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Setting Up a Home-Based Business

More and more people want to work from home as they tire of long commutes and office politics, and find they have the means to work effectively from home with a PC and fast broadband connection. But not all companies are as accommodating as they might be in letting employees work from home so increasing numbers of people are going it alone. And it’s not just those who have become jaded by many years on the corporate ladder. It is also young people straight out of university with an entrepreneurial drive and passion to succeed on their own terms.

And there are plenty of websites helping them do just that by hooking up freelancers with those looking to get work done. And whilst freelancing may not exactly be on a par with running a company it is a step in the right direction. But whether you start out freelancing or jump straight in at the deep end with a fully fledged start-up business you will need to master the art of sales and marketing. Start my focusing efforts on jobs or clients that are profitable yet relatively easy to secure, rather than waste time going after jobs/clinets that you don’t have a hope of winning – this is a well-known method used by sales professionals called commitment based selling. ‘Whatever your business idea, new technologies such as this flexible portable credit card reader enable you to take card payments, just like a store.

So just how can you make a start running a home-based business?

The Idea

Do you already have a skill that you can offer as a service – such as accountancy, professional training, live-in carer, SEO consultancy and online marketing or social media skills? If you enjoy the work you already do it would be easy to transfer it to a freelance basis from which you can start building the foundations of your own company.

Or are you someone with an artistic flair or interest in crafts, or an interest in an online retail business. If this is your passion don’t be deterred just because your home is small and you are worried about storing your stock. There are already many, many small online retailers using cheap self storage units to store their stock – some of these facilities even offer pick and pack solutions so their self storage unit effectively becomes a warehouse – just at a much lower cost.

It really is quite simple to start an online e-commerce business – you just have to want to do it. And just as those offering freelance services can use that as a stepping stone to greater thing so online retailers can use sites like eBay and Amazon as their stepping stone.

About Phong T

Phong is a Web Developer, Web Coder with 5+ years experience in PHP, JavaScript, CSS. He is the creator of 9BlogTips.com, provides thousands of free JavaScript code examples, and writes about web development, blogging and small business topics. Follow him on twitter@9blogtips or connect with him on facebook@9blogtips and google+phong-thai.

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