Basic Tools for Your Home Business

Editor | MLM Training Tips | Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Previously, I stressed the importance of having a dedicated work space. O.K., you have a work space. Now you’re back to find out what magic tools need to be included in that space.

The truth is, there are no magic tools, but you already know that.


A business requires basic tools: office supplies, business cards, a planner and a journal. These supplies are not for the family. They are not for your husband’s shop or your wife’s sewing room or your child’s school project. Business tools are for the business. They are kept out of reach from the children and the spouses.

Supplies: Pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, crayons, paper, colored paper, stationery, scissors, a stapler, a stapler remover, a hole punch, sticky notes, envelopes, dry erase pens and more. I don’t know if you need all these things, but it’s much easier to open your supply box and find it than driving to the store or having to search for your scissors because Mary had a school project last week.

Designate your supplies for your business.

Other tools required for a successful business include a planner and a journal. Each of these have very different functions.

A planner keeps you organized. If you do not have some form of system for keeping appointments, you will never – NEVER – be successful. Once you’ve achieved a financial means of paying someone else to keep up with your appointments, fine. Until then, find a system that works for you. If necessary, make a system work for you.

Believe it or not, I’ve been told, “Nothing works for me.” If I told you I’d give you a million dollars if you simply wrote down all your appointments in this little book for the next year, could you do it? Most could. So, make something work.

Your planning/appointment system could be an online program, a PDA (Personal Data Assistant), or a simple planner from the office supply store. We simply need a place to record appointments: who, what, when & where and a contact number in the event of any changes.

How many of you use online programs, or a computer program that you can’t take with you – or pull up immediately when driving? Plus, I DO NOT PROMOTE the use of electronic device that require your attention while driving. (And for my friend, Terri, you don’t need to be using those things in the shower either.) Before going to that appointment be sure to take a contact number.

If you don’t know why you’re keeping that contact number handy in the car, you definitely want to check out the next module. I’ll also be talking about technology and money. See you there.

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