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Avoid Eyestrain When Working on your Online Business Startup

When you’re working on your online business startup, you’ll often be in front of a computer screen. Then again, you can’t help it, since doing business online is the standard today. Whether you like it or not, you will have to spend time facing a screen.

However, this can be a problem, especially when you’re also facing a screen for nearly eight hours a day for your day job. Too much time glancing at a computer display can strain your eyes. Left unchecked, this can damage your vision in the long term.

Remember to take care of your eyes with these three simple techniques.

Look away from the screen every 20 minutes.

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A major cause of eyestrain is when your eyes focus on only the monitor – and nothing else – for a really long time. To give your vision some rest, make it a habit to look away from the computer every 20 minutes. Glance at something farther – say 20 feet away – for about 20 seconds. Afterwards, you may get back to work on screen.



Cover windows to reduce glare.

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Reflections of windows and walls can also hurt your eyes whilst working in front of a computer. They are distracting and would compete with the things your eyes want to focus on. To avoid this, shut the curtains or close the blinds. With less light reflecting off the glass of your monitor, you can eliminate glare.

Don’t forget to blink.

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When you’re concentrating on a task in front of a screen, chances are you would neglect blinking. Later on, you’d probably notice your eyes feeling dry. Which is why you should not forget to blink – it rehydrates the eyes. Dry eyes can hurt, so blink away to keep them moist.



Your eyes are very important assets, so it’s always wise to take good care of them. These simple steps can be a big help already. Your eyes will stay healthier, and your vision will stay clear for longer.


 

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How the Pomodoro Technique ‘Hacks’ your Brain to be More Productive

In our modern world, there are so many things that can distract you. Social media notifications, email, instant messages, sudden phone calls, you name it. Not to mention the more important things that you need to get done. The stuff that compete for your attention all at once can seriously steal away much productivity.

Thankfully, there is a nifty little brain hack that can help you out. It’s called the Pomodoro technique.

The Pomodoro technique forces you to deliberately focus on one task.

It’s always tempting to accomplish everything on your to-do list as fast as you can. Normally, you would resort to multitasking to get everything done. However, this would only distract your brain constantly, making you even less productive.



But the Pomodoro technique forces you to work on just one task for a given block of time. During that phase, it would be quite easy to push aside other tasks in favour of focusing on one.

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It also helps you to avoid burnout.

The technique also includes regular breaks in between time blocks, helping you to avoid stressing your body and mind out too much. Also, anticipating these breaks is a great motivation to help you finish your tasks faster.



The breaks also run on scheduled times so that you don’t overstep the bounds. We all know how tempting it is to extend a break for ‘just another minute’.

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The technique is as easy as five steps.

Just follow the infographic below, and you’ll be on your way to surprisingly scaled-up productivity levels!

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Every 25 minute time block is called a pomodoro. It’s also recommended that after four pomodoros, take a longer break of 15 minutes. That way, your mind will be well-rested for the next sprints of focused work.

 

If you are interested in creating an online business startup but have no clue where to start, you should download my FREE EBOOK below to get a list of small business ideas that you can later try out.

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Why work from home for someone else? When you could work for yourself?

Why work from home for someone else? When you could work for yourself?

Work for yourself, aka – your own home base business.

 

There’s a stack of home based business opportunities available. It’s very easy to find a work from home  business provided you know how….

 

1 – Start with yourself

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Okay, so you either have a lot of skills in a particular industry because you have worked in that industry a long time, or you have a hobby or pastime that you really enjoy and that you’re very good at. Or You know a lot about a subject simply because you have researched and learnt a lot about it. What subjects do you get excited about talking with your friends? What do people come to you for input or advice on? All these things will help to shape the ideas for your own home based business.

 

2 – Is there profit in any of my ideas?

 

So, take a look at that list of ideas; what on that list has the opportunity for you to start to build a business around? Don’t rule anything out at this stage, don’t prejudge or dismiss any opportunities that are the list, just because there’s already existing businesses doesn’t mean you can’t start one.

 

3 – How much will this cost me to start?

 

Some of your ideas may be cost prohibitive to start; perhaps some ideas require equipment you don’t yet have and would need to invest in. You certainly don’t want to take a loan out to start a home based business, always best to start small before investing in new capital equipment. Can you reuse any equipment in your house to avoid any expense? Maybe that ‘old’ cell phone, laptop, tool bench, kitchen? Think outside the box, be creative.

 

4 – Am I committed to work from home?

