What You Need to Know to Start Your Home Business

  • 01 of 07

    6 Things to Know Before You Launch Your Home Business

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    Home business owners need to wear many hats--everything from marketer to manufacturer to manager to bookkeeper. And so if you have an idea for a home business, and you've got the personal skills to start a home business, there's still more you need to know about to launch yourself as an entrepreneur.

    And while you don't need to know everything about everything, it's important that you have enough basic knowledge to understand when you need to hire an expert or at the least to do...MORE more research. See see these 6 must-have areas of expertise for every home business owner.

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  • 02 of 07

    Writing a Business Plan

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    Before you start, it is essential that you have a plan. How detailed and elaborate that plan is will depend on factors such as whether you are trying to attract investors and how much time and money you are investing in this idea. To start, when you have just the kernel of the idea, run it past this simple 3-step feasibility test.

    • Benefits of Writing a Business Plan
    • How to Write a Simple Business Plan
    • Business Plan Software
    • Sales and Marketing Strategies in Your Business Plan

    You will likely find...MORE that writing a plan makes you aware of the areas where you may lack the expertise you need. Nevertheless, click through the rest of the slides to start that process.

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  • 03 of 07

    Business Finances

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    If the most financial work you’ve ever done is balancing your own checkbook then, as a home business owner, you may eventually want to employ someone to help with the finances. But even that may bring up more questions.

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  • 04 of 07

    Marketing/Networking

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    As a home business owner, you need to make your product or service known to those who may want to purchase it. Marketing your business can range from simply networking with others in your field to creating a marketing and advertising plan to attract consumers. Either way this often costs money and takes some skill. Browse these resources for more information on how to market your home business.

    • Home Business Marketing
    • 50+ Ways To Market Your Home Business
    • The Difference Between Marketing and...MORE Advertising
    • Creating a Plan for Your Business Website
    • What Is Social Media Marketing?

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  • 05 of 07

    Sales

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    Sales go hand in hand with marketing and networking, which expose your business to potential clients and customers. But in the end, you need to close the sale or sign the contract in order to actually make money. Obviously if the business you choose is something in which you sell products, then a talent for and knowledge of sales is key. But even if you are selling your services, it is important to know how to close the deal.

    • Essential Sales Skills
    • The Basic Strategies of Closing a Sale
    • 5 Types of...MORE Sales Approaches
    • Increasing Sales in Existing Markets

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  • 06 of 07

    Legal Issues

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    Unless you’re an attorney, you likely didn’t start your home business, so you can wrangle with the arcane intricacies of the legal system. But you’ll need to insure you are working within federal, state and local laws. And while you’ll want to hire a lawyer to deal with some  legal issues, there are other legal issues you can handle yourself. Plus you’ll need a basic understanding of small business law to know when you need a lawyer.

    • How to Find a Lawyer for your Home Business
    • How to Incorporate...MORE Your Home Business
    • Determining if Your Home Is Zoned for Business
    • Liability Insurance

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  • 07 of 07

    Inventory

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    If your home business carries inventory, this brings up a lot of issues for you, such as where to store it, how to keep track of it, and how much of it to keep on hand. Use these resources to get a basic understanding of inventory-related issues.