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Are you really ready to start a Home Based Business?

Just like anything in life, there are many struggles that we have to deal with in a home based business, especially in the beginning. The challenges of dealing with the unexpected and dealing with the things that are outside of your control sometimes get the best of us as human beings. However, establishing a few boundaries will get you started on the right path.

Here are a few things to consider if you are thinking about running your business out of your home.

Establish a routine.

More often than not, the main problem of working from home is procrastination. There are simply too many distractions lying about. Since you do not have a work schedule, you will have to come up with one yourself. Only by implementing a work schedule can you lessen procrastination and thus improve productivity from home. When the time for work comes, the brain can quickly shift into gear and you will feel more inclined to work. Do this everyday and you have yourself a classic work routine where everything that needs to be done is done as second nature.

Tell friends and family that you are on work mode.

Working from home is a relatively new phenomenon that some people still fail to grasp. As such, some friends and family tend to downplay the seriousness of your work. “You are not even in an office” as they often quip. Unfortunately, this does not distractions from friends and family which is bad when you are trying to catch up on a deadline. When this happens, it is best to make them aware that you are working and cannot afford to be distracted. Explain to them that you are not free just because you are at home.

Set-up a home office or a separate space for work.

Working out of your bedroom or in front of the TV is no good especially if you want to be productive. As such, you want to devote a separate space for work to make a distinction between work and play. As much as possible, find a quiet space in your home where there will not be so much distraction. Get all the hardware you need and put it in one convenient place for quick and easy access. Having a home office is best but any spot where you can work quietly is good enough.

Take frequent and short breaks.

Just like working in the office, working at home also requires short breaks in between. Be sure to at least close your eyes for at least five minutes every hour. This reduces the strain caused by staring at the computer all day. You can also try walking around to stretch your legs a bit. Grab a quick snack to help replenish your energy and keep your mind sharp and active. You can even lie down for a while to get your bearing straight. Just be careful not to doze off completely!

Do not burn yourself out.

At the extreme end of procrastination is working your self too hard. Just because you can work 12 to 14 hours in a day does not mean you should. It may be tempting to “do tomorrow’s work today for a free day after” but it must be avoided. Over time, the quality of your work begins to deteriorate resulting in poor results. Working long hours is only bad for productivity. So do yourself a favor and take a break every now and then. Work within your capabilities and avoid overstretching yourself.

Working for yourself and officing out of your home adds challenges however it also provides flexibility that can improve the quality of your life.  Find others who have more experience working from home that can provide insight, tips and ideas so working from home works for the entire family.


Holiday Networking Tips

 If you are thinking about putting your networking on hold now that we are in the holiday season, think again.

For many years I have looked for ways to leverage the holidays to continue to build my networking relationships.  I would like to share with you a few ideas that might change your approach to Holiday Networking.

Holiday Parties

Attending holiday parties can be a great way to reconnect with people and stay visible, which is an important part of effective networking.

Know your limit

This is especially important during the holiday season because spirits are found at most holiday events.  Even though it is a holiday party remember to maintain professionalism and avoid drinking heavily.

Holiday greetings

Take advantage of this opportunity to reach out to clients or prospects by sending a holiday greeting.  It doesn’t matter if you use snail mail or e-mail, a greeting is a great way to stay connected during the holidays.

Stop by

The holidays can open a door for you to followup with a “Happy Holiday” visit without it being preserved as another cold call.  You will also find that a nice tray of cookies and no mention of business will help build relationships with even the toughest prospect.

Helping Others

There are many opportunities to return to the less fortunate during the holidays.  Whether it is organizing a food drive or collecting new or used toys to be donated, your networking circle can help make a difference in someone else’s live.  Volunteer to be the “go to person” and you will see how giving back will generate conversations, meetings and connections during a time when networking is slow.

Set up after the holidays coffee meetings

People have the holidays on the brain and tend to focus less on business, however, this can work in your favor.  Suggest a few dates and times for a brief coffee meeting early in January and get something on the calendar. This will jump start your new year and will more likely to achieve your desired outcome by having their full attention.

I hope you find these tips helpful and will continue to networking during the holidays this year and for years to come.

Have a wonderful holiday with family, friends and good cheer!!

Did you know that August is “What Will Be Your Legacy” Month? By Linda Ballesteros

 Me either… but when I started researching it I was     surprised.

Here is what I found:

 What is this Observance About?

What Will Be Your Legacy Month is a month for people to reflect on their past and present actions and vow to make positive changes that will affect generations.  We have to remember the seeds, whether positive or negative, are planted in our children’s lives.  This observance is about making the right choices so our children and their children will make the right choices.  Everything we do will grow and reflect our teachings.

