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Take Immediate Action On These Brilliant Strategies So You Can Avoid Business Failure

What’s does it feel like to take immediate action to avoid business failure?

All I can say is by doing this you will avoid the heartache that comes along with the already negative thoughts you may have about starting your own online business from home.

Seriously a day did not go by when the thought, “I’m not going to make it,” did not cross my mind. But the trooper that I was, I kept going at it no matter what. Mind you; there were days where I wanted to throw in the towel.

If you are like me, you may be one of those people who focuses on your business 24-7, because you think this is what you need to do to become successful.

Being a parent who works from home can be difficult at times. If that’s not hard enough with all the going on at home, you then have to call in the business minded person that is in you to be able to stay focused on how to propel your business forward.

I don’t know about you, but it sure made me tired! 

On a more serious note when you are working from home, everyone expects you to be free while being available at all times. My Mom is from a generation of no computers; when she sees me on the computer, to her, it’s like I’m doing fun things.

I am sure most of you will understand when I say, “Moms can cause the most guilt if you don’t hear what they have to say.”

At least with your kids, you can yell, “I’m busy!”

Since I’ve been doing this for quite a while, I have come up with four ways to make sure my home-based business runs smoothly, maybe you can apply them to yours as well.

Make a work schedule as though you are working 9-5

The mentality of 9-5 has been built into us for a long time. Why not keep this schedule to keep you functioning at a level of knowing you have dedicated this time to work.

This would be a time where you take no personal calls. I’ve made that mistake many times. Mostly during one of my writing periods, and it’s so hard to get back the train of thought when it has been interrupted.

As a person who posts information about doing online business, a lot of my work is geared towards writing.

Your family/friends will start taking you for granted. This means they will take for granted that whatever you are doing is less important than them.

The only one suffering here will be you and your business.

Don’t leave an open invitation for anyone

In the beginning stages of my online business friends/family members would call to say, “Hey, you are at home, why don’t I come over for a quick cup of coffee?”

Now that’s a phrase I still hear often. Not only am I told I’m at home, but to me, it comes across like I must be free to move at their will — not a good feeling when you are trying to make things happen online.

In the beginning, it was hard to say no because I didn’t have enough confidence in my business. So I wanted to be distracted from it.

But not anymore, now I have concrete boundaries with others. If I am working on a project, there is no way I will let anyone distract me from it. As soon as I get distracted, it’s hard for me to get back into the mode again.

Eventually, your friends will start to respect your time.

You know why?

Because you will start to respect your time, your friends will have no choice, but to accept your terms.

Spread your 9-5 hours around your day

No one says you have to start your day at 9 am and end it at 5 pm. The remarkable thing about working from home is that you can get creative with your time.

What I like to do when I start my workday is to work at my most productive hours which are mid-afternoon, late evening and late night. Let your body and mind decide when the best time for you to work is, you’ll find you will get a lot more done when working within your natural rhythm.

My youngest daughter plays basketball; I have the luxury of not only dropping and picking her up during practice/games, but I can attend all of her games. The guilt of not being at her game will never be able to consume me.

As you all may know they are only at this age once to be able to have this round with them. Imagine all the accolades I will get when she’s older for always being at her games (not that I look for appreciation, but still it’s nice to be acknowledged). 

When you work at your most productive time, you will find creativity flows at a rapid pace. Rather than time dragging on, you will finish your work faster.

Create separate space for your home office

This is crucial to your business becoming successful. My office is in my bedroom. Since my children are at school, I could hang out in the living room, but it doesn’t work for me as well as one would think.

There are too many distractions in the living room. At least in my room, it’s silent; I know I have to work in the space I have allocated for myself.

Over the years I’ve learned preventing business failure is a mindset. Once the proper mindset is achieved, anyone can be successful from home.

Now that you know you can take immediate action by implementing the strategies I have provided to avoid business failure, getting going with it now to become successful.

