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Chris Bell

HOW TO START A SUCCESSFUL HOME-BASED BUSINESS



Even before the worldwide spread of Covid-19, a new trend of home-based businesses has been on the rise. A growing number of the workforce has ditched the typical nine to five for a make-your-own-schedule type of deal. Working from home not only allows more family time but completely abandons the need to sit in rush hour traffic, you also get the option to stay in the comfort of your pajamas. If you wish too!

Home-based businesses include marketing, advertising, writing, selling crafts, and many other opportunities. Most people that have started working from home say that while starting a home-based business is a big risk, but the reward is worth it.

Since the world is currently on lockdown and citizens everywhere are quarantined due to the spread of the Coronavirus, many people have found themselves wondering what to do for money. Millions of citizens worldwide have been laid off and are left with the burdens of paying bills, feeding their families, and keeping a roof over their heads. For many, this is the perfect time to start using their talents and combing them with a little bit of passion to start a new business venture from the comfort of their very own homes. Let’s start brainstorming.

Your Idea

First and foremost, let’s begin with thinking about your current job or the last job you had before the thought of starting your home-business venture crossed your mind. Are you happy with this job? If you are completely satisfied with the job you have and wake up feeling fulfilled and gratified then I suggest you stay there.

Unfortunately, many people do not have the privilege of saying that they are truly happy with their jobs or where they are in life. This is most likely why you have started thinking about starting your own business at home. Whatever the reason may be, let me just say this: you are not alone and you can make your dream come true.

Home-based business includes job fields such as sales, marketing, teaching, writing, accounting, and even video production as well as many more. It seems that the most successful home-based businesses have come from people that took their hobbies and passions and found out how to make money from them. Keep in mind that if you want this new career to be your main source of income you will need to be able to earn a significant amount of profit each month.

How To Make It Work

Now that you have an idea of what kind of business you would like to run out of your home, you need to think about how you are going to get started. Keep in mind that many successful businesses do not become immensely profitable immediately. You will need to take some time to figure out how much money you can make within a month or even better, a week.

You also need to consider the cost of materials or equipment you will need in order for your business to be effective. Turnaround time, or how quickly you can complete jobs, also needs to be taken into consideration.

It is okay to start small. Take my advice, it is better to start small and grow than it is to start big and shrink. This could mean that you might have to work part-time away from home while using free time to get your business up and running. You’ll need to consider if you need support with certain things that you are not comfortable with or can’t find the time to do. This could be keeping a close eye on your accounts and bookkeeping, marketing or HR if you eventually get to that stage.

You may find yourself coming to roadblocks and at times it will seem as though it is not worth it. I assure you that if you maintain your desire and determination, you will be successful. The key to any successful business is the individual in charge.

What You Need To Do

At the beginning of your journey, you will need to decide what type of business you want to set-up. Do you want to be a Sole Trader or Limited Company for example? What you choose here will determine the level of compliance you need to adhere to and your liability.

In this day and age, just about anything is possible. People are making their dreams come true everyday. You need to come up with a plan. Generally, I do not set a timeline for my success because taking detours is just a part of driving. Patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait. Be patient but work.

Set a goal for your first month. Did you meet that goal? Set a higher goal and take what you have learned from the previous month and use it to your advantage. Continue this process until you begin to see a result. Then, continue to expand.

You will need to determine if what you want to do can, in fact, be done inside your home. Also, is there a demand for your service? Why should people choose you over your competitors? Believe me, you will have competitors in almost any market. You need to inform your customers of why you are better than everyone else if you want to be successful. In other words, let your work speak for itself.

You will need to spread the word about your services. Social media has made advertising simple and easy. Don’t forget that it is a free way to get your brand out there! Ask customers to post reviews and recommendations on social media. This will allow your business to grow. Do not under estimate the importance of marketing.

Be in it to win it. If you quit, you will never be successful. This, I think, is the hardest part for people to figure out. Everyone wants to get rich quick and we all have heard the incredible success stories of those at the top of the Forbes list. What they do not tell you is what it takes to get there. I will leave you with this: when you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, you will be successful.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get to business.