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Ten Tips for Achieving Home Based Business Success

Internet has made it easy for millions of people worldwide to start a home based business. This is especially true for developed countries, but also for developing ones, where starting a home business presents a greater challenge. But it also offers opportunities not normally available in developed countries.

Working from Home

In the west, or developed countries, the cost of living surpasses the wages needed to maintain an "average" lifestyle. So, more and more people seriously consider the option of working from home. And many are already doing it, some successfully, some not.

There are many advantages of working from home:

  • being your own boss 
  • setting and keeping your own hours 
  • keeping all (or most of the proceeds for yourself) 
  • saving on travel time and gas 
  • allowing for as much holiday time as “necessary” 

Yes, working from home has its perks. It certainly seems that way, especially for many a man and woman who may not want to stop working or can’t afford to. Especially for women who want to stay home with the kids or be home when they get back from school.

But, this growing trend of starting a home based business, even with all its apparent benefits has many experts cautioning stay-at-home workers. They warn budding home entrepreneurs about the potential perils of work from home businesses due to common human error.

Working from home has its pros and cons
Undoubtedly there are many advantages with working from home. But there are also many perils that you should be aware of and know how to deal with them.  (Image by Pixabay.com)

Common Perils and Home Based Business Tips

Here are some of the most common, and most damaging, home business perils, as well as tips on how to avoid or counteract them:

1. Going In Blind - Sure you need confidence, guts and faith to start your own home based business, but you also need to know what your getting into.

» That means diving FIRST into doing the necessary research about the type of business you are interested in starting. Experts suggest finding out as much as you can about your potential venture and about its potential for success in your area. Find out about your competition, note how much they are charging and pinpoint your target market. Rely on books, trade shows, conferences and the net to gather your materials and information.

2. Becoming A Lone Venturer - Keep in mind that starting ANY business is difficult, especially in its initial stages.

» This is the most crucial time for you and your business venture and you’ll need all the love and support you can get. One of the biggest mistakes, say experts that new entrepreneurs make is not getting the necessary support from spouse of family. Besides maybe helping with the housework or kids, he or she may also want to lend a hand in your business or at least lend support and encouragement as to work to get things going.

3. Leaping Without A (Financial) Safety Net - Most of us are used to bringing home a specific amount of income (give or take) each week.

» This an idea of having a “comfort” zone that most new business owners need to give up, say experts. According to professionals, most new business owners won’t see a profit for several months. In fact, they suggest having at least six months (monetary) reserves on hand. Home businesses are no exception.

4. Spreading Yourself Too Thin - While you certainly want to please the consumer and build your client base, it’s important to remember, that you won’t be able to please all of the people all of the time.

» To avoid spreading yourself too thin, create a mission statement for your home based business defining your purpose and your goals. Include what your business involves, what makes it stand out, and where you see yourself a few months to a year down the line. And, you should make it a point to check your mission statement periodically and make all the necessary adjustments.

5. Getting Too Comfortable - It’s easy to take advantage of being at home, especially when you don’t have to punch or watch the clock.

» To make your home based business succeed, sticking to a regular work schedule is imperative. Keep your schedule flexible (that’s what working from home is all about) but set limits and boundaries that will allow you to focus without any interruptions and be productive.

Don't spread yourself too thin at home business
You can't please everyone, so don't take on too many comittments and make sure that you have enough space at home to operate your business without interruptions. (Image: Freeimages.com)

6. Not Having A Space Of Your Own - For some a private office may not be feasible, especially if you’re a stay-at-home parent.

» However, it’s imperative that you designate a specific space to conduct business. It is also important that you have all the necessary office essential to properly conduct your business. Sharing space and sometimes supplies is necessary, but you really should have your own for maximum efficiency.

7. Selling Yourself Short - Want to beat your competition (price-wise) is a smart move, but seriously underbidding yourself and your worth may not be.

» Know what the competition is charging and make reasonable adjustments. Remain firm and confident in what your product(s) value is. Believe in your ability to offer good service and deliver good-value products. And always leave a little room to "play".

8. Putting Off The Paperwork - While most of us don’t enjoy the paper trail that often goes along with owning a business, it’s an essential part of operations.

» This is especially so when it comes to keeping track of inventory and finances. Make sure to do all you shipping and receiving and related filing promptly, as well as sending out timely invoices. Keep in mind that most consumers take up to 90 days to pay, so you’ll need to bill them as soon as possible. And also, don’t forget to keep track of your own expenses to know what is coming in and what is going out.

9. All Work and No Play - Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you never leave the house again.

» In fact, a very important part of any business, in particular a home based business, is networking. So, think about maintaining your professional appearance and joining some professional organizations that can put you in touch with all the right people. Yes, chat boards, blogs, forums, Twitter, Facebook can offer you the same. But making a personal appearance is ALWAYS a nice touch. Much more than any online profile can offer you.

10. Expecting Too Much - Considering working from home as anything but “work”.

» While you may have the freedom to make lots of your own decisions, you’ll also have a lot more responsibility. That means learning how to manage your time between work and career like never before. This is more so with home based business, where self-discipline becomes even more important, with no boss "breathing down your neck".

Like any business venture, home business too has many pitfalls to avoid and perils to confront. Running a business is a challenge and home business is no different, even if the problems you may encounter are. But as with any venture, if you do your homework well in preparing for it, you will find your home business a great source of pleasure and satisfaction (even if it you want to pull your hairs out sometime). Follow the above tips for achieving home based business success and you will significantly increase your chances of succeeding.

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