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Choosing the Right Home Based Business

Being your own boss or being self-employed from home is an attractive proposition.  As attractive as it may sound however, its success depends on choosing the right line of business in the first place, choosing the line that will work for you.   

The following factors will govern the business that is right for you: 

Your Talents and Capabilities: Your most important resource will be your talents and inclination and qualifications. These are at your disposal and just have to be harnessed in an optimum manner, to work for you. Using your talents would automatically make the job more enjoyable and less stress free. You may need to upgrade your skills or acquire additional certification to meet the demands of the business. 

Personal Constraints:  Time, physical disability and family concerns are some of the personal constraints, which will dictate the kind of business you run.  Make sure that you are not stretching the limits of these factors too much or you may break in the bargain. 

Your Resources:  This refers to your physical resources like your capital and premises. Every business, even if net based, requires space to operate from. A big restriction is also the capital available. Once you have decided on your what line of business to start, start small. Do not over-stretch your resources. Use the small home based business as a pilot or test-run, to expand into a big business. 

Demand: The demand for your product or service comes from your customers. No matter how good your product or how much capital you have, your business will not succeed if there is no demand for it. It is therefore necessary to figure out the perceived needs of your customers, so that your product meets the requirements. 

Your Natural Market: Your natural market is the market that exists in your vicinity.  Tapping into this natural market cuts down on distribution expenses. Working in your natural market also helps you to stay in touch with your customers and helps you in tailoring your product to the demands of the natural market. 

Regulations: Any business is governed by the local regulations. Be informed about the local regulations that could hamper the start and expansion of your business.  Once you have started your business, being slapped with fines or getting tied up in legal wrangles is very expensive. 

Choosing the Right Business 

Don’t jump at the first idea that presents itself. Take time to explore various options.   Choose a business that most appeals to you.

Determine your goals, interests, wants and capabilities and let this dictate the business your choice. The important thing is that you must enjoy your business and feel passionate about it.  Choose a business that will be personally satisfying, as well as profitable.

Your hobbies and talents may not be in demand. Choose a business for which there is a demand and which meets your other altruistic motives. Handle the business carefully. Do a business study to ensure that you can handle every aspect of the business.

Think it through before you start. Hiring a professional would be expensive.  Work out the logistics and draw a layout of your intended work area, to see where everything will fit.

As you are running your business from home, you cannot afford to push the rest of the family out. They must both be able to co-exist.  

If your equipment is going to physically hurt someone at home, you are going to have to meet medical bills. Ensure that all your equipment is not hazardous or stored securely.

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Monday 25th September 2017