Warning! This is a long list of success tips, I strongly suggest you bookmark this page and come back rather than try to absorb all of the information in one sitting.
This success tips list is not all my own creation, it is mostly made up from snippets, posts and success tips that I have come across on my own journey. Use this list as a basis for your own success, cut out what is not relevant to you and add some of your own ideas and inspirations in.
The following success tips are aimed at those really wanting to create a successful career or long-term Business working at home, if you’re just looking for a few extra bucks pocket money then head back to the blog for lots of money making ideas and get busy.
Working from home = Sitting in front of the PC in your PJ’s, watching daytime TV while the money roles in, no more commuting, getting up at midday if you so desire and becoming stinking rich overnight = Living the dream!!
Or does it?
The stark reality of starting up a home business is that it’s really hard work! Yes you may be your own boss with the 9-5 drudgery a thing of the past, but do you really want to swap that for 7-10 of hard labour, sleepless nights, eye strain and the responsibility of keeping the money coming in solely on your own shoulders?
You are going to be isolated, confined to one space for hours on end, with no one looking over your shoulder to help and guide. You will get no praise for a job well done (but you will get satisfaction, a sense of self-pride and hopefully a growing bank balance!)
The tips below are in no particular order, and some may seem contradictory; that’s because you have to find what works for you, and, most importantly, stick to it! Skim over them and find some you can relate to. Print them off and stick them by the fridge/kettle to refer back to.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”
- Stay motivated! You are going to have bad days and “off” days when you feel that you just can’t be bothered – this is not an option! Find something that gets you motivated, it could be a YouTube video similar to the ones I’ve included on this page, or a photo of your kids or dream house as your wallpaper, or your goals on a sticky note stuck to the fridge, or even a brisk walk to clear your head – whatever it takes, just get back on track asap.
- If you have small children it’s imperative to remember that they are only young once, and you will never get this precious time back. Do they want the same designer lifestyle and dream house that you are striving towards, or do they just want to play with their mom/dad?? Make some time to play every day!
- Spend some time finding a method of making money that works for you, and stick to it. Flitting from one system to another without giving the first a fair go will get you nowhere.
- Don’t expect immediate results; give yourself a decent timeframe for success. By six months you should know if you are going to make it or not. Even if you are failing at your chosen method, learn from it and do it again, but better. After 6 months to 1yr revaluate what you are doing, can you do it better or is a different method needed, or are you just not cut out for it? Be honest with yourself, are you really prepared to do whatever it takes to make money online?
- Never give up! Most home businesses fail because at the first sign of a hurdle it’s all too easy to throw the towel in and say it doesn’t work. You will get knocked down – repeatedly! – take a break, think about it (don’t beat yourself up) and get back on the horse.
- Ask for help when you need it, the internet is overflowing with forums full of people eager to share their knowledge, take what they are offering. In the months to come you can pay back by helping someone else starting out. Karma always comes back to you x 3 – good or bad!
- At the end of your workday, sit down with your to-do list and prioritize what needs to get done tomorrow. When you work a 9-5 job your work is planned for you, but when you work for yourself you need to plan it out for the next day too.
- Make a list of the top 5 priorities you need to work on, and then start your day at the top of the list, and don’t do anything else until everything on that list is done.
- It’s a fact that the first 20 minutes of your day are highly related to your mood for the rest of the day. If you wake up and sit on Facebook, you’ll probably have an unproductive, frustrating day. If you wake up, go for a run (walk in my case!), take an invigorating shower, plan your day, and then start working; you’re much more likely have a stress free, productive day
- Wake up early – by doing just this small thing, you know that you’ve started a good day. The feeling of waking up early and refreshed, ready to face the world head on is just awesome. Also, there’s usually no noise or distractions in the early hours of the day. So make sure you are getting up bright and early every morning.
- Make a good-morning routine it will help you to stay motivated, to know where you’re going, to stay calm and clear-minded.
