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Top 6 Tips for Running a Successful Online Business

Shakil Zaman

April 21, 2006

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There is a plethora of information important to know when running a home business. Whether you are considering running a home business, have just started, or have been in the business for some time, you need to stay up-to-date with key ideas and tips for running a home business. Below are just a few of the many ideas and tips to get you started.

1. Make sure you check into registrations and licenses, taxation, and insurance for your home business. If this seems foreign to you, find someone knowledgeable in each area.

2. Run your home business as professionally as you would any other business. Because you are working from home does not mean you can slack! Remember to set aside space for an office and for working; choose regular (or semi-regular) work hours; invest in a separate phone line and answering machine/service; get a fax machine if you do not already have one, and if you do, make sure you have one that can be used solely for business purposes; create a business letterhead and type all correspondences and envelops; and, dress appropriately.

3. Dress appropriately? Yes. Potential customers or clients are more likelyto take you and your business seriously if you are dressed professionally. When deciding on how to dress appropriately and professionally, consider your line of work and how often you come into personal contact with your clients.

4. Make sure you promote yourself and your business. When running a home business, take into consideration all advertising possibilities within your reach. You may want to purchase web space, create business cards, and link up with other related business websites and useful ways of networking.

5. Remember to have fun. Yes, I know it can be frustrating espescially at the start when things may seem overwhelming but just take it one step at a time. Enjoy the process of building your home based business, after all you are working out of your home, you do not have a boss watching your every move and you have the potential to earn unlimited income.

6. Set specific written long term and short term goals. I know you are probably tired of hearing people telling you, espescially those that are successful that you need to set goals and frankly I was too when I was starting out. However there is immense power in developing clarity as to what you want. Do not skip this step.

Remember, when you set goals you create the future in advance and you trigger a part of your nervous system called the reticular activating system. This part of your brain will now go to work for you automatically, provided you review your goals daily, and it will seek out ways to make your goals a reality. This is truly putting your online business dreams and goals on autopilot.

You can skip all the other 5 steps and just implement step 6 and I promise you the results will be greater than anything you can imagine. One key point about setting goals, make sure you get absolutely clear as to why you want to achieve your goals, your why will unlock the genius inside of you that will find the path to accomplish any of your goals in your home business.

Effectively running a home business can be difficult, especially if you are just starting out. As with any online business, you should research and plan accordingly. Taking care of legal matters, being professional, dressing appropriately, and promoting yourself will get you on the right track. Last but not least, remember to happily pursue your home business today not pursue your home business so you can be happy someday.


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