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How to Run a Successful Internet Home Based Business

Updated on August 18, 2012

While some entrepreneurs are college graduates, others barely finished high school. However, all share an understanding of what it takes to be a successfully self employed.

Getting Started

  • Set a budget for starting your business. Service based opportunities, such as freelance writing, are fairly cheap. Other businesses, however, may require you to purchase expensive inventory or pay for start up equipment. Direct sales, while popular with those who want to work at home, has a limited income potential that you should consider. Many companies only offer a 20 percent commission, leaving you barely enough to pay for your marketing expenses.
  • Ask your family for help. Running a business takes teamwork and determination. Your spouse can watch your younger children, while older kids can help with filing or stuffing envelopes. In the process, you may even inspire your children to follow their own entrepreneurial goals!
  • Set up a home office that fits your needs. When you work at home, you have the opportunity to create a space that suits your style and personality. A good chair, a filing system, and proper storage are essential. If you have extra cash to spare, invest in artwork or decorative objects that remind you of your business goals. Having something special to look at will do wonders for your morale!

Tips for Success

  • Get organized. When you're trying to run a successful Internet home based business, time is money. Don't minimize your earning potential by wasting time looking for misplaced files, e-mails, or office supplies.
  • Give yourself some structure. One of the main benefits of Internet home based businesses is the ability to set your own schedule, but running around with no goals or plans will make it hard to accomplish much of anything. Taking the time to plan out your day will keep you motivated and on task.
  • Take a break. Keep in mind that you are an entrepreneur, not a superhero! Don't commit to more projects than you can reasonably handle and allow time in your schedule to relax. Avoiding burnout is the key to long term success as an Internet home based business owner.


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    • CrystalSchwanke profile image

      CrystalSchwanke 6 years ago

      I completely agree! Organization and having your own office space (even if it's a corner of a room) are both incredibly important. I finally got everything just the way I want it and I feel like it's SO much easier to slip into--and stay in--work mode.

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      You have some great information here, for I am starting my own Internet business!