Today is action day for me-well to be truthful every day should be action day. But unfortunately we sometimes put off what we can do today till later.

Why is it that some times we procrastinate? Is it because we can be lazy or is it because we lack the knowledge and do not know how to tackle the task we should be doing?

Many times is the later. If we have insufficient knowledge – it is like a paralyzing fear. We want to start the task but because we are not sure that we know how to fully complete it, we tend to put it aside and not start it at all. This fear is often irrational but we tend to think, what others will think or say if you fail. The problem here is compound because you are thinking what others will think instead of just trying to start the task. When it comes to this, think about yourself and forget the others around you. You will probably find that they will praise you for doing something that you wanted to do.

Once you start, you may surprise yourself when you see that there was really nothing to fear because you find it relatively easy.  It is really about your mindset. If you believe that you will fail, there is a high percentage that you will. If you need help, why not ask. There are many people amongst your friends and colleagues who will help you, if you feel that you lack the knowledge or skills. Most people will go out of their way to assist you. There is a saying I love “You have to do it for yourself, but you do not have to do it alone.”

The thing about our society is we do the things we feel comfortable doing or things that we have to do during our normal day. This keeps us busy but to step out of our comfort zone and attempt something else scares us.

So this being my year, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and not procrastinating any longer. I am going to complete any task I attempt but I may need help along the way.

To YOUR success

 

Sue McDonald

 

I want to give you some advice on how you can enjoy your time working in your internet marketing business.  This is how to best employ your time and we all know that time management is important.

The first thing is that you treat it as a business and this will help you a great deal. This is the place where you eventually want to make your living. You maybe only working there part time at the moment but you are looking at eventually giving up your day “job” in favor of working full time online.

Always be positive – associate with positive people. If something does go wrong, fix it up and move on. Do not feel defeated but just progress forward.

Always write your plans down both long term and short term and even what you want to accomplish every week then break it down to what you want to achieve every day. This will help you to stay focused. Know how long it is going to take. It is much more powerful to write these goals down and see yourself achieving them. Pick one project at a time. This will allow you greater focus.

You will never achieve unless you are prepared to take action. Without action you will never move forward.

Select times when you check you emails and skype messages – unless you are waiting for a particular answer. I suggest first thing in the morning and before you close down are great times. Staying in skype chat rooms can be a great time waster. Another place that you can waste precious time is in forums. Forums are a great place to ask questions and get help but you can get caught there and the time will just fly. So I would suggest that the maximum time in a forum is 30 minutes a day.

Always ensure that you take breaks away from your computer. Get up and stretch every hour and make sure that you drink a lot of water. Water helps to flush out any toxins that can accumulate in your system. Avoid sodas because they are full of sugar and apart from helping add to your weight, they are not good for you.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

 

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.” Buddha

What a wonderful positive saying and quote.

This has been known for a long time that the water will erode a stone simply by the continuous flow of the water. We were all told that diamond was one of the hardest elements but when we analysis what the water can do to the rock, we know the changes the water can make.

When you walk in a stream and you look at the stones and rocks, below the water, you can see how, just through the consistent flowing movement of the water, the stones are rounded and smooth.

Just like the water in a stream or river will find its own path to flow over, we also have to find our own path. If the water encounters a rock in the stream it continue to flow over it and around it and through this process the shape of the rock will be changed. In life, we also will find “rocks” on our path to achieving our goals.   Just like the water, we have to be persistent and not be overwhelmed by any difficulties we may find along the way.

Remember it is the constant flow that changes the shape of the rock. If we are persistent, to the same degree as the ever flowing water, we can change our lives and achieve all that we want. There is nothing that we cannot overcome as long as we keep working to reach our goals.

We are all aware of what some people around us have achieved. If you personally know someone who has achieved all they have set out to do, why not study how they have done it. You will probably find that they were focused and persistent and did not let anything get in their way.

This is what you have to do. If along the way you come to across a problem, solve it and keep moving forward. You will soon find that you are reaching successful milestones along the way. As we have seen previously – nothing takes the place of persistence.

 

 

 

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Do you really want success? Or are you just thinking you want it?

YOU are the one who stands between your success and your failure. The most successful people are those who knew that the only way to be success required them to be the best they could. The hungrier you are to reach your goals -  the more successful you will become. It is often those that are pushed to their breaking point finally achieve all that they desire.

Watch this video and see what I mean.

Let me know if this has inspired you to work harder. Leave me a comment.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

 

As a person new to working online, we are tempted to buy products that we believe will help us succeed. Education is critical and if we are going to make money online, we end up with so many products that after we have looked at them, we often just stored them on one of your hard drives for later investigation. Then what happens – it is like following a bouncing ball. We go from idea to idea and never really complete what we have started. If you are doing this, you need to stop and pick one thing and stick to it.

Buying information all the time will only lead to information overload and you are completely lost and do not know where to start.

