Mar 262014
 

 

ID 100116072 300x199 <h1>5 Reasons Your Home Business Will Fail</h1>

Confused about why your home business is failing? Check out these 5 common reasons home businesses fail.

No one starts building their home business with the philosophy that it will fail. Most people begin their new businesses full of excitement and vigor. Ready to take the world by storm, with hopes of becoming successful early on. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen for most entrepreneurs. While excitement toward their home business is a wonderful thing, every home business owner needs a good dose of realism and to embrace the concept of hard work and strategy.

Any business is only worth the time and hard work put into building it up. It won’t become a success over night. If you are a home business owner and you want to ensure your success, you first need to come face to face with the most common reasons that business may fail. Believe it or not many of those reasons have to do with not treating your business like a REAL job. Your home business, if you are working it to earn an income, is a real business. Let’s break this down a little and examine 5 reasons your home business will fail if you don’t take it seriously.

Allowing Yourself to Simply Not Work Because You are the Boss

When you are your own boss, it can be easy to decide to let yourself take a few hours, or an entire day off from work. I mean who is going to say anything to you for skipping work a little here and there? You might think that missing a little work time won’t effect your business, but you may be wrong. We all know that we need a little time off from time to time; however, we have to be choosey in when we take that time off—and to what length we can afford to be missing in action. Missing a day of work every now and then won’t destroy your business. It is when those days become frequent and we become accustomed to taking a lot of time off. While being your own boss can be freeing, you must ensure that that freedom doesn’t turn into recklessness with your home business.

Not Setting Regular Work Hours for Your Home Business

I can’t think of any (outside of the home) business that lets you come in and work whenever you want—without having regular business hours. So, why do you think you can do this with your business? Building a home business takes hard work. You are going to have to put the time in before you see any real results; that won’t happen if you are working 3 hours today, 1 hour tomorrow and 8 hours the next day. Set regular business hours and stay consistent. It doesn’t mean that you can’t change your work time if you have an appointment or an emergency. It just means that you are dedicated to running your business and making it a success.

Wasting Time with Busy Work or Insignificant Tasks

Do you obsess over checking your email? Do you spend far too much time on Facebook? Are you more of a blog reader than a blog post writer? While all of these things need to be done during the course of your business day, it is very possible to spend too much time on each task. You want to ensure that you are getting to the real work at hand and not just spending all of your time with busy work. Don’t check your email every hour. Set aside a specified time, maybe twice a day, to check your business email. Plan your Facebook posts ahead of time, so you can complete your posting and move on to other productive tasks.

Let Yourself Become Easily Distracted

When your office is also your home, distractions are all around you. Not only can you become distracted by things you find online, but also by things in your home. Television is a big distraction for many home business owners. Maybe housework and laundry are a big distraction for you. Whatever your main distractions may be, you need to set aside a time for these things and refuse to allow any distractions to cut into your work time.

Not Properly Tracking All of Your Work Activities

If you are running a home business and you aren’t organized, you need to pick up some organizational skills. It is important to know exactly what activities and tasks need to be completed each day and work through each of those items in a timely manner. If your home business requires you to meet specific deadlines, you need a way of tracking each item to ensure it is completed on time. Try keeping a list of all of the tasks you have at hand and check each one off as you finish that task. If you start letting tasks fall between the cracks, your business may not last long.

Thank you for stopping by and reading today’s post. If you would like to learn more about Motor Club of America, please leave a comment or send an email to info@MCAworkfromhome.com.

Have a blessed day!

Feb 172014
 

I get a lot of questions about how I’ve used a blog to market my business. In answering these questions I have found that many people are confused about the differences in a blog Vs. website. If you are one of these people, don’t feel bad; I too was not completely educated about the differences when I began my work from home journey. 

Let’s just start by pointing out that blogs and websites are completely different creatures. They can, and do, have similarities, but contain different elements and have very different purposes. To know which creature you need, blog Vs. website, you must first understand how each differs from the other so you can decide which one is best for you and your business. 

