How to Stay Focused On Your Business Everyday
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One of the most important things for a Work At Home Business it that we HAVE to work our business everyday to stay focused. What happens if we do not do that? Well, we would not have any income coming in. I, for one, would have a problem with that… I mean the whole reason I work at home is to have income. So what can we do every day to keep our business in the forefront without it running our lives??
Depending on the type of business that you have is going to determine if some of these are workable for you, but in general purposes, everyone should be able to do these things.
Make customer service calls. What does that mean? Stay in touch with your customers. Call someone to check and see if they are enjoying X product they bought from you. If it is makeup, make sure it is working properly, and that they like the results. If it is home decor, see if they have used the product yet. Are they enjoying it? Have they gotten complements on the results? Maybe these complements are referrals that your customer can make to you. Offer a small discount for referrals.
Send Thank You notes. Send out Birthday cards, if you keep track of your customer’s b-days. How about Thinking of You cards to those you haven’t heard from in a while? Offer a small discount on their next order. This may get an order for you.
Send out flyers for a special sale or Open House. Are you doing a booth at a local craft show or festival? Here is another reason to send out a quick flyer. Again, offer them a little discount or free gift if they mention the ad and then show up at the function.
Get on the phone to past hostesses and book parties, shows or whatever your business. Make yourself make 2-3 calls per day. Put it on the calendar.
Go in the internet and research your industry. Find articles that you can learn from.
Go to sales seminars, read sales books and how to books.
Get all of the training that you can from your company. If they run out or you have taken it all, find other sources.
Get on the internet and take advantage of all the free advertising avenues out there. Join groups and free WAHM sites. The more you get your name out there, the better your sales will increase.
Work on your calendar. You need to do this everyday.
Join local groups that you can network at. Again, getting your name out there is crucial for name recognition.
Go back to the chapter on How to Kick Start Your Business and work on some of those items.
Doing these types of things for even a few minutes a day will keep you in the Work At Home mode. It is easy to say, “Oh, I am just going to take today off. Oh and maybe tomorrow too.” Before you know it, you have taken off more time that you have been working and what has that done for your sales? NOTHING! You have to stay in a working frame of mind to be successful.