Lessons Learned – A Different Path Made Online – A New Home Business Life Possible

Are you living for Friday afternoons while dreading the coming of Monday morning? Why? Do you think you have to? STOP! You absolutely don’t and should not. This mindset has been placed on you by our culture and you just accepted it as law. Think about it…did you truly decide to work a job that you hate 50+ hours a week for 30+ years with a meager living, retirement and a watch to show for it? I think not. That is what our culture imprinted into our minds as normal growing up covering the childhood ideas and dreams of what we really wanted to do. Guess what? We now have a tool that is changing this outcome forever and all you need to do is hear/see/make the lessons learned…a different path made online…a new home business life possible.

After doing some serious listening and life review, while picking the brains of those that bought into the previous work mentality, some huge lessons learned surfaced with the cream. Not a single person wished they made more money or had more things. However, every one wished they spent more time with family and done something they loved for a career instead. The old work perspective and/or mindset formula is wrong. Listen up…that is what that sick feeling that starts every Sunday night is trying to tell you. Don’t let your life time pass by before you decide to acknowledge it. We are fortunate to have a technology and culture that is evolving leaps and bounds over what our elders had. If you’re not taking advantage of it odds are you will end up with exactly what they had, wishes.

If you haven’t figured it out by now entrepreneurs I’m talking about the Internet. This is the new world of FREE advertising, marketing, building you inc, and living a fuller life that includes family and what you love doing. There are no limited boundaries of time, resources, or knowledge holding you back. Accept this new way, its perspective and mindset. It’s time to make your own path, the tool is fully accessible, and you know what you love. Take action now! No excuses! Contact me, other digital citizens, Google for information, interact in the online world and just begin creating the pieces of the picture in your mind of what you want your life to be.

One last thought to move your efforts forward…let me ask you, how hard have you worked over the last 5, 10, 20+ years in the old way and to what end? Let me make this clear, the new way requires just as much work and patience if not more at times. The benefits however, are what really matter…just ask those that missed out and can’t get it back. I’m Karl Keller taking leverage to main-street by sharing the lessons learned…a different path made online…a new home business life possible.

From Marketing to Profits – The Circle of Business Life

There are many points on the circle of business life. They’re all important, and their individual successes depend entirely on the quality of a few simple concepts – purpose, values, trust, leadership, and communication.

Purpose: The reason any business exists must be clearly articulated and supported by the employees. Mission and vision are certainly important but, an understanding of why the business exists and how it benefits its customers has to be a core motivator for the employees as they do their work.

Values: These are the standards, principles and practices that the organization will not compromise while conducting business. The employees should willingly buy in to the values and be comfortable practicing them daily.

Trust: A high level of trust in any organization speeds processes and projects, reduces costs, increases employee morale and reduces lost time. Trust must be established and expanded up and down throughout the organization.

Leadership: Leaders are responsible for being daily examples of the purpose and values that define the business, and for establishing and expanding trust throughout the business. The end result is an organization full of trusting and trustworthy people who want to contribute to its success.

Communication: Clear, accurate, timely and appropriate communication is what drives the successful outcomes regarding purpose, values, trust and leadership – communication through words and especially communication through actions.

The marketing point on the circle of business life is the place that generates and shares the messages about what the business stands for, how it conducts business, the benefits its products and services provide for its customers, and how it cares about and treats its customers. There could be other messages about how the business contributes to the community and worthwhile causes, how it positively impacts the environment, and more.

Marketing is about getting the right message in front of the right decision makers at the right time. There are many ways to deliver marketing messages. Deciding on the right methods for your business is one of the recommendations the marketing person, department or consultant needs to make. I have my favorite methods for my business. It’s up to you to decide what’s most effective for your business.

Selling follows marketing. Even though purchases of some products and services are made as a direct result of a great marketing message most products and services require a selling step before a decision is made. Effective selling requires the ability to ask the right questions in the right way at the right time to learn what’s most important for the decision makers when considering how your product or service will meet or exceed their criteria.

As part of the selling process decision makers usually want know about the business behind the product and how they’ll be treated after the purchase. A strong belief in the concepts mentioned at the beginning of this article will make this part of the selling process easy.

