When someone offers an opportunity or plan for you to take your job and shove it, yet still make enough money to live and pay all your bills, it sounds blissfully irresistible.
Of course, bliss and reality are always two different things. Is it really possible to run a business from your own home that is more than a hobby or source of part-time income? Can you get rich working out of your own home? Can you really trade your cubical and necktie for blue jeans and the comfort of your own den?
Actually, home-based businesses are one of the fastest growing kinds of enterprises in America today. As this is being written, some 40 million Americans are doing at least some form of work out of their homes, and the numbers are rising rapidly. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as many as 70 million people will be working out of their homes by the year 2005. Government studies have indicated that as much as 75% of all work done in this country could eventually be moved home.
The overwhelming majority of home workers, however, are not exactly getting rich. The average work-at-home American earns less than $15,000 per year. That may not be bad as a supplement to a spouse’s full-time income, but let’s face it, fifteen grand in and of itself is not much better than poverty.
As a master marketer and author Dr. Jeffrey Lant said: “Frankly, I never saw any benefit to staying home and being poor.”
Lant, without so much as a business card, became a work-at-home millionaire and is a perfect example of what truly can be achieved if you are serious about chucking your day job, staying home, and not settling for peanuts in exchange for your freedom. You can have it all — you can stay home and make as much — and more — money than your current job provides you.
In this report, we are going to outline and discuss five key rules on how to work at home and make big bucks, no matter where you live. We’ll talk about the most important aspect of any business, whether it be home-based or a giant factory — cash flow. Starting your own business out of your home is all about attitude and inspiration, but all the attitude in the world won’t help you without money!
Make Money from Your Computer
Even in this day and age, many people strongly resist the one element that is undoubtedly the heart and brain of any successful home business — the computer. The computer is so important in fact, we have made it a category all itself.
You should pay close attention to what computers can do for you in your plans to escape your job and make your work-at-home dreams come true. People who want to run a home business usually have a very small staff — in fact, a staff of one — yourself! The rest of your needs are handled by independent contractors, depending on the kind of business you are in and the services you need.
To run a serious, truly global home business, a computer is as necessary as oxygen is to life on earth. Those who try to fool themselves into thinking they will ever make a serious go of their home-based business without a computer are sadly mistaken.
Computers give you two primary advantages:
(1) They enable you to store large amounts of data and to sort by data field so that you can easily get the information you need.
(2) They enable you to develop a pattern document for every situation you’ll ever be in your business. To run a home-based business successfully, you must anticipate just what situation will emerge and prepare accordingly.
A business is based on a characteristic series of situations and a characteristic set of things that happen — or that do not happen. You must be prepared with the proper documentation for each situation. Once you have established all the protocols, and have experienced all the situations associated with your kind of business, the time will come when running your business is, in large part, a repetition of certain key tasks. Computers are all about handling repetition swiftly and efficiently.
But the computer is much more. Today, by connecting a computer to the phone line with a modem, your machine becomes more than a data storage system and repetitive task handler. It becomes a multi-task, multi-level communications processing center that connects you to the globe.
Such things as e-mail, online services, the Internet, the Web, online surveys, and more can’t help but revolutionize the way business is done. If you do not become a part of it today, you certainly are going to suffer for it greatly in the near future.
If there is an effective way to market products on the Internet or any other online venue, no one has truly discovered it yet. The only people making money on Internet marketing are the people who are selling the concept of doing it. If you have a product or a service and expect to reach millions of buyers through computer screens, you are sadly mistaken.
The Internet is definitely where a lot of innovative things are happening. It’s a great place to exchange ideas, find out what hot, what’s not, and stay on the cutting edge whatever your particular business is.