieved by the end of it.  Make a plan.  Even a simple post it note with a few things you’d like to accomplish will work!

3. Determine what part of the day you have the most energy and feel the most productive.  Then schedule the things that have to get done during that time. If you’re a morning person, for example, you may want to hit the phones first thing in the morning and start calling potential business.

4. Create a to-do list. It’s important to write down your goals for the day, week and month. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment every time you check off a task on your to-do list. Prioritize your to do list. Put it in number order, or put stars next to the most important things, highlight, whatever works for you. You can list the “have to get dones” and the “like to get dones”. A to-do list sounds like such a simple idea.  But it’s one that is frequently ignored and one that makes ALL the difference in the success of your day.  On the days I create a to-do list and stick to it, I am unstoppable.  I get so much done.  And I feel proud at the end of the day!

5. Focus on what you’re doing. When you’re working on your to do list, do one thing at a time. It will increase your concentration and you will be more effective. Your value will increase and your business will grow! Focus only on what you’re doing. Don’t think about everything else you need to be doing. God knows I’ve been guilty of that. When I’m doing chores, I’m thinking I should be working, when I’m working, I’m thinking about the chores that need to get done. Schedule your time, create blocks of time that are dedicated to only completing the task at hand. So that you don’t feel guilty.

6. Stop checking your email every five minutes. This is a huge time waster and distraction.  But we’re drawn to “new”, it’s human nature.  It makes us feel good and important.  Ignore it when you’re working on something. Every time you check your email when you’re in the middle of working on something else, it pulls your focus from what you were working on and you lose time trying to get back to that task. It will have your mind wandering here, there and everywhere.  If you’re working on something important, turn off your email so the dings of new emails coming in don’t distract you.  For example, as I was writing these tips, I shut my email down.  Try to limit the amount of times you check your emails to 3-5 times a day.  It’s very hard to stick to that especially in the smartphone world we live in these days.  And I know I check my email many more times than that on some days.  But make sure that the number of times you are checking your email per day is not pulling you from the task you are scheduled to be doing at that time.

7. Eliminate Distractions. The TV, Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush, all those things that pull us away from our business and what needs to get done… eliminate them when you’re working your business.  We all love those things for entertainment purposes, but there is a time and a place for that… and it doesn’t fit in to your work day!

8. Don’t take personal calls. Obviously we cannot turn off our phone while we are working because we are expecting calls from potential business. However, screen your calls during your work hours.  If a friend is calling and you know it’s just to chat, let it go to voice mail and call her back after work.  If you were working at a job for a boss, you wouldn’t be able to take that call.  Treat your business with that kind of respect and it will respect you back with the success you want and need.

9. Shut the door. This may sound obvious, but it’s hard to screen out distractions when your spouse, kids, pets and neighbors can walk into your home office any time and strike up a conversation. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up an office in a room that has a door that you can close when you need to make an important phone call or concentrate on your work. If that’s not possible, explain to your family that there are certain hours during the day when you will be working and ask them to respect your boundaries. Of course, that’s easier said than done and make take them a little time to adjust to it and take you seriously but keep telling them! One problem I have faced is my family and friends thinking that since I “work from home” that I am just sitting at home and have tons of spare time to “hang out.” I would remind them over and over again that “Yes, I do have flexibility to do things here and there WITH notice.” However, for the majority of the time, I am working and building a business just like someone who works outside of the home and I take this very seriously. It took them a while to respect it and take me seriously but now they do.

10. Log what you do. Something great that you can do is monitor what you are doing on a daily basis. Get to know what you are spending your time on and work on improving and becoming more productive. Logging what you do will make a huge difference. It’s much more effective than just floundering around and letting hours go by without getting anything done. I’ve defintiely fallen victim to that. When I log what I do, I am much more productive. You don’t want to go through the day half unconscious and all over the place and espcecially you don’t want to get to the end of the day and not know what you did. You’ll just feel exhausted and overwhelmed. And that will not create success.  Great thing about logging what you do is that you can find out where you are wasting your time, where you’re confusing activity with accomplishment. You will learn that as you log what you do, you will learn your numbers. How many ads it takes to generate the leads you need, How many presentations it takes to enroll an IBO or member, any successful person knows their numbers. If you asked any top leader within Ameriplan about their numbers, I bet they could give them to you. Log all of it. It will help you with goal setting. For example, if I wanted to have 20 enrollments during September, I could tell you how many presentations I will need to make because I track my numbers. Any successful person knows their numbers, they know what they’re passionate about, they know what they need to spend their time on on a daily basis.

11. Multi-Task.
When you’re working at home and you’re talking to someone else who wants to work from home, it’s good that you can walk around your house and talk to them while you are picking up toys and things. I’ve cleaned my whole house while talking to prospects!  And it’s even okay if they hear you helping your kids because THEY want to work from home and if they hear your kids in the background, you can use that to your advantage. I love to incorporate my kids into my presentation if they are around. Some people like to purchase a headset to help with multi-tasking or some are comfortable just carrying the phone around the old fashioned way like me.

