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Dancing to Your Own Business Groove

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Dance to Your Own Business Groove

Many home based business owners are struggling to feel truly at home with their business and creating something that they feel is their own. They feel the need to model themselves and their business identically after another business they admire and deem successful.  They read all the latest articles on what they should and shouldn’t do, according to the so-called experts, and make sure to adhere to it.  If they are in a direct sales company, they follow the “duplication” theology, doing and saying exactly what their up-line does and what the company is telling them they have to do in order to succeed.  While in the process of creating what they feel will bring them success, they lose sight of the most important aspect they can bring to their business… themselves.  Which in all reality is what will eventually make or break their business.



What works for one business, may or may not work for another.  Everyone needs to find their own business groove, through trial and error.  You need to make your business your own, not simply a clone of an existing business.  This doesn’t mean you need to wonder far off the path of a successful business model.  But what it does mean is that every business out there should be unique from the others. These differences can simply be subtle changes that will put your own individual stamp upon it.  What works for one person, may not work for another.  Don’t be afraid to show your personality, to try new things. Take the liberty to plug in your own voice and ideas into your marketing, sales and customer service techniques. Don’t be afraid to trip up at times.  This will be where your greatest learning happens.  Don’t be shy to show the real “you” within your business.

Find your groove, dance to it, and sashay your way to your personalized success.




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When to Say When

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When to Say When

Do you know when to say "When"? Not to stereotype our gender, but it does seem that women seem to have a problem with being able to say "no" to the requests for our time, services and money. When friends and colleagues come to us for our expertise in what we do, we gladly give away our knowledge and insight. Many times though, this can also lead into using your skills and services. If this goes on without keeping it in check, soon you find that what you typically get paid for from your clients, you are now doing free for those close to you, which in turn, uses up too much of your time.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that we never offer our help and services, but you need to know where to draw the line. All of us home based business owners are trying to create an income for ourselves and that is not going to be possible if you spend most of your time giving away your services.


I mention services here because this is the area where it seems to be most common. (Those who sell products have also had many people approach them wanting a discount on the products which cuts into what their income could be.) When people give away their services for free – this cuts into their time where they could be either doing work for paying customers or actively pursuing some new customers.

This is something that I personally have struggled with most of my life. I tend to be the type that loves to give and has a hard time receiving, and I hope I never change in that aspect. But during the first several years after leaving my full-time job to run a home based business, I was required to change in the way I think and feel when I do need to say no to someone. I needed to do this because I no longer had the luxury of a steady guaranteed income that came from my job outside the home. After becoming a full time work at home mom, it was a necessity to create a new steady income. I still feel very guilty at times when saying no. But I found, for the first couple years of running my home based business, there were times where literally well over half the time I spent each week "working", I was giving my services away. Again – nothing wrong with helping others and contributing our time and talents to others IS something we all should do. Many times this is an excellent way to build alliances or barter for other products/services that you need. But you need to get to the point where you put a limit on the time you can spend doing this. If we all had the steady income that we desire, and most of the time truly needing to bring in, then we wouldn’t need to worry about any amount of time and energy spent on free services.

Does this mean you shouldn’t help others or offer your services without pay? Absolutely not. But it does mean learning to prioritize and coming to the realization that you cannot do everything for everybody and grant every request coming your way. So, know when to say "when" and try not to feel guilty about setting boundaries and limitations for yourself and your business.

 

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The Real Meaning of Success

admin Posted in Doing Business Online, Family, I'm Just Sayin, Snippets of Success, Work at Home 2 Comments »

In my dictionary, success isn’t
about accumulating "more". Ie: More money, more things, more
awards, more kudos. Success is a state of heart, a state of
mind… a feeling of being content with who you are, what you
are doing and how your life and actions touch others around you.
 


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Cyndi Webb is the Founder and President of
Moms Network – an organization dedicated to the promotion and success of Moms in business. Since 1997
she has promoted and worked with thousands of work at home moms in
coaching and guiding them in how to help grow their businesses. Over the
years Moms Network has evolved to include more than 20 websites offering
free resources to moms from all walks of life.  Cyndi makes her home in
Minnesota with her husband and two children.

 

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