How People Who Work from Home Achieve Balance

I don’t know if there is anything more challenging than the balancing act that WAHM’s face on a daily basis. If you’ve been struggling, be sure to consider applying the great strategies shared by guest expert, Kimberly Crossland this week. Thanks, Kimberly!

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At the end of the day, whether you work out of your home for a large corporation, or alone as a freelance blogger, you are ultimately always working for yourself.

The time and you invest into your work and family is all to further your career, or further your relationships – and ultimately this always boils down to furthering you as a person.

As women who work from home, balance can be incredibly difficult to learn. Customers and companies pay for your time and knowledge, while your family requires it. In a home office, it can be difficult to know when it is quitting time, or when it is starting time. You may be torn in multiple directions, balancing various family member schedules, or feeling the urge to check just one more task off your to do list before getting out to the family. Ultimately, without a proper harmony between your time spent with your family and time spent with your work, you are likely to lose the delicate balance between the two. Continue reading

10 Strategies for Creating Side Income Streams

Every business begins with a main source of income that the owner works hard to develop in order to create sustainability. And depending on what you do for a living, the goal is to avoid trading hours for dollars by developing additional income streams to grow your business.

This is not something to be pursued casually, because the saying, “if you build it, they will come” usually does not make it so. Instead business owners do research, talk to their clients, and pursue side income streams that are guaranteed to sell.

Earlier this year on an episode of Spotlight on Success, I had the pleasure of speaking with relationship expert, Jasbina Ahluwahlia, who has worked hard to develop additional and creative income streams to expand her business. I love the way she approached the process and wanted to know more about what my other tribe members are doing to expand. So last week I asked –

What specific steps have you taken to develop additional and creative income streams for your business, and what is your best advice for a business owner who is considering doing the same?

What you will learn from the strategies presented by our panel of experts is that you need to leverage what you have — no need to reinvent the wheel. So take a look at the examples below, and then take a bird’s-eye view of your business to see how you could creatively create additional income streams that your customers already want. Enjoy! Continue reading

How Power Words Can Define Your Business

When it comes to your business, there are many ways you could describe what you do, who you are, and why a prospect should choose you. But in a world where competition is fierce, and prospect attention spans are short, you’ve got to know the key buzz words that get people excited about you and your company.

For most businesses, their power words are a part of their mission statements — their reason for being in business. And to provide my readers with some examples of how others are defining their businesses, last week I asked our contributors to give us a taste by responding to the question –

What are the 3 power words that describe your business, and what story do they tell about you?

My thanks to everyone who took the time to share the most powerful words they use to describe their businesses. If you are just starting out and aren’t sure how to define your new venture, my hope is that this post will give you some food for thought. Enjoy! Continue reading

Best Business Ideas – Figuring Out Where to Start

Spotlight on Success Show – Episode #31

I am very excited to be starting this new series on the topic of Biggest Business Challenges from my tribe members. This week we start things off with a business challenge from Michelle Morton.

Like me, Michelle is not for a loss of great ideas, and a long-term goal for her business, but sometimes just doesn’t know where to start.

Join me for my latest episode of Spotlight on Success where I share the 3-step filter process that I use to vet my ideas in business. Nothing is worse that getting caught up in the excitement of birthing an idea, only to have it pull you from the successful path you were already on. Enjoy! Continue reading

6 Tips for Overcoming Fear in Business

Do you experience fear in your business? If yes, you are not alone. Fear is simply something we must all face head-on in business. If you are looking for some solid strategies to get over your fear, guest business expert, Joseph Baker delivers in this great post. Thanks Joe!

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Being an entrepreneur involves walking a fine line of boldness and fear. Most business owners will admit to experiencing fear on a regular basis, and there’s nothing wrong with feeling at least a little scared at one time or another. You may fear making an investment, moving forward with launching a new product or service or getting into contact with a new client. But in order to succeed, you can’t let fear dictate the way you run your business.

Fear of the Unknown

When you’re running a business, you’re heading into uncharted territory and you’re the one who’s responsible for the success of the business. Getting past fear is the best way to keep yourself from getting stuck in a debilitating position and to drive your business into what you’ve always dreamed it could be. Giving in to fear, on the other hand, robs you of potential opportunities and ultimately holds you back from business success. Continue reading

Favorite Business Hats of 30 Entrepreneurs

Whether you are a brand new start-up or solo entrepreneur, you know that the buck stops with you — meaning you have many hats to wear each and every day. Of those hats, there are ones you enjoy more than others, and ones you work hard to let someone else wear as soon as it is financially possible.

One of my favorite hats to wear is that of the Connector. When on my head, I have the pleasure of meeting and greeting new people on and offline, as well as making connections among those with whom I interact. Knowing how much fun I have in that part of my business, I wanted to hear from you and asked –

Since you must wear many hats in business as an entrepreneur, which one is your FAVORITE and what makes it so much fun to put on?

Thirty of my wonderful Question of the Week contributors rolled up their sleeves and shared their stories this week. These talented business owners love wearing hats for creativity, speaking, strategizing and more. The award for the “hat” that made me laugh out loud goes to Dr. Barnsley Brown for her GBK hat. Love it! Enjoy! Continue reading

How to Get Past Your Blog Writing Slump

Spotlight on Success Show – Episode #30

How to get out of a blog writing slumpAs a blogger, it is not uncommon to hit a writing slump and be at a loss for ideas to write about. When you are a work at home mom, or solo entrepreneur, and don’t have much time to creatively interact with the outside world you might need to take a field trip and go shopping. I am not talking about shopping for goods, as much as I am talking about how to shop for great ideas.

Join me for my latest episode of Spotlight on Success where I share 3 tips for how you can get out of your blog writing slump and start generating some fresh new ideas to write about. Enjoy!

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