Archive | October, 2015

Developing a Home Business the Crucial First Year

When we are first considering how to build a home business, the reason the first year is important is because it is when we begin to learn if any of our ideas are feasible. We need to really decide if we could start our own business at home. Our mindset, or attitudes and habits will determine if we can proceed. Otherwise we might decide that we ‘can’t’ do it right now because we realize it is not a proposition that will necessarily result in anything instant or magical.

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Since everything in reality takes time, we do need a way to survive while we build and develop our business. We must realize what all exactly we will have to contend with in order to have multiple important priorities. Money, time, and all resources available to us will determine whether we can come up with a firm plan in which we can manage our finances well at the same time as we are trying to start a business.

Probably the worst idea would be that we speculate. We shouldn’t be overly confident or downright foolish to assume that if we spend the money we need for survival (rent, food, utilities, etc) on our business, that we will surely see a return on our investment in plenty of time. This can be disastrous. No matter what you want to believe, or what you see or hear, there is nobody who can guarantee that we will make money by a certain time. Get real. The people who are making money have likely been at it for a while and know what they are doing.

If advertisements include statements that we interpret to mean we will make money instantly, then we have to understand what they are actually saying is merely that it is possible. If they are really doing it, then they have first-hand knowledge that it can happen for anyone. They may have been making money for some time and probably by trial and error, now know what strategies work best.

If they are honest they will not make it seem like a ‘cake-walk’ and will tell you how they struggled in the beinning making considerable sacrifice, until they figured it out. Some may demonstrate exactly what they do on a day-to-day basis, and may share documented statistics to prove it. It all may be true. However we have to realize that is still no guarantee it will work the same for us. Things change all the time and what worked before may not work as well now. Read the fine print: ‘Results are not typical’.

It really depends to a large degree on how much we want it and how hard we are willing to work to get it, whether or not we have similar results. The first year we will determine whether we actually want a business bad enough to sacrifice. While it is true people are cutting it close to the bone financially, if we take stock of what we spend, we will likely see that we can find a few dollars to invest in our goal.

We can usually determine which has the greater priority if we think logically. For example, is a $5 designer coffee more important? Is going out to a $10 lunch? Both very temporary pleasures. On the other hand, you could do something with that $15 toward a business expense. More examples are trips and all sorts of entertainment. Going without one evening of fun could mean $25-$50. If we sometimes decide in favor of our business plan, we could get some gratification by putting that money aside. Probably accounting for it on paper or somewhere would make it seem more tangible.

You are getting someplace. It may seem small but those ‘pennies’ add up if we are consistent. Pretty soon you may have $100 saved and know you can cover some expense for 6-months or more where you don’t have to worry about it.

You Can Create a Job From Home Online

Working at a job from home is extremely convenient and so much more conducive to a healthier life than you may have experienced in your career. It’s not only the stress-meter that you can take into account when you realize the good things related to not going to work outside your home.

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Related to much of that stress, consider the time and expense of commuting. This would include the hours that you spend driving, parking and/or stuck in traffic in rush hour(s). Add to this the expense for gas and oil, bridge tolls, parking fees, and wear and tear on your vehicle. If you use public transportation, there is the cost of your fare. As if to add insult to injury, unless you work with an expense account in your job, you are not paid for your time or any of the related costs for commuting.

Imagine keeping all that expense money in your pocket and using your time differently when you are fortunate enough to have a job from home online. You are already making more profit and have more time for your life from day one, and it adds up. In your job you are only paid for the actual time you are spending at your place of employment, actually working. Most companies do not account for commute time or the expense associated in your salary or hourly wage. This is coming out of your earnings.

If you have children it is likely that you have to use daycare or babysitters. The costs for this, and again the time it takes you to go to and from everyday adds up, along with the stress level as these things, like a job, are time sensitive. The worst part here is when you realize the precious time you are missing watching them grow up. The ‘first’s that you might miss because strangers spend more time with them than you can while you are away at work.

You may look at having a job at home online from different perspectives. A more and more common way is if you could ask your employer if they might consider allowing you to ‘telecommute’ at least part time. Explain to them that in addition to your expense and time it is also good for the environment to have less traffic on the freeways and fuel contaminating the air from ‘rush hour’ traffic.

If they choose not to agree, then you can still create your own job from home online in your spare time. Lots of people have started out this way with the goal of ‘firing their boss’ someday. They really took it seriously and were able to eventually quit their day jobs entirely and support themselves completely on their own.

Work At Home Ideas You Can Start Free Today

The easiest way to find free ideas to work at home are the search engines and using relevant keywords to query. You can find resources for information that will continue to help you in every step of the way to launching your business.

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For example you may be interested in eBay auctions. You can start by cleaning your closets and storage facilities to find items that are of value, but that you don’t need. eBay has full instructions on how to set up your own auctions. This would be ‘practice’ and to see if you like doing it.

If you do like that business model, you could find online companies that you can participate in as an independent distributor. You can auction the products and make a profit. You can do this with anything – clothes, electronics, arts and crafts, health and beauty products, etc.

By joining free affiliate programs, you have another easy way to find free work at home ideas that will help you to generate income. Programs like have products to sell and services to provide to enable you to earn commissions without spending money to start. There is a combination of ideas, that you can earn commissions with – referrals as well as for selling products or services. Just pick one or more and see how you do.

Another example, is if you have particular business and/or computer skills and experience. You can start a training site and charge people to consult with you about how to do things. Basic computer skills like using Windows, using a browser, using applications like Word Processors, etc. are some of the things they may need to know how to do.

Training may also include mentoring or coaching, such as sharing motivational concepts and sales or marketing techniques. Particularly people starting new businesses online might need a hand with these issues. They may have skills in A,B and C, but have some areas that could be added to their skills, where you could fill it in for them.

If you have administrative skills you could start a work at home job for yourself free. If you type for people that are writing eBooks or reports or just need to compose eMail correspondence you can earn money doing it from home. You can offer to handle their accounts payable or receivable if you can use simple applications like QuickBooks, Excel or even a calculator! Anyone of these areas may be where people just need a little help or it could become a full-time job.

Writing skills are particularly key if you like the idea of having a service related business online. There are many websites that require ad copy written, which can include creating content for article and blog marketing. You really don’t need to be a professional copywriter to do this, and just need to have basic creative writing skills. It is also important if you can ‘dot your i’s and cross your t’s’), i.e., taking the time to proofread to be sure you are using decent spelling and grammar. (if you see typos here nobody is perfect!) ?

Any of these business models would involve your doing marketing and advertising yourself to promote sales. Just about anything you want to promote would involve these functions. People have to know you are there and what you will do for how much before you can turn these consumers into your happy customers. There are a number of free ways to do this on the Internet and as you grow you may be able to find some inexpensive ways to help yourself as well.

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