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Saturday, January 06, 2007

7 Things You MUST Do To Make It Big In '07

There must be some reason why certain people "make it big" while others continue to struggle along with no real gains.

There is.

Whether you want to make your first thousand or your first hundred thousand, here are 7 things you must do to have a tremendous year in 2007.

*NOTE: These are in "countdown" format from 7 to 1.

7. *RESIST* distractions.

I'm not a prophet, but I can predict with great certainty that you will be bombarded with more "offers" in 2007 than in any previous year. There will be product launch after product launch, the next big thing after the next big thing. You WILL drown in information if you don't learn two simple words - "No Thanks".

You simply CANNOT go from one offer to the next and ever gain any momentum or see any significant results. I know, I know - these offers are enticing. Here's the thing, though: if theydon't help you accomplish something you're already trying to do, then they are just another distraction. Resist them.

6. *REFOCUS* your efforts.

What would happen if Michael Jordan had tried to play basketball, baseball, football, soccer and golf all at the same time? He'd have probably been "good" at all of them, but "great" at none of them.
He achieved greatness by singling out what he was best at and focusing the majority of his efforts in that area.
You'll find that this same principle applies to you and your business. If you spread yourself thin trying to do too many things you'll most certainly do none of them well. However, if you pick ONE primary aspect of building an internet business and devote your full effort and resources towards that area,we should see you on the All-Star team this year!

Ex. Don't try to do affiliate marketing, create your own products, eBay(R), private label resources, VRE, etc. all at the same time. Find ONE stream of income and perfect it before moving on to something else.

5. *REACT* positively to setbacks.

Yes, I'm gonna get rah-rah here for just a moment and play thepart of your personal cheerleader. :-)
Listen, there's not a one of us who've had any level of success online who hasn't had our share of setbacks, failures and flops. I know I have. The problem isn't if you get knocked down, but rather when you fail to get back up.

You'll waste money this year on useless products. You'll regret the way you used part of your time. You'll face a great disappointment. You'll fall flat. Don't stay down. Refuse to give in. Stand up and get back towork on making this YOUR year.

Okay, enough of the pep talk. :-)

4. *REWARD* yourself.

It always amazes me when I ask someone "what would you do if you made all the money you want this year" and I hear comments like...
- I'd go fishing.
- I'd play tennis.
- I'd relax at the lake.
- I'd read more books.

And so forth. The question I then ask is, "why can't you do that NOW?!"
Life is too short - way too short - to let it pass you by. Manyof the things you enjoy doing can be done RIGHT NOW if you setaside time to do them. What is the real measure of success - making money or enjoying your life? I'll let you decide.

3. *RESPOND* to appropriate offers.

Having warned you previously about the dangers of buying every new "offer of the week", let me emphatically state that there ARE times when you SHOULD respond with a "Yes" to certain offers.
And then time is -

"When the offer will HELP you do something you're already trying to do, especially when YOU seek out the offer."

For Example: If you're wanting to start your own affiliate program, then by all means by a course that teaches you how to do so...but DON'T buy a course that teaches you how to buy and sell "virtual real estate."
You need to purchase materials that will help you complete the task you're trying to finalize, and avoid things that take you away from the task you're trying to finalize. See the difference?

2. *REMEMBER* to manage.

The problem for most people is learning how to implement all of the components of internet marketing (you know the drill: list-building, affiliate links, web sites, traffic, etc.) in to one day-by-day workable plan. That's where it falls to pieces for most people. They've got all of these ideas and all of this information and all of these new enticing offers in their faces simultaneously...and they don't know what to do next. It's not about "marketing", it's about "management". You need - above everything else - to figure out how to MANAGE your internet business and all of its components so you can systematically build your business one step at a time, one dayat a time.

1. *RECEIVE* personalized training.

Let me ask you a simple question: which of these would you prefer...