How is this holiday celebrated?

Here are a few ideas to make this day special:

  • Host a “Legacy Party”
  • Invite those who have made an impact on your life
  • Have a hand written note for each person to express your gratitude.
  • Play the Legacy Game – Each person attending will tell what they would like to be remembered by

Tips for Creating Your Legacy

Make Good Friendships

Relationships are the life to our existence.  Being a good friend is about being reliable, kind- hearted and thoughtful. In this way you’ll develop and maintain a friendship that lasts for years. One good friend is priceless. Taking the time to nurture a friendship is worth every moment.

Live Life to its Fullest

Enjoy each and every day no matter what it brings.  The meaning of your life is something you create day after day with your own actions and thoughts. Life is made up of choices and decision making is critical as each choice has both consequences and benefits.  Always ask what you can learn and how you can move forward.

Have a Compassionate Heart

Compassion is a virtue which requires us to put ourselves consistently in another person’s shoes, to feel his or her pain as though it were our own, and to enter into his or her point of view. This is summed up in the Golden Rule: “Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you” or, in its positive form, “Always treat others as you wish to be treated yourself.”

Showing respect, concern and compassion for others will leave others feeling loved when in your presents and THAT is what they will remember about you.

Even though I had never hear of this special day it has certainly made me think about what kind of legacy I will be leaving.

Do you think if we started with a clean slate and helped our children better understand the importance of leaving a positive legacy, we would see a shift in the world?  I think it is worth a try.

So teach your children well.  Get your children involved in observing “What will be your legacy” month and you may be surprised how they choose to carry on this tradition.


Mission Monday / Show on Adoptions w/ host Linda Ballesteros

Wendi Kitsteiner feels being chosen by Brianna Van Wyck to adopt her son proved to be the turning point for everything in our lives The adoption of our son Isaac transformed the person I am and gave me a new passion — helping other couples experience the miracle of adoption.

My husband and I are in process of obtaining non-profit status for our organization: Because of Isaac — an organization designed to help Christian couples experience adoption — with a special emphasis on childless couples.

The Quote that Wendi lives by is Habakuk 3:17-18 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

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How Does Positive Thinking Work?

Positive thinking is a natural process by which you create thoughts and expectations that are considered positive. You can then use these positive thoughts to manifest your desires and give you the energy to succeed in whatever task you need to accomplish. However, thinking positive does not necessarily put an end to all things. You also have to exert extra effort in turning those thoughts into reality. While negative thoughts act as mental plaque that cling to the walls of your brain, positive thoughts motivate you to live a better life.

To have a better understanding of how powerful your positive thoughts could be, you need to know exactly how the human mind works. A person who lives in positivity has succeeded in re-programming his or her conscious and subconscious mind. Positivity is a mental attitude that allows you to earn whatever you want in your life. Once you have conditioned your mind to accept no other thoughts but positive ones, you will experience nothing less than what is beneficial in your lifetime. If the mind seeks for positive things, that is exactly what it will find.

Being positive and staying that way is a lot of hard work. Problems might come your way but it is the way you handle them that helps you stay positive in spite of the challenges life throws at you. Your knowledge and beliefs affect both your conscious and subconscious mind by shaping the way you approach life’s biggest problems. To live in utmost positivity, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that the conversations you have with yourself are of positive nature. You will never be capable of approaching life in a positive manner if you cease to overcome negative feelings.

Negativity is nothing more but resistance against adopting a positive attitude towards life. Once you have made a conscious decision to live in positivity, you can continue reinforcing the idea into your subconscious as well as your internal dialogues. Next, you have to turn off the negative switch inside your mind. If you know the exact things that trigger them, you can stop yourself from responding negatively. When you learn to correct your negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones, you will exhibit desirable actions that will result in positive results.

Some people tend to assume that positive thinking is nothing more but seeing the world in rose-colored lenses and overcoming the negativity surrounding them. However, there is more to positive thinking than ignoring problems that might come your way. It is actually a technique that allows people to approach life’s biggest challenges with a positive outlook. Thinking positive does not really mean that you have to avoid bad things. Instead, you have to make the most out of bad situations by seeing the best in other people and viewing yourself in a more positive light.

Here are some of the benefits of a positive attitude:

√ Helps achieving goals and attaining success.

√ Success achieved faster and more easily.

√ More happiness.

√ More energy.

√ Greater inner power and strength.

√ The ability to inspire and motivate yourself and others.

√ Fewer difficulties encountered along the way.

