Here are three things that could be blocking success in your home business.
As a coach, I often have to get tough with my clients and tell them it’s time to get real about what’s going on in their business. Or more specifically it’s time to get real about how they are running their business.
I see these three things come up time and time again and I’ll be straight with you, I’ve done all three of these things and they can serve as serious blocks in your home business.
Eliminate them, or at the very least be aware of them and work toward eliminating them from your business life and you’ll vastly increase the success of your business.
3 things that could be blocking success in your home business
Note: These issues come up time and time again. Be honest with yourself as you read through. Could any of these be blocking you from the business success that you want?
If you feel that any of these things could be blocking success for you, acknowledge it and take action to eliminate it.
Often just being aware is enough to cause a big change.
Success Block One: Too many non-work treats and distractions
Too many non-work treats and distractions are often the biggest culprits when it comes to success blocks.
In your home business, you don’t have someone keeping an eye on you, making sure you’re putting the time in and more importantly getting the work done.
A quick coffee with friends, a couple of hours here and there doing house chores or popping out shopping soon add up. We all love the flexibility of setting our own hours, but you do need to make sure that you’re consistently taking action to move your business forward.
I’ve had clients tell me they work a 40+ hour week and when they actually monitored their work time it’s been less than 10 hours and not all of that was productive work.
Be absolutely honest with yourself about how you’re spending your time.
Try this: For the next month, set your work time and say “NO” to all non-work treats that take you away from your work.
Success Block Two: Not prioritizing the important tasks
Without anyone to tell you what to do when it’s easy to spend your working time doing the wrong things. Small, easy tasks that don’t really have an impact on your business.
Maybe that’s two hours a day on social media rather than picking up the phone and phoning a potential client, or going out and knocking on doors, or going to a networking event where you can connect with people who can help you.
Only you will know what is really important in your business. You need to get clear about what these things are and prioritize them every working day.
If you haven’t got it yet, grab your FREE copy of the Ideal Business Workbook, this will help you get real clarity in your business.
And also read 3 Productivity Tips for the Home Business Owner
Success Block Three: A lack of confidence
Are you suffering from a lack of business? Either in yourself or in the business.
I see this a lot. Often when people are doing the low importance tasks in their business, it comes down to a lack of confidence. Let me give you a couple of examples.
Jane has set up a very local business and needs to connect with local businesses, her time would be well spent attending lots of local networking events and also contacting local businesses directly, ideally by arranging a one to one meeting, instead she focuses on social media only and places a small add in the local paper.
She’s not getting the results she needs but she doesn’t feel confident enough to go out and connect with people in person.
Sarah has just started her own networking business, her mentor has advised her to contact 3 people every day about the business opportunity and give out 2 trial packs for the products every week to gain customer sales. Sarah lacks the confidence. She believes in the business and the product but actually going to speak to people terrifies her, so other than a few close family members and a couple of close friends, she doesn’t tell anyone else about the business or products.
If you can relate to these scenarios it’s now essential for the success of your business that you focus on improving your confidence.
A good post here on the blog to read is 6 Tips to boost your confidence
Let’s do a recap
If you’re not yet getting the success you want in your home business, examine your business and see if any of the three blocks could be relevant to you.
- Are you spending too much time on non-work treats or allowing distractions to take up your time? If you are, give yourself 1 month of absolutely no Non-work treats and see what a difference it makes.
- Do you focus on things that are not very important in your business? Download and work through the Ideal Business Workbook to get clear about your ideal life and business, then decide on your priority goals – Do these first.
- Is a lack of confidence holding you back in your business? Read 6 Tips to Boost Your Confidence – There’s lots of help available to further boost your confidence.
I know that you really want your business to be successful. Be honest with yourself and if you spot that any of these things could be success blocks for you, take action now to deal with them.
You’ll be pleased you did.