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Launch Your Home-Based Retail Business Through The Roof!

You had a great idea when you decided to open a home-based Internet retail business. You became a “power seller”. as people in the online retail business world call you. Your goal is to move tons of merchandise through Web auction sites and classifieds services without ever leaving the comfort of your home office. Drop shipping gives you the opportunity to accomplish your dreams and more. The sky is the limit if you know how to get your business off the ground.Drop shipping can launch your business into successful orbit, but it isn’t rocket science. With this unique way of doing business, you enlist the services of a wholesalemerchandise company. The wholesale company takes care of the stockpiling and storing of your product. It even covers the shipping and handling charges when one of yourcustomers orders an item.This means you don’t have to rent thousands of square feet to warehouse your inventory, and you’re free from the liability that comes with direct delivery to your customers. Your only expenses are the membership fee ofyour particular wholesaler, along with the fees and percentages you lose to advertising and auctioning online. If you play your cards right with these fees, you can buildyourself a very cost-effective-and most importantly, profitable-home-based business.Experienced online retailers have learned the tricks of the trade to do just that. Here are the key secrets that they, your competitors, don’t want you to know. Thesethree tips will stack the deck in your favor, helping you to grow your clientele while avoiding the pitfalls of doingecommerce.Get sold on your wholesaler. Nowadays, wholesalers area dime a dozen, so don’t settle on the first one that comes your way. Let wholesalers compete for your business,instead of the other way around. Many companies may offer specials to new prospective retailers. They may waive the minimum order requirements, credit check, and prepayments if you sign up with them. Top-notch wholesalers could also offer international delivery or special net payment options. Avoid high expenses at the get-go by taking advantage of such specials, and turn a profit a lot quicker.Sniff out whole-scammers. For every honest wholesalerlooking to build a successful relationship with you, there’s a crook out there looking to do nothing but build his bank account at your expense. Avoid any wholesaler, for instance, who demands you pay an advance fee beforeyou sign up with them. Be wary of wholesalers who claim to have thousands of items in their selection. These might not be wholesalers at all, but middlemen who are trying to bluff you. Instead of actually stocking these thousands of products, they actually buy them from a wholesaler, or another middleman, and resell them to you at a jacked upprice, thereby cutting into your profits.Get wired to the Web wisely. You now have a trusted Wholesaler and outstanding products to move, but so do thousands of other Internet retailers. How can you stand out to attract customers and save money doing so? One way to make a mark online is to design and write your own ads for your products. Many wholesalers providecomplimentary stock product photos and descriptions that you can use in your online ads and classifieds. Then again,they provide the same thing to all their retailers. Most retailers use them. So you shouldn’t.Another effective way to sell on the Web is to find new andinnovative sites to sell on. The main auction sites are often crowded with retailers who are eager to undercut yourprices. Plus, these auctioning sites tend to have high feesand shorter listing durations. Avoid competition and high prices by trying the next generation of premiere selling sites, such as free online classified sites.Free online classifieds services work as powerful avenues to sell your goods. They offer attractive features your business needs to take off, such as:o No sign-up, registration, or transaction fees.o Free listing (text description and image upload).o Up to 60-day ad listing. This listing duration is light years longer than most other sites and renewals are free as well.o Distance calculator. This function comes in handy if you’re concerned with locality.These free online classified sites can be the ace up your sleeve, whether you’re just launching your home-based Internet retail operation or trying to shoot for the stars with an established business. Strap yourself into your chair and count down to ignition.