Content

When you frequent a blog, you will notice that the content changes—if it is updated properly. The content (or blog posts) will change depending on the blog writer’s content schedule. They may update their blog once per day, twice per week, twice per month—but the content will update and change. If you visit entrepreneur Michelle Shaeffer’s blog, the first page you see will contain a summary of her latest posts. Click on the title of any of the posts from that day and you can read the entire post. Blogs showcase content in reverse chronological order, meaning that the freshest content will be at the top of the blog summary page—with older posts being being underneath based on the post date.

At the bottom of each post you will also find a place where you can comment on her content. You can share your opinion, ask questions or simply thank her for the information. Comments make a blog interactive. They give the reader the opportunity to share their views on the content and can allow the blog owner the opportunity to expand their thoughts and begin a real conversation on the subject.

When you visit the main page of a website you will see static information. I’m going to use the Jenny Craig website as an example; only because it is that time of year when everyone thinks about getting healthy and geared up for Summer. The website shows off information about the Jenny Craig program. When you click on the tabs at the top of the page you are taken to pages of “static” information that tell you all about the program and offer tips and hints for your weight loss journey. While the content will most likely be revamped over time, it doesn’t include content that is updated on a regular basis. I do want to point out that this website does host links to weight loss blogs, although it isn’t an actual blog. 

Unlike a blog, there is also not a place to leave a comment regarding the information on each page. This website is here to show information about the program and to sell products and services. It is an online advertisement. And other than the forum that this particular website offers its viewers, the communication only goes one way—from the website owner to the website viewer. 

Overall Feel

Websites normally have a more professional feel. The content is often written more formally. Blogs, however, are often written in a less formal way. The goal of a blog is to put out informative/educational information about a topic. The topics may vary depending on what is going on in the blogger’s life or what topic the blogger wishes to educate her readers about. While websites can also offer educational/informative content, it is normally geared toward the service or product the website is showcasing. 

Conclusion

Simply put, think of a website as an online storefront—where you go to purchase a service or product—and think of a blog as an online magazine—where you go to read regularly updated information about a topic or somehow related topics—example: a parenting site that talks about topics related to babies and children. 

I hope this has helped clear up some of the differences between blog Vs. website. If you still have questions, please leave a comment or contact me at info@mcaworkfromhome.com.

Have a blessed day!

Aug 222013
 
ID 100128912 Why I Started the MCA Work at Home Website

My goal is to help people earn a living at home with my MCA work at home blog. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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A lot of people ask me what I do to advertise my MCA business, and while I do have other advertising outlets, my MCA work at home website is my number one means of advertisement. I started my blog because I wanted to get the word out about my business and how it could help people make an income while at home. Along the way, I decided that I would share other types of information with those looking to earn an at home income. Information such as Why You Aren’t Making Money Online and Tips for the Work at Home Mom or Dad.

While I started the MCA Work at Home blog with the initial thought of increasing my MCA income, I quickly saw the potential to help other people. When I began working at home, years ago, I knew nothing about how to make money online or how to sift through the many opportunities on the Internet. I had to learn. I read all that I could, I made friends with individuals who were trying to make money online as well and I tried lots of different business formats. It took time to find things that really worked—but I have.

I hope that all of you, my viewers, find my MCA work at home blog useful—not only for MCA, but also with all of your work at home challenges. I hope to bring you more useful information in the future—information that will help you learn how to better run your work at home business and maybe even help you find other ways of earning money online—like my MCA work at home website has done for me.

Aug 212013
 

Many individuals who set out to start making money online are able to succeed; a fraction of those individuals succeed in a huge way—earning a substantial income. There are other individuals, however, who attempt an online career only to fail. These are the individuals I want to talk about—and talk to—in this blog post.

This post is going to get a little real. If you aren’t making money online and you fall under any of the five topics I am going to discuss, you have to step up and realize that you are setting yourself up for failure. Every online entrepreneur or online business owner makes mistakes. What is important is that we realize those mistakes and learn to move past those mistakes and earn an online income.

Take a look at the three reasons you aren’t making money online I have listed below, and ask yourself “Am I guilty of this?”.

