Running a home based business is a challenge in itself in that it takes a special sort of self-discipline to stay engaged and focused on your business goals.
There are distractions everywhere when you work from home and staying free of these can make all the difference in the world.
Here are some Home Based Business tips that have worked wonders for me:
Begin With The End In Mind
All successful people do this – they begin with the end in mind. They see success and their desired end result before they ever begin their project.
In fact, you could almost draw a parallel with how much this skill relates to personal success.
Those who have the ability to begin with the end in mind can “see” their success ahead of time and can continue to strive toward that “picture”; the end result that they see so clearly.
Of course, it is entirely possible that you could lose that picture through lack of focus or lack of desire for that outcome but that is entirely up to you and your own ability to hold on to that vision of success.
Think about it, in your job, who are the highest paid people at the top of the corporate ladder?
I would suggest that many of them are not necessarily the most talented when it comes to the nuts and bolts of manufacturing, computer systems or the day to day operations of the company, but many of the top corporate executives and entrepreneurs ARE able to think and plan and visualize the successful execution of a larger goal. In fact, some of the best corporate leaders could definitely be called “visionaries”.
A great example of a visionary is Walt Disney. I remember reading a great story about Mr. Disney… (paraphrased)
Mr. Disney passed away during the construction of Tomorrowland.
The story goes that at the Grand Opening of Tomorrowland, Mrs. Disney was asked, “Isn’t it too bad that Walt can’t be here to see this?”
To which Mrs. Disney assured, “He has seen it.”
See, Walt Disney had seen it – way before construction even began on that project. He had a clear, concise picture in his mind of what he wanted to accomplish and then set the wheels in motion to create his vision.
What do you want to accomplish this year?
Do you have a clear, concise mental picture of what you want?
Is it laser-tuned specific or is it vague and general?
Have you taken time to write out all of your game plan for this year and the years to come?
If you start next month (or even next week) you may be too late!
Do it today.
Game Planning For Success
The word “Goals” and the practice of writing goals down is almost a cliché nowadays.
As you know, I am a student of success in business and have attended hundreds of seminars, read thousands of books and listened to days of tapes on success. I know the power of goal setting and the effect that it has had on my success.
However, I believe there is something even more powerful than goal setting and I call it “Game planning”.
If you have any experience in sports, then you have a clear idea of what I’m talking about.
It has more to do with the actual strategy and logistics of what you want to accomplish than the actual end result itself.
In sports we call these “plays” or, put more simply, the steps you must execute in order to reach the goal line or to win the game.
Game planning involves goal setting but takes it to the next level. This next level is one of actually creating a plan to accomplish the end result (goal) and a timeline in which to accomplish each step. It is literally a step-by-step plan of accomplishment!
This is the way the mind responds best to a goal – it must have a plan to get to its goal and then – everything moves a LOT more smoothly!
Take some time TODAY. (no procrastinating – Just do it!)
Set your eBay business game plan and develop strategies to accomplish your end result.
By having A PLAN in place, (notice I didn’t say a “PERFECT PLAN” – it doesn’t have to be perfect) you will more easily move forward and you know what? Moving forward is the very first step to success. It is the ability to get yourself off of square one that is probably the most important step – once you do that, you have forward momentum and it is much easier to keep that momentum going than it is to stop! – So go ahead – get on it!
Include Your Family And Friends In Your Game Plans For This Year
You need to know something.
All your efforts at building a success in business will be utterly worthless if you don’t have family and friends to share it with.
I believe that, if you spend all of your time building success, at the end of the day, you won’t have loved ones to share your excitement and wealth with. It will be a hollow victory.
The real joy in life is in healthy, fulfilling, well-balanced relationships – relationships with God, Family, Friends and Business Associates.
My last (but certainly not least) recommendation for success this year is that you work hard to build or enrich these important relationships in your life.
I realize that some of your friends or family may not understand or even support your business goals – and that’s o.k..
You still need to be able to Game Plan time with God, time with your family, time with your friends and yes, even time with your employees or people you work with! By doing this, you will be extracting the “juice” out of life.
You will enjoy your life a lot more and you will have richness to your life that few other people do. It will add dimension to your monetary success and will make your life much fuller.
Just stop and think about financially successful people who isolated themselves: Elvis Presley, Howard Hughes, Marylyn Monroe, etc. These people were rich and famous but, because they isolated themselves from other people, (or their friends and family) they ended up becoming some of the saddest tragedies of history.
