So! You’ve decided to push off into the seas of high adventure and being your own home-based business, eh? There are numerous benefits to owning your own business, especially one that allows you to work from home. If you’re interested in starting a home based business, you have a lot of things to consider. Here are some things you should keep in mind in order to be successful in your endeavors.
Setting Up Your Home Office
The most important thing involved in working from home is having adequate space to do your work in. Decide on a quiet location, and then determine the layout of this space in order to make the work you do more efficient. You’ll also have to consider things such as:
- Availability of telephone jacks and wall outlets
- Privacy, as you’ll want to ensure that you will be able to work uninterrupted
- Temperature control-is there sufficient heating and cooling available?
- Is there adequate space for you to work in?
You should also prepare mentally to become a business owner. Many people mistakenly believe there is nothing to owning a home-based business, when in fact, it can be anything but that sometimes. A few of the things you should consider include:
- Motivation. As successful business owners must be self-starters who do not rely on someone telling them it’s time to go to work before they begin their daily tasks.
- Discipline. Are you able to put aside distractions and focus on your work, or do you find it easy to get sidetracked by your favorite television program or phone calls from friends during this time?
- Child care. If you have little ones at home, how will you handle your duties with them around? If they are of school age, you could plan on working while they are away, but if they are younger, you could need to consider hiring a sitter in order to help you out.
Talking with Family and Friends
You should ultimately talk with your family and friends about the changes that will take place once you begin operating your business. This is important, as many people think you don’t have a “real job” simply because you work from home. As a result, they may think it’s okay to drop by unannounced because you’re “not doing anything” anyway. Your partner could also expect you to do the majority of the housekeeping simply because you are at home all day. It’s important for everyone to understand that this is real work and should be respected as such.
Working from home can save you money and eliminate a great deal of workplace stress. After successfully establishing your business, you could just find that working outside the home is no longer appealing to you for a number of reasons.
How To Choose The Perfect Home-Based Business
These days you probably get invited to a lot of home parties to see different products. Then, the host will probably tell you that you can easily have your own business and make as much money as you would like, in your spare time. This sounds great and you might even consider it, until you go to the next party! Then, you think about selling that product. So, how can you choose the perfect home-based business?
Here are some tips to choosing the right business for you (and your family)!
- Many people choose direct sales because they work!
- Most direct sales companies have a plan designed for you to follow so that you can be successful in your business. They offer steps in the form of training to help you grow your business, no matter how far you want to go.
- If you are not a marketing specialist, you are going to want to find a company that is willing to help you with marketing. Many direct sales companies have policies to help you market both online and off.
- You need to find a business where you have support. You want to pick the right person to sign up under so you have plenty of support as you grow your business.
- You need to really love the products that you are going to sell. You are not going to be able to sell products if you do not believe in them. So, try a few products out, until you find something that you love so much that you just have to share with everyone.
- While loving the product is important, you also need to know people who want your product. Some products are harder to sell than others. However, you can be successful selling anything, depending on who you know.
Choosing the right business is going to make the difference between a successful one and one that is not as successful. You need to find a company that will give you support and a plan to help you succeed. You also want to make sure that you really love the product and want to share it with everyone! You also need to find people that will buy the product that you are selling. So, go to a few parties and try a few products before you pick a product that you are comfortable selling!
10 Things That Are True About Home Based Businesses
“So you work from home? That’s interesting.” I imagine that when curious friends hear that, immediately they are thinking that I’m schlepping around in my pajamas, making money just by cruising around on the Internet. Anyone who’s ever began and maintained a successful home based business knows that there are a lot of misconceptions about working a home based business but there are some true things too. Learn 10 true things about working a home based business.
- You are the boss, that’s true. It’s a good feeling, isn’t it?
- You have to constantly look for work. Well, yeah, there’s that but I love even that.
- You get to design your life. That’s right, you get to pursue the things you love. That’s a huge benefit over a nine to five job.
- You may have to work late hours from time to time. That’s true, no matter who you work for. It may as well be you!
- You need to have a knack for being organized. If you don’t have a knack for it, learn how to organize your work.
- When you work from home, you may still need child care. However, bringing a reliable friend in to help you is a plus.
- You have to look like a professional at least 75 percent of the time. I would agree with that and say that if you have to Skype frequently, that number should go up to 90 percent.
- A home based business can also be a car-based business, depending on how much time you spend in it. In some types of home businesses, you must drive–a lot.
- You have to work closer to your customers and have better relationships with them. You don’t have a large pool of customers like a major corporation would have. Make every client count.
- You have control of the time clock. If you want to take off for religious holidays, music festivals or just because it’s Tuesday, you can do that. Enjoy!
With so much to love about working a home based business, why would you ever want to work for someone else?
About Matt Schoenherr
Matt is a husband, father of four, marketing consultant and founder of Marketing Ideas 101. As a student, teacher and published author, Matt supports the worthy goals of service and commerce in the small business and nonprofit communities. You may find him on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. Creative marketing ideas and marketing strategies may be found at MarketingIdeas101.com.