WORK from home...be your own BOSS...get started NOW

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It is a WF tradition to attempt to make at least 1 intelligent and helpful post per 1000. This is my attempt.

Notice the three words with all capital letters in the thread title. Those are the three words I want to focus on in regards to each short phrase.

WORK from home. - I think way too many people skip over the first word of that phrase and focus on the last word. You can't skip the WORKing part of WORKing from home. It just won't lead to success.

Businesses only make money when they provide a product or service that someone values more than the money they have in their wallet. In order to provide value, there is pretty much no way around WORKing.

be your own BOSS - I really think this is the one people screw up on the most. Being your own BOSS is not a job title you have, it is a responsibility. Just like your old boss at your old job. He didn't just get to say he was boss, he had to do the things a boss is required to do.

Now that you are your own BOSS, you have to take on all those responsibilities of being a boss.

Remember when your old boss would direct how you used your time everyday when you came in to work? Remember how he seemed to have a plan for his workers everyday that would help the company earn a profit? Now that stuff is your job.

When you woke up this morning, not only were you the worker who had to complete the tasks of the day, but you were the BOSS too. You were the guy who was supposed to have a plan for you (the worker).

If you don't provide a plan for you (the worker), more often than not, the worker in you will act like the boss is on vacation. Is he?

I can promise you that if you fail at your job of being your own BOSS. You will fail at your job of being a productive employee.

Get started NOW - Nike had it right...Just do it. You are going to make mistakes, but none of them are going to actually kill you. So why are you so afraid of making these mistakes?

A year from now, those small marketing mistakes or web design mistakes you make today will be a distant thing of the past. Unless of course you don't start making them until a year from now.

If you continue to wait until you are "ready" to start this project or that new system, that day will probably never come. Don't look back and wish you had done more. Do more NOW.
#boss…get #home…be #started #work
  • Profile picture of the author rrm
    Originally Posted by David Keith View Post

    It is a WF tradition to attempt to make at least 1 intelligent and helpful post per 1000. This is my attempt.
    I believe that I have made at least 1 intelligent and helpful post already, and I only have just over a couple hundred posts, so maybe I am slightly ahead of the "WF tradition"?

    To underscore the three words you highlighted, I need to be a working boss now! No pussyfooting around today. This boss has lots to do and I need to get to it!

    Ron

    p.s. By the way, congrats on the 1k posts!
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  • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
    Good post, David.

    You hit the nail on the head.

    Congrats on 1000 posts, btw.
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    Great post. I never really thought about the second point before. You really do need to learn to manage your time and plan out your strategy if you want to succeed. That seems to be the most difficult part for me right now. I think getting in the right mindset is key to overcoming this particular obstacle.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

      Great post. I never really thought about the second point before. You really do need to learn to manage your time and plan out your strategy if you want to succeed. That seems to be the most difficult part for me right now. I think getting in the right mindset is key to overcoming this particular obstacle.
      I struggled a bit in that area and the only way I could overcome it was to actually set my alarm clock and begin my day just as I did when I had that day job.

      Get up, pour myself a cup of coffee, enjoy a few sips, then hop in the shower, get dressed and prepared (all those things we women do while getting ready) and start my day with a work schedule including my breaks, lunch hour, etc.

      It may seem a bit extreme to some, but that was how I needed to train my mind in knowing it was time for work, lol!

      Terra
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    • Profile picture of the author jessicalynn
      You mean....I can't just click something on my computer and start making eleventy million dollars this week and every week for the rest of my life?! What?!

      Just kidding. Great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I always found it hard as a boss at start, cause no one was there to kick you up the arse and get moving.

    We all know that if you do not take action online you will not see any results. So that is why I have a few a mentors that I try to report to, they kick me up the arse if I need it. Sometimes we can get slack, so always remember as a boss, to take action and not slack off. That can hurt your business badly.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheLinkMaster
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      I always found it hard as a boss at start, cause no one was there to kick you up the arse and get moving.

      We all know that if you do not take action online you will not see any results. So that is why I have a few a mentors that I try to report to, they kick me up the arse if I need it. Sometimes we can get slack, so always remember as a boss, to take action and not slack off. That can hurt your business badly.

      Yes, totally agree on this one. Sometimes, the best way to get moving is to get one or two mentor/bosses who will kick you up to get the momentum going again.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Cheers David
    I was actually just about to ...........
    Between all the sob stories and please help me wipe my @$$ threads this
    was a savior.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
      Very good post and I agree wholeheartedly with all of it.

      While I haven't started working from home full time yet, I'd like to think that I'm pretty good at being my own boss when it comes to my business.

      One thing I started to do about 5 months ago that has REALLY helped me become my own BOSS....

      For a couple of hours I put my boss hat on and think about exactly what I need to do in the coming week. If I have a new site to launch for instance, I will create a word document with a list of action items and a check box next to each one.

      eg.