12. Work in 30 minute blocks.
It’s very easy to flounder around and just do whatever comes to mind at any give moment.  Don’t allow yourself to operate that way.  Pick an activity and give yourself a 30 minute block of time where you ONLY focus on that one activity.  Turn everything else off (TV, Facebook, etc.) and just focus on that one activity.  I do this with responding to emails.  I will sit down and say “I am going to sit here and answer emails for 30 full minutes and not do anything else.”  I keep my eye on the clock to make sure I’m staying on schedule.  You could also set a timer for this.  I find myself being very effective with my time and getting more done by working in these 30 minute blocks.

13. Ask someone to watch your kids. This is GREAT when you schedule your spouse or a family member to watch the kids so you can get some work done without distractions. You can also talk with some of the other moms in the neighborhood to see if they want to swap out some play days. You can have her kids over and then on another day send your kids over there so you can get some REAL good work in.

14. Ask for help.  This can be a tough one for a lot of people, myself included.  But you shouldn’t have to do it all… ALL the time (cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, building your business)… delegate some tasks to your family members that will free up some of your time.  For example, have your teenage daughter do the dishes, have your spouse make dinner one night, carpool with a mom to your kid’s activities, etc. When we ask for help, and get it, we can be more productive, be happier and reach our goals a lot faster.

15. Use technology. One of the most beautiful things about this age we are living in now is all the technology we have at our finger tips.  Texting, Instant Messaging, Facebook, phone apps… use these to help you save time with communicating with people and with your time management organization.  For example, in your business, make sure all your team members know they can access you by these methods.  A text to answer a quick question is much more effective than a 30 minute phone conversation.  If you have a smartphone, look into getting an app that will help you with creating a schedule and to-do lists and set up reminders for things you need to get done.  There are tons of them out there and most of them are free.

16. Team Calls. Attending team calls is a huge time saver for everyone. We have a VERY large team. And we all have the same questions and need to learn the same stuff. Jumping on these calls and us all learning together is a huge time saver. For example, imagine a leader on this team who has 30 team members… all 30 of them need to learn prospecting tips. But instead of that leader calling each one of them explaning 30 minutes of prospecting tips, all 30 of those team members can jump on a team call about prospecting tips. Then after, contact their enroller with quick questions. This is not only a huge time saver for the leader but also for the 30 team members so they can focus on getting into action.  Also, on our team site at www.careerandfreedom.homestead.com, there are recorded calls for every topic pertaining to this business on the Weekly Calls page. Use that.  Bookmark it. Listen to the calls yourself and direct your team members there when they have a question about a specific topic.

17. Our team’s Facebook page and Group.  Another time saver.  We are all there asking and answering questions all day everyday.  You can get your questions answered there and your team members can as well.  If you are not a member of our private Facebook Group, email me at kwooten@ameriplan.net and I will send you an email invite to join the group.  We also have a team page at www.facebook.com/careerandfreedom.

18. Wake up 15 minutes earlier than you need to every morning.  This is such a simple tip that will make ALL the difference in the tone of your day.  You can take 15 minutes each morning to enjoy the peace and quiet before your busy day starts.  I personally like to take this time to have coffee and listen to personal development.  It starts my day off in a great way.  Give it a try, you’ll notice a difference in your days.

19. Take care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy and exercise regularly. This will make a huge overall difference in your energy level, attitude, ability to learn new things, how you treat people and how you handle obstacles.

20.  Give yourself time to create an efficient routine. Good time management requires discipline and commitment. It’s truly an artform that takes time and energy to master. But it’s an amazing process. You will find that you will think better, work better, you will develop a higher self esteem.

A successful business all starts with good time management. Make it your goal to become a master of your time and everything around you will grow!!

Believing in you,


21 Quick Tips to Help You Build a Successful Home Business

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business-success-quotes-224x300People ask me all the time “What is your secret? What is it that you are doing to reach success, can you give me some tips? I want to be a successful work at home mom too!!” These 21 tips are my “Secret” and if you follow them everyday consistently, you too will be a six figure earner in the work at home industry!  I TRULY believe that!

1. Better listening means more enrollments.  Focus on your prospects needs rather than yours. How can you help THEM?  Listen for their why.  Engage with them. You will create a connection with your prospect if they can hear that you care.  This is how you will become a master recruiter.

2. Smile on your prospecting calls.  They will hear the kindness and excitement in your voice.  Take the saying “Smile and Dial” to heart… it works!!

3. Focus on how many people you can talk to versus how many people you can enroll. When you’re focused on results, it can stress you out.  Instead, focus on talking to as many people as you can.  Think of each conversation whether they enroll or not as a success.  When you do this, the enrollments WILL follow!

4. If an advertising method isn’t working, try something else. Don’t dwell on what is not working, go out and find something that DOES work!

5. Do something today completely out of your comfort zone.  Like TODAY, when you’re done reading this!  Whatever makes you uncomfortable but you know in the back of your mind that not doing it is holding you back from success… DO IT!!!!

6. Instead of focusing on the negative, find something positive to focus on. Don’t let negativity overpower your day. You have a choice. Is this going to be a good day or a bad day?  Also, your team is watching you, your prospects are listening to you, Attitudes are contagious, what you feel, they will feel.

7. Be grateful for what you already have.  When you’re focusing on the good things in your life (and you have them, even if you think you don’t), it’s hard to be negative or feel down.  Living with an attitude of gratitude makes all the difference.