  1. You’ve quit before you’ve gotten started. If you have told yourself that you are going to make money instantly with your new online business, you are kidding yourself. Making money online is harder than earning money at a normal job—especially if you are marketing a product or relying on website traffic. When you start your online career, you need to expect that you are going to have a waiting period—a waiting period where you will have to work hard in order to see some success. You will have to jump a few hurdles in your online business and that will take time. Don’t quit after two weeks thinking you should have instantly built an income.

  2. You assumed making money online would be easy. Get that thought out of your head right now because making money online is not easy. Now there are a few exceptions to the rule; people who have rolled out a new idea that instantly blew up the market. Unfortunately, the odds are that person won’t be you. Don’t worry, it wasn’t me either. I have, however, learned how to earn a good income online—but I had to work to make it happen. Working online is harder than holding an outside job because in many aspects—especially if you are going to have to work your way up to sales.

  3. You didn’t plan ahead. There is a lot I could say about this topic. First off, if you are quitting a job to start your online adventure ( a job that offers you a weekly paycheck ) you need to plan ahead before you quit. You are going to have to have money to live on while you are building your online income—and you may not want to dip into your savings if you have any. Don’t just quit and think you will make money right away (see topic 2 again), know how much money you need to get by and don’t quit until you can financially afford it.

    You will also need to have an online business plan. Know exactly what you are going to do to make money and have at least two backups, just in case the first one doesn’t pan out. I believe in multiple streams of income. I don’t just make money with MCA, although it is my main breadwinner at this point. I earn income with a few other things—so if my MCA income isn’t huge one week, I still made some money from my other ventures. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket! Plan everything out. Research all of the different online money making activities you want to participate in—before you begin your online money making journey.

     

Aug 022013
 
ID 100109829 Work At Home Tips – Finding Your Niche

Want to start a blog? You will need to find your Niche!
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I have had a lot of people ask me about making money online, so I have decided to do a series on work at home tips. While I frequently tell you about my MCA business, I also want to help you make money in other ways. MCA is an awesome business, but it isn’t for everyone. Some people enjoy affiliate marketing, reviewing products or simply blogging for money. In this first blog post, I want to talk about blogging and finding your blogging niche.

If you have considered starting a blog, but weren’t sure what to blog about, this post is for you. The first thing you need to do when starting a blog is to figure out what niche you fall into. So, let’s get started!

What Exactly is A Niche?

A niche is the term used to describe what your blog is going to talk about. What will the main topic of the blog be—for many people, this can be hard to figure out. While I share the wonders of MCA with all of you, my main niche is “work from home”. I chose this niche not only to advertise my MCA business but to help people who want to start a work from home career, but don’t know how. The niche you choose will depend on what you want to share with the world. The type of business you are running—if you are running a business. And, the things you are passionate about.

Niche Examples

  • Entertainment
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Weight Loss
  • Work at Home Ideas

The possibilities are truly endless; however, your niche needs to relate to something that you are truly interested in or you will become bored with blogging.

Before you choose your niche, think about what is important to you. Do you home school your children? Are you an avid crafter? Do you love Hollywood Gossip? Any of these topics would make a great niche blog.

I would suggest that you make a list of all of the things you enjoy or have an interest in—begin with the most important and work your way down. Think about each of these topics and ask yourself if you are going to be comfortable with writing about this topic on a weekly basis. If you aren’t, move on to another topic.

Once you have chosen your niche, it is time to research. Which we will talk about next time.

Question to all of my blogging friends. What niche do you write about?

Jul 302013
 

 

Frustrated Tips for the Work at Home Mom or Dad

Tips for the busy work at home mom or dad! “Image courtesy of Michal Marcol / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

Disclaimer: I know I previously used this picture in another post, but it just seems to fit with this one as well!

 

If you are thinking about becoming a work at home mom or dad, you probably already know that the decision you are making is a huge one. Working at home takes a lot of time, effort and patience. You can’t expect your home business or home job to begin thriving overnight. However, if you work hard and steadily grow your business, you can expect a good return for your effort. If you have decided to work at home to take care of your children, an aging relative or simply to help more around the house, you are going to want to develop a plan from the beginning.

