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Working from Home? Ways You Can Increase Your Chances of Success

Apr 15, 2008
A work from home business can be your ticket out of the proverbial rat race. Much has been said about its benefits from allowing you to be your own boss to giving you the opportunity to earn much more than you did with your 9-to-5 job. However, with your decision of leaving your regular job to give a home business a shot, you'll also be facing certain risks and uncertainties. Here's how you can harness your skills and talents to succeed in a work from home business:

Assess what you know and have.

Never go into a business you know absolutely nothing about. You're more likely to stumble and fail miserably if you do. Most of those who started home businesses did so as an offshoot of their former jobs, while others went into a home business using their hobbies and interests to produce their main product or service. You're more likely to succeed in a home business if you offer a product or service that you are familiar with, something that you can readily market.

Next, assess your skills, talents and temperament. Good business skills are a must if you want to succeed in a work from home business. Do you have the creativity, training and personality that will fit this venture? If you don't have the training or the background, do you have the resources to help prepare you for the business?

Your home business must fit your working style.

If your home business requires meeting people to pitch products and ideas, for example, you might find it difficult to grow your business if you're the loner type. Or if you're a night owl and your business requires you to work early in the morning, this could be a problem.

Determine your spending capacity.

There have been home-based entrepreneurs who put all their eggs in one basket, so to speak. Their boldness worked, however and they have since enjoyed significant success in their business.

However, they are more the exception than the norm. Most business experts will tell you that it's best to start and run a business where your expenses are carefully determined and monitored. Plunking down $1000 to buy a new computer when a $400 purchase will do will cut a significant hole in your budget unnecessarily.

Remember that you probably won't be enjoying a return on your investment until after several months. If you're not careful, you could deplete your resources in no time.

Survey your competition.

Are there other home businesses in the area? If so, what are they selling and who are their customers? If you want to start a daycare from home, for example, you could face some stiff competition if there's one just a few blocks from your house. Market saturation is a factor that will determine whether you'll find customers for your product or not.

If you must enter the same crowded arena, ask yourself, 'What is it that I have to offer that will make people buy from me instead of my competitor?' 'Will my pricing help my business or will I have to lower my prices?' 'Do I have to offer extra services just to get noticed?' 'How much will it cost me?'

Have the three Ps: Persistence, Patience and Prudence.

A work from home business can be quite tough, especially during the initial stages, so be prepared for the challenge. Be persistent, patient and careful yet practical. Many home-based entrepreneurs before you had experienced some bad or slow times but never threw in the towel. As a result, they are now enjoying the fruits of their labor. You can, too.
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