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38 thoughts on “Take Immediate Action On These Brilliant Strategies So You Can Avoid Business Failure

  1. Wow do I ever resonate with this post. I am a single, stay at home mom to a toddler and I always have to remain vigilant while my son is awake. I don’t have the luxury of being able to plop down at my desk whenever I want during the day to do some work on my online business. The only window of time I have is when my son naps. Oh and his nap can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. Sometimes on days when his nap runs shorter than hoped for, I feel like I didn’t get to accomplish whatever it was I was trying to do at naptime, like reading this article for example…. it has taken me 4 hours to read this article to its entierty and actually be able to leave a complete comment. It was like, I was able to read the begining, and then my son was climbing on a really high chair so I had to stop and get him down…. then I got distracted. When I came back to this article, I was reading it and laughing to myself the coincidence of how well I relate to it and then my son needs me again, so I get called away from the computer alas….this cycle has gone until now but fortunately grandma came over to play with my son and now I have some time to work. But ALSO like you, my mom comes from a time of no computers and when she sees me typing away on here she thinks I am not paying attention to my son and cruising social media or something. Its very frustrating because even though I have an online business, it hasn’t been able to take off completely because my limited time slots. I have been plugging away at it for an entire year ! I know that I could also wake up really early in the morning at like 4 am to do maybe an hour of work. The thing is my son is also an early riser and if I am up making too much noise on my laptop, my son might as well wake up at 4:45 am instead of 5:45, so I decide to sleep instead since rest is so important to me. My son is also the type that needs someone who will lay down next to him before he can fall asleep at night, and what happens is that I end up actually falling asleep with him and not being able to stay up and do work either. So…. *sigh* it is what it is! But all this experience gives me really good content to write on my blog which is a baby sleep niche site heh 🙂 

    1. Wow… I hear you. Except my kids are not babies anymore, but they still demand attention. It’s a little less, but still there. Every. Single. Day. 

      I sometimes wonder how the women who became online successes while their children were young did it, then I think they must be superwomen or something. 

      I still have a hard time setting boundaries with my Mom, but bless her heart, she still refuses to hear the message I send out when I bang away on my keys. 

      Yet if anyone were to call my mother during one of her shows…oh, better watch out then (lol). 

      All the experiences I could write about when my children were babies, would definitely fill a book. But my baby days are far behind. YAY!

  2. Hi, Jag, how are you? I feel so identified with you. Working from home is great when it comes to being able to work at my own pace and be able to enjoy my son.

    But it also becomes very difficult because I have to be running through the entire house looking for my 14 months old baby, and as you said, my relatives do not see what I do as a job, and they think I’m just wasting my time.I will put into practice your advice, thank you very much.Greetings, Pao.

    1. Hi Paola, thank you for your comment. I can definitely recognize how hard it would be with a baby. I remember when my children were little and running after while trying to do any type of housework was a chore in itself. 

      Mostly it’s always the family members who have hard time with the work at home concept.

  3. Hey Jag,

    Thank you for sharing those brilliant ideas that we can avoid distraction in our business. When l first started out blogging, i always find there is not enough time as l have so many things to occupy like fetching and sending my child to schools, tuitions, games and some housework that keep me busy all day long. That left me exhausted, tired and unable to concentrate on my project.

    I knew that l must do something with these distractions, l created my own time schedule, breaking down my project into a small task but most important as you say is the mindset to success.

    I take your lesson seriously and have bookmarked it for my reference.

    Best Wishes

    Zayn

    1. Creating your own schedule and breaking down a project in small tasks is probably the best to do. I really like this concept. You definitely seem to be onto something. Thank you for your comment.

  4. I can relate with you Jag. Most people think that stay-at-home moms or everyone who simply stays at home have all the time in the world and can do so many things. Well, that’s where they’re wrong. I have a full time job and I am based overseas, that is, I am away from my family. The good thing though is that because my family isn’t with me and I basically take care only of myself, I am free to work on my online business when I am not at work. 