Working at home can be time consuming and difficult and you most likely won’t be able to accomplish everything you want to do—unless you are Supermom or Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives (which I think might have been the same person).

Below I have listed 5 tips to help you build a thriving work from home career from the beginning, while not losing your mind. Keep in mind that these tips are a mixture of things that will help you with your home life and your work at home life—which really needs to balance out in order for your business to grow and your sanity to stay intact.

Maintain a Schedule. I know that you have heard me talk about scheduling before and you may even be getting tired of all this schedule talk; however, I can not stress schedules enough. Your schedule does not have to list hour upon hour activities, but it should be an outline to help you stay on track with all that you have to do. If you are trying to build a contact list or market a product, you need to set so many hours a day so that you put in a consistent effort. Inconsistency will only cause you to have to try to catch up in order to build the contacts or product interest you need. You should also add in the activities you need to complete with your children. Kids, even little ones, can keep you busy. Scheduling all of their activities will help you to see what time you have left in your day and allow you to add in some extra work time.

Don’t attempt to be perfect. I’m throwing this one in here because I have met a lot of work at home individuals who think that they need to be Super Work at Home Mom or Dad and then stress out or even quit when they can’t live up to that title. Life is stressful. Things happen that we can’t control. You need to understand that you don’t have to be perfect at your work from home career and that you can settle for being good. Work hard at your business or job, but not so hard that you end up dragging yourself down in the process.

Start networking. When you begin working from home, whether you are running a business or working an at home job, you need to network. Networking with like minded people—preferably specific to your industry—can help you learn a lot about the work at home world and can even help your business to grow. There are a lot of groups online where WAHMs share business and home advice and swap work at home war stories. Finding one of these groups or simply talking to work at home individuals in your area can go a long way in helping you succeed.

Realize you may not be able to do it all alone. Smart people realize when they need to delegate certain activities to others, while stubborn people want to prove they can do it all. If you have a lot of work on your plate, or the kids have a lot of activities on a particular day, you may need a little help getting everything done. Example: You need to send out emails to potential customers and may even have to call a few to answer questions. However, little Susie-Q has to be at her dance practice at 4. What do you do? If the work cannot be put off, you may need to call in a family member to take Susie-Q to practice. You might even want to consider asking for help with all of your emails. Whichever works for you, simply do it. Stressing out over the amount of work you have to do, or the amount of time you spend running kids here and there, isn’t good for you or your family. As your business grows, you may even want to consider hiring someone to help with your work at home business for a couple hours a week.

Keep set work hours. Even if they have a schedule, many people end up working until the early hours of the morning just to complete tasks on time. I’m not saying that you may not have to do this every now and then, but please don’t make a habit of it. Write up a work schedule (don’t forget to add in the children’s activities we talked about in tip 1) and stick to it as best as you can. If you want to begin work 2 hours before the kids wake up, take a 4 hour break to spend part of the day with them and then start working again after dinner—write your schedule that way. Many of us work “overtime hours” at times, but if you attempt to do it every day—you will quickly burn out.

I hope that you have found these tips helpful. Work at home moms and dads need to ensure that they keep their sanity for the sake of their businesses and their kids.
 

Do you have any work at home tips you would like to share?

Jul 222013
 

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this topic; however, I think it needs to be explored again. I want everyone who is complementing working from home to understand that work from home jobs take real work. If you read my blog, or peruse my website at all, you know that I am an MCA Associate. While the term “real work” definitely apples to MCA, it also applies to any other work from home jobs out there. 

Every now and then, increasingly as of late, I have people inquire about MCA and ask me if they will receive a check even if they don’t do anything. Or if they will get paid for simply posting the adds and not signing anyone up for the program. I also have a friend who is a freelance writer. She once had someone tell her that they could make far more than her and produce thousands of articles a week. This person planned on copying and pasting articles other people had worked hard at writing and then planned on collecting the money. NEWSFLASH! That practice is blatant plagiarism and is illegal—and just plain rude and ignorant! Needless to say, this person was not successful with his plan. Why did he want to do this? He wanted to make what she was making—and more—without having to put forth the work to do so! 