When you buy a product, be it an ebook or a course, I would suggest that you create a folder on your computer and write down the good ideas that you are discovering. If you write it down on paper it is more difficult to remember exactly where you wrote it. Now that you have written down what you think are good ideas, why not implement them. This is one way to improve your own business. So may people read all the information or watch webinars or DVDs but never implement what they are shown or read.

This is a matter of taking action and repeatedly working to improve what you are doing. So if, for example, you are building a web site where you are going to blog about a particular subject, you must be prepared to add blogs at regular intervals. You may choose to blog about getting traffic to your web site. Make sure that you write about this subject as often as possible and you will find that people are visiting your site on a regular basis. You are the expert on this subject and want to follow you and learn from you.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

 

There are many different ways to market your business online. We may use banner ads, write a series of emails, go to related forums in your niche and you can use social media to get noticed. We have to get our website seen by as many eyes as possible. We are looking for potential customers to buy our product or service.

At this stage, we do not want to pay for traffic through advertising but we want to explore as many free methods as we can. We can use a blog to advertise our site and link this to our website. When we create our website we are able to place photos of the product or products we are going to sell. Always give a description as well as and in the description list the features and benefits of the product. People want to know about what you are offering. When consumers are searching the internet, they are looking for an answer to a problem they or someone close to them may be experiencing.

This is the advantage of having a presence online because if you know how to get your website on the first page of the search engines you have a great potential that you can get a stream of customers.

We are not only marketing your products here but customers can buy your products directly online. Products online are usually cheaper than products that you can purchase off line. The reason for this is that there are very few overheads to having an online business.

When you market online you have the advantage of having your business seen worldwide. There is no limit to the amount of people that could see the product or service you are offering. If you chose to advertise via any other form of the media, like TV or magazines, you would probably only reach potential customers in a relatively small geographic area.

One advantage that cannot be overlooked is that by using a website to market your business, the internet is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unlike conventional stores that have regular business hours, you website is available to your customers at any hour. Many people work long hours and they find it a lot easier and quicker to purchase on the internet.

The final advantage of having a website is, as a second stream of income, you may like to sell advertising space. If you are thinking of selling space on your site, always be very careful that you do not sell space to a competitor. Never totally sell all the space available because if there are too many advertisements on your site, it will distract your potential customers.

 

These are most certainly the biggest scams regarding home businesses. They are not in any particular order. Various companies involved charge various up front fees some ranging from a few hundred into the thousands.

1. Craft assembly

Here you are required to pay an up front fee to get your starter kit so you can assemble your craft objects. It does come with written instructions and the necessary parts.

People begin assembling the first lot of craft products and advise the company when they have completed them. The idea or promise has been that the company will buy these assembled crafts from you and you will make money.

Unfortunately, they tell you that “they didn’t all meet our specifications” and at this point you realize that even though you followed all instructions to the letter, they are not going to buy the crafts. The company has taken your money and left you with the assembled craft. This is a scam and the only one making the money is the company selling the kits. You could try to sell them at a local market to see if you could recoup your initial investment.

2. Companies looking for workers in their own home.

Here you pay a small fee to join. The catch here it is a list of companies that you are shown who are not even hiring home workers – so you have lost your money. Some companies may have originally hired home workers but do not do that now.

3. Medical Billing/Medical Transcription.

Unfortunately, people do not think about this very much. It is advertised that you do not need previous experience. You buy the soft ware and then you are given a list of potential customers in your local area.

Most clinics process their own bills immediately. Medical transcription is a very specialized field and it requires that you know and understand medical terminology.  There are companies that will employ people to do medical transcription but not from home.

There is little doubt that the people this software would want to refund your money.

3. Call this number.

The way this is advertised, if you call a specific number like a 1900 they will give you details of what they are selling.

Don’t call any numbers like this because they could be charging your account several dollars per minute. They are not free calls so do not waste your money.

4. Make money with your computer at home.

The advertisement could be a variation of this but you pay them a fee and then they send you a list of instructions for making your computer a money making machine. You will find that these instructions are how you can place ads so that you can get other people to sign up just like you did.

5. MLM – Multi Level Marketing.

Usually when you join these schemes you have to recruit more and more people. People are more interested in finding more people than in actually selling the product.

I think that the FTC would view this as a pyramid scheme.

6. Earn money typing at home.

Now if you are a really good typist why not use that skill to make some extra money at home.

You pay a fee and then the scammers send you information and a disc that show you how to place an ad and sell the information and disk to other unsuspecting people. This is very similar to #4.

7. Chain letters.

This is a very familiar way of being conned that has been around for some time. You are instructed to send some money to the top 3-5 names of a list you are sent. Then you join the list at the bottom and one day you will work your way to the top and you will be sent lots of money back.

This is another pyramid scheme and people involved with these schemes can be prosecuted.

We often wonder who would willing fall for these schemes. In this economy, there are a lot of people who are looking for quick ways to make money. These include the sick, elderly or disabled. Another group that fall for this is the low income earner, the stay at home parent or guardian who wants to earn extra money. These scammers promise the world but really they are the only ones making money.