8. Make someone smile today.  Spread happiness.  Be Kind. Not only will you make someone’s day, they will turn around and bless someone else with their happiness.  And this in turn will put a smile on your face!

9. Readers are leaders… what are you currently reading? Grab a good book, read a chapter a day and watch your life and your business transform into greatness!

10. Have you listened to a training call this week?  Your team’s training calls are part of your lifeline. No matter what level you are with your business, don’t ever feel as if you’ve arrived. You must always focus on growing!

11. Stay in contact with your enroller! This is the other half of your lifeline. Don’t wait for them to contact you.  They are waiting and excited to hear from you!  That’s when they know you’re serious about your business.

12. Make your team members feel as special as they are.  Be a cheerleader for your team.  Recognize them for every victory, big or small.  It will make their day and push them to work harder!

13. Cheer for yourself!!!  Believe in YOU!  YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!  Your business will be as successful as you think you can make it!

14. Laugh off your mistakes and keep pressing forward. Take each mistake and learn from it.  Embrace them, they will make you better!

15. Take one day off per week to enjoy your family. After all, aren’t they what you are working for?

16. Make a to-do list every morning.  Sounds simple, right?  This one tip will help you to stay organized and on task.  Try it and enjoy the feeling at the end of the day when you know you’ve had a productive day.

17. Treat your business like a business, not a hobby.  You have to be THE HARDEST BOSS YOU’VE EVER HAD! Respect your business, show up for work, be consistent, and you will earn business income instead of hobby income.

18. Don’t spend too much time on Facebook, pick up the phone!  Facebook is an amazing marketing tool for us in this industry, use it.  But don’t get sucked in to just sitting there all day scrolling through the news feed.

19. Lead by example. Don’t just talk about it, get out there and DO IT!  I never ask my team to do anything I’m not willing to get out there and do myself.  If you want your team to be top producers, BE a top producer yourself!

20. Small action steps compounded over time turn into something great. CONSISTENCY is the secret to building a successful home business!!!  Touch your business every single day.

21. Don’t quit before the blessing. The first year in network marketing is the hardest. It’s new, your learning the ropes, finding your niche, programming yourself to have a business mindset. All the successful people that you see in this industry that have the success that you want, they ALL went through their first year, they all had bumps and obstacles. YOU are not the only one that is hitting obstacles. Obstacles are a part of life. They are a test to see what you’re made of. So if you want success, know that you have to go through all of that first before you reach the blessing. And the blessing guys… is so worth it!

GO for greatness!!  You deserve it!!

Which one tip is your favorite?  Leave me a comment below:) I would love to hear from you!

Cheering you on,


Two Tips that Save the Day During Christmas Break!

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Woohooo Christmas Break is here! No alarm clocks, no homework, pjs all day, Christmas activities and preparations for the big day and much more! This is my favorite time of year! That’s the exciting stuff about having the kids home for two and a half weeks. But with the good, comes the challenges as well. The “Mommy I’m bored, there’s nothing to do’s” and the “Mommy, she hit me” and us moms wanting to pull our hair out…all that drama. My kids are seven and almost ten and that is full force in my house at times. It can be incredibly stressful especially when I’m trying to work my business at home. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m the boss and I’m in control of how this day will go. The truth is all you have to do is have a plan and keep the kids busy. It won’t completely solve every single issue for the day. However, it will make things a lot easier and everyone will be happy and enjoy their day. After all, that is why we’re working at home in the first place…to create a better and happier life for our families!! Here are a couple things that will help your day working at home with the kids home run a little smoother:
  • Schedule what time(s) you will work - When you’re working on building a successful home business, you must touch your business every single day, no matter what time of year it is. Consistency is GOLD and will make or break you. It creates momentum and will prevent you from getting rusty also. Schedule a few blocks of time throughout the day that you will give the kids an activity to keep them occupied and you can focus on your business. For example, right now I am cuddled up on the sofa with my kids and they are watching A Christmas Carol while I work on this post. Everyone is happy and mommy is being productive.
  • Schedule what time(s) you will play - Yes, you must touch your business every single day to become a successful work at home mom. But you also have to remember what you are working for. Set aside time throughout the day that is just to play with the kids. After this block of time working this morning, we are going to go Christmas shopping for a few last minute gifts. Then we will come home, I will work a little while they are having lunch then we will go outside and play. This keeps everyone happy.

For ideas on activities to help keep your kids busy and having fun, check out my previous post 10 Things for Kids to Do While Mom is Working.

Scheduling your time will help out tremendously. Don’t just give up on your business during the Christmas weeks. Even if it is a little slow, you are still building a foundation for the months to come. In the home based business industry, one of our busiest times of year is the first couple months of the year. People are looking to make a positive change in their lives, they want to get out of debt, start a new career, etc. Working in December is THE perfect time to get ready for that by talking with people and building your pipeline. That way when January comes, you will have people coming back to you ready to rock and roll. You want to take advantage of that!

My best piece of advice for managing it all is to always be where you are. If it’s time to play with the kids, focus on them 100%. Don’t be thinking about what you should be doing in your business and vice versa. That will help you to do your very best at whatever it is you are working on at that very moment! You can build your business AND create beautiful memories with your children this holiday season!

