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1.     Welcome and Update from Elena
2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Pet Products
3.     Feature Article - Getting Organized for Success
4.     Surveys and Trends
5.     Success Quotes of the Week


 
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1.     Welcome and Update from Elena
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Hello again and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers
who have joined us since the last issue.

This week's article is for those of you juggling the demands
of a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke), a family and a part-time
business.  "Getting Organized for Success" shows you how
to take control of  your time rather than allowing time to
take control of you, and how to be more productive while
you're at it.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this
week's issue.

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suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed, or
would just like to share your experiences with other
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2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Pet Products
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What's one of the biggest industries in the United States
today? Anything to do with pets. Step into any major pet
supply store and you'll be dazzled by no end of inventions
to make your life with pets easier and the life of your pet
more fun.

This ready-made market represents an online business
opportunity for anyone with a creative streak and who loves
animals. The possibilities are endless. Collars for dogs and
cats with unique designs; name tags; handknitted doggie
coats for those cold climates; ceramic water and food dishes
with unique artwork; pet hampers for the pampered pooch at
Christmas time; frisbees painted in your own unique design.
You name it, it will sell!

Your website is crucial. If you do this bit right, you can run
this business right out of your home, mail order. So start out
creating a few dazzling samples of your work, have them
professionally photographed and display them at your site.
Don't rush the website stage. This needs to be really
professional and beautiful. It will be a reflection of the quality
of the work you do on your pet products. If you don't make
the right impression here, you won't make the sale.

Plan on including ready-made products in your catalog but
also offer custom work as well. You can charge much more
for custom work and your profit margin on these items will
be much higher.

This is a business where word of mouth advertising will be
very important. So create exceptional pieces and you'll find
that the word will spread, and quickly. Get set up to accept
credit cards at your site as soon as possible.

You'll be able to find good reciprocal linking partners in this
business too. Look for sites that are dedicated to pets such
as pet care, what to look for in a pet, that sort of thing,
and negotiate to swap links with the webmaster.

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There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home Business
Ideas page at free home based business ideas with more being
added regularly.

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3.     Feature Article:  Getting Organized for Success
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© 2017 Elena Fawkner

Email, sales letters, email, phone calls, J.O.B., email, kids,
conference calls, mentoring and sponsoring, errands,
personal time, email, website updating, writing articles,
email, search engine positioning, ezine publishing, advertising,
email.  Oh, and sleep.  And did I mention email?  Sounds like
your day, right?  Yours and everyone else's who runs a
business part-time around their REAL life.

There's always so much to do and so little time.  Or so it
seems.  But is that really true?  You may be surprised to find
what you can really accomplish in a day if you were to take
the time to get organized.  What do I mean by organized? 
Simply knowing how many hours a day you have available
and allocating that time efficiently.

How many hours a day do you have available to you? Well,
let's say you sleep for 8 hours.  That leaves 16, right?  OK,
how do you make the best use of those 16 hours?  By
managing your time effectively.  Here's how.

This is your Sunday night activity.  Start with a grid (for
those of you who are computer nerds, by all means use an
Excel spreadsheet).  Your grid is eight columns across and
30 rows down.  Label your eight columns like this:

Time   Mon.  Tues.  Wed.  Thu.  Fri.  Sat.  Sun.

Then, in the rows under the "Time" heading, enter half
hour blocks of time starting at 6:00 am and ending at
10:00 pm (or whatever your "awake" time is).  Your grid
should look like this:

Time     Mon.  Tues.  Wed.  Thu.  Fri.  Sat.  Sun.
6:00 - 6:30 am
6:30 - 7:00 am
...
9:00 - 9:30 pm
9:30 - 10:00 pm

Decide on a code for your grid - whether color-coding,
letters, whatever, so you can see at a glance where your
time is going.

Now, using your code, block off unavailable, non-discretionary
time.  This is the time you spend working at your J.O.B., the
time you spend getting ready for work in the morning,
commuting in the morning and evening, taking the kids to and
from school/daycare, participating in conference calls hosted
by your network marketing company, etc.  This is any time
that you have *no choice* about.  Although you have to run
errands, for example, you do have a choice about when to do
them so this doesn't go in here.

All the white space is time that you have available to you
for discretionary activities.  By "discretionary" I don't
necessarily mean stuff you don't have to do at all if you
don't want to, I mean stuff that you can schedule for a
time of your choosing.  For example, we must all shop for
groceries and put gas in our cars once a week, but we have
a choice when we do so.

Make a list of your discretionary activities.  This includes
weekly errands and chores, the time you need to spend
keeping your web site up to date, writing articles, search
engine positioning, reading and responding to email, mentoring
and sponsoring your downline, publishing your ezine, writing
ads, etc.  And don't forget to schedule recreation/family time
and time for yourself to do what you want (even if that's
absolutely nothing).