    Early this year when I went on vacation, I thought I could have more time to write and publish articles on my website. I thought that since I did not have to report for work everyday (I mean 6 days a week), and I would just be staying home, I will have more free time. Ha-ha, I was dead wrong! House works are never ending, mind you.

    Making a work schedule as if you’re working 9-5 is a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that before? Anyway, I will try to remember this on my next vacation, great advice. Thank you.

    1. Yes I agree with you, many people think that people who stay at home and work are not really working. My sister works at home, crazy at how many interruptions she gets daily from her friends thinking she can just get up and go.

      I’m the same way. I have many people who interrupt my day daily no matter how many times I let them know that I’m working. I have learned to respect my work which makes it easier to tell people not to bother me when I’m working.

  5. Reading your article brought back some memories when I started working from  home and I can concur with what you saying by 100%.

    When i was starting out working from home people seem to be less considered when I was saying that I don’t have time right now. It was almost like they didn’t hear me.

    Anyway, after a few weeks I got firm and gave them “my schedule” where I was not “available” for any “none” emergency because I was working. Yes, it was strange in the beginning but it is important that you draw the line and establish your boundaries.

    I did and yes, it does work for me.

    Your article also shows the importance to have one’s own working space, nothing can be more of a distraction when everyone has to share the same room for different activities. This will be very exhausting to say the least.

    1. I totally hear what you are saying. Many times it’s almost like my families wearing earplugs, deaf to what I’m trying to say about getting work done at home.

      Great that you created a schedule and let your family members know when you were available and when you were not. Hopefully they abide by it.

  6. Hi Jag, 

    Yeah, I understand too well what you mean about people thinking that they can drop in on you, whenever they like just because you are at home. I have one or two tips which you might also consider. 

    If the phone rings, I simply let it go to voicemail and attend to it later. This also helps about ‘interesting’ phone calls that may be spams. Those people just don’t bother leaving a message. 

    A relative of mine thought a while back that she could send me a text message and go out with her, like me read her text message, jump straight into my car, drive to her place an hour away and then go with her on some chore. I had to explain by text that I had other plans, otherwise I would be at her mercy. 

    You really have to draw the line the first time or as soon as you can, in order to do your own thing.

    Peace,

    David

    1. Yes, unfortunately there are many who think that my free time is solely meant for them. It’s not my time to get ahead, they think it’s their time to come over and have some free coffee while filling my brain with their personal problems.

      I’m listener and I love listening to people when they talk, but I also can easily tune out people when I need to concentrate on my work. 

      But it seems so rude to do that to friends who come over. That’s why I’ve set a very strict schedule of when I’m available.

  7. Spot on!  I too, work from home.  I have a full-time IT job and then I am working on my affiliate marketing business on-the-side.

    Working from home alone is difficult enough with dogs and family constantly distracting me.  I was accustomed to working in an office and having co-workers come to me with whatever issues they had for me to fix.  A distraction yes,  but at least it was job related.  It took a while but now I appreciate working from home.

    I found it difficult to work in my home environment so I took a room and converted it into my home office.  I feel much more productive now, having a space dedicated to my job and business.

    I couldn’t agree more about respecting my time.  I still haven’t achieved that goal.  Sadly, it’s not a will you but more of a, since you’re “just” working from home, stop by and grab this or run that errand for me, etc.  Very frustrating and it gives me the sense that my time isn’t worth xxx to anyone else.

    Thanks for the great post!

    1. I can only imagine how tough it must be to manage a full-time job and then come home and work from home. You must have to set yourself a very tight schedule to be able to accomplish your goals.

      Great that you’ve converted a room which you’ve dedicated as your space at home from working on your own business. Thanks for the comment.

      1. That’s the nice thing. My full time job is now work from home so I no longer have that go to the office and then come home to work transition any more. I can actually work my home business during breaks and lunch, etc. I also save time not having to commute which I dedicate to my business as well.