Wishing you a VERY happy and blessed Christmas break!!


Super Quick Dinners – They’ll Think You are Super Mom!

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Since I’ve been a full time work at home mom, I have welcomed all the challenges that come along with merging my inner domestic diva with my career at home.  It’s not always the easiest job, but it is right where I want to be and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  When I first decided to become a full time work at home mom, I knew it was going to be a balancing act and I would have to get a little savvy so I could make it all happen…and have fun in the process.

Cooking has always been a big part of my life.  Not only is it a huge hobby of mine but I love yummy, home cooked food!  However, spending an hour plus cooking everyday doesn’t fit in with my busy schedule.  So I improvise and am always on the lookout for recipes that I can throw together in a flash!

Here are the latest super quick recipes I have added to the rotation:
1. Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas with Guacamole-Salsa Salad -

http://www.publix.com/aprons/meals/AllRecipes/SimpleMeal.do?mealId=2468&mealGroupId=1000

If you are a fan of Mexican food, you will love this!  I put the toppings on the side since my seven year old is not too fond of lettuce, tomato and olives.

I serve this over elbow macaroni for the kids and top with colby jack cheese.

 

3. Homestyle Chicken Tender Bake with Apple Streusel Pizza – http://www.publix.com/aprons/meals/AllRecipes/SimpleMeal.do?mealId=6468&mealGroupId=1000

This recipe is so delicious that my kids beg me to make it again the next night!

4. Roast Pork and Black Beans on Rice with Zesty Herb Salad -http://www.publix.com/aprons/meals/AllRecipes/SimpleMeal.do?mealId=133&mealGroupId=1000

All four recipes are delicious and my whole family and any guests we have over eat every bite. And they all think I am super mom!!  Little do they know, it really doesn’t take much time to make these meals happen.

Looking forward to sharing more recipes with you in the future!  If you have any quick recipes that help you pull off your super, savvy mom gig, feel free to share.  My daughter and I are always looking for new recipes to try together….which is also spending quality time with her at the same time.  Multi-tasking at it’s best!!

Blessings,


5 Ways to Stay Focused While Building Your Home Business

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One of the most common problems working from home is how to manage our time effectively. What most fail to do is to manage their time well, so they can become more productive and achieve more in less time. BUT, if you put a time management system in place you can get more accomplished in a day and can also help to reduce personal stress and feeling overwhelmed, where instead you will have better focus and can be in control.

There are many people that start their home business while they are working a job outside of the home….I was one of them. And while it may seem like you don’t have “time”, you really do. No matter what your schedule is, whether you’re a single mom with kids, going to college at night, working two jobs…you can MAKE time for your home business.  We tend to MAKE time for what’s important to us. It’s all about prioritizing and creating a plan and schedule. Instead of watching TV in the evening, make that small sacrifice to turn the TV OFF and do something that will help improve the quality of your life and your future…which is working your business. 

When I was at my job, I literally worked my business in the cracks of my life. If I had a spare 15 minutes in the morning, I would make a prospecting call. If I was sitting at my desk, I would listen to recorded training calls on my headphones, If I was sitting in traffic, I would pop in a personal development CD. If I was waiting anywhere, doctors office, getting oil changed, I would read books on personal development. I would get up and hour early and stay up an hour late to place ads, respond to emails. Whatever it took to GET IT DONE!  I knew that making sacrifices would eventually payoff and I would be able to come home full time to my kids!  I knew it was only temporary!

There are also many who are already home full time when they start their journey of working at home.  And while we all LOVE the freedom and flexibility of working from home, sometimes the distractions can drive us crazy! Between the kids, the dog, the neighbors, the garbage truck and the TV, we can sometimes find ourselves putting our business on the back burner!

First of all, relax! You’re not the only one to face this problem. Especially for people accustomed to working for a big company with bosses, meetings and deadlines, it can be difficult to adjust to an environment where you have complete and total freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want to do it. In reality, of course, that freedom is only an illusion. The truth is that you still need to feed your family and pay your bills. That’s why it’s essential to find a way to minimize the distractions that keep you from accomplishing these important goals.
So, here are five of my favorite ways to stay focused in my home office:
1. Create a to-do list. It’s important to jot down your goals for the day, week and month. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment every time you check off a task on your to-do list. Prioritize your to do list. Put the in number order, or put stars next to the most important things, highlight, whatever works for you. You can list the “have to get dones” and the “like to get dones”.When you’re working on to do list, do one thing at a time. It will increase your concentration and you will be more effective. Your value will increase and your checks will grow! So focus on what you’re doing. Don’t think about everything else you need to be doing. God knows I’ve been guilty of that. When I’m doing chores, I’m thinking I should be working, when I’m working, I’m thinking about the chores that need to get done. Schedule your time, create blocks of time that are dedicated to only completing the task at hand. So that you don’t feel guilty.

