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How to Become a Certified Life Coach

If you’re the type of person who knows how to listen and give credible advice, then becoming a certified life coach can be a great way to make easy money from home. The work is extremely interesting, particularly if you enjoy working for yourself from home but miss having daily contact with other successful people. A benefit of being a coach is that you are always pumping people up, elevating their expectations and helping them see what is right with their world. This type of enthusiasm is infectious, and everyone I know who has become a life coach reports that they are happier and more productive than ever before, on account of being so intensely focused on motivation and performance.

There are a few different accrediting bodies that offer life coaching certification, but the most widely recognized is the International Coaching Federation (ICF). The ICF does not, however, provide any kind of life coach training program. You will have to take an independent training program that prepares you for the ICF certification exam. Keep in mind, certification is not necessary in order to practice in the United States, since life coaching is not yet regulated by any state or federal licensing body. However, this may change, and even if it does not you will find that consumers and professionals alike have greater trust and respect in individuals who have gone through the certification process for this career path.

Many people begin by enrolling in a university psychology program, but this may be a mistake. Those programs tend not to be very relevant to the specific business goals of your coaching practice, although they can provide some good background information on human behavior and motivation. However, a more cost effective method will be to enroll in a specialized life coaching certification program.

Secondly, you’ll want to focus intensely on establishing your own support network. It would be much easier for you to pursue your career if you get full support from your family and loved ones, particularly if they are able to offer a financial buffer while you get your practice off the ground. More importantly, you need to make professional contacts who can provide you with some early professional experiences in providing life coaching services and send you referrals when their own practices are full. Training programs are probably the best place to make this kind of connection, as you can work hard to impress your instructors, who will tend to be practicing life coaches.

You will not be able to apply for ICF certification until you have completed your training program an logged 75 hours of practical experience. Fortunately, there are some techniques you can use to market your practice that will actually yield revenue in and of themselves. There are complete tutorials that can be found by doing a simple search online what will help you with completing your life coaching certification and launching a lucrative coaching practice out of your own home.

Getting Your Online Home Based Business Up & Running Smoothly

Not long ago a really good friend of mine lost his job. He was angry and felt a little hopeless at first, but after a couple days of feeling sorry for himself, he realized that there were a lot of opportunities for him to make money working from home. This is something that he and I have talked about for a long time but he never really got it. He was always asking me what I do for a living but he never took the time to really understand because he didn’t need to.

He never flat out said it, but I think he always assumed I was just a lazy bum who needed to get a “real” job. But in reality I have a better job than him or anyone I know and it’s called running my own online home based business! Anyway, I was able to get my friend on the right path and he is now building up his own home based business on the internet. He couldn’t be happier that he lost his job now!

Today, online home based businesses are easier to set up than ever before and it can be done for really cheap or even for free. They allow you to work from home while setting your own hours and literally being able to work in your pajamas.

The biggest challenge that many aspiring home based entrepreneurs face is establishing tangible business goals and setting a daily schedule to follow. The reason why it is so important to establish a goal is to focus your mind on what you are trying to accomplish with your home based internet business. For example, many people will say that they just want to make money (a lot of it). While there is nothing wrong with wanting to make money online, it is important that you clearly define exactly how much money you want to make and how you are going to do it. You need to write this down on a sheet of paper and place it where you will see it every day. You have to also create a realistic day-to-day schedule to follow.

Many people hate the idea of establishing a daily schedule. It reminds them too much of work. The danger in not establishing a daily schedule is that it may become too easy to simply procrastinate and drift from one online business idea to another. People who do not have a clearly defined set of daily activities will more often than not become bored, confused, frustrated, and not get any real work done. The reason why these people struggle is usually because they never bothered to establish a home business goal and a daily schedule that is designed to help them reach their goals in the shortest amount of time possible.

If you are interested in starting an online home based business, you really need to take it as seriously as possible. That means you will have to set clearly defined goals and create a day-to-day schedule that is filled with activities that are designed to help you move in the direction of your business goals each and every day.

Remember you are running your own home based business. It’s not a hobby or something you are just going to try out for a while; it’s a serious thing that can have a significant impact on your financial future. Just because you are working from home online and don’t have a “real” job doesn’t mean you can slack off. If you want your online business make money and succeed, you need to do whatever it takes to make that happen!

So, with that being said, let’s get to building it…

How to Start an Online Home Based Business

There are many ways to start an online home based business. For example, if you have experience in web design, you can start your own business designing web sites for other online businesses. You would need to promote your home based business online by using some of the numerous internet marketing methods available. To add to your credibility you should get testimonials from current clients to post on your website.

