Four Actions That You Can Take Right Away in Order to Have a Productive Business Day

Doing more with my 24 hours is something that has my whole attention these days. Managing your time well seems to be an art. It’s a topic that affects the productiveness of your day, and there a lot of tips and tricks that you can use to maximize your time.

But today I want to share some of the things that I notice are working for me and in my business. For some of you, they may be nothing new, but the truth is that these tips work and you don’t need to complicate things.

Some of the best systems that work are the most simple ones.

Here are some of the ideas that you can implement right away to form better time management:

  • Do not open your email first thing in the morning

Have you noticed that when the first thing that you do after turning on your computer is to check your email, you usually stay there at least 30 minutes, maybe even an hour? Usually there are not important emails to attend to, but still you can’t help checking, right? Don’t be ashamed to admit this, you are not the only one. But you need to figure out a system that incorporates checking your email with being productive.

You need to have a schedule when you check your emails so that you don’t check it 4-5 times a day… maybe more.

Create a goal for yourself; spend only 30 minutes in a day to check your email (preferably when you finish all your work) and then be done with looking at your email for that day.

  • Don’t use your brain too much–take regular breaks

Yes, it’s true. Your brain need some rest and you will be a lot more productive by taking a break every 3 or 4 hours. Don’t work like a maniac all day long. Here is a nice schedule that you can follow to have a organized and productive working day (especially if you work from home):

7:00 – 8:00     Wake up and work out
8:00 – 9:00     Shower, dress, eat breakfast.
9:00 – 12:30   Do your work! (NO EMAIL!)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch!
13:30 – 15:30 Do your work!
15:30 – 16:30 Take a break and anything you want
16:00 – 17:30 Do your work!
17:30 – 18:30 Reply to emails, plan the next day, finish your thing!

  • Keep your focus

Keeping your focus while at your computer is one of the simplest things that you can do… and it’s very productive. If you don’t have a crystal-clear goal when you are at your PC, trust me it’s better to step away until you do. You will be so much more productive by doing this.

  • Don’t compare yourself with your peeps

You will have a big problem doing this because you will not appreciate your small results.

Maybe you are at the beginning of your online journey and having 5-10 new subscribers is the best thing that happened to your business for a long time. You should really celebrate that! But if you look at the top person in your industry and see that she can get 700 sign-ups in one day, you can’t really appreciate YOUR success.

Never forget. Your SUCCESS IS AMAZING even if it’s a small or big result. It is still amazing because it’s a result that moves businesses forward.

Keep that in mind! And think about the fact that the top person in your industry was at some point where you are right now but she never gave up.

And voila… we are at the end of this post. These are my recommendations for a productive day.

But all this advice is useless if you will not implement it right away and make them a habit. Probably the most important tip is that you need to implement this new way of doing things in the way you work. To have a productive business, you need to become a productive person and the best part is when you are productive you will perform in your business–and that is probably something that you definitely want.:)

How to Sell Products Online – The 3 Most Effective and Profitable Selling Techniques

If you have products or items for sale, taking advantage of the internet is one wise move you can make for your business. Indeed, if you want to expand and allow your business to grow, you can check out the many ways on how to sell products online and check out what fits your products.

One good thing about selling online is that wide reach of the internet. If you have a product that is easy and convenient for shipping, then you can actually sell to any parts of the world. If you have a business that caters only to a limited target market, especially those that targets the local populace only, you can still widen your reach and intensify your advertising through the internet.

If you want to learn a few techniques and methods on how to sell products online in the most effective and profitable way, here are a few of them.

1. Go for online auctions. Especially if you sell paintings, antiques, native products, collector’s items, and items that are not commonly found in department stores, online auction sites can be the right place for your products. One popular site you can go to is eBay. Before trying to sell something on these sites, make sure that you have tried buying from auction sites as well so that you will learn a few important thing about buyers in these sites.

2. Create an affiliate program. Another effective way on how to sell products online is through affiliate marketing. If you are not familiar with such technique, it involves affiliates who will be promoting your products online and offline. You will then have to pay these affiliates with a percent commission once a sale of your product is made. One good thing about this arrangement is that you are ensured of a sale before paying an affiliate, unlike paying for online advertising that you are not sure if it has given you results.

3. Post your products in online classified ads. Also another effective way on how to sell products online is to simply post your items in online classified ads. There are popular classified ads online that allows you to post your products for sale and pay a minimal posting fee. You can choose some classified ads that cater only to a specific location, or you can also choose to sell it anywhere in the world, for as long as your product can be shipped without possible damaging it.

These are just three of the many ways to sell online. In fact, you can also create your own website and simply sell on your website. However, it is important to keep in mind too that if you want to sell and market your products by yourself, you have to have a website that is also very visible to a lot of people online.

Also keep in mind that in selling online, it is important to be extra cautious. There are also unscrupulous buyers online who will rob you off your item, so make sure you are also protected online.

Video Production Business Tips – The Future of Video Production Businesses

I typically try not to spend a lot of time looking into a crystal ball, but a coaching client of mine asked what I thought the video production business will look like in 5, 10 and 20 years. My insight is based on how I perceive the industry with regard to society, multimedia and technology. Here’s what I have to say.

Regarding the video business in the next 5 years, I think video overall is coming back full-force. Corporate video was very popular in the 80’s but started to die down pretty significantly in the 90’s due to the emergence of CD-ROM authoring and distribution capabilities. This is also when PowerPoint hit the scene heavily in the corporate presentation environment. In my opinion, now is a great time to start a video business and with proper marketing and sales strategies, you’ll be able to really flourish in the coming 5 years.