2. Schedule your time. By the time you’ve made yourself a cup of coffee, checked your e-mail, returned some calls and socialized on Facebook, it’s often time for lunch. That’s why it’s important to develop a daily schedule to organize your time. If you’re a morning person, for example, you may want to hit the phones first thing in the morning and start calling potential business. For me, I do my personal development before the kids get up for school, always starts the day off in a positive way. After I take them to school, I return emails and calls to my team members and from 12:00 -2:00 I make prospecting calls no matter what. And I stick to that schedule always! How you structure your schedule doesn’t matter as long as it works for you!When you are setting this schedule you want to account for time you’ll spend speaking to potential business, for training calls, for your team members, family and personal time. When you don’t have a schedule, it is easy to get overwhelmed. What do I need to do? What do I do first? It’s very easy to get to the end of the day and not truly get anything done. The fact is, you cannot be productive when you are overwhelmed. It’s hard to implement your passion when you are in that state of mind.
3. Shut the door. This may sound obvious, but it’s hard to screen out distractions when your spouse, kids, pets and neighbors can walk into your home office any time and strike up a conversation. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up shop in a den or spare bedroom that has a door that you can close when you need to make an important phone call or concentrate on your work. If that’s not possible, explain to your family that there are certain hours during the day when you will be working and ask them to respect your boundaries. (Of course, that’s easier said than done and make take them a little time to adjust to it and take you seriously but keep telling them!) One problem I have faced is my family and friends thinking that since I “work from home” that I am just sitting at home and have tons of spare time to “hang out.” I would remind them over and over again that “yes, i do have flexibility to do things here and there WITH notice.” However, for the majority of the time, I am working and building a business just like someone who works outside of the home and I take this very seriously. It took them a while to respect it and take me seriously but now they do.
4. Ask your Spouse or family member to watch your kids. This is GREAT when you schedule your spouse or a family member to watch the kids so you can get some work done without distractions.  You can also talk with some of the other moms at the school to see if they want to swap out some play days!You can have her kids over and then on another day send your kids over there so you can get some REAL good work in.
5. Multi -Task. Understand that when you are working from home and you are speaking to someone else who wants to work from home it’s good that you can walk around your home while you are picking up toys and things.
I’ve cleaned my whole house while talking to prospects!When my mentor called me to enroll me, she mentioned that she was at home walking around picking up toys and making the kids mac and cheese! I loved that! It’s okay to say and do that because THEY want to work from home and IF they hear your kids in the background you can use that to your advantage. I love to incorporate my kids into my presentation if they are around. And, some people like to purchase a headset to help with this or some are comfortable just carrying the phone around the old fashioned way like me. 

Take time every morning to decide how you want to spend your day.  Make your to-do list, prioritize and most importantly, stick to the plan.

We know this is what works, yet we don’t always implement it, why?  Because we’re overwhelmed and we haven’t taken the time to plan our day. If you can’t plan your day, how can you plan your life?


Should You Work Your Home Business During the Summer?

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School is out, the kids are home, moms are busy! But that doesn’t mean that our home business stops. People still need what we’re offering and people still need to earn an income, including ourselves. So the show must go on. It may be a challenge but it is absolutely NOT impossible!I have a seven and a ten year old and they just started summer break last week. It’s been exciting to say the least. But I’m still working and getting them back into the swing of “Mommy works from home.” Although things are hectic and not as quiet as it is when they are in school, I still always excel in my business during the summers. Actually when I go back and look at each summer of my business since 2006, they have been my most productive and successful months!In the summer of 2006, I was fairly new, I started in May 2006. I was a SAHM mom at the time and I worked my business around the kids, they were two and five. I would make my calls when my two year old was napping and my five year old was watching a movie. It really doesn’t take THAT much time to get those 3-5 presentations in. If you work this business smart and focus on the work that gets results, which is talking to new prospects, you CAN be successful on part time hours around the kids. It’s all about working it smart. Then before and after nap time, I would answer emails or post ads just around my life whenever I had time throughout the day. Doing those things consistently day after day helped me to have a very successful summer. I hit my first promotion that June and ended the summer with over 40 new team members.

In the summer of 2007, my summer was actually very different than the previous one. In early 2007, I went through a divorce and had to get a full time job outside of the home. When I filed for divorce, I had already reached some success with my business. I had hit my second promotion and had built over $1,000 a month in residual income. But it just wasn’t enough yet to support my kids and I on my own. I knew it eventually would be but in the meantime I needed a job while I was building. So I found myself back in the cubicle. But instead of letting that discourage me and slow me down, it fueled me and I went FULL FORCE. So that summer, my kids were in daycare. I didn’t have to worry about making calls at nap times, I made my calls on my lunch break. What I realized during that time of making calls in the Florida heat in my car is that I really missed being at home dealing with making calls around my kids. So I learned to be grateful for that time with them instead of stressing about it. All those calls from my car paid off, by the end of that summer, I hit my third promotion and built an incredible foundation toward firing my boss.

In the summer of 2008, my summer went back to normal. All that hard work I did in 2007, paid off. I fired my boss and was home full time again with my kids. We had our our life back and we loved it. But I was still on a mission to reach 50k in annual residual income. So the kids and I made a plan, we set a schedule and stuck to it. They knew that WE were working on a goal together and that goal was 50k. That 50k was not only going to allow me to STAY home with them, it was going to allow us to get back to the lifestyle we were used to. It was going to give us more freedom. So that summer, we went on a mission. By the end of the summer, I did hit 50k!

