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Starting a Work-at-Home Business

Aug 17, 2007
Starting a business is almost never easy; making that business profitable over a long period of time is even harder. Statistics show that about 90 percent of businesses fold up within five years of their inception. Why? Because these business simply were not planned out as well as they should've been. If you want to start your own work at home business, you will have to lay out good plans from the very beginning.

There is a law that very businessman and entrepreneur should take to heart. It's called Murphy's Law, and it basically states that everything that can go wrong will go wrong. While this law is not ironclad (which is weird, 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. This means, in essence, that you must prepare for anything. Within reason, of course.

When you are starting a work at home business, beware of becoming too optimistic about your chances. You must be aware that the business competition on the internet is just as cutthroat as the competition off of it. Thus, you must try to find an advantage that you can exploit; a competitive point that you can profit from. And you can only achieve this through careful planning.

First, clarify your thinking. From the very beginning of your venture, try to find out exactly what you are bringing to the table. Would you like to sell a product, provide a service, or advertise? Will you be producing your own goods and services or will you be promoting someone else's? These are all basic questions and they must be answered from the outset. Unless you are very clear on what you want to do, you are prone to get lost along the way.

Second, identify the obstacles that are in your path. There will be many! This might range from deeply personal reasons such as not having enough time to work, or to industry-wide problems like product differentiation or payment methods. Before you decide on a particular work at home business, be sure to read up on the current trends.

Third, plan in advance what you intend to do to get over the obstacles you have identified. For instance, product differentiation is achieved by trendy advertising that people can remember. If you don't have enough time to work at home, you might want to scale back some of your other activities. If you do your own laundry, for instance, and it takes you a couple of hours to clean your clothes, try leaving them off at the laundromat next time. This will free up a few hours of your time. Try to find similar mundane activities that you can outsource, and concentrate on the job that only you can do.

By starting your work at home business out on the right foot, you will drastically improve your chances of success.
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