21 Key Questions To Ask Before Starting A Home-Based Business – They Do Need Answering

Before starting any home-based business it’s imperative to ask yourself a few key questions.

The questions have to do with three main areas of business – the business type itself, the products themselves and the services offered. For this article, the home-based business will focus on eco-friendly health and wellness products although most of the questions will equally apply to any product sector.

In terms of the business itself, you may have already decided, after researching the vast amount of data online about home-based businesses, that this is what you really want. Home-based businesses are viable but do require planning and work.

In terms of the products themselves, you may have stumbled across or been told about some amazing new product or discovery or you may have been a user for many years. In either case, you want to share all this ‘good news’ with as many others as possible.

In terms of the services offered, you may be in a position to offer home-delivery, no-question, money-back guarantees or even be the money collector for the supplier.

Let’s look at the first area – the BUSINESS itself. Here are some must-ask questions.

Will I be able to…

  1. Earn residual income as well as make the money up-front?
  2. Be my own boss or CEO? Maybe this is important because you have always worked for someone else and have never been boss. Be careful here – being boss means doing ‘bosses’ kind of work.
  3. Do the work from home? This may be the most important thing because of physical circumstances, transportation limitations and more.
  4. Get sufficient business training when I need it?
  5. Avoid direct selling because I am not a salesperson! That is, will I be using warm and/or cold marketing techniques?
  6. Earn the income while genuinely helping others? This may or may not be important to you. Do you want to just provide products or do you genuinely want to help people improve their health, wellness, lifestyle or whatever by these products?

Will I have to…

  1. Lay out a lot of ‘start up’ money? How much and when in the start-up process?
  2. Carry inventory? Do I have space and do I want to keep boxes of product in my home?
  3. Offer personal satisfaction guarantees? For example, will I be offering the return policy or will the manufacturer be offering the robust return policy?
  4. Purchase the products for my customers and then have to deliver them’?
  5. Be involved in the money exchange?

Now, let’s look at some PRODUCT questions.

Will the product(s) that I am involved with…

  1. Provide a healthier home, body, skin, nutrition etc
  2. Be environmentally ‘friendly’?
  3. Be safe to use for adults, children and even pets?
  4. Use scientifically tested and verified ingredients?
  5. Have a proven track record?

Lastly, I want to look at the area of SERVICES. If you are putting yourself out there as an expert and the CEO of your own, established and creditable business, you should ask yourself the following questions.

Will I or should I be offering…

  1. Membership Protection (if there is a continual membership required) such as auto re-ordering?
  2. Online ordering?
  3. Door to door delivery?
  4. Strong product support from the manufacturer or his representatives?
  5. Strong team support if this is a type of business structure that involves up-links and down-links?

It seems like a lot to think about, but I assure you that these are all important questions to ask no matter what business area you are contemplating.

I have personally found in the eco safe health and wellness products arena, that these are critical questions to ask yourself. And, it is important that you be satisfied with the answers before heading into the world of home-based business.

Slow down, take some time and ask these tough questions. You will be the better off for it.

Home Based Business – Getting the Best Ideas With a Practical Approach For Your Business

A business idea or call it an inspiration, is the most critical part of setting up an entrepreneurial venture. It must work to meet certain objectives and requirements in order to be successful. A home based business must accommodate personal passion and potential for profits at the same time.

But before starting to develop research and plan, take you trim to develop a written plan. Get a spiral notebook or journal and write clearly: Why you want a home based business? What are some of your passions? Are you going into this primarily to make an income short term or long term similar to a retirement plan? Do you want to be mobile or work only from home? Do you plan on working totally alone: from handling paperwork, computer repair, office necessaries, taxes and research and advertising plan? Or will you prefer team approach or even employs?

Each has benefits and challenges? I for one do not use employees due to the paper work, but use independent contractors for the parts of the business that do not make me money yet are necessary, those areas I excel in and really give me passion I do, and fill in the rest with qualified people that offer their services.

Looking at any inventory or shipping of any kind will keep you working from home or having an employee to do that while you travel. It is a 24 X 7 responsibility. Choose wisely. Inventory also eats up a major part of your working capital. Also, is your plan for this to stay part time while you work or eventually do you want to develop a full time home business and let go of the JOB and all that go with it, like commuting, working when they tell you and earning what they think you are worth?

Pre-thinking and planning will help you make wiser decisions with your business ideas and the course of you home based business venture.

