According to the SBA (Small Business Association), over 50% of small businesses are home based. This isn’t surprising seeing that technology has evolved so much many small businesses can be run from a small space within your home. Before you run off and start kicking kids out of rooms or your shutting down your husband’s man cave. There are a few things you need to make sure you possess before we start rearranging your household. Below I will share with you 5 secrets to building a successful home based business.
This is very important because running a home based business requires a lot of it. For instance, you have to be disciplined to wake up at specific times, not slack off or crawl in bed when you get tired, taking 3-hour lunches. When you work a 9-5 you are programmed to arrive at a certain time, break at certain times, and clock out for the day at certain times.
When you are running a home based business you aren’t tied to those same restrictions. It becomes voluntary which puts the ball in your court. You have to stay away from social media and other distractions to keep on task. Discipline is something you have to exercise in order for your business to be successful. Even if you are doing it in your free time outside of your full-time job. You still have to find that discipline in evenings, weekends and any other time you have available to run and build your business.
This is an extension of discipline. You get 60 minutes an hour in 24-hour increments. You have to fit Family, Sleep, Church, Work & Buinsess not all in that order into those 24 hours. The best thing to do is plan out your weeks accordingly and schedule things accordingly. If your kids are not in school you have to work when they are sleep. Plan the BULK of your work during nap times and bed times. You still have to get adequate rest so plan for those during off peak hours. Most universal business hours are between 7am & 7pm. Try to get the bulk of your scheduled work done during those times. This way you can be in contact with your potential clients during those times and do your administrative work in off-peak hours (After 7PM).
3. Get Organized & Stay Organized
The best thing for you to start this process is to use your calendar. ALL smart-phones come with this great feature USE IT. Stop making appointments on the fly without checking what you have. This can cause so many conflicts that can result in loss of client which equals loss of revenue. I would also advise getting an online scheduling tool so that your current & potential clients can schedule appointments with you.
This allows you to stay organized and reduces the time your spending scheduling with clients all day. Having a self-scheduling calendar can do wonders for your business. You put your available times on there and your clients pick a time that works for them and everyone wins. Sync it up with your phone calendar and always stay up to date with what you have going on.
4. Invest in Your Business
This should be a NO-BRAINER but sadly it isnt. This is what causes businesses NOT to grow. Just to name a few things you should definitely look at investing and why are below.
- Cloud Storage – I use google drive myself and pay the $20 a year for 100GB. This way I can access my files and folders anywhere & never have to worry about if my computer crashes losing all my files. There are several others in addition to Google Drive such as DropBox, ONE Drive, Carbonite just to name a few.
- Scheduling Software – I use Acuity for all my scheduling. it allows me to offer my courses, coaching packages, and my customers can schedule and pay right from the portal. It is a one stop shop and offers so much convenience for your customers. One thing you should always make sure to do is to make it convenient for your customers to pay you.
- Education – This can be for 1 on 1 Coaching, Group Coaching, Webinars, E-Books, and self-paced Courses. It’s so important to learn and grow your business. You can’t expect to be taught EVERYTHING from Youtube. Sometimes you need organized step by step information. It reduces the learning curve and lowers the amount of time you’re spending trying to figure things out.
5. Establish an Online Presence.
The Majority of your customers will come from online. You need to make sure you have established an online presence for customers to find information about you. No question you should have a social media account for every major social media platform in the stratosphere. if you hear about a platform that’s on Mars that no one on earth uses you need to sign up for it.
Also, you need to have a website. This is still a sore topic for some as many believe having a social media page especially on Facebook will be fine. This can be true in some respects but I believe a website is still very valuable for your business. It will allow you to tailor information specifically for your customers. You can customize so much on a website then you can on a Facebook business page. Don’t underestimate the power of a business website. There are so many platforms that make it easy to do this. Square Space, Wix and My personal favorite WordPress.
Be aware that when you try to “multi-task,” you often end up short-changing something, and the last thing you want is to short-change people. Don’t try to do too much at once—your willingness to do this tells people they aren’t important, even if you’re expressing your appreciation of their work and effort. Continue to break goals down into manageable chunks—do that with relation to your day and the time you’ve been given. You’ll accomplish far more this way and you won’t regret using your time wisely.
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