√ The ability to surmount any difficulty.

√ Life smiles at you.

√ People respect you.

So dust off your smile and put it to work for you.

Linda Ballesteros

Power Talk w/ Linda B w/ Guest Jaclyn Croft and Paul Richter

Jaclyn Croft has owned Croft Virtual Solutions since 2006. We provide virtual business management support to authors, business and life coaches, professional speakers and entrepreneurs. Previously, I worked as an Executive Assistant or Legal Assistant for many years in the corporate world, which may explain the entrepreneurial itch that led me to begin my business in 2006.

Paul Richter is an intuitive, personal approach with my clients, to insure that
their goals are meet, in spite of complicated circumstances, or family
issues.  I also act as an interface with my client’s legal, banking
and income tax advisors to insure the most efficient, cost-effective
solutions possible.  I have been highly successful with this approach
for the past 35 years, and currently have clients in 20 states.  I
specialize in Estate & Business planning, but am involved in all areas
of the financial planning/insurance arena, including Medicare
Supplements and Long Term Care Insurance.  Whether you are dealing
with your own future plans, or having to assist, or take over the
affairs of a parent or relative, my planning will help you achieve
greater results, with less stress, and often with less expense.

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How do you manage or reduce stress?


We all have stress in our day to day lives but the question is “How do you manage or reduce stress?”

It is all about taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems.

If you find yourself using some of the stress reducers below to cope or temporarily reduce stress they may be causing more damage in the long run:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking too much
  • Overeating or under eating
  • Zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and activities
  • Using pills or drugs to relax
  • Sleeping too much
  • Procrastinating
  • Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
  • Taking your stress out on others.

When you feel the stress building try using one of these healthy ways to relax, distress and recharge:

  • Go for a walk
  • Spend time in nature
  • Call a good friend
  • Workout to sweat out the tension
  • Take a long bath
  • Use scented candles or incense
  • Have a cup of your favorite coffee/tea or even a glass of wine
  • Play with your pet
  • Work in your garden
  • Have a therapeutic massage
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Watch a comedy

Practicing good stress management techniques will help reduce the harmful physical and mental effects that stress and anxiety can have on the body.

Commit to a 30 day challenge by applying a few of these tips and you will find stress will no longer control your life!!

For more on stress management and other great topics go to Linda Ballesteros blog


Easy Tips To Increase Traffic To Your Blog

Blogs are popular ways to create an online presence for personal and business reasons. You can build a blog for free and begin posting content right away.  But, what good is that content if no one is reading it? Here are a few ideas to bring in the traffic your blog needs to survive.

Fresh Content – No one wants to visit a blog day after day and see the same posts. Update your blog content at least twice a week. This will be easier if you write several posts ahead of time and schedule them to become live at a future date.

Article Marketing – The niche you’ve chosen for your blog is one that interests you.  Create content not only for your blog but also to be submitted to article directories. Use the resource box to advertise your blog so people can find you.

Social Networking – These sites are everywhere. Join Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or a dozen others and make connections. You can join groups of likeminded people who are also bloggers or entrepreneurs.

Guest bloggers – Offering opportunities for guest bloggers will instantly get your blog in front of a new audience and gives your guest blogger additional exposure as well.

Using a blog as an “Attraction Marketing” tool will help you to build a community of followers.  This is what we refer to as “Attraction Marketing”.  Your blog will attract new followers and your business will grow if you use these ideas and tips to increasing traffic to your site.

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Creativity Muscle

People seem to have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. That is not true at all. The fact is, creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to consistently give out great results. If you don’t practice harnessing creative thinking, it will not be there when you need a new creative ideas to separate you from your competition, but keep working and this skill will soon come to you in a snap.

Here are a few things you can do to tap into your creative side:

Creativity isn’t only for “artsy” people

Many people think creativity is about having artistic skills. Creativity is about using your imagination in every endeavor.

Learn something every day

Continually expose yourself to new ideas and concepts. Always have a book on your nightstand. Carry a book or ereader with you to take advantage of down time.

Stop watching television

This is an important one.  Watching TV numbs your creativity muscle and will cause it to become flabby from lack of use.

Exercise Daily
Take a 20-minute walk everyday

It’s easy to become driven about exercise. Take a 20-minute walk and allow the world to just be. Watch things, Stop and smell things, Notice birds. Let the world unfold and show itself to you.

This is where new projects are born, advance on an existing product is made and concepts are revealed.  Allow yourself 15-20 minutes a day to site in a quiet place to allow the thoughts to flow.

How are you going to exercise your creativity muscle today?



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