Motivating yourself first thing in the morning

Getting motivated and staying focused can be difficult if you work from home.
I find working from home can be very distracting. I have 2 young children which makes thing even more difficult… not to mention the wife asking me to look after the kids while she eats her breakfast!

I find the best way to stay motivated and focused when you first wakeup is to review your goals, eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast and then watch or listen to some motivational videos. This would fire me up first thing in the morning.

You can find some really good inspirational video on youtube.

Running Your Own Amazon Business From Home

Running Your Own Amazon Business From Home
By Elizabeth W Conley

Long before the internet, retail was well established as one of the most competitive industries to enter. The internet has given new entrepreneurs the ability to launch their business with more ease, but it can still be difficult to find a foothold.

Even though there are tens of thousands of retail websites online, a few major brands continue to dominate, much like traditional high street retail. By some distance, Amazon is the largest online retailer of all.

The simple truth is that very few companies will ever be able to compete with Amazon. So why bother? The best thing that you can do if you want to start an online retail business from home is to get involved with the Amazon brand and turn it to your advantage.

Read on to learn the basics of getting up and running with your own Amazon business. You’ll find out that by treating Amazon as an ally, not a rival, you too can start earning a great living from home.

Why Start An Amazon Business?

Understanding how you should sell products in the retail environment means understanding what customers look for when they buy them.

Of course, every customer looks for the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. If you can offer something truly innovative, or enter an existing sector with lower prices, you can certainly attract a large amount of interest in your business.

But this interest is only worthwhile if it turns into revenue. Unfortunately, this means a big leap of confidence for your visitors.

Online security is better than ever, but retail trust is about far more than stolen credit cards. In fact, it can take years for potential customers to learn that you offer good products, you package them well, you dispatch them on time and you follow up with great customer service.

Amazon is the biggest online retailer because it is a brand that customers trust. If you’re selling on Amazon, they’ll trust you too.

How Does Selling On Amazon Work?

First, you need to sign up for a seller account with Amazon. There are two types of account available.

The standard Basic Seller Account is free, and offered to those retailers that sell less than 35 items a month. Products can be listed in up to 20 different categories, and you will simply pay a fee for each product sold. A significant limitation, though, is that you can only sell products that are already for sale on Amazon.

As your business grows, you may want to upgrade to a Pro Seller Account. This type of account is charged at £25 per month, but includes the ability to create new products, and sell them across up to 25 different categories.

For more information on the types of account available, visit

What Can You Sell On Amazon?

As with any retail business, the first step in successful Amazon selling is deciding on your products. Amazon now has categories for just about anything. Generally, you have three types of products that you can sell on Amazon – which one is right for you?

Products That You Make – If you have a great product idea, or even just a talent for creating new things, your products could fill a niche on Amazon. With little or no competition, these kinds of products are potentially lucrative – but it’s incredibly difficult to be original!
Products From Wholesalers – The traditional retail business model, you could source products from wholesalers or manufacturers and sell them with a mark-up on Amazon. But beware – having stock shipped to your home address usually means buying high volumes of stock in advance! If you plan to use this method, consider drop shipping, where stock is dispatched directly from the wholesaler.
Used Goods – From second-hand books to DVDs, many sellers earn a living from reselling used goods. When a customer searches Amazon for a product, they will see your more affordable used version.

The best kind of product for you will depend on your talents, your goals, and the kind of products that you have access too. It’s great advice to simply make a choice – spend less time considering your first products and more time working on promoting your Amazon business.

One Amazon seller, Tedric P, did exactly this. He started out by selling video games and consoles that he would buy from high street retailers that were shutting down their stores. Now, his products cover numerous categories and he is earning 30% more than he was in his full-time job!

Choose Your Preferred Order Fulfilment Method

When you have selected your products, it is time to think about how you will get these products to your customers. Never rush head-first into selling without getting a clear idea of how the entire process will work.

When you start selling on Amazon, you have a range of options for fulfilment. Each has its own advantages and your choice will depend on the kind of products you are selling.

First, you can keep your business in-house and send out products yourself. This adds to your own workload, but in the early days of your work-from-home business is usually the best method. Another great advantage of keeping distribution in-house is that you can retain control of your orders, reduce your costs, and even include promotional materials with your packages.

