How to Achieve Proficiency in Developing Your Home Based Business Opportunity Skill Set?

By Michael D Barrett

It is common knowledge that you need to work at home based business opportunity success the same way that you need to work hard to achieve success – both personal and financial – from the average nine to five job. Unfortunately, if you do not take the necessary steps to set the stage to succeed, it can sometimes get lost in the whirlwind of enthusiasm as the skill sets required to realize the success from the home business and the day job are entirely different. Some might even say that in some cases the skills required are diametrically opposed from one another. To help you work at home based business opportunity success while at the same time give you an insight into the skills that are required to prevent failure, here is a quick list of the four most important proficiencies.

1. You must be a self starter and take the lead. When you work at a home based business opportunity, you are in charge and developing your sill sets and implementing them is the key to your success. You cannot rely on anyone else to tell you to get started, to get to work, to set and meet a deadline, to work through your lunch to accomplish a number of tasks before the end of the day, to work overtime after the kids are in bed to get more done, or to cancel your day off because you need to get a vital aspect of the work done. At a regular job, you will be told by a supervisor when extra hours are available for work, when vacation requests will not be granted, and when a special project requires an “all hands on deck” approach which the company rewards with a catered buffet for everyone who commits to come in on their days off. Not to worry! You are in charge of establishing your days off and when and where to vacation. In making a decision to start your own business, your have made a lifestyle decision to realize your dreams in achieving financial independence.

2. You should not be a team player in the strict sense of the word, but more of a team leader. In a startling reversal of the tired adage that requires everyone in a corporation to be a team member and look out for the good of the company or the department, as a person who is busy with work at a home based business opportunity, your skill sets, if properly exploited and implemented, define you as number one. In some home based business opportunities, such as direct sales, multi level marketing or mlm, you may be encouraged to develop and build a success team with members of your respective organization or company, but it all starts with you taking the initiative. This means you are responsible for everything and Your Way is The Way. The odds are good that nobody will look out for your benefit, and you will need to be mindful of it yourself. In many home based business opportunities, one of the keys to our success is realizing that you are in business for yourself but not by yourself. Great customer service and team support is up to you to deliver, hard lined collection of funds is your department, and dealing efficiently with customer complaints and generating goodwill in the community for your business is your job.

3. Recognize personal shortfalls and correct them immediately. When evaluating and assessing your skill sets you may find that you are not as organized as you should be.  To achieve the level of success that you are striving for, you will soon discover that you need to be your own Cheerleader to get the job done. This may require that you burn the midnight oil and take an online class or course if necessary to find a way to become more organized or internet savvy and then implement it. If you take your success seriously, you will need to invest in your education. Ascertaining and implementing a marketing strategy is one of the most important components that will contribute to your success. ‘You Are a Marketer.’ You need to constantly remind yourself, especially when you are in the start up mode, that your home based business is not a hobby but a business and needs to be treated as such. At a regular job this might translate into a seminar your boss may pay for and send you to, and then will most likely end up in your taking some of the suggestions and adapting them to your work environment. In your home business it means adapting your way of doing business to a correct way of being organized and to educate yourself by attending conferences and live educational events, online seminars and webinars to ensure your ongoing success.

Last but not least, work smart not hard. if you want to be among the 5% of those who succeed, and not the 95% of those who fail, one of the most overlooked skills when you work at home based business opportunity success is your unwavering commitment to success. Throughout the day, and especially in challenging moments, you must constantly utter the affirmation that failure is not an option. This means that you can look past failure, rejection, and mistakes and instead keep trotting forward, always looking toward the ultimate success – even though there will nobody there to cheer you on. You are the ‘Cheer Leader’ as you are at the helm always bearing in mind that among the top priorities, defined by an acquired skill set, requires that you believe in yourself and need to eliminate limiting beliefs and unconscious patterns that can block and sabotage your success. Another helpful affirmation to remember is that success is a choice. At a job, you will have a boss who will encourage you, a concerned coworker who might write you a nice card and put it on your desk, or a friend who will call to encourage you. Not when you are on your own. As the end of everyday, give yourself a hug and remember that the Buck Starts Here. You need to be your own best friend and Cheerleader.

In addition to being an accomplished and published musician,, Michael D Barrett is a certified consultant and has been an entrepreneur for five years. He is the founder of the Mastermind Edge Marketing Group.

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