A business idea must be analyzed in a systematic and practical manner to gauge its prospects for long term entrepreneurial viability. High expertise in a given functional area can be utilized to devise a suitable product or service which has high demand in the market.

A knowledge based product or service can be a wonderful home business idea for individuals with the appropriate skills. The initial startup costs required for a knowledge based business venture can be very low. Yes, your knowledge will significantly lower your startup costs.

As we all know, an informed choice is always the best one. The knowledge based business opportunity can be pursued part time and later it can be converted into a full time venture. Passion and personal liking for work constantly adds to the prospects of success with a business idea. Individual work experience can help determine the right idea for starting a business.

A business must be analyzed in a systematic and practical manner to gage its prospects for a long term commercial value. If you come from a background with high expertise in a functional are, then it might be able to be utilized to devise a suitable product or service which has a high demand in the market place.

Starting from scratch with all your own ideas and products or services is on why to enter the home based business arena. Another is to work with a proven franchise that has high quality products, always in demand and consumable. The company should have an outstanding reputation in the community and excellent guarantees.

A knowledge based business is an excellent idea for a home based business if you have the necessary skills. How are you on what are called SEO techniques? If you do not know the term and what it means, then definitely work with a company that freely offers those skills and works as a team or your will likely finding yourself at the bottom of the business market. These types of businesses, of course, should be carefully scrutinized for integrity and business plan. What true help do they offer to help you build your business venture and fulfill you idea of what you are looking for?

Knowledge can certainly decrease your start up costs and expensive mistakes that can be made in the beginning. Be clear before you start your search as to what startup capital you have, how long can you go without income and your expectations. ALL businesses including brick and mortar take start up investment, money to run the business for an extended time and some back up capital for unexpected setbacks. It doesn’t matter if home based business or store front; you will invest time, money and energy to achieve success.

The following practical objectives must be fulfilled by a business plan in order to assure long-term growth of any home business venture:

o There must be sound demand for the product or service in the market. Consumers must find high value for your business and they must be willing to pay for it. The business products or services must also work to cater to the existing consumer needs which are consumable and always in high demand. Those that are seasonable are much more difficult to be successful in. They work better as a home based hobby business.

o Home based business ideas should work to target a niche customer market initially in order to move towards success. You can explore the wider market in the next level.

o The product or service rendered should have a strong value proposition and a competitive edge. The business idea must be flexible enough to accommodate positive factors all through business development stages which are pretty much on going.

o A product or service based business idea should be compliant with factors of competency and market demand. An over saturated market can be very difficult for the viability of a small business. At the same time, the range of products which face very little competition may often have poor market potential. You will need to make an intelligent choice depending upon the business market now and foreseeable future.

o The chosen business venue must accommodate the way of life of you, the home business owner. The requirements of time, travel and client necessities must be considered as well. Looking at the life style you want to develop, will the business plan if implemented with the business you are considering, work well? Example: If you want to be very mobile, travel a lot and not have employees, then staying away from a business that requires inventory and shipment is smart. Always go back to your reason for going into business. It must be strong in you planning stages so you don’t waver on your position.

o A business idea should not be pursued solely for monetary interests. A strong personal liking for work related to the product or service is essential. People tend to work for three reasons. First is for money, income. If that is your only reason you are they type that usually quits or skips from one get rich plan to another. Second is working for recognition and as silly as it sounds, some people will work so hard it is off the charts, just to be recognized. And finally there are those that work for a cause, something they really believe in. That could be both your product line and your business plan. These people rarely ever quit. When you are lucky enough to find a franchise company to join with or a business you want to develop all on your own that has all three, then you are truly blessed.

As you can see, thorough research and viability studies of the business plan must be carried out before initiating a home business opportunity. Consumer demand and buying trends in a market must be considered to devise an idea which accommodates the trendiest or most in demand and consumable product or service.

It is wise to have a strong business idea, backed by a well thought out plan and a mission statement. These must be pursued with diligence and perseverance in order to achieve success with your home based business.

Starting The Perfect Home Based Business

As the economy continues to tank, unemployment rises, essential commodity prices increase as salaries remain stale, it’s no surprise people are looking to make more money anywhere possible. While we should generate a supplemental income while our lives are financially sound, most people make the mistake of waiting until their finances are in disrepair and the bills are way behind before considering options.

At the point of desperation people choose counter-productive measures as a solution to their financial woes. These include taking out high interest personal loans, working a second or third job, selling their valuables, or being forced downsize their lifestyle. Can you see a benefit in any of these options? Do they bring you closer or distance you from your family?

