Throughout my home based business career, I have developed certain habits and disciplines which have helped me succeed.
While the thought of being able to work from home and have freedom to be your own boss sounds exciting to most, being a home based entrepreneur can be a big challenge if you are not prepared.
It’s not as easy as it sounds, at first.
But if you follow and adhere to the “Revolutions” in this article, I think you will go a long way towards Home Based business success!
“I will do the most productive thing possible at every given moment.”
This is the successful entrepreneur’s creed.
This is how people make large amounts of money in their internet business. They simply do the most productive thing possible in their business at all times. By prioritizing their time in this way, they do the money-maximizing things (the things that make them money) while leaving the many tasks that do not make them money.
For example, in your eBay business, a list of the most productive things possible is populated by really only a few things:
- Finding great deals on merchandise and negotiating even better deals by buying in bulk
- Listing items for sale on a continuous basis so as to keep the cash flowing in
- Providing excellent customer service so as to keep our customers happy and coming back to us for more business
If you focus your energies on Revolution #1, you will undoubtedly make more money!
“I will use lists to make sure that the right things get done every day, every week, every month, and all year!”
The importance of lists is often downplayed and people lose out as a result of this.
Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men of the 19th century paid someone thousands of dollars for a simple idea, the idea of creating a list every night of the things that had to be done the next day and then prioritizing the list.
The reason he paid so much money for this idea is that it actually proved to increase productivity in his factories by a huge percentage and the fee that he paid for the idea was actually a tiny fraction of the increased revenue and results achieved by using this idea!
Lists are valuable in your eBay business but even more valuable in your daily life, as a way of balancing your work life with your personal or family life.
For example, I use a smartphone that keeps me organized.
It allows me to input events, dates and appointments into my calendar and set an alarm for these things. (It also syncs with my Google calendar, which is very helpful when I’m on the computer!)
It keeps me focused on the things I need to do on any given day and alerts me to the coming events that I will be working on.
I would highly recommend that you use a smartphone or an organizer to create your daily lists on and then follow them!
You will be amazed at your productivity – especially if you end up developing a variety of businesses or interests, like I have!
“I will spend more quality time with my family and friends.”
In the end, the reason we want to make more money or succeed in our eBay business is often tied to family and friends.
However, we often miss this fact in our quest to generate large sums of money and the “means to the end” (money) ends up becoming the end goal.
This is unfortunate, but often we get so wrapped up in making money that we lose the reason we are trying to make all this money!
The Cat Stevens song “Cats In The Cradle” comes to mind.
In this classic ‘70s song, a son sees his father as someone who is somewhat distant because (it is implied) he is always focused on working and bringing home the money.
In the end, when the son is grown up and the father is retired and now wants to spend time with him, the son has turned out just like his father and now has no time for his dad.
It is a sad but illustrative view of the concept we are talking about here, where making the money becomes the goal rather than using the money to be closer to our loved ones, which should be the true goal.
Taking this Revolution in its rightful light, I often plan events and trips with my family – as a group, as well as with each individual child – that serve each of my kids in a way that they feel special.
I have three kids and I am beginning to realize the temporary nature of their time at home with my wife and I and how, in a few short years, they will be on their way to college and living on their own.
Whenever I think of this, I realize that I need to make every moment count and I cannot hold back on showing my love for them as well as giving them the time that they so richly deserve.
This serves many purposes, not the least of which is that it develops in them a healthy self-concept (knowing that their Dad loves them) as well as giving them a good dose of Dad’s philosophy of life so that they end up successful in whatever career or business they end up choosing in life!
It’s not the easiest thing to get up and play with your kids when you are tired from a day at work and juggling all the other responsibilities of life, but let me tell you, it can be the most rewarding thing in the world – and, you often get some amazing insights into your kids that you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise!
Also, it is easy (especially for men) to pay more attention to the kids than we do to our spouse, but nurturing your relationship with your spouse is key to maintaining a healthy marriage as well as maintaining happiness in its own right!
