Home-Based Businesses: The TRUTH Behind the Lies
© 1999, by Harmony Major

Part 1: Getting Started

There are a lot of things you should take into consideration when choosing a home business that’s going to make YOU happy and pay the bills, or give you that extra income you need. If you follow this plan I’ve laid out for you, you should have no problem at all finding a business to suit your needs.

Even if you already are involved in a home business, you can take these seven easy steps to find out if it’s going to be a success, or a flop.

1. Start With What You Know.

Unless you want to be putting in hours or even days of your time doing research on the ins and outs of the business you choose, you more than likely will want to start with a business that you know a little bit about.

I’m not talking about being an expert in whatever it is that you choose, but at least know enough about it to cover the basics. If you don't, you'll end up having to spend more time learning how your business works, and you'll get to spend less time on what motivated you to start your own business in the first place -- making money!

2. Be Sure to Choose an Interesting Field.

This is important! Make sure you’re interested in the type of business that you’re considering. If you love the Internet, then you’ll want to choose something that will allow you to spend a lot of your time surfing the 'Net, and making money doing it.

That doesn’t necessarily mean getting paid directly for surfing the 'Net, but could be searching for new ways to promote your business. You’ll profit from it in the long run. (With the new "Get-Paid-to-Surf-the-Net" craze that everyone is talking about, you can only so much per month doing it anyway, which is usually less than $100. But, you may want to use that to fund your promotional efforts. So, who knows? It just may be worth it.)

Also, try to get a good working knowledge of your product or service that you’ll be promoting. If you don’t believe in the benefits of your product, neither will your prospect. Y’know, people can usually tell the difference when someone is really enthused about whatever they’re selling ... and when they’re just doing it to make a quick dollar. If you give off that second vibe, your business will never take off.

3. Is Your Business Easy to Understand?

Will you be able to make referral bonuses from the people that sign up from your website? If so, make sure the sign-up process is a quick and easy one. If it took you 45 minutes to fill out the online application, chances are, it’s not as quick and easy as it needs to be.

When people are ready to start an online business, that usually means that they’ve already researched the company, contemplated the benefits, and are prepared to start NOW. Don’t make them wait by choosing a business with a clunky sign-up process.

Also, after they do sign up, you want them to be able to follow a simple, step-by-step plan to promote their business. Does the company or your sponsor provide that information? If so, were you able to follow it easily? If you answered no to any of those questions, I’ll bet it was frustrating. And, it will be just as frustrating to your prospects.

"Well, what if this is the business of my dreams ... and this is the ONLY thing that needs work," you ask?
T hat’s an easy one.

You know the process that *you* take to promote your business? Simply document that in a way that’s easy to follow and understand, and pass those steps on to your prospects. Voila! We’re keepin’ it simple.

Part 2: Finishing Up Get it at http://homebasedheaven.com/research/articles/homebiz2.html


Excerpted from 'Simply, eBusiness', Harmony Major's online business and marketing startup guide. Learn how to start an online business, acquire money-making online marketing techniques, and profit like never before! Get the guide at http://SimplyeBusiness.NET

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