It seems as though more and more people are trying their hand at some form of Internet, or home based business. Most seem to be part time, maybe to just supplement their income, and have no desire to add another full time job into their life.
However, I believe there is a significant amount of people who would rather be a full time Internet entrepreneur, but lack the confidence to take that leap. It’s a gutsy move, no doubt. It takes some research and dedication to risk going full time without a safety net of another job.
Are you on the fence…not sure if you can jump in with both feet?
I am going to share some fairly easy tips that can make it easier for you to take the plunge into becoming a full time Internet entrepreneur.
1. Before You Start
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Before you go the full time route, make sure you have a dedicated work space in your home. If you plan on working at the dining room table, you will most likely struggle in your endeavor. I believe the best investment you can make when starting a business from home, is to give yourself a professional atmosphere to work in.
Of course, not everyone has an entire room to dedicate to an office. So, get creative. Look at the attic, or the garage to see if there is space available to turn into an office. I have heard of someone turning their guest room closet into an office. It doesn’t have to be large, just functional…and your own.
I have done both, work from the dining room table, as well as a dedicated and professional space. And, my work is significantly better when working in a professional setting.
2. Protecting Your Assets
Now that you are all set up and ready to work, it’s time to consider protecting all your equipment and material. If you are going full time, you want to make sure that time spent on research and development is not in vain. For example, if you spend an entire day on collecting information, creating an outline, and starting an article or two, you don’t want it to disappear in a split second if the computer crashes.
There are online backup programs designed to store your data for you, in case you need to retrieve it someday. Carbonite is one of those programs, and it saves each file you create or alter as you do it, for minimal cost.
Surge protectors can help save your equipment in case of a sudden power surge. If you have ever lost any electronics this way, you know that it’s a hassle to replace it.
The last area I feel we all need to protect is our time, which is valuable. I live in an area that loses power often, and have wasted many days waiting for the power to come back on. After growing very tired of wasted days, I spoke with some Yamaha generators dealers and then read various reviews to see what users were saying. I then realized that a generator would help protect my time. As it turns out, a generator has been a very wise investment.
3. Setting Boundaries to Ward off Distractions
One of the issues many of us deal with when working from home, is distractions and interruptions that you normally wouldn’t have in the traditional office. I’m not saying that there aren’t any at the traditional office, just not the same.
For example, if you have children at home, you need to set some boundaries such as:
- No interruptions for non-emergent questions, until I’m on a break.
- If I’m at my desk, I am working…not playing.
- Certain times will be ‘quiet times’.
- Indoor voices are to be used.
- No friends over without prior permission.
These might seem fairly strict, but they don’t have to be. They will fall right in line with these rules and it will be second nature rather quickly.
It’s not only important to have your space organized. It also helps to have your day organized. Waking up in the morning and setting a plan works well for getting everything accomplished.
One thing that I like to do is to put the tasks that I least want to do at the top of the list. Get it over with, is my motto. Once that is done, it’s not hanging over your head and the rest of the day will seem like a breeze. Compare it to going to the dentist. You want to stew about it all day, or get it over with in the morning? I know what I want to do.
Another ‘task’ you want to add to your day is breaks…
5. The Importance of Breaks
If you work straight through the day, without any breaks, it might lead to an afternoon that isn’t as productive as it could be. Breaks will help to refresh your mind and body to keep the day going well.
Without breaks, your muscles will tense up from sitting so long, and could lead to long term problems with your back, neck, and shoulders. So, take a few minutes, at least 2 or 3 times a day, to get up and stretch everything out. It’s also a good time to connect with the kids for a few minutes if they are around.
6. Don’t Ignore Unexpected Inspiration
One last tip I want to discuss is to never brush off inspiration, just because it might not have come to you in a conventional manner. You might not be looking for it in that particular moment.
I mentioned generators above. When I was reading a few Duromax generator reviews something I notice triggered an inspiration for a series of articles.
Since you may not know when you will find inspiration, keep a journal handy, or use your iPhone or iPad to jot down your thoughts before you forget them.
And, I’ll leave you with this quote I read today by Jerry Rice…
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”
Take the extra steps that most others don’t, and you will succeed in your full time journey.
This article was written by Jason Monroe. Jason has been a freelance writer and Internet marketer since 2003, and has a great understanding on what it takes to succeed online. He enjoys researching information on the Internet, reading, and is now dabbling in social media marketing.
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