The Honest Truth About Your Business

29 Questions to Help You Determine if What You’re Doing is a Business or a Hobby

Are you a true business owner and entrepreneur? Or are you pursuing your business dreams more like a hobby but may not even be aware this is what’s happening?

In meshing business and personal life in the past…

I took a lot of time off when I felt like it… ,

I worked around the kid’s school schedule and family meals… ,

if I didn’t feel like making calls for a few weeks, I didn’t make them… ,

when the sun came out, the kids and I headed to the park and work was the last thing on my mind… ,

I would fit in a few hours here and there to work on my business… when time allowed around my other commitments…

What about you? Do you let family, friends and other factors take you away from working on your business? Or are you 100% committed and invested in your business success?

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help – you might be surprised with some of the answers if you’re being honest with yourself!

  1. Are you clear on your business’s focus – have you defined the product or service you provide and have stuck to it or are you continually trying out other things?
  2. Have you registered your business name with your local government?
  3. Do you have a business licence with your local community?
  4. Do you have a dedicated business phone line? A toll free number?
  5. Do you have business insurance?
  6. Do you have legal contracts in place dealing with the various aspects of your business?
  7. Do you have a clearly defined mission statement?
  8. Do you have a business plan? One that gives you a solid blueprint on how to achieve your business goals and how much it’s going to cost?
  9. Do you know who your competitors are and what they are doing?
  10. Is your business scalable in a way that it doesn’t depend on you being hands-on 100% of the time?
  11. Do you have a marketing plan that provides you with specific steps on how you are going to attract your perfect client and how much it’s going to cost?
  12. Do you have a set budget for advertising and marketing to build your client base?
  13. Do you really know who your target market is?
  14. Do you have a professionally designed logo to establish your brand identity and appeal to your ideal target market?
  15. Do you have professionally designed business cards, letterhead, promotional materials and other items to market your business?
  16. Do you have a professionally designed and developed website that represents your business brand effectively, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week?
  17. Do you continually update and employ SEO tactics to your website to ensure optimal results?
  18. Are you outsourcing certain tasks to help you with the things that are not your core competency such as bookkeepers, web developers, marketers, virtual assistants and graphic designers?
  19. Do you have a separate office space where you can shut the door at the end of the day and leave it closed until business hours start again?
  20. Do you have set business hours where no emails and no phone calls occur after hours?
  21. Is your office space organized and systemized so that anyone could come in and take over where you left off?
  22. Do you keep proper books and track all of your business receipts? Or is everything stuffed in a shoe box or file folder until tax time?
  23. Are you aware of all the tax write-offs that you’re entitled to and use them to the fullest?
  24. Do you have a dedicated business bank account?
  25. Does ALL of your business income go into this business account and you pay yourself on a regular basis?
  26. Do you work all year round with vacation breaks or do you take whole summers off and tell yourself you’ll get busy working again in the Fall?
  27. Do you diligently work at your to-do list of items that will help achieve your goals or are you telling yourself you’ll kick things into gear after… (fill in the blank)?
  28. Are you truly happy and passionate about doing what you do?
  29. Is your business fulfilling your life’s purpose or are you just going through the motions of trying to make some money?

The questions above do not cover everything when considering what is involved in running a business, by no means, but I hope they got you thinking enough to help you determine whether you are running your business like a hobby or are you seriously running your business to earn a healthy living.

I encourage you to take an honest look at what you are doing and decide today on what your future holds for you – nothing will happen until you make that decision!

Did this article strike a chord with you? Are there areas in your business that you could be improving to get you beyond the hobby mentality?

8 Tips And A Warning Or A Layman’s Guide To Profiting Online With Articles

If everybody knows that article marketing, (the writing and submitting of articles to article repositories), is a sure fire winner for an online business then how come hardly anybody is doing it? Or is it more likely they are just not doing it right?Article marketing is not just about knocking out a few articles and waiting for the cash to roll in. Like everything else it takes planning and commitment.TIP: We all like spending money on the latest product but let’s not continually fool ourselves that the next $97 we spend is definitely going to make us rich. It wont happen. In all honesty if you buy your domain name and make sure you have great hosting that’s all you really need to spend at the outset.There is some initial leg work to do such as finding your niche, choosing a domain name, setting up a website to build your list, choosing how you are going to monetize your site to name a few tasks.TIP: Set up your website initially to give people some quality freebies. Let me just repeat the word quality. Don’t use just any old junk anybody can get for free from other websites. Choose things that have been of real value to you in setting up your business. You can use these freebies to build your list as well.For instance, I use one particular SEO book by an established expert that covers on-site and off-site optimization in sufficient detail without overwhelming you with too much detail or unnecessary jargon designed to impress rather than educate.TIP: Forget, and I seriously mean forget, trying to monetize your site with AdSense or affiliate programs. Until you have your site set up and are receiving a nice flow of traffic nothing you will not make any money no matter how many E-Books and software packages you buy.