- Finish your must do tasks, and then congratulate yourself on the fact that whatever else you achieve today is a bonus.
- Checking your Facebook, Twitter or personal Emails should NOT be the first thing you do in the morning. You must start with the first task of your schedule – or just do something productive if you hate set schedules. If you start your day by checking your Facebook, watching TV or slouching on the sofa; you’ll end up procrastinating and feeling frustrated.
- Get used to waking up with a super positive mental attitude, and looking forward to the day ahead, no matter how hard the previous day was, how little sleep you got or how worried about the bills that are piling up you are. Today you are going to make money!
- Only use methods that are acceptable to you; for instance, if you decide to resell spammy MLM methods that you know won’t work for 95% of customers, it’s you that has to live with that decision and it is important for your own mental health to keep a clear conscience. Remember the money is coming from real people, possibly just like you who are looking for ways to make an income from home.
- Don’t sell substandard or cheap, fake products. You make a few sales and get away with it for a while, but it won’t last.
- Offer excellent customer service, word of mouth is huge, especially if you can develop a large presence of Facebook or Twitter. Always over deliver – people remember this and will come back.
- If you aren’t failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative
- Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life – In a society where people blame everything from their parents to the government for failure, those who don’t buy into this mentality or succumb to the “victim” thinking succeed. To blame something or somebody other than your own self is saying they have control of your life and not you. Someone else’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.
- Live Your Life On Purpose -What separates motivational thinkers from the unsuccessful is that they believe they’re doing what they were put here to do. The difference between this and just existing is that the latter is just getting through the week with the least problems. But when you live your life on purpose, your main concern is doing the job right. For the entrepreneur this means finding a cause you believe in and building your business around it.
- Be Willing to Pay the Price – Be willing to pay the price for your dreams. Wanting a big house, a luxury car, and a million dollars in the bank is all very nice, and everyone wants these things – but are you willing to pay the price to get them? This is one of the major differences between the successful and unsuccessful.
- Stay Focused – Every day we’re bombarded with hundreds of tasks, phone calls, messages, and everyone competing for our time. Focusing requires giving up something in the present because you are investing your time in something that will pay off big-time down the road.
- Become an Expert in Your Field One striking factor all successful people have in common is how seriously they take their profession. They strive to be the best at what they do, and do almost anything to improve. If someone followed you around all day with a video camera at your business, would it be a tape you’d be proud of or embarrassed about? Make the decision today to work at being the best in your field. How? By finding out what the “best” in your field are doing, and do what they do, only better!
- Write out a Plan for Achieving Your Goals -Write out an action plan/map for how you’re going to achieve your goals. Trying to reach your goals without a plan is like trying to drive from Los Angeles to Chicago without a map. A goal that isn’t written down is merely a wish or fantasy.
- Never Give Up -Never, never, never give up. When you’re fully committed to achieving your goal, giving up is not an option. You must be willing do whatever it takes to make it happen. The power of perseverance is an awesome force. As someone once said, “inch by inch it’s a cinch”. Think of the lowly inchworm – if it pondered the length of the trip from start to finish before it started, it probably would never move. To a worm’s point-of-view, the garden path must look like a trip to Mars. Never give up! Keep on going like the Ever-ready battery bunny, and pretty soon you’re there.
- Don’t Delay -Nobody knows how much time they have left to accomplish their dreams, and we must remember that we don’t have forever. The clock is ticking, and sooner or later your number comes up and you’re gone. Successful achievers know this too, but they don’t view it as a “negative”. Achievers use it to “spur them on”. They go after what they want as energetically and as passionately as possible, for as long as they have.
- “Today is a check – cash it! Yesterday is an I.O.U. – forget it! Tomorrow is a promissory note, don’t bank on it!” I think that’s a pretty good summation of life, so go out there and cash in on that “today” check.
