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MAKING YOUR HOME-BASED BUSINESS SUCCESSFUL

What makes a home business successful?

 

If you’re looking to work from home you have many choices. There is no shortage of people willing to take your money in return for a home-based business opportunity. How do you know which opportunities are legitimate businesses and of those which one is right for you. Before you decide if the business opportunity is right for you here some things you should look at.

 

• The company

 

What is their track record, how long have they been in business, what is their standing with the Better Business Bureau?

 

• The product or service

 

Is this something people want or need, will you have competition, is it priced competitively

 

• Support and training

 

Are you completely on your own or will there be people and resources to help train and guide you

 

• Cost

 

Is the product or service priced competitively, is the cost of starting the business affordable for you and others

 

• Compensation plan

 

His compensation plan fair, understandable, and most of all can you make money

 

When researching the company check with the Better Business Bureau. If a company has no complaints that are no guaranteeing that they are a reputable company. Likewise, one or two complaints do not necessarily mean the company is bad. It’s just one more little bit of information. Remember anyone on the web can write about a company in a positive or negative manner, so you need to do more than just read anonymous opinions. It is best if you can talk to someone that you know and trust that has first-hand knowledge of the company. The key here is to be thorough and take your time; you should not feel rushed or pressured into making a decision.

 

When deciding whether to start a home-based business the product or service is very important. There is a difference between wanting something and needing something. If what you’re selling is needed by many people you have a much bigger market in which to sell and are more likely to be successful. The price of the product must be competitive. Some MLM companies claim their products are a higher quality than similar products available in stores. And because of this their prices are a little higher. Even if their claims are true and their products have better ingredients you’re now at a disadvantage in competing for the sale. Another important factor is convenience. Not everyone wants to shop a month in advance for house daily household products. Or have to fill out paperwork, or have a specific day and time to pick up their products. The process must be fast easy and fit into their busy schedules.

 

The company must provide support and training. The training should be ongoing, and you should have a mentor or person that has an interest in helping you succeed. They should provide websites and conference calls as training aids as well as one-on-one conversations with your mentor. Your mentor is there to help you but remember it is up to you to ask for help. The lack of a large paragraph here on training and sport should not indicate that it is not very important. In fact it is very important. The chances of you succeeding all on your own without any help or training are very low.

 

We have already talked about the cost of the product. It must be competitive! But the cost of starting and maintaining the business is important also. Does the price make sense to you, will others be able to afford it. The price range for home-based businesses ranges from just a few dollars to several thousand dollars. Only you know what is right for you. Just remember in order for you to be successful presenting this to others you must believe that the opportunity is a good one and that includes the price.

 

There are many different types of compensation plans. A few of the different types are unit level plans, forced matrix plans and binary plans. I am not going to go into detail of the different plans here, but you should know there are several out there and they differ greatly. If you are seriously considering starting a home-based business you should research that company’s specific compensation plan. If someone introduced you to a business they should give you specific detailed information about the compensation plan. It should also be on the company’s website, explained in detail and understandable.

 

There are many different home-based businesses out there and if you look hard enough you could find several people in each one that are very successful. But the bottom line is can you be successful? Is this the right business for you? Why do some people succeed in a particular business while others fail? Of course there are many reasons for this, communication skills, work ethic, financial resources and desire. I believe one of the most important factors if not the most important is your belief in the company and its product or service. It is very difficult to sell or promote your product if you believe it is overpriced, not needed or of poor quality. The same is true for the business side of it, if you don’t believe in the company or are unwilling to do what is necessary to build your business, you will have a very difficult time convincing others to do what you are unwilling to do.