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Like most people running an online business I am reading all the time to learn and also keep up to date with the latest happenings. As you read delete the junk and file the good.So let’s just recap. You have your website all set up, your list building forms/splash pages are in place and your auto responder is set up with a list of trust building information messages for your prospective clients.I would not advise starting a forum. There are few people who can run these effectively. What normally happens is that everything works great starting out because there are few people to deal with and their questions can be answered promptly.Once your list grows you will find that all you are doing is answering questions in the forum and woe betide you if you are a little late in getting back to people. Folk are generally impatient and selfish and it can create bad feeling. If you have like minded, trustworthy friends who can act as moderators this is definitely worth doing.TIP: Use forums as a means of getting prospective clients to your site by participating in the discussions and displaying your bio box. This will also build you up as an authority on your subject. There are free ebooks around with niche forum lists.The latest craze for joint ventures resulting in free PLR and other giveaways is taking over our lives. It is possible to be subscribed to dozens and dozens of differing lists. I subscribe to lists for good information but unfortunately most of these lists are just sending out continual, (sometimes 3 times a day), sales rubbish for products that you don’t have a hope in hell of making any money with.TIP: Try to remain focused if at all possible. There are many distractions which will not put jam on your bread.How many of these people will respond to you personally if you have a pre-sales query about their affiliate product? Try it and see what responses you get.TIP: Have no compunction in removing yourself from these lists otherwise the incessant “buy now” emails will either drive you crazy or make you poor. There are very few of these freebies that are even worth a minute of your time and it is not uncommon for the download links to result in 404 error pages.Once your website is set up and ready to receive visitors now is the time to start writing and submitting your articles. You will definitely have been bombarded with emails for PLR software and membership clubs promising you thousands of unique articles which takes no effort at all.It’s up to you but I have been a member of these clubs, I have tried the software, (in fact I am trying out the latest $150 package at the moment), and what I have found so far is if you are looking for quality content then it is just as quick and the content far superior to do it yourself.The craze with having to have thousands of pages on your site is to do with Adsense. The search engines will get around to weeding out what information they want to present to their customers and I reckon the AdSense “mega sites” will shortly be a thing of the past, at least in their present form.TIP: Don’t become obsessed with being listed in Google and making money with Adsense. Google can take months to index your pages and AdSense is just one way of earning your living.So why is article marketing being hailed as THE way to build your online business?Consider this flow of events:* An author submits their article to an article directory.* The article is approved and published by the article directory.

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* The article is now visible for everyone, (and the search engines), to see.* The article can be used on websites or in publications as long as the authors resource box is left intact.This can result in many thousands of article views and if the article is posted on other web sites it is now producing those all important one way anchor text links back to your site that Google loves so much.Now this is where the commitment comes in. You must produce and submit articles as often as you can. Some people can write one a day others 1 a week, just do as many as you can as often as you can. Once you start you will very quickly see your articles being indexed on the Net.WARNING: Be aware that if you are using software to produce thousands of pages, if you upload them all at once then the major search engines will pick up on this and penalize you. They are very smart and know it is not humanly possible to produce that many articles in that time frame.TIP: Try using an Article Submission service. A good one is almost, but not quite, submit and forget. Note these article submission services are not all created equal and it can be trial and error to find a reliable and cost effective service unless you know someone who is already using one.There is article submitting software available ranging from free to around $400. They all have to be set up initially so try the free or very low cost ones first to get a feel for what you are doing.Manual article submission is possible but not very time efficient. It is total, mind numbing drudgery which needs automating as much as possible.

