I am a mom-A BUSY mom! I searched for several years wrestling with the almighty question how to make money at home?! Who could I trust? What did I want in a home business? How to go about it? How to make real money and how long would it take? These were just a few of the questions I asked.
Like many people I know, I did not have anyone to talk to or ask these questions I am going to ask you. I didn’t have a network or support person to confide my concerns in. The only person I had to get information from was the person marketing me the business. Mind you, things have come a long way,baby!
You can now Google just about any company or service you want to do business with and find all the answers to your questions with a click of a button. Still, the questions exist and do not just go away simply because we have Google or what ever other search engine we use.
We still need real people to answer our questions and concerns. We are also busier than ever. So, it is great when we can find someone that can answer these questions without all the clicks and interruptions in doing so. Am I right?
Maybe, that is exactly why you are here. To ask questions and find answers which I am happy to provide. Or, at least, point you in the right direction!
So, Why are You Here?
Are you wanting to make money at home? Do you need to be home, but, income is scarce? Are the kids needing you at home and you need to leave a “real” j-o-b? Are you just too busy to think? Well, let’s just start there. I am going to assume you are a busy mom wanting just that, to make money at home. Here you go…
For a busy mom, my suggestions are to ask yourself a LOT of questions first, before starting an at-home business. Create a picture- not just in your mind, but, on paper- with goals and steps to get to where you want to go. With that picture in mind, we will create a PLAN.
The Questions and the Plan
Ask yourself these questions before jumping into a business:
- What do you want to to do?
- What are you passionate about?
- What want , need, or problem can you fix?
- What do you have time for?
- How much time do you have?
- What training do you think you need?
- How much are you willing to invest in training?
- What are you goals?
The questions may be overwhelming. But, what is more overwhelming is jumping into a business venture without asking anything at all. That moment when we need money is no time to jump headfirst into a situation thinking it is quick money. You may likely find yourself worse off than before.
STOP! If you want free, quick money, go talk to dad. Because, that is about the only place you are going to find it.( insert chuckling here!)… Most opportunities require money. Most legitimate opportunities require some kind of commitment as well.
You have to put forth some effort somewhere to get where you want to go and now is the time we are going to nail it all down together.
Get out your iPhone or good old fashioned paper and pen and answer those above items now. Do NOT go any further until you have.
Your New Goals and Plan in Concrete
Creating goals and a plan that looks good to you is number 1. Do NOT go forward without something on paper, because, you will want to have answers that will will help you move in the right direction at all times. Somewhere, you will get stuck on a concern, or make a mental note and will not want to spend a lot of energy trying to remember that one critical thing.
To have all the elements of your plan in place before you pursue your goals is the surest path to success. You will be able to plow through the opportunities presenting themselves to you and get to that one thing you need to focus on.
Your new plan can look as simple as this:
- I want a website.
- I want to sell soap.(or antiques, miniature poodles, etc) What ever it is that you love, do!
- I want to spend (short term goals)3 hours a day or 7 hours a week on my website.
- I am willing to commit( long term goals 1 -3 years) to my goals.
- I do not know how so I need training.
- I do know how, but, some brushing up would be great.
- I need branding!
Answer these questions. Put them on paper for a simple plan or you can create a plan with Venn diagrams and chart your specific steps to each phase of your business proposal. Whatever turns you on and helps you get it done! Do that!
Now, that you have a plan. I pray you do!! The pressure is off of you now to figure it out, and you will have new energy pursue it!. OH! THAT is what I want! Let’s go get it!
See the difference in your energy NOW? You are now able to direct yourself and not waste your time mindlessly spinning your wheels not knowing where to go. Know that you know where you want to go!
Remember, Going Forward With Your Plan That….
- This is YOUR business.
- Share your business venture with like-minded individuals and have a support network for doing so.
- You own your business. It does NOT own you.
- You control your business plan, not others.
- You decide how complicated or how simple a business plan you desire. NO one else! (But, do not be afraid to get advice if you need it!)
- You make the decisions regarding all aspects of your business, no matter how nontraditional or unorthodox they are.
- Make sure your business gives you the freedom and flexibility to do all the above.
- P.S.Do what you love, because you will be spending a LOT of time doing it!
Or else, you will become quite disappointed very quickly.
The Equipment for the Plan
After you have a plan, and I assume that you are not reading this on a library computer and have a computer of your own. But, if you are at the library or on someone else’s computer reading this and have gotten this far, kudos to you. You must be either very serious or seriously bored…nevertheless, let’s keep going!
