Five Ingredients for the Best Home Based Business

The key aspect to starting the best home based business is to ensure that you are able to provide a product or service to a selected target audience, who want or need that product and service.

That audience have to be willing to buy it from you and there must be sufficient numbers of customers to buy the product or service. Also, and most obvious, you need to be able to make a profit or else you have no business.

The best home based business is one that is online. There has been a huge consumer shift over the past few years of people buying products and services online and this new digital economy is growing at a phenomenal rate.

The five fundamental ingredients that the best home business:

A Solid Business Plan

The best home based business model needs the perfect mixture of recurring income (when you sell something once and get paid every month, such as a membership website), affiliate income (when you sell items and get paid a commission) and high ticket income (products or services that you sell where you earn in excess of $1000 per sale).

A List Building Strategy

This is s system that allows you to build a list of customers who are interested in your product or service. You will need an autoreponder system and something of value that you can give away to encourage people to subscribe to your list (like a free report or DVD).

A Marketing Funnel

The best home based business marketing funnel follows on from you list building strategy. Once your prospects have subscribed to your list, the marketing funnel helps to build a relationship and trust so that your prospects make that all important first buying decision.

Paid and Free Traffic Sources

Customer traffic is the lifeblood to any home business and you must ensure that you have the appropriate skills to use both paid and free customer traffic that is relevant and will convert into customers.

Peer Group, Mentors and Mindset

If you want to build the best home based business you are going to need help. It is important that you invest in your home business education to learn from those that have gone before you. Learning from someone who’s already successful will make a big difference to your results.

The best home based business is one that does not have an expensive set up cost, has a huge audience of potential customers and allows you to offer specific and popular products without having to buy them first and hold them in stock. This form of home based business is called online affiliate marketing.

Online affiliate marketing is where you, as an affiliate, sell products and services and receive a commission when they are purchased. You do not need to buy the products first. You simply locate a vendor that has a popular product (and there are many of these) and sign-up as an affiliate for that product. This does not cost you anything. You then promote the product to your list of customers via email or online or offline advertising. When a person buys the product from you, the vendor will then pay you a commission. You do not have to worry about the product fulfilment or delivery, as the vendor will do this. Also, a good vendor with a good product will supply all the necessary training and marketing materials you will need to help you sell the product.

Many entrepreneurs want the best home based business as they have come to realise that relying on one salary from one job no longer provides fro a secure financial future with all current economic round of job cuts, pay freezes, fewer working hours and lower pay.

The internet offers the best home based business opportunities. To put this into some perspective, the holiday season online retail spending for 2012 was a 16-percent increase over 2011. This includes November 26 (aka Cyber Monday) which became the heaviest online spending day on record at $1.4 billion. Just having a small slice of this would good for any home based business!

Home Based Business Opportunity Seekers – Does Your Business Meet These 7 Requirements?

What?

You mean my home based business has to meet seven requirements in order to be successful?

Sorry, but, YES.

Any home business that doesn’t meet the following seven requirements is much less likely to succeed. You’ll see why when you read them.

1. Your home based business must be profitable enough to pay you the “salary” you want, with enough left over to reinvest in the business. If you want to earn a good full-time income of say $50,000 per year or more, make sure your business is capable of providing that level of profit. If all you want is an extra $500 or $1,000 per month, that is fine too. But, you still must have some extra profits to reinvest so your business keeps going, and hopefully growing. If you don’t reinvest some of your profits in your business, it may just surprise you by drying up and blowing away. Pooof!

2. Your business must seem easier to you than most other ways of earning money. Though no business is really easy, your business should almost feel like it isn’t work. That only happens if you love what you do in your business. You love the topic your business focusses on. You love the products involved. You love the market you are providing products to. And, you love the people who are your prospects and customers. If you have a passion for your business and you love it, then your business, and all the so-called work involved, will seem easy to you. When it seems easy, you will almost certainly be more successful.

3. Your home business must provide real products or services that have real value to your prospects and customers. I’m sorry, but multi-level marketing schemes that focus more on the “opportunity” than on the products, don’t seem real to me. Neither do envelope stuffing schemes, get-rich-quick scams, and so on, and so on. Do make sure your products offer real value and help people solve their problems, meet a need, or satisfy a strong desire. Price your products fairly according to the value they provide. Be honest in all your dealings with your prospects, customers, and suppliers.

4. Your business has to enable you to, or at least allow you to, live the lifestyle you desire. If you are working 16 hours a day at your business every day without a break, if you can’t get away for a vacation without your business drying up, if you have no time for your spouse and kids, is that any way to live? No, decide up front what kind of lifestyle you want. Then, make sure your home business fits with that lifestyle. Otherwise, your business won’t be successful long-term.

