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Personal Development
Builds a Better You,
Builds a Better Business

Personal Development in a home base business is more than business skills, it is also personal skills. The more you become, the more your business becomes.

Personal Skills

You ARE the Business.

The home based business is often a one person operation, sometimes a family affair. That means that the success or failure of the business will depend upon you. Your attitudes, habits, principles, vision and business skills all go into playing a major role.

Your personal development will determine the future success of your home based business. You will need to grow to meet the new challenges that will continually confront you.

Personal development challenges you to be your best. "You cannot mandate productivity; you must provide the tools to let people become their best." -Steve Jobs, 1988


Starting point

Determining what your strengths are. What is it that you like to do and are good at? Look at your skills, habits, attitudes. You want to build your business around those strengths. Next what are your weak points? Those are areas that you will need to learn, delegate or job out.

A positive can do attitude is critical to your personal development! If you do not believe in yourself, how can you expect others to? Cultivate the attitude of seeing the glass as half full, rather than as half empty. The Law of Attraction comes into play here. Positive attracts positive, negative repels. People like to be around positive people. They are exciting and enthusiastic. They are the ones that are doing.

Have a vision of where you are going and how it will be helping others. A compelling vision will attract followers.

Be sure to have written goals. Once written they compel you forward. It becomes your compass to guide you on the correct course. You want your goals to cover all areas of your life: Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Financial, Family and Social. That will give you a balanced life.

Personal development challenges you to think forward. "Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come." -Victor Hugo, 1874

Personal development challenges you to think forward. "Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come." -Victor Hugo, 1874

Business Skills

Understanding What Makes the Business Work

Business skills round out your personal development. You need to develope at least an understanding, if not mastery in certain key elements of building your business.

You should have a basic understanding of accounting even if you have someone else keeping your books. Accounting is the score card for your business. Knowing how to read a Profit and Loss statement and the Balance Sheet will let you understand how strong your business is and in what direction it is moving. An understanding of expenses and income will allow you to better plan.

Marketing is another critical skill for all entrepreneurs. The business cannot grow if no one knows it is there. It is vital that the business is promoted well in traditional circles as well as on the Internet.

Time spent reading and taking courses on personal development and business skills will pay dividends many times over. The wise man spends time first sharpening the Axe before trying to fell the tree. The foolish one works five times harder with a dull Axe and accomplishes little.

Path to Personal Development

Becoming the best you can be Is a life long journey.  You will want to set up an ongoing personal development program.  It is the daily self-improvment that will give you the slight edge. 

Your program should consist of reading motivational materials, developing new personal and business skills, and expanding your expertise in your industry. 

You should attend seminars and conferences. They expand your knowledge and they also provide you the opportunity to network with other like minded individuals.

Build a library of books, tapes and videos that you can refer back to.  Subscibe to magazines like Success Magazine, the best magazine on success skills.  

Go to websites like Self Improvement from SelfGrowth.com. SelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Self Improvement on the Internet.


"A home based business gives you all the benefits of a non-home based business without the burden of the high overhead."
~ Larry Louzon

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