I apologize for having to state the obvious here, but, yes, you need your own computer. Something big enough to do the hard work without interruption. But not so big it takes up your whole kitchen or bedroom, where ever you choose to set up shop! Again, the key equipment to get you started is this:
- Again, it is a must to have a reliable and fast computer with the best anti-virus and anti-malware you can afford . The first month I had my first website up, I got hit with malware. It was so upsetting, because, all the years my husband had his computer business, he was able to keep everything optimized for his clients. He had since moved on to another j-o-b and no longer working at home, so, I was not optimized anymore. Yet, my cry for help brought him running to my rescue. He had to do a low-level format and reinstall everything. Then, I made sure I purchased AVG and Malwarebytes! Lesson learned.
- You need a cellphone or landline or both!
- Branding-your new identity.
A Brand With a Plan
(Or,what you don’t need!)
Before you get all excited and run out to buy all your office supplies, business cards and long distance phone plans, and domain names….Hold on! Consider your business plan. Always refer to your plan. Are magnetic name plates on your vehicle a part of your plan? Write it down, but, wait until your plan is finalized.
Wait for the extras until you have your website up and running successfully. Unless of course, you are in construction or an industry that requires you for carrying that brand/identity around with you physically.
Those of us behind a computer really only need a logo, and Gravatar(an avatar or picture that connects you to your email) and most likely a matching header for our website. Those are the basics of branding an identity, but, we will get specific a branding soon enough.
Get your training or at least start your training before you make a lot of unnecessary purchases and unwise decisions.
Business cards, while may be necessary later on, are not the most important item on the list. Particularly, if you have not considered your own personal branding.
Take time now to consider that very thing. Have you even considered all the factors above to have an idea of what your own branding will look like.
Look at others peoples’ branding in your same industry to get an idea of what you want or do not want.
I normally go to a place like Fiverr.com to have people work on my ideas until they mesh with my vision. Most are very helpful and do an excellent job. Be sure to do your homework on who you use and do not stop until you are satisified with the finished product.
Get your branding ideas for your business down on paper, but also, be keenly aware that they could change down the line if you absolutely need them to. I actually have done many revisions on a website of mine during the development. Which is not the most effective or productive idea going forward, because I did not have a strong sense of who I was or what I was doing.
Try your best to have your branding consistent though, in whatever you doing and try to have it early on as you establsih a web presense, particulary if you own your own website.
Branding may be less of a concern for you if you are network marketing an already established business who will provide their own branding and resources for you. Another plus for network marketing!
Getting Started on Your Plan
Okay, now you are ready to pursue your dreams. What kind of vehicle to you want to use to get started on your dreams? What? You don’t know. Well, I didn’t either, so, let me break it down to a couple of things for you first.
Network Marketing versus Affiliate Marketing
You may want to use a nice MLM that comes with its own website that you can refer others to called Network Marketing.
You will want to create your own website to use other peoples products or services and make commissions called Affiliate Marketing.
Either way, the thing you are aiming for is a residual income, right? Both of those have benefits.
A good business strategy in my book is most likely going to have a a balance of each of these marketing tools.
>>>>>Check out my post on how to get started in affiliate marketing which you will find here<<<<<
An Important Aspect in Your at Home Business Plan…..
Recurring income versus one-time sales!
Money that you will be able to depend on coming into your bank account month after month is called recurring income.
Obviously, a one-time sale is just that and though, if automated properly. If you know how to handle the customer/client relationship, you could potentially turn a one-time sale into recurring income.
Ideally, it is best to take the guess work out of number 2 and stick to number 1. Yet again, your business should have the flexibility with the tools you are using to have a mix of both. If that is what you want.
You may consider having an MLM in place to make money a little faster if you desire time to create your own products to sell later. That is a great business strategy and may take some pressure off, so that you can become that creative genius!
Basically, it would be in your best interest to have several income streams and not rely on just one, which is the beauty of making money AT HOME !
One income stream or vehicle may allow you to focus on generating another income which while slower, may lead to greater dividends at a later time.
Digital Marketing For Your Business Plan
Think about how you want to market your business venture NOW in the beginning and, again, write it down. Take time to get comfortable with marketing your ideas if you are not already. If you are not comfortable now, you will be surprised how fun and natural you will be able to make it with social media. Don’t let that fear stop you!
>>>>I wrote a post to help you figure that very plan entitled the Easy Guide to Digital Marketing that you can find here<<<<<
Are you ready or do you need a little more help? Take a look at a few links I have here for you. It may provide you more ideas and give you some time to think about what your plan can consist of.
CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis offered advice on “The Early Show” about how to avoid the scams and pull in some real money.
For your very first step in creating a plan for a busy mom, watch this video below from Lydia Senn!
Thank you for watching and for taking time to read! Please leave a comment or question below.. and I will talk to you soon!
P.S. When first coming out of the gate, my attempt to create a business at home was a pretty dry and frustrating experience UNTIL I got involved with Wealthy Affiliate, which, has 2 complete training courses on Online Entrepreneurship and Affiliate Boot-camp! Beleive me, I took full advantage of this awesome training. You can too!
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