Many people say that they want a home based business. They say it, but have no idea what having a home based business is all about. In many cases they think it involves sitting around in their underwear all day waiting for the "home based business fairy" to come and deliver money to them under their pillow. This is quite obviously not the case.
A home based business is just like any other business except for the fact that it's run out of your home rather than some office building.
Although many people want to make it seem as if they're different, they're not and you need to be aware of this fact before you pursue a home based business. The only difference between a 'home based business' and a 'business' is the name. There are a few things that you must know no matter what kind of "opportunity" you may be dealing with.
1) You must be able to reach people that are interested in what you're doing. Call them customers, clients, prospects, leads, hell call them footballs, the point is you must be able to reach people who are interested in what you're doing.
2) Once you reach them, you're going to have to begin a dialogue with them. You can do this with the phone, email, snail mail, billboards, articles, television, or a freakin' airplane, the point is you must start a dialogue with these people.
3) You're going to have to "sell" them on your idea. I know that the word "sell" can be more frightening than a mother grizzly running at you through the brush while you're holding a cute little cub in your arms, but you're going to have to do it. This can be accomplished by you personally or someone else who has more experience, but the customer is going to have to be "sold" if you're going to make it.
The three things mentioned above are an absolute must for any business, whether it be based out of the home or based out of a twenty story office building. There are many other aspects involved as well, but these three are integral. You can worry about the other aspects as you get more experience, the point is if you're exploring a home business opportunity and it doesn't seem to involve the three things mentioned in this article, you should be skeptical. There are a lot of people making a lot of unbelievable claims out there (especially on the internet) and you should be aware of this fact. Any time something sounds too good to be true or promises something for nothing....follow your instincts!
The bottom line is that you can do very well with your own home based business; I just want you to be aware of some of what's involved. Keep in mind what Henry Ford said, "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
So keep your eyes on your goals and try your best not to fall for all the hype. Have fun and good luck.