When it comes to making a decision between going it alone or opting for a business-in-a-box, the real question you should be asking yourself is how prepared are you to launch a business on your own. I mean, unless you have a tangible skill such as accounting or law, starting a business requires a bit more than hanging out your shingle. To start off with you have to create marketing materials including a website to promote your startup. You also have to create, package and vend your products and services. You have to make decisions regarding pricing and determine your margins. You need to determine how much you are going to spend on advertising. In short there are about a hundred things that you as chief cook and bottle washer need to iron out before you sell one unit.Buying a business-in-a-box solves all these issues. Both franchisors and business opportunity purveyors have taken the time to go through all the above mentioned areas. They have tested the water and taken their lumps. They have survived the sometimes brutal evolution process. What they have to offer is a proven track to run on that if followed will allow you to skip the trial and error part of starting a business and get down to the art of the deal.Once you have made the decision to bite the bullet and go the business-in-a-box route, then the obvious question becomes, “Which one is right for me?”You may have noticed that there are literally thousands of franchise and business opportunities out there. In fact, there are so many that it won’t be long before your head is spinning. Before you decide to throw in the towel, there are a few things that you can do to cull the herd.#1: Decide on your price point right at the outset. It doesn’t make any sense to lust after a fast food franchise if all you have to spend on the business is fifty thousand dollars or so. Restaurants for the most part require hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire. So do most other retail establishments. Don’t think for a minute that the bank is going to lend you the difference. (I’ll cover the realities of franchise financing in an upcoming article.) As a rule of thumb, even if you manage to secure a loan you will be required to put up at least twenty to thirty percent of the amount in cash and cover the rest with some form of collateral.#2: List your skills and abilities.The secret to success in any business is directly attributable to the owner’s ability to successfully operate it. While all franchises provide training, don’t expect them to be miracle workers. If you have little or no management experience, don’t take on a business that requires you to manage a bunch of employees from day one. If you have little or no sales experience and feel ill at ease cold-calling, don’t choose a business that will make or break you depending upon your direct sales ability. What I strongly recommend before you even begin your search is that you sit down and write out a list of your tangible skills and abilities.#3: Hone your target industries down to a few.As a rule, business opportunity and franchise portals list their opportunities by price and industry. Again, your success or failure in any business depends upon the skillset that you bring to the job. Also, don’t forget that a business-in-a-box is not like a job. You can’t simply quit and walk away unless you are prepared to walk away from at least the franchise or licensing fee that you parleyed in order to get started. Therefore think about how you are going to feel about working the business day in and day out, week in and week out before joining the fray. Sure a maid service opportunity might fit the bill when it comes to your ability to afford the front fee, but will it hold and keep your attention eighteen months down the road? If the answer is yes, then by all means add this kind of business onto your “A” List. If you need a bit more in the way of mental stimulation, keep looking.While you may not have a crystal ball to point you to the perfect franchise or business opportunity, you can cut down on the sensory overload and increase the odds of finding the right business-in-a-box for you by following the above mentioned steps.
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Why are some Christian home based businesses blessed by God while it seems others are not. Perhaps the answer lies in something that should be at the heart of every Christian home based business enterprise – honesty and integrity. If we expect the Lord to bless our efforts as Christian business entrepreneurs then we won’t mislead or misrepresent our products, services or business opportunities.Christians in business, especially those in home based businesses, have faith in the promises of God to materially bless those who honor and glorify him in all we do and say. So why is it that some Christian business entrepreneurs give into the temptation of overstating claims of success? The reason is simply because of a lack of faith.Jesus said, A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)What we think ultimately produces what we believe in our hearts. What we believe in our hearts leads to what we say. Therefore, what we say is the fruit of what we believe in our heart – whether good or evil.If we are not honest as a Christian entrepreneur and misrepresent or deliberately distort the claims of our products, services or business opportunities, they it all goes back to the way we think. Honesty and integrity in the life of a Christian is the result of trust and faith in the promises of God that he will reward those attributes. We know we can achieve success in any business enterprise, including a home based business, because God blesses and rewards businesses based on honesty and integrity. That’s an example of a working faith.It’s one thing to claim we operate a Christian business. It’s something entirely different