3 Tips To Strengthen Your Entrepreneur Development

If you are new to having a home based business then you will of course have thoughts about how you are progressing: Positive, negative, or indifferent. Even the most optimistic people have set backs in their progress but the difference is they bounce back and not let it affect their outcomes.

As a successful entrepreneur you must steer your clients/customers in a positive direction. If you have a positive mindset then you can better help your clients with their problems and lead them to success too. All of this can be done by the following three tricks:

1) Be prepared for negativity

A lot of the time people do not know they have a negative mindset but simple statements such as ‘I can’t succeed’ ‘I don’t know how to blog’ ‘I have no help’ are all negative thoughts. With all the information on the Internet today there are plenty of resources where you can find information.

Learn to embrace and leverage information for your success. Change ‘I don’t’ or ‘I can’t’ with ‘I will’ and ‘I can learn to… ‘

Learn from positive people and model their success. If you are empowered to succeed you can help others to succeed too.

2) Complete the tasks you are supposed to complete

Having a list of things to do is always helpful in making you feel you have accomplished something no matter how small the task is.

If you can see small changes it will encourage you to complete the other tasks you are meant to do and this is the only way you will see success. Have your end goal in mind but make sure to take it step by step – you will get there.

Add positivity to the end of your sentence. Instead of just saying ‘I have 3 more tasks to do’ say something like ‘I have 3 more tasks to do but by the end of the day I will have my blog set up and things set up in place to make my business succeed.’

The more clear the image of success is in your head, the more you are likely to achieve it.

3) Take the time to redefine yourself

A lot of people who are new to starting a home based business or looking to start a home based business have problems redefining themselves.

You have to have a whole new mindset and outlook in order to succeed. When I first started in the home based business industry I thought all of this was airy fairy and didn’t matter. But I WAS WRONG.

It is important to have the right mindset.

Nothing is permanent so you must read and learn from others who are achieving the success that you want in your life and business. You must never be the smartest person in the room – always learn from others and their experiences and mistakes.

Believe it or not, there is a lot of power in positive thinking.

Bedroom Developer to Business Entrepreneur – 5 Survival Tips to Running Your Own Website Business

Consider the scenario: You are a bedroom developer/designer who over the past two years has built websites for friends, family and local business in your spare time and now you want to run your own website business. Undoubtedly this starting point is an exciting time, typically when one starts out in web design you are either creatively dominant or technically. Generally speaking for those who claim to be in the middle this is fine it just means when the time comes to delegate – make sure you know which side of the fence you will sit on.

Note: This is only applicable in the first year of running your website business – all shall be revealed in my later articles.

The web industry is a saturated marketplace however there is good news for the budding new bedroom developer or designer. Website and Internet development has only really been around for 30 years and if you compare that with industries like Steel, Mining, Catering, General high street retail etc… this is not a patch on their 1000+ year histories.

The fact is the “Industry Life Cycle” for website development and Internet technologies is still in its growth phase and showing little sign of maturing. The reason why I am telling you this is because by the very nature of its youth the continual release of new ideas and innovation will continue to thrive throughout your lifetime. There will always be new ideas, new trends set and new ways of doing things that others hadn’t thought of as well as the continual opportunity to do better than the next person.

The web industry is plagued with limited standardisation, have you ever wondered why there are over 8 internet browsers? Why does Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 all have their own interpretation of style-sheets.

Why, oh why? Can we not build a website to work on one Internet browser and it will not work on another. Well historically it comes down to the fact that Internet standards have never been properly enforced or advised.

In 1994 was the dawn of the World Wide Web consortium and from there on in, their initiatives have been the most respected and followed standards for website building as we know it today. (for more visit their website)

So where was I? Ah yes, the bedroom designer/developer – well like all businesses your number one asset to get new your business running is REPUTATION!

Reputation is earned and the better you can build on this reputation, then the better you are going to survive in your first years in business. The way it generally works is that if you do a good job for someone – then likelihood is that they will tell their friends and so forth and then someone in that chain will want a website.