In the summer of 2009, our life turned upside down. Earlier that year, we found out that my little sister, Dawn, only 28 years old, had terminal cancer. That summer, we spent most of our time at hospice spending her final days with her. I still worked my business part time around all of it and continued to enroll people weekly. But I did cut my hours drastically. These were days and hours I was not going to get back. I can remember a few times when Dawn was sleeping, that I went outside and made a few presentations here and there. I worked my business around my family. The beautiful thing about this is that even though I did go part time, my 50k income was still there. My check still came every month, my check still grew. What I had worked so hard for in the previous years allowed me complete flexibility to spend time with my sister. My sister passed at the end of that summer. Although it was THE most heartbreaking experience I have ever endured, I’m grateful I could be there for her. Grateful that I didn’t have to miss those days with her because I had a boss and was stuck in a cubicle.

In the summer of 2010, since the previous summer was so hard on my family, we set a goal to have FUN that summer. We had lots of waterpark and beach days, we did all kinds of fun stuff. And that’s the plan for this summer too! If you notice, summer of 2006 compared to today is a lot different. I worked hard my first two summers, made sacrifices, but look where you get with those temporary sacrifices, you get to freedom. That’s what we’re working for here. And while I do have freedom now, I still LOVE my business and still will continue delivering on MY promise to help each and everyone of our team members that work with us, be successful and reach the same level of freedom. So I WILL be working this summer around my fun time with my kids. I will still touch my business for a few hours everyday.

It would be very easy to just sit back and say “Oh the summer months are slow” and just stop working and pick back up in the fall, but it wouldn’t be smart! I’ve enrolled some of my top leaders during the summer months. If I took off and didn’t work those months, I would have missed out on them. We’ve also had SO much success on our team during the summer months, tons of promotions. 

Now I know that when you have kids at home with you during the summer that it can be challenging. But if you start your day with the right attitude that you are just going to go with it and make it happen, you can get it done without stress, without having to yell at your kids all day. I personally try to wake up before them, get my coffee, answer some emails and then I start my to-do list. That to-do list saves me every time. It’s SO easy to get distracted with all the “Mommy, I’m thirsty”, “Mommy, Brittani looked at me.” But each time I walk away from my desk and come back to it after I’m done taking care of them, I can look back at my list and get back on track very easily.

Moral of my story, the summer months can still be incredible months. I know in this industry you will hear people say that the summer months are slow. But the fact is, it will be as slow or as fast as you make it!  Make a choice to continue to work it hard and consistently everyday! You will be so happy that you did!


10 Things for Kids to Do While Mom is Working

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I was just sitting here looking at the calendar thinking “Oh my goodness, the kids will be out of school for the summer NEXT WEEK!!!!”  Time to get a little savvy and make sure everyone is busy and happy during the next few months so this mommy doesn’t go CRAZY! :)

Balancing working at home and keeping the kids entertained can be a full time job in itself, especially when you have young children at home.   When I first started working at home, my kids were two and five and it was stressful to say the least.  Mommy needed to work and the kids wanted and needed mommy.  But like any other obstacle in life, there is a way around it.  Sometimes we have to outsmart the situation and get down right creative.  My first few months working at home, we worked on polishing the well oiled machine of keeping the kids entertained and stimulated while I worked.  And even though the kids have entered many new phases and had little moments over the past five years, WE are loving and enjoying mommy working at home!

I have always incorporated and included my kids in my business.  After all, this is a family mission, not just mine.  I let them know what OUR goals are and what WE need to do to reach them.  And my daughter loves to help me with anything creative I work on.  As I type this, she is sharing her ideas of what I should include in this article.  I love to encourage her to participate in our family business, so I will proudly include her ideas!

1. Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts can keep some kids busy for hours. Keep the activity simple so the kids can do the projects on their own.  I have a play room setup for my children that includes an art station.  It is fully equipped with art project kits (that I buy on sale at the art store), scrapbooking supplies, coloring books, painting and drawing paper, crayons, markers and paint (washable of course), color pencils, the whole nine yards!  I get them setup and it gives me quite a bit of quiet time to devote to my business.  They have fun and mommy ends up with A LOT of refrigerator art!! 

2. Educational Online and Computer Games

If you have an extra computer, this is an awesome activity for your children.  There are an enormous number of computer and online games to entertain and most importantly, educate your children.  With computers being such a large part of our daily lives these days, it’s great to teach them the basics while they’re young and give them a nice head start.  Brittani just walked in here with a list of her and my son, Landon’s favorite sites: (many of these sites are recommended by our local school system)

http://www.edheads.org/I just watched her perform a knee surgery on this site, totally cool!
http://www.playhousedisney.com/
http://www.nickjr.com/
http://www.pbskids.org/
http://www.scholastic.com/
http://www.jumpstart.com/
http://www.coolmath.com/
http://www.mathfactcafe.com/
http://www.starfall.com/
http://www.thekidzpage.com/
http://www.funbrain.com/
http://www.clubpenguin.com/
http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

I set time limits for them, they each get an hour at a time.  This solves the fighting with each other over who gets to play and when and also helps them understand that it’s time to get off the computer.  Kids can easily get addicted to computers just like us adults!

