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5 Tips to Increase Your Productivity and Improve Your Online Business

As an online business owner you can be more productive with these 5 helpful tips and ultimately improve your business!

By: Catherine Perry

At Pure-Ecommerce we know there are many perks and advantages to Working from home! You may have dreamed of having your own business and a home office for years. However, you may be finding that working from home has more challenges than you anticipated. There are lots of distractions–everything from your own procrastination, your family needs, and just general “stuff” at home that can make your days less than productive. For example, you may feel that you absolutely have to do that laundry, play with the kids or take a nap and then you’ve lost productive time for your business!
So, let’s address the reality of working from home.  When you have an office at home, you have a mixed bag of benefits and hurdles. On the one hand there are benefits: no daily commute and no office mates stealing your time with chit-chat visits. On the other hand, there are hurdles as well: keeping distractions to a minimum, feeling isolated, and being fully productive each day without burning out.  This work-at-home situation can be a challenge and an adjustment even for the most disciplined of us.
How can you be as productive as possible in running your online business when working from home? We wanted to share some tips that will help you in this endeavor. These 5 tips will increase your productivity and, as a result, improve your online business.

Tip #1: Have a Plan

You should set out a plan for each day and each week. Before you begin your work each day, have a plan laid out and follow it. You can create the plan that morning, the night before, or at the beginning of the week; and, your plan can be in the form of written to-do lists or actual scheduled time using a productivity tool. Regardless of how you keep it, the plan will insure you are completing the tasks that need to get done.
In the www.inc.com article “30 Experts Share Their Best Productivity Tips,” marketing strategist John Stokman says he takes 15 minutes at the end of every workday and creates a checklist of to-do’s for the next day in order to stay focused and on track. “Plugging in everything I know I need to get done the next day saves me tons of time and directs me to the most important tasks right away the next morning.” We agree – this is a great idea!

 

Tip #2: Prioritize Your Activities

Each day you will know what needs to be done and when to do it, whether it is processing orders or marketing through social media. Be sure you prioritize the most important activities so you know what is most important, and get those done during your most productive period of the day. Don’t let yourself be lured into doing the easiest tasks and neglecting the more difficult ones that may bring revenue.

 

Tip #3: Have a Separate Office Space

Be sure you have a separate space to call your “office” in your home. In the article “Top 30 Tips for Staying Productive and Sane While Working from Home” on zenhabits.net, the author polled readers for their best advice on being productive, and this was tip #1. “Set aside some space, preferably a room (it doesn’t have to be big) to be your workspace. That way, when you enter it, you know consciously what you’re there to do: go to work. It changes the state of mind from “I’m at home” to “I’m at work”.
This space should set boundaries for children and family that tell them you are working when you are in it. Again, your space signifies to you that work is to be accomplished when you are in it. And, always maintain a level of order and cleanliness in your office space, which in turn de-clutters and focuses your mind when you are sitting down to work.

 

Tip #4: Take Breaks

It’s so easy to start working long hours with no breaks when you have a home office. You may find that you are involved in work to the extent that you skip lunches and stay at your desk for extended periods of time. Be aware that you really need to take breaks approximately every hour-and-a-half and you will be much more productive. Get up and walk around to get blood circulating throughout your body and brain. This helps in maintaining your focus and mental acuity. And, as we know, exercise is a key to everything!

 

Tip #5: Have a Morning Routine

Whether you consider yourself a “morning” person or not, having a routine each morning is like an anchor for your day that helps your productivity and focus. Regardless of when you may get up, 5 a.m. or 9 a.m., having a routine can make a difference in the productivity of your day.
Claire Diaz Ortiz, one of the early-on employees at Twitter, in “Surprising Things from 100 Interviews with Top Productivity Experts” says the best thing for your productivity is to find your ideal morning routine. “Following a calm, consistent morning routine that works for you is key in order to achieve your highest level of productivity.”
We hope these 5 tips have been helpful to you as an online business owner. By increasing your own productivity, you will improve your online business. Incorporate these tips in your business and see the rewards they can bring!

Christmas in July! Why You Need to Start Your Internet Business NOW to be Ready

Start an internet business now so you can be ready for another record breaking holiday shopping season!

By: Catherine Perry

Christmas in July isn’t a new thing! Many people start thinking about the holidays during the summer. Many vacation spots even have holiday-themed and Christmas stores where you can shop while at the beach or mountains, or wherever you take vacation in the summer. With the relaxation you enjoy on vacation you can get your thoughts together about the holiday season.  While you’re digging those toes in the sand at the beach or enjoying the cool temps in higher elevations, you can let your mind go to what presents to buy and how to decorate your home.
But, in this blog we want you to think about Christmas in July a little differently than that. We want you to start thinking NOW about how you could have your own ecommerce retail business to participate in and benefit from the holiday season this year.
There is no question that ecommerce retail is growing exponentially, especially during the holiday shopping season, where brick-and-mortar stores are not. Last year, news outlets such as www.fortune.com reported that in this article, “Cyber Monday Sales Hit A New All-Time Record in 2016”.
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But, let’s not stop with the numbers for Cyber Monday, 2016. The online research site for everything digital, www.emarketer.com, states that “US retail ecommerce sales jumped 17.8% during the 2016 holiday season, a phenomenal rate that helped push total retail sales up 4.8%.” And, emarketer’s 2017 holiday season predictions are for ecommerce sales to grow 15.8%, while total retail growth will slow to 2.0%. You can see the full report in this article – “US Holiday Shopping Preview 2017: Recapping 2016, and Looking Ahead to This Season“.
Why do we want you to start thinking about the holiday season NOW? And, why do we think NOW is the best time to start an online retail business? Besides the predictions of an extremely strong 2017 ecommerce season (that you want to be a part of, right?), here are 3 reasons you should start your internet business NOW before the holiday shopping season.

Reason #1: You have plenty of time to set up Your New Internet Business

If you start your online retail business now during the summer months, you have plenty of time to get everything set up before the holiday shopping season begins. You have time to try out your product mix and pricing, tweak the visual presentation of the site, add enticing content, as well as, make other adjustments that will mean you are ready to go before the shopping season. It makes a lot of sense to have several months to be sure you are ready for the big season and not have to rush.

Reason #2: You can work On your marketing strategy and plan

By starting your ecommerce business now, you can have a marketing plan fully designed in order to implement for the fall and the months leading up to the holidays. This will give you time to build your social media following, build your newsletter list, plus test out advertising that will work for your internet business. You will have several months of marketing on social media and have full exposure for your business, creating buzz for your site months before the actual season is upon us.

Reason #3: You Have More Time to Gain Loyal CustomersAnd Raving Fans

Getting started now allows you time to attract customers and develop raving fans that will be there during the big holiday shopping season. Instead of trying to build a customer base during the holidays, you will already have a jump-start on obtaining those customers. And, to stimulate loyalty, you will have the customer service part of your business implemented and operating on an automatic system. Now don’t you think it is better to build your brand over time as you put it in front of your potential customer BEFORE the holiday rush!
These are 3 great reasons for starting your online business this summer in order to profit from the 2017 holiday shopping season. You will be so glad you did! So, get ready…get set…GO and start planning for Christmas in July!
We invite you to review these past posts to help you better understand more about starting an internet business and why you should choose Pure-Ecommerce as your ecommerce solution provider.
Are you interested in starting an internet business before this holiday season? Then we encourage you to take a look at our internet business opportunities at Pure-Ecommerce.com. Our team can help you get started in the exciting ecommerce industry. Take the first step today….

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