OK, now that you know what you have to do, and the time
you have available to do it in, when is your peak concentration
time?  Are you an early morning person or a night owl? 

Schedule the activities that require the most concentration
for these periods.  Enter them into your grid.  For most
people, this will be things like writing articles and salesletters
- activities that require thought, concentration and a
reasonable amount of *uninterrupted* time.

On the other hand, reading and responding to email,
monitoring and tweaking your search engine positioning and
web site updating don't usually require peak concentration
to be effective, nor do they require a continuous block of
time to accomplish.  So schedule these activities for time
other than your peak concentration time.

As a general rule, try and get as much done as possible in
one sitting during your peak concentration time.  The other
stuff that doesn't require much in the way of concentration
can be squeezed in during your spare half hours here and
there between other things.

The first step in managing your time is understanding it.
Understanding where it is and how best to utilize it.  By
taking the time to work up a weekly grid every Sunday
night and allocating your discretionary activities for the
week to your discretionary time in a way that takes maximum
advantage of your peak concentration time, you can't help
but work more efficiently and, therefore, more productively. 

If you don't have a plan for your time, what's the first
thing you're going to do at 6:00 am on Monday morning
in that precious hour of peak concentration time you have
to work on your business before you have to start getting
ready for work?  Yep, that's right.  You'll download and
read your email.  What *should* you be doing with that
hour?  Writing an article for this week's ezine. 

You can read and respond to email any time during the day. 
It doesn't require peak concentration!  So you've just blown
that hour.  And in the evening when you're tired and your
concentration's shot, think you're going to write that article
then?  Hardly.  What you're going to do is turn on the TV
right?  And not even remember what it was you watched
when you wake up at 6:00 again the next morning and do
the same thing all over again. 

And then, of course, when the weekend rolls around and
you still haven't written that article and you have to send
your ezine out on Sunday night, you're spending your
weekend writing your article (in between running errands)
and before you know it, Sunday night's here, it's time to
send out your ezine again and the *weekend's over*
already and you don't know where it went and tomorrow's
Monday and you're so behind and frazzled that you don't
work up your grid for next week and so Monday rolls
around and you get up at 6:00 and you don't have a plan
so what do you do?  Yep, you download and read your
email ...

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"To know what has to be done, then do it, comprises the
whole philosophy of practical life." Sir William Osler
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Stop the spiral.  Be smart.  Take CONTROL of your time. 
Don't let it control you.  Time can be your greatest
friend or your greatest enemy.  Don't let it slip through
your fingers with nothing to show for it.  Schedule time
every Sunday night to work up a time grid for the
coming week.  Who knows, you may even be able to
enjoy next weekend!

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4.     Surveys and Trends
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© 2017 Ryanna's Hope

SELLING TO THE 'GENERATION X' MARKET

According to Key Marketing, Generation X comprises 17
percent of our population. The lives of these 21-to-33
year-olds are defined by education, insecurity, informality
and a slow transition to adulthood.

Generations Xers can be divided into four primary attitude
groups:

Cynical Disdainers - are primarily pessimistic about life.
Traditional Materialists - are like Boomers and seek the
American dream.
Hippies Revisited - express themselves through music and
spirituality.
Fifties Macho - are young Republicans.

The youngest Generation Xers are career-minded hard
workers. They want a good job and an exciting career, but
are afraid they will not find this. On the whole, Generation
Xers question the price of Boomers' achievements and
refuse to adopt the 14-hour-day work ethic.

Many of the 46 million Generation Xers are from fragmented
families; 40 percent spent some time in a single-parent
household by age 16. This was the first generation to fully
experience the new extended family of stepparents and half
-siblings. One-fifth of Generation Xers live at home.

This group values leisure activities, family entertainment,
economical and functional clothing, quality day care and
home offices. They are happy with smaller homes,
economical furnishings and family-priced cars. They value
today's technology cellular telephone, pager, fax
which allows them to stay in touch and in control.

When it comes to reaching Generation Xers, remember that
they dislike advertising hype, overstatement, self-importance,
hypocrisy, and personal sales at home. Generation Xers,
better moved by visual images than the written word, have
very few role models. They are more likely than other
generations to seek out local, specialized products such as
microbrews and out-of-the-mainstream vacation places.

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5.     Success Quotes of the Week
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"Always there will be, along the sidelines of life, inferior
souls who throw mud at those whose attainments they
do not quite understand. The man who really accomplishes
doesn't pay attention to such detractors. If he did, he'd
be on their level. He keeps an eye singled on the higher
goal--and the mud never touches him."
  --  Jerome P. Fleishman

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never--
in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in
except to convictions of honor and good sense.
  --  Winston Churchill

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others,
for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you.
Act for yourself. Face the truth."
  --  Katherine Mansfield

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just
show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.
You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
  --  Anne Lamott

"Our problem is not lack of knowing; it is the lack of doing."
  --  Mark Hatfield


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