3. Reading/Audio Books

Though many kids younger than eight can read, for reading to be an independent activity children have to get to a certain level of proficiency. Let kids choose several library books. I encourage my older daughter to read chapter books to my youngest, who is not quite an independent reader. However, it takes an effort to find books that interest both.  Also there are many wordless or nearly wordless picture books that will engage kids of all ages.  For those who are not ready to read independently or don’t have an older sibling to read to them, listening to kids’ audio book is a great alternative!!  Most importantly, the kids LOVE this activity!  All while, it improves their reading skills and keeps children mentally engaged. Kids can learn to appreciate the art of storytelling before they can read. And kids who can read can expand their horizons. Those who are not strong readers can enjoy a good book. They still should do actual reading at another time. But if a child struggles with reading, then while you are working is not the time for independent reading.  Audio books are expensive, so I check them out of the local library.

4. Chores

This may not sounds like a whole lot of fun BUT my kids think it is so cool when I write each of them a list of chores to do.  It helps them to feel independent. While preschoolers are capable of simple chores, often they can’t do them independently. However, kids kindergarten age and up should be able to complete regular household tasks without your help. Teach them how to do the chores when you’re not working, then make a daily list. And some jobs can be fun. And it will be one less job for mom.  After all, a family is supposed to be a team and everyone is supposed to contribute.  Teach that early in age and your family will run much smoother.

5.  Creative Play

This is not something you can plan or completely depend on, but when it happens, it’s a beautiful thing. Younger kids are naturals at this, creating elaborate fantasies with stuffed animals or action figures. With older kids, you can encourage imagination by suggesting they produce a play or write a story.  My daughter loves to write stories and songs while my son would much rather pull out all the linens from the closet and build a fort.  It’s even more incredible when they team up and get creative together.  I love the sound of my kids laughing, getting along and being creative together while I’m in my office working.  It’s such an amazing example of why I am working from home in the first place!

6.  Naps

Some work-at-home moms work during nap time and get a lot done. But keep in mind that napping habits change frequently. Don’t schedule important phone calls or figure on meeting a deadline during the nap time.  When I first started my home business, my son was two and my daughter was about to start Kindergarten.  Those three hour naps were a blessing to my business.  That’s when I would make my calls and any other things that required either full silence or my complete concentration.  The nap times got shorter and shorter through the years but this still remained a great time for mommy to work.

7.  Play Dates

Believe it or not, hosting a play date can actually be an opportunity to work. School-age kids can, and should, play together without a lot of adult intervention. If you plan to work while they play, remind your child of the ground rules in advance and invite a friend that they get along with well. If you’re hosting a toddler or preschooler, you have to stay pretty close, so working is not an option. But this is a good opportunity for a kid swap. You host one day, and the child’s parents reciprocate another.

8.  Play Outside

The feasibility of this depends on your home and yard’s set up and children’s ages, but it’s something to think about when the kids are home, especially on summer break. I personally take my laptop outside with me or ask them to play in front of my office window. But you absolutely must keep a close watch.  This is a great option for those with fenced in back yards especially.

9.  Play with Toys

Sounds obvious, but any parent who’s sifted through the toy box just after the holidays knows how quickly kids lose interest in their toys. Put away some toys for a period of time. When they come back into rotation, they seem like new. I have been doing this every year since my kids were toddlers and it has worked brilliantly even at their ages now.  Board games, cards, construction toys, trains, play sets and puzzles can keep kids engaged for hours. But sometimes they have to be reminded of these toys.  My kids are notorious for saying “There’s nothing to do!!” until I go in to their playroom and pull out something they haven’t done in a while.  Then they become instantly engaged and happy and mommy can work.

10.  TV and Video Games

I know there are major mixed reviews on these two activities.  I get both sides, I do!  I am right in the middle, I find myself very balanced in this issue.  I feel that everything in moderation is okay.  My kids don’t watch TV and play video games everyday.  But if mommy has a special project or a deadline to meet, sure, I will absolutely pop in a movie for them.  Or ask them to go play Mario Kart on the Wii for a little while.  Of course you don’t want those things to be your electronic babysitter but it is a good option every now and then.

I truly hope this helps you find some balance with working at home with the kiddos home.  Create special memories with them, you won’t get these years back!

Wishing you an AMAZING summer with your kids! 
 


12 Mistakes that Cause Women to Fail in their Home Business – Part Two

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A couple days ago I shared with you the first 6 of 12 Mistakes That Cause Women to Fail in their Home Business.  Here are the remaining mistakes:
CLICK HERE to read Mistakes 1-6 :)

 

Mistake #7: Not setting a schedule

This step is so simple but SO many new home business owners don’t follow it.  You really need to set a schedule for yourself.  For example:  I work Monday – Friday from 8-5.  Create a schedule that works best for you and try your very best to stick to it.  This is your own business, so now and then it’s okay to make some changes to your schedule.  Life happens and other things come up, but if you miss some of your set hours try to make them up somewhere else in the week.  I do this.  If something interferes with my M-F schedule, I make the time up on Saturday or Sunday. Also, and this is important, treat your business just like a part time job outside the home.  If you stopped showing up to your part time job outside the home, were late every day, were not reliable or didn’t put in 100% of your effort, you’d stop getting checks, because you’d get fired.  With your home business, no one will fire you, however, you will stop getting checks or worse not even start getting any. You wouldn’t do those things with a job outside the home so don’t do it to a job inside the home.  TREAT YOUR BUSINESS WITH AS MUCH RESPECT, IF NOT MORE, THAN YOU WOULD TREAT A JOB WORKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE!  I promise that if you don’t value and respect your business, soon enough you will find yourself working outside the home.  And everyday when you go to that job, you will think to yourself, “Man!  I wish I didn’t have to work this job!”  Well, you don’t, but NOW is the time to make sure you never have to go and get another job again.  Work your business, set a schedule, make a commitment and give 100%!