So here are my core rules in first year survival for running your own website business or any business (for that matter):

Rule 1: When an opportunity comes to build a website or even just something small – make sure that your 1ST job is done really well, above and beyond expectation.

It sounds stupidly obvious but I can tell you – this set me aside from the competition I was facing in my first year. If successful you immediately set yourself up to have a referral or recommendation.

Rule 2: Make sure you know how much it costs you (in hours) to build a website! Work out your hourly rate and then get a price together. The single most criminal mistake by nearly all website developers and business owners I’ve met over the years is getting your price wrong and when you do get it wrong… IT HURTS!

Trust me – it only takes one difficult client, or someone who changes their mind and does not understand what you do and you’ll be working every hour God sends for peanuts!

Rule 3: Understand domains and the impact of changing DNS settings, many people do not have a clue behind the impact of a poorly configured/managed domain-name can have on their business. If you can demonstrate common sense and understanding this will give you confidence in front of clients and handling the ‘dreaded go live’ period.

Because if you get this wrong – you will probably find for all your hard work – you still have not been paid!

Rule 4: Make sure you receive some money upfront before starting – agree a fee and get somewhere around 40 – 50% upfront – this way you can cover your cost to build and you wont be out of pocket during the closing stages of completing the website.

I recommend you request the remaining 50% on completion for small website work and larger websites request another 40% on first delivery and a final 20% once all is done.

Rule 5: Take your time when estimating complexity and timescales – this is the single most criminal mistake by any web development agency, whilst it can be easy to make a profit building a website it is even easier to mis-quote a project and find yourself at a significant loss.

You should approach the work in stages and calculate the time required deliver each stage. You then need to add on a suitable amount of contingency, for example 20%.

The stages typically could be:

  • Requirements and Capture
  • Design & Prototype (this is two stages if the project is large)
  • Build / Code
  • Test – Includes cross-browser testing, dead link checks, time to load checks, validation and any other necessary unit and system testing methods.
  • Deploy – Time it takes to publish the website, configure the hosting and domain name, double check email contact forms, Google verify the site, setup website traffic monitor and publish the site map.

Your final price should reflect the time you estimate to accomplish the work by your hourly rate.

Building Websites requires experience and knowledge of Software development methods, for those who are serious I recommended reading about Software Engineering, development methodologies and understanding project management technique.

No matter how small or large your website project is, this will open your eyes to the disciplines of software/web system development and the hoops you need to jump through that will set your professional standards above so many others within the marketplace.

Decoding the Traits of A Successful Online Business Entrepreneur

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

Are some people just born to become successful entrepreneurs? Is success something that some lucky people achieve easily? You may sometimes wonder why some people seem to have all the luck in the world and become instantly successful in their internet business. Success may seem like its been given to them on a golden platter but in reality all online business success stories started with a formula. Let me share with you some common characteristics of successful online business owners.

  • They have the right attitude. Successful online entrepreneurs have a positive mindset. They are optimistic about the future of their business and are willing to take risks in order to succeed.
  • Successful entrepreneurs embrace failure. They are neither overwhelmed nor discouraged by failures. They see failures as opportunities to grow.
  • Successful online entrepreneurs are focused to their goal and that is to succeed!
  • Successful online entrepreneurs are innovative. They are always passionate about making a difference and establishing their uniqueness over competition.
  • Successful online entrepreneurs understand that great things can come from small beginnings. They do not worry about being a new player in the market and accept challenges as they come.
  • Successful online entrepreneurs put their best foot forward. They always give their best to all aspects of their online business and devote time and effort in ensuring their internet marketing success.

Developing a business requires a certain degree of risk. Succeeding in an online business takes time and some small failures at times. A positive mindset can make a lot of difference in ensuring your success in your online business. Failing or succeeding in an online business is not a consequence but a decision. Decide to be successful!