If working second jobs, taking out high interest personal loans, or giving up the things cherished the most in life, aren’t options, what options exist? While most conventionally thinking people resort to the above solutions, many others choose to become successful entrepreneurs by starting some type of part-time business from home. Unfortunately, many people lack the necessary motivation and could care less about success for themselves or their families and that’s o.k. This clears the playing field for others who keep our options open to income opportunities.

While starting a part-time home business has many benefits, you probably wouldn’t even know where or how to begin. The possibilities are endless and this, in itself, can be overwhelming. Take a few deep breaths and relax because I’m going to share with you a simple business model that was specifically designed for people like you and me to be able to simply and efficiently generate a positive cash flow. This business model is called network-marketing (person-to-person) and has been adopted by many reputable companies and is the primary method to promote their products or services, instead of investing in expensive media advertisements. While companies save money on advertising, they are able to pay their representatives high commissions, bonuses, and incredible streams of residual incomes.

Network Marketing Vs.Traditional Home Business

The Network Marketing (Multi-Level Marketing) industry is over 50 years old and has created more millionaires out of average people than any other industry. An increasing number of people are choosing network marketing instead of traditional home businesses for many reasons; monthly residual income, multi-level payment structures, company bonuses/incentives, no stocking products, no invoicing, no shipping, no taking payments, no handling returns, no building websites, or even providing customer service. The network marketing company handles all of the main responsibilities. Your responsibility is simply recommending the product/service to others and showing others how to do the same thing.

Scams, Schemes, and Pyramids

Sadly there are many scams and schemes that empty the pockets of innocent people just looking for a way to make money fast. You can truly judge the validity of a business or opportunity by being aware of RED FLAGS. One obvious and very prevalent red flag is when the opportunity boasts that you can get rich overnight. An example of this is when they advertise that you can make a ludicrous amount of money in a day or a week.

The other type of scam that many desperate people fell into many years ago was the pyramid scheme. In a pyramid scheme, the only people who made money were the people at the top of the pyramid. People were literally passing their cash up the pyramid and the unfortunate people on the bottom lost their all their money. Pyramid Schemes are illegal and a common RED FLAG to look out for is if an opportunity has no product and requires a person to pay a lot of money to get involved.

Some people associate network marketing companies with pyramid schemes. While most network marketing companies are recognized by the BBB, they also offer every person the same opportunity for advancement. A representative can far surpass the success of the person who registered them. For example, I could sign someone up and they could have a much more successful business and make more money than me, which completely disproves pyramid scheme theories.

Monthly Residual Income

Why is residual income so incredibly important for you and your family? If I owned a traditional business, I would have to generate new sales and new profits every month to survive. In Network Marketing, I still have to make a sale, however I would continue to be paid every month for that ONE sale. Can you imagine making a sale once, getting paid, and then getting paid again and again from that one sale? Your monthly residual income will continue to climb every month as more business is generated.

Multi-Level Monthly Residual Income

Why is the multi-level marketing component crucial to the growth of the business? It’s unheard of to earn residual monthly income from every sale that you generate, however it is mind blowing to know you can earn money based on other people’s efforts after they join your business team.

When you register to become a home business owner with a network marketing company, you are provided with 2 general ways to create income.

  1. You are paid based on the sales that you generate
  2. (w/residual income from your sales)
  3. You have the Multi-Level option to show others how to start their own Home Based Business with company you are representing.(w/residual income from the sales you AND your representatives generate)

Starting a Traditional Business: Working Harder

Putting aside the overwhelming headaches of administration and production, let’s talk about just generating money from your own efforts. In a traditional home business, where you create your own product or service, you’ll need to go out and generate new sales every month. While business increases, so does your time spent on your business. You are now spending more time keeping up with the demand of your business than you do with your family. At that point you become a slave to your business while working 70 hours a week to keep up with production, administrative work, and client issues. Retiring is not even an option.

TRUE STORY

My friend, who owns a successful small business, said to me “It may look like I am successful, but I’m actually stuck. After all the bills are paid and it’s all said and done, I bring home less money than my wife makes in the corporate world and I work all the time. I can’t shut my phone off or miss an appointment because we are struggling to meet our bills. Our mortgage is too high, I can’t even think about retirement, and I don’t know what we would do if we lost one of our incomes.”

