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Engaging Your Profitable Home Business

Aug 17, 2007
A low percentage of home based businesses are profitable.

What separates the profitable from the non profitable business?

The biggest factor is that we, especially in our younger or beginning business days, do not treat our business like a business.

Many of us, once younger, would be entrepreneurs who tried starting a home based business found ourselves at a loss, without knowledge as young men and women, and ended up closing down.

The same circumstances when we are older and more experienced, I guarantee you, will frequently not stop or hold us back.

The reason is because we then know just what to do, what buttons to push, to engage problems with an experienced sling of arrows to stop them dead in their tracks.

Those, with a little fire in their belly, did not let the first failure destroy their confidence.

Let us see where to get some of this, fire in the belly experience. Okay?

Engaging in a profitable home business requires acquired skills and lots of patience.

Acquired capital funds are another necessity. Funds you earn yourself from an extra job or extra savings tend to be spent better, a high percentage of the time, than borrowed funds.

The reason for this is we are far more cautious with funds we earned by skipping movies and dining out, that were hard or sacrifice earned.

Every time we go to spend a penny of this hard earned money that we missed movies for.

You missed warm mashed potatoes with warm chicken gravy with cheese broccoli and the tbone steak or got microwave or grease burns on our hands, wrist and arms for while earning money working at the restaurant.

You will be far more cautiously spending now than using a charge card.

If you do your homework and invest enough time, effort and very cautious capital into your business, chances are you will reap some profits a few months after.

Frequently, just the experience of doing, will make you wiser and smarter. Life just works this way. Doing it.

Just what can be considered a profitable home business?

One where you have more money coming in than going out.

Depending on your acquired skills and present circumstances, you can always find a profitable home business that is suited for you, in time.

The key to finding this business is to take an inventory of what you have in terms of skills and resources.

After conducting your inventory of what you have, study your target market. You might ask, what is a target market?

Despite the somewhat mysterious term, target market simply means the people whom you think will buy the goods or services you want to offer.

Your mission is to identify these people who will serve as your market and search for and find their buying habits.

Just why do you need to know their buying habits? I bet you understand now but let us go over it anyway. You are selling goods and services right?

If you are selling or offering something, you should have a working knowledge as to how much and how often your targeted market will buy such goods or services you will offer.

For instance, if you are offering gardening services, you should be able to identify people who have gardens.

Determine what plants they want to have in their gardens and at what time of the year can you expect to sell your services to them.

After identifying your target market you usually need to identify your competitors. Your competitors could be your gauge as to how profitable the industry is.

If there are many competitors who are doing really well in this business, you can safely say that this is a profitable home business.

Usually, where most of your competitors are doing really well, this is an indication that there is still some room for you to start a business of the same nature.

However, ask yourself at this point, is there something that could be an extension of this that hardly anyone at all is selling and promoting and exactly what is it?

Can you sell it? Test it, on a small scale, and find out.

What about the pricing of goods and services? How does one go about it? The price of your goods and services play a big role in the success of your business.

In order to have yourself a profitable home business, you should know the price, which your target market is willing to pay for your goods and services. Once again, you want to test, to learn this point in your market.

Again, your gauge for your prices should usually be your competitors.

However, if you can somehow add quality that your competition is lax on you can goose up the price.

If you do find the extra quality point you, can highly emphasize it, and get higher volume from your sales.

Sometimes this can mean mass sales at the market price for you. Test the current market price also before increasing it.

Be prepared to succeed. Catch the competition sleeping.

Find out how much your competitors are charging their customers and compare their prices.

If you are new and relatively unknown, it would be a good idea to peg your prices lower than those of the established businesses unless you can add a high quality value to the product.

People love good services but they also like to pay less for it, or have clear higher quality for it.

So if you want to get into the boat of a profitable home business, start with lower prices and higher quality and drop dead excellent service.
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James M. Lowe writes original articles about home business opportunities .
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