Examining The Benefits Of Starting A Home Business

“I wish I could leave my job and just work for myself.” This is something people are always saying (and even most of those who are not saying this are often feeling this way!), but as much as people tend to dream of a life in which they work for their self, from the comfort of their own home, this is nevertheless something many people never end up actually pursuing. Perhaps some end up never pursuing it because they are not sure if it is “right for them.” Perhaps some never make the effort to pursue it because they simply think “it will be too hard.” The truth, however, is that starting a home business (and enjoying the sort of financial freedom and flexibility of a schedule that you have never had before!) is absolutely “for everyone,” and – with the right resources – it is absolutely not “too hard.” We’ll touch on those elements a bit more at the end of this article, but first, I want to show you some of the benefits of starting a home business, in order for you to truly be ready and willing to take the steps it will require to get you from “here” to “there.”

1) Freedom of schedule: Think about it like this: most of us work at least 40 hours every single week (which does not even include our commute to and from work), and this means that there are 40 hours in every single week during which someone else is telling us to be at a specific place at a specific time. Those who have made a decision to start a home business are often those who have taken the time to ask themselves the following question: “What would my life be like if this were not the case – if I were not shackled to this job, and to this strict schedule someone else is making me keep?”

2) Higher financial ceiling: On top of having more freedom in your schedule when starting a home business, you will also quickly reach a place where you have more freedom to actually do things with this extra time you have – the sorts of things you would never have had the time or financial flexibility to do before (such as traveling places you want to travel, or enjoying leisure activities you would not have been able to afford before), as your financial ceiling will be far higher than it ever was before when your income was directly tied to the number of hours you worked.

3) Far more rewarding: A great number of people think of “getting rich” without ever pausing to think of “leading a rich life.” The truth, however, is this: money is not what makes your life “rich”; instead, you need to lead a life in which you are doing the things you truly enjoy, as only this will make you feel like your life itself is “rich.” By starting your own home business, you will be able to lead a truly “rich life” – having more time for the things in your life that matter, and having more money to be able to enjoy these things.

4) Enables you to help others: Ultimately, life is not simply about our own selves, but is also about helping others; once you arrive at a place where you are successful with your home-based business – and you are enjoying all the home-based business benefits that come with this – you will be able to start helping others to do the same, which may be the most rewarding aspect of all!

If you are wanting to learn more about how a home business is “for everyone,” or if you are wanting to discover just how easy it can be to get started with your own home business, and to start enjoying the benefits that come with this, feel free to stop by and see me at markfordsblog.com today!

Small Business Tips: Are You a Good Listener?

4 Skills to Hone to Become a Great Listener

Everyone likes to believe what they have to say is important – when someone makes the effort to share their thoughts they want to believe that the person they are speaking to is listening. While we may believe we are good listeners, chances are we are too distracted to give our undivided attention. Even worse, many people pretend to listen, simply waiting for their chance to jump into the conversation.

Active listening is an important aspect of being a great leader both in business and in other areas of our lives. These individuals understand that other want to be heard and understood. But, becoming a great listener is not as hard as it may seem – by practicing these five important skills, it is possible to become a great listener and a great leader sooner than you would image.

Be “in the Moment”

It is very important to focus your mental awareness on the individual you are listening to in order to truly grasp and understand what they are sharing with you. Pushing distractions aside and giving the individual the gift of your undivided attention is key. For some, this may mean turning off the computer screen, turning the smartphone away, and putting away the magazine or book. Make sure to keep eye contact with the individual and portray a neutral, pleasant expression that is inviting to their ideas.

Turn Down the Internal Analyzer

Everyone begins to internally analyze a conversation while it is happening. This can easily take over your brain, making it impossible truly hear what is being said while you have your own internal dialogue. Remember, there will be plenty of time after the conversation is over for you to analyze it – make sure you spend the time you have with the other individual listening to what they have to say or how they feel. There is nothing wrong with note taking if you are afraid of forgetting information.

Repeat the Information Back in Your Own Words

When the opportunity is appropriate, repeat back to the individual what you heard him or her say. In some cases, what the individual says, and how you interpret it can be two different things. An example of this is, after an individual has expressed their concern for a lack of security in the building, you say, “So you are most concerned about the possibility of a security breech in the building. Is that correct?” This will not only make sure you understand their concerns but also show them you are truly listening.


After the conversation has concluded, determine with the individual whether a follow-up conversation should take place. This type of “check-in” will let the individual know your concerns about what was shared and will help them to determine the relevancy of what was shared to your needs. Also, make sure to share your appreciation with the individual for coming to speak with you and let them know that you found the conversation to be interesting and meaningful.