1/14/08: Treat Your Business Like a Business

January 12, 2008 Sharilee

by Shan Eisler

Ms. Eisler points out that “One of the truly remarkable benefits of direct selling is that it can bind your family together.  For that to happen, the first sale you must make is to your family members.”  Such a good point!!  Your business is also your family members’ business and will impact their lives.  You will enjoy far more success if they are working ‘with’ you and not against you, and family members can be a tremendous help to your business if you will let them.

Ms. Eisler share her personal story and some of the things that worked for her.  As a mother of small children, she used a smiley face and frowny face to create a visual for her children to know when she could be interupted and when she could not be (particularly when she was on phone calls).  She also kept two sets of toys- the regular toys for when the smiley face was up and the special, favorite toys for when the frowny face was up and she was not available to her children.  A specific toy she mentions is an art easel that came up when she was unavailable.  She then displayed the childrens’ art prominently in the kitchen to recognize the contribution they were making to the family by helping to build Mommy’s business.

These are some creative ways to help kids be a part of the business for those of you with preschool and younger children.  For those with older children you can think of age-appropriate ways to get them involved.  It may be by helping to watch younger, or even more directly involved by letting them help with packaging, sorting inventory, putting labels on invitations, etc.  You can even pay our children for their work, giving you tax benefits and them extra cash.  For a report on how to legally hire and pay family members, email me at Sharilee@AmericaTakingAction.com.

Ms. Eisler also emphasized the importance of enlisting the help of her husband early on.  Spouses and older children can help a great deal by assisting with the work required to run a household.  Sit down with them and come to an agreement on what specific tasks each person will do to help create the time and environment for you to work and grow your business successfuly.

Here are some of Ms. Eisler’s specific suggestions:

1.  Open your business every day.  Pointing out that part of direct selling is getting to choose “whether you are employed or unemployed ever day.”  She emphasizes that you are “only employed if you are open for business- doing the things required to conduct business.”  Having the flexibility and total control of your calendar is definitely one of the blessings of running a home-based, direct selling business.  However, it can become a detriment to your business if you are not self-motivated and exert discipline and self-control.  You DO have to work your business on a regular, consistent, preferably daily basis.   Be sure you are open for business every day and doing those things that will move you closer to your goal.

2.  Have a detailed schedule for integrating family activities with work.  This will help you stay centered and prioritize the needs of family with the demands of your business.

3.  Figure out if you are a morning person or night person and then structure your business activities around that.  Do your detail work when you are most fresh and alert.  Schedule activities that require working with the public between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Do the less detailed paperwork either before 9:00 a.m. (morning peopel) or after 9:00 p.m. (nightowls).  Make sure that you are maximizing your personal strengths and timeclock with your schedule and available work time.

4.  Do the math– if you can earn $35/hour by working your business, delegate some of the mundane daily chores and pay someone else $10/hour to do cleaning, grocery shopping; even cooking, organizing, general paperwork, etc.

5.  Plan menus by the month.  Ms. Eisler points out that she used the crockpot on nights that she would be out or had a heavy load.  Personally, especially since cooking is not on my list of favorite things to do, I have found the crock pot and my foreman grill to be invaluable tools in making cooking and meal time less time-consuming.  I also try to keep the ingredients to some of the kids favorite easy meals on hand for days when I forget to put something in the crockpot.  Here are a couple of my all-time favorites for fast, easy, and delicious:  https://builditbig.wordpress.com/2008/01/11/quick-and-easy-recipes-for-those-busy-days/

These recipes are also easy enough that older children can fix them without much help as well.

6.  Ms. Eisler says she never shops for office supplies but orders them on-line and has them delivered to her house.  Great idea, unless you look forward to a chance to take a break and get out.  You can order just about anything you need from on-line if that is your preference.  Do what works best for you-

7.   Think before making a commitment!  It is not impolite to say, “Let me get back to you.”  This will then allow you time to check your calendar, consider the time and costs involved and how it will impact your business, including all aspects, and then determine what will serve  you best and help you to reach your goals.

Ms. Eisler points out that “My children are now 18 and 19.  Far from feeling neglected, they have both thanked me for working in my direct-selling business from home and teaching them a srong work ethic.  As a result of my working from home, we have always been there for each other.”

What a wonderful benefit of having a home-based business, and probably an important part of the ‘Why’ that many of you identified in the last segment.  Remember– Treat Your Business Like a Business, and the benefits will flow.

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