to show we operate a Christian business by our truthfulness and integrity. We’re not motivated by greed or the love of money. Instead we’re motivated by the love of Christ that shapes our very thinking as well as our actions. We live to serve.Every one of us has a treasure in his heart. That’s why Jesus said that a good man will have a good treasure in his heart while an evil man will have an evil treasure.When we speak, we are revealing the treasure of our heart to those with whom we do business. If Jesus Christ is at the center of our thoughts as Christian business entrepreneurs, then the treasure of our hearts will bring forth good fruit that will be a blessing to all those around us. People will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. And, in turn, God will bless us in ways we could have never imagined. Our home based business enterprises will not only be blessed by our Father in heaven, but will in turn be a blessing to others. Why? Because we spoke the truth in love from a heart free of covetousness and greed.Is your home based business prospering? It will if it is centered on doing the will of the Father in heaven, and in glorifying his Son,- our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Most people would do everything even rendering overtime work from the office just to have additional money to pay the bills, mortgages and to buy their dream house and car. Today, these ways are no longer useful for someone who is already tired of working overtime and not getting ahead.Passive Ways of Getting IncomePassive ways of getting an income means that there are ways for someone to have extra income without putting too much effort. For example, it was mentioned above that many people are into making money working overtime. In fact, they are not really earning in this way. Indeed, they are getting themselves into trouble. They are killing themselves softly. Internet business or online businesses on the other hand are ways to get extra income passively. They can choose the time they want to work and earn more money than working overtime.Online Retail StoresOnline retail stores are one of the best ways to earn money. Fist step in creating an online store is setting up a website that will serve as their store. The website should be enchanting. This will stand as the entrance door of the online store. Any customer would want to enter a good store. If they saw the store is not really enchanting, they could change their minds and go to another website or another online store. Next thing, the seller or owner should think of best seller products that he can sell online. In choosing a best selling product they should think of their interests. The products that they will sell should not only best sellers but within their interests so that they could get more money.Affiliate Marketing ProgramsAffiliate marketing programs are big help to those who are starting in this business. This is because affiliate marketing programs can help the starters by training them, coaching them and giving them materials that would help them as they enter a new field. These programs could also help those starters in this business in choosing the product they want to sell. But the, the starters in this business should research carefully when it comes to affiliate programs. There are some affiliate programs who would rather think of their own interests than pursuing their main goals and missions— that is to help increase their market and networks by helping starters in this business. Some affiliate marketing programs would cost the starter in signing up.Select the Best ProductsWhen it comes to selecting the best products, the sellers or owners of online stores should think of getting products that are best sellers and products that are within their sphere of interests. This way they will not have a hard time selling the products.
It is always best if you have a separate room in your house where you can set up your business. If you don’t, you need to decide where are you going to put it? Wherever you decide to put it, you need to make it a dedicated space. This means that no other personal items are allowed in this area. Everything in this area needs to be for the business.Some of the things that you will need in your home office will include a desk, chair, computer, a phone, filing cabinets and office supplies. It is not necessary to spend a fortune buying these things, if you do not have them already. Check out local flea markets, yard sales or resale shops and see if you can get a good deal on these items.If you do not have a separate room for your office make sure that you have enough room in the area you choose to put all of your equipment. Make sure the area is well lit so that you can see what you’re doing. Try to make your work area decorated the way you will feel comfortable to help you stay in a good mood.If you are going to be spending a lot of time at your desk be sure that you have a comfortable chair. Be sure to keep this area at a comfortable temperature with good ventilation. You may consider setting up a room divider to keep your work area separate. You can also use an area rug and let family members know that from the rug over is your business and that no one is allowed to get into the anything in this area.You could paint the wall in your work area a different color than the rest of the room. You may want to use a good cheery color to make your workday go smoother. If you have room add some of your favorite things around to look at when you are feeling stressed. If it’s at all possible set up your desk in front of a window to help with lighting and give you a good view.When setting up your home office don’t forget about taxes. Whatever percentage of your house you use for your business should be tax deductible. Be sure to keep receipts for any equipment you buy to use for your taxes.