Waffle House and the Work At Home “Anti-Guru”

Let’s start with the second part of the article title – who, or what, is the “anti-guru?”Well, the WHO would be me, of course.The WHAT could be defined as any individual who does not claim to have all the answers on a particular subject. Hence, I’m the work at home anti-guru, since that is the focus of my website.And I do not have all the answers, believe me.Just a lot of them. And learning more all the time.Of course, if you’re working online, you’re always learning, because the minute you think you’ve got something down pat, it all changes.Take for example this idea of publishing a newsletter. When I first started out, it was the one thing you absolutely HAD to do in order to be successful. So I did it – and I think I did a pretty fine job, if I say so myself. (I just did).But we all know what a nightmare that has become.Yet and still, the “gurus” will tell you it has to be done. They educate you on the best ways to get your email delivered. They explain how they have overcome the you-know-what filters and how you need to adjust your own marketing to come into compliance with the situation as it is today. They introduce you to the latest technology that is designed to assist you in getting that oh-so-important newsletter out to your list.I think that, for the most part, it’s a monumental waste of time. At least in the current online climate. Perhaps it will change and once again we’ll be able to get our mail to our intended recipents. Until then, I’ll focus my energies elsewhere.But then again, I am the anti-guru, so what do I know?Which brings me to the first part of the title of this article.Waffle House.Gurus are always talking about how they spend their mornings sipping their lattes at the local coffee house while working on their laptops and how you can do the same when you become as successful as they are.Now I love a good cup of java as well as the next guy. And I’ve spent my fair share of time at the local Starbucks, a particular favorite of the gurus.Ever REALLY look around at those people there?B-o-r-i-n-g.Since I don’t own a laptop, the idyllic picture of sipping my Americano while working on my website isn’t going to be a reality for me. Nor is it for most people who work at home.So why not just go someplace where the people-watching is significantly more interesting?That’s right – when I get that restless feeling that tells me I need to get out of this office and into society, I head straight for my local Waffle House.For those of you who don’t have one near you, I have two words for you -I’m sorry.For those of you that do, I highly recommend it. The coffee is adequate, the service generally acceptable, and the fare is what can best be described as “comfort food.”Especially the hash browns – I like mine scattered, smothered, diced, and cooked really well. Like burned, almost.And while you’re there, take a look around. Now here’s where you’ll see much more of a cross-section of society, because just about everyone LOVES Waffle House. If you don’t, well – everyone’s entitled to their opinion, I suppose.That’s where this anti-guru hangs out.And I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

The Truth About Stuffing Envelopes And Home Assembly Programs

Two of the oldest scams around appear to be as popular as ever. I’m referring to stuffing envelopes and home assembly programs. Let’s talk about stuffing envelopes first.Ads for envelope stuffing “opportunities” seem to be everywhere–from your mailbox to your newspaper to your e-mail box. Promoters usually advertise that, for a “small” fee, they will set you up to earn big money by stuffing envelopes at home. And they claim that they will pay you a dollar or more for each envelope stuffed, resulting in hundreds or thousands of dollars for you each week.Now I want you to think about something very carefully. Why would any legitimate company, pay you a dollar or more for each envelope you stuff, when they can use high-tech mailing equipment that can stuff thousands of envelopes at a time for only pennies apiece?The answer is, THEY DON’T PAY YOU! Here’s how the scam works: After you send in your money, you will receive a letter telling you to place the same “envelope-stuffing ad that you originally responded to, in newspapers or magazines, or to send the ad to friends and relatives. The only way you’ll ever earn any money is if other people fall for the scam like you did, respond to your ad and pay the fee.Home assembly scams work pretty much the same way as envelope stuffing scams. This scam requires you to invest money in instructions and materials and many hours of your time to produce items such as baby booties, toy clowns, and plastic signs for a company that has promised to buy them.Once you have purchased the supplies and have done the work, the company often decides not to pay you because your work does not meet certain “standards.” You are then left with merchandise that is difficult or impossible to sell.If you have spent money and time on a work-at-home program and now believe the program may not be legitimate, contact the company and ask for a refund. Let company representatives know that you plan to notify officials about your experience. If you can’t resolve the dispute with the company, file a complaint with the following organizations:The Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent fraud and deception. Call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or log on to: http://www.ftc.govAlso contact:* Your state’s Attorney General’s Office.* Your local consumer protection offices.* Your local Better Business Bureau.* Your local postmaster. The U.S. Postal Service investigates fraudulent mail practices.* The advertising manager of the publication that ran the ad. The manager may be interested to learn about the problems you’ve had with the company.

