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Starting a Business – Address Your Stress

There are both good and bad forms of stress. For example being super busy working is a good kind of stress — or at least it can be unless you don’t enjoy what you are doing. Really exerting yourself as a challenge to achieving some goal, while stressful, can be very gratifying if you hit the target. So stresses like these can actually be motivational.

There are stresses that we can’t avoid because they are inherent in life – wars and rumors of wars, catastrophic events in nature, crime, health, financial and relationship problems, etc. Of course these are amplified because they go along with fear and anxiety. Since they can’t be avoided completely, we need to do something to mitigate them as far as how they affect us.

There is a direct relationship between our minds and our bodies. If you are using all of your resources to worry or trying to navigate chaos, then you can actually compromise your immune system. This can leave you more vulnerable to illness, and when ‘normal’ illness occurs, it becomes more difficult for your immune system to overcome it.

Starting a business, just like starting a new job, moving to a new location, or ending a relationship are considered major life events that are super-stressful. Unless we acquire coping mechanisms they can really undermine our well-being. It is a bit like having one hand tied behind your back if your entire system is pre-occupied with stress. So taking time away to relax and rest will actually serve to make you more accurate and efficient, hence more productive.

As well there are things you can do to ‘talk yourself down’ when you are on your last nerve and just can’t get away for a break. There used to be a school of thought that said it is best to rant and rave and get it off your chest; and it was that anger that we keep inside that will kill us. However now the thinking is that you can actually cause a major health event by throwing a ‘hissy fit’ – you can literally ‘blow a gasket’.

So it may be best to have ways to calm yourself down – and believe it or not being organized and taking things one step at a time are ways to alleviate a huge amount of stress when you are starting a business. You cannot digest or accomplish everything in one day. You should not contribute to your own demise by having unrealistic expectations. Schedule enough time to do just what needs to be done today and then take some time to breathe.

You need to realize that you may end up paying a few monthly fees while seeing no return on investment. That is the cost of doing business. If you truly want to start a business then you have to accept that it may cost you time, money and effort to do so. Your health and sanity however is not a price you should be willing to pay for any reason.

Home Business Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills

Recently there was research done with regard to the common traits of successful leaders. The top two characteristics are said to be being conscientious and being extroverted. Being conscientious is taking care of business, having a plan with goals and being focused on achieving them. Extroversion indicates one who is outgoing and sociable. Sociability is in part the art of motivating and inspiring others. Dominance is also a factor that people react to because they believe it denotes competence.

On the other hand there are exceptions in that for example an introvert can also be an effective leader primarily because they listen to others. Other studies show that being able to really listen to another person can even make them fall in love with you! It’s a different context of course but still relevant to this conversation, as a good leader would be attractive to others. In business, trust and respect are important and as such are attractive, particularly if you are in a capacity where you are encouraging others to follow you into a business opportunity.

With all that said, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a good leader and be successful in business if these character traits are not your strong suits. However it would be in your best interest to cultivate them as much as you can while still being yourself. For example if you are shy and a bit introverted, forcing yourself to smile and making eye contact frequently will go a long way and pretty soon it will seem more natural. People do not read our minds and being shy may often be perceived as ‘aloof’ or even unapproachable.

Being conscientious is probably easier to put into practice because we do control our own actions. This includes not only being trustworthy and honest, but being really professional. You would be on time, meet all of your obligations to others as far as what you say you will do. It is really disrespectful to keep people waiting as if their time is not important to you. Being conscientious also includes being accurate and efficient in presenting yourself and your business propositions. One way to check this is to proofread communications before you send them and to check your facts and statistics.

As the saying goes, ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression’. Human nature being what it is, that first impression will really stick to you whether positive or negative. Although people may overlook our shortcomings, if they start to be part of our typical exchange, then we can lose their respect and trust. Since there are factors we cannot control, such as how well the business that you have proposed to them does in the future, you want to create a strong relationship so that your association will not falter should things get rough.

Much of the time with higher earning individuals the money is not made so much on the initial sale, but in follow up and ‘back-end’ sales, so it is very important to keep your customers happy. Always be conscientious to honor your agreements and guarantees. Don’t ever be ‘penny-wise and pound-foolish’ in refusing to give them a refund. The way you handle problems can really determine if you have strong, lasting relationships with those who trusted you to begin with.

Fun Home Business Ideas To Start This Weekend

There are many Fun Home Business Ideas To Start This Weekend if you need some extra cash or you just want to fulfill a hobby. The Internet has made it possible for anyone with the time and resources to start a business whether it is a weekend thing or you hope to become a full-fledged home business owner. However, you may need a few ideas in order to help start your business and find your niche.

Open an Etsy Shop

Etsy is the go-to destination for those who want to turn expertise with arts and crafts into profit. There are a number of shops for those who are artists as well as those who make handmade crafts such as jewelry or handmade purses. Etsy may be ideal for those who are new at starting a business and need a platform that is not only easy to use but also trusted by consumers.

Consultant

If you have expertise in an area such as accounting, web building or even writing grants, you can turn that expertise into a home business. While you may have enough of a reputation to gather a base as you begin, you can also look into platforms that not only help you gather the tools you need to start a successful business but also help you gain trust with potential clients.

Start an eBay Shop

These days eBay has become synonymous with online shopping, but it may also be a good way to get rid of some of those items you no longer need but feel someone else would want. This shop may also be particularly valuable for special interests since people looking for rare and hard to find items often come to eBay in order to get what they need. However, you may want to learn about perks such as free listing days in order to maximize your profits.

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