- Finding a few things you enjoy and sticking to them. Pretty much any “method” can make money. Learn it inside out. Don’t be put off if your chosen route is not the most popular way of making money. You may find it’s very profitable.
- Once you get a solid income from one source, it’s time to diversify. We try to have 4-5 main revenue streams at any one time. If you don’t possess a skill you need, either learn it, JV with someone or pay someone to do it.
- You should never stop hustling. Even if you’ve had a great month, keep on grinding and closing deals as it won’t always be plain sailing. At some stage, a project will go wrong. Your PayPal will be closed. Your biggest client will vanish. A deal will fall through. Someone won’t pay up. You should always prepare for the worse. That means making as much money as you can at any opportunity to counteract the bad days.
- If you get stuck, ask! The community on internet forums can be incredibly helpful.
- Make the choice to succeed and do the work to succeed and you will. Make the choice to succeed and DON’T do the work and you will NOT succeed
- Focus on ONE thing at a time and master it before you move onto the next”. Focus isn’t just a word, it’s the ability to keep your eye on what you want to accomplish so any obstacles you see will be ignored.
- Trust no one, at first. Yes, there are some FANTASTIC people out there that are willing to help you, but there are also a lot of scammers. So be careful and don’t be afraid to ask for references.
- Automation and software are key to running a business, but there is no such thing as a push button solution that will make you rich. Anyone who says so is selling you snake oil.
- Hard work and persistence are great, but always take a step back so you can make sure you’re going in the right direction. No sense in ending up in the South Pole if your intention was to go to New York.
- Mediocrity rules the marketplace. I don’t care if it’s improving your golf swing; finding the mate of your dreams, curing sweaty palms, or saving for retirement…….you will almost always win if you truly EXCEED your customer’s expectations in any market. “Take care of your customers and the competition will take care of themselves.”
- Ranting and complaining never made anyone rich.
- You can’t please everybody and to try is folly. Stay true to yourself, throw your heart into your business, and stand firm in your beliefs and good things will happen to you (as long as your heart is in the right place).
- Adopt the “student” frame and always keep it. Nobody knows everything. I promise you, if you have this mind-set you will never stop learning and growing and life will bring you good things.
- Embrace fear and don’t let it rule your actions. Even the late Johnny Carson, the master public speaker and entertainer, got nervous before each show. Ever see The King’s Speech?
- Always take income claims with a grain of salt. Remember, they are not you and…..you are NOT them.
- Learn to help others anonymously once you make it, it WILL come back to you ten times over. And if it doesn’t, you still made this world a better place.
- Making money is simple, but it’s not easy. Yes, it’s simple, almost ridiculously so, but it takes W-O-R-K in the beginning. A lot of it. Are there exceptions to this rule? Very, very few.
- If you don’t write down your goals, you’re running a hobby, not a business. Just remind yourself daily that virtually all profitable corporations plan out their year(s) ahead of time. IN Japan they plan out 25 to 50 years ahead of time……
- If you don’t write a deadline by your goal, by definition it’s not a goal.
- Don’t be afraid to create your own products if that’s what your interest is, there ARE people out there that want to buy from you, over and over again….and again. At least 20 to 33% of them from your existing customer base.
- Feeling overwhelmed is very common, it happens to us all in the beginning, but don’t let it rule you. The best way to deal with it is to have your goals WRITTEN down and then focusing on one of them at a time. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.
- Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Whether you believe it or not, you have some AMAZING things about you. Find out what those things are and use those things to find the Unique Selling Proposition for your business. And remember, mediocrity abounds on the internet; you can usually compete on value and service.
- Never, ever compromise your CHARACTER. Integrity, honesty, and wanting to give value will ALWAYS make your business stand head and shoulders above everyone else. This isn’t my opinion; it’s the basic law of the attraction universe.
- If you have 2 or more solid info products on how to make money online in your hard drive then you probably have enough information already to make 6 figures by next year. No, I’m NOT kidding. So stop buying any more eBooks and guides and implement the methods in the ones you already have.
