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

Those Not-So-Beaut Information Products

Written by Elena Fawkner

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THAT'S howrepparttar author makes HIS fortune. By lining up an army of patsies, most of whom will be lucky to sell a single copy ofrepparttar 117807 product. But because he has THOUSANDS of you out there, he still makes a fortune. If each ofrepparttar 117808 thousands of resellers sells only one copy, he still makes commissions on thousands of sales. You don't get that opportunity.

And one other piece of vital information. You need to be one ofrepparttar 117809 very first marketing these products to generate any income from them at all. They have a VERY short shelf-life.

Now, these types of products certainly have their place. I promote one of them from my site, in fact. But I don't promote it as something to generate an income with. I promote it instead because of what it can teach you about internet marketing in a very short time. And I say so.

Information products can do very well online, indeed. But not these sort. Think instead in terms of creating your own content-rich site that attracts targeted traffic (the more specialized your nicherepparttar 117810 better) and then write your own e-books and sell them from your site. Establish an affiliate program to get others to sell your book for you. There is a veritable army of people out there looking for a product to sell, and any product, so it sometimes seems, will do. In time, they will wake up and smellrepparttar 117811 coffee but until then, put that salesforce to work for YOU. Just don't promise themrepparttar 117812 moon though, OK?

Think also in terms of publishing a newsletter onrepparttar 117813 subject of your choice. Not only does this help spreadrepparttar 117814 word about your website, vital to all-important traffic generation, your newsletter can become quite a lucrative source of advertising revenue once your subscriber base reaches a decent size (of several thousand).

Or you might decide instead (or as well) to launch a subscription-based newsletter to generate subscription income as well as advertising revenues.

Another approach is to create a members-only area of your web site and charge a monthly fee for access.

All of these ideas involve information products. Start thinking outsiderepparttar 117815 paradigm of "selling an information product from your site". Your site *IS* an information product! So is your newsletter. And utilized effectively, they're MUCH more likely to result in a steady, reliable and secure source of income for YOU, not just another internet marketing "guru".

Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ... practical home business ideas for the work-from-home entrepreneur.

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