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How To Start A Home Based Business

Aug 17, 2007
Businesses are a tricky task to handle and home-based businesses can be even trickier. It takes about a year's preparation and planning for a business idea to finally materialize. Following are some of the important steps to take in starting a home-based business.

1.Business Idea: Know which business venture to pursue. Whether starting a small investment franchise or selling products on a known auction site, there are numerous effective ways to earn tremendous money from a home-based business. Use experience in an area to obtain an edge and possibly even find an area of interest. A complete assessment of skills, talents and personality is required. Take professional advice.

2.Market Research: Conduct market research to identify the magnitude of the market. It is important to offer affective solutions needed by the market.

3.Organize: Depending upon feasibility, decide the kind of organizational structure the prospective company qualifies for. According to the chosen structure, find a location for the business, either within the home or outside. Give a meaningful and impressive name to the business and check whether the name can be registered with the trademark offices. If the answer is yes, get the name registered. Reserve the website's domain name as well.

4.Financial resources: Make a complete list of the expenditures for the initiation of the company. Double check the list to ensure nothing is left out.

5.Planning: Draft a plan regarding all the questions involved in the home-based business. Set goals within a specific time period. This helps get loans and guides you during the lean periods of the business. Divide the plan into a description of the business, the marketing and promotional plan, the financial plan, and the management plan. Add an executive summary in the appendix displaying all the applicable documents and financial projections.

6.Arranging Finances: After learning the costs and constructing a business plan, approach lending institutions to find the capital to start the business. Approach only reliable lenders charging the lowest possible interest rate.

7.Legality: Get all the legal paperwork done. Get all the permits, certificates and licenses issued. Have all the taxes and insurance papers ready.

8.Marketing plan: Devise a thorough marketing plan that can be effectively implemented for maximum reach and draft a customer care plan to retain customers.

9.Pilot test: Attach an introductory offer for the first customers. Take testimonials from these customers and use the testimonials for promotions.

10.Team: Build a team of advisors, employees, contractors, technicians, and suppliers.

11.Implementing the Marketing Plan: You can use auto-responders for email, press releases, joint mailing, free directory listing, postcards, trade journals, networking and coupon offers. Have marketing stationery such as business cards and flyers ready.

Additional Help
There is software available to guide new business owners through the laborious process of starting their business. This software also helps to legitimize the corporation by explaining all the laws and giving solutions in an easy to understand format.
About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their website
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