Many people start online home based businesses through auction sites such as eBay, uBid, Bidz, Amazon, and a few others. They pick the products they want to sell, write up a description, take pictures of them and put them up for auction. Those with an extensive product line sell products on these sites every day. If you don’t have a product to sell, there are plenty of dropshipping sites that will set you up with products. They will even ship products to your customers.

Some people start an online home based business from scratch. They have a particular expertise and interest in a product they are selling. For example, a martial arts expert may decide to start selling a line of training equipment online. He would start out by developing a website then try to promote his home business through search engine optimization, pay-per-click ads and various other internet marketing methods.

And those are just a few quick examples. There are literally thousands of different ways you can start a home business online or offline.

Whatever online home based business you choose, you will need to market it. Internet marketing can be difficult. Many people start out with free ads and social media to get some exposure. Then they start using pay-per-click advertising and SEO. Those who pay more get the best exposure but you must make sure you are getting back more money than you are paying. Exposure is often through prodigious “search engine” sites such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. With the proper keywords and marketing techniques, you can ensure that your website will rank high in these search engines. That way, anyone looking for topics related to your website will find your site and make you money in one way or another.

One key thing to do is build a list of prospects so you can send out emails to them about products and services they may be interested in, which you will also earn money from any sales you make. There are few things more valuable to an internet marketer than his own list of names and email addresses.

Some people run online home based businesses working as an affiliate marketer. Their online ads are designed to sell various products online and get commissions just by advertising their sites. The companies usually pay them through direct deposit, check, or PayPal.

It is up to you as to which online home based business you would like to start. There are many opportunities out there for you to take advantage of but it is highly recommended that you do your research before joining any program or sending them anyone money.

A Home Based Office – How To Set One Up

So you have taken the plunge and are setting up your own home based business, or maybe your employer has given you flexible working arrangements so you can work from home. Whatever the reason – you now have to find room for a home office – and you don’t happen to have an empty room just waiting for you to occupy?  So how do you find space for a home office? Obviously some home workers will need more space than others – but most people these days will need at least a computer, an internet connection, possibly a telephone, and a desk.

Beyond these physical requirements most people will need a space which is free of distractions – particularly if there are children in the house – and which they can close the door on when the time for work is done.

So how to find the space for your home office?  Well if you are working online you need surprising little space. In fact, as I write this I am working on a small desk in the corner of a living area. Its hardly an ideal arrangement – and wouldn’t work if I had to share the space with someone else – but it works just fine for my needs.

The most common approach many people take is to convert a spare bedroom into a home office. If you have the money – replacing a bed with a more flexible piece of furniture such a convertible sofa means that the room can still work as a spare bedroom but you will have space for a work area. One bedroom I would never use as an office is your own – enough to give you nightmares – and make it way too easy to check email in the middle of the night.

Another area often successfully converted is a basement or garage area – though this may cost a bit if you need to add insulation and internet/phone lines.

Even if you don’t have a spare room, some place such as the kitchen table can be used temporarily. The space under the stairs can sometimes also convert to a surprisingly large amount of space if a built in desk and lighting is added. The problem with this arrangement is lack of peace and quiet. A door is highly recommended in this case as it will prevent little things like pens and mouse pads walking when you aren’t looking.

So if your home based business is just getting started or has outgrown the current working space, look around – you may be surprised to find a home office just waiting to be created in a corner of your existing home.

50 Success Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Below you will find 50 inspirational success quotes for current or aspiring entrepreneurs to start the new year off the right way.

It doesn’t matter if you want, or have, a home based business, an online home business, a brick-and-mortar offline business, or any other type of business. All that matters is that you are succeeding as an entrepreneur, and living by these quotes will be very helpful in achieving your goals.

1. “Obstacles are those frightful things you can see when you take your eyes off your goal.” -Henry Ford

2. “Success often comes to those who dare to act. It seldom goes to the timid who are ever afraid of the consequences.” -Jawaharlal Nehru

3. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” -Napoleon Hill

4. “Have the end in mind and every day make sure your working towards it.” -Ryan Allis

5. “If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.” -John D Rockefeller

6. “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” -Christopher Morley

7. “The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” -William James

8. “Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried something new.” -Albert Einstein

9. “Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” -Peter F. Drucker

10. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” -Unknown

11. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison

12. “It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it.” -John Crowe

13. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison

14. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

15. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi

16. “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass!” -Paul J. Meyer

17. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer.” -Nolan Bushnell

18. “Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.” -Mark Twain

19. “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” -Booker T. Washington

19. “To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.” -Bunker Hunt

20. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?'” -Brian Tracy

21. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.” -Mooie

22. “What is not started will never get finished.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

23. “The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” -Dennis Waitley

24. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

25. “Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it is all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you are willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you are willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you have got the essential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.” -Joseph Sugarman

26. “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” -George Patton

27. “Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.” -Stephen Covey

28. “A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.” -Alistair Cooke

29. “I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” -John D. Rockefeller

