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Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say To Have a Successful Home Business

You hear all the time ‘build a relationship’, ‘build trust’ when talking about how to network and develop your business. Whether or not you are completely open and receptive, skeptical, or completely contrary, you won’t trust somebody for long who doesn’t keep their word. Trust and respect really do go hand in hand.


We should always give the benefit of the doubt at least initially, and give the person a chance to clarify or explain the situation — (an apology is very cool, but only goes so far after multiple times). No excuse for rude behavior like being chronically late or no-show for appointments, or failing to return your call or answer your email, even after you made 2-3 attempts. (…calling to say you will be late BEFORE you are actually late goes a long way.)

It must be qualified here that it is of paramount importance to be responsive (have a pulse), from the perspective of you having invited people to contact you anytime if they need anything or have a problem, and you would be glad to assist them. Don’t say it unless you really mean it. Make provisions for your customers to receive assistance if it is not your trip. People don’t like to feel that as soon as they give you their money the whole atmosphere changes and they can’t find you.

However fair is fair and ONLY IF the customer is following instructions and being respectful of your protocols, do you owe them the respect of a prompt response.(For example using the correct link or email address posted as the one for support.) If they feel entitled to be hostile there is always the blacklist filter.

If you tell somebody you will call them Monday – then call them Monday. Otherwise say you will call them soon (if you will). So rude to have someone waiting for a call that never comes. If you say you can deliver something by Tuesday, then you really should be on time. If you are not absolutely sure you can keep your commitment, then say ‘Tuesday or so’ (meaning maybe Wednesday or stretching it to the max Thursday). Be proactive if there is a problem – let them know before they get annoyed.

This type of genuine honesty extends to time limits, costs and quantities in advertising. If you say that the price is $1 cheaper until Wednesday, then the price should go up Wednesday, lest they see you are not a ‘man/woman of your word’ and it was just a ploy to rush them. The point is to mean what you say so people will respect you.

On the other hand, you can fudge a little and exactly on Wednesday announce you have decided to extend the offer another day, week or whatever. The point is to say what you mean so people will begin to trust you. Most sales/advertising people know that it is a legitimate ‘psyche’ to use scarcity (time limits, limited quantity) as a selling point that compels people to take action now instead of later or never. So there is a ‘thin-gray line’ here. :-)


How to Stay Motivated When Working at Home on the Internet Marketing

Do You Agree ‘There is No Truth, Only Perception’? In some ways it seems true but in others not since the truth is the truth no matter who can’t see it. One way that it could be true is when you look at something like attitude, for example your attitude about working.


Do you like to work? If yes then you probably have a pretty good time and the busier you are the more you thrive. You are creative about your work and are always looking for ways that you can improve how you do things. You take pride in being efficient and accurate and derive a great deal of gratification when you have completed a project.

If you really don’t particularly like to work, that is, you would much rather be doing something else, that’s ok. We need balance in our lives and we should make time for living the other aspects of our lives besides working. Maybe if you are sure to carve out regular time for you then the time you must spend working will seem less unattractive to you.

Since it is necessary to work, it would be a lot more pleasant, as well as likely more productive, if we somehow learn to enjoy it. We should try to stay motivated by having positive thoughts and while I don’t believe imagining yourself in the Taj Mahal will help (too far-fetched) it might help you to imagine where you could be this time next year if you do extra work to create the additional income to get there.

If money is your only motivation for working then you might focus on that. Don’t however elaborate on your financial problems as that will just add more stress and unpleasant feelings. Rather think about the things you would buy if you had extra money. Imagine yourself having them. Kind of like a ‘carrot on a stick’ to keep you going.

It certainly is easier and more fun when you like what you are doing just for the sake of doing it. You enjoy whatever you do and embrace everything to become fully engaged with it. However, there can be ‘too much of a good thing’ which may lead to being burned out from working too much.

Really, in this case, nothing is going to work except for you to take a break – whether it is a few hours here and there, or ideally a day or two regularly to get away — or even an actual week’s vacation a few times a year, it will do wonders for you both physically and mentally.


How is Internet Marketing Like Sports?

Ever hear the saying ‘practice makes perfect’? By practicing, athletes build their strength and skill. As they continue on they reach plateaus and if they keep their momentum going, they continue to progress. It is the same with marketing when you say that it is about building and sustaining momentum.


The same comparison could be made for artists as well. They keep practicing and learning new techniques. Even in the military they continually test their endurance and hone their skills at using weapons and hand-to-hand combat. Again, marketing is much the same in that the more we practice the better we will get.

In the sense of building momentum this is due to another very relevant factor which is that most people will not respond. So you have to redouble your efforts and get enough volume going that those people won’t matter. Eventually you will be able to focus only on the ones that do take action and respond. In any case you must keep pushing forward.

It is easy for people to lose their way when they elaborate on the fact that they may not see any positive results for quite a while in the beginning. This is normal but then normal is not always right – in fact often it isn’t. For example catching a cold is normal, but it’s not good for anything, and we just want to get rid of it because it gets in the way of our life.

That is why we sometimes must take special steps to ensure that we don’t go that way. We have to maybe even talk to ourselves continually to guard against letting negative thoughts and feelings overtake us. It is really not hard if you make a conscious effort to combat them whenever they arise. Replace them with something which is positive and focus only on that until you are feeling better.

You can visualize the beauty of nature – the sky, the water, the trees and flowers, and all of the good that is on the earth for everyone to share. You can think about people who make you feel good, or how much you love your family (and don’t forget the dog). You can remember things you have accomplished that made you feel like a winner.

The point after you have made the correction from negative to positive, is to remain focused on your target goal. In this case it is to create a profitable business via Internet marketing. Realize that you may have to ‘wash, rinse, and repeat’ over and over and over again before you will start to see any results. Understand that is just how it is – how it usually works and you shouldn’t let it dissuade you.

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