The portability of today’s online business makes entrepreneurship more liberating than ever. Couples RV across the country, product sourcing and selling on eBay all the way. Many couples travel or move overseas, and their businesses on eBay don’t miss a beat.
Then there’s the coffee shop crowd and the sit-on-a-rock-on-the-beach-and-list gang. To discover a taste of this liberation, move around your house; bring a laptop outside on the porch or sunroom for an hour during the day; try the wi-fi at the nearest coffee shop. The world is your office. It will refresh your senses and get you out of a rut.
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The importance of maintaining a work/life balance is not a myth. If you give too much of yourself to work, you get burned out — sometimes both at work and in your personal life. Health and relationship issues arise from these conditions.
When we tip the balance too much toward work, it is usually because we are seeking perfectionism. The more you are involved in family and work, as they both grow, the more elusive perfection becomes. Think about this: Are you rewarded by perfectionism or by productivity? Start leaning toward productivity.
Mark, St. Paul MN (scandinavian4you), answered Lee’s Halloween trivia question and won some eBay-branded holiday shipping supplies. Meshell Long from Doba (http://www.doba.com) called with this week’s product sourcing report. Griff and Lee shared 5 productivity tips.
Cassie Layton, Marketing Manager, eBay Seller Marketing, and Randa Purcell, Program Manager, eBay Shipping, popped in to remind listeners to stock up on eBay-branded holiday supplies (store subscribers get a quarterly coupon).
We have many more distractions in our digital age than ever before in history. It’s hard to concentrate. Some experts are now saying we should reverse the order of our workload in order to be more productive.
Dr. David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work, suggests we do the stuff that takes concentration or creativity early in the day and leave mindless tasks like deleting email for later in the day. You don’t need as much brainpower for those things.
Doing the mindless work first and building up to the toughest tasks drains your energy and lowers your focus. Do your thinking early in the day — and mindless stuff later on.
If your work day gets a little boring from time to time, or if you have difficulty some days just starting your work, consider this. First, know that almost all entrepreneurs have these days from time to time. I have one important trick that works for me: Vary your workspace. If you have a laptop, move in front of the fireplace and work there for an hour or two. If the climate permits, move outside to a balcony, porch or patio. Make yourself an interesting beverage — some sort of fancy tea, for example, or a cup of hot chocolate. Set it next to you while you work. If none of these things apply, just move to a different room for a few hours, such as the living room instead of your office. Larger projects such as redecorating your workspace can work wonders as well.
Boss yourself around! Staying in “interrupt mode” is a sure way to hold your business back from growth. You don’t have a boss who is watching you all day — you ARE the boss — so it’s time to get bossy with yourself. Interruptions such as phone calls from friends or family members can erode your time and money. Set aside time each day as “quiet lockdown”, when you don’t take calls or emails from friends or family. Just business. It will help your business grow like magic. Your friends and family members should be alerted to your “lockdown” times; that way they won’t think you are being rude. Try it. It works!
Online sellers, are you in it for the money? Or just for the thrilling exhilaration you feel each time you make a sale? If you truly want to grow your business, the ka-ching on your cell phone can help. It’s both a reminder of a success and an alert to pack and ship. Add another flag to that ka-ching sound; maybe say to yourself, “I’ll list 10 more items tomorrow” or “I’m going to go thrifting twice this week” — whatever it takes for your bottom line to grow. Ka-ching!