You Can Start A Home Based Business!

You Can Start A Home Based Business!


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One way that families are making ends meet is to start a side business, one which allows stay at home moms to make some extra income or for Dad to supplement his income. Some part time businesses are managed by husband and wife, allowing one or both to step in to relieve the other.

7 Tips To Starting And Managing Your Home Based Business

Starting any business takes planning, research which you will need to do in order to lay out a business plan. The following seven tips are designed to help you get started:

Hatch A Plan — If working for yourself, you need to develop a plan on exactly what you want to do. Will you be selling a product? Offering a service? Or will you be providing affiliate referral sales? On a sheet of paper, list the details of your business including inventory, cost of goods, selling price, targeted consumer group, etc. You may be the best seamstress in the world, but that doesn’t mean that people will beat a path to your door to buy what you have. Be realistic!

Investigate Your Options — The internet can help you find out a lot about your business. Search for small businesses or individuals selling what you have to offer and see how they are structured. You won’t have to copy what they do, but you can figure out ways to improve upon their business model.

Consider Funding — How much money will you need to launch your business? You may already have a number of resources available to you including a computer, printer, and internet connection, but if your business requires additional funding to buy equipment, how will you pay for it? The Small Business Administration offers limiting funding, but will that do? Consider a bank loan, borrowing from your 401(k), a home equity loan, or borrowing money from family members or a friend.

Investigate Your Legal Responsibilities — In some states you may need to form a legal business in order to market what you have to offer. Contact your state’s Department of Corporations or Small Business liaison to learn what you must do. Consider setting up a separate business with an employee identification number (EIN) and business checking account. The IRS can help you with your EIN; an attorney with the establishment of a business.

Set Up A Work Area — Do you have a room in your home where you can manage everything? Even if your business is teaching piano to school aged children, you may need to have some sort of paper trail in place. Programs such as Quicken can track your business transactions; various software programs can help you handle your remaining business tasks.

Establish A Routine — No business will succeed without the establishment of some sort of routine. This means setting up a schedule when you will work and when customers can contact you. Working parents would do well to inform customers about their limited availability when children are present or not sleeping. Most customers will understand your restrictions as they likely have had children of their own.

Persevere — Many small businesses fail within the first few years because their owners have unrealistic expectations, poor planning, lack of interest, improper funding, etc. Side businesses can continue on indefinitely if you have a clear understanding of what you need to do. Adjust your business as often as needed and keep the big picture at hand: working for yourself can help your family and give you something to fall back on.

Do What You Want To Do

Most of all, find a business that you like. Just because you can make money managing people’s travel arrangements doesn’t mean that you like to do this type of work. Successful business people are those with a passion to do what they’re doing and keep at it through thick or thin.

Should you work for yourself? That is a question only you can answer, one that will gradually unfold over time.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".