Be sure you make time this year to be with friends and family – at the end of the line, our relationships will far out value our business net worth.
There is a whole world of wholesale lots being sold on eBay right now.
Here is a link to all the main categories on eBay.
You’ll notice that at the end of each list of categories, there is usually a “Wholesale Lots” category.
This is where you can begin your research into profitable lots on eBay.
But before you buy, make sure you do your pre-sale pricing research.
You’ll want to check “Completed Listings” to find out what these items have actually sold for in recent weeks on eBay.
By doing this pre-sale research, you will be able to make a sound buying decision and protect yourself from doing a bad or unprofitable deal.
Take your time, do some calculating, and be sure you can make money on the wholesale lot before you buy the lot!
I’m not ashamed to admit that, in my early days, I got stuck with my share of “duds” – buying small lots of collectibles at a swap meet or yard sale, only to find out later that the items wouldn’t sell for very much on eBay.
Don’t let this happen to you – when you are buying wholesale lots on eBay, you have the benefit of being able to research the items being sold AHEAD OF TIME and really KNOW that you will be making money before you buy.
Remember, you make your money when you buy – so buy right in order to sell right! It’s great, buying when you know that you will make money!
The first rule of business is to stay in business long enough to build a business.
What this means is that, if you’re going to be in business, you need to develop persistence and tenacity – the ability to keep on going through any difficult times that may arise.
You see, starting a business is no different than other long-term commitments you might make – in terms of the commitment involved.
For example, many people give up on a weight loss program way before they start to see its benefits.
Your ability to stay engaged and committed in your internet business is one of the biggest keys to making it.
Too many people give up too soon and fail to see the rewards that were waiting for them on the other side!
I believe there are several reasons for this:
Lack of a clear, bold vision
It’s clear to me that winners have a big, bold vision for where they want to go with their eBay business.
If you don’t have a big enough or clear enough vision for what you’re trying to accomplish, it will be difficult to work your way through the tough times.
I’ve been involved in many businesses, and when I’ve seen people quit, it’s usually because their current “reality” is bigger (to them) than their vision for their business. It’s too bad when this happens, because most of this “reality” is in their mind, not in their reality!
They simply weren’t able to get their mind to see the big vision they needed in order to be successful.
So by having a clear bold vision, and keeping that vision firmly in your mind, you’ll have enough strength to get through the difficult times.
Not understanding the “how to”
Winners understand the how-to, or at least they make sure to learn the fundamentals of the business they’re getting involved in.
Sometimes people give up and fail because they don’t understand the “how-to’s”, or the basics of how to build their business. This causes discouragement and discouragement leads to quitting.
In my new video training: “How To eBay Your Way To Fast Cash”, you now have a complete blueprint; a complete set of “how-to’s” that will show you exactly how to make money on eBay and craigslist. So there’s no excuse – if you don’t know how to do eBay or craigslist, you will when you own my new eBay video training!
Not having a solid support network
Many successful people have had mentors in their lives. This is another key to success! And while it’s not always possible to have a mentor, you can “self-mentor” by listening to positive audios and watching positive videos of successful people who’ve already made it to where YOU want to be in business and in life.
I cannot emphasize this enough. The truth is; you are who you hang out with, so make it a point to hang out with successful people, with leaders, with winners and very soon you, too, will be one of these successful people.
I didn’t have a personal mentor on my way up, so I had to learn the hard way. But ever since I was 19, I’ve read about, studied from and listened to successful people on CD and on video. And this has helped me to build a clear context and philosophy for success and to develop a true understanding of what it takes to be successful in business, by learning from others who have succeeded.
By using these success tips and not forgetting to put in some hard work at both your attitude and your actions, you too, will be successful!
Every day there are people looking for particular products on Craigslist.
In fact, these people are often advertising under the “for sale / wanted” category of Craigslist.
Now, this might sound really strange, but did you know that, every day there are people selling that exact same product on Craigslist?
(Sometimes they’re actually giving away that product on craigslist in the “free” category)
By acting as a broker or a middleman, you can earn finders fees, commissions, or participate in the deal in some other way. This is really only limited by your imagination.
A great way to find those products is to use the ad notification system that I teach you about in my new video training: “How To eBay Your Way To Fast Cash”.
