I've always said creating a home based business is definitely not for everyone!
And this week proves it. Another seven days have come and gone and I must say that it was a pretty "light" week for me scouting wise.
I've been so busy with other projects that I only went out twice last week. Starting Monday, I'll re-discipline myself to scout daily and stay online selling stuff.
Nevertheless, from two outings I scored 116 books which I listed for $1,465. That's an average sale price of $12.63 each at an average cost of less than $1.75 a piece.
Looked at another way, despite increased competition I still picked up 58 titles each day I was out locating books.
|Often, creating a home based business means doing a lot of grunt work whether you like it or not.|
I've proven over and over that if you're willing to work from home that you have a fantastic opportunity to earn a livable income.
Imagine if I had gone out at least five days. I would have scored 290 listings for a total of $3,623 worth of inventory. See what a little procrastination has cost me -- $2,198 in merchandise just one week!
I can't over emphasize the importance of maintaining the scouting mantra that's explained in great detail in my book, Internet Bookselling Made Easy!:
1. Scout daily.
2. List daily.
3. Ship daily.
4. Answer customer correspondence daily.
5. Reprice often.
Drill those simple five little steps into your head and keep them there. They can mean the difference between success and failure when starting a profitable online business.
Whatever your scouting schedule -- stick to it. Even if you're a weekend scouter; scout EVERY weekend!
If you scout just two hours each evening, then scout those two hours no matter what. The economy is still as sluggish as ever and if you want to make ends meet you have to remain disciplined.
Creating a home based business that's making money takes work. I know, I know. Sometimes you just don't feel like hitting the field. It's one of the challenges of working for yourself. Well, to paraphrase the philosophy of author Susan Jeffers, Feel the Pain and Do It Anyway.
Do you want to be successful? Then you must have determination and commitment! To achieve success in working for yourself you have to want it bad enough to endure a bit of discomfort.
If you can't do that, then why are you creating a home based business? Get a 9-5 and be happy. But if you want the brass ring, then you have to live it and love it. I do. Think about that.
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