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Tips and Tricks for Running a Small Home Business

Updated on February 29, 2020
A Young Entrepreneur
A Young Entrepreneur

It's no secret that people want to work from home, owning a home business, rather than working an eight hour day in some office building. Some people choose to take on a franchise, but this isn't a step for a first time business entrepeneur. Exploring your options, you can learn a lot about various business models that will provide you the freedom to be your own boss. So what exactly is an entrepreneur?

An Entrepreneur is a business person who finances or initiates emerging commercial enterprises. Basically, they're the pivot point between a flat patch of ground and the rise of a business. An entrepreneur is that person who is credited with developing something new and interesting to sell or offer the public or discovering new innovations in any field. Some entrepreneurs work with a large number of smaller businesses, under the assumption that small businesses incur small risk and cost less to start up, but once begun, can pay for themselves quickly. Other business owners think big, bigger, biggest and attempt to create an empire for themeselves. What kind of entrepreneur do you think you are?

An entrepreneur who is successful, or will be, is often optimistic, creative, stable (mentally and financially), not afraid to take risks, energetic, and in tune with current and upcoming trends. If you exhibit these qualities, or think you do, then you may have it in you to own/manage/run your own business.

Lots of research can be done online using search engines to guide you on the path to being a successful entrepreneur. If you conduct your search online, you can find plenty of concepts for businesses that you can use as an business owner. As a first time business owner, the internet will be one of your most invaluable tools - a wealth of free advice both good and bad.

Picking a business concept you like may sound difficult, especially if it's your first time. Listen to your gut, but do your research! It's easy to choose if you use your instincts. Often times, what will work best for a person is their knee-jerk reaction, that idea you get which you don't have second thoughts over.

A vital concept to running your own business is to lay the groundwork based on informed choices. Whatever business you decide to run, you are the boss of your own destiny, your own earnings, and you stand to gain quite a bit as a business owner.

Have you ever heard the term, your results may vary? It's true. Don't listen to the success stories of others you see on tv, hear on the radio or read about in the newspaper. What you don't see or hear about are the thousands of hours of work these famous faces have done building an empire on straws until the steel support beams came in later.

Being a successful entrepreneur takes a few qualities other than a thick wallet or huge business loan. Here are a few of the qualities you'll need to have:

  • Self-reliance. Nobody can get what you want done like you can, so don't be afraid to roll up your sleeves and dive in.
  • Education. You will need to know how to manage your funds, otherwise your business will fail. You also need to have done your research, both on the type of business you want to have and what it will take to make the business work.
  • Support. Nobody can work alone forever. With the help of family and friends on a social, emotional and possibly even professional level, you will be able to rise above any number of challenges facing business owners in today's economy.

Building up a business from ground zero takes an immense amount of work. You need ideas, money, research, a solid plan, and lots of time to plan, coordinate and act. Many business owners turn to the concept of franchise ownership for just this reason - it saves work, it saves time, and it lends a support structure to the business.

For the smart entrepreneur, franchising requires less work, and means far less risk because the business being opened is ballooned under an established and branded name, with it's own popularity and draw. Weigh your advantages and disadvantages regarding franchise versus fresh business models before making your final decision. Ideas you believe are great but that you did not use in the beginning may still be valid in the years to come, so file your ideas away for safekeeping.

Perhaps the single most important quality an entrepreneur develops over time is the ability to make snap decisions. By making decisions quick and on the go, you enable yourself to be flexible in all dealings and move your company in exciting directions FAST.

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    • Breakthe9-5jail profile image

      Breakthe9-5jail 

      12 years ago from NJ

      Nice hub...

    • ProCW profile image

      ProCW 

      13 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you for the hints! Wonder if I can follow them all... haha... :)

      GREAT hub! (Up goes my thumb!)

      ProCW

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      13 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Gamegirl. Lot's of things to think about here. I love writing, so it just seemed like the obvious choice, but can lots of ups and downs financially.

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