Many people like to think that working from home and owning your own home based business means that you donít have to work very hard or very much. You join this program and they set up everything and its all automated and you in a couple of weeks or months youíll be making thousands of dollars a month and be able to quit your job.
That sure would be nice, but I havenít seen a program yet that even comes close.
The fact of matter is, if you want to have your own business working from home, and you want to make more than just part-time income with it, then you really need to follow what Iím about to say.
The first step I always like to recommend to people about starting a work from home business is to forget about business all together. Donít think about what kind of business you want or what you want from it or anything like that. Once youíve done that, go to your computer and pull up a text editor of some kind, or grab a pen and paper, whatever suits you best. Next, write down your life. What have you accomplished in your lifetime so far? What things have you not done that you thought you would have done by now. What things would you like to accomplish or do in years that follow?
Look at your answers and write down goals for yourself. What would you like to achieve and when would you like to achieve them by. What will it take to achieve these goals? Are you in a position now that you will be able to achieve your goals? If not, why not? I always like to see peoples answer to that question.
These answers and goals should be your motivation for whatever you decide to do. I always recommend placing them somewhere where you will see them and be forced to look at them every day.
So now you hopefully know what you want out of life, if not I hope you figure it out soon. Getting what you want in life usually involves knowing what you want first. If you get what you want before you even know you wanted it, consider yourself lucky, and I hope you donít throw it away before you realize itís what you wanted.
The next step is to now go back to thinking about your business. This can be hardest part. It took me years to figure this step out, even though I had seen it many places, and thought I knew it, I really didnít. I only knew it existed, but never knew how to believe it.
And belief is exactly what this next step is. Whether you come up with an idea for your own business, or you find a MLM, franchise, or any other type of business out their. You need to believe in it 100% before you invest too much time into it. This means research business as much as you can. If a program doesnít give you enough information without you buying into it first, move onto next one. It probably isnít worth your time.
And once you believe in your business, that belief needs to be able to grow until you love your business. If you want to be successful, you need to love your business, love your products, and love what you do in your business.
Some things youíll want to look at is business or company itself, and its products. If youíre selling products, how good are products, who makes them, where are they made, what kind of guarantees do they come with, how do they compare with similar products.
Whatever youíre suppose to be selling, make sure you do your research, and make sure theyíre products or services you feel confident about. If you canít recommend a product to someone you love because you donít believe in it, chances are you arenít going to do very good with those products.
I also always recommend looking at support structure for companies, especially MLM companies. Whoís going to be there to help you starting and running your business? Are there people you can call or email to talk to and ask questions, and how successful are they in this venture? Are they living their dream or just doing this part time as they work 9 to 5 down street at Joe Bobís? Just because youíre going to be in business for yourself, doesnít mean you have to be by yourself.
And one thing that can sometimes be really great, is being able to call or email someone who is in this business, and only this business, and having great success. These are people you want to learn from. Copying success will lead you their a lot faster than just copying good ideas.
Ok, so youíve found a solid business that you really like. Itís got great websites, a great program, great products, and a solid support team to help you whole way. So whatís next?
Next is to set up a business plan. This is step that can scare a lot of people. A lot of times because people donít know how to start a business plan or even what one is exactly. Well it doesnít have to be that hard.
I used Business Plan Pro for mine, but I realize most people may not be able to afford software. Thatís ok, you can still make your own, but I do recommend getting some sort of business plan software if you can.