Alternatively, you could partner with Amazon to have them dispatch orders on your behalf. Fulfilment By Amazon, or FBA, is a service provided by the company that is designed to reduce your workload and improve the experience of customers. If you sign up for FBA, you will be asked to send your inventory of stock to Amazon, who will store it for you. Then, when an order is placed, Amazon take care of sending your products – customers can even combine your products with the rest of their Amazon order, or use services such as Amazon Prime for fast shipping.

Finally, you may be able to reach an agreement with your wholesaler or manufacturer if you have one. Using a process called drop shipping, you can concentrate your attention on promoting products and delivering great customer service. All you need to do is notify the wholesaler or manufacturer when an order has been placed, and they will take care of sending it on your behalf. A drop shipping agreement is also a great way to secure arrangements with wholesalers without buying large quantities of stock in advance.

How To Make Your Amazon Business A Success

Starting your Amazon retail business is easy. Making it successful is not! As with any retail venture, promotion is everything. Amazon includes a number of features to help you promote your products, but there is a lot that you will need to do for yourself. Here are three tips to get you started:

1. Consider How You Write Product Listings

A product description is a difficult thing to write. It must convey useful information while persuading, enticing and attracting your potential customers. As you write, ask yourself what your customers would want to know, and how the product can help them. Does it make them look great? Does it save them time? Write benefits-driven product listings that persuade customers to take action.

2. Encourage Activity Around Your Listings

Take a look at any product available on Amazon and you will see product ratings and reviews. These are vital assets for your work-from-home business.

Ideally, your products will be so good, and your service so amazing, that customers will naturally flock to Amazon to leave a message. But don’t rely on that – always be proactive.

You could email your existing customers to ask for their reviews. You could offer freebies to established bloggers within your sector to encourage them to link to your product and review it. You could even get your friends and family to post reviews themselves. Every review lends credibility to your listing but, more importantly, can lead you to the holy grail of Amazon – The Buy Box.

3. Get In The Buy Box

The real results from Amazon selling come from getting yourself into the Buy Box. This is a complex, almost impossible task, but one that you should always strive for.

The Amazon Buy Box is the big ‘Add To Cart’ button that appears on the right hand side of every product listing. For the average user, it is the only place that they will click when they decide that they are ready to buy. If you sell a product that Amazon themselves offer, they will always remain in the Buy Box. But if you don’t, you should work hard to get yourself there.

Amazon uses a complex algorithm to decide which companies are in the Buy Box, and the details of this have never been revealed. Essentially, there is only one trick – to be the best retailer possible.

Give great service. Send shipments instantly. Use Fulfilment By Amazon so that Amazon can be confident that products will be dispatched correctly. Reduce your prices and be the most competitive seller on the site. By doing all of these things, there is a chance that you could find yourself in this lucrative and in-demand position.

The Secret Of Online Retail With Amazon

All too often, people venture online to find out big secrets about their chosen work-at-home profession. The reality is, though, that there is only one thing that you need to do to create a successful Amazon retail business: do everything that you would do if you opened a high street store.

I opened this article by saying that high street retail was competitive. The internet is exactly the same, if not more competitive. So be discerning with your products, be proactive with your promotion and be unrivalled in your sector. If you can do all of those things, a successful Amazon business is just a matter of time.

Visit Home for Business for more work from home business tips and ideas.

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother of three, PR Consultant and Entrepreneur

Like many women on most days I seem to have to juggle all my roles. On other days just three or four. This is why I founded Homeforbusiness. I recognise what it takes to be a working Mum and how to set up an online business from home with all ‘pulls’ of everyday family life and work.

I have always been entrepreneurial and set up by first corporate communications company, EMA Productions, in my 30s working with big corporate clients such as Texaco, Rank and Boots. Whilst it was challenging and hard work, it was quickly successful. I could focus solely on winning contracts and meeting the clients needs without family distractions and with the support of a fantastic team and office.

I feel very passionate about HomeforBusiness as I believe that lots of people want to create a better work/life balance and work from home, either setting up a new business or working as a freelancer. There are hundreds of genuine opportunities for people but often people do not know how to start. I want HomeforBusiness to empower anyone who wants to work from home profitably. With a panel of guest experts I will share share genuine business opportunities, business ideas, advice on running a business, online marketing, and health and wellbeing tips. I have also put together my favourite free online resources.

Focus on one thing only

Focus on one thing only

With so many opportunities out there it is so easy to get
side tracked and try to chase everything and do everything but the end result
is nothing gets done.

This will result in nothing. You will achieve nothing.

You must focus and do one thing at a time. One project at a
time and nothing else.

What you need to do is to write down a list of all the
opportunities and ideas you are thinking about pursuing.