For many, the internet is still a place to tune into for games and chat, but for an increasing number of others the internet is used to operate their work from home business. These folks don’t just use online communities and resources to stifle boredom but to earn an income. And several of them earn a lot.Heres how:While many people still think of the web as a way to socially connect people who work from home know that it is also the worlds largest market place. They still use all the social and fun aspects of the internet, but they’ve taken it to another level. Instead of working on the internet, they’ve discovered ways to make the internet work for them.In order to create a successful work from home business these folks explore the internet for affiliate marketing products that will sell quickly and gift them with large profits. Instead of spending hours searching for the latest gossip on Paris Hilton, they research updates and product developments within their chosen niche. If they’re niche happens to be celeb gossip then I guess the hunt for tidbits on Miss. Hilton is important.However, earning a good income online requires more than knowledge about the latest big product launch you need to be able to implement exceptional sales and marketing tactics. Hours are spent on receiving training. People who work from home acquire the skills needed to boost their home business by reading books and articles pertaining to running a home business on the internet, listening in on calls and web seminars, and talking to industry experts. All this is done online without the hassle of leaving your home.A quick search lets them find ebooks, web videos and online forums and chat room where they can get connected with others who are willing to share their success tips. It also lets them pick and choose which online communities they want to become part of. They use the ones that they get the most out of but also that they feel most comfortable in. Networking on the internet is a much more pleasant experience since you can connect with more people like you much faster. Even though people who work from home are working, they are also making new friends and having fun as well as learning.The knowledge they acquire lets them become an expert in their field as well as in sales. Before long their sitting in the forums answering your questions and writing top selling books on how to work from home.Because running a work from home business means operating a system that is open 24 hours a day people who work from home make a greater income in a shorter time span. However, just because your website is open all day and night doesn’t mean you’re forced to tend it every hour of the day. Most people who work at home only work 6-8 hours. While they are away from their computer their work from home business is still hard at work.The hours they put in during their working time greatly pays off. Those that earn large sums on the internet understand that as fun and exciting as working from home is, its still a job and you have to put the time and effort in.So, for the majority who still use the internet to play, many of us research our markets gain new knowledge and set up 24 hour profits machines by putting the internet to work.
If you want a real work at home business that you can depend on to make a steady living, there are a few things you can do to be successful. The important things that you will need just to begin are ideas, a business plan, and a marketing budget.A Good IdeaIn order to even start a business, you need a good idea. The best idea for a work at home business is one that you can use forever, if you do decide that you want to run this business for the rest of your life like many people do.If you decide to sell products online like most people tend to do, you should choose a product that you know a lot about and can be passionate about. You will be happier and your business will be easier if you already know information about your product. You are already starting in a new business, so why make it harder by trying to learn everything about a new product as well?Business PlanOnce you have decided what to sell, you need to create a comprehensive business plan that you can follow. This will make getting your business off the ground much easier. You can also show it to other more experienced people who have similar businesses to see if they can think of any changes you should make to your business.A plan will allow you to stay organized, which is crucial to success in a business like this. If you need an investor down the line, it is also important to have a business plan to show them, as most investors or banks will not want to loan money to a business that is unorganized.Marketing PlanYou will also need a marketing plan to keep your marketing efforts organized, just like the rest of your business. You need to keep a record of where and when you market your business so that when it works, you can figure out where to market again.A BudgetAnother plan you need is a budget. This will keep track of how much money you spend on marketing and any materials you need to stay in business. This is important because you do not want to find out that you are spending more or the same on marketing that you are making. You will likely spend more on marketing at the beginning, as many people do a marketing blitz to get their business name out there. However, you should see that you have to spend less as you gain more visitors to your website.Clearly a lot of planning is necessary at the beginning of a real work at home business, but you will eventually find that it is all worth it once you start making money.
