The Something-For-Nothing Syndrome

Written by Angela Wu

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Then there'srepparttar issue of investing in products or services for your business. Web hosting is a good example; although there are numerous free websites available, that doesn't mean you should use them! 'Free' websites are not actually free; you 'pay' for them by allowingrepparttar 118004 host to place ads on your website. Would YOU trust a company that couldn't even afford to pay a few bucks a month for professional hosting?

Onrepparttar 118005 Internet you can do a lot with a limited budget ... but you can't do it all for free. Invest wisely; it will help your business to become profitable more quickly.

__The 'Hobby' Rather thanrepparttar 118006 'Business'__

Building a business onrepparttar 118007 Internet isrepparttar 118008 same as building a business inrepparttar 118009 "real world". It takes commitment. You CAN build a profitable Internet business working part-time (which is how many of us start) ... but there is a world of difference between working on your business "part-time" and working on it in your "spare time".

If you want to become profitable, then commit yourself to it. Be firm! Set a minimum number of hours per week, and then DO IT. Work those hours regardless of whether or not you 'feel like it'. If you have to give up your evening 'TV time' to fit it in, then do so.

Is it possible to make a decent income from home? Sure. People from all walks of life are doing it ... but you can bet that they worked hard to get where they are today! The Internet only offers an *opportunity* to make money from home; YOU have to shape that opportunity into a profitable business. Success is in your hands!

Angela is the editor of Online Business Basics, a newsletter that offers detailed, ongoing help for eBusiness beginners. OBB is available through the eWorkingWomen's professional members site. Would you like to be a part of this exciting new community? Join us at

How To Survive Your First Year in Business

Written by Brett Krkosska

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B. Are You Prepared For The Physical and Emotional Demands?

A new business can be very demanding. A business owner must wear several hats, be able to switch hats inrepparttar blink of an eye, and wear them tillrepparttar 118003 job is done. This can be stressful to your physical and emotional health. The following questions will help you gauge your stamina.

1. Are you prepared to put in long hours to succeed? It's not uncommon forrepparttar 118004 entrepreneur to work 12 or more hours per day, including weekends.

2. Do you haverepparttar 118005 support of your family? Without that support you are far less likely to succeed. Understand that they must also shoulder additional hardships and responsibilities.

3. Are you pursuing a business venture which fills you with excitement? If not,repparttar 118006 highs and lows of doing business can effect your well-being. A strong passion for your work is a powerful shield against burn-out, physical illness, or emotional distress.

C. What Skills Are You Bringing To Your Business?

Every business requiresrepparttar 118007 application of certain skills to be successful. Without these key skills you runrepparttar 118008 risk of failure. The important thing is to recognizerepparttar 118009 areas of your business requiring additional support. These questions will help you identifyrepparttar 118010 skills you possess and those you need to acquire.

1. Do you have previous experience in a business similar torepparttar 118011 one you're starting? If not, you should research your chosen industry. It's necessary to understand your market, your customers, and your competitors.

2. Are you good at planning and organizing? You must stay on top of things such as your schedule, your promotions, your accounting and financial records, your inventory, etc. Educate yourself, or consider hiring outside help if you feel weak in this area.

3. Are you a good decision-maker? Do you work well under pressure? Can you take projects through to their completion? These are essential skills forrepparttar 118012 small business owner. If you've never worked in a supervisory capacity, you may want to take some specialized training to develop these skills.

Follow through on your answers to all ofrepparttar 118013 above questions. Take action to strengthen your weaknesses. Doing so prepares you to move forward into market analysis andrepparttar 118014 start-up planning phases of your business.

All this preparation will increase your likelihood of survivingrepparttar 118015 first year in business. It's like buying a great pair of boots for your business.

Brett Krkosska provides 'how-to' advice on family and home-based work issues. Stop by his site for startup guidance, home business ideas and inspiration at: For a Fresh and Original perspective on today's home business issues get Brett's ezine at:

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