      1. Complete keyword research
      2. Find Domain
      3. Choose site layout
      4. Write 1 article for each page (800-1200 words)
      5. Format articles
      6. Place images
      7. Place affiliate links

      I then print off the list and until it's completed I don't do anything else. I act as an employee of my business until that job is done and then, and ONLY then, do I think about anything else.

      Since doing this I've found that I've really cut out those time wasting habits like checking to see if there's a better way to do something, and then subsequently spending an hour and a half reading through forums and scouring the internet for information on it.

      You don't realise how much time you spend being unproductive until you become your own boss.
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      • Profile picture of the author tsx
        Originally Posted by Ben Armstrong View Post


        1. Complete keyword research
        2. Find Domain
        3. Choose site layout
        4. Write 1 article for each page (800-1200 words)
        5. Format articles
        6. Place images
        7. Place affiliate links
        Hi Ben,

        Thank you for sharing. Quick question, don't you do any link building for your new sites? Thats' my biggest time waster.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
          Originally Posted by tsx View Post

          Hi Ben,

          Thank you for sharing. Quick question, don't you do any link building for your new sites? Thats' my biggest time waster.
          You're welcome.

          That was just an example of the kind of lists I use. To answer your question though.. I outsource most of my link building. For new sites I like to do a press release, some directory submissions and social bookmarking in the first week. After that it's mainly BMR posts, guest blogging and some blog commenting.
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          • Profile picture of the author tsx
            Originally Posted by Ben Armstrong View Post

            You're welcome.

            That was just an example of the kind of lists I use. To answer your question though.. I outsource most of my link building. For new sites I like to do a press release, some directory submissions and social bookmarking in the first week. After that it's mainly BMR posts, guest blogging and some blog commenting.
            Thank you my friend.
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            • Profile picture of the author gvsridhar171
              Hi David :

              I have been liking most of your posts and replies and your contribution in WF is really amazing. Congrats for crossing 1000 posts ! No one can disagree with your excellent points.

              Perhaps I would like to add one point on "Procrastination". Why is that people who are working from home have the habit of procrastinating their jobs to do ? Can this happen in the corporate world ? Will your boss allow you to pass to work to be done today to tomorrow ? This is another important area, where we need to work on.

              What do you say ?
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  • Profile picture of the author theebookcavern
    Great post David and congratulations on passing the 1,000 mark. Time management is definitely the hardest part of working from home. I have a similar approach to Ben except I use an Excel sheet with days horizontally and tasks vertically. I populate the Excel sheet with my tasks for each day. Then once I complete a task I colour the cell in and move onto the next one.

    I find writing or typing up task lists is an incredibly powerful tool when it comes to managing your time. Even if I know what I need to do that day in my head, writing it down or typing it on the Excel sheet seems to make it get done a lot quicker.

    Tom
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      David,
      It is a WF tradition to attempt to make at least 1 intelligent and helpful post per 1000.
      [splorf!]

      You could have stopped with just that one line and been successful.


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  • Profile picture of the author eshoppingez
    Yes, that's true. Being the boss is great, though supervising your team's work is tiring sometimes. But, I have no boss in this business. That counts for something I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author lilc800
    Your totally right!

    Nike did say "Just do it" but do you know what "Nike" means? Victory... So just do it and you will have victory.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    When I start "working" I could get sucked in it and forget to eat, shower, everything...
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    • Profile picture of the author REHughes
      Hi, David

      Congrats on reaching your 1000th post(with your sanity still intact)

      I agree wholeheartedly on the part about being a good boss, since this is one of the areas I lack in the most. I guess I'm just too easy on my employee!:p

      Just a couple of things real quick:

      1. Did you make sure to post this on your blog and allow it to be indexed first before posting it elsewhere; or did you post it here first?:rolleyes:

      and
      2. - No, in case you are wondering, you CAN NOT put this post into an article spinner and spin it for your 2000th post!

      Ok, I'll hush 'fore I get something started!

      Again, great post and congrats.
      Looking forward to your next 999 posts full of pure, unadulterated B.S.!

      Just kiddin, I generally enjoy your input on whatever topic you are addressing. I like your unbiased approach to a lot of different matters.
      Keep up the good work!

      Robert Hughes
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    • Profile picture of the author Kange
      Originally Posted by paul_1 View Post

      When I start "working" I could get sucked in it and forget to eat, shower, everything...

      exactly what happens to me on occasions
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  • Profile picture of the author kamlesh23
    Great post and thanks for clearing Working and the Boss part.
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  • Profile picture of the author BuriedAlive
    Great article. You are right. When we say we are our own boss it just does not translate to us being able to do anything we want because "we're the boss". Being your own boss means you have to look out for yourself. You set work rules and a working schedule. You also have to make sure that your work space at home is professional, comfortable, well-lit and "safe". Surely, your boss is not going to make you work in a damp and dark basement on a dirty desk and risk you getting sick from these working conditions. And like a good boss you should also reward yourself for your accomplishments.
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  • Profile picture of the author trixx09
    Great post dude, i feel like I'm ready now
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    Thanks for the kind words folks. I thought this post had gotten shuffled way down the list because it talked too much about work instead of getting rich quickly.
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    • Profile picture of the author TedMarlett
      Originally Posted by David Keith View Post

      Thanks for the kind words folks. I thought this post had gotten shuffled way down the list because it talked too much about work instead of getting rich quickly.

