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What Are Your Perceived Obstacles to Starting Your Own Home Business?

Is it maybe because you feel your technical/computer skills are hopelessly inadequate? Or you just don’t feel comfortable? This can be a critical problem because you do need to have only basic computer skills if you are going to have an online business – that is unless you plan to pay somebody else to do your work. It is not rocket science and you can do it – you just have to learn how and then you will get experience even if you are only at the stage of doing research or ‘shopping’ for opportunities and resources.

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If you have problems with basic things like emails and copy and paste, or even chronic trouble logging in – anything that could discourage you from doing what you need to do to have a successful home business, you need to conquer your fear in the first place and then GET HELP! There are many free online courses you can take. Just go to a search engine like Google and query ‘computer training’ – some may charge a few dollars but it will be money well spent (and tax deductible as a legitimate business expense, so keep your receipts). It takes very little time to do an online course, and you can save digital files or even have printed documents that you will always have to keep as a reference.

One option is that there are community colleges that are online and they have all kinds of business related courses. You can even go beyond basic stuff and do intermediate level courses, such as learn how to use Word or Notepad (text editors); or even more technical areas like web design, networking and even programming.

Or is your obstacle that you feel that you can’t write creatively or write English (or whatever language)? Important considerations, because a big part of Internet marketing is dependent on being able to write blogs, ads, emails, sales letters, etc. If your home business is in the affiliate marketing niche, or if you are selling products or services, you are still going to need to know how to do basic writing. Unless you can afford to pay ghostwriters and copywriters to write your content, you need to start writing.

A blog is a great place to write because it is even less formal than email – both are good places to use your new skills and learn how to write. If people can talk, they should be able to put their thoughts into words and know how to type it – even if ‘hunt and peck’.

Again – ‘there is nothing to fear except fear itself’. Don’t be afraid to write a few bad ads or not so clear emails – you will learn if you read your work after you write it and kind of clean it up. Remember you are representing your business and yourself as a business owner. Grammar and spelling are top priorities in your written (typed) communication. (‘You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression’). You don’t need to be perfect or formal – just professional and clear.

Whatever your perceived obstacle is, try to resolve it. If you can’t right now, then learn how to go around it. Make a note and go back to it someday. Navigating all of the information you have is also very important if you are going to be a professional business owner…

Do You Have What it Takes to Work at Home?

It takes a certain amount of discipline and organization to work for yourself. It is likely you are used to having a manager or supervisor to whom you are accountable for your time and for the volume of work that you are able to produce. This requires a certain amount of efficiency, and naturally your work needs to be accurate. With you as your own boss, will you be able to commit to the often long hours and hard work that is required to run any business?

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Also relevant to this is how you will take care of your survival needs during the period of development where you are learning and planning. Do you have substantial savings to cover your expenses for possibly 6 months to a year? Do you have any source of income, for example from unemployment insurance or severance pay? Would it be possible to have at least a part-time job to help you get by while you are developing your plan for an online business at home?

Credit or loans are definitely not the same as cash. It makes no sense to go bankrupt trying to earn money. While working from home on the Internet you can do the necessary tasks much more inexpensively than with a ‘brick and mortar’ business, it still helps to have a little ‘operating’ cash; if only to ‘automate’ some of the necessary tasks such as advertising and marketing. You can actually learn how to do many of the things yourself for free and this is key to your success unless you have lots of money for everything.

However in the beginning, any help that you are able to afford to give yourself will be a benefit. Because of the nature of marketing and advertising, it is important to begin to do these tasks as soon as possible and to consistently keep them up. If you have any money at all then it may be helpful to invest in some paid advertising just to get started. You may want to learn the techniques as you see them done and figure out how to do them yourself the next time.

One important thing to understand going in, is what ‘autopilot’ really means to you. It very definitely does not mean ‘set and forget’. You have to be fully engaged in promoting any business and commit to a certain number of hours each day. Autopilot where the Internet is concerned usually means the website is accessible to prospects 24/7 – always open. It may mean that the company(s) or product distributors you represent may handle your sales and accounting for you as with affiliate programs.

However it is important to understand that unless you specifically work with a company that promises to promote your business for you, that you need to be involved in this step. In fact it may be your only ‘job’ so it should be easy enough to focus only on marketing and advertising.

There is much you can learn from the search engines for free. Just by running a query you will get several links and as you visit each one, you will start learning what you need to do and how you can do it.

Most important in this regard is to use the information you get to take action as soon as possible. Believe that you can do it. It is really nothing that is very difficult or requires a university course. It is just basic communications done on the Internet. Don’t be intimidated by strange terminology – again, you can just ‘look it up’ in a search engine and you will begin to grow and flourish in no time!

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