Starting a Network Marketing Business: Working Smarter

When you start a network marketing (part-time) home business, you simply become a representative of a product/service for a company. You don’t have to be concerned with anything but promoting the product/service. You are paid for every sale generated, plus you are paid a small residual commission every month as long as that customer continues to use the product/service.

While you are generating sales, you can also present the business opportunity to those customers who may also want to generate an extra income. When these people decide to sign on your team and become representatives, you can earn bonuses and residual pay based on their success. The income potential is limitless and while your business continues to expand you will continue to get a paycheck every month and eventually you can decide when to work or when to take a month off to go on vacation.

It’s really as simple as:

1. Using the product or service

2. Exposing others to the product/service

3. Showing them how to do the same thing

This industry continues to offer millions of people with many financial advantages including taking extra vacations, tax breaks, being able to afford private schools, paying for college, buying a new car, and even retiring early. The secret to success with any person starting a home business is just making a decision to do it. Don’t try it, do it. Many people fail because they are uncomfortable and unsure about how others will respond. If you don’t worry what other people think, if you make the effort, you are on your way to great success with your part-time home business.

Most people live paycheck to paycheck and can barely save enough money in their bank accounts to even pay for car or home repairs. Isn’t it true that whenever you’ve saved a nice little “nest egg” in the bank, expenses arises that put you back where you started last month? Wouldn’t it be nice to have money in your bank account, pay for miscellaneous repairs, take yourself and your family on a great vacation, AND still have money left over?

You can do it, and here’s how you can get started today in a profitable home business. Choose a network marketing company that; fits in your life, has a reputable product or service, a generous pay plan, and marketing tools that make it easy to duplicate your business! Most importantly don’t try to re-invent the wheel when it comes to promoting your new home business. Utilize the marketing materials offered by the company. Their online tools, offline tools, and methods are designed specifically to make building a home-based business very simple.

No More Selling?

50 years ago, people who embraced network marketing had no choice but to build their home business by physically meeting with people and selling the opportunity. This “warm market” sales approach is still very successful today, however not everyone is comfortable selling when they are first introduced to the business. What if there was a way to begin building a business without selling? The Internet has made this possible!

Reputable network marketing companies have embraced the power of the Internet by offering all their associates “customized” websites (usually for free) linked with a personal ID number. You would then use the website to sell for you. All you need to do is refer people to your website, let them watch the presentation, and FOLLOW UP with them. Always, always follow up with a prospect, especially when you refer them to your new website.

These websites are great tools, however that’s all they are. They are presentation tools for people who you know or meet. But how do you GENERATE customers or prospects for your home business? What if customers/prospects FOUND YOU? While placing ads on the Internet and in the newspaper are effective, they can be very expensive and will not reach larger markets. Another powerful alternative to marketing your business is on the Internet where you can reach tens of thousands of people searching for the exact product/service you are marketing.

Building A Long-Standing Residual Income

Being successful while establishing a large residual income, requires implementing a variety of marketing approaches. Don’t only depend on the Internet to bring you traffic. Be proactive! Talk to people, be excited about your part-time home business, share the products or service, and be consistent and persistent. If you don’t like selling, don’t! Don’t even talk about the details of your business. Let the website (the one the company designed for you) do the work for you!

If you are planning on developing an online presence, start getting involved and document your experience. You’ll generate tons of great content, including, but not limited to; case studies (how you started etc.), customer testimonials, objectives, personal experiences, training call recaps, webinar reviews, prospecting stories, company announcements etc. Journal and document every experience.

Start your business today! Don’t wait. Statistically speaking, people who wait, don’t succeed. If you have already decided on a part-time home business, pick up the phone or email a few people right now with your link to the free website the company gave you. If you just felt butterflies in your stomach, this is normal. It’s the fear of what people think about you that prevents you from taking this first step. However, it’s those who push beyond the nervousness who are the most successful. Are you going to let fear of what people think about you hold you back from attaining the financial goals of you and your family?

If you decide to start a home business, whether it is a multi-level marketing business or a conventional small home business, be active, be consistent, be persistent, and believe in yourself. Not only can it be financially rewarding, but you’ll go through many positive experiences which will help you develop professionally and personally.

Continuing Thoughts

Most people just let life slip away and wonder where the time went, thinking what they could have done differently? If you could change something now, what would you change? Would having more money help? If you have a desire to create new cash for you and your family, make a decision to do it.

Regardless of what you decide to do, I pray God richly blesses you and your family and you live your life with no regrets. Good Luck and God Bless!