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You should have a short list now of possible home based business ideas. Now’s the time to purge the list, but not too violently.

 

Before we strikethrough any idea, take a look at the ones that appeal the most to you, again don’t prejudge or disregard any both them yet. This is the question on you; ask yourself this question for each one on the list:

 

This idea – am I committed to making a successful business from this, will I do what it takes, will I put real effort in to making a success, will I be prepared to sacrifice time and exercise delayed gratification to become successful?

 

Okay, now that you have done that for each of the business ideas, strikethrough the ideas you wouldn’t be committed to see through.

 

And now what’s next?

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Well I am going to make a drink, I’ll let you know what you should do with your shortlist of committed business ideas in my next article.

 

If you would like some coaching to get you started, I have partnered with a very successful online entrepreneur to provide an entry level coaching course, to start your own online business. You can take a look here

 

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60 Day Challenge using the Online Marketing Classroom Coaching and Tuition

60 Day Challenge using the Online Marketing Classroom Coaching and Tuition

Happy Sunday everyone,

We are now almost halfway, 28 days to be precise, into the 60 Day Challenge using the Online Marketing Classroom coaching and tuition.

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If this is your first view of the diary of Mind Your Own Business I recommend you go back over the earlier emails in this series to follow the progress thus far.

 

We now have our shop live on the shopify platform and our FB business page set up to start creating content, run ads and drive traffic.

 

You can see the latest progress here: https://gamingedge.co

 

So what have we done in week 4?

 

Well, from the outside looking in, you won’t see very much (if any) change to the site or the Facebook page, that’s because we have set up the customer support portal, created an image for our Facebook ad using free image design software recommended by the Online Marketing Classroom course presenters.

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In addition we have searched and identified the best suppliers for our product niche and created the sales channels to our store!

 

The store and Facebook pages are live now and our next steps is to start to drive traffic to the store.

 

Now all that might sound complicated if you’ve never built a store before, but I can assure you the Online Marketing Classroom coaching is excellent and very easy to follow.

 

Next week is week 5 of the 60 Day Challenge course, we are going to start to set up and run ads and learn how to process the sales and to scale up as the volume of sales increases.

 

Remember if you want to learn more about the product support I’ve subscribed to, then click on the links below to watch a free webinar, alternatively visit the product home page for an overview of the programme itself.

 

Fee webinar here: http://bit.ly/myobwbnar

 

Home Page here: http://bit.ly/1kmyob

 

For passiveschool: http://bit.ly/mbtcoach

 

eStore Shopify affiliate link: http://bit.ly/myobshop

 

If you’re working to a tight budget but would still like to get some coaching to get you started, I have partnered with a very successful online entrepreneur to provide an entry level coaching course, you can take a look here

 

Until next time, thanks for reading.

 

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8 Tests To Your Perfect Niche

8 Tests To Your Perfect Niche

Hello again,

 

Did you miss me? I missed you, that’s why I’m back in touch!

 

I left you hanging a bit last time, niche finding – remember?

 

As I said, yes, by all means, build your business around something you are passionate about, there’s a big advantage in building a business around your passion.

You already have a built in motivation to get up and at ‘em in the morning, because you love your subject matter.

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Which is great, as I pointed out before, but how do you know if your passion is in a niche that has a demand ( we call it ‘a hungry crowd’)?

 

Well, here’s 8 tests you can do to research if your niche has sufficient demand to build a successful business.

 

1 – Is there enough other people as passionate about your subject (aka niche) as you are?

This is fairly easy to do, go to your favourite search engine and enter a few words and phrases (one at a time, obviously – lol), then filter using time and select ‘past year’ have a look at the search results and make a note of the number of search results come back for those words and phrases. You want millions of return search result volumes.

 

2 – Is there competition for your niche?

There’s a number of free keyword research tools that can tell you how much competition there is in a niche over a period of time.  Remember competition is good! You don’t want to have ‘High volumes of competition but any niche with medium competition means you have a good chance of making a viable business.

 

3 – Go deep!

Eh? WTF are you on about now? Go deep means to go more specialised in your niche, if you’re into video games, maybe go and research just PS4 games and products as a niche. If you like fishing, think about researching just sea fishing, fly fishing, I think you get the idea.

 

4 – Who’s talking about it?

You can check out forum search lists for the volumes and age of topics around your niche, the higher and more current the better.

 

5 – How many problems are there in your chosen niche and can you find better, unusual, new ways to help solve them?

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6 – Can you make your own product (eventually) or will you only ever be able to sell other people’s products?

