Starting Your Business

Are you starting your business? It's is a popular idea these days. Some years back, going to work meant traveling from home to a plant or office.

Today, many people do some or all of their work at home. One marketing research firm estimates that about 9 million folks are independent home-workers.

Many find working at home to be the "ideal" work situation.

Daily, people are striking out in creative home pursuits. They're achieving financial independence by turning their skills into cash.

Home garages, basements and kitchen tables are being turned into the corporate headquarters of the home-based entrepreneur.

Because of the demand for service-oriented businesses, along with access to technology, the opportunities seem to be endless.

Getting Started

Before starting your business and diving in head-first, it's important that you know why you want to have one.

To have success, your business must be based on something greater than just a wish to be your own boss.

You'll need to plan accordingly. You'll also have to make improvements and adjustments along the way.

Ask yourself the following questions, and keep in mind: there are no "best" or "right" reasons for starting your business. But it is important for you to understand what you're getting into.

Working in the same place that you live may not be as easy as it seems. It is important that you create a professional work environment. One suggestion is to set up a home office.

Also, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I be able to switch from home responsibilities to business work?
  • Is self-discipline a skill I have?
  • Can I create and maintain a work schedule?
  • How will I deal with the isolation of working from home?
  • Am I a self-starter?

Finding Your Niche

Choosing a home business can be like choosing a spouse; your decision must be approached with a great deal of care and concern for the future.

Before you start investing time, effort and money, take a few moments to answer the following questions. They'll help you discover sound ideas from those with a high risk for frustration.

  • Does your home have space available for a business?
  • Do you know, and can you describe the business you plan on doing?
  • Can you describe product or service for your business?
  • For your product or service--is there a demand?
  • Do you have any advantages over your competitors?
  • Do you have the skills, expertise, and knowledge base needed to be successful?
  • Can you be successful, starting your business and running it from your home?

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