By simply setting up your system to notify you of these products that people are searching for in the “wanted” section of craigslist, you can very easily build an automatic income stream.
As soon as that item pops up on Craigslist, you will be there first, and you can contact the person who is looking for it (in the wanted section) and let them know about it in exchange for a commission.
The other way to do it, is to actually go buy that product, and then resell it to the person as well.
Recently, I have been using Escrow.com to buy collections of vintage Hot Wheels. You can also use Escrow.com to “tie up” that item and that way the seller is committed to selling it to you BEFORE you go ahead and contact the eventual buyer for this item.
Taking this to a bigger level, you can use this in real estate to help agents find “for sale by owner” properties.
Or you can help a boat dealer acquire a customer who’s trying to sell his or her boat.
The number of ways to make money with craigslist is almost limitless because of the sheer number of categories that exist on craigslist.
I recommend that you check out my eBay and craigslist video training if you want to learn how to make GREAT MONEY on Craigslist!
You can do it! You just need to know how and I will teach you how! Visit: www.DaveEspinoFastCash.com to learn how to make fast cash on eBay and Craigslist.
This is a great product to sell on craigslist, because of the huge TV exposure that these products get. Recently, I’ve been selling fitness and weight loss products on craigslist.
Because of the huge amount of TV exposure these products get, I’ve been doing great with these types of products.
Many people see a product on TV, and then go straight to craigslist or eBay to try and find that product at a cheaper price
If you’re able to find a source of products that are sold via TV commercials or even infomercials, you may have a little gold mine on your hands.
That’s because these are the types of products that craigslist buyers are looking for on a daily basis, and if you run a listing for that type of product – a good professional-looking listing – you’re bound to make a large number of sales.
And, as you know, craigslist sales are great because people come to you and they pay you in cash – so there’s no shipping involved!
So here’s today’s Craigslist Tip:
“Finding suppliers of TV-promoted products (or other extremely popular products) is a great way to sell items on craigslist because these are exactly the type of products people are looking for on craigslist”
So do some research on products that would sell well in your local area craigslist.
You may even find that you can buy wholesale lots on eBay and sell them on craigslist for more money!
In fact, I devote an entire section of my new video training course to making money with Craigslist.
Visit: www.DaveEspinoFastCash.com to see how you can make some great, profitable, quick-flip deals on Craigslist!
Here’s the tip:
“Be sure to develop multiple product sources, and therefore multiple streams of income on eBay. You never know when one supplier will run out of merchandise and it’s always best to have several options that you can tap into in your eBay business”
I remember once (early in my eBay business) when I was relying on one supplier for all of my products.
I was doing great and selling about $8,000 a month of this one product, when all of a sudden my supplier told me they had run out of inventory and they wouldn’t have new inventory until three weeks later.
Well, this affected my eBay business pretty dramatically back then because my cash flow suddenly stopped, and I couldn’t replenish or continue to ramp up my eBay sales.
It was then that I learned (the hard way) that I should maintain multiple product suppliers, and therefore multiple streams of income on eBay.
It’s what I recommend you do, by digging into my new video training (“How To eBay Your Way To Fast Cash”) and finding multiple product sources that excite you and that you can make money with.
Not only will you not have any unexpected surprises, but you will build a more solid and stable eBay business as a result!
Think about it, a top Olympic sports star, trains for many hours each day to be the best and to earn the gold medal. Typically, they train on fundamentals – the basics – and perfect their moves over a long period of time. Just like a sculptor hammering away at a stone to create a work of art, the top athlete hones their skills with perfect practice over time.
I believe we are created to live an extraordinary life, but have been trained to be ordinary. The path of least resistance is the ordinary path. The path of focused effort toward a worthy goal, is the extraordinary path.
So I’d like to encourage you to take the extraordinary path today and pick up a book that can help hone your thinking…
I’m going to list just a few here so that you can choose the one that “fits you” right now.
For basic “wealth thinking”: “Think And Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
For understanding how the mind works and how you can get to peak performance: “Unlimited Power” by Anthony Robbins
For learning about the truly wealthy in America and the mindset behind how they got there: “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas Stanley and William Danko.
I believe that successful people think differently than unsuccessful people. And one of the best ways to learn how to think differently is to read about success or to read successful people’s books.
It will re-orient and re-contextualize your mind to thinking successful thoughts.
It’s worked for me, and I know it will work for you too!