Tuesdays Were Bad. Now They’re Up 122%.

Tuesdays were bad.I just checked my sales statistics using Excel and pivot tables (more on that later). Over the first 40 weeks of this 2004, I increased sales for my “bad Tuesdays” by 122%. I used Microsoft Excel to compare the sales for my first 20 weeks over the last 20 weeks. The sales are up 122%.Do you have a bad sales day that need’s fixing? Here’s my short advice on how to improve your bad sales day.
Keep excellent sales data (by day, by product, by sales price).

Analyze your sales data using Microsoft Excel’s pivot tables to understand what your worst sales day happens to be.

Keep your sales lists and auto responder lists in excellent shape with Excel and a service named 1ShoppingCart.

Mass email useful information and sales offers on your “bad sales day”.
#1: Keep excellent sales data (by day, by product, by sales price).However mobile porn you sell your e-book, software, or service, keep track of the data using something, preferably Excel. I currently use http://www.clickbank.com for my e-book sales and whenever I receive an email sales notice I capture the sale, process it through Excel, and add it to my Excel sales database. Here’s a non-technical translation.ClickBank sends me an email notice of a sale. I then Edit – Copy the sales information from my email. Then I switch over into Microsoft Excel. I then Edit – Paste my sales data into Excel. Then I format my sales data in Excel so I can use it in my database. Life is good.#2: Analyze your sales data using Microsoft Excel to understand what your worst sales day happens to be.Even beginning Excel users have used Data – Sort in Excel to sort things and then count the results of their sorts. Unfortunately, when they count they do so manually. I don’t use that technique; I use an Excel technique called a pivot table.Explaining a pivot table in one paragraph is too difficult. Let’s just say that Excel pivot tables are like simple databases on steroids. They sort AND THEY COUNT. Great stuff. You must learn them if you are serious about your sales. I can teach you pivot tables with a two page write-up of mine. Even if you hate math, you’ll love Excel pivot tables.Using Microsoft Excel pivot tables I was able to sort AND COUNT my sales for all days Monday through Sunday. That’s when I discovered that Tuesday was clearly my worst corporate sales day.#3: Keep your sales lists and auto responder lists in excellent shape with Excel and 1ShoppingCart.All of my e-book sales are currently stored in my Excel e-book sales spreadsheet. All of my opt-in visitors (1000+ and growing after one month) are kept in a service named 1ShoppingCart. I use 1ShoppingCart for my auto responders and other services. If you are serious about using auto responders effectively (and integrating auto responders with shopping carts) I recommend you click on [http://1shoppingcart.24by7success.com] .#4: Mass email useful information and sales offers on your “bad sales day”.Point #4 is pretty interesting: Send out mass emails with useful information and sales offers on your “bad sales day”. Yesterday, on my “bad sales day”, I didn’t send out any sales special. I just sent out a free PDF file with educational Excel information for my customers and visitors. The result? My readers rewarded me with even more purchases.So to summarize, if you want to change your worst sales day into a good sales day follow this advice. First, keep excellent sales records in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Second, analyze your sales data with Excel so you can identify your worst sales day. Third, keep your sales lists and auto responder lists in great shape with Excel and 1ShoppingCart. Finally, send out useful emails and sales offers on your worst sales day.Yesterday I set a normal sales day record. It was the best normal sales day ever. Would you care to guess what day it was?Best wishes from Chicago, IL, USA, for setting records with your “bad sales days”.Copyright 2004 Richard Kraneis

