What It Takes to Be a Home-Based Business Entrepreneur

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Most people think that being a stay at home entrepreneur is a dream job! Think again.
You have to be very disciplined, a self-starter and be able to understand your own strengths and weaknesses.
You are your own manager and the decision-maker, and you must understand effective time management.
I work from home, and at the end of every (long) work day I write a list of things I must do the next day, jotting things down throughout the day.
Getting into a routine is very important and concentrating can be hard.
I work without any distractions, no music, no TV and nobody visiting.
I now only check my email three times a day.
If I get tired, I take a break and go to the supermarket and buy dinner, or take a walk if I am trying to figure out the answer to a problem.
I work longer hours than anyone else I know.
Decide which online business is best for you first of all.
It is so very easy to get distracted and sidetracked, you will find that you can spend entire days not achieving anything.
If you find this is happening every day, then perhaps working from home is not a good idea for you.
There will be nobody to blame except yourself when you screw up, and nobody there to pat you on the back when something goes right! If you are a people person it can be a lonely world.
I had to laugh when I heard my husband talking to a friend of ours on the phone.
John had obviously asked him what I was doing.
His answer was incoherent - he basically hasn't a clue what I do all day! He doesn't ask, so long as the bills get paid.
I am sure he will start asking when I'm earning five figures a month! Entrepreneurs are self-starters.
They organize and optimize their time and are never afraid to outsource things they are not good at, or that can be done by someone else cheaper, better or quicker.
To become a successful home-based business entrepreneur, you are responsible for EVERYTHING, and it is all about time-management and dedication.
One of the very first things you should do when you decide you are going to run your own online business is to write a short list of goals, and put it up where you can see it all the time.
* I want to earn X amount by a certain month * I want to make enough money for the kids' college tuition * I want to pay off my credit card debt * I want to invest in X when I have enough money * I want to pay cash for a new car Put it up and look at it when you are running out of steam, and it will be a constant reminder of why you are doing what you are doing.
Most successful entrepreneurs have made more mistakes than any of us, but they have the guts to keep trying.
You will work long hours every day of the week at first, but you will be rewarded once you see the profits rolling in.
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