Work-at-home moms like to share tips and tricks for helping each other succeed. There is no perfect formula or guarantee of a huge income while you do nothing (and anything that promises that is likely a scam!), but those who have succeeded or know others who have succeeded have some good ideas. In fact, it is this networking and sharing that is success tip number one.
1. Social networking
Join groups with similar interests. There are entire online communities dedicated to supporting the work-at-home mom (WAHM). Some of these online communities are free to join, while others require a fee. As noted above, moms who work at home usually enjoy sharing success tips and having a supportive community can really help when you have questions. You can also share your own tips and successful “moments.”
2. The latest technology
Don’t be afraid of things like Twitter and or Facebook ads. Success is more likely to come your way if you are connected and available. You might consider a mobile device so you can update people as to the latest information on your business, and so you can respond to clients and prospective clients right away. If you are feeling apprehensive about stepping into unfamiliar waters with Facebook ads, starting a blog, or even trying Twitter for the first time, tap into other WAHMS you know. Chances are they will be willing to show you the basics and possibly even barter for some of YOUR skills!
3. Love what you do
It’s hard to be successful doing something you dislike. You might be able to “fake it” for a while, but it will catch up to you eventually. If you aren’t passionate about what you do, you are likely to lose motivation. If you don’t like the product you’re selling, the information you are writing about, or the client work you are doing, work can seem like drudgery. Your passions and interests may not be conducive to a WAHM business, but if you are really honest with yourself, you can probably find something that interests you that would make a fulfilling business venture.
4. Be decisive
One of the pitfalls that can happen with WAHMs is a distraction. Another pitfall is uncertainty. If you aren’t sure that you want to do this particular business or even whether or not you want to work from home, then decide before venturing into business. You can research and ask before deciding, but it can be a mistake to do things halfway (such as starting a website but having no idea how to promote or update it).
5. Keep it personal
One of the things that business customers sometimes complain about is that they can’t seem to talk to a “live human” in customer service. If you are courteous and take the time to answer people’s concerns, it ups your chance for success. Tools like Skype and Google Talk allow you the benefit of chatting with people face-to-face even when you are oceans apart. Go the extra mile and stay connected with your customers and clients. Not only will it help you benefit in business, but it will also lend to having more pride in what you do.
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