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Build It, Promote It, Earn It – The Beauty of Passive Income

So I went on vacation in Mexico without my computer or hardly any internet access for 10 days. I enjoyed my vacation and I didn’t have internet withdrawals. There was a computer in the lobby of the hotel and I only went on it twice for all of 10 minutes, and it was to check my emails and make sure I hadn’t missed something that was vital to get back to immediately — there wasn’t.

I realized I had more control of myself and my income than I thought and I’m not a computer addict. Not that being a computer addict is necessarily bad or anything (though I think it probably isn’t good, lol). I also realized a lot more after I came home from my holidays…

What did I learn?

I learned if you set the groundwork of your business from the very beginning it really pays off in the end. You have to work hard, put in the hours, be consistent, persistent, patient, persevere and promote, promote, promote. Eventually you get to the point where you can work part-time hours, or take extended time off, and still get the same or better results than when you worked 50+ hours every week. This is called residual passive income!

Have you ever spent a full day working your business and not seen any results and then the one time you didn’t work you found you made sales or gotten leads? Been there and done that. During those times, I think to myself I should go out more often. Do you ever wonder why the water never boils if you keep staring at it?

Not only can I spend less time on the computer and still receive the same or better results, I can better balance my work, family and business in a much more effective and productive way. I can take a vacation knowing my business can run on its own steam because I built it with integrity and hard work.

I’m enjoying passive income and you can too! Just read all the information on this blog and you will be there before you know it!

You Don’t Always Have To Be A Salesperson

How many articles have you read, websites you’ve seen, videos you have watched, emails you’ve gotten, and posts on blogs that are purely sales pitches? To me, it seems like just about all of them these days. Is it always hype that makes the sale or has the time come when it’s more important to be a little more personal and give value? I personally think it’s the latter.

I don’t consider myself to necessarily be a great salesperson. As an internet marketer, I have found the most success by making a connection with people who read my blogs, articles, forum posts, social media updates, etc…

Don’t get me wrong, there is a sales component, but when you love what you do and love what you have the opportunity to share with others then people feel the connection. They do not feel they are being fed a sales pitch so they begin to feel a more trusting relationship with you. That is the key because now you are approachable.

I like to write in a manner as if I am speaking to a friend of mine who is looking for more information on a subject or my progress. I let people know all the time in my posts they can contact me by leaving a comment or emailing me, and they will definitely get a response and I will tell them all they want to know (within reason). I have had many people write comments asking for help, advice and want to learn more about my programs or training. My conversations with those people are even better.

I personally feel its important to be really honest. Honesty shows through and bullshit is easy to spot. People can feel honesty and are drawn towards you instead of the many people who are promoting exactly the same program you are promoting. People seeking home businesses or other online income opportunities are becoming more savvy and many have been burned before. They are wary, and rightfully so in many circumstances. If you give them the opportunity to connect with you then you potentially have a loyal downline member forever, or lifetime customer/client!

There are so many ways to make a home business work for you but I believe it’s key to show who you truly are, keep it real and be approachable. You’ll be receiving those emails, inquiries, sign ups, and sales in no time!

How You Run Your Business Is A Reflection On You

I really don’t like going on rants but every now and then I have no choice. In spite of the fact that I have adopted a brand new “what me worry” attitude, it still bugs me when people don’t run their business in a professional manner. Without naming names, because that’s just not cool, I’m going to relate a true story and in doing so, show you an example of what NOT to do.

I purchased a product a while ago. It was supposed to be for one price with no recurring charges. Well, it turned out that the old sales page was never changed and in fact, this was a recurring charge. Well, I was pretty upset about this, but because the sales page was in error, the person did eventually agree to give me access for a year. Well, better than nothing anyway.

But it doesn’t end there. See, then, a month goes by and my year long membership lapsed for some reason. So I had to write again and he fixed it. Okay, that’s cool. In the meantime, I had made an affiliate sale for this product (after he fixed the page) so that people would know it was a recurring charge. Well, I made the sale but then, after my account lapsed and was reinstated, my sale disappeared. Guess what? You got it…Another email.

I’m now waiting for response to this one.

Tell me…do you think I’m happy? I can’t remember the last time I had to go through so much with one merchant. Do you think I’ll purchase another product from this person? Do you think I’ll promote another product for this person?

And the sad thing is, the product is kick ass. It’s one of the best products for what it does that I have seen. But the guy just doesn’t run a very tight ship and I have no tolerance for that. I probably lost a commission, unless he can somehow resurrect the records. But even if he can, the experience has been less than pleasant and quite honestly, I have enough headaches without having to deal with somebody who has so many problems.

Point is, if you run a business, like it or not, customers are going to judge you NOT only by the product you sell but by how you run your operation and your customer service. I personally pride myself on my customer service and expect no less from those who I deal with.

You should expect no less and give no less.

The Danger of Inactivity – Don’t Get Too “Comfortable” Working from Home!

There are plenty of internet Marketers, home business owners, and work at home professionals out there who fall under the spell of procrastination from time to time – me included.

