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Home Business: A Dream or a Nightmare

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Home Business: A Dream or a Nightmare

By Denise Hall (C) 2003

Many of us dream of someday having our own business.
Whether it is a grocery store, craft supply shop or
accounting office we dream of being our own boss.

For many others the ultimate business is to work from the
comfort of our own homes. Why? Because there are many
advantages to working from home.

Home businesses have low overhead costs, therefore more
profit.

You don't need as much money for start-up costs as a
typical business needs.

You can set your own hours and work around your other
important activities.

You don't have to get dressed up to go to work. Work in
your pajamas and bathrobe if you'd like.

But for some people this dream may seem unattainable. They
have no idea where to begin. They're not sure what they
want to do. The dream is hard to picture as a reality.

Ask yourself some questions before deciding if a home
business is for you.

1. What are your interests or hobbies?

2. How much do you know about those subjects?

3. Do you feel you can contribute your knowledge and skills
to others in a professional manner?

4. Is there a need for your products or services?

5. Do you know how to market your business?

6. Do you have long-term goals for your business?

7. Are you willing to LEARN how to start and run a business?

If you have answers to those questions, you probably
possess the ability to have your own business. If not, you
can consult a business consultant or small business
counselor for advice to see if a home business is for you.

It might not be easy getting started but where there's a
will, there's a way.

Don't jump in head first. Do your homework. Know the
answers to the questions above before you start. Have a
business plan.

If you start your business with no clear direction your
dream might turn into a nightmare.

Be prepared to change your direction a bit if the current
market calls for it. But do follow your original plan as
much as possible.

Unless you have a pre-established client or customer base
don't quit your "day job" until your home business is well
under way and you can afford to do so.

Working from home is a dream that can become a reality for
many people. But know where you want to go and what you
want to do so it doesn't end up being a nightmare.

About the Author

Denise Hall is the owner of Home Business on a Budget which
specializes in tools and resources for your home business
needs. Visit http://www.home-business-on-a-budget.com today.
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