- Remember, to make money you have to SELL something. Whether it’s a click, a product, a link, a service, an idea, etc.
- It is very difficult to build a multi-million dollar organization on your own. You should out source as soon as you can afford it (and it might be sooner than you think). Yes, I advised to trust “no one” earlier on, but once someone earns your trust you better hold onto them.
- Build your own network of people who “get it” and you will NEVER be poor. Whether it’s building a list, a Facebook fan page, or a forum, or a membership site, focus on building your own network of people who KNOW and TRUST you and you will have wealth for as long as they are with you.
- Although it is possible to build massive wealth in a year, it will most likely be through good luck and great timing; it’s more than likely to take 3 to 5 years to build a sustainable income.
- Reinvest your profits; don’t keep buying things such as eBooks and guides out of your own pocket. Money would be better spent buying automation tools and outsourcing some of the workload.
- Once your WRITE down your goals they are not set in stone. You can always change them as needed.
- Your friends, family, and even your significant other might not understand what you are doing. That’s okay, as long as they don’t inhibit your progress. Tell them to give you 2 years as that should be enough time to prove them wrong.
- Your 5 predominant habits will predict what your future will be like. So take some time and write them down. If any of them have anything to do with habitual complaining, blaming others, drugs, too much partying, spending too much money, or being negative in any way, then you already know what you need to change.
- Change is a lot easier than you think; you simply need to DECIDE that it is so. This is why it’s so important to write down your goals and review them daily. It will help you stay focused so you can make the changes that you need to make
- Check your ego at the door. Nobody likes a know-it-all. If you stay teachable your rewards in this business will be monolithic despite what some people will tell you.
- Warren Buffett didn’t get rich because he’s so smart. He got rich because he stuck to a proven system. Once you find something that works, continue to tweak it so you can grow it and scale up.
- Test, track, and tweak because 99.8% of your competitors are too lazy to do this.
- Niche research is a lot easier than you think, do these three things and you’ll never run out of profitable niche ideas. Niche research is something people over complicate:
- Ask people (known or strangers) what’s important to them. I found my most profitable markets by doing this.
- Follow the money. Where are advertisers spending their money? Where are people spending their money? There are ads everywhere, pay close attention to them. Check out marketplaces like Amazon, Clickbank, etc. to get ideas.
- Join forums and groups, people confide easily online, and disclose much more personal problems in-depth than they would do in real life. Anonymity is great for loosening the tongue!
- Honour your refund policy, in the long run it can only bring you the benefits of good will, which means happy, returning customers
- Find a Mentor or a Coach if you want to drastically reduce your initial learning curve. You don’t need to have a personal mentor, there are plenty of books, courses, webinars, etc. that you can find access to.
- Invest in a medium-sized to large whiteboard. If you’re a visual person it helps to see things. Write down your ideas on the whiteboard. Also write down the daily tasks that you need to do to get your business going in the right direction.
- Treat your home business like it’s a real business, not a hobby that you can play at when you’re in the mood. It’s all too easy to spend more time procrastinating and reading then actually doing the things that will GROW your business.
- Stay focused by focusing on your goals daily. With all the distractions out there it’s a miracle that people are able to stay focused. You’ve got TV, social media, video games, hobbies, family, friends, holidays, new products, new webinar invites, workshops, etc.
- Remember, there are new products coming out every single hour trying to convince you that you need their product or service for your business. Before you buy anything ask yourself honestly, “does my business really need this to grow?”
- Put away unnecessary distractions for at least 6 months (a year is much better). Do you really need the X-box, Movie Channels, Wii??
- Be very careful whom you choose to spend time with. Studies started by the great Dale Carnegie and many others after him have proven that who you habitually spend your time affects how you think and act. It can be very difficult to spend less time with certain friends, but you have to surround yourself with positive, like-minded entrepreneurs who got it. Some people won’t understand why you might want to spend more time on your “business” then hang out with them. It’s not personal, usually, you just need to communicate to them that you have a dream and that you’re going to go for it.
