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10 Things You Need Before You Start Searching For Home Business Opportunities

Before you quit your job and start searching for home business opportunities as a crafter, there are few things that you need to have in place. This post is aimed at craft bloggers but really, if you want to start working from home, 8 of these items will be relevant to you.d Working from home is the ultimate dream for many people. It’s my passion to try and help women release themselves from the rat race where they are miserable; your happiness is always going to be worth the risk.

 

When I was growing up, I remember my dad leaving the house at 6 am to sit in a car for an hour, not getting home until after 5 pm, and he didn’t enjoy his job. Back then I couldn’t understand it and part of me now still can’t. Quitting a job you hate is especially pertinent when we live in the age of the internet where opportunities are bountiful you can earn great money working as a freelancer or full-time blogger. So, we got on Amazon, we did everything below and we got to work!

 

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5 Unbelievable Blogger Salary Transformations + My First Income Report

5 Unbelievable Blogger Salary Transformations

+ My First Income Report

 

When it comes to a blogger salary and income reports, the first question that comes to mind is “what is an income report?”. A blog income report is a breakdown of any income that a blogger has made in the space of a month. It’s part of a growing trend of the super influential bloggers and those of us who only recently started monetizing and trying to become a business.

 

My Income Report for February 2017
Back Story:

I’ve had a craft blog since 2010 that was a hobby and something to keep me occupied when I didn’t have the energy to do anything else. I suffer from chronic medical conditions and disabilities which you can read about here. I set about to learn absolutely everything I could learn about blogging in that time and over the years blogging has changed completely. When I was told that I had a misdiagnosis and I would never be cured, I decided that it was high time I made a real go of it and attempted to get my own blogger salary. I’ve always been a type A personality and confident that I could do anything if I put my mind to it. So, in February 2017 I decided to make a strategic effort to earn income from my blog.

 

Why publish income reports:

There are several reasons why I want to share my income reports with you:

  •  I want to show you that it is possible to make money from your blog, first and foremost.
  •  Public accountability will be an excellent motivator for both of us (you and me)
  •  I want to be as open and honest as I possibly can be about blogging, as it’s May and there has been a dip in income this month due to a week off in April. It’s not all plain sailing. But if you have the energy and motivation, starting a blog is absolutely worth it.

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Apply These Not So Secret Techniques To Increase Your Affiliate Marketing Income

If you’re here, it’s quite likely that you’re a beginner to affiliate marketing, or that you’re familiar with affiliate marketing but your earnings are less than impressive.

Affiliate marketing is so much more than just link dropping (adding links to text within posts). Trust me, I know. It was a hard learning curve. People don’t just randomly click on links anymore. Some do, but they’re not compelled to buy.

 

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20 Mistakes You Could Be Making When You’re Setting Goals


20 Mistakes You Could Be Making When You’re Setting Goals

The title of this post promises so much doesn’t it? Well, guess what, it’s all possible. I’m here to help with goal setting.
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“If you dream it, you can achieve it.” – Zig Ziglar

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If you dream it then you can achieve it. Motivational Poster for Work! Learn how to set goals properly and avoid these mistakes.
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(Does anyone else finish “if you can dream it” with a rather famous R Kelly song? I did. That shows how cultured I am. I’m all about Space Jam)
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Do not be afraid to dream big!
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I’m a dreamer, always have been and always will be.
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I am constantly thinking of ideas and I have notebooks full of craft project ideas and blog posts.
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How do I figure out which ones to pursue?
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I ask why.
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Why am I doing this and how does it get me closer to my end goal?
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Of course, I don’t always do things because they’re moving me towards a specific goal.
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Look for the Answer inside your question - Rumi Quote. Learn how to set smarter goals for your business and not make any of these mistakes when it comes to setting goals.
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“Look for the answer inside your question” – Rumi

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Let’s begin with the goal setting mistakes you could be making:

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1. You don’t ask why you’re setting a goal

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Meditating, journaling and yoga make me happy. They’re good for my mental health, which in turn is good to keep me on track to achieve goals in other areas of my life.
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When you set a goal, think about the end goal and why you want to achieve it.
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2. You don’t set goals That Excite Or Motivate you

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If your goal is to go to the Bahamas, but it means you have to work longer hours in a crappy job, what should you do?
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Get a stunning picture of the Bahamas and set it as wallpaper on all your electronics.
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Print out a stock photo of the Bahamas.
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What do you need to get to the Bahamas?
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Answer: More money.