Any job, whether it be a work from home job or a job you are working outside of the home takes work. If you find something that doesn’t please let me know! 

It is true that I enjoy a lot of freedom because I work from home. I get to spend extra time with my family and I can pick up and leave my home to run errands, or just to have a cup of coffee with a friend, almost any time I want—without having to ask a boss if I can—I am my own boss. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t spend a lot of time working on MCA and the other projects I have going. Work is just that…it is work. If you want to be successful at anything, you have to put forth the effort. I would much rather be working from home, where I can be here for my kids when they aren’t in school, than I would working a 9 to 5 job. 

So for all those people who wonder if MCA takes actual work. Yes, Yes it does. And so does any other work from home job!

 

Jun 192013
 
ID 10079327 <h1>New Work from Home Website Alert!</h1>

New Work from Home Website is on its way!
“Image courtesy ofDavid Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

Over the past few months, I have talked to you about the MCA work from home opportunity. We have discussed topics such as “What is MCA?” and “How to make MCA money”. While I have also talked about other work at home topics, I really wanted to expand the topics that I talk about and allow my readers to have another outlet where they can ask questions and find quality information.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be rolling out a new website with the help of my friend Stephanie Stevens. This website will provide valuable information for those who are wanting to start a work from home career and offer suggestions on how to go about making money from home. If you are working from home now or are seriously considering a work at home job or career, this website will be for you.

I would like to know how many of you will be interested in this new website? Would you be interested in information that can help you earn more while working from home? Please leave a comment and let me know if you think this would be a valuable service.

Keep an eye out here, at the MCA Work from Home blog, for more information about this exciting new website!

Jan 232013
 
home workspace 300x225 <h1>5 Tips to a Successful Work from Home Career</h1>

Having a designated work-space can help you in your quest for a successful work from home career. “Image courtesy of nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

If you attempt to kid yourself into thinking that working from home is easy, you are simply fooling yourself—and possibly setting yourself up for failure. A successful work from home career takes effort and determination—not to mention a lot of work.  There are some items you can implement from the very beginning that will set the framework for your from home career and start you off on the right path.

1.      Set up an established work-space.

If you have designated a particular area as your workspace, you should. You want your work from home area to mimic that of an actual work environment, which will offer less distractions and help you feel like you are “at work”. Fill your home office with items that you need to complete your daily work routine—such as work related supplies and reference materials or books. Piling files and materials on your couch, while you rest comfortably with your laptop, may not create the perfect work environment.

2.    Stay organized.

Organization is key in any business environment—whether it is in the home or outside of the home. When you have a work from home business or job, you may have to work a little harder at your organizational skills to stay on top of your game. While working from home, your “work” is always accessible and can even distract you from your home duties—, which also works in the reverse. Keep your work, and your work area, organized and separate from your living area.

3.    Schedule your day.

Many individuals may balk at this idea; however, scheduling is crucial for work from home success. If you schedule the different aspects of your day—and keep set business hours—you will find that it is easier to avoid distractions and get lost in doing laundry or your favorite daytime television show. Set a schedule, stick to it, save the laundry for before— or after work—, and do not forget to set the DVR to tape your favorite shows.

4.   Avoid Distractions.

While I have covered this topic in some of the above tips, I feel the need to give avoiding distractions its own space among the crucial tips to being successful at home. When you are working from home, distractions constantly surround you. You may be distracted by laundry and housework, television, Facebook, your favorite website or your favorite book (not picking my favorite book up every hour is a challenge for me). If you truly cannot stay away from these things during your workday, work your most important distractions into your schedule. If you frequent Facebook, reward yourself with 15 or 20 minutes of Facebook time after completing 2 or 3 hours of work. If housework just has to be done, schedule 30 minutes or an hour of housework in the middle of your day. While it is truly best to stave off all distractions, giving yourself a little leeway may help you be more productive.