- Fear, uncertainty, and procrastination. The “big 3 dream destroyers” because everyone experiences them. For 99.9% of people who start a business, at some point they are going to experience one of these (sometimes all three).
- Realize you’re not alone. If you are ever in doubt in what you should be doing always ask yourself this question: “What’s the ONE thing that I can do today that will GROW my business?”. If you simply can’t come up with an answer, ask someone else – an unbiased answer maybe just what your need.
- If You Are Feeling Down or Feel Like quitting……then go to your local bookstore (or Amazon) and read UNSTOPPABLE by Cynthia Kersey. It’s a bunch of true short stories of people who overcame great odds. If this particular book doesn’t appeal then find one that does and read a little a day for encouragement.
- A common complaint of working from home is cabin fever. You awake in your house, eat, work and sleep all in the same place. It can become all too easy to not leave for days at a time. To ease this, work in a different setting as often as you can manage – ideally at least a couple of mornings or afternoons a week. If it’s just strolling across the road to your local café, or sitting on a park bench, it can make all the difference.The change of scenery is really important for your mental wellbeing, and you will be surprised at the effect it will have on your mind-set and productivity.
- Have a definite, separate work space at home, even if it’s just a corner of the living room or kitchen. Try not to get into the habit of having the TV on / dinner cooking while you work.
- Escape the computer once in a while! Once you have finished work for the day, switch off your computer. Don’t just close the lid of your laptop or put your PC into sleep mode; actually physically shut it down – and do not touch it again until you are ready for work the next day. This serves three purposes. It helps to provide a clear cut-off point when your working day ends and your personal life resumes. It also puts a stop on the compulsion to “just check your emails” half-way through the evening. It also gives your computer – and your eyes a well-deserved break. Do something else. Go and take a shower, put on a DVD, prepare dinner, whatever doesn’t involve the computer. Your home is your sanctuary and you need to draw a clear line between work and home life in order to keep the balance and your sanity.
- Having said that, once the computer is off, you should keep a notebook to hand to jot down any ideas or inspirations that hit suddenly, or any tasks that you have forgotten for the next day.
- If your mind is wandering / gone blank, take a coffee break for 20 minutes or so to recharge. If you just sit staring at the screen you will end up chatting to friends or logging on to Facebook and end up wasting much longer than 20 minutes.
- Set some boundaries right from the start. A common problem with working from home is that you suddenly become always available in the eyes of your friends and family. People think that they can just pop in for lunch or coffee unannounced because you aren’t busy!
- Similarly to the above, if you leave your Skype, Twitter, MSN or Facebook logged in during the day, friends will message you when they have a spare moment at work – assuming that you’re only watching TV or reading the newspaper anyway. It’s a good idea to set up separate business accounts on all your social media outlets, and see them simply as tools of your trade during work hours.
- Build Email lists, build them quick and build them big! Don’t overdo the emails though; people will unsubscribe real quick if you start annoying them with spammy offers – keep newsletters informative, short and casual. Only pop in an offer every now and then.
- Never keep all your eggs in one basket. Of course, in the beginning you should be sticking with just one or 2 money making methods, but aim to diversify as soon as possible. The forums exploded recently after the latest Google updates – people had lost their entire sources of income overnight. Google is NOT God and shouldn’t be relied upon as your only source of traffic.
- If you are selling services to business, always remember this: Do not just try to sell them your service – you must always sell them the benefits of your service first. Business owners don’t care about your service, your prices, who you are or what you do. They truly and sincerely only care about how they are going to make more money.
- Don’t adopt the mind-set thinking “how can I make money” instead think “how can I provide value” or “make people’s lives better?”If you don’t provide anything that does not truly add some value to people’s lives, you won’t find any sustainable business model neither online or offline.