      Geez David, I thought just reading your post and contemplating it aggressively would make me rich!!

      Congrats on the 1000th post.

      Hope there are many, many more to come.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiccashlady
    Great Post David! Congrats. Im working on doing the same thing. Only at 15 post. I think. Any tips for a newbie user on Warrior forum. Goal today is to get to 50 so I can PM WSO provider LOL. For support reasons. Wish me luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    Good post, straight forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Congrats on your 1,000th post. How soon do you think you'll reach 2,000?
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    • Profile picture of the author David Keith
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Congrats on your 1,000th post. How soon do you think you'll reach 2,000?
      who knows?... Like most around here I go in spurts. I do like to hang out around here though. I like internet marketing. It's the only job I have ever had. Although it is truly hard to call what I do now a job, it was certainly an almost overwhelming job at one point many years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoblacksmith
    Hi David,

    You are absolutely correct!! Being a WORKING BOSS NOW is totally different from just being a boss with a lot of advisers or just rely on their business partners..
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  • Profile picture of the author warrich
    I think this is a great way to work from home because most people who work in corporate sectors get tensed up because of their boss and lose the interest to work. But if people can be their own boss, then there is no chance to lose interest and the final outcome would be enormous in a way such that noone would have thought if that person is capable of those things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Congartz for 1000+ posts. Take action is must for IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoblacksmith
    Oh well.. working from home is the best thing with could ever imagine. I couldn't stressed that out any further. Anyway, speaking of "Work from home" and being "Your own boss" that should be "Started right now!"

    Did any of you guys ever imagine to work on your own house, have some movie marathon and popcorn with your wife and kids, while other people work for you? I was able to be part of this kind of organization for quite long time and I can say, we are making our clients very happy on their financial and social life all through these years.

    you go on and hit me up with an email if you are interested. I'm willing to help a lot of people (as many as I can.. O_o LOL!). Hope to hear from you guys!

    Kindest Regards,
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    • Profile picture of the author Kange
      Originally Posted by seoblacksmith View Post

      Oh well.. working from home is the best thing with could ever imagine. I couldn't stressed that out any further. Anyway, speaking of "Work from home" and being "Your own boss" that should be "Started right now!"

      Did any of you guys ever imagine to work on your own house, have some movie marathon and popcorn with your wife and kids, while other people work for you? I was able to be part of this kind of organization for quite long time and I can say, we are making our clients very happy on their financial and social life all through these years.

      you go on and hit me up with an email if you are interested. I'm willing to help a lot of people (as many as I can.. O_o LOL!). Hope to hear from you guys!

      Kindest Regards,
      Gary Andrew

      can you explain more what you mean? thank you
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      • Profile picture of the author seoblacksmith
        Originally Posted by Kange View Post

        can you explain more what you mean? thank you

        Its all about reselling SEO services buddy. If you could give me your contact details, that would be great..
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  • Very Nice this post david , You really do need to learn to manage your time and plan out your strategy if you want to succeed.
    Thanking you ,
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  • Profile picture of the author josephjabawaba
    I think that another point, although really covered but unsaid, is that you have to know when something is not working, what it is and how you should change it. It's really easy in life to work hard, it's much harder to work clever.

    I'm currently trying the transition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Hi David,

    Great points!

    Specially I love the 2nd point, it is where i have failed a lot.
    To manage oneself , being own boss, is a difficult task to master...
    Thanks for your sharing your tips.

    Regards,
    Mohsin
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  • Profile picture of the author misstan
    i have been trying to be my own boss for 3 years. ya, taking action is a big issue. and also be serious enough to make it happen. hopefully this 2012 is the change.
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    • Profile picture of the author Larry Carter
      This is a great post because for myself if I'm to be successful I need to take the same habits that I have at work and apply them to my online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Excellent 100th post!

    I tend to hold back and hesitate on things a lot, but IM is definitely something you have to take action or else you'll get nowhere. It took me 2 years to get my first dollar and I'm looking forward to more
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  • Profile picture of the author VoodooChild
    Very Inspirational and couldn't disagree with your post!
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  • Profile picture of the author genuine86
    Great post. It's definitely getting me pumped up to make things happen. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoralexon
    Very simple, yet valuable.

    Also, congratulations on passing the 1000 posts milestone.
    I will probably reach it myself eventually... in afterlife.
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