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The very idea of working from home and having your own business may instantly spark interest to a lot of people, considering that nowadays technology has allowed us to conduct business practically just about anywhere.

But don’t be too quick to jump into the bandwagon, home-based business may not be for everyone. Without passion, dedication and practically the heart for it, you can very well set yourself for failure even before you started.

No doubt that this is a legit way of making a living, you can really prosper in life from this business - not to mention, that you can work from home and yes, be your own boss!  Monetary-wise, you can really expect income even more than what you would usually make from your day job.  That is of course with the right home-based business and the right attitude.

Probably one of the best things that you can get from having your own home-based business is having the opportunity to live a more meaningful life spent with family and self improvement.  It’s quite sad how majority of us are being enslaved with our job that we cease from ‘living’ our lives which ultimately affect our quality of living.

 

Why it may not be for you

If you’re expecting money to just come in with no accompanying hard work whatsoever, you’re in for a surprise.  Home-based businesses, whether you’re a merchant or artisan who creates your own product or a freelancer online or into internet affiliate marketing – it all involves work.

Having your own business will allow you to practice freedom to decide for yourself and boost your personal development but there is a price to pay for being your own boss – you are responsible for everything.  After all it’s your own business.

Your personality can also affect your home-based business’ success or failure.  If you’re an outgoing person and cannot tolerate long hours getting ‘stuck’ at home – home business may not be for you.  It can be one of the challenging feats of having your own home-based business, the division between home and business place tends to get lost somewhere in the money-making process.

You may not have the passion, dedication, patience and the right attitude to see it through.  Just like any businesses, a home-based business will not instantly gain success on day one – again it will involve work.

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How to succeed then

Before you willfully jumped into any home-based business, find out what your passion is.  It can tremendously affect your attitude towards working if you can find something that you are most passionate about.  Work is hardly working when you love what you’re doing, right?

It is also important that you conduct your own research and study before you decide if it’s the right home-based business idea for you.  This is especially true with the overwhelming numbers of business opportunities available now on the internet.

Remember that you have to ‘know’ what you are getting yourself into, more so if you’re planning to do this full time.  Bear in mind that you are going to invest not just your money but your time as well.  Although there are home-based businesses online that will require almost zero start-up costs, still you’re investing your time.  And if not properly decided and managed, you may be spending time on something that is not worth it to begin with.  So, theoretically you’re losing profits you should have been earning had you chosen the ‘right’ one.

Expect that you need to work.  Time and again, common pitfalls of those who immediately jump into home-based businesses, is the fact that they thought there is going to be ‘easy money.’  They expect money pouring in with a wave a magical wand.  The reality is, yes, it can be easy, but the truth is that it’s not always easy.  Before you get to the easy part, the part where you’re sort of flying in auto-mode - you’ll have to put work into it first.  Expecting that there is work involve will condition your mind and will sort of prepare it for…well, work.

You have to be passionate, dedicated and patient - your attitude towards your home-based business will ultimately affect its success or failure.  Be prepared to learn - you’re not expected to know everything but you will have to learn new things and new ways along the way.  And lastly, enjoy – life is meant to be enjoyed, of course, we all need to work but we need to find joy in what we’re doing.

 

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.com

About Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my video challenges HERE!

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Aside from being an artist and teacher, I am also an eco-conscious mom who loves promoting a meaningful and healthy lifestyle living keen, clean and green.  (Talk about using women empowerment in affecting changes!)

It helps that I’m a San Franciscan – San Francisco is one of the leading states when it comes to green living and recycling efforts, and lives a block away from the ocean – being so close to nature gives me and my family a greater appreciation for this blue planet.

 

Embracing an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle as a Whole Family

Even at an early age, I have exposed my two kids in the importance of recycling, teaching them the value of giving respect and showing gratitude to our environment.  And of course, the best way to do that is to live by example.

It’s important that we educate our children about the impact of our actions concerning trash management – to other people, to animals and practically to other living things.  We have to learn to live and co-exist respectfully with each other; after all we are all inter-connected.

To successfully live or transition to a greener eco-friendly lifestyle, it’s important that you support and provide the platforms to make such choices possible.  For instance, it’s not enough that you teach the family members the importance of segregating trash.  You should make available of areas in or around the house, trash bins or perhaps baskets, where they can actually do the segregation.  Oftentimes, especially with children, they readily accept the idea of recycling – you just have to follow through.  You’ll be surprised at how they can easily get the hang of segregating trash and recyclables.

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It’s ideal that we can embrace the habit of reusing or repurposing items and introducing it back into our everyday life.  And it’ll be great if we can get into composting as well.  But of course we can’t keep all of our trash even with our recycling efforts; some will have to end up in landfills.  But know that, managing the trash that our family produces will significantly save landfill spaces.  It’s important that you know where to bring your recyclables or the schedule of curb side pick-up in your community.  You can also donate to schools or other organization, items or scraps that can be used in arts and crafts projects.