Production and fulfillment come next. This is a big category that varies greatly from business type to business type. Some products can be pulled out of inventory and delivered immediately. Other products require processes like determining a scope of work, design, production, and testing before delivery.

Some services can be scheduled and fulfilled in a short time frame. Others may have to consider compatibility with the customer’s current equipment, hardware, software, etc. before being implemented.

Regardless of the complexity of this process each and every step involves people in one way or another. The more strongly connected these people are to the core concepts that drive the business, the better the results produced.

Follow up and customer service are next. Checking in with your customers seven to ten days after they’ve received their products or used your services is a great habit to develop. Feedback of all kinds is invaluable. It helps you learn what’s perceived as good or bad about what you sell. It helps you change false perceptions. It helps you learn about potential new products or services. It helps you learn about your reputation and credibility.

Feedback is a gift. Be thankful when you receive it, ask for it when you don’t.

Monitor, evaluate and plan. These are ongoing processes that should be applied to every aspect of a business. These three simple steps create a focus on continuous improvement. A high level of trust promotes honesty in these processes which produces quality results.

This brings us back to marketing again and the circle of business life keeps on rotating.

One last thought – everything mentioned above is driven by people. None of these things work correctly without the right people. Hire carefully. Train thoroughly. Manage effectively. Grow your people to become successful as individuals and your business will reach levels of success beyond your expectations.

How To Combat Negative Feelings In Your Business Life

Do you struggle with negative feelings? Honestly, who does not? These critical times are marked by economic uncertainty and hardship, volatile violence and careless injustice. It is hardly surprising that countless people today are troubled by overwhelming sadness, excessive guilt and a sense of personal worthlessness.

These negative feelings can be toxic. They may undermine our confidence, paralyse our reasoning ability and steal our joy. When we feel discouraged, we are weakened. We need our energy and power in order to keep on going in this burdened world. It is vital to keep negative feelings under control. (Note however, those who suffer with long-term or chronic depression may need to consult a qualified doctor).

There are three ways that may help you combat negative feelings.

  1. You need to be aware of those who are genuinely interested in you. The people who care for you, love you and value you highly. These are the people in your life who honestly have your best interests at heart and are understanding to your feelings. It is a comfort knowing that these are individuals who have come to know and respect you, and despite your flaws and mistakes, they are still sincerely concerned about your welfare.
  2. You need to surround yourself with a healthy, positive support group. Negative feelings cannot be dispelled if you surround yourself with depressive or cynical people. People who haven’t set clear goals and take action to achieve them, often have too much idle time which gives rise to negative thinking and inaction. These individuals won’t build you up, they will tear you down. Who you choose to be friends with will have a positive or a negative impact on your life both at home and in your business.
  3. You need hope or something to look forward to. What is your focus? Perhaps you are in a situation or environment that is conducive to encouraging negative feelings. You may be stuck in a job you don’t like with an unappreciative boss you have to answer to. You may be in a highly demanding corporate job, which robs your quality time from you and your loved ones. You may be overwhelmed by debt, concerned about your financial affairs and the security of your family. You may have been laid off your job or forced to take early retirement. Alternatively you may be forced to work longer before retiring and you are tired and seeking something that will give you better satisfaction. You may be a mother experiencing guilt at having to return to work after maternity leave. Perhaps you are anxious at the thought of leaving your children in a stranger’s care or the rising costs of childcare. Let’s face it…there are numerous factors in life, both personally and in business that can cause negative feelings. Do not panic. There are solutions. There are always choices even if they don’t seem abundantly clear at first. Education is important if you are going to stay ahead of the curve and create a secure nest egg for you and your family. Times are changing and only the well-informed individuals will be protected from the negative influences that abound today.

Don’t be a victim. Take action in combatting negative feelings and securing your future both in your personal and business life. What is your outlook? Don’t focus on what has gone wrong. Focus on what to do next. Spend your energy on moving forward and finding the solution. Securing your financial future in today’s uncertain economy is just one of the many steps you can take in ensuring a better life for you and your loved ones now and in the future. Act without delay. Secure Retirement Funds.