This is much more the case with physical products, but if you find a niche that has digital product opportunities, then there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t create and promote your own.

 

7 – Are you passionate about this niche (or sub-niche – remember going deep)?

It’s not enough to be interested in a niche if you want to be able to run a successful business in that niche, you have to be committed.

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8 – If you don’t know where to start – just start.

Take your passion, create a blog page, join forums, post and tweet about your subject, see what interaction there is, what kind of videos are available. Just this action alone will start to make you think more creatively about your possible profitable niche.

 

I hope you’ve found this of interest and that you’ll go forward in your search for a successful online business.

You can start here at Passive School.

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The Surprising Power of Monotasking

These days, technology is an essential part of any kind of work. Whether you work in an office, out in the field, or have your own online business startup, you would likely use a computer, tablet, or phone.

That isn’t to say technology is a bad thing. These modern tools are indeed helpful, but there is an unintended consequence – multitasking. We have developed this tendency to switch from doing one thing to another thing on a whim.

Multitasking tricks you into thinking you’re more productive.

In reality, it’s all in your mind. It’s an illusion. What really happens is this: switching from one task to another and back, over and over again. It does not accelerate your workflow, and neither does it give you more time.



If anything, multitasking is effective in stressing you out. You’re working on something, and suddenly your brain is flooded with distracting thoughts about your other small business ideas. You then switch to another task, but the thought of the other task being incomplete still bothers you. You’d then switch back to the previous task, and so on. It then becomes a vicious cycle of mental stress.

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It makes you accomplish less.

Yes, it does make you feel you are doing more because you take on more tasks at once. But at the end of the day, many of those tasks remain unfinished. More so because of the mental stress. Therefore, you weren’t really productive. You just started off a lot of tasks without completing them. Your small business ideas just went to waste.



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Instead, try monotasking.

The human brain is designed to focus on one task at a time. Because of that, we all perform best when we do exactly that. When your mind is putting all its attention on completing just one thing, there is less stress. There are fewer distracting thoughts. Your mind, being more relaxed and determined, will allow you to complete the task faster than when you multitask.

Try it yourself; you’ll end up ticking off more items from your daily to-do list this way.

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How to find your niche that will keep you motivated?

How to find your niche that will keep you motivated?

In the good old days, actually not that long ago, but even a year’s a long time in the online world you know.

 

Anyway, the gooroos used to recommend that you should build your business, whether that’s online or a traditional brick-and-mortar business, around your passion. ‘Follow your passion’ they’d say..

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Which is great, if you have a passion for public speaking, or sales and marketing, or social media, or online gaming – all these ‘passions’ have a massive following – millions of people are interested in these subjects and if you have a great passion for them, you can find a niche within a niche for yourself.

If you’d like to skip reading and want to know how you can start, click here.  But if I were you, try to read along. 🙂 

But what if you like something more quirky, maybe ‘trainspotting’ for example.

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Now I am not for one minute knocking people who have a passion for the subject.

However, if you were thinking of starting a business with transporting as a niche, you would very likely go broke and lose a lot of time, energy and motivation.


You might be passionate to drive forward with your transporting business, but there is such a small market of interested people that it’s impossible to sell to them and create a sustainable long lasting business, even online.

 

So, I suggest you can follow your passion when researching your niche business, but make sure you do the right research before you decide to embark on that niche.

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There are a few simple steps you can do to complete the research needed to see whether the niche has longevity.

 

Check my next article for that piece of information.

 

If you would like some coaching to get you started, I have partnered with a very successful online entrepreneur to provide an entry-level coaching course, you can take a look here

 

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Always Make Time For Your Small Business Ideas

If the first step to starting your own business is a great idea, the next steps involve discipline and consistency. An idea stays that way unless there’s execution. As Casey Neistat and Gary Vaynerchuk have said, ideas are easy but execution is the hard part. Your small business ideas will not become reality if you don’t intentionally dedicate time to it.

Consistency is key.

An online business startup does not become a blockbuster hit overnight. Much like a plant, you need to water it every day to make it grow. If you stop watering it, the plant dies out.

Certainly, your goal is to make your business grow. In order to achieve that, you have to put in the work every single day, no matter how you feel about it. Do the work anyway, and later on, small victories will reward you.

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Find a good time every day.

For most people, this would be after office hours, which is 5pm onwards. Set a definite time period each day, for example 6-9pm. You can put in more or fewer hours; it’s up to your level of determination. If you want to do it right after you exit your day job each day, that’s good too. What’s important is to find a time when you are most productive outside of your day job.

