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Many people dream of starting a home based business, but few people realize the hard work and careful planning that is really involved.  When starting a home based business, you will most likely have a lot of enthusiasm at the beginning. You have to understand, however, that you also need determination and perseverance when things don’t go exactly as planned. Starting a home based business is an exciting thing to do, but you have to be prepared for anything if you want to make your business a success.

Planning can make a big difference in how things go when you are starting a home based business. Before you "open up shop", you should have a lot of things down on paper, and a lot of plans organized and ready to implement.  If you will be selling a product, you need to have your inventory ready. You also need to know, when starting a home based business that focuses on selling products, how your products will be delivered, what type of payments you will accept, etc.  If you are starting a home based business where you will be providing a service, you need to have already figured out how you will be dealing with several clients at once, and what type of office equipment and supplies you will need.  Most importantly, if you will be having a business website, which you most likely will, you will need to have that designed and ready to go.

Your plans for starting a home based business should also include how you will advertise. Effective advertising is essential to any business, and you may want to do some research before you advertise to find which method would be best for you.  Once you do start advertising, however, there may come a time when you have to consider switching methods. Be sure that you have a good working knowledge of all of the different types of advertising, so you can switch from one method to another, or add another method, without too much trouble.

This Business article was written by Michael Fansler on 6/13/2006

Michael Fansler is the president and CEO of his own home-based courier service. He has had 3 books published on entrepreneurship and how to succeed with a home-based business. His favorite website, and one he highly recommends for anyone interested in owning their own home based business someday, is