Why You Should Not Start a Home Based Business

The world wide web is full of offers to start home based businesses. They will tell you that a home based business is the vehicle to generating a passive source of income and can lead to early retirement. Furthermore, it is easy to start and run, and doesn’t require much financial commitment.While there are spectacular successes for some people, on the whole, the results will be disappointing for most. More often than not, many people will quit after a few months with mediocre results, while some might tough it out for a year or two, but still with rather poor results.When I started looking into the home based business phenomenon a few years back, I firmly believed that anyone with the drive to work hard and smart, can start and run a home based business, and make it a success.But now, with the benefit of hindsight, I do not think so. The demands of a home based business are many and varied, and I think not everybody can measure up. I have listed below some traits and reasons which you should NOT have if you want are considering a home based business. If you are guilty of even one of the traits or reasons, you might want to rethink your decision to start a home business.If You Are Looking For A JobYou are going to quit your job at the end of the present month. You have budgeted about 3 months worth of expenses, and is planning to work very hard at a home business so that you can make it a success by the fourth month. You reason that even if your potential earnings fall short of the claims by the fourth month, it should still be more than enough for you to get by.If You Are Not Open To Learning New SkillsYou are not open to nor are interested in learning any new skills. You are going to depend on everything you already know to run your business and have no intention of and do not see the necessity of learning anything new even if it is called for or if your business requires it.If You Don’t Have The Entrepreneurial SpiritYou know that you are not an entrepreneur. Even the thought of striking out on your own scares you. What you intend to do is to find a home based business that comes with step by step instructions. You fully intend to follow the instructions exactly and make the business a success.If You Are In Desperate Need of MoneyYour daughter’s college tuition has to be paid in the next 6 months. Furthermore, your landlord is looking for you for a little chat about the overdue rent and you are quite sure that the bank manager will be calling you soon for an update about the overdue loan payment. So, right now, you need an opportunity or a home based business that can earn you at least a few hundred dollars a month almost immediately.If You Don’t Want To Work HardYou are entranced by the ads on the net about home based business that can make you a lot of money but needs very little work and skill on your part. You don’t want to work hard and are actually looking to make money fast.ConclusionIf you see yourself in just one of the paragraphs above, you need to take it seriously. A home based business is not a walk in the park and if you start one with a handicap, your chances of failure will increase exponentially. Do take a step back and take an objective look at your strengths and weaknesses, and then decide if a home based business is for you.

Tax Season! Ugh! The Benefits of a Home Based Business at Tax Time

Yes, it’s a royal pain in the butt to have to file our tax returns, but it HAS to be done, so stop whining about it and get going on it! (I have told myself this for the past 28 days, it’s now March 26th. I have 17 MORE days until April 15th to procrastinate with. I really shouldn’t be writing this article. I SHOULD be working on my taxes, UGH!)I know that many people feel the same way that I do when it comes to getting the tax return done. Why does it have to be so complicated? It seems that taxes are just one of those ADULT chores that NEVER goes away…hence the saying “death and taxes.”OK, I’m done whining for now.If you are a home based business owner, make sure that you take advantage of all of the tax deductions that our generous Government makes available to us when it comes to home ownership (something that is becoming more and more obsolete these days!) And what I mean is besides the normal deductions of mortgage interest and property taxes paid…if you are running a home based business, and even if it is just an internet business and it doesn’t take up a lot of space, you can still take the Home Office Deduction.Remember to Take These Home Based Business Deductions: The Home Office Deduction- This deduction can help take the biggest bite out of your tax bill. If you are a small business owner, self-employed and do your work from your home in a space that is consistently and exclusively used for your business, you can take this deduction, even if the space that you use in your house is not a completely separate room. It must be a clearly defined workspace where no personal activities take place.A percentage is allowed for this deduction…
Figure out the approximate percentage of your home used for business. For example, if you have an eight-room house and your office occupies one room, your workspace would be about 12.5 percent. You can also add up the total square footage of your home and the square footage of your workspace to figure out the percentage.
Add together your rent or mortgage interest, utilities, maintenance, real estate taxes and insurance and multiply the total by the percentage you use for your business. (If you own your home, you can also factor in the depreciation on the room or space you work in.) Your final figure is your allowable home office deduction.Business Expenses – Even if you don’t take the home office deduction, there are many other expenses that you can take deductions on to help reduce your tax liability. Keep all of your receipts throughout the year and a running log of all of your daily and weekly expenses to have proof that your deductions are legitimate. Below are some expenses that can be deducted:office supplies
postage and shipping costs
printing expenses
all phone expenses..land & cell
internet service used for your business
memberships in professional organizations
subscriptions to journals and magazines needed in your work
all advertising fees
business insurance
seminars and courses (include travel expense to and from)
services by other professionals (attorney, maybe a good tax accountant?)Big improvements, such as a new computer system or a suite of office furniture, can either be immediately deducted up to $25,000 in the year they are bought or depreciated over several years. (Five years is the typical depreciation period for most equipment.) It’s worth it to deduct large equipment purchases right away if your business is showing a profit.Hope this information has helped you out with your home based business.Good Luck with your taxes…I wish you many Happy Returns!

A Guide on Successful Product Creation and Internet Marketing

Product creation in Internet marketing is getting stiffer and stiffer nowadays owing to tough competition between Internet-based businesses. Putting up a new product requires plenty of brainpower and finances along with an ability to take risk. With that, even if you have the product well-set already, you have to position it strategically in the Internet landscape for others to notice. You should get the interest of Web users and turn them to actual customers. Aside from the usual physical products, many different products that thrive well on Internet marketing include E-books, membership sites, and video lectures.

The long and difficult process of product creation begins with ideas. They are easy to get – compared to the effort that comes with analyzing the market for that idea. Before the idea turns to a product, businesses often spend money, even amounting to millions of dollars, to ensure the success of the new product that emerges from an idea. Businesses undertake many types of market research and surveys before releasing their products to the public. Now, you may think that because your business is small, you can’t afford research or you don’t have to do research; you can and you should. The Internet allows you to disseminate materials needed for your market study to many people at once without your having to spend a cent.

It is a common maxim in business: Look at your destination first before mapping out your journey. So what are the goals you intend to accomplish with your product creation ventures? The everyday travails of your business may make you forget the end in sight. On the other hand, prepare to entertain new developments that come to your mind in your product creation. Your conception of a product may have started this way, but a few tweaks here and there along with some market research results and it ends up another way. Take it as the result of a creative process, not as a failure to reach your goal. After all, your product creation activities are intertwined with a long-term goal that you should strive to sustain at your utmost: profit generation. So if your less profitable initial idea evolves to a more profitable product, be thankful!

With your product made up already, start doing some aggressive Internet marketing. A product purchase typically comes after more than five times a customer is exposed to an informative call-to-buy message. Thus it is important to get the contact details, like the e-mail address, of potential customers who are on the brink of a sale. Use the results of your market research to determine the demographics to which you should concentrate your marketing efforts.

With consistent product creation, you can make an inventory of your products that you can market in due time. Just keep making products – the moment you succeed in making and marketing a product, customers are surely wanting more from you, so give it to them. Keep them on your side through constant product creation.