30. “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” -Frank Lloyd Wright

31. “You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn’t correct. We all start with all there is. It’s how we use it that makes things possible.” -Henry Ford

32. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -Les Brown

33. “To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail.” -Dorothea Brande

34. “Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you depending on how you respond to them.” -Rick Warren

35. “I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win – if you don’t you won’t.” -Bruce Jenner

36. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” -John Maxwell

37. “Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing there is a solution paves the way to a solution.” -Dr. David Schwartz

38. “All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” -Brian Tracy

39. “Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your path and follow is wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else’s footsteps.” -Eileen Caddy

40. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle

41. “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.” -Zig Ziglar

42. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu

43. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” -David Bly

44. “Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.” -Paul J. Meyer

45. “The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.” -Aristotle Onansis

46. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” -Henry David Thoreau

47. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.” -Reed Markham

48. “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

49. “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.” -Margaret Thatcher

50. “The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.” -Michael Gerber

Whether last year was a good year for you or not just know that this year will be amazing! You will take your business to new heights and nothing can stand in your way!

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg

Ecommerce Success Begins With Good Business Sense

There’s a false perception among many would-be home based business owners that all they have to do is build a website, buy a stack of shipping boxes from UPS, and before too long those homemade crafts and trinkets that are all the rage with their friends and family will suddenly make them rich. Ha! Not happening. 

Yeah, I’m sure that there are a handful of lucky people out there who do occasionally find such success despite having zero business sense and absolutely no plan, but for those of you who are serious about increasing your odds of becoming a profitable enterprise I’d like to share some advice.  I happen to operate an ecommerce site, so these tips come from my own observations and mistakes.  I make and ship game-related products, so for the purpose of this post, I’ll focus on home businesses that take orders via a website and produce a tangible product.

First and perhaps foremost, if you don’t have a whole lot of startup capital then it should be common sense that you need to pick a product that you can begin to make without the need for expensive machinery, computer upgrades, or a large storage space.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the truth is that no matter how well you plan ahead of time, there is still a chance your business will fail at some point down the road.  Better to fail and have your bank account intact than to fail and still owe the credit card companies thousands of dollars because you went nuts and bought all kinds of machines and gear during the startup phase.  Your product should ideally be something that you’ve already made from the comfort of home and that you fully understand.

Second, I would highly recommend that you focus your efforts on a product that is easy to replicate and does not rely on customization.  If you have to customize something per the customer’s request for every single order then it will slow you down beyond belief.  I’m not saying that customization-based businesses are necessarily doomed to failure.  They can, in fact, be very lucrative, but the energy expended on this kind of business model is huge.  I’m sorry, but I’m just not interested in exchanging seven emails and having three phone calls with each of my customers to make sure that their custom embroidered pillow looks just the way they want it.  Better to have a product that can be mass-produced quickly and efficiently.  This will also cut down massively on the number of returns and exchanges you have to deal with after shipment.

Speaking of shipping, you’d be wise to choose a product that can be easily and cheaply shipped without a high risk of damage.  The products that I ship are small, compact, and virtually unbreakable.  They are small because I don’t want to have to rent out a huge warehouse to make room for my product – I’d rather do it from my basement.  The size also makes it much easier to pack and ship.  The fact that my product is highly resistant to breakage or damage during shipment is a huge benefit.  I had to learn this one the hard way.  I used to make and ship a product that was huge, heavy, and susceptible to damage.  This became a major hassle because ridiculous amounts of time and energy were expended during the packing phase, and it turned out that no matter how well it was packed it still sometimes arrived damaged because of its properties.  This then led to dealing with sometimes irate customers, and it meant doing a long-distance exchange in each circumstance.  Needless to say, I learned pretty quickly that I needed to eliminate this particular product, and this move streamlined the business in a major way.

Finally, it would be a good idea to follow the advice of Warren Buffett by creating a business that offers you a distinct “competitive advantage”.  In other words, how could your particular situation or your particular skill set give you an advantage over potential competitors?  Perhaps you have a family connection who can provide you with cheaper materials than anyone else.  Or maybe you’ve spent a lifetime perfecting a talent or skill that few others can match as far as speed or quality is concerned.  Or maybe your marketing skills are so remarkable that your conversion ratio is through the roof.  The bottom line is that you need to find a way to get a permanent leg-up on the competition so that you have better flexibility with pricing and a better chance of eventually dominating your niche.

These are just a few things to think about before you launch an internet-based store from home.  As you can see, just a little bit of forethought and planning prior to startup can mean the difference between a business that bombs and a business that spits off cash like it’s nobody’s business.  Good business ideas are a dime a dozen, and the shrewd home-based entrepreneur understands that even good ideas can fail if not executed with an intelligent strategy in place.