(a) A map
(b) A tour guide

Listen, one of the reasons why building a successful internet business is so challenging is because there is an abundance of "maps", but very few "tour guides." Ebooks, reports, audios, videos, articles - these are a dime adozen. But where is someone you can talk to, ask questions to,get advice from, get customized help for YOU and YOUR business? That's a bit harder to find, isn't it? Especially at a price you can reasonably afford.

Yet, getting someone to personally SHOW you how to do it is an important, if not required, piece of the puzzle.
I encourage you to find a mentor this year. Maybe it will be me, maybe it will be someone else. It really doesn't matter as long as you find someone who is willing to invest time into YOU PERSONALLY. Not an entire group of people on a call, but rather interact with YOU one-on-one.

That's what will ultimately help you more than anything else you do in the next 12 months - to have someone who's already learned the ropes actually work with you personally to teach them to you.


If you do these seven things that we've looked at here in this article, then there's no reason why you can't "make it big" in 2007.

The important thing is to remember that information is just information until you act on it. What you've read are just words on a computer screen (or on paper if you printed this out) that have no real value until you put them into practice.

To Your Success in 2007!


Article Reprinted by Permission from Jimmy D. Brown with List and Traffic -

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Advantages and Disadvantages of Working From Home
Copyright © Barbara Sloan

With the great technology of the Web, many people are choosing to work from home. Not only are some offices allowing their employees to telecommute, but people are also starting their own home business with a website or affiliate programs. There are so many opportunities out there! Of course, as with anything else, there are both advantages and disadvantages of working from home. There are also many ways to make money online. You can sell e-books, articles, or anything else with the help of the Web.

There are many different advantages of working from home. Learning how to make money from home is one of the best things you can do. It allows you the ability and freedom of working for yourself, in a way. When you work from home you can basically choose your own schedule. If you are most productive in the morning, you can set your hours for early in the day. If you are a night owl, you can work late at night and into the wee hours of the morning. You can schedule yourself a mid-afternoon nap, if that helps you to be more productive. You can even wear your pajamas or sweat pants and slippers to the office. You can help the kids with their homework, or even make them breakfast. You can even do your laundry or have dinner in the oven while you are working in your office. Working from home lets you feel more in control of your life, and allows you to really enjoy life more than ever before.

Another advantage is the tax deductions available to home businesses that are not available to people who work for employers. Some of these deductions might include mileage deductions for business errands and appointments. Combining these with personal errands and appointments is also an advantage to the work at home business person, not only for time management, but also for the ability to deduct mileage that would not otherwise be available. Combine business with pleasure when taking a vacation, to make part or all of your time away deductible. Another would be tax deductions for the expense of having an office in your home. These might include items like part of the cost of your home, as well as part of the cost for the electricity, water, heating, telephone, and cable for your internet connection. Also any electronic equipment you use for your business, including computers, printers, scanners, fax machines, etc., would be deductible. In addition, any upgrades for your computers, such as security software or other software for programs you might use in your business. Another deduction could be for additional computer hardware necessary for your business, such as a microphone, headset and camera for a communication program, like Skype. Let us not forget the office furniture and office supplies for setting up your office and operating it day to day. These deductions are not available for people who do not maintain an office in their home. Be sure to talk to a tax professional for help in determining what deductions are allowed.


There are also a few disadvantages of working from home that you may or may not take seriously. One of the main disadvantages is not being able to get company benefits. If you have a family, health insurance, retirement, and other benefits might be important to you. However, working for yourself might mean that you have to find a way to get these benefits yourself, which can be quite costly overall. But, do not despair; there are ways to find benefits that are both affordable and beneficial.

Another disadvantage is learning to separate your business life from your home life. This requires a measure of discipline to be able to set aside specific works hours and stick to a schedule for your business. But when it is family time, you need to able to shut the office door and walk away from that work. When you work from home, there is always the temptation to just finish a few more items on your to do list, just because of the close proximity of your office. When you work for an employer in another location, when you leave for the day, your work is done.

So, when it comes down to working from home, you really just have to decide if you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Most people agree that the freedom that comes with working from home is well worth any of the disadvantages and feel that those who work from home are truly living the American Dream.

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