Are you tired of your office job? Ready for the chance to be your own boss? Or perhaps you want to find a way to work from home so you can spend more time with your family. Home-based businesses are the way to go. More and more people are discovering the freedom, enjoyment and monetary rewards of working from home.However, it can be tricky to determine which home based business opportunities are legitimate as well as which industries are right for your skill set and interests. It can be overwhelming to sift through information online to find what you are seeking. Whether your objective is to track down a list of home based businesses or you just want to learn how to make your dream business a reality, it makes sense to consider a few important things before you embark on your home business journey.As with any business opportunity, there are people out there who prey on individuals who want to start their own businesses. Some of these not-so-truthful companies or people will make promises of big money without the work, or ask for large sums of money to help you start your business.The truth is while no work big pay is an attractive thought, it is just not reality. These are red flag situations to avoid, or at least should lead you to research the business thoroughly prior to handing over your hard-earned money.The Better Business Bureau Online (bbbonline.org) provides information helping you to find out if a particular company has received complaints. The online site also offers a list of home based businesses meeting BBB Online standards, so you can hop on the site and determine which businesses are worthy of your trust.Searching online can also help you to determine what particular industry is right for your home business. You can learn more about the business that are working for other people like you as well as which businesses utilize the skills and knowledge you possess. A simple online search can reveal top home business ideas or the most popular or lucrative home businesses. Such research makes it easier to identify legitimate work at home opportunities.You may find that you need support and guidance once you have narrowed down your search to a particular business industry. Seek out online communities, message boards, and forum groups to join. These are places online where people with similar business interests and goals come together to network and learn from each other. Here, you’ll find people who are in the same boat as you, as well as professionals and even experts who know the ropes and can offer you valuable advice.Another important are to research involves affiliate opportunities and marketing programs, which can help you to make the most of your business efforts and increase your chances for making money. The existing opportunities are seemingly endless. In order to avoid becoming a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none, start small. Identify a couple of opportunities and give your focus and time to them. Soon you will begin to feel comfortable and reap the rewards, and then you can move on to try different opportunities to build your business.Above all else, remember to stick with it and don’t give up. It may sound cliché, but you really can learn valuable lessons from your failures, and even some of the most well-known success stories began with a person who was at the bottom of the pack and rose to greatness. Continue to educate yourself through online tools and sites related to your niche, and stay connected with online communities. In these ways, you can find the support you need to remain encouraged and reaching for your goals.
Are you successful but feel burned out working 50-70 hours per weeks? Do you feel your business or company hitting the proverbial wall and plateauing in production overall? The most successful business leaders know working harder and longer hours are not the answer to overall business success and personal happiness. The following content is designed specifically to apply to multiple business industries, varied professional leadership positions and one’s own personal life. If these core concepts are learned and applied regularly in one’s own business and life, powerful positive results will result, and personal freedom and professional business success will be attainable again.5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #1: Efficiency Does Not Equal Effectiveness.Usually the most ‘busy” people in life are the least productive. Learn to live and work smartly. Time management is important – as a daily schedule. However, a daily schedule should only be a part of the long-term vision and planning formed in annual, monthly and weekly planners. Simply going to work and reacting to events that take place removes the control from your life and your business goals. It also adds extreme stress that can become unhealthy as it develops a vision that work and life circumstances are outside of our control. In fact, our circle of influence on areas of our life gives us as much control as we want. By using mental imagery and envisioning tough situations in your day or week before the happen – and how you will want to act, can help you anticipate conflict and keep the stress-level down and more in control of your actions and emotions.5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #2: People Are Your #1 Asset.Spend 20% of your time listening to your people and teams. Notice I said listening, not talking. This is on purpose. Try to make sure you are spending informal time “touching” and relating to as many team members as possible. Cultivate a relationship so they know you care about them as people first, employees second. In turn, they will start to see you the same way. Set aside scheduled time weekly to informally stop by or “make the rounds” visibly with your teams. Do not talk about work until they bring up the topic. Keep it light and personal.5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #3: Your 2nd Most Important Asset is Your SELF.- As the most important investment in your business – take care of yourself first. Balance is the key to everything. Make sure you touch on the 4 major areas of life every week: Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual (PMSS).Try this exercise first: brainstorm for 5 minutes all of the roles in your life. Clearly define them and place them under the 4 above life areas (PMSS) – and see if you can place at least one role under each of these umbrellas. If you can’t – you may have discovered a root problem to your stress and imbalance already.Rank your roles in one life list- #1 being the most important. Once you have prioritized your roles – spend 80% of your time in the top 20%. Make sure you are spending time weekly in each of the four categories – Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual as closely as you can. Keep balance for personal and professional health.5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #4: Lead Leaders Not Followers.This concept may take some explaining, but there is a critical difference in the above sentence that may have the single most impact on your overall business success. You will grow as an organization in numbers only if you add followers, but you will multiply and exponentially increase your ROI through duplication if you grow leaders. The old adage, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; but teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime,” applies in principle here. If we tend to micro-manage our teams and people – we will create a bottle-neck in work process and flow. Our employees will become frustrated in our lack of trust as leaders in their capabilities to perform the tasks and solve problems without us.We need to nurture and grow – teach and trust our people we rely on the most for personal and business success. Developing the aforementioned relationships with your people and getting to know them better will allow you to grow and help them in their weaker areas and take advantage of their strengths. As a leader your goal should be to guide and develop all your people on your teams to reach their maximum leadership capabilities individually. As their talents grow – they will take on more responsibilities – in line with the company vision and mission – and most importantly free up your time to work on income-producing activities.5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #5: System, Process, People = AutomationA well-known vision and mission for your company and a system of “how we get work accomplished here” are foundations of the most successful business leaders worldwide. Your employees should take an active role in the process of forming the company mission, vision, and system. As the leader you can guide them through the process of where you want to take them and still build the trust and empowerment. All people will believe in you as the leader if you believe in them first. The key is employee trust and buy-in that is developed over time by empowering them in their roles, trusting them with appropriate decisions without you, and allowing them to participate or “have a voice” when company decisions are made. This trust and empowerment will dramatically improve your company’s work culture, employee motivation will become internal instead of external, and your retention numbers will soar as a result. People will WANT TO work for you as a leader.***If you found these concepts helpful – feel free to find similar resources and helpful tips by checking insights and stories from other top 1% business leaders, entrepreneurs, and worldwide success stories: www.entrepreneurs-life.com