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Fence Sitters: Thinking About Starting an Internet Business

The key to everything is taking action. While things usually start with a thought or idea, somebody has to do something to make them happen! We should first analyze our situation – why do you think you want to start a business from home? Likely it has to do with money. However there are other intangibles that could be causing you to think about starting your own business.

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For example maybe you are in a rut at work, and wish you had a different job; know you could do more and you want to be more interested and invested in what you are doing. Maybe you would like to be with your family more, or are bored with staying at home to take care of kids or others, and while this is very important, you don’t find it particularly stimulating mentally. Or for many reasons when you have looked for a job you were over or under-qualified, didn’t agree with some ideologies of the company, weren’t ‘politically’ connected and/or just didn’t fit in.

Maybe through years of trial and error you find that you really want an alternative lifestyle. Guess what! It’s your life and if at all possible you should be able to live the way you want to. After all they say you only live once and the regrets that people have are more about what they didn’t do than what they did. How tragic.

So many people have to ‘sell out’ just to survive. They can’t be themselves or have any fun at least in public and still keep a roof over their heads. Anybody logical knows that is the primary consideration – survival, and so they don’t feel that bad about having to go along with the program in order to live comfortably. Guess what! You can have it all if you can think of a way to become self-employed. If you have a home, a computer with an Internet connection, and some basic skills, you have all the makings of a home business.

Now all you have to do is determine some ways that you can make money. You may have to do this in stages where it is not your best idea that is the most feasible. Just like in a corporation where you have to start at entry level and work your way up, you may need to do this with your own business – but the point is to start some place. There are a number of different things you can do and/or learn to do online that would make a fine business someday.

At all points the search engines are your best friend. You can research anything just by submitting a query and you can drill down with all the links you can find that give you information about your ideas. If it is something you need to learn, find out how you can do that, how much it will cost, if anything. Do comparative analysis on all of your ideas to see what is most feasible for you. Be sure you know what you are doing and how to do it before you ‘burn any bridges’ (quit your job, fire your boss, etc).

Be realistic. You need a way to survive while you are building and developing your business. Be logical – nothing is going to happen overnight or by magical thinking. Set your target goals and then plan exactly what you need to do to make it happen. The budget to survive in the meantime should be a primary consideration, obviously. Eyes wide open, march onward and upward to reach your goal!

How to Create Your Vision for Your Work At Home Business Online

Visualization of our goals can’t stop at imagination. We have to take action — that is w-o-r-k to make it happen. It’s only reality that for the average person, there is no such thing as wealth without work.

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Daydreaming is fun, but it can be counter-productive. When we are not realistic or we have not defined achievable goals, we can quickly have our hopes dashed. Of course it is good to ‘aim high’ and ‘dream big’, but if we set such lofty goals that they may be impossible to achieve at this juncture, this can become discouraging. This is magnified exponentially if the person really thinks he can earn money instantly, by magic or osmosis, and what a crashing disappointment when they find out that they probably won’t.

For someone who has never started a business before, like most budding online home business entrepreneurs, there may be lots of false starts. Until we get real and create a real plan with reasonable expectations, we are just wasting time and resources – ‘spinning our wheels’.

Remember that the ‘key to success is to stay in the game’. Will there even be a slim chance of victory if we give up and quit too soon? No, we are done at least for now. However, if we can just keep trying, even in the face of not seeing any tangible results over an extended period, there is still a chance things will start improving as we grow along. You never know what is right around the corner because you can’t see that far. If we quit too soon without giving ourselves and the program a fair chance, we will never know what we might have achieved.

However, not everybody is cut out to be in this environment – and it will serve us well if we can seriously admit that we cannot relate to this and do not want to do this — and then move on. If we can only function where there is structure – and require that when we take action we see immediate results, then maybe this may indicate we need a job instead of our own business. There is no shame in this. Just like not everybody can ice skate – or even wants to. What we all have in common either way is we need more money.

If you need something where you do XYZ with the promise of $X, then get a job, or a second job. However if you want to see how far you can go (where $X becomes $XXX) then you may have to ‘step out on a limb’ for a while – you have to take a risk that your time and effort will result in a greater reward than you can expect within the structure of having a job with guaranteed pay.

However, if we want our own business bad enough that we are willing to endure almost anything within reason to achieve it, then we will eventually find a way to do just that. While it is important to take action while we are inspired, it is equally relevant to be realistic both about what we need to do and what we can logically expect to achieve. If we can build on that, we will have the foundation for a successful home business.

What is your Motivation to Start Working From Home?

There are many things that may be the primary and/or secondary reason to start a home business. People may only need extra money to supplement what they earn from their job, or even their social security/retirement income. Money just doesn’t stretch the way it did before, and the costs just to survive are increasing all the time. If you are locked into a ‘fixed income’ – whether by your job or by your benefits, you notice they are not being increased, if at all or not sufficiently to keep up with the cost of living. So a part-time home business would be a perfect way to take control of your own life and earn more money.

Or you may really be interested in becoming ‘self-employed’ – and there can be many reasons for this desire as well. You could be disenchanted by your career and realize that given the current economic situation in general, that you can only look forward to meager annual raises in your salary. You may realize that you are not likely to be promoted and that your current position is about as far ‘up’ as you can go in your company for various and sundry reasons. Going through all the same motions every day, going to the same job, taking the same route, expecting the same thing, “same story, different day” may have you actually feeling depressed.

Worse, you have seen a decline in the revenue over a long period of time and you wonder how your employer will deal with that. Or worse still they are actually stating that they will be cutting back on staff or ‘restructuring’, but you just don’t know what areas and if it will hit your department or position directly. If they haven’t warned about this – and they often don’t, one thing to look out for is when the managers and supervisors start leaving or transferring out. It may seem like a coincidence at first, and may even seem like they got ‘promoted’. Companies do not want to scare people as this will affect their bottom line as far as productivity and morale, and these are reasons why they probably won’t give you any warning.

Remember that they view it as positions, not people. While as humans they may have sympathy and empathy about taking someone’s job away suddenly, their job is to run the company (and appease their stock holders with dividends) and that is really their only consideration. Positions, not people. It may seem cut-throat but that is the reality. Business is in business to make money, not lose money or help out their staff.

If they are a half-way decent company they will at least give you pay in lieu of notice if you are suddenly faced with an undeserved ‘pink slip’. In any case, since in this case you have not done anything to get fired, and you did not quit willingly, you will likely qualify for unemployment insurance effective the day you receive your “notice”. States have their own laws and regulations so be sure to find out ahead of time what your situation would be. In addition a decent company will pay you for your vacation time or if they are really broke let you take your accrued vacation days before your termination date.

This all leads up to the possibility that you might want to start working from home in your spare time only to save some money. Wouldn’t it, given the situation described above, be great to know you have saved a few thousand dollars that you can use to live on until you are able to find a way to replace your income from your former salary?

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