In 10 years, I believe that bandwidth will finally catch up with High-Definition (HD) camera quality (probably before then but definitely by 10 years). Full-resolution HD videos/films will be accessible on your laptop, phones, in your cars, everywhere! The thing to always remember though is that no matter what the technology is doing, you want to remain highly focused on content creation, or storytelling. There will always be a new technology and a new group of investors willing to dump millions or even billions into the technology.

Let the big boys spend all their money on the technology. Just get real proficient at learning new technologies as they come available. Then, teach your clients how you can help them adapt the new technologies in their communications strategies. I believe that no matter how much technology changes, there will still be a need for good video producers/storytellers. In 10 years, there will be more channels than compelling content.

It will be much easier to start your own television/web network and advertisers will have an unlimited supply of choices on where to run their advertisements. Niche markets/audiences will be the key to success in a decade. If you command a high percentage of a particular market segment, you’ll be able to develop channels with content that serves that market and make a nice income selling advertising space or member subscriptions.

Note:The tools to produce videos will get cheaper and cheaper every year so it is vitally important that you position your video production business and yourself as a producer who understands business/marketing/training communications… not just video production. You will need to focus heavily on the consultation part of the video business instead of just cameras and software. There will be people who buy gear and call themselves “pros” on a daily basis but the companies that stay focused on the “strategy level of thinking” when dealing with clients will prevail.

This has worked for me so I continue to stay positioned in this manner.

In 20 years… who knows? I’m sure that video will still be a profitable business but the technology will probably be out of this world in terms of what it can do. As I’ve stated before, no matter what the technology does, their will only be a small percentage of the population that will understand how to craft a compelling and effective message. Study the technologies over the years and figure out quickly how they apply to the video business and how your clients can use them to improve their communications.

I think in 20 years, video WILL be as common and necessary as having a website or email address is today. Instead of business cards, you’ll have a video card. Instead of a brochure, you’ll have a brochure with tiny chips that can show videos right on the paper.

The above comments were all related to the corporate video industry. How will the consumer video industry fare?

The short and probably best answer is that people will always get married, have birthday parties, and need family history videos. The point is that consumer video needs will never go away. Unlike business, video needs that ebb and flow with the economy, personal video needs are ALWAYS there. There isn’t as much money to be made serving consumers but the demand will always be there.

In fact, I can’t seem to shake the thought process of developing several consumer- related video businesses that serve this unending need. (Weddings, birthdays, college sports reels, etc.) There is a lot more competition in the consumer video industry because the videos are easier to produce and the client doesn’t have the same expectations as to quality as the business customer does. The key is to develop branded products that are easy for the customer to understand and afford. Then, promote them like there is no tomorrow!

I recommend looking at two parallel plans going forward.

Focus primarily on building a video service that develops business videos but also look at serving consumer needs. In the early years of your video production business, the consumer needs often pay the bills when the video business clients go missing in action. Plus, the consumer jobs pay faster.

What Are the Best Selling Products Online?

If you’re thinking of starting an Internet business, you’ll eventually start thinking about whether you should be promoting the best-selling products online.

It’s no surprise that online shopping has become a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide in recent years. This has led to many people starting Internet businesses promoting and selling a huge range of different products and services. In fact, the Internet is responsible for more people than ever before becoming millionaires from the profits they make with their online enterprises.

So, if you’re only just starting out, how do you find the best-selling products online?

Top 10 Best-Selling Products Online

The actual list of products that people sell over the Internet is enormous. People really do buy an amazingly diverse range of things online, so you can literally choose from thousands of different products to sell in your business.

However, there are some items that always tend to sell far better over the Internet than others. These are:

  1. Books
  2. Computers
  3. Software programs
  4. Electronic items
  5. Clothing and apparel
  6. Kid’s toys and games
  7. DVDs
  8. Health and beauty products
  9. Music
  10. Jewelry

Should You Aim at the Best-Selling Products Online for Your Business?

The fact that some products obviously sell far more than others is clear. However, that doesn’t always mean you should aim at those particular niches for your own business.

It’s important to remember that the really large sectors of the market are likely to be saturated with competition. Your little business will be competing with huge companies with plenty of resources. They have a larger marketing budget than you. They also have more experience in attracting the attention they need.

Yet you don’t necessarily need to choose your business’s products from the top 10 list. It’s very possible for you to generate plenty of profits by choosing products that fit within any niche at all.

This is because there are plenty of potential customers online searching for whatever you decide to sell. You just need to know how to find them and get them to your website.

Big Ticket Items vs. Small Ticket Items

Many new online business owners struggle to choose between big-ticket items and cheaper, small ticket items when they choose products to sell. Big-ticket items are those that come with high price tags. You only need to sell one or two items to make your profits.

Small ticket items are those cheap products that you can sell lots of very quickly and easily. The downside is the smaller profit margin, so you need to make lots of sales to keep your profits up.

The most successful Internet businesses work on ways to incorporate both types of products into their range, along with some mid-priced items as well. This lets them sell the small ticket items for quick cash flow and to gain a customer.

From there, the opportunity exists to upsell that customer to a more expensive product that might compliment the first item they bought. This increases profits nicely.

Searching for the best-selling products online to add to your business offerings is a great idea. Just be sure that you also work on ways to diversify your business revenue at the same time. This will ensure your business always stays profitable.