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Success Without Sacrifice

Jan 4, 2008
I am on a mission.

I want to find a method, a system if you will, to raise my children with the least amount of effort possible. I want to raise children in such a way that it doesn't cost me any money, doesn't cut into my free time and doesn't require a large amount of work. And I want good results too.

I want perfectly polite, obedient, God-loving children.

Where can I find a program like that? For that matter, where could I find children like that? Just imagine, godly children without any sacrifice of time, money, or effort. Now that would be perfect!

Of course, I'm joking. You can't raise children without sacrifice. It just doesn't work.

What is all this talk of raising children in an article devoted to helping you start an online business? Raising children, like building a business, is one of the most rewarding and most difficult tasks you will ever encounter. In both cases, you must make sacrifices - short-term pain for long-term gain.

Children are a gift, and much more important than your business. If you find that business is getting in the way of time with your family, perhaps you need to reevaluate your priorities. One great way to build your business and still enjoy your family is to include your children in business decisions. Help them towards independence, while teaching them valuable entrepreneurial skills. There are many small businesses kids can start. Check out this website for more ideas.

All this talk of raising families and building businesses highlights some similarities. Let's look at some lessons of raising children that can also help you to "raise" your online business.

You need money to raise a child, as you need money to grow your online business. Of course, the amount of money you spend is up to you; however, money is still needed. Every day, people write and phone. They are all looking for the perfect business, one that will help them:

Work from home;

Quit their day job;

- Get out of debt;

And NOT spend a dime!

- teach their children business skills

It takes money to make money the old adage is certainly true! Don't fall victim to unscrupulous advertisers promising amazing Internet "opportunities". With a small cash outlay, you can build your online business.

Those same people fall prey to business "opportunities" on the Internet or in the back of magazines that promise a COMPLETE business in a box. The business "opportunity" will provide the web site, the products and even the customer list...all you have to do is contact them. It is so easy!

Realistically, I don't recommend it. A dial up connection may be too slow for your needs; however, your connection does not have to be blistering fast to be effective.

Next, register your domain name, or URL. This will generally costs between eight dollars and $15 per year. Avoid using "free" domain services, which are often ineffective or unreliable.

Next, you will have to buy a domain name. Do not try to run an Internet business off of a "free" domain service; it will not work in the long run. I pay between $8 - $15 per year for my domain name. Finally, you will have to pay for hosting service. Hosting service is the company that puts your web page on the Internet for all to see. You can get very reliable hosting service for $50 per year.

After that, the choice is yours. You can download the rest of the tools for free. The web site creator, graphics program, shopping cart, ftp program, etc. So, you can actually start an online business for about $65 per year if you already have an Internet connection.

Looking to get the family involved? There are many small businesses kids can start online. Give them a competitive edge, and help them live the dream help them build their business today!
About the Author
Stephen Beck shows 7 simple repeatable steps to beginning a Christian Home Based Business. For a free CD explaining these steps, go to Start Home Business immediately.
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