5.    Program breaks into your schedule.

Working consistently for hours on end can be tiring both mentally and physically. Ensure that you are taking a few minutes, at least 3 times per workday, to get away from your computer and your work. While you may choose to use one of the distractions we talked about above as your break, I would suggest actually taking a few minutes to walk away from it all and unwind your mind. Fix yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee and sit in a comfortable chair for 5 or 10 minutes. You want to ensure you are not tiring yourself out during the day, or you may become less productive.

What are some effective tips that you use in building your successful work from home career? Please leave a comment and let me know.

 

 

 

Jan 182013
 
ID 100123914 300x199 <h1>5 Ways to Improve Your Work from Home Business Now</h1?

Is your work from home business ready for a banner year?
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If you run your own work from home business, now is the perfect time to think about what you can do to improve your business and increase your income. There are a number of things you can do to enhance your business, and possibly even expand your clientele. Below are five tips to help you start the New Year out with a BANG!  

1. Embrace Needed Changes

We are only midway through January, which means you still have plenty of time to devise an awesome plan for the New Year. Try making a list of all of the things you want to improve about your business. You may come up with things as simple as changing your business motto or as difficult as devising ways to bring in more revenue. Once you have determined the areas you feel need work, you will want to brainstorm ideas for solving these problems. While this exercise can be done anytime of the year, implementing these ideas now will help you set the framework for a prosperous year.  

2. Improve Customer, or Associate, Relations

If you run a business where individuals are placed underneath you (where you earn a residual income from what the people underneath you earn), you need to ensure that you stay in contact with those individuals. If you are responsible for training the people under you, you want to ensure that you do not shirk that responsibility. Making sure that those individuals are making money—and running a successful business—not only helps them, but also you. More importantly, if your business relies on customers—individuals who actually purchase products or services—you need to ensure you are maintaining a positive relationship with those customers. Just having a quality product or service is not enough; you need to reach out to your customers and solve any issues they may have. If your customers do not have issues with your services or products, what can you do to further enhance their experience? January is the perfect time to refine these relationships. If you can start the beginning of the year off on the right foot, these relationships will most likely stay strong all through the year.

3. Examine Your Goals

It is important to review your goals often, but especially at the beginning of the year. I cannot stress to you how important goals are for your business. You should be setting weekly, monthly, bi-yearly and yearly goals, if you truly want your business to grow. Unfortunately, many small business owners do not bother tracking their goals—I would venture to guess that these same small business owners’s fall a little short of reaching their ideal vision where their business is concerned. It is especially important if you are running a work from home business, as you are in complete control of all of the aspects of your business. Knowing what you want to accomplish, and working diligently toward those accomplishments, will not only strengthen your business—it will help it flourish.

4. Improve your Online Presence

NEWSFLASH—Social media platforms are not just places to play games and catch up with friends, these platforms are crucial to your business. If you are not developing a presence online, you may actually be working against your business. Social media forums allow your customers and clients to reach you directly, and in a prompt and efficient manner. Use these platforms to get to know your clients and customers and find out what they want from your business. Utilize social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, to build relationships and trust with those that can either make or break your business. Start the New Year off by beginning a social media campaign that will ROCK your business.  

5. Embrace Change

This last tip is tricky for most business owners to adopt; however, it should be welcomed—if you truly want to grow your business. Nothing ever stays the same; if we choose not to adapt to our surroundings, we might as well stand still and let the world evolve around us. I am not saying that you need to completely revamp your business in the New Year; however, I think it is crucial for any business to grow and change—when the situation calls for it. Look at your competition. What are they doing differently? How have they evolved their business? Have these evolutions helped skyrocket them to the top? Your business may need be thriving and not need any changes; however, stepping back and taking a hard look at what changes might improve your business won’t hurt in the long run. Are you already working on improving your business? What tips are you employing to ensure you have a banner business year?   Check Out My Latest Video!

pixel <h1>5 Ways to Improve Your Work from Home Business Now</h1?