Treat Your Business Like a Job

Those of us in direct sales are blessed. We determine our own schedule. We can work our business around family time. We can really make family the priority. The bad thing about this is that it’s way too easy to let that business slide.

If your plan for your business is for it to be simply a hobby, that’s fine. Many people in direct sales consider it a way to get out of the house and have some fun, a way to get a discount on products they love, or even just a way to meet new people. However, if you’re looking to your business to provide an income, you need to really treat it like a job.

A job has set hours of some kind. The schedule may vary from day to day or week to week, but there is a schedule. If you aren’t setting hours for yourself, you really should start.

A job has performance reviews. Take the time at least once a year to look at how you’re doing. Ask for input if you haven’t been receiving it all along.

Do what you don’t want to do. Every job has those tasks that are less fun than others. That’s true of direct sales, too. Maybe it’s making follow-up calls that bothers you. Maybe you don’t like doing the paperwork. Whatever it is, do it anyway.

Work as though the boss is watching. If the boss were watching you wouldn’t spend work time playing games, chatting on facebook, or watching TV. So, don’t do those things during your work time.

Leave the job behind at the end of the day. I’m someone who is always open for business. I carry stuff with me all the time. But, that doesn’t mean I’m always working. It means I’m ready when the opportunity presents itself. If you don’t stick to your work hours or you fritter them away, you’re likely to find yourself playing catch-up during family time. Work during your work hours so you can play during your family time.

When you treat your business like a job you’re much more likely to achieve a successful business and a balanced life.

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