The Energy Healing Power of Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is a system that uses a variety of therapeutic or preventive health care practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine. Alternative medicine is also known as traditional, naturopathic, natural or holistic medicine. Proponents of alternative medicine are not refuting the validity of discoveries in and the practical uses of conventional medicine, but are merely trying to put some things into perspective. Due to the widespread interest in natural medicine along with the disappointment and disenchantment with Western medicine, many people, especially in the United States and Europe, where conventional medicine has taken a dominant foothold, are seeking the advice and treatment from naturopathic physicians. These practitioners include herbalists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and others, who advocate preventative health measures as well as recommend wholesome foods and nutritional supplements for their patients and clients. Considering the growing popularity and effectiveness of alternative health treatments and products, certified and licensed professional practitioners of such medical practices should be given their rightful and respectful place in medical society. Natural medicine has been proven not only to be safe, but more effective than Western medicine in treating many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and many other diseases as well

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The history of Natural Medicine and its roots can be traced back thousands of years to ancient cultures such as India and China. Ayurvedic (E. Indian) and Chinese medicine, along with their diagnostic and herbal systems, are still used in these countries extensively, as well as in the United States, especially in Europe, where alternative medicine is well respected. Chinese herbal medicine has a documented history of over 2500 years in China, and is now widely used by practitioners all over the world. It has been legally practiced in the United States. since the mid seventies by licensed acupuncturists. Homeopathy is also a well-known form of alternative medicine discovered in the 18th century by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, but was practically stamped out in the U.S. in the late nineteenth century by the American Medical Association. In 1938, though, the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act finally recognized homeopathic pharmacopoeia as the legal equivalent of allopathic medicine.Another more contemporary and popular form of herbal medicine, called Western herbalism, can be traced back about two hundred years in America. Samuel Thomson, born in 1769, is considered the father of Western herbalism. He discovered over sixty different medically effective native plants by clinical testing, and on the basis of these findings, devised a theory of disease and botanical drug action. Randy Kidu, D.V.M., Ph.D., writes in his articled entitled A Brief History of Alternative Medicine: “The history of herbal medicine is interesting because herbs have been a part of our diet and pharmacy since man began roaming the earth. Coprophytic evidence (seeds and other plant part(found in preserved fecal pellets) points to herbal use by cavemen. Early herbalists practiced their trade since before recorded history in all parts of the world including China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, England, the Americas, and Europe. Many herbs are also mentioned in the Bible. Today, based on sheer numbers of folks who use one form of herbal medicine or another, it remains the most-used medicine worldwide.”Twenty-five hundred years after the advent of allopathic medicine, modern medicine is still grappling with the idea that herbal medicine could be an effective treatment, and not just quackery, although thousands of years of recorded history has proved its efficacy. A new model of understanding in medicine needs to be incorporated into the existing allopathic model. Because of the growing popularity and effectiveness of natural medicine, practitioners may eventually be given their deserved place in medical society. The incorporation of natural medical practices into the existing model of conventional Western medicine, including the training of new medical doctors, is now called Complimentary Medicine. In order to solve our health problems, this modern paradigm for treatment in medicine must be promoted. This can only truly emerge when bias, self-interest, greed and discrimination is discarded and diverse medical knowledge is promoted and shared, not only between university trained scientists and medical doctors, but among Alternative Medicine practitioners, philosophers, metaphysicians, and other intelligentsia of society as well.

Skip The Lines – Bring The Amusement Park Right To Your Own Back Yard

There’s no shortage of things to do in Atlanta. From professional sports to amusement parks, there’s something for everyone. In fact, Atlanta is proud to house some of the nations largest amusement attractions, including the ever popular Six Flags Over Georgia. Children (and adults) love the thrill and adrenaline rush of the large roller coasters. However, one thing most people don’t like about amusement parks is the long lines. By the time it’s all said and done, you can spend several hundred dollars for your family to have an afternoon of fun, and only get a few rides in. This year, instead of spending the day waiting in long lines for short rides, why not bring the fun right to your back yard? With today’s technology, you can literally do just that! One of the advantages of living in a large city like Atlanta is that we have large rental companies that can make your special event feel just like a trip to Six Flags… complete with a train and an ice cream cart!

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If you’re trying to replicate the amusement park feel, there are definitely specific items that you’ll want to be on the lookout for. As mentioned previously, ice cream carts and trackless trains help make the special event feel more like a day at Six Flags.In order to make your next special event more special, try some of the following tips:

Head online to do some research on the party rental company that has the selection your looking for. If you want an ice cream cart to complete your theme park adventure, look around until you find what you’re looking for.

Don’t settle for the first website you see. There are literally hundreds of inflatable party rental companies in Atlanta. Keep looking for a website that offers a wide variety of rental items that you’re looking for.

It’s better to rent everything from one company. Renting in bulk can help you save money. Larger companies will offer discounts for larger purchases of multiple units and rental items.

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Having a day of amusement park fun is cheaper and easier than ever before. By bringing the amusement park to your front door by using a party rental industry, you can include more people at a lower price. So next time you’re planning a special day, instead of spending tons of money for just a few people and braving the long lines of amusement parks, invite the whole neighborhood and bring the amusement park right to your own back yard!