Get it down onto paper.

Then you must choose ONE opportunity that you should run
with. Give this opportunity or idea your best efforts. Try your best to
complete it. To get results from it.

If it fails you move on. Learn from your mistakes and keep

If it succeeds then push it as hard as you can and see where
it can take you.

The key to success and making money is ACTION.

Information Overload!


I’m trying to grow my information publishing business at the moment and I’m finding information overload a big problem.

There is far too much information out there… this can cause confusion… or even worse stop you in your tracks and never ever start.

There’s so many gurus’ out there wanting your attention, so many product launches and so much you need to learn before you start.
But that’s not the way to do it!

Here’s a plan you should follow if you want to at least begin making some money from your home business:

1. Choose a decent money making system and STICK to it.

2. Unsubscribe yourself from ALL the guru email lists.

3. Turn off Facebook and Skype.

4. Only check your emails once a day.

5. Keep going… at first you won’t succeed but keep at it.

6. Take action… do it and do it NOW!

3. Turn off Facebook and Skype.

4. Only check your emails once a day.

5. Keep going… at first you won’t succeed but keep at it.

6. Take action… do it and do it NOW!

So, what is affiliate marketing?

Here’s a great article i found online that explains what is affiliate marketing in more depth… I will have more regular updates about affiliate marketing because i believe it’s one of the easiest way for anyone to get started online.

So, What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Author: Jon Rhodes

In a nutshell, affiliate marketing is selling or promoting someone else’s product or service in exchange for a payment. You usually do not have to purchase any products in advance, or pay anything out up front. They are nearly always done on the basis of you get paid for performance. Things like stock control, delivery etc. are also not of your concern. The vendor who runs the affiliate programme nearly always deals entirely with this.

There are many types of ways you can get paid as an affiliate marketer. Here’s a few of them…

Pay Per Sale (PPS)

This is by far the most common affiliate programme type. With PPS, a vendor (the producer of the product or service) pays a percentage commission for every sale that is generated due to a publishers referral. So for example I could sign up to sell green widgets, and put a special affiliate link on my blog that goes to the green widget site. If someone clicks on the link on my blog and goes to the green widget site, and buys one, I will be credited with a percentage commission. This is also known as ‘revenue sharing’.

Pay Per Lead (PPL)

This is where an advertiser pays the publisher a commission for every visitor they refer to their site who then performs a desired action, such as filling out a form, creating an account, or signing up for a newsletter. You can therefore get paid without actually generating any sales. Many dating sites for example offer a fee if someone signs up. This is good if your website targets demographics who do not have a lot of money, such as teenagers or teachers!

Pay Per Install (PPI)

This is where advertisers pay a fee for every install of a free application that a publisher drives to them. This is rather like PPL as no sales are needed to earn money.

About 80% of all affiliate programmes are PPS. There are 2 types of PPS products. They are tangible goods and non tangible goods.

Tangible goods

These are goods that are physical in nature. They might be CD’s, DVD’s, books etc. Amazon is a massive vendor that allows affiliates to sell their products. Tangible goods typically have better conversion rates (sales per visitor), as people generally still prefer to buy physical goods. However due to the costs of the physical goods, plus postage and packaging, storage and handling, the percentage commissions are usually much smaller.

Non tangible goods

Non tangible goods or digital goods are goods that are not physical in nature. These might include e book, software downloads, music downloads etc. Non tangible goods have the advantage of almost instant delivery, and no costs associated with postage, packaging etc. Although they don’t convert as well as tangible goods, people are more and more warming to these type of goods, as they are usually far cheaper. Also much larger commissions can be offered to affiliates. It is not unheard of for vendors to offer as much as 75% commission for the sale of these goods. This just cannot be matched with tangible goods due to production costs and delivery. Clickbank is probably the largest network of non tangible goods, and is highly recommended.

Signing up

Most affiliate programmes are relatively simple and free to sign up. It is a great two way relationship whereby both parties (the vendor and the publisher) can collaborate in business with virtually no risk. Since they are usually free to join, publishers have nothing to lose, and potentially a lot to gain. Vendors can also greatly increase their sales without the expenditure of time or money if they get a number of competent publishers on board. The more money the vendors make, the more the publishers make. If you’re thinking about making money online, then I would highly recommend you look into affiliate marketing.

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About the Author

Want to make money online for yourself? Jon Rhodes is an experienced affiliate marketer, and on his blog he shares many of his secrets to affiliate marketing.

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