 

Empowering the Younger Generation

Educating the children, raising awareness among them, and instilling values about respect and gratitude will surely empower our youths.

We can expect a better, happier and brighter future for them if we can teach them to live keen, clean and green!

 

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.com

About Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my video challenges HERE!

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Today, more and more people are getting into business – be it a small or medium enterprise or the kind that started with just a hobby then evolve into a home-based business.  Advance technology – with internet and all the gadgets available – makes it possible for people to easily try and start their own businesses now.  This is basically because the information needed is oftentimes readily available and there are ventures now that don’t require a big start up cost.

Suffice to say that competition is getting tougher than ever - the doors are now literally open for anybody who wants to try these opportunities and start making money.  The challenge now is how you can break away from the business competition to make sure that you stay in the game.

 

Inch your way from the competition.

Oftentimes, people may appear very excited about a business at first and then as time goes by – either things get tough or things get too easy – they tend to slack on the business.  This is what you need to avoid because it could be very well start your downfall – that is if you’re not fueling your competition’s edge from you.

This is why consistency is very important; you need to stay on the game.  You need to make sure that you keep the quality of the service or product you’re providing.   For instance, if you say a product is available from stock, then better make sure that you really have the goods on stock. If you promised prompt delivery then you have to make that delivery on time.  You simply have to keep the business flow, well…flow smoothly.

You also have to ensure that your customer experience is nothing short of pleasant - we always want to strive for excellence but good and pleasant should be the minimum.  The chances of a repeat customer are considerably higher when they have nothing but good experience from your business.  You can very well expect free marketing from these satisfied buyers and of course benefit from the additional sales by the mere word of mouth.

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Once you affect sale, make every purchase as easy and as hassle free as possible.  Limiting your transaction into a cash basis only will considerably affect your business.  Less and less people are carrying cash now a day and are starting to favor cashless transactions both for practical reasons and convenience as well.

This is basically why every merchant should have a merchant account that will allow card transactions – both debit and credit cards, in their business.  This will not only give you an edge among business competition but will also improve your profit.

Choosing the right merchant services provider is also a key to success in breaking away from your competition.  Opt for merchant services provider that will offer you reliable hardware features, an adequate customer service support and a flexible rate that could work with your budget.

Remember that you’re losing sales by limiting your transactions to cash basis only – customers will likely affect such purchases if they can do it conveniently.  Remember that there are a lot of competition out there, customers will readily buy somewhere else that permits card transaction rather than go to an ATM to withdraw money.

Marketplace is indeed a competitive world; hence the importance of taking every opportunity that can give you an edge from the competition.  But oftentimes, we overlook the simpler things such as consistency with customer service and making the best customer experience possible.

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.com

About Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my video challenges HERE!

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Whether you are a wholesale or a retail merchant it is very important that you have a merchant account that will accept credit card or debit card transactions – that is of course, if you want to ensure your business success.

Why so? Because limiting your sales into a ‘cash only’ basis means you’re missing out on tons of opportunity to actually make sales.  More and more people are now becoming comfortable in using card payments, whether it’s a credit or a debit card.  They are more likely to make purchases when they can just conveniently hand over the card and let you do the payment transaction.  Imagine the missed opportunity for sales, and of course profit, if your prospective customers happen to not have enough cash on their wallets.

 

What’s Hindering a Merchant’s Success?

You may have the right products and even the most attractive store display or website but unless you can affect sales, it’s not going to do much about your business success.  And again, we have to accept the fact that we are now turning into a cashless society (that is if we’re not already there).  Today, when we say business transaction, it almost always means that a card transaction will take place between the consumer and the producer.  That’s how we conduct businesses now, it’s plain and simple.

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So, what’s hindering your success of being a merchant? A reliable merchant account services provider.  This is important for every business whether you are a small business that is just starting up or a growing business that is already expanding.  A merchant services provider will help any type of business - brick-and-mortar or online or mobile business - in the processing of payments using a credit or a debit card.

 

When Choosing a Merchant Services Provider…

Choosing the right merchant services provider is also vital in ensuring your business’ success.  You need to choose the merchant account that is right for your business.   If it’s a brick and mortar business where you’re going to need to swipe the credit or debit card, you will need a retail merchant account.  If your business is online through an e-commerce website then you’re going to need an internet merchant account.

You need to carefully study and go for a merchant services provider that will basically offer you reliable hardware features, adequate customer service support and a competitive rate that will work best with your business financial standing.

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.com

About Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my video challenges HERE!

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