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Focus that time solely for executing on your small business ideas.

With so much content competing for our attention, it’s so easy to get distracted. During your set time, drown out all that noise. Put your phone on “do not disturb” for a few hours. Focus on what you have planned to do for the day. Take those small business ideas you have on paper, and make them happen. After your designated time, you can always reward yourself with your favourite distractions.

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Small Business Ideas: You need a coach or a mentor

Small Business Ideas: You need a coach or a mentor

Hey everybody – having a great day?

 

Now, there’s an old saying I drag out from time to time and it’s this…

 

‘Those that can – DO, those that can’t TEACH, those that INSPIRE you – mentor!

 

The easiest way to describe a mentor is someone who you admire, inspires you would be a role model for you. It’s possible to have several mentors and have never met any one of them. HINT: if you do have mentors (who are alive) you should think about including a goal of actually meeting them.

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I have several mentors, some are people I have worked with, some are friends and some I’ve not met yet. Each one brings different qualities to my life and inspire me and encourage me in different ways. They also provide wisdom and experience.

 

I’ve also been told that I inspire other people too, in different ways and at different levels of course, but mentor nonetheless.

 

Does that make me a great person – hell NO! No one’s perfect, but that shouldn’t stop you trying.

 

EVERY successful person has mentors, every successful person has a coach – some even several.

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So people say to me – ‘a coach is just a teacher anyway, so by your rule a teacher can’t do what he teaches, so neither can a coach’ My response to that is..

 

A teacher passes on the facts and knowledge of his subject matter that he/she has studied for and learned, not by doing or having done the subject that they teach.

Now that’s obvious in subjects such as history (it’s very unlikely a history teacher will have ‘done’ anything indirect relation to the subject). But, some subjects do lend themselves to teachers with experience who have done what they are now teaching. These teachers are almost certainly going to be coaches even though they are  categorised as teachers in the education system.



 

You can spot the difference; a teacher focuses on him/herself – it’s about delivering the subject matter and the student must learn it. A coach focuses on the success of the student; the coach will lead through experience, setting tasks, leading by example, learning by doing.

 

I do coach from time to time, I never teach. I also have coaches depending on what skills I need to improve on. As like a mentor, these can be real physical relationships or through virtual contact, through online courses or video calls.

 

If you two want to be successful you should look at the skills you want to improve on and decide which one(s) to work on first, then get a coach who can help.

 

If you’re looking to start your first online business and want to do it on a budget, I’ve partnered with a very successful online entrepreneur, follow the link here ( http://bit.ly/mbtcoach ) and take a look.

 

Until next time.



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A Simple Trick to Avoid Being Overwhelmed by Your Big Goals

Goal setting is one very valuable first step to starting your own business. It gives you an idea what you want to achieve, as well as when you want to achieve them. Goals are what drive the growth of your online business startup, and they are what keep you going despite the hurdles.

At first, setting goals is a really exciting prospect, so you would tend to go for big, long-term goals immediately. For example, earn £100,000 per month after a year. While it has the answers to “what” and “when”, the goal just seems to lofty. As of the moment, it sounds unreachable.

What should you do?

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Break down your big goals into smaller ones.

That keeps yourself on track with your small business ideas. Big goals tend to overwhelm you, but smaller, easily-achievable ones offer a sigh of relief. To use a food analogy, bite-sized cuts of steak are much easier to eat than one big T-bone.

To use the “£100,000 per month after a year” example, you may set a smaller goal for the first month, like “have two new signups per day to my newsletter”. These leads may turn into sales, which in turn would bring profits. The next month, you could adjust this into a bigger number, and a much bigger number two months after, and so on.

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Make goals that you can attain daily.

Notice that the small goal above includes the words “per day”. With that, you can turn it into a regular part of your daily to-do list. At the end of the day, you can check it off along with the other tasks you have done. Doing this is a neat psychological trick that makes you feel more productive. Also, daily goals are not burdensome. Rather, they are very achievable, and so they won’t cause you much stress.



Watch as you get closer to hitting your big goals.

If you are consistent in meeting the small, daily goals, the law of compounding takes over. Next thing you know, your online business startup is already hitting £100,000 per month. The best part about this is you won’t even notice. Why? You are too focused on achieving your small daily goals. An added effect is you tend to forget about the stress brought about by the big, lofty goal.

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If you are interested in creating an online business startup but have no clue where to start, you should download my FREE EBOOK below to get a list of small business ideas that you can later try out.