But that’s not really what I’m talking about in this post. I’m talking about the physical dangers that lurk in the dark corners of the body of every writer, programmer, web developer, internet Marketer, SEO, and anyone else who sits in front of a computer for too many hours every day.

Of course we all know the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, but that phrase conjures up the image of a lazy overweight slob lying on a dirty sofa stuffing pizza into his (or her – let’s not be sexist here!) mouth whilst watching TV for sixteen hours a day.

After all, that’s not us – we’re working!

Unfortunately the sedentary lifestyle also depicts those like us who work long hours at a desk in front of a computer but don’t balance those hours of physical inactivity with regular bouts of exercise. The impact to health reads like a very long menu to disaster from head to toe!

Some of us have already had nasty warnings, but in a way they are the lucky ones. Worse is not to have any warning at all, just to be typing away one minute and the next… it doesn’t bear thinking about.

So although this post doesn’t have anything whatsoever to do with procrastination or slacking off the workload and sneakily playing a few rounds of computer golf while no one is looking. It has a very poignant message for all of us to set aside some time each day to get outside in the fresh air and get some light exercise, or go to the gym. For me, walking the dog twice a day up and down the steep hills around where I live is pretty good exercise.

Doing even light exercise like that each day could mean the difference between seeing my ongoing projects bear fruit – or seeing the inside of the ER.

I know what I’d rather be seeing!

Do You Need A Business Mentor?

If this sounds like a strange question, it’s not. Some people need a mentor and don’t even know it. And actually, the people who need mentoring most are the ones who don’t realize that they do as they are that clueless.

Let me just give it to you straight, and if this comes off as harsh, please forgive me but I’ve always been a straight shooter and never sugarcoat my words. This way, at least people know exactly where I am coming from.

Some people just don’t have the smarts to make it on their own. All you have to do is look at some of the emails that you get from prospective customers. They can’t even put a coherent sentence together… so how can they run a business.

Look, I’m no Einstein, but I do have some smarts and I have developed some skills over the years. I can write and I can learn. I can come up with ideas and I can be creative. And guess what? There were still times in my life when I needed some mentoring. Why? Because I was stuck in a rut and needed somebody to give me a kickstart that I wasn’t going to get from reading a book.

For example, if I want to learn Adwords, I personally don’t need a mentor. I just need to read a good book on the subject. Perry Marshall’s is the best one I’ve found. I’m actually studying it now because my Adwords skills aren’t the best. By the time I am done reading the book, I’ll be fine. I don’t need the man himself to mentor me.

But, some people could read that same book from now until the end of time and it won’t matter. They need somebody to explain things to them and walk them through the process.

Those are the people who need a mentor.

How do you know if you’re one of those people are not? Simple. If you read a book and don’t understand it, or can’t put the principles to use, then you need a mentor. It’s not rocket science.

Personally, I believe…

There’s Nothing Like A Good Mentor To Ensure Your Business Success

Let me elaborate a bit on this…

Anyone searching for a way to earn a living from home has come across a countless number of opportunities to search through. Even if they do make the right decision it is not at all guaranteed they will find success. Not at all!

There are so many reasons why people fail when they start a home business and I don’t have the time (or the space) to name them all right now.

One significant reason is the absence of a good mentor(s). I can’t emphasize enough how important this is to get anyone going on the right track in the beginning (and throughout).

Starting a home business can be daunting for anyone but especially so when a newbie invests there money and has dreams and a plan to make this all happen. Unfortunately, the plan probably has nothing to do with the real way to find success with your business.

Here comes the mentor to save the day. A good mentor which could mean a sponsor in a program, another affiliate in the same program, or a group of people in a forum can point the newbie with the dream in the right direction. They will teach the newbie about some of the truly important aspects of marketing such as creating ads, building backlinks, blogging, writing articles, optimizing your website and all those other things that the newbie did not imagine. Remember the newbie had a dream and it probably looked more like someone on a beach with a laptop and an exotic drink somewhere nearby.

Seriously though, it is truly important to find a good mentor and one can do that pretty easily if you know a program you would like to more about. Check out most business forums or facebook groups and they will have threads on that program where you can read who posts, what they say and the general attitude of the individuals. Read everything you can and start to ask questions. Look at the kind of responses you get and who gives a thoughtful response and who does not respond at all.

If you do see one or two individuals who seem to be the type of person you would like to be your mentor, you can send them a private message and ask them a few questions. See how responsive they are and if they are willing to help. Technically, you are really interviewing them and you can choose the kind of person you want for the job. Hey, the shoe is on the other foot now!

Make sure when dropping that money down and prepping for your dream, you take all this into account. Your success might not be guaranteed, but your chances of success will be much, much greater.

I do offer my own business mentoring services but my classes are booked until May. If you want to be considered for a May class, contact me.

Put “Mentoring Info” in the subject.

I will send you the info about what you’ll get and what it will cost you. No, I am NOT cheap.

No good mentor is ever cheap.

But first, know whether or not mentoring is something you need.