I’ve been fortunate to be married for 23 years and my wife and I maintain a pretty consistent schedule of “date nights” or just time alone where we get a sitter and go out to dinner or a movie and just spend time together in a situation where it’s just “us”.
It is amazing how easily you can forget what brought you together in the beginning unless you proactively work on making these date nights happen and purposely set time aside for just the two of you. This will make a difference, believe me!
“I will continue to expand my mind and develop my business skills through self-education.”
I believe in the power of self-education and self-development because I am a product of it and have seen the results in my own life.
Through working on myself and working on myself some more, I developed into a person I am proud of.
I can now speak to a group of people (of any size) without the slightest bit of fear or nervousness.
I speak to strangers with no hesitancy.
I can deal with Presidents of companies and top business leaders on an eye-to-eye level.
I credit these abilities to a constant and rigorous regimen of personal development through CDs, books, videos and seminars and the application of these things I learned!
One of the more important things that this personal development has accomplished is that it has allowed me to expand my thinking.
I believe that, if you want to achieve success, you’ve got to work on expanding your thinking and your vision for your life.
“Small thinking leads to small success, but big thinking leads to big success.”
By expanding your thinking, you will be able to see bigger things in store for you than you did before.
You will be able to believe bigger things are possible for you than you currently believe.
You will then be able to take bigger actions than you have ever taken before because you usually do not take bigger actions until you believe in those actions and believe that those actions will lead to success!
Think about it. If you want to do something really big in your life, but you don’t really believe that you can – are you going to even try? Probably not!
So, one of your big goals this year is to expand your thinking.
You do this by exposing yourself to people who already think big – the leaders, entrepreneurs, achievers who are already successful. Today, just about every thought leader is on Facebook and you can “friend them”! So make it a point to do just that. You will be exposed to their “thinking” and their philosophy of life and this will help you connect to bigger and better things.
If you cannot meet these people in person, then the next best thing is to get their books, biographies, tapes, CDs and videos and learn from them!
Learn by their example – learn how to harness the power of thinking big.
You will be so glad you did!
“I will give of my time, money and talents to people less fortunate than me.”
This one may sound a little odd at first, but if you read “The Richest Man In Babylon”, you will see how it makes complete sense.
I believe that this “stepping outside of yourself” is a powerful exercise that will actually help you in business.
Too often, as entrepreneurs we are focused on “me, my success, my progress”.
The simple act of giving allows you to add dimension to your money-making activities and gives you an even deeper reason for what you do.
It adds depth to your character and a sense of purpose and pride when you can say (to yourself) that you contributed to making the world a better place as a direct result of your business efforts.
There is a certain powerful feeling in knowing that your day to day efforts are going to yield results far beyond the number of years that you have on this Earth.
Giving does that for you.
It gives you a sense of immortality with regard to your actions and your contributions on this planet and it gives you a sense of peace that you have helped people who could not help themselves.
I believe that, as an entrepreneur, our duty is to give to those less fortunate, through charities, church, direct gifts and through giving of our time.
Here’s the bottom line: If you have been blessed with the ability to make money, then I believe that you have a responsibility to help those who aren’t able to be so blessed.
Take Bill Gates as an example…
The richest man in the world has given a $29 Billion endowment through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – an awesome gift that is being used to benefit world health and to find cures for some of the Earth’s biggest diseases.
This is actually a larger amount than the World Health Organization has available!
Andrew Carnegie, the richest man of the past millennium said: “The man who dies rich, dies disgraced” as a way of explaining his actions of switching from accumulating wealth to distributing his wealth.
Let me tell you – if the principle is good enough for two of the richest men in the world, then it’s good enough for me!
While you might be tempted to think, “Well of course they give a lot of money away, they can afford to!”
I would have to call you on that and say, “WRONG”
In my studies of successful people I can point to hundreds of examples of people who gave even when they “couldn’t afford to” and as they grew in wealth and stature, this developed habit of giving simply grew along with their wealth.
It is a success law that does not fail.
My hope for you in the coming years is that you will take these success principles to heart and put them where you will see them.
By doing so, and actively reading them as well as acting on them, you will be doing your part in making these Revolutions come true!