Skills You Need to Start a Successful Home Business

  • 01 of 07

    Skills to Start a Home Business

    Successful Home Business

    To start a home business, you need a diverse skill set. That's a given. Obviously, you need deep knowledge of your particular business or industry. But more than that, you need the right personality to work at home and to be an entrepreneur. And then you'll need some essential knowledge about basic business practices. The most important elements to starting a home business off right are these 7 skills that business owners must have.


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    Organization Skills

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    Starting a work-at-home business absolutely requires good organization skills because a business owner must attend to multiple issues at once and keep a lot of balls in the air. And if you don't want them to rain down on you, you'll need to set some organization systems in place to keep track of money, goods and time.

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    Knack for Self-Directed Learning

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    The typical work-at-home business start-up doesn't have an IT team that can solve technical problems or its own accounting department to track income and expenditures. Most likely these things are going to be up to you at first, so being able to quickly learn new skills and solve problems is essential. Yes, you can eventually hire someone to handle these types of things, but you need to learn enough to know when to hires someone, who to hire and to monitor if the jobs are being done right.


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    Financial Savvy

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    If you don't already know your way around a balance sheet, you have to be willing to learn if you want to make a success of your new home business. Being able to see the big picture financially and spend accordingly is essential when making business decisions. Also, a basic understanding of tax rules is essential.

    More: What's the Difference Between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant?


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    Sales Ability

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    Even if your home business is not a sales-oriented one, as a business owner you will likely need to do some new business development. And in this arena, a little sales savvy can go a long way. If this doesn’t come naturally to you, don't despair, but you may have to stretch yourself in order to grow your work-at-home business.

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    Good Writing Skills

    Writing skills

    In almost any work-at-home venture, much of your communication will be done in written form. Whether it’s via email or through written proposals, your written communication with clients and suppliers is sign of your professionalism. Nothing will turn off a potential client like misspelled words and difficult to decipher communications.

    More: How to Write Email That Gets a Response


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    Deadline-Oriented Personality

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    "The buck stops here." Let that be your motto for you as you start a home business. Delivering your product or services within the time frame promised will bring repeat customers. And failing to do so can be devastating for a new business. Learn to manage your time efficiently.

    More: Time Management Tips for WAHMs