How to Build Your Business on a Solid Foundation

Written by Mary Wilkey

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Don't skip any steps. Basic to getting this learning curve out ofrepparttar way is setting up your tools. By that, I mean:

getting your business cards ordered, setting up your 800 number, getting your FAX system in place (if you plan to have one), putting your contact email in place, getting your website up and running, setting up your merchant account, placing your initial order withrepparttar 117809 company (if necessary), filing all your required paperwork withrepparttar 117810 company, getting your local vendor's license, business license, and anything else required by your local city, county, or state government.

While you are completingrepparttar 117811 above processes, create folders for each project to hold allrepparttar 117812 copies ofrepparttar 117813 paperwork you'll be getting. Be sure to keep a copy of everything that you send out, whether by FAX, email, or snail mail.

Meanwhile, in between setting up allrepparttar 117814 above, read or listen to each step ofrepparttar 117815 training in succession, because in most cases, one thing builds onrepparttar 117816 other. Take time to learn your ABC's and don't worry about what you will take up in "college"! You won't have to concern yourself with college studies if you don't learn your ABC's first!

And above all, keep things as simple as possible. Not only for your own sake, but because, if you don't,repparttar 117817 people you present your opportunity to will getrepparttar 117818 idea that things are much too complicated in your business to get involved with it.

They won't believe that they can learn it. They won't want to. But if it appears to be simple for you, they'll see that it would be simple for them, and you'll increase your success rate dramatically!

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Is a Home-Based Business What You Want?

Written by Donna Sweat

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Financial Realities:

>Cash Reserves: I have little cash reserves and manage to stay afloat.There are times when I have it and times I do not. I need to keep my telephone, Internet Service Provider, and website paid to date.They are my top priorities and advertising is a must.

>Retirement Planning: Definitely a must, IRA's work and so do 401k plans and savings accounts. Examinerepparttar possibilities.

>Health Insurance: You definitely need to find some coverage. I am covered under my husband's plan for now.

>Vacation: No Pay...Yep, that's right! Be prepared before you schedule a vacation. It's Christmas Day and I am writing an article at 3 am.!

Situation Realities:

>Hard Work-Long Hours: It must be nice to work at home! many times have I heard that? Too Many! I am sick of home! I still spend on average, eight hours a day on my computer as compared to twelve-fifteen inrepparttar 117808 beginning. A kind word of warning, take breaks's tough to move after a few hours atrepparttar 117809 computer. Health problems will develop if you sit too long. Also remember to get enough sleep, a must!

>Interruptions: Plenty of them. Not only fromrepparttar 117810 kids and spouse, butrepparttar 117811 dogs and cat and phone and door and everything in between.This requires concentration above all...stay focused on whatever it is you are doing.

>Distractions: Alot like interruptions..but last longer usually. I learned to do those household tasks along siderepparttar 117812 business tasks. This may not work for you. I find it serves as a break in monotony and refreshes your mind. In fact, I do several tasks throughoutrepparttar 117813 day and keep my computer booted.

>Isolation and Loneliness: In addition to Elena's ideas, often a trip to a friend's house or a walk may curerepparttar 117814 blues. Another tip is to play music inrepparttar 117815 background as you work.

Make 2002repparttar 117816 year for your home business startup or not...

I will move forward in my business even though my first year was a bit scary at times. I have overcomerepparttar 117817 scary part and learned to deal with ups and downs, good times and bad, and unsuspected wrong turns. But overall my business has proved to be successful throughrepparttar 117818 first year and "Yes", I did make money. Enough to pay some of my bills, but it was an improvement and that's why I continue to work at home.

Donna Sweat Publisher/Editor Dee's Helpful Info.Newsletter Endless Mts Home Business

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