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Ten “F” Words to Help You Run Your Business

Title got your curiosity up? Good. This article is not going to be about THAT “F” word. It’s going to be about “F” words that will keep you aimed directly at running your business more successfully.

Faith

Have faith that you will eventually succeed in your business. Have a loving trust that what you are doing will pay off one day if you keep going forward creatively and flexibly. Trust that the “seeds” you plant will flower into new business. You will get what you deserve, not what you want.

Fidelity

This is about loyalty+++. Be loyal to running your business YOUR way. Listen to others and get their advice but stay true to your dream and vision. Be loyal to your customers, suppliers, sales people, etc. as they are the ones on whom you depend for success. As Horton the Elephant says in a Dr. Seuss book, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant’s faithful one hundred percent.”

Fortitude

Have the courage to do what’s right for your business integrity at the right time. Be strong enough to be honest. Choose integrity over the fast buck. Have the strength to own up to what happens -good or bad and have the strength to repair damage and correct mistakes. The words “I made a mistake. How can I fix it?” are tough to say but will gain you respect from others in business.

Forgiveness

Sometimes you make mistakes. Sometimes others make mistakes and your business suffers. To forgive is a noble act. Forgiving is for the giver, not the receiver as most people think. Let go of the anger, hatred, rage, blame, despondency, revenge, etc. as the toxins they create in your body will kill you and/or your relationships. We all make mistakes. Give people breaks. Give yourself a break too. You’re not perfect in your business. Don’t expect others to be. Remember: the solution is more important than the problem.

Frankness

Be able to confront yourself honestly and openly about what you do and don’t do in your business. You can’t hide from yourself so why not learn all you can so you know who you are, what you stand for, and what you will do and how you will do things in life and business. What do you and your business really stand for? Who is that business person in the mirror?

Fresh Start

Begin again – at any time of the day, month, year! Your business will not be booming in a short time. You will try marketing and sales tactics and fail. Other times you will succeed. Don’t carry negatives into a new business day. Begin a new day with hope, trust, love and charity toward others in your heart. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Help others to rise again and they will remember it.

Food

Many times I get so wrapped up in my work that I forget to eat and drink. Quick snacks and fast food on the run are not healthy. Eat well, several times in the day. This keeps up the energy. If you are run down and tired, you will not perform at your best with customers and suppliers. Sleep is for repair of cells and balancing of chemicals. Food is for energy. We need both when working. How can you possibly run a business properly if you are exhausted and weak?

Fun

I wonder sometimes if business workaholics ever think back to times when they had just plain fun and play? Life and work are two different things. Work should be there so that you can enjoy a life. During the business day, during the week and each month, take time off. Leave business behind to look after itself. Stop thinking about it. Go to a park, play a board game, toss around a ball, hike into a woods. Get out of the office before it becomes a prison!! This renews the inner person who happens to be a business person.

Family

Your family is more important than your work. Business is about earning money. Family is about all the things that really count. Make more time for family than business.

Fitness

When working, it is so easy to just sit and sit and work and work without a break. All the work goes on inside brain cells. Meanwhile the body gets flabby, full of toxins, and weaker in the muscles. It is so easy to gain weight under these conditions. Each day, spend at least 10 minutes away from your business: walking in the morning, afternoon and evening. Exercise, play sports, do gardening, clean up the lawn, jog around the block. Keep moving to keep healthy so that you will be at your best when on the job.

Others to consider:

Forward – look ahead at business possibilities, not backward to what should or might have been
Foundation – build your business with a firm foundation of what you want to do, who you are going to be, values and ethics that will be upheld and keep it solid as you build your business
Freedom – don’t get shackled to a desk, copper pipe, service van, electric wires. Life and work are two different things. You live one and you do the other.

The “F” words mentioned are only a small sample of words that will help business people stay healthy and with a proper perspective with regard to business.