Email Accounts: Why More Than One

If you’ve been doing business online for any amount of time, more than likely you’ve discovered the need for multiple email accounts.Many of us have an email addy for work and one for “play” if you will. And chances are, you’ll need even more than the two cited above.As an online marketer, you’ll want to submit your site to search engines. And each and every time that we do, the search engine companies feel compelled to send us a warm and fuzzy thank you message, piggybacked by additional emails that are merely advertisements for one of their clients. After all, search engines thrive on advertising bucks!Now consider the consequences when posting to an FFA (Free For All) site. Many of us are guilty of endless postings in an attempt to spread the word. One submission alone results in an avalanche of thank you’s and, sadly, it cannot be stopped nor construed as Spam since the site owner told you at their site you would be added to their mailing list when you submitted.Internet marketers generally have at least one web-based account to be used alongside their primary account. This web-based account allows for the URL thank you’s while at the same time not cluttering up the primary account.Another reason for having more than one email account is if you are using an ezine to court potential customers. In many cases, you’d want to have a distinct address to be used solely for your publication. In this manner, if someone writes to you as the editor of this newsletter, you might feel that it is important to keep those contacts in a separate account. More than anything else, this is a matter of organization.Yet another reason is the rampant use of email harvesting software by spammers. Any email addy used to submit an ad posting, discussion group posting or to be utilized on a website is a viable target for the email harvesting software in use.The uses of multiple accounts are as numerous as the activities that you might pursue on the Internet. A big drawback, however, is that you now possess several accounts to monitor and that consumes time….lots of time!

Strategies for Creating a Niche Business

The customer told me, “My immediate goal is to get more customers into my business. My second agenda is to move slowly towards becoming more specialized as a business.” Here are the six steps we used with this business owner to make his transition to a niche business.MarketingWe completed an exercise that evaluated his current marketing efforts. (Yellow page ads, brochures, networking, professional referrals and other forms) What was working? What was not working? We dropped the losers. As part of the marketing analysis, we implemented 2 new marketing approaches. The result of these efforts identified his best marketing strategies.Customer AnalysisWe completed an exercise that identifies his current customers. Who are they? How do they buy? How many are there? What do they buy? Where do they come from? Why do they buy from him? The result of these efforts was an understanding of his current customer base and the foundation for his new business niche.Customer Referral ProgramWe worked with the business owner to develop a customer referral program. Th customer referral program added another tool to increase the current customer base. The result of these efforts was in increase in his current customers.Unique Marketing MessageWe developed with the business owner a unique marketing message. Why and how did he differ from his competitors? Why should customers buy from him and not his competitors? What benefits do customers receive from his services and products? The result of these efforts was a marketing message that was unique and special. This will be used as a foundation for future marketing efforts.Customized Selling ModelWe completed an analysis of the current one on one selling model he was using with customers in their home. What materials did he use? What was the sales presentation? What were the words used? How can this sales model be made more effective? What materials will help to distinguish his business from other bidders? The result of these efforts customized a sales model that made him more effective in his current selling situations.Management SystemWe create a simple management reporting process. This involved record keeping, goal setting and testing the different strategies being used by the business owner. The result of these efforts will be ongoing data on what is working and what is not working for his business.By using these six steps over a 3 month period of time, the business was able to increase the number of customers and create the foundations for building a business niche.If you want to learn more about how you can use niche building strategies to increase your profits, email me at al@hanzal.com. For more articles on small business issues click www.innovativesellingskillsforsmallbusiness.com.Copyright Al Hanzal, 2004. All Rights ReservedHanzal Enterprises, Inc.4191 Granite CourtEagan, Minnesota 55123651-495-3340

