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10 Tips to Creating the Ideal Home Office

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10 Tips to Creating the Ideal Home Office

10 Tips to Creating the Ideal Home Office

Home offices are more common than ever. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of home-based businesses in the U.S. exceeds 18.3 million businesses. Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 70% of home-based businesses succeed for at least a three-year period (compared to 29% outside the home business ventures).

But there are inherent challenges that come with a home office. Distractions, difficulty in separating work from personal life, and creating a true “professional” feel are just a few. You should put careful thought and planning in when creating a home office, and if you already have one, there are ways in which you can increase your productivity and the all-important revenue!
Here are some tips on creating and maintaining an efficient, comfortable, profitable and professional home office.

  1. If at all possible, have a separate entrance to your office. Otherwise, choose a room near the front or back door of your house or apartment. To keep the business and personal aspects of your life apart, separate your office from the living areas of your home. Should your office be part of another room, divide it from the rest of the room with a screen or several large plants.
  2. Before entering your office in the morning, take a short walk, and then take another one at the end of your workday. This separates the business and personal aspects of your life. Try to also keep your household business (e.g., paying bills, managing your home) separate.

  3. If your home office does not have a window, brighten the room with yellow paint, bright lights, and pictures of the outdoors. If your home office is in the basement, paint the walls and ceilings bright white, and create as much light as possible with bright lighting. Install a fan to get energy flowing. Ideally, of course, the best place for your home office is in the front of the house to take advantage of the flow of energy.
  4. Don’t place your desk under a window, but let the light reflect on it from the side. Some people prefer to have their desks facing east. Leave a 7- to 9-inch gap between your furniture and the walls.
  5. If you have clients coming to your home office, it is best they use a separate entrance from that used by your family. By so doing, your clients can enter without passing through your living space. Clients who walk through your living space before getting to the office are likely to make a subtle shift away from the focus of business, and their confidence in your professionalism may subconsciously be diminished.
  6. Keep the laundry, cooking, and all such other related errands for after designated working hours. Set specific hours and stick to them. They can be different every day, but create a working schedule. Make your family and friends aware of your work areas, advise them of the rules you have set for yourself, and ask them to respect these decisions.
  7. When finished working, make every effort to close the door, leave your business, and return to home life. This means you should ignore the office phone ringing or the urge to run in and check to see if an important email came through.
  8. Keep television out of your office, unless you need it for your job. TV is generally associated with relaxation and leisure, not work.
  9. When sorting your mail, bring only that related to your business into your office; put your personal mail in another room.
  10. Avoid working in the center of your home, in a nook underneath the stairs, basement, and not next to a bathroom. Such areas can reduce the “real office” feel you need to ensure productivity.

Judy Smith, who works from a home office, has more than 30 years experience in marketing and created one of the largest direct mail businesses in Pennsylvania. She is the author, with her brother Dan Smith, of the new book, Business Mojo: Achieving Success Through Mystical Exploration.

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5 Reasons You Aren’t Making Money Online

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Why you aren’t making money online

Every year more and more people are coming online to become the next internet millionaire. They have high expectations and think they will be making money in no time. Well, if you are one of those people, I am going to give you 5 reasons why you aren’t making money online so you can save yourself a lot of time and embarrassment.

1) No Ambition

You are trying to find a way to do nothing all day and still make money. Good luck with that! It’s not going to happen. If it was really that easy then everyone would do it and we would all be rich. Yes, there is such a thing as passive residual income, but it takes a lot of time and hard work before you can reap the rewards of that.

2) You Have a Lot to Learn

You might have graduated from Harvard at the top of your class but that doesn’t mean you know anything about making money online. Learning about all the various ways to make money online in addition to the many internet marketing strategies, and everything else involved with running an online business isn’t going to happen overnight. There’s a steep learning curve involved before you can become successful.

