Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Using Continuing Education to Propel Your Business Success

From my book: "How To Use What You Already Have, What You Already Know, & What You Already Love To Create Income" Copyright 2008

Regarding using continuing education to propel your home based business:

"Education, no matter what form it takes, is key to your success. Choose to become a life- long learner and your value both in your professional life and your personal life will increase more and more over time.

Don’t just choose to educate yourself on your chosen career path, choose different things in life to learn about as well. You never know who you’re going to meet who can propel you to the next level! Being able to converse knowledgeably on a wide range of subjects immediately gives you OPTIONS and OPEN DOORS. I can’t stress this enough! Don’t settle for being a “one track train” because eventually you will pigeon hole yourself and limit how far you can go. Be an expert in your career field, but open to diverse subjects as well in order to keep yourself interesting and MEMORABLE to those you meet! This is a key success tool of the most wealthy ‘movers and shakers’ in this world. Take a cue from them.

Find outlets for your learning. Begin an online Blog, a Squidoo page, write an eBook, begin a newsletter, start a website, comment at online forums, and even write commentaries to your local newspaper editor. Get your name out there and drum up interest. This is by far one of the most intelligent and least expensive ways to market not only yourself but your products and/or services. Simply ad your link or information to what you’re writing so that people can see what you do and where to find you. (Hint: consider getting an inexpensive business phone number in order to keep your customer calls separate from your personal ones. Some services like RingCentral offer packages that include your number and fax plus a host of other benefits and tools to use.)

The more education you get, and the more you get yourself out there the more your chances of success become. Not only that, but your credibility with potential customers goes up as well. The image of your business becomes more solidified and you’re perceived as a stable person to do continued business with.

Do your research and find out different ways to become educated. Schools, eBooks, CD’s, DVD’s, Internet research, libraries, newspapers, magazines, and so forth are great tools! You don’t have to spend a great deal in order to learn a lot. Search for discounts, used books, free newsletters, website subscriptions…etc. Most information is free and only takes the investment of your time to reap the rewards from it!If you want to learn a specific aspect of your business, such as bookkeeping, go find out if there is a free course or information you can learn it from, find a mentor to help you, read customer or student reviews carefully before deciding on your chosen resource. Be sure it’s going to be perceived as the most up to date information for your field. Learn to use software programs, design tools and graphics, and do-it-yourself tools to get yourself ahead and keep your budget low until you can afford more expensive resources if you choose to use them." Copyright 2008 - By Sherri Kohls

You can get your copy of the book by clicking on the link to the right hand side of the blog or by visiting me on eBay for a substantial discount! It's a brand new day today, it could be YOUR day today!

Here's To Your Success!

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