Deciding to start your own home based online business could be one of the most profitable decisions that you ever make. You can leverage technology in a way that can allow you to control more time to take pleasure in the things you formerly didn’t have time for, because you were at the J-O-B trading your time for dollars. When you have, a home based online business you gain independence. You start and stop working whenever you want. You call the shots, you are your own boss.Sounds pretty nice, however this can be a blessing and a curse. You see, the majority of people have been conditioned through the repetition of working day in and day out to trade their time for money (which is a terrible way to earn money) and when you are working a home based business you are earning money based on the service you provide, or the results of others, if you really understand leverage.Many people new to the online world tend to accept as true that having a successful online business is easy and it is not. When you find out the major concepts, you’ll comprehend that it’s simple, but not easy. There’s a big difference between the two. Deciding to begin a home based online business can earn you more money than you ever imagined possible, however on the flip side it can also put you in the poor house if you’re not careful. There are people who have gone from nothing to earning millions in a short time with their online business, I know some who have earned nothing, and the difference between the two is often as fine as a razors edge.When I first came online, I was on the wrong side of that razors edge and I’d like to share some mistakes that I and others have made when beginning a home based online business. Blunders you need to avert at all costs.1. Quitting Your Job too SoonThis is a huge underestimate that far to many aspiring entrepreneurs make and one I made myself. When you initiate researching how to earn money online you open the access to a whole other world and it’s awfully easy to get dragged into the excitement and misleading promises that are out there. It reminds me of driving into Vegas, all the lights and the glitter, the hope to get rich quick. It doesn’t happen and many people online fall into this “hype trap.” They influence themselves that they can exchange their income in 30 days or less and they decide to fire their boss. Now, I’m not saying that it’s not possible to exchange ones income in that time, don’t get me wrong I trust we all have infinite potential and the being that can accomplish something like that has to honestly believe it. They have to trust it in every cell of their being and their state of mind must be belief and not mere hope or wish. A great teacher of mine gave some advice on this. He said before you quit your job, make sure your needs are met for at leat six months. This way you can focus on building your business and providing service. You can’t focus clearly on prosperity if you’re worrying about paying the mortgage or rent, or if you’ll have food. When worry comes in doubt and fear are not far behind and they are a cancer.2. Buying Programs that Offer Overnight RichesIt is possible to earn money fast online, however if your new online you will more often loose. Every time I hear about someone having extreme results there is usually a skill that they posses or some other factor that is present. Other seeds were sown long before the results came. Follow your intuition; if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.3. Trying to Rush ResultsYou see this when someone doesn’t know the process correctly. When you rush you use force and forcing doesn’t work. You can’t force a tree to grow, you just let it happen, and the same holds true here. Focus on regular income producing action-orientated activities and results will follow.4. Buying Expensive ProgramsWhen you are just starting your home based online business you don’t need to purchase the big marketing programs that cost $500 to $2,000 and even more. Don’t get me wron, many of these programs are great, but to someone new online they are confusing and unnecessary. Buying a big expensive course is like building a house starting with the roof. You must have the basics down before you start messing around with the superior techniques. Master the basics and move on from that.5. Failing to Learn and Implement the Basics of Online MarketingThis one is HUGE. To have a strong home based online business you have to have a strong foundation. You wouldn’t decide to fabricate a house and commence with the roof, would you? No, you’d begin with the foundation because once you have a good well-built foundation everything goes up after that quite fast. The basic skills for your foundation are to create content, attract leads, build a list, provide value, build relationships, help solve problems, and earn money. Sounds like a lot and there are tools to help automate this as much as possible.6. Trying to Many Strategies at Once (Focus on ONE thing until mastered)Someone who bounces from idea to idea is usually lacking purpose. Get clear on WHY you are building a home based online business and this is deeper than making more money. Is it to spend more time with family, is it to be able to help others, what ever it is get clear on it and you’ll become more focused. Don’t get in the habit of jumping from one thing to another, “trying” a program or strategy and after a week deciding to find something bigger and better. Decide on one method, master it, get it producing revenue and then add another until it’s mastered. This is a marathon not a sprint.7. Failing to Find a Mentor or MastermindIn the best seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill devoted an entire chapter to the Mastermind principal. This is vital, no one ever became successful by themselves, there was always a team a support group, someone to bounce ideas with, a mastermind. Network with leaders, read blogs find groups online with people who are having the results you desire. Your success is going to be determined by a large extent by the company that you keep, so make sure it’s good company.Deciding to start a home based online business can be the most profitable and rewarding decisions you could ever make. Just avoid the mistakes I’ve outlined to save frustration, head aches and money. My advice to stay persistent, understand that you’re going to fail, but that doesn’t mean you’re a failure it just means you produced an unwanted result. See your failures as feedback that will let you to correct, tweak, and move on. Good luck.
