Working From Home:There are several trends that are driving forward the popularity of working from home.
The main trend is the improvement of communication technology, mainly the Internet.
The Internet allows people to access information and communicate with people all over the world in an instant.
For employed people, this often means accessing company databases remotely and for the self-employed.
This means marketing products, services or an opportunity online.
Another trend that is driving the popularity of working from home is people’s quest for a different lifestyle.
People no longer want to work 40 or 50 hours a week for a boss, just to pay the bills.
People are generally seeking more control of where and how they work and whom they work with.
A much improved scale and efficiency of logistics.
People now expect to order something online.
Or on the phone and receive their goods within a day or two.
This has created new distribution channels for manufacturers and wholesalers.
And new income opportunities for people who can help those companies find new customers.
These new distribution opportunities are usually in the form of Direct Sales / Network Marketing or eCommerce websites.
The Work From Home era is truly here.
Working From Home:Why Work From Home?
People will want to work from home for many different reasons and in many different ways.
For example, the schoolteacher working from home marking exam papers is very different from an entrepreneur working from home trying to build a successful enterprise.
For the purpose of this article.
I will endeavor to give some useful advice for people who are looking to work from home to either earn an extra income.
Or build a business for the longer term.
This will usually be a network marketing or eCommerce business.
The idea of working from home can be very attractive.
Being at home for your family.
Flexibility of hours.
Home comforts and more.
These are all real advantages but as with everything in life, there are two sides to the coin.
Positive and negative. With children or other family members can come distraction.
Flexibility can be hard to discipline, so time can easily be wasted and time wasted can never be gotten back.
Home comforts can again distract your focus from important tasks that need to be carried out.
10 Keys to Success from Working From Home in Nigeria
Working From Home: The Keys To Success
There are things you need to be successful.
Willingness, ability and a good opportunity.
Willingness: The good news is they’re all down to you. Willingness (motivation) is down to you.
Ability: Ability (acquiring the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success) is down to you by how much you’re willing to learn.
Good opportunity.: Finding a good opportunity is also down to you – research as many opportunities as you can and don’t just go for something because it’s initially appealing.
1. Working From Home: Finding good opportunities.
I will use the criteria I use when looking at an opportunity.
And these criteria should serve you well.
Let’s assume you’re looking to join a Network Marketing company for example.
Here are the questions to ask yourself:
2. Working From Home:Knowing Products / Services:
Is there a good market for the products / services that the company provides.
Are they priced to sell and priced for profit?
Are they of acceptable quality?
Are at least some of the products / services consumable, offering future repeat business?
Can they easily be bought elsewhere more easily and cheaply?
Is there a strong guarantee?
Do the products / services satisfy a growing trend or need in the marketplace?
Having all these criteria together is not critical.
But the more you have, the bigger the advantage
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3. Working From Home: Knowing the Company
Does the company / supplier have a proven, successful track record?
Does it have strong corporate and financial backing?
Does the company have a positive public image?
Or if it’s a newer company, positive endorsements or testimonials?
Does the company practice integrity?
4. Working From Home: How do the company Support?
Does the company take support and training seriously?
The vast majority of new distributors or representatives.
Will probably need to learn specific skills, knowledge and attitudes.
To enable them to attain a certain level of success.
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5. Working From Home: How about the Innovation
Does the company have the right people in place.
To help drive the development of the company through changing economic and market conditions?
Change is the only constant in life and only those people and companies who adapt will survive and prosper in the long term.
My final advice when assessing a company is imagine you are preparing to invest a large loan that is secured against your house into the business.
Do your due diligence and invest using your brain, not your emotions.
Emotion can come later.
6. Working From Home: The willingness
This means a willingness on your behalf to put the time and effort into learning the knowledge, skills and attitudes required.
And of course, quite simply getting down and doing the work.
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Before you commit time and effort into something, you need desire and belief and they are both closely linked.
Desire comes through pain or pleasure.
You’re either motivated by something you want to move towards, or motivated by pain to move away from something.
Here’s something interesting for the majority of people, pain is more of a powerful motivator than pleasure, especially in the shorter term.
7. Working From Home: Consistent desire
Here’s a few quick tips to develop consistent desire (motivation):
Allow yourself to dream about what you really want your life to be like (the pleasure principle).
If you find this difficult, remind yourself of your dreams you had as a child, before disappointment and cynicism took over!
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Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you
Feed your mind with information that is conductive to helping you build the life you want.
This includes books, audios and even refraining from watching trashy, negative TV!
Take yourself forward 5 years and imagine what your life will be like if you don’t follow your dreams (the pain principle).
Now 10 years. Now 20. Now imagine yourself as an old man or woman looking back on your life. Are you proud of yourself or full of regret?
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Set your goals and take immediate and sustained action!
Belief will come through being associated with the right company.
By company I mean a physical company and of course people.
If you did your due diligence before joining a company, then this shouldn’t be a problem.
If this belief starts fade, then you need to ask why.
Because a lack of belief in what you’re doing.
Or what you’re involved in will destroy your chances of success as fast as anything else.
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Here’s where having a good coach or mentor will help massively.
Try and find a mentor or coach that you feel comfortable with and one who’s qualified to help i.e. one who’s done it or doing it.
Finally, I recommend you become a student of personal development, if you’re not already.
Simply put, if you want to become successful, study success.
If you want to become wealthy, study wealth.
There’s a great range of personal development material on the Internet that you can explore.
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8. Working From Home: Ability
This simply means the ability to turn work into positive results.
In other words, having the right knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA’s).
What might the KSA’s be?
- Product / service knowledge
- Selling and negotiating skills
- Leadership skills
- Marketing knowledge
- A knowledge of human psychology
- Specific technical knowledge / skills
- A focused attitude
- An attitude of courage – willingness to expand one’s comfort zone to do things they haven’t done before
9. Working From Home: Training
If you’re involved with a company that takes support and training seriously.
They will have a training programme that you can join.
It should be structured and allow people to work through it at their own pace.
With various competence standards along the way so you can measure your progress over time.
A good training and development programme should:
- Be clear and in easy to understand language
- Be organised and structured
- Have clear learning outcomes so the student can measure their progress against set competence benchmarks
- Allow feedback between the student and teacher. The ”student’ is usually the distributor or representative and the ‘teacher’ would be the coach or mentor that has proven success by using the information that is being taught
- Have a certain degree of flexibility so people of varying experience and timescales can work through it at their own pace
- Use various media such is written text, audio, visual and ‘hands on’ practical activities
- Include group learning and fun!
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10. Working From Home: Character.
One quality that is often overlooked by companies and trainers is character.
Although having the right skills and knowledge is really important.
Just as important is a person’s character.
This includes qualities such as trustworthiness, empathy, good humour and discipline.
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Character is developed through the interaction of life’s experiences and one’s own fixed mental attitudes.
A great way of helping people grow is through group activities.
And not necessarily business orientated.
The key is to create and fun and conductive environment for people.
Working From Home: Conclusion:
What I have outlined in this article is a general blueprint for your success in running a business from home.
Without the specific details for your particular company.
I hope you have found this article useful and I wish you all the best in your current and future ventures.