        1. The transition can be difficult if one is not disciplined. It’s great that you have taken the plunge on being a full-time online entrepreneur at home. Saving the time of not having to commute is a huge blessing for those working from home. I can actually get up in the mornings, be in my pajamas, yet still start my workday whenever I want. Thanks for the comment.

  8. To most people who were taught to get regular jobs, the idea of me working and making money online to them doesn’t seem in their realm of possibility. So I definitely know the feeling of not being taken seriously.

    Did you ever lay out ground rules to other loved ones when it came to your business? Such as I am not going to be available during 8am-11am? It seems like I’ve had my parents wanting me to run errands during times when I am trying to work on building the business.

    1. I so agree with you, at one time I was one of those people who had a hard time understanding the work at home concept. I try to distract myself in many ways to not be able to devote myself to taking my business to the next level.

      Thankfully now I understand and know the difference. The ground rules I laid out when he came to my business are no interruptions unless there is an emergency whatsoever.

  9. I often have the same thoughts as you. I’m constantly trying to push away thoughts of my own failure. I saw an inspiring visual the other day though. It was of two people building tunnels to get to the hidden gold. One person gave up and turned around inches before the treasure because they didn’t know how close they were. The other person stuck at it and made it to the goal. You never know how close you are too your goal, I strive not to be that person who turns around when they’re so close if only they would just keep pushing.

    1. Yes failure is the huge roadblock when attempting a business at home. You are your only support person as you have no colleagues coworkers or boss who are all working towards the same goal. It’s only you working towards your goal and that’s where failure starts to rear its ugly head.

      I have an article that I’m working on, on how to get rid of fear of failure. Please stay tuned for that article.

  10. Thank you for sharing such a great story and interesting personal story.It is difficult to concentrate on work being at home especially when you have kids  .But when you are focused on your work,you must achieve what you want.It asks to have a plan and respect your timetable.

    I like working at home and i home in few years i will be my own boss and the one who control everything about my online business.

    1. I so agree with you that if you really do want to achieve something you really do have to put your whole mental focus into it. And that mental focus includes limiting how many interruptions you’ll take from family.

      I enjoy working at home too. 

  11. Brilliant tips here. If you don’t set your expectations, you can hardly expect those around you to do the same. Do you find that even though you are working from home, you are also expected to do all the household chores too? I’m convinced my husband (who isn’t in a job right now) thinks it’s my job just because i happen to be in the kitchen. I’d be interested in others strategies in dealing with this.

    1. Hi Kerry, thank you for your comment. You’re right if you do not set your expectations, others around you will not respect your time at all. First thing any person who is working at home needs to learn is to respect their own working time.

      Yes not only do I work at home, but I do do some household chores as well and this is on top of being on chemotherapy right now. But my husband is pretty good about having flexibility with his schedule. The way I implemented that strategy was since I wasn’t able to work outside the home, if he wanted me to bring in the in the income he would have to help out at home a little more.

      He knows I love writing as well I was a business coach with people face-to-face. So he agreed that I could make it successful as long as he helped out around the house. Plus I’ll leave the dishes for him in the sink to wash at the end of the day. He knows if they don’t get done they will be there the next day.

  12. Hello Jag

    Am so happy that I came across this article you wrote, this article will help me put things right. 

    I grew up as someone who like the internet world and most of the things I do are being done online, so because of that am always with my phone and laptop making all kinds of research but when my mum and dad sees me they always criticise me of being a phone freak and I don’t like it when am being abused of what am not. With the knowledge I have gotten here, I will make sure I apply it to my daily life.

    1. Glad that you enjoyed the article. Like you my mom is always interrupting me as well. My mom is of the variety that she likes to go shopping, but she wants me to go with her. Her comments will be like all you are doing his computer work come with me. But I’ve learned to say no to her.

  13. Creating a seprate work space is the key to success.  When you are “at work” even if you are still at home it is good to have your own work space, where others also understand that when you are in that space you are working. 