From start to finish, the process of purchasing a home business can be a tricky road to navigate. Even the very first decision can prove to be a hurdle for some people: am I ready for this? Particularly if you’re a person prone to worry, this can be a difficult and fearful question to ask, and an even harder one to answer, especially if you’ve never purchased or operated your own business before. Simply approaching the idea of opening your own business can be challenging, regardless of how easy a work from home model may be. However, “am I ready for this” doesn’t have to be an impossible question, and although it may seem a little unexpected, the government can help you answer it.Actually, the government is so concerned about small business development and entrepreneurship as a serious stimulus to the United States economy, that the Small Business Administration has constructed a website with a wide variety of tools and support systems to help businesses along. The list of services they provide is long, but includes some impressive features like business planning tips, information about various financing options, a full business law library, online business training, small business podcasts, and all the government forms you could want.One of their most interesting web tools, though, is the SBA assessment tool: a 5-minute questionnaire designed to help potential entrepreneurs decide whether or not they are equipped to start an Air Advantage internet sales franchise, DVDNow movie rental franchise, or any other home based business. It’s a surprisingly simple list of questions, that literally only take a few minutes to fill out, and it covers just about every question that would need to be asked.The yes/no questions are broken into 3 category headings: general; personal characteristics; and skills, experience, and training. The general section includes questions regarding who you’ve discussed your business ideas with, if you have the support of family and friends, and whether or not you have sought professional counsel.The personal characteristics heading asks a few questions about you to help determine if you have the personal qualities that most entrepreneurs display: are you a leader, do you display confidence, are you a team-player, etc.The skills, experience & training question list takes you through a whirlwind look at your business history, natural talents, and accumulated training. Altogether, the questionnaire is sure to give you a better idea of where you stand in preparedness as you look at the prospect of starting a work at home franchise. If you have what it takes to make it in the business world, but need a little nudge in the right direction, the SBA can help show what to you.If, however, there is anything about your answers that would lead the SBA assessment to conclude that you are not yet ready to start a business, it doesn’t just tell you to give up all dreams of owning a business entirely. Instead, it takes your responses and develops a plan of action for you to follow that will help fill out those areas in which you may not have scored as highly as possible. Once you have read the recommended material, sought counsel from a trained business coach, and done whatever else the results indicate would be a good idea for you to do, you should be ready to come back and ace the assessment. The assessment is not something designed so that the SBA can bar people from starting businesses, but it does help to bolster people who are ready and advise people who aren’t.All in all, the SBA and its array of business tools are very helpful to anyone interested in any kind of business. Whether you’re on the path to getting into business-to-business internet consulting with WSI Internet, just browsing for an internet franchise, or simply toying with the idea of any kind of franchise business, the SBA can help, and it wants to, so take advantage of the services that it offers. It makes no sense to avoid free help.
There have been times when I would wake up to go to work and realize that I am already at work. Owning a home base business has its positives and negatives. If you own your business at home , there will be times when you feel on top of the world. Then, there will be times when you feel lonely because you will have to motivate yourself in order to stay ahead of the game. Below I will explain some good and not so good times that you will go through. But keep in mind that this is part of the norm when it comes to owning a business from home.First let’s talk about the good:When you own a home base business it can be very rewarding. There is no need to deal with the hassle of driving to work. Many people head off to work and never make it there because of “traffic accidents.” The gas that you save by not having to drive to work along is a benefit. You never have to lie to your boss by saying that you got hung up in traffic.Another benefit is not having to spend all of your pocket change on the soda and snack machines. If you would only add up the money that you spend at the end of each month or year, then you could easily see the benefits of savings you will have by not utilizing the machines alone.How about the doctor,dental,emergency,and etc. that comes up during the year. It is not a major concern to explain to your boss and hoping that he/she will “approve” your request because “you are the boss.”This will take a lot of pressure off of you trying to come up with the right things to say to your boss or taking a personal day off just to go have your teeth cleaned. That personal day could be used for more important things like going to the beach or just plain ole sleeping in half the day.Here is the not so good:Now that you are the boss, you are also the employee also. Having a home base business puts you in the shoes of multiple people. Did I also mention that you are the janitor too. Oh yeah, being the boss is not as simple as you thought it would be. Now you don’t have to drive to work so you can never use the excuse of being late because of backed-up traffic on the high-way.You are not spending all of your pocket change at the vending machines, but are you constantly raiding your refrigerator? The pounds can add up quickly being so close to the kitchen. This is when you need to be the boss and tell yourself that you are not allowed inside the kitchen until break time. Remember that you have to wear multiple hats when operating a business from home.Ok, now you have those medical appointments to attend. After the appointments, do you come back home to continue your task? Or do you go for a little site seeing for a while? The boss need you to return as soon as your appointment is over. Remember, you need to stay on top of things because you really don’t want to go out of business. Don’t let every day become a personal day for you!Having my home base business has been very good for me. However, you must maintain self discipline at all times. There is good and bad with almost all things, but if you concentrate on the good and keep moving toward it sooner or later you will drown out the bad. I hope that this article has not only explained the positives and negatives of being the boss, but also encouraged you to make that step in starting your very own home base business [http://www.TrubysHomeBiz.com].To get more ideas when starting a business from home just visit the link below >>>>>