What To Look For In A Home Based Business by:Allen Buck
You are one of the many people in this difficult economy who has found himself or herself in need of another source of income. Some people have had hours or wages reduced while others have been laid off or have had their jobs totally eliminated. In any case, you are searching on the internet for some sort of solution to your financial problems.
That's great! You've come to the right placesort of. While there are certainly a lot of opportunities to choose from on the internet, not all of the things you see will be quite what they seem. When you read the claims made by some of the websites, you have to be very thorough in reading between the lines. Do not take anything at face value. Being a little bit skeptical can pay off in a big way by saving you from pouring your hard-earned money down the drain.
By the same token, you want to keep an open mind when reviewing on-line business opportunities. If you go in with too much skepticism, you might just turn your back on the perfect - and perfectly legitimate - opportunity for you. It will help you to know what to look for before you begin your search. After all, you can't hit a target if you don't know what you're aiming at.
First, decide what is important to you in a business. Remember, this is a business you are going to own, so you will want to find a product or service that you will be proud to represent. If a business is not forthcoming with that information right away, my suggestion is to run the other way as fast as you can. Keep in mind that, while this product should have a wide-ranging appeal, it doesn't necessarily have to be something that you would want or need. For instance, if you were looking at selling the newest, latest, greatest books teaching golf, but you don't play golf; that doesn't mean that there isn't a huge market out there for this item. You might not use the product, but if there are millions of others who would, isn't that the better benchmark for your potential success?
Besides choosing a product of integrity with a large demand, what else is important to you? You may want a very affordable item so your marketplace will be larger. Bear in mind that in this case, you will have a lot more competition and your profit on each sale will be less. If you would prefer a high ticket item, your profits will be higher per transaction, but there will be fewer people with sufficient resources to consider purchasing your product. Either way is o. k.; the important thing is what you want. Think of the concept of a fast food drive-thru compared to an upscale restaurant. Both types of businesses make money, but their strategies are totally different. This is your business so the decision is yours.
What else is important to you? Do you know how to successfully run an on-line business? If not, you will need somebody to teach you this business. Check out the support system. What methods does the company you are looking at use to teach new business owners how to do their business? You will need support commensurate with your skills in running a business. If a company tells you to just call customer service and anybody can help you, that is not a satisfactory arrangement. That generally means that if everybody is responsible for you, then nobody is responsible for you.
Talk to the company representative and ask about how you are to learn certain aspects of running the business. Maybe the business you are looking at is primarily for experienced business owners and you are not up to that level yet. Maybe the company simply doesn't have a good plan in place to help ensure your success. I have run across both situations and they both cost me some money on losing propositions.
The business that I found with the best support system I have ever seen has several different ways of disseminating the information you will need to be successful. First, there is a training center, complete with specific instructions on what to do your first 72 hours in business. It includes an outline of the business from how to find prospects through what to say, what to send, and sample templates of anything you need. The training center also has recorded training calls for use when you are unable to attend live training calls.
There are also a number of live training calls each week, focusing on different elements of the business cycle. You also have a personal one-on-one mentor who can fill in the gaps of your learning, demonstrate techniques for you, and even talk to your prospects and close sales for you when you're brand new. Each person learns things in different ways. A company that provides many different teaching techniques in a way that almost everyone can easily learn the basic concepts is ideal.
Hopefully this will help you in your search for the right opportunity. Remember to be somewhat skeptical, but open minded. Decide what you want in a business first; then look for it. I hope you are as lucky as I am and find the right business for you. Good luck!
About the author
Allen Buck has been marketing on-line for over five years. After experiencing some pitfalls, he learned how to discern a legitimate business opportunity from the schemes and scams. He found the right business for him and is now enjoying incredible success in a life-changing business. His website can be viewed at http://www.greatbusinessmodel.com or contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.