How to Develop the Winning Mindset of a Successful Home Business Leader

Some say leaders are born, but I know from personal experience with members of home business teams that leaders can be developed.

Ask any military person with experience and you’ll find there is extensive, ongoing leadership training through systematic programs. We’ve all heard of “Boot Camp”. Where the raw recruit gets a first taste of the discipline needed to become a successful soldier, sailor or airman.

There’s a parallel process that needs to take place for the first-time business owner. There are foundational basic skills needed for entrepreneurial success. And the person making a transition from being an employee may not – YET – have these skills.

At first you may feel disoriented or out of your depth when thrown in at the deep end as many business programs do. But after a period of adjustment and training, attention to detail, following direction and focused effort the fog begins to lift and clarity emerges!

In the military you’re not just left to sink or swim. There’s a hierarchy of support and personnel in the organization to help you get in shape for your role.

In a good home business you should expect a similar hierarchy of support from the company, your direct sponsor and other leaders in your organization. For example, my new team member gets direct “fast start” introductory training at the equivalent of our “boot camp”.

With weekly basic, intermediary and advanced level training you can progress and learn the business at your own pace. Just as with any “intake” of new recruits there’s a wide variety of skill levels and application apparent. it does not take long to identify the rising stars from the average Joe or Jane.

So how do you separate yourself from the pack and develop as a leader?

1. Focus – follow the plan laid down by those with a track record of success. Don’t reinvent the wheel and don’t get distracted.

2. Consistency – do something every day to move your business forward. Develop momentum.

3. Understand the “winners edge”. It does not take much to do more than most people do. Make the extra effort.

4. Never quit. Keep at your business despite setbacks. Don’t give up on your dreams and goals.

5. Invest in yourself. Take the time to develop your business and financial skills. Hold on to a positive mental attitude of success.

6. Set yourself measurable stretch goals. An initial goal to earn 2 times your current job salary is a good starting point.

7. Associate with other leaders in your organization, model their success.

3 Easy Tips to Start a Clothes Business Minus the Myths

One myth is that the fashion business requires you to have a fashion degree to be taken seriously as a fashion designer or clothes business owner, is completely false! Yes, it can be advantageous to have a fashion degree but, it is definitely not absolutely necessary. You can create a very successful business without this and go on to become a fashion designer in your own right because of your creative individuality.

Another myth is that you will need to be able to sew, knit or use any of the tools required to create garments. You may even have been led to believe that you will also need to have completed a basic art and design course as well as have sketches and examples of your artistic talents available and ready at hand for examination. Other myths include, that you need to have a sound knowledge of textiles and their uses, and that a bank or lending institution will not take you seriously, if you do not have a fashion degree.

Putting these myths aside, following are three tips to start you on the road to creating a very successful fashion business and what you will actually need to start.

Clothes Business Tip No.1
You need a vision of what you want to achieve in your business before you can even start to put this dream into action. In most cases, a person who is drawn to the fashion industry is someone who is innately artistic and this talent is normally dormant until the time arrives that it becomes an overriding passion to be expressed.

The first thing to do when the vision of designing garments start appearing in your minds eye, is to start sketching or even doodling these designs. Your design could start with just the mental picture of the back of a garment, seeing a particular pleat in your imagination. This vision will grow into the whole skirt and then the jacket to match. Before long, you be looking at alternative jackets and coats, all in your minds eye!

Clothes Business Tip No.2
Once you have your sketches of the designs you want to create ready, your next step would be to have these translated into garments.

To do this, you have a few alternatives. You can either find someone within your family, or circle of friends, who has the skill to do it for you or, you can ask them to find out if they know someone within their own circle of friends who would be able to create the garments for you. Alternatively, you could advertise in the appropriate magazines to find a suitable person to make up your garments.

Clothes Business Tip No.3
Now armed with your designs, you need to find customers because as soon as you have a database of customers and a working history in the fashion market, then you will be looked upon as a good investment by banks or other financial lending companies.

Just by starting with your very first customer, this can lead to many others, through recommendations. Therefore your task is to ensure that each and every customer is completely happy with the garment they have paid for, so that they in turn will pass your details on to their family and friends.

The above three tips will help you to get started with creating a clothes business and hopefully dispel the myths which may have held you back in the past from entering into the fashion business.

Home Based Business – A Revolution in Doing Business

Throughout the years mankind has revolutionized his own creation. From Cathode Ray Tube to LCD, letter writing to e-mail sending, the list goes on. Today in the 21st century a whole new definition of business has been applied and has significantly changed the lives of many people. This new approach to business has contributed millions in revenue within many countries throughout the world, and though discriminated by some, home based businesses have re-established the standards of living for many families.

Home based businesses have been embraced by many due to the autonomy that it gives to be your own boss and set your own working schedules. One is not tied to corporate deadlines and pressures from employees, but with effort and will power, you set the boundaries for your own achievements. This level of flexibility allows one to dedicate time that would originally be spent in traffic jams or beating what many refer to as the ‘rush hour’, to simply invest it with family, self and other aspirations.

Apart from this, one is not limited to just being ‘an employee’. Managing and coordinating a home business requires just as much expertise as running a multi-national company. This may seem like a scary thought, but actually it is as easy as breathing. There is much to be learned from managing a home based business and this knowledge would not normally be acquired if working as a traditional worker. As a result of this, self development, professional satisfaction, creativity and financial security are the many advantages of having a home based business.

There are also exemptions from certain tax payments that a person can enjoy running their own business. While this may vary from country to country, the benefit of this reduces substantially the overhead costs that would generally be attached to operating a business. This eases the burden of having to have a ‘generous’ start up capital.

There are thousands of employees who dedicate years of service and time and have made significant sacrifices to only be appreciated with being shown the door when times get a little tough, sickness, or any other factor perceived as a ‘barrier’ in the corporate world. With little to do or say as an ‘employee’, many lives have been turned upside down.

Why count the pennies and have sleepless nights about whether you will be the next to be fired? Why deny yourself the happiness of having all you want when you want? Why deny your family the possibility of ascension when the answer is simply taking control of your own life?

Do not be just ‘another employee’. Apply your skills and talents in your own business and who knows you may even employ your former boss some day! Take charge of your life and put an end to the forty hour work week of stress and sweat.