Time management is critical to any home based business, but particularly with Internet marketing. You are the boss so there is no one to tell you to get moving when your “break” has dragged on too long or if you just do not feel up to the task that day. In order to run a successful home internet marketing business you have to be as dedicated to your online work as you would be with your 9-5 job with a boss breathing down your neck.
Too often people quit Internet marketing before they realize that they never put enough effort into it. Rather than creating content for their online campaigns they end up learning about IM for hours a day instead of implementing what they have learned. Of course it is important to learn how to do things, but then put what you have learned into action.
Effective time management for a home internet marketing business:
Document a work schedule- Everyday have a schedule written out from the night before. Wake up and go by your schedule. Allow periods for breaks and meals, but try to get in serious work time.
Be realistic about setting work periods. You do not need to do 10 hours of straight work. As a rule of thumb I personally work about 2-3 hours at a time and then take a 30 minute to an hour break. After that length of time on the computer my eyes start swimming on the screen and my work starts to get sloppy.
Set up a timer- Throughout the day keep a clock, timer or watch with an alarm near you. If you allow yourself an hour break for lunch makes sure to get back to work when the timer goes off. Take this seriously as it is your business!
Be just as strict when you say you will stop working. If you set the timer for 2 hours drop what you are doing at the 2 hour mark. Knowing when to stop working is just as important as starting. After about 3 or 4 straight hours (if that) your quality of work may go down. Try not to burn yourself out.
Be strict with yourself- It’s not hard to take it easy on yourself so you must be aware of that. Getting an hours work done in a 4 hour time frame is a serious waste of time and efforts. Be strict with yourself and get the most out of your work day. Be cautious of web surfing and other distractions.
Focus on one marketing method- Trying to simultaneously start an article marketing campaign, a pay-per-click campaign and start email marketing and SEO to boot will spread you far too thin. Choose one method of marketing and perfect your craft before you move on.
The key to online success is productivity. Getting more of your content on the web for people to see. By making the most of your online time you will see greater results. Web surfing and other ways of getting side tracked will slow you down. Make the most of your work and give it the attention that it needs.
Time management is one of the toughest aspects of a home internet marketing business. If you have never been your own boss before you might waste time waiting for someone to come along and tell you what to do next out of sheer habit. Be in control of your schedule and you will have more control over your online business.