    That way everyone in your life should be aware that you are working during that time and that they should not be bothering you unless of course it is very important.

    Clutter in your surroundings also distract your mind from focusing on what is in front of you.  If you are always looking around and thinking about cleaning and other things that must get done you will be distracted and get less done.

    1. You’re right separate work space is the key to success. Even at home a person needs to have work space, where they’ve designated themselves as solely working on their business.

      It’s very important to let family members be aware of your boundaries or otherwise they will have no problem crossing.

  14. I seen these tips and they really resonated with me what stuck out to me and what made  me say this is 100% true is the mindset and your designated work space. I know with me I can get distracted easy so usually I am not in my room since there is a tv and if I turn that on I will pay half attention to tv half on my work. That isn’t productive at all and it only hurts you in the long run.

    So where I go to work on my blos and business in general is I take my dog and go outside that is where I find peace and solice. It is where my mind is clearest and I can keep writing and it just flows through my fingers onto the keyboard.

    Mindset is huge in whether your business fails or is a success if you don’t treat it like a business like you know it won’t be your first priority so you will let your friends, family and other distractions keep you from your business.

    I know what you mean by telling your family and friends no because I use to be like that. I would let that distract me at one point from doing the more important thing especially at the beginning when I wasn’t getting traffic.

    I believe with every point you have mentioned her we can resonate with it and others can learn from it thank you for your wise post 

    Matt

    1. I’m glad that these tips resonated with you and your right mindset and work space are very important. Getting distracted by the TV is a real hindrance for people who are working from home. 

      There are time means where I see that my iPad is quite near, I’ll be tempted to put on Netflix. Just for that reason my iPad is never charged on tell around that time.

  15. This sounds like my family a lot.  My wife isn’t sure about my business so she thinks nothing of asking me for something.  My kids?  I tell them I’m busy and a couple of minutes later my youngest is back saying ‘are you stil busy?

    My time is after I walk the kids to school and then after my gym.  I sit down at about 10:45 and get a good 2 hours in before life again gets in the way.  Then at 3:10 I walk my girls home from school and get another 2-1/2 hours in.

    Later after everyone is in bed I get another 1-1/2 hours in.  That’s a typical week day.  Haven’t figured out weekends yet though.

    1. This comment made me smile. My husband wasn’t too sure about my online business either, he thought it was a pass time. It wasn’t until he realized how dedicated I was that he started taking it seriously. 

      My time is kind of like yours, drop off the kids in the morning. Work. Pick up kids. Work. Make Dinner. Work.

  16. Very interesting and helpful article Jag! I think that working from home is a dream for every person but it also can be hard because we do not have a boss who will tell us what to do and when. We should learn how to organize our time most on most effective way and we will be successful.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I agree it can be difficult when you don’t have anybody telling you what to do, you have to make all the decisions yourself. That in itself can be quite a weight to carry, but broken down into small chunks it can get easier.

  17. I work more than just 9-5 to keep my business going like I want it – full steam ahead, but there are times when this catches up to me and all I want to do is sleep quite a lot. I have managed to make myself take weekends off, mostly – oh, the pains of being a workaholic.

    I like your list – not too long and unmanageable. Some people create these huge lists of like 12 things to change in your life and expect you to do them all – fairly unrealistic. Your list is long enough to be effective, but not so long to be overwhelming and un-motivating. Keep up the good advice.

    1. I agree with you, I put in more than eight hours a day into my business. It was the concept of keeping in mind the 9-to-5 hours that I mention that in my article. Many people need a time frame, doesn’t matter how they spread that time frame out, they just need permission to have it like that.

      Funny how some of us want to become our own boss, yet we still need permission to be able to carry out our day way we want.

  18. This is excellent advice! When I was a freelance web developer, I always ran into the issue of family and friends assuming that I had a ton of free time to hang out. Creating a work schedule and sticking to it is important. Like you mention above, setting some clear boundaries will help alleviate the distractions.

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