You’ve decided to take the plunge, work from your own home office, and become a successful affiliate marketer. But for some reason, you can’t seem to motivate yourself to take the next step.
You’re excited about the idea and you’ve worked out what seems to be a solid plan. But you keep putting off looking for the furniture you’ll need. You’ve shopped a bit, but start to get confused looking at all of the home office desks, chairs, and additional furnishings.
To put it bluntly—you’re scared and overwhelmed because you can’t seem to get organized. The anticipation, excitement and exhilaration of your new endeavor are intimidating you. There are two areas you need to tackle in order to be able to approach your new business with confidence.
You must commit to organizing your physical space and your working process. I have tips and tools that will help you do just that.
Your Home Office
In order to decide what chair and desk are right for you and what other items you might need, you need to consider a few things.
- How much space do you have for your office?
- What’s the best way to utilize the space?
- Do you work best in an open environment or one that has a lot of nooks and crannies? (Are you looking for a flattop computer desk or one with various shelves and drawers? If space is limited, you might look at corner computer desks, which are real space savers.)
- Do you need additional desk space?
- What type of chair do you like? (It needs to be comfortable.)
- How will you set up the space so that you can work efficiently?
- Will you also be using a printer, copier, fax, etc.?
Once you’ve worked through the physical aspects of your space and have created your office space, it’s time to ensure your business is organized.
Getting and Staying Organized
I’ve discovered eight tools that every affiliate marketer should use each and every day. Taken together, they will allow you to create the ultimate efficient office environment. Here’s how these eight tools function in one of my workdays.
I login on my computer, and thanks to RoboForm, it’s a breeze since this software remembers usernames and password and fills them in for me! PageLeap comes up and there on my computer screen are all of the sites that I regularly visit. I click on one and am taken to it, and RoboForm works its magic again as it logs me in.
I login into Google to access my Google Calendar and Google Documents. The Calendar and Documents allow me to share information with anyone from any computer. I’m using Skype to connect me with a few affiliates as we hunker down for a video conference regarding a new product. I’m recording the meeting using Pamela, a Skype add-on, and I’m sharing some photos of the new product by utilizing SnagIt, a product from TechSmith.
When the meeting is over, I go to another one via Skype. This is thousands of miles away from the last. By the end of the day, I’ve travelled around the virtual world numerous times and have gathered together a lot of new and important information. The great thing is that a secure server has already backed up any new information that’s been generated as I use Carbonite. If my hard drive crashes, I’m protected because I can retrieve everything I need via Carbonite.
You’ve just gone on a tour of an efficient, well organized, and smartly maintained company. Welcome to my world!
Success Can be Yours
Once I had become an accomplished and respected affiliate marketer, I looked back on what I had done to ensure that I would have every chance possible to build a successful business. I asked myself how I had become the guy who seemed to be working hard and spinning his wheels to the man who was now spinning the wheels of his 1965 Shelby Cobra replica? 😉
It came about because I used all of my anticipatory energy in a positive manner as I developed my home office, created my business, and refined each and every aspect. It’s time for you to do the same. Utilize the insights and tips in this blog, and get started. You can do it!
Over to You!
What’s been your experience? Do you have a favorite tool to share?