For many people, having a home business would be something really attractive. To be your own boss, to not having to commute, to choose the working hours freely and to be able to plan the work-day entirely on your own. To free up more time for your children can also be a strong reason for considering starting a home based business.
If you are considering starting your own home based business, then you could start with thinking it through, by asking yourself some initial questions, such as:
1. If I’m going to keep my current job, at least as a starter, when will I find the time to build my home based business? How many hours each day can I put aside and use to my business endeavours? Can I work early in the morning or at the late evenings? Maybe at the weekends?
2. Do I have a suitable room or place for my home business? Can I work uninterrupted? And, would my neighbours also feel uninterrupted?
3. How much energy and determination am I willing to put into learning something new, if required? Even if the basic direction of my home based business is something that I already know of and master, then: How about the management of the home business itself? Should I delegate some or any chores, like the book-keeping?
4. Do I know how to market my home based business, in order to get people aware of that they can buy something from me? Should I use online– or offline marketing, or both maybe? How much money and or time do I need to put aside for marketing efforts alone? What is the most effective way for me to market my home business, within my particular economical frames? If I plan to do this myself, could I learn something that would make it easier and more effective?
5. And, last but not least, how about the money? How do I plan to finance the start? How much money is needed? Do I have most of the equipment already or do I have to buy or rent something? If I do need to buy or rent some equipment, then what does it cost?
This is a few questions to start with, that’s very good to have the answers to, before starting up your own home based business. It would make your upstart smoother and ,safer, to have some answers for yourself, about the home business of yours to be. Other questions could be about oneself. Do I think that it suits me well becoming a self employed person? Some qualities or personal traits good to have, is being in a habit of making decisions, taking responsibility, being a goal-oriented person and showing endurance in work-situations.
One could also do an inventory of the contact-net one have because it’s valuable to get support from both family, friends and also from business advisors with a solid knowledge-base. Especially good it is to have a phone-list to suitable business-advisors for those areas that are not the own areas of expertise. Common areas could be the phone-numbers to experts of insurances, tax-experts, an accounting clerk that’s the expert of book-keeping, a knowledgeable banking-person, a legal expert for writing correct business-contracts, some service-technicians for the machines and other equipments you’ve got and sometimes even marketing experts in different marketing areas as newspapers, radio and more.
Jannie Borg Larsen is a web marketer, author and MLM mentor.
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