Ezine #256 December 6th, 2005
Reality check for your business
The Blitz-Promotions News Letter
Issue no. 256, December 6th, 2005
would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.
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next issue will be on Jan. 3rd.
In this Issue
- Holiday Fun
Food for thought
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to
conquer fear, don’t sit there and think about
it. Go out and get busy.”
Not a day goes by that I don't hear about someone lamenting
about their decision to leave corporate America and
work at home. Maybe they were laid off, decided for
early retirement, or just decided that commuting four
hours, coupled with an eight hour workday was simply
too much. Possibly, they will keep their job and work
part-time at home to earn extra income. Who knows what
the reasons are, but that is not important.
They decided to start their own home business, and
believed the ads about working in their pajamas when
the spirit moved them. After a month or so they woke
up to reality. They weren't making a dime.
Where did they go wrong? Well, when they worked for
someone else, they were expected to be at work at a
certain time every day. Depending on the business, there
was a certain dress code, and they had goals to meet.
Granted, these goals were usually determined by someone
else, but they were the ones who had to meet them.
It is easy to work for someone else, as they are the
ones calling the shots. They actually lived under an
umbrella of discipline. Granted it was someone else's
umbrella, and maybe they didn't realize this. Possibly
they did, and that was the reason they decided to work
on their own.
One of the most common problems behind the failure
of a home enterprise, is the lack of discipline. Some
think they can work when (and if) they want to, and
their mailbox will "overfloweth" with "pictures
of dead presidents." Well, I got news for you!
Running your own business, whether it is a brick and
mortar establishment, or a home business, requires work.
It usually requires more effort than if you worked for
someone else. You will also have to do some things you
don't enjoy. But, if you are the chief (or only) "honcho",
you had better be able to handle all facets of your
So, how do you go about working at home? First and
foremost, you have to have a regular schedule and adhere
to it. This is especially true if you expect people
to contact you by phone. If people try to call you,
and don't get an answer, they quickly move on. You have
to be available during normal business hours. If you
are in an online business, this is usually from 9:00
AM to 8:00 PM. Yes there are three time zones in the
USA. If you live on the east coast like I do, when you
are getting ready to pack it in for the day, folks on
the west coast may just be returning from lunch.
If you are not tied to a telephone, it is still important
to maintain regular hours. More importantly, you should
have daily goals. If you meet those goals, the rest
of the day is yours. But many people always think there
For far too many, tomorrow never comes, and things
that should have been done aren't. Maybe when the kids
are at school will work for you, or possibly late at
night. You might even have to pass up on your favorite
"soap opera". Don't deal with hours, you're
not being paid by the hour - deal with goal oriented
Working in your pajamas sounds great, and many of the
offers you may hear state that you can. If I get an
idea in the wee hours, I may hop on the computer dressed
like that, but for normal business hours that is simply
a myth. Who wants to spend their life like that?
You must have an effective work space, which is free
of distractions. You should have quiet office space
in your house, which is out-of-the-way, and off limits
during your work hours. Treat this like an office. Keep
it neat. While I am not the neatest person in the world,
I do know where everything is. If I get a call from
a client, I'm not fumbling about looking for the information
I need. A filing cabinet next to your desk goes a long
When you get an email, take appropriate action the
same day, then file it in a place where you can find
it. Delete all emails in you "in-basket" older
than 30 days. If they're older than 30 days, they're
not worth anything anyway.
If you don't fall into the "trap", which
many folks do, the freedom you are seeking just might
become a reality.
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should be a fun time for your whole family - below are
some links you can enjoy with your kids.
Some help with your holiday planning - it's never too
some money this year by having a secret Santa or exchanging
This site can help your group do the Secret Santa
nice collection of Holiday stories.
old links we've used for many years -
Santa's progress on his trip to your house -
listen to some nice Holiday Tunes -
your kid find out if they've been naughty or nice -
make sure you visit the site before you take your kids,
that makes certain that their name is in the database.
links and fun -
Links you can use -
out a sites back links as well as their anchor text.
Check the status of flights for your holiday trips.
Google is now offering free stats for your site -
Fun and Games
An Illusion - I couldn't believe my eyes
you would like to learn how to draw or improve your
drawing - check this.
snow, snowboarding etc. You will enjoy this site.
gift to you - send us an email and we'll let you post
an ad here for free till next December. Just email
Useful links to our site
Archives links to all our past issues (well most
of them) in one place.
next issue will be Jan 3rd 2006
a very Merry Christmas!!
and Lisa Hamblin
PO Box 221
Hazard KY 41702