I’ve been revamping a new product. The process should be straight forward, but it’s not. Getting this product ready for market not only requires rewriting the content, but creating a new webpage with a new order button. I can’t add the order button until I add the product to my payment processor. I can’t add the product to my payment processor until I create a “thank you” page. Fortunately, I’ve done this before, so I know the process. But for someone new, creating a plan can be more difficult if they don’t know all the steps. I think this is why so many people flounder; they don’t know what to do or the next step once they get started. That’s why planning is so important. It can keep you focused and on track. Here are tips to create your work-at-home plan.
1) Identify what needs to happen for your goal to manifest. Research what it takes to put your work-at-home idea in motion and make a list of the tasks you’d need to follow based on what you learn.
2) Plot out these tasks with your time frame in mind. You have a list, now it’s time to put it in order and on a schedule. For example, in creating my product, I scheduled a due date for the updated content, a date for creating the webpages, and a date for release and promotion. Work your schedule to meet your goal. For example, if you want to be home in six months and need to earn $2000 a month to do that, work backwards to determine how to make the happen. What needs to be done in month one? How many sales need to be made per day, week and month? How many job applications need to go out a day or week?
3) Incorporate your tasks into your daily activity and schedule. The plan only works if you work it. Make sure you follow through by making time every day. If you need to help with finding time, check out 31 Days to Work-At-Home Success Day Five. Working on your plan daily ensures you’re making progress and turns your work-at-home endeavor into a habit.
4) Evaluate the success of your activities and plan every few weeks to make sure you’re on course. It can take time before you see results, but it’s important to track and monitor your effort to ensure you’re doing the activities that will move you towards your goal. Tweak your plan if needed, get rid of activity that doesn’t work, and focus on the tasks that get results.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she’s been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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