 

1. Work at home for a Call Center

If you are experienced with customer service this may be a good job for you. You just have to ensure that you are not disturbed while you are working.

There are legitimate companies that you can apply to that provide this service world wide. These are some you can try.

Alpine Access
liveops

2. Freelance writer.

If you can write articles, blogs or ebooks there are several places you can sign up and get paid to write for others. You can sign up on these sites and work when you want to. Go and have a look what is available. There are other services that these sites provide so if you have other talents like programming or graphic designing you might be able to sign up as a contractor. Go take a look:

oDesk
Freelancer

3. Computer programming

There are several companies who hire computer programmers to work from home. You can sign up at either of the above companies or find a company that accepts freelance programmers. There are so many different jobs available in the IT industry.

4. Virtual assistant.

This may be the job you are seeking. You virtual assist and carry out tasks that you are assigned. As a VA you may have to do some of the more repetitive work that the business owner does not want to do. Communications is usually either skype or email. Again the about companies will have these positions. The VA are usually in some of the world’s poorer countries and they accept a smaller wage that would be paid in the western world. Most are very well educated and speak English very well and are happy to be able to work from their home.

5. Massage therapist/Hairdresser/Any type of Therapist

If you are qualified in any of these fields and you have the room at home, it is possible to set up a home based business. You must have a dedicated work area and this area has to have its own entrance. It would be unprofessional to allow clients to walk through your house. Always display your qualifications as this shows you as the professional you are.

6. Tutoring at home

If you come from an education background this is another way to work from home. You can teach or tutor. Again it would be ideal to have a dedicated area. There are always people looking to learn one on one and this could be the legitimate business that will provide your income.

With the advent of computers, people are now teaching and tutoring using the internet. You can use skype or teach using webinars. You do not even have to have people in your home and you can teach people all over the world. This is usually done through a membership site where you pay a monthly fee.

7. Personal Trainer

There are several qualified personal trainers that will come to you to train you or there are some that have set up a gym where they live and you go to there facility to train.

The amount of work available at home is really endless. The main thing is that where ever you live you abide by the rules that are imposed on your business. This may require that you have to register you business with a government body. Most home business must display their registration certificate (if applicable) qualifications and also an insurance certificate for the business.

 

When you run an online business you must have an autoresponder to deliver your email. It would be impossible to send out as many emails yourself because you would probably run into a lot of trouble including being black band. Autoresponders are a great tool because as the name implies it can automatically respond to any email they receive.

I would never suggest you use a free autoresponder because they can close down at any time and you would lose all your customers.

What you have to do is write your copy and then load it into your autoresponder. When a potential buyer or current customer sends your autoresponder address a message, the information he or she is looking for will automatically be delivered to straight to them. Autoresponders are very quick – delivering information via email in a matter of seconds.They allow your customers to be able to obtain the information that they are looking for.

Autoresponders can be programmed to deliver information on a daily basis or any period you choose. You can send out free courses, reports, articles and information about your products or services. When a customer fills out an optin form to obtain a free product from you, they will automatically receive a thank you email that you have pre-programmed into the autoresponder. This thank you letter can tell them how they will receive the gift they signed up for.

Unlike mass emails, your autoresponder is set up the way you want it to be. If, for example, you are sending out a 14 day free course when anyone signs up for this they will receive their first email. If someone signs up 3 days later they will receive the email of day one and then receive emails consecutively for another 13 days. If when the person signs up you have requested their first name – you can personalize all the emails that this person receives.

When people sign up they are placed on the list you have nominated. If a person buys from you should move them from the prospect list to a buyers list.

One very important thing regarding your lists is to establish a relationship with them. When you are running your business online you must have an autoresponder. When you have set up your autoresponder you will see that you have a lot more spare time. It is a way of updating your prospects and customers of any changes in your business including new products or services.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

 

Firstly what is a goal? A goal is a dream or fantasy with a time line. A goal is something that you want and so far you have never done it before.

We want to go from where we are at present in another direction – but we must have a definite plan. If you do not have a detailed plan, how will you know what you are achieving? It is like going on a journey. If you were going to drive from one city to another you would not leave home without knowing what route you are going to take and the approximate time it will take you.

If you take action and be prepared to encounter any difficulties along the way and handle each as it comes – there is no reason why you will not be successful.

Don’t let other people tell you that your plan will not work. Don’t let these people steal your dreams from you. Tell yourself you are willing to do what it takes to reach your goal. We all have infinite potential to achieve what we want. The only time we fail is when we stop trying. Never give up and just work your way systematically through everything.

A goal is really like fantasying about something that we want. Keep it in mind as you work towards achieving what you set out to accomplish.

Both science and theology tell us that nothing is created or destroyed. Everything is out there. So knowing this you can have anything you want. All it will take on your part is working towards your goal and never giving up.

“God’s gift to us is more talent and ability than we ever hope to use in our lifetime. Our gift to God is to develop as much of that talent and ability as we can in our lifetime.” Steve Bow

So just prioritize what you have to do and go and do it.