Category Archives: Home Business

Poppin’ in July

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Is July usually a poppin’ month for the company you work with? If so, why would it change this July? If you don’t know, it might be good to find out. Stay in the game. Stay engaged. It could be your best month, but if you don’t reach out, you will never know. We are in the dog days of summer, but so much happens in July!

 

If a big part of your job is networking,talking with people, asking for referrals, doing presentations, then now is the time to plan how you will take advantage of all the opportunities you will have during the month. There are family gatherings, picnics and barbeques that all bring people together.

Picnics bring people together.

Picnics bring people together.

If the work you do gives you such freedom that you can post a picture that’s captioned, “This is my office today!”, and it’s at the beach, network, talk with people, follow up and do presentations while and where you can. Don’t just post the picture. If you are at the beach because it is strictly vacation, that’s different. Take your vacation and leave work alone. You probably need it and we all need vacation breaks from work to stay healthy.

 

Have some company materials on hand, keep your phone or tablet handy for a quick presentation, and keep some things available to give people as samples of your company’s products. Be natural and be yourself, enjoy it and have fun, but do your work as well. You will have a grand, working July!

 

I would love to show you more about how I work in July.

 

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

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You may have a ‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business, and you may have discovered that leadership is part of your work.  You may have only started your business to be home with your children.  If you’re thinking, “This is not what I signed up for!”, consider that leadership in some form is part of most businesses, organizations, corporations, home-based businesses, associations, meetings and even families.

Don’t let all the chatter these days about leadership stress you out. Be yourself, be open, be kind and continue to learn.  There are many definitions of leadership, but one that I especially like for the purposes of this article is this:

Mirriam Webster

: the act or an instance of leading
  • leadership molds individuals into a team
  • —Harold Koontz & Cyril O’Donnell
I also liked one definition that said that a good leader,  “Creates an inspiring vision of the future.”  You are probably already doing these things in some way in your day to day activities.
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Do you have a home business where there is a need to stay in touch with your customers to educate them on the products they are using?
Do you teach people in your organization how to give presentations?
Do you have kids that each have different needs, but also need to be taught to work within the family arrangement?
See, you’re already doing it.   Here are three tips to help you continue to lead, teach and inspire:
1.  Accept feedback.  Everybody is different in their likes, dislikes, learning styles, ability to communicate clearly,  etc.  Ask  for feedback from your team, customers, family.  Then, when they offer it, accept it with a smile and where you can, genuinely put it to use.  This can inspire confidence in them that they are valued and that in the future they can feel comfortable giving their feedback.
2.  Listen.  When people sense you are really listening, they know you care about them. Listen to understand, not respond.
3.  Inspire cooperation. No one is an island, and in most groups of people, there is a need for cooperation among them.  As an illustration, in the example above, you and your customers need cooperation for you to teach them the full benefit of what they are purchasing and using. You need to show, talk and educate; they need to listen and be attentive to learn, and then do what they learn, to appreciate the full value of the product.
These are just a few aspects of leadership. There are many more.  I would love to show you more about leadership and the company I work with.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Put the System to Work

Our digestive system is designed to work best when it is fed regularly. It still works some when we are not eating, but it works most when it is receiving and digesting (and getting rid of ;) ) food.

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It’s similar with a home based business model. Many home based business models are designed to work when they are worked. In other words, when you put in the work, the system works for you. Many home based businesses have certain steps to take to achieve success, and when you follow them regularly, you will succeed. If yours doesn’t, find one that does.

 

For our digestive system to work well, we need to put good, wholesome, nutritious food into it. When we skip meals, eat junk, then overeat when we do eat, it wreaks havoc on our digestive system. Likewise, if you give half-hearted attention to your home business arrangement, it will suffer. It will not produce what you expect from it.

 

 

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The work has already been done for you. Our digestive system has already been designed. Follow the steps and you will succeed. If you are looking for a do-able ‘work from the luxury of your own home business’, I would be happy to show you what works for me. Trust the system.

 

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

Occupational Wellness

By Martha Robards

Occupational wellness, one of the eight aspects of wellness, is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and feeling like you are making a difference and contributing.

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Sometimes, however, occupational endeavors seem to be more about making a living and putting food on the table. There are times when enjoying our jobs and doing it just to have an income seem to collide.

If you don’t enjoy your current job, there are things you can do to help. You can try to find something that better suits you. To do that you have to know what suits you. You do have to take some time to get to know yourself and what you do and do not prefer. HINT: It takes time. Do what you can now, do the best you can where you are, be consistent and don’t give up. Your time will come.

