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Start Your Work At Home Business

Aug 17, 2007
Starting a business is almost never easy.

To make your business profitable over a long period of time is even harder if you do not know how. Statistics show that about 90 percent of businesses fold up within five years of their inception.

The reason for this is because these businesses simply were not planned out as well as they should have been.

If you really want to start your own work at home business, you will have to lay out good and careful plans from the very beginning.

There is a law that every businessman and entrepreneur should take to heart and learn. It is called Murphys Law. It clearly states that everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

While this law is not ironclad (which is bizarre, since they call it a law), it certainly makes a valid point.

Life is inherently uncertain, and the business sphere is as unpredictable as any other area in our lives.

This means, in effect, that you must prepare for anything. Within reason, of course. Be prepared to face anything though.

When you are starting to work a home business, beware of becoming too optimistic about your chances. You must be aware that business competition on the internet is just as tough as the competition off of it.

You will have an edge by believing you can compete and always making an effort to do so.

Thus, you must search and find an advantage that you can exploit. A competitive point that you can profit from and build on.

You can only achieve this through careful and thoughtful planning.

First,
clarify your thinking. Focus and write key points down.

From the very beginning of your venture, determine exactly what you are bringing to the table.

Would you like to sell a product as an affiliate, or through your own web site, provide a service, or advertise?

Will you be producing your own goods and services, which I do not recommend at first, or will you be promoting the web site or products of someone else?

These are all critical questions and they must be answered from the outset.

Unless you are intensely clear on what you want to do, you are going to get lost along the way.

You must learn to focus and not get distracted. This is a great personal tool to learn.

Second,
identify the obstacles, as they will surely show up, that will get in your way. There will be many, big and small!

This might range from deeply personal reasons such as not having enough time to work, count on this one if you are working at a job.

Others will be industry wide problems like product differentiation or payment methods.

Even if everyone seems to have the same problem, make an effort to see possible solutions and you may be able to come up with a unique solution and build a reputation fast.

Just because everyone else cannot do it does not mean that you cannot. Believe in yourself.

Before you decide on a particular work at home business, be sure to read up on the current trends. Surf the net. Enter keywords in search and Google and study the situation well.

If you are prepared to succeed, at anything, your chances of making it improve dramatically. If you are prepared to fail you have no chance of succeeding.

Third,
plan in advance what you intend to do to get over the obstacles you have identified.

You will learn this from your studies on the internet and from studying your competition.

For example, product differentiation is achieved by intelligent advertising that people can remember.

If you do not have enough time to work at home, you will have to scale back some of your other activities.

If you do your own laundry, for example, and it takes you a couple of hours to clean your clothes, try leaving them off at the laundromat next time.

Another way is to do work loads while the washer and dryer are going at home.

Learn timing and make it a routine to pick up precious hours, in your week, to give you quality time to work your business.

Learn your prime time personal hours when you are at your best. Delegate these hours to be your own and do not answer the phone, or get distracted from anything. Drop dead important.

Do your most critical activities at this time. This will accelerate your progress.

Similarly, do not make critical decisions when you are tired or depressed from a long, hard or bad day. Your judgment will be way too weak.

This is very important for you to know and understand. Being tired makes cowards of us.

This will free up a few critical quality hours of your time.

Try to find similar mundane activities that you can outsource so you can concentrate on the job that only you can do.

By treating your work at home business, as a business and getting off on the right concentration foot everyday, you will drastically improve your chances of success.

Make an effort to make as many as ten shrewd decisions every day for best results.
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James M. Lowe writes original articles about home business opportunities .
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