8 Essentials For A Successful Home Business

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When a person finally decides to start a home business and quit their day job it can be quite an exciting prospect. But at the same time it can be a very difficult transition. Questions like, "How am I going to pull this off", and "Will I be successful and make any money?" go through everyone's mind when they first start out. It's a big step you are willing to take to ensure a better future and more freedom of choice for yourself!

And let me tell you, it is a step well worth taking! However, when entering the work at home "force" it is necessary to do some planning and reading. Contrary to what some may tell you, you can't just "jump" into a work at home business and be successful at it. Having worked at home for well over a year I have come up with 10 essential activities/steps that you need to do in order to be a successful work at home entrepreneur.

1. Make a Business Plan and Set Goals

When you first start out working for yourself it is extremely important to formulate a business plan and set good, realistic goals. So many people just jump into a home business without really thinking, "How and what exactly do I want to do at home?". Take out a notepad and write out exactly what you would like to accomplish and where you'd like to be in a year. Not only will this keep you focused, but if you post it on your office wall and look at it all the time it will also motivate you to keep on track!

2. Contact a Good Accountant

Contact your accountant and discuss with them about starting your own business at home. There are so many different laws and rules about working at home depending on where you reside. You'll feel a whole lot better knowing that what you are doing is legal and also know what forms and papers need to be filled out and filed before you start working at home.

3. A Comfortable, Useful and Fully Furnished Work Space

Do you want to work effectively at home? Of course you do! Then you'll need a space that you can call your office. Get a good desk, computer, pens and paper. And it's very important as well for you to buy a good, comfortable chair for working in. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable while working on your home business!

4. Get Extra's

What exactly does this mean? Well, most of us have phones and bank accounts, right? With working at home it is very important to separate "normal" life from working life, especially if you work at home! That is why it is important to have a business phone and bank account. A business bank account will help you separate personal and business expenses at tax time, and an extra phone line just for your business won't have you constantly guessing whether it's a personal or business call when your phone rings!

5. A Good Day Schedule

It's so easy to get distracted at home! What with the beautiful outdoors, your t.v. and games on your computer, it is extremely important to have a day scheduler. You can write down a simple schedule of what you want to accomplish that day. By writing your daily schedule out, you are less likely to wander to that t.v. set to watch that exciting real t.v. show or whatever else that tempts you to wander from your business!

6. A Big Notepad

If you've got a day schedule why on earth would you need a big notepad? When working at home you will no doubt have days when the good ideas are flowing and believe it or not, many times there is no paper around to write them down on! Don't trust your memory. There have been many a time when I first started out that I had a good idea and thought, "Ah, I'll just write it down later". Inevitably I would always forget it and kick myself later! That is why it is important to have a notepad handy to write down any good ideas you have, so you at least have a record of them!

7. Keep A List of Contacts

A list of good contacts is like gold. Why? Because as you go through the years working on your home business there will be times where you need help or are stumped and can't figure something out. If you keep a list of good contacts, when problems arise you will have a list of people you can call or email who will help you out. Trust me, it will save you so many headaches! How do you come up with a list of good contacts? Over the months you will run across people in your daily business who are experts at what they do and who will be willing to help you out.

8. Take Care of Your Body

To perform well at your home business you will most definitely need to take care of your body! Trying to run your home business when you are low on energy or unhealthy will be a big struggle. That is why it is important to do these three things regularly: Eat Well, Exercise Regularly and get enough sleep! It's so easy to forget about your body, but if you keep it in good shape, then more than likely your business will be in good shape as well!

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