Check Your Attitude

Sometimes simply changing our attitude about our own circumstances and position in our current jobs makes a big difference. Here are some tips to help you come up with ideas to make your current job more enjoyable:

  1. Get motivated to face the day to day. Do some positive self-talk. It’s okay.
  2. Keep your work in perspective. Do the best you can in your current situation, keeping the bigger picture in mind.
  3. Remember you are more than your work. You are not your job and your job is not you. It’s what you do.

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Make a Change

If you are looking for a different occupational opportunity, take your time, do your research and stay employed while you do that. Side hustles (aka moonlighting) are as popular now as ever.

When you look for something to earn extra money, keep in mind that it will take time, energy and organization to pull this off. You can do it, but have a plan. Do research to fully understand what is involved. Think about:

  1. How much time will be involved?
  2. What is the learning curve?
  3. What kind of training does it provide?
  4. Is it a solid company?
  5. Will you work from home?

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Mainly, be persistent and consistent in your efforts. Don’t let things easily discourage you. There are aspects about every job, every side hustle – every day life, that are not necessarily fun. Get through it with a smile.

I finally found one that’s worked for me for awhile. I love it.

Martha is owner of ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com, a business mentoring website.  Martha’s work consists of opening shopping accounts for an on-line wellness company (think Costco meets Amazon), presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at marthapmintl@gmail.com, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com. She’s not hard to find. For those in the Phoenix area, the next workshop will be on the topic of How To Make Your Home Non-toxic, February 20, 2018.

The photos in this article came from the TPNSystem.

 

Making a Good Presentation

If you present at one time or another in your

‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business,

get good at it. Know what you are doing. mlr

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Here’s how:

Make an Emotional Impact:

Use pictures, graphs, illustrations, but keep them simple.  Don’t put too much on one slide.

You want them to help your audience make a decision, not give them so much information that it makes it difficult for them to make a decision.

Information:

Use facts that can be checked; be honest, transparent, and never misleading in any way.

Storytelling:

Tell your story briefly at different points through the presentation.   People want to hear a little about how you got here.  It adds to the emotional impact.

These tips came from INC.com.

Additional tips are:

Be prepared.   Practice, practice, practice.

Know your product or what you are talking about.  Spend the time.  It’ll be worth it.

Know your audience.  Spend a few minutes letting them know at the beginning of your presentation that you hope to be reaching each one of them in some way.

Be yourself and be natural.  Smile.

Go here for more ideas on giving and preparing presentations.

 

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Proactive versus Reactive

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In so many areas of life, it’s better to be proactive than reactive.  For instance, stay well versus get well.  There are also many areas of life that involve wellness.   There is physical wellness, mental and emotional wellness, financial wellness, and natural and spiritual wellness.  Being proactive in the important areas of life makes us happier, healthier and more prepared.

Some of those important areas of life might be our personal lives and relationships, our home businesses, our friendships, our work or our even recreation.  I need to take the time to reflect on these and sometimes I have to remind myself to do that.  I always feel better when I do.

Be proactive now.  Call me and we’ll talk about starting a home business or just a way to earn some additional income.  I’m Martha.  My cell phone number is 505-750-7847  and my email address is marthapmintl@gmail.com if you’d rather email me.

 

Difficult to Control

So many things in our lives are difficult to control. When we have our own home-based business, again, there are many things that are difficult to control. Fortunately, there is help.

Time: We can’t control time. We can, however, control our own business hours. Make them, abide by them. Conversely, do not work during times that are not business hours. Your family will appreciate that.

It’s difficult to control runaway time, but when we begin to control our time more, we see how valuable it is. It makes good business sense.

Activities: We Can’t Control What Others Do. We can control only what we do. Do activities every day that will benefit and grow your business. INVITE, INTRODUCE, EXPLAIN, TEACH, COACH. Whatever it is that you do, do it. If you must make phone calls to make appointments, do it; or connect with people on LinkedIn or other business websites, do it; or go to networking meetings, do it. It’s difficult to control what others do, but when we begin focusing on our own actions, things begin to change.

Focus: We Can Only Focus on One Thing at a Time. Multi-tasking can be great and many people pride themselves on their skill at it, but really, when we have to give something our whole self, we must focus on that thing. That’s okay. By focusing on that one thing, we have control over what we are doing NOW.

I would love to hear your comments on this article. For more information on my home business, please contact me, Martha, by private message through LinkedIn, email at marthapmintl@gmail.com or by phone at 505-750-7847 (cell). My health and wellness website is www.RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, and my mentoring website is www.ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com.