3) You Need a Mentor (or a better one)You either don’t have anyone successful to mentor you, or you are currently listening to the wrong person. There are several internet marketing gurus and A-list bloggers that beginners always seem to find somehow. The only problem is the majority of them don’t actually teach you anything useful about how to make money online. And if they do they expect you to pay astronomical amounts of money for a small amount of their time, or buy their new products that they come out with

If you really want to learn how to make money online you must follow people that will give you useful information without trying to sell you a new product every week. Find someone who truly wants to help you and see you succeed. Yes, you might have to pay them for their time. They need to make a living too, but you shouldn’t have to pay insane amounts of money for very little in return. There are also plenty of internet marketers who give out all the information you need for free on their

4) You Aren’t Listening

When you are actually given quality useful information by someone who truly knows internet marketing, you don’t listen to them for whatever reason. In order to be successful at making money online, you need to listen when other successful people give you useful advice. Don’t just shrug it off because it can be the difference between success and failure.

5) You Have No Patience

You’re trying to get rich quick and that is a losing battle. There are a few ways to make money online fast but most of them are unsustainable and only bring in small amounts at a time. Certainly not the amount of money you can make a living from. You need to realize right away that earning a living on the internet is an uphill marathon, not a downhill dash. There are very few rare exceptions to this rule so chances of you being the one are slim to none. If you don’t have a lot of patience you will get frustrated and quit.

Don’t take this article personally. The point of it is to explain some top reasons why many people are unable make money online even though they come into it with the best of intentions. Avoid getting sucked into these pitfalls and you will have a much better chance at becoming one of the success stories who are able to make their living online!

About the author:

Trent Brownrigg has been teaching aspiring entrepreneurs such as yourself ways to make money online with your own internet business for several years. Visit one of his websites at to learn more.



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Design Your Business to Fit Your Lifestyle

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Four and a half years ago I became a mother to a beautiful and sweet girl named Bella. I knew I wanted to be a “mom” but also continue to expand my business. I committed to a three day a week work schedule so I could be mom on Mondays and Fridays and be Lisa Cherney, CEO of Conscious
Marketing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

I took many steps to expand my business in 2009 and ultimately
triple my income
, and one of these steps was affirming this three days a week work lifestyle.

Think about your life and your business. Affirm and explore and decide on what lifestyle you want to have while balancing everything there is to balance. I work with a lot of entrepreneurs who were like me many years ago, working six days a week, up late at night, not taking vacations. A lot of us are in business for ourselves because we didn’t want a boss. But we find thatwe’ve traded one boss for a worse boss – ourselves!

One of the things I really needed to do was to affirm what kind of lifestyle I wanted to have. So I did some soul searching and asked, is this three days a week work schedule for me? Maybe I should be working more – maybe that’s what’s going to help me increase my income.
I realized that working more was not the answer. The answer was that I needed to be smarter. This included questioning the way I was doing things and running my business. It led me to get some needed help for those tasks all businesses must deal with. It led me to think smarter about my approach and how I was selling (and charging for) it and completely overhaul many aspects of what I was doing. Because I need – and want – to stick with my three days a week schedule.

So affirm the kind of lifestyle you want to have and take the steps to make sure you can have it by designing your business to fit your lifestyle. For me it wasn’t trading hours for dollars anymore.

This may require steps that can feel like taking big risks, including:

  1. Saying “no” to low-end, smaller clients or projects that take a lot of time with little financial reward.
  2. Hiring help (virtual assistant, bookkeeper, cleaning service, etc.) even if it appears you can’t afford it right now.
  3. Raising your prices and/or creating a leveraged group program (or a high-end exclusive program). HINT: This is only limited by your ability to own and communicate the value of your expertise.
  4. Hiring a mentor that has achieved the goal you have (even it appears you can’t afford it right now.)
  5. Slowing down and/or taking a break from the day-to-day of your business in order to steer the ship in a new direction

For most of us out there, we didn’t go into business for ourselves so we could work 100 weeks and never take a day off. We’re doing it to have a certain kind of lifestyle. Are you living the lifestyle you want?

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Lisa Cherney is a Marketing Intuitive and President & Founder of Conscious Marketing™.  Lisa has helped thousands of business owners tap into their intuition and market their businesses from the ‘Inside Out’.

15 years she worked at Fortune 500 companies and top advertising agencies. Lisa tells her story in her co-authored book “Inspiration to Realization,” available at Conscious Marketing also offers workshops and coaching. Visit her website for more details or call 887-771-0156



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