Today I’m way off the Amazon FBA topic… but I have to get this off my chest – It’s that important.
First – I want to explain where I got the “idea” that I needed to share:
I read two things – back to back – just a few minutes ago. Each of them separately wouldn’t have made an impact – but together they are something powerful. Hit you in the gut and smack you on the head Powerful!
I want you to look at both of them – they won’t take but a few minutes of your time.
1. Tiffany Dow blog post today is fairly long – but right at the bottom (and in the video) she says this:
One thing I did want to mention – I saw a lot of OVERachiever posts rather than lightweight posts for the 2012 commitment. Some people making 1 blog per day, and they didn’t say they were selling them, so I wonder how you manage 365 blogs with a personal touch. Others had so many tasks I got tired myself just reading them! So make sure you’re not overdoing it. Only YOU know what you can do and perhaps that WAS the minimum for you, but I just want you to do the basics and everything else will be gravy on top!
2. DIY Themes blog post: What’s Your “Reason Why?” (If you don’t have one, you’re toast):
Take a hard look at your blog or business.
Why should people do business with you instead of your competitor?
What do you offer that your competitors don’t?
What can people get from you that they can’t get anywhere else? What’s your “reason why?”
If you don’t have one, you’re doomed.
Think about the BIG picture
When you are reading the above… think about the BIG picture of your business. Don’t think about just ONE part. Then – think about each part of your business (down to the tiny details).
I had a huge case of Overwhelm – I’m just Done – this past year. Too many blogs, income streams, to-do lists etc. After so many years of being “latched” to my computer – I found myself loosing ground on the “Why” I was working for myself instead of having a J.O.B.
The reason I am self-employed is – NOT just because I want/need to make money (why else are we working?). It’s to help provide an income so my hubby can stop working so hard and we can enjoy our “senior” years together. I know – it’s still about making money, but I want you to think about WHY you need the money.
I’m not talking about the idea that you NEED to put food on the table, pay the light bill or get out of debt. Those are “anxious” reasons and you could do a ton of things to make money for those reasons.
I’m talking about WHY do you want to be self-employed and work from home? Why? What is it deep inside that drives you?
Now – Think About The Parts
You know that every year (usually twice a year) I “think” about my business “Parts”… and do a clean up / clean out of income streams that don’t make sense.
In short – In the past I looked at every single “Part” and analyzed it to death. Picked at it like a scab.
This year I just didn’t have the energy to do that… so I just sat back and looked at all the parts “emotionally”. Was I excited about something within those parts? Did they make me proud or happy? etc.
I know – this is not a “real” business plan… It’s just life talking to me.
I had to take the emotional part – AND – look at it as a “cold hard facts”. Not easy to do!
I talked about this in length here: Dump The Bath Water and Keep The Babies
I’m still in the process of the Big Cuts. Today I started thinking (again) about the WHY of each of those parts of my business I want to keep or slash.
Do You Have Too Much On Your Plate?
Do you have 10 – 20 – or over 100 blogs you are trying to juggle? Why? Many of us wanted to “capture” our piece of internet real estate and earn money from each of them.
Do you have an Amazon FBA business that is filled with “so-so” inventory – are you going after the quick nickle instead of the slow dime?
Do you have Information Products that you sell – and those products are outdated or just not that “good”?
Do you have a PLR income stream that is all set up (on several blogs) and yet you can’t “make” yourself market it or add new packs on a regular basis?
You may have several (many several) other income streams that are not making enough money to keep them – and yet if you could just find the time you know they would be little gold mines?
You guessed it… these are all on my plate – and more. I’m still working on “dumping” the stuff I do that is “working harder – not smarter”… or at least working on “the good stuff”.
Not to Big And Not to Small
Everyone and every business is different. I want mine to be filled with the things I love to do… and am happy to work on – Often. I want a business that is Big enough (in all it’s parts and pieces) to fulfill my “Why”… and not one bit more.
I “Need” to feel that I can “get ‘er all done” without working like a dog every day for hours and hours.
I want my “to-do” list to be as short/sweet as possible.
How about you… do you have your “Why” figured out?
“The money is made in the sourcing, not the shipping”… Always Be Sourcing!
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