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Work at home - Strategic businesses planning

Aug 17, 2007
Your strategic business plan is more or less based around two fundamental things. The first one is your necessity to be in business and the next is your ability to do business. No home based business person can deny this, and in addition to acknowledging this most of them will also acknowledge that they don't know much about planning. Good strategic planning needs a thorough understanding of the reasons for your being in business in the first place.

Why Are You In Business?

Many people have their own reasons to start home based businesses. Reasons range from additional income generation, to stay home moms to those who can't afford office space. The reasons define the outlook of your needs fairly well and thus your strategic plan should adjust itself to meet your goals.

Strategic Planning

Whatever the reason could be for your getting into business, it is fairly certain that you have chosen a line of business you are comfortable with. Strategic planning as applicable to work at home businesses should focus on three fundamental points. The first one being the lowest investment and fixed cost, the next is the potential for continuous revenue generation. The last is the potential for expanding the home based business into a small or larger business at some point in the future.

1. Choose A Business In Which You Have Core Strength: This means you can enjoy certain advantages by starting a business in which you have your basic strength. For example, if you spent half of your career as a dancer, you've already got a head start if you start a dance class or a dance costume designing business. Your strength lies here because you have already established relationships in the circle that comprises your customer base.

2. The Investment Factor: If yours is a start up business, you can't possibly invest all your savings or retirement benefits into the business. You will want to minimize recurring costs like telephone bills and stationery. Your fixed costs will also come down by reducing or eliminating commuting. Today, you can't think of a business without a home computer. This saves a lot of time and money by handling your bookkeeping and communication needs electronically (email and Internet). If necessary, you can try using your home equity for a secured business loan.

3. Choose A Business That Has Potential For Logical Diversification: Every business reaches critical mass after a certain point. Then you will need to critically evaluate the need for diversification. If you started off as an online editing and proof reading service provider, the next logical step for you is to diversify into copywriting jobs or data entry. Diversification is not expansion but adding another line of business without discarding your core strength.

4. Keeping The Revenue Cycle Continuous: This is crucial for the sustenance of the business. Most start-ups face this crisis for a reasonable length of time before becoming stable. But this can't be achieved just by good planning or being good at producing merchandise. It requires a sense of urgency and the desire for selling more. It takes a lot of maturity to turn away from avoidable expenses.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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