Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake-Too Many Commitments

Happy Wednesday! It is time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  Today is a good day to discuss too many promises.  I was thinking about what to talk about today and I was having a hard time as I have covered many mistakes that people often make.  As I was thinking, I was trying to remember what happened in the beginning that prevented me from getting too much accomplished.

Then it hit me, too many promises or too many commitments! If you promise too many things to too many people, chances are you will be overwhelmed.  When you are overwhelmed, you may not get anything done.  Sounds funny that committing to that many things can cause you do get nothing done, doesn't it? It seems like you should be able to accomplish at least one thing, right? That usually is not the case.

It is good to be able to mult-task and it is good to have a couple projects at once.  Just do not overdo it.  These commitments can be anything from too many work at home opportunities to promising too many customers you will do something personally for them all at once.

I did this in the beginning.  It ended up being a disaster as my head was spinning and I didn't get to finish what I wanted to finish.  It is easy to get excited when people need your help.  I am always here to help my readers, but I had taken on too many other projects for them all at once.  What I should have done is scheduled them into a schedule and let them know that I have several projects and that I am going to schedule a day to work on it with them or for them.  Instead I got caught up in it all and took it all on at once.  This is when I helped with blog set-up and tutoring too.  I have learned that tutoring takes more time then I was expecting and I no longer offer paid tutoring.  I do answer questions people have, but I do not have the personal tutoring I used to do.

Yes all the projects got done, but not as quickly as I had hoped for.  A couple of people did wait a little longer then I expected.  This could have been prevented if I would have just explained to them that I had many projects and I was going to schedule them.  I think I was too worried about disappointing anybody that I felt I had to finish them all as quickly as possible.

This is a thing of the past now tho.  For my services - I stick mostly to helping people finding work at home jobs, writing articles for clients and also sharing knowledge with people about work at home jobs and running an online business.  Sure I have other things I personally do for fun and I do test many opportunities to post here so my readers have legitimate online jobs, but when it comes to services-I do not offer as many as I did in the past.

Try not to overdo yourself, don't take on too many opportunities or jobs at once.  Don't make too many promises all at once without scheduling them.  Trust me, your clients and customers will thank you!


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