Legitimate Home Based Business – How to Find the Right Business to Profit

Are you looking for a legitimate home based business to make money online?   If you are taking the time to check out if Internet Business models are valid, I want to applaud you.  Many times when people are looking to make money from home, they get so caught up in the hype to make money that they miss the very important factor of choosing the right model to profit.

If you are serious about making money online, the very first business choice will be which Internet Business you choose to partner with.  Finding a legitimate home based business opportunity will give you not only the avenue to creating a solid income, but will also provide you with the option to create a lasting and long term income.  This is your first critical step to insuring you are profitable with your online opportunity.

With so many websites, and work from home advertisements it can be difficult to distinguish which Internet opportunities are valid.  If you are serious about finding a legitimate home based business, then there are some important question that you must ask. .  It is important to make sure the Business structure is designed in accordance to legit guidelines, and regulations.

How To Find  A Legitimate Home Based Business

1.)  Products Or Services – The business model should have multiple products and services.  It is suggested that the products should never offer outrageous product claims. There are products that claim to cure diseases for an example.  Be wary of these product or service claims they usually are not in business long, and you as a owner can get in trouble for partnering with a company that makes these  falsified claims.  Every product has a target audience, it is suggested to go with multiple products to give you a larger target audience that would be interested in the benefits offered.  The more product ranges the more difficult it would be to falsify the product claims.

2.)  Retail Value – Never purchase just a money making opportunity  A legitimate home based business is not just about swapping money. There has to be a real product and service available.  In addition you have to be able to resell your products to your customer base. The company you are looking into should provide you with a retail center to sell all of your products and services as well if you want to resell the opportunity. The Internet is a mass resource, and has opened the door to be able to provide people an avenue to bring in an extraordinary income.  But don’t fall for the company that sells just the dream, you need real products to make a solid income..

3.)  Monthly Fees -  A monthly fee is expected with any Internet opportunity.  They can range from 40.00 – 100.00 per month.  What you should be aware of is what happens if you miss a monthly payment?  Do you lose your products and services?  Many times an Internet opportunity will not allow you to use the products you purchased if you stop the monthly fee. When you joined your business you paid for complete rights to the products or  services, regardless if you miss a monthly fee you should never lose your product range. A legitimate home based business will never take away your products or your services from you.  If you purchased rights to those products they should be yours  to keep and utilize.

4.)  Get rich quick Schemes – Stay away from people who suggest that you will get rich within an unrealistic time frame.  Be realistic about  your game plan.  The first month you should want to recover any business expenses, and start profiting within your second month.  Stay away from those that claim you will make an outrageous amount in your first month. 

5.)  Telephone Number – If the company telephone number is 900 number stay away from them.  Never will a legitimate home based business opportunity have a 900 number on their website.  Its also suggested their is a live voice behind the number.   Starting an Internet Business, without talking to someone is highly discouraged.

6.)  Free Business Information – You should never have to pay for information about the business.  If you are looking at partnering with an Internet Business do not pay for more information.  You should be offered the company information for free.

7.) Mentor and Trainer – Their are times when you will find a legitimate home based business, but the mentor or your trainer is the one who is not legitimate.  Make sure that you spend your time not only researching the opportunity but also researching the mentor or trainer that you will be partnering with.

8.) Investing In Your Internet Business – Starting an Internet Business is different then a work from home job.  An Internet opportunity is different then opening a coffee shop for an example, where it eliminates a high over head, however this is a real business structure.  There is always a capital expense that should be expected.  Compared to large capital expenses with a structural opportunity, Internet offers people a lower start up cost.   While you should never pay for a job to work from home, starting a business is different then a job.  Make sure you are clear as to what you may be putting capital towards, know if you it is claimed to be a job or a business that you can build over the Internet.

Many dream of making money online from home.  Finding the right home based business will give you a real and valid way to make a solid income from home.  Make sure that during your business research you ask the seven questions above.  In order to qualify a legitimate home based business, they should have all eight components that have been outlined.  Do not settle for an opportunity that is missing even one of the seven steps above. You owe it to yourself and your business to make sure you have the most profitable business structure to profit.