5. Your home based business needs to make use of the internet as a marketing channel. Yes, you can succeed in some businesses without a strong online internet presence. And, you definitely should also consider some non-internet “offline” marketing methods. But, in today’s business and marketing world, if you aren’t using the internet to market your business and your product, you will be much less successful than you could be. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you select a good domain name, obtain web hosting, create your website or blog, and do a good job of search engine optimization for your site, so it will more likely be found by the search engines like Google and Bing.

6. Your business and your products or services must be better in some way than those of your competitors. In other words, your business must be competitive. Think of it this way…if your prospects can get everything you offer from ten or twenty other companies, why should they buy from you? Your home business and the products you provide must enable you to create offers that are better than your competitor’s offers. Maybe you offer a better value. Maybe your products provide more information or perform better. Maybe your guarantee is better. Maybe your product is provided in a better and different form. Whatever the difference is, you will be competitive if your offer is virtually irresistable. It should make the prospect feel like he would be foolish not to buy your product. A better product and an irresistible offer will result in long-term success for your business.

7. Your home business should be set up so you can test your products and your marketing methods at very little expense and very little risk. A traditional business on main street, or a new factory, can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or much more. Many such businesses fail within 5 years. All that money and time and effort down the drain. Make sure your home business is the kind of business that allows you to test a new product or a new marketing method quickly and at low cost. Then, throw away or stop using the things that don’t work. Invest more and more in the products and marketing methods that succeed and return a real profit to you.

The Home Based Business that meets all seven of these requirements will be successful.

As a side comment, the only business I have personally found that meets all seven requirements is the business of selling information products (like books, ebooks, courses, audios, videos) using the internet and email for marketing.

Why You Should Consider Looking At Starting A Home Based Business

Why are more Americans starting their own home based businesses? The numbers have been out the roof with the number of people who own and operate their own business from home. What a great time to start one for yourself! With the high unemployment rates and threats of layoffs people are starting to realize that the days of job stability are over. Some people think that home based businesses are rinky dink companies selling cheap products that no one buys. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Majority of home based business opportunities are with reputable companies with superior products,services, and they allow you to make a great income selling their products or services from home. Some of the top home based business company’s make over $1 Billion dollars in sales every year. Even Bill Clinton fully endorsed the industry because of the opportunity it gives to Americans to live the American dream through financial freedom, and business ownership.

Types Of Home Based Businesses

Product Based Companies

Product based home businesses sell products to consumers directly through a independent distributor which would be you. There are thousands of companies that sell anything from nutritional products, makeup, juices, to Tupperware. The sky is the limit with the amount of different companies that sell different products that you can choose from.

Service Based Companies

Service based home based business opportunities sell a service versus a consumable product. These companies include insurance,electricity and natural gas,internet,mobile phone,legal, and many other services.

Unlike product based opportunities you are offering a service to people instead of selling a product. These services offer substantial savings to consumers and gives you an opportunity to earn a great income just for referring their particular service.

Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs are similar to ones I listed above but the only difference is how you get paid. With an affiliate program you get paid a % on the sales that you make when you sell their product or service. These do not offer any type of residual income that the other companies pay. Residual income is when you get paid over and over again for selling a product or service once. Affiliate programs pay you one time for every product or service you sell.

Benefits Of Owning A Home Based Business

Low Start Up Costs

Starting a home business is the cheapest and easiest way to start your own business. Most traditional brick front businesses cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get started and takes years to get into profit. The great thing about a home business is that it’s really affordable from $100 and up to get started and your up in running in minutes not months.

Your The Boss

When you start your own home based business you are the boss. You work when you want and how often you want, but if you treat it like a hobby it will pay like one. So treat your business like a multi million dollar corporation because it can pay you like one.

Unlimited Income

The sky is the limit with the income potential that a home business can generate. There are people making millions of dollars in the industry. Instead of earning a hourly income you are earning a weekly or monthly residual income and once it’s up and running you are getting paid regardless if you work or not. That’s the freedom that a home based business can allow for you.

Tax Benefits

When you start any type of business including a home business you get tax breaks that regular employees do not. Here are a few examples of tax breaks:

  • Mileage- Write off mileage when any kind of business trip is made.
  • Utilities-Cell phone, internet
  • Travel- Let’s say you go on vacation. You can write off the expenses as a business expense if you do it right. Why not have a business meeting in Hawaii?
  • Meals- Write off your meals when you are doing business and this includes on vacation.

Check out a book called Lower you taxes big time! By Sandy Botken. He use to work for the IRS and gives you loop holes you can use for your home based business to take advantage of the tax breaks.

Overall I hope you get an idea of why it’s a great idea to start your own home based business. Imagine earning thousands of dollars every month and getting to spend more time with your family and doing the things you love. The supplemental income can have a great impact on your bank account and you will have more money to spend or save or do whatever you want to! So I hope you make a decision to start your own business and cash in on the American dream!