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How do you get more money?
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Is your goal to quit that crapola job and work from home?
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Take some time to meditate or at least relax and visualise how you want your future to look.
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Do you want to have a fantastic home office?
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Space where you are constantly motivated and happy to be in?
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Find some amazing craft rooms and post them up on your walls to remind you, that is where you want to be.
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Remember that you are 100% more likely to achieve your goal if you are really excited about the outcome. (Full disclosure, I completely made that percentage up. But I believe it! Is that enough?!)
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Napoleon Hill Quote - Learn how to set smarter goals for your business and not make any of these mistakes when it comes to setting goals.
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“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

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3. You don’t break your goals down into actionable steps (short term goals)

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If you apply a timeframe to your action steps, then you’re flying sunshine!
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The more detailed your actionable steps are, the more likely you are to be successful.
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Not setting actionable steps means that you are simply going to fail.
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Set actionable steps/short term goals that will help you reach your big goal.
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4. You don’t accept that failure is possible

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The truth is, if you don’t set the steps above and accept that you might fail, you are going to be so disappointed.
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For example; people who think that new years resolutions don’t work.
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The reason they don’t work is that people treat it as a wish list more than a “goals they will actually achieve” list.
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You may have guessed by now, but I’m a #goalgetter.
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I set goals every quarter.
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Then I review said goals at the end of every quarter.
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Reassess and adjust my goals accordingly.
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5. Don’t set a time frame to complete their goals.

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If your goal is to start a blog and start earning money within three months, that gives you 12 weeks to plan.
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Download your free blog planner right here or sign up and start your blog in seven days! Or… Three weeks.
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It is entirely possible to do that.
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I did it with this very blog.
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It was my goal in January to start this blog, fill it with content and launch it before the end of the first quarter.
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Done.
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Now it’s time to set goals for the next quarter that will be reviewed at the end of the four months.
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6. You don’t write your goals down.

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It baffles me how people expect to achieve anything when it isn’t written down and visible.
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If something isn’t in front of me and I’m not reminded of it, I forget all about it.
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Sometimes my home office is more like a scene from Memento, but that’s because I struggle with memory problems due to chronic medical conditions (you can read all about them right here).
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Despite my memory problems, my medical conditions and my disability I am still crushing goals.
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So why the fudge aren’t you?
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If I can do it, you certainly can.
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7. You Make Too Many Goals

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Have you ever written a list of goals you’d love to achieve and it ends up looking like a grocery list?
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I’ve done that.
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And instantly felt overwhelmed.
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At that stage, I wouldn’t be surprised if you abandoned your list altogether.
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But it’s okay, it’s just a starting off point.
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8. You don’t prioritise your goals

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At the grocery list stage, you want to determine which of your goals are most important.
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To do this, you need to go back to step one and ask why.
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Why are you setting your goal?
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What is your overall goal?
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Is it to make more money?
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Then your first goal should be to do whatever will make you the most money immediately. And organise from there.
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I find that at this stage, it is best to make a priorities matrix.
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I use a huge poster board like this, and these multicoloured neon post-its,washi tape and a sharpie.
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9. You haven’t figured out how to measure your goal

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What does success mean in relation to the goal you want to set?
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Is your goal to have a blog, with content, ready to launch?
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Is it having your first 1k in blog traffic?
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You need to figure out what will equal success.
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