Are you in need of a ‘good’ massage?Massage has become one of the most popular treatments over the past few years and the need for a good massage is only increasing as more of our work and even some of our social activities are desk or computer based.When I first trained in massage therapy in the early 90’s, clients would normally visit the salon or spa for waxing, facials or for slimming treatments. Massage was one of the treatments which were considered as being a luxury or a special treat once in a blue moon.I must admit back then life was very different for people generally, many clients would have a secretary or assistant to type up work. For some, once you finished work that was it as there was no emails to check as not everyone had the internet. Very few people had laptops so sitting on the sofa or in bed whilst working was very minimal and finally ‘Googling’ and social networking was near non-existent.Coming in today things have changed. Many no longer have secretary’s so they have to deal with admin themselves, most work is done on the computer, some at desks and some in awkward positions whilst sitting on the sofa or lying in bed. Long gone are the days when once you left the office your work would be over, now we can be contacted on our mobiles or can check our emails at home if not on the way. Our working day still continues even after we’ve left the office or even before we’ve reached the office.There are a variety of massage based treatments are available in clinics, spa’s, salons and health clubs. We’ve even seen massage in clubs, shopping centres as well as massage therapists who come to the work place.With so many places offering massage, how do you know which is the best place to go and how can you tell if you are likely to get a good massage?1) Online ReviewsFirstly, online reviews are a great way of finding out about what people have to say about a particular business. Do bear in mind though, sometimes the reviews may be something negative about the establishment or one member of staff so you could potentially miss a great massage from another member of staff who hasn’t been reviewed. Also there is a saying which goes ‘a customer who has had a bad experience will tell five people but if they’ve had great experience they may not even tell a soul’. So sometimes you can’t always get a true indication whether you will get a ‘good’ massage treatment or not from a review.2) QualificationsA good massage therapist will have the following qualifications: NVQ level 3, HND Health & Beauty, ITEC, CIBTAC or CIDESCO, there maybe other recognised bodies too but check whether they have a qualification and not just a workshop certificate. Anatomy and physiology is a big part of the training as knowing the muscular system, skeletal system and their functions can make the difference in the quality of massage.3) LicenceBusinesses within many area’s especially London cannot operate without a valid massage license. In certain borough’s even the therapist needs to be licenced. The only way a therapist can get licenced is if they have the relevant qualification. Sometimes you can see the premises license displayed on the wall.4) Medical Questionnaire & ConsultationYour massage therapist should ask you to fill in a basic medical questionnaire to establish any medical conditions which may prevent you from having massage. For example any recent injuries or operations, wounds, infections etc. For certain conditions you can still have a massage but may need written permission from your Doctor that its OK to still have massage.If you are in your first trimester of pregnancy, its advisable not to have massage and a professional therapist will know this should they see it on your consultation form.Consultation time is also a great time to establish what your main concerns are or if there are any area’s you’d like your massage therapist to work most on. Its also a time to ensure you’ve been booked in for the correct type of massage for you, for example you may have been booked in for a ‘Swedish Massage’ but maybe wanting a ‘Deep Tissue’ massage.5) Your Massage TherapistSometimes the size or age of a massage therapist can be decieving. I’m 5 ft and only six and a half stone but i’m use to massaging bodybuilders so my pressure is very strong even though I look very small. Massage therapists develop their pressure by using a combination of strength as well as their own body weight to perform a good firm massage.Also i’ve trained a number of 18 year olds who are just as good as massage therapists who have years of experience. It depends on how passionate your therapist is about her job. If she enjoys massage and is passionate then you will most likely have a great treatment.6) The Massage TreatmentIts not uncommon for changing time to be included in your massage time so do make sure you try to settle onto your treatment bed as quickly as possible so you get more hands on time.Your massage therapist should check if you are warm enough and comfortable before they begin your massage. Many salons and spa’s have soft relaxing music playing in the background which really enhances the experience.You can often tell the difference between a really good massage therapist and one who is not as good. A really good massage therapist will be connected intuitively and will know the correct pressure to apply, they will also know which area’s need to be worked on the most without the need to stick to a robotic routine of just massage movements.7) AftercareYour therapist should give you the correct aftercare which includes drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated and help to flush away any toxins. Your massage therapist should also warn you that you may be a little sensitive the next day on the areas they have worked on.Massage has become more of a necessity rather than a luxury now for many people. Its become one of the most popular treatments in many spa’s and salons now. Its definitely a good investment for the physical and emotional benefits.