Mistake #8:  Not setting goals or having an action plan

You need to set goals for yourself so you can always know where you are and where you want to go.  Your goals can be when you want to get to a certain promotion level or income level or how many pieces of business you wish to sign up per month, how many forms of advertising you want going on each and every week, how many full conversations you want to have with prospects each day.  Set goals, define where you want to go, and hold yourself accountable.  It isn’t always whether or not you reach your goals, but sometimes it’s just looking and asking yourself did you do everything possible this week to help you reach your goals.
Mistake #9: Failing to participate in your team’s training calls

A simple and easy to explain mistake.  Most companies with successful teams have MANY training calls available to you each week and they are a HUGE part of your ongoing training to master your business.  You will learn ways to market and advertise, how to talk to prospects, close them and overcome objections. You will learn about your products/services. You will even hear from other successful leaders as they share with you exactly what they did to reach their level of success.  So the fix here, attend these calls!  If you are part time you should be listening to at least two calls per week and if you are full time you should be listening to 3-4 calls per week.  If your team doesn’t have training calls, suggest they start them!
Mistake#10:  Getting emotionally attached to your prospects  
What this means is you talk to a prospect today, let’s call her Mary…and you and Mary have an awesome conversation, you really hit it off and you talk on a friendly level with her and she tells you at the end that she is very excited and will be ready to start on Friday and asks you to call her back at 1:00 on Friday to help her get started.  Then you call her on Friday at 1:00 and she doesn’t answer the phone.  That’s not a good feeling, I know.  It got me down a lot in my business when I was new.  And who knows why Mary didn’t answer the phone, she may have just told you that because she couldn’t tell you no, or maybe her husband talked her out of it or maybe she just got scared, who knows.  The best way to avoid this is to always focus forward and not backwards.  It’s great that you had a nice conversation with Mary last week but don’t focus on that.  Only focus on talking to new people, focusing forward.  If you call Mary back on Friday and she answers, that’s great!!  But if she doesn’t (which happens sometimes) don’t allow yourself to get upset, just bless and release and keep pressing forward.
Mistake #11: Going into management mode
I see this one a lot.  A new home business owner will enroll a team member or two or three and they go into complete management mode.  A lot of new team leaders fall into this trap.  They focus too heavily on training and leading their team members and discontinue looking for new people.  This will kill your business and completely put a halt on earning new checks.  You need to continue working on personal production.  Not only will it help you earn more checks and find great leaders but it is a great example for your team.  If you’re adding business, your team will follow you.  To build a successful team, it is so important to lead by example!!!  This business is a numbers game.  To find the leaders you need to new levels and beyond, you will need to add the quantity to get the quality.  Your first three or four team members will most likely NOT be the leaders that will help you promote to the next level.  Trust me on that.  You will need to add many more than that.  Also, there is a power in numbers.  The more people you have on your team that are also looking for new team members, the more your check will grow!!!  Obviously 30 team members can add more business than just you all by yourself.  So, if you’re looking to reach the top level and a six figure income with your company, you need to understand that volume equals results.
Mistake #12: Quitting before the blessing

The most amazing part of your home business is when you can really start to see amazing things happening in your business.  You start to see growth on your team and real significant growth in your paychecks.  This is something that takes time to start to see, it doesn’t happen right away.  Building a successful home business takes time.  However, if you work your business consistently and with a strong desire to achieve greatness, you WILL reach your financial goals. When you do, your dreams become reality and it is an amazing blessing.  The problem lies when a person quits the business before the blessing.  All too many times we have heard people say, “Its going too slow”, “Things are not happening”, “It’s not going to work for me.”  The thing is, it is going to work.  It works for EVERY single person who stays and works their business.  Building a home business is a lot like being on a diet and exercise plan.  It takes a lot of daily effort and dedication.  A week or two can go by and you may not see the results JUST yet.  Would you quit your diet and stop exercising just because you don’t see results right away? No!  You keep going because you KNOW it WILL work if you keep working hard at it.  Same thing with building a home business!  Easy fix here, do not let quitting be an option for you!  If you are a part of a great company, it will happen for you!  The only difference between you and the successful leaders in your company is that they have been here longer and that’s it!
So there you have it ladies, the 12 mistakes that cause women to fail in their home businesses.  Are you making any or many of them??  If so, no worries, a lot of us did in the beginning of our business.  You can correct the mistakes and start moving forward in the direct of great success from home!!  I TRULY wish that for all of you!  My home business has changed my life!  You ALL deserve that same amount of success and beyond!!
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Much love and success,