- Stop following and start thinking…. Outside the box. Think how to twist a method, add your own unique ideas to improve the method or come up with your own method loosely based on something else.
- REMEMBER – failure is an event – NOT a person! If you fall get back up, dust yourself off and start all over again!
- The money may be small at first but that’s how everybody starts, don’t throw the towel in too soon.
- Offering services doesn’t always have to include exchanging money. Yes I know people like to think that if they are giving their time for something then they absolutely must be compensated with money. Money is good but maybe the person you’re offering the service to have something more valuable. There is value in bartering – try it!
- When you consistently hit your daily goal, you can see how well your workflow is operating and make adjustments in one way or another and set a higher goal as the days pass by.
- Daily goals are a great way to get started because they are small so they don’t seem like they are impossible to reach and they are also a pretty good indicator of how you manage your time. If you know what you’re capable of getting done in a short period of time then you have a pretty good idea of how much work you need to put in to get the kind of results that you want to see.
- There is nothing better than trial and error. Even if a method doesn’t work out for you it gives you the experience you need to succeed next time. All methods are tied together. Having the knowledge and understanding of how many different methods work can really help you in the long run. It gives you a chance to do some “out of the box” thinking.
- Talk to people daily, both newbies and the big guys. Be nice, be funny, and be professional. Establish your networks and connections. These will give you contacts that you will need in the future. The more contacts you have the more people you can talk to when you hit glitches or problems.
- Making friends with other newcomers to the world of making money online is great too because you are both most likely facing similar problems or have been in the same situations as each other. Brainstorm daily – a problem shared and all that.
- Find something you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life” It makes perfect sense. If you are able to do what you love for a living, then most of the time it won’t even feel like you’re actually working.
- The trick is to find that which you love so much that you won’t get sick of it. Usually that’s easier said than done.
- Too often we make decisions about what we want to do for a living based on how much money we’ll make. Sure we all want money but money isn’t everything. Besides if you get into job that you absolutely love, chances are you will succeed and wind-up making a lot of money anyway because of your passion for the job.
- Don’t get into a job just to get away from something you hate. Get into a job because you’ll be doing something you love.
- To help find that perfect job, sit down and take the time to think about your entire life. Think about a subject you loved in school or an activity that you were good at and thoroughly enjoyed. Think about all your interests in you life – both past and present. Then try to find a job that matches what you like and what you’re interested in.
- Always chase your dreams instead of running from your fears.(Love that one!)
- Stop seeking affirmation from others; if you are the only one that Believes in You that’s a majority!
And as final food for thought, a recent post on a Forum that struck a chord:
Ultimate Success Tips
When you allow someone else to dictate your success, as I see so many on here do…
…then you’re already a failure.
We see guys complaining about the competition being too tough… folks saying that the algorithm changes are killing them… people saying that this or that is stopping them from making a living in IM.
We make our own way in life and force our own consequences from our actions 99% of the time.
We are not managed by others as to results of our actions 99% of the time.
We succeed based on effort, ingenuity, knowledge, versatility, the ability to adapt and other internal processes 99% of the time.
We fail based on effort, ingenuity, knowledge, versatility, the ability to adapt and other internal processes 99% of the time.
It is our choice to succeed or to fail 99% of the time.
It is our choice to not allow another to dictate our success.
If you are one that is allowing someone else to dictate your success, you need to change your mind-set and man up… make the adjustments in your thought process and make the adjustments in your backbone and become a successful person.
Start making the choice to succeed and once you succeed you’ll be able to succeed even more as you’ll know what it takes to succeed and how to succeed.
One win will morph into 2 wins and 2 will morph into 4… You’ll ride that success wave once you get that first trophy on your shelf.
Remember, nothing succeeds like success.
My Favourite Motivational Video EVER! ET – The Hip Hop Preacher!