|Copyright 2004 Mal Keenan
The number of home-based business opportunities is rapidly growing. In fact, over 50% of small business owners work from home. Numerous programs and options are available. If you would like a legitimate home based business but are having trouble deciding which is right for you,
exercising a few precautions can go a long way in making sure you choose the best program for you.
There are legitimate home business opportunities that can start you on your way to financial freedom. Research each opportunity thoroughly and choose wisely. You can earn an excellent income, be your own boss, and work the days and hours you desire.
The home business industry is expanding continuously and research suggests that revenue generated from home-based businesses will increase by 17% yearly through the year 2008. Legitimate home business opportunities are highly successful when they are more than just get rich quick schemes. Valuable marketing tools combined with affiliate/prospect systems, discussion groups, and contact with those who are already earning money from the same company are excellent ways to help you make your business successful.
There is a wide range of business opportunities to consider, including Internet based businesses, retail sales, import/export, and even stuffing envelopes. Some are legitimate businesses, and some are not. It's important to know everything about the company and to communicate with those already involved so you understand completely any risks you may be taking, how long before you can reasonably expect to make serious money, and what amount of work is required to make that money.
Have practical expectations when starting a home-based business. Expecting to make enormous amounts of money in a very short time is unrealistic. Most legitimate home businesses do not promise instant wealth, but may offer a steady income stream that can increase gradually. It takes a certain amount of time to build a successful home business. Spend adequate time researching your business.
Make sure there is a large market for your service or product to help ensure your economic success. There is plenty of information on the Internet and through the US Small Business Administration to assist you in making informed decisions as to starting a home-based business.
People start a home-based business for many different reasons. They may be dissatisfied with their current job, unemployed, or have family situations that require them to be at home. By starting and maintaining a legitimate home-based business, you can realize your dream of being your own boss.
It is a good idea to write a business plan, as it may be your roadmap to reaching your objectives. There are numerous articles on the Internet and in libraries that can assist you in developing your business plan as well as addressing the many other issues involved with starting and operating a business from home.
And last, but not least, seek the advice of a tax professional. Your first reaction may be that you can't afford such expenses right now; but in reality you can't afford not to seek such advice from the very beginning of your home business start-up. They can advise you about ways you may be able to reduce the amount of taxable business income at the end of the year. Paying for an hour or two of consultation with a tax professional at the beginning will probably save you much more than that amount later on down the road.
An amazing number of people seem to think that magic is somehow created when you put the words "home-based" in front of the word "business." It's still business...it just happens to be based in the home.
About the author:
Mal Keenan is editor and publisher of Home Business Tips Newsletter: http://www.home-business-tips-newsletter.com/
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