"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals." ~ Melody Beattie
Want To Discuss Starting Your Own Home-Based Business - Need Assistance In Setting Up A Plan - Need Coaching?
Steps To Setting Up Your Home-Based Business
Copyright © 2009 by Sue Seward. Revised 2018 All Rights Reserved.
Here's a few suggestions and recommendations of what I've done over the years to develop a full time career income and so have many other successful entrepreneurs in the Direct Selling - Network Marketing profession who are earning 6 and 7 figure incomes.
Everything starts by treating your network marketing enterprise like a REAL business and that means getting yourself set up like a business right from the beginning.
If your plan is to attract the right kinds of people i.e.: entrepreneurs, business professionals and those seeking to become entrepreneurs and business owners, into your business, it best that you present yourself as a professional right from the start.
-Every serious business person starts with writing a 'business plan' - goals and plans are extremely important for your success because they give you a road map to follow and keep you on a clear path. Of course, when goals are met, other goals are set, some goals may not come to fruition due to some unforeseen circumstance. Any course of action can always be re-adjusted.
Here’s some tips in setting up your home office:
-Obtain a separate phone line - which is actually required for tax purposes - check with your accountant. If you're going to deduct expenses you will want to be set up as a real business.
There are a lot of great tax advantages available to home business owners so make sure to check this out. I've listed some business resources at the end of this article.
This is important because you do not want your children or anyone else answering your business line or on your voice mail. It does not present a professional image and you may not be able to deduct that expense if it’s considered a home phone. *Consult your accountant.
-Put a professional outgoing message on your voice mail. No kids, dogs, husbands, family, or other non-professional agenda on your business voice mail. For instance on my voice mail on home office line and mobile people hear - "You've reached the home office of Sue Seward. I'm not available to take your call at this time. Please leave a message with your phone number even if you think I have it and the reason for your call and I will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you for calling!
-Obtain a voice mail box 800# to use for advertising, business cards and flyers. This way you do not have people calling your phone line at all hours of the day and night and they cannot trace you to your home line for safety reasons. Optional and a business expense.
-Obtain a professional email address - preferably your first and last name or your business name - it's better not to use anything hokey for a business email address. I always use my first and last name. This also helps to brand your personal or business name.
-Set up a separate office area in your home. I use one of the bedrooms exclusively for my office. - this can be required for tax purposes - *check with your accountant
-Obtain business cards - all professionals use them and preferably order them from your company or a printing service and not printed on your computer - business cards are one of the most inexpensive tools available to a business entrepreneur. Check the affordable service online below.
-Use online marketing systems that duplicate your efforts effectively. This helps save you lots of time because these systems send out messages for you while you are doing other things to build your business or spending time with your family. These systems all have an opt-out link for people who are no longer interested or have already joined you in your business. The best thing is when your company offers these online systems for free. Already set up ready for you to plug in and start building your business. In the old days us pioneers had to build these systems ourselves. It took hours and hours of our time.
-Attend company events especially your own company conventions - remember these expenses are most likely all tax deductible for business owners. Keep all receipts when traveling. It helps to write on each receipt what it was for. - *check with your accountant.
-Plug into conference calls and training calls especially when first starting out and if you're an experienced Network Marketer and have joined a new company attend all calls to become familiar with the new company. Your organization will also see you attending calls and will most likely follow in your footsteps if they are serious about become successful in their own enterprise. (Remember you're an advisor and a messenger!) Each person has to decide and take these steps for themselves based on their own personal reasons (we always call that the BIG why).
-When first starting out try to spend 80% of your time prospecting for customers and business partners. Personally, I love working with people I enjoy being around so I’m a bit picky when it comes to my business partners. I’m always on the look out for customers who are in need of our product because I’m very passionate about helping people with their health.
-Sponsor two, three or five people depending on your company’s compensation plan and plug them into a SYSTEM that duplicates, help them to sponsor some people and then sponsor some more and keep on doing the same thing and teaching others to do the same. Remember that customers will be the backbone of your business. A long term loyal customer who orders products over and over because of the results they see is the key to retention in any solid business.
This way you are plugging people in that you sponsor and some of these people will duplicate (not all will, some will remain customers for life if you have a really great product that gets results) and this is where you'll start to see some leverage developing. (read more below).
-Get with your sponsor and leaders to work with you in the beginning if necessary. Ask for coaching when you need it. They want to help you to succeed because when you succeed they succeed too. Remember they are usually busy but not too busy to notice a squeaky wheel!
-You may even want to consider setting up an LLC or Corporation instead of filing as a Sole Proprietor. I filed as a SP for many years and it turned out it would have been better for us if I had set up an LLC or Corp. *this really depends on each individual, it’s not for everyone. Speak with an accountant about some options and what is best for your personal situation.
Follow the advice above, be coachable, stay positive, believe in yourself, believe in your success, believe in God’s plan for your life to succeed, continue to learn and grow, don’t give up too soon. If someone is not successful it could because they are not coachable, have not set up their plan, refuse to plug in properly and/or they just give up and quit way to soon and some hop from company to company every other month looking for the greener grass. In my twenty years full time in this business I’ve never seen anyone become successful who does this. The only time I would recommend considering a change is if there is some serious issue going on with a company, an upline, or you just don’t believe in the products. Always seek advice and wisdom about this from someone who is experienced in this industry.
Have you planned to improve the quality of your life and others lives? Think about WHY this is important to you? How can you be of service to others? That's all a part of writing a Success Plan & Goals to stay the course.
In developing a business career, you will learn more about yourself and develop skills and talents you never thought were inside of you. This can be priceless because you will be able to take the experience, talent and skill sets you learn anywhere you go for the rest of your life.
Business Resources -
Rod Nichols and Tim Johnson - 'God's Prosperity Plan'
Loral Langemeier author of 'The Millionaire Maker'
Robert Kiyosaki - 'The Business School For People Who Like Helping People', 'Rich Dad Poor Dad', 'Why We Want You To Be Rich', 'Rich Dad's Prophecy'
The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
Anything by the late and great Jim Rohn
Vista Print - Business cards, postcards, labels - http://www.vistaprint.com
A conversation with Sue, Jim Gillhouse and Troy Dooly on ACES Radio Live - June 5, 2009 - http://tinyurl.com/rasxk7
Sue & Clif Seward
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