Stepping into year two of a home-based business has my thoughts turned to revamping of my business website and business in general. My first thought was where to start? I haven't written an article in some time and maybe this is a good start to get ball rolling. Perhaps you have read," Look Before You Leap ... Is a Home-Based Business REALLY For You?, by Elena Fawkner. Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ...practical home business ideas for work- from-home entrepreneur. http://www.ahbbo.com
Elena has made some very good points in her article about home business. As an entrepreneur of home business, I too share her thoughts. I wrote an article,"Home Biz Tips", some time ago, that merely skimmed surface of home business. Now going into my second year of business, I found some new experiences to add to my list and Elena's. Elena places home business realities into three categories: financial, personal and situational. I will add my comments for each below:
>Commitment: That's exactly so, either you're into it or you're not.Your business must be top priority over anything. You must dedicate yourself to succeed.
>Risk Taker: If you are not ready for a downfall, don't try a home business. It will fail many ways before it succeeds. Secure and stable,it is not for some time to come.
>Self-Motivation: You are number one "Boss". You must do it, like it or not, even stuff you hate to do.There is no one else there to do it.
>Self-Discipline: Distractions? You bet and lots of them! I cannot name number of them within a span of one hour. Be prepared to stay focused.
>Patience: It is a virtue! Believe it. You are not going to make money right away, kudos to Elena! Absolute truth.
>Reasons: Want to work from home? Yes....and help with income? Yes...Buy for your home, children, and spouse? Yes..Remember your reasons.
>Flexibility and Adaptability: Jack of All Trades,"That's You!" Just like those many household chores you do without thinking. You will learn to do things you never realized, that were associated with working at home.
>Willingness to Sacrifice: Long hours on computer are a must.Can you sacrifice time and can your family live with it?
>Work Ethic: Does need to work exist in you?
>Stress Management: It's alot of weight on your shoulders! Your business relies on you as to whether it will succeed or not. Many thoughts will be on your mind and you must carry these thoughts with you day and night, everywhere you go, in everything you do...always in back of your mind. Can you deal with it?