Make Money At Home-Start Here First

So you want to make money working at home! You are not alone. According to a recent search I did the term make money was typed in almost 100,000 times in one month. There are a lot of people wanting to make money working at home.I was one of them and now can excitedly say I do just that. No more traffic jams, bosses, co-workers, 8-5, Mon-Fri., 2 weeks vacation etc.Don’t get me wrong! A J.O.B. certainly is needed to pay the bills and provide for the lifelong essentials for millions of people.But it is interesting how many people have figured out that there is more than one way to do that. And making money working at home is one of them.What proves to be a little harder is finding a job working at home. There are a lot of companies that are willing to sell you information lists that claim to have companies looking at work at home employees or sub-contractors.My own opinion is that the only one who makes out on this method is the person selling you the information. My advice is Do Not Pay To Buy Information On Companies Looking For Work At Home People.How about this…..Start Your Own Home Business providing a product or service that there is a need for. Finding a niche in the marketplace is not as hard as it would seem.The best place to begin is with a topic you have a personal interest in. If you are going to be doing this everyday you might as well like doing it.In my case I chose 2 topics. The make money at home opportunity seeker and the small business sector. I like working with people and I understand how small businesses operate because I have personally worked with small business owners for the past 20 years.Next is to choose a product that could fill a need to your market you are going into. Make a list of everything that you can think of. Nothing is to off the wall. I have even heard of a farmer in Kansas who sells colored tumbleweeds all over the world.One thing I have found helpful is to see what people are searching for on the internet. A really good tool for that is the search term suggestion tool with Overture.Search OvertureGo ahead and type in words and phrases and see what people are looking for relating to a topic you might be interested in selling a product for.Next I want to look at what the competition is doing. Doing a search on Google is a very good way to see what websites are out there relating to your topic.Search Google Do not be afraid of competition, but do expect to work harder if you want to make money working at home in a competitive field.You don’t need a lot of of tools to start making money working at home. In my case I use a laptop with high speed internet access, an email account, a second phone line separate from my personal line, a printer, and efax to receive faxes.You could get by with just a good internet connection and a decent email provider to start. Don’t use a free email account like hotmail or yahoo. Be professional!I learned how to build simple websites for my products, how to advertise the products both online and offline, and how to use my telephone for follow-up.This took a while and I have found that joining a good affiliate program can provide you with products, training material, marketing tools, websites and more to help you get your make money at home business off the ground as you are learning.There is no doubt the biggest obstacle you will encounter is finding prospects, customers, traffic, or whatever you want to call it.This is the number one reason people fail working from home. You have a great product or service, now how do you tell the world about it!!My advice is to zero in on a main marketing strategy and then branch off from that. I’ll give you an example. When I started my small business website design company I decided that signing up affiliates in various large metro areas and providing them with a pre-written telemarketing script and objections/rebuttals list was the best way to attract customers inexpensively.Pay them a handsome commission and residual income and support them with an excellent product and back-end service. I branched out into internet marketing and advertising from there. There is always more than one way to skin a cat, but focus on one method before you add another. Do not become a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none when it comes to marketing your business.I would close this article by saying this. You have to become a sponge and spend some time and money learning how to make money working at home. Subscribe to as many newsletters, publications, etc. as your time allows you to read. BUT….Do Not Get caught up in the trap of learning, but not earning.Take what you are learning and get in the game. Knowledge without action is a waste. If you will apply what you learn you will reap the rewards of the rapidly growing number of people who are happily making money working from home!© 2004 Jeff D. Schumanhttp://www.Team-Schuman.com

My Career As A Hermit

“Work from home. Make big bucks in your pajamas.” – typical work-from-home ad.Quick. What do writers, stay-at-home parents and online marketing geeks have in common? I mean, besides insanity? They are all hermits.The typical writer locks himself up for years brooding in a dark room, surfacing only long enough to find out who this year’s American Idol is. This solitary brooding is supposed to help him develop a keen sense of the human condition.Stay-at-home parents are prisoners in their own castles, as each child has a different toilet schedule. And a different nap schedule. And a different tantrum schedule. By the time they are all buttoned up in their snowsuits and hopefully not needing the bathroom in the next fifteen minutes, the stores are all closed.Online marketing geeks sit down to their computer screens in the morning. When they look up, they wonder how it got so dark. The next time they look up, they wonder how it got so light again.What a sad bunch. What a sorry lot. Who would take on such careers?I would.I’m a writer. I’m a Stay-at-home Dad. I’m an online marketing geek. I’m … Super Hermit!”Get dressed.”"Why? Don’t you like my pajamas anymore?”"You have to go out.”"What?! Why would I do something so radical?”"It’s Tuesday. You have a big outing.”"Tuesday? Tuesday? What’s Tuesday?”"Garbage day.”In the country, three minutes to the road and back with the bags, then again with the recycling, qualifies as a big outing for a professional hermit. In fact, that’s more time than most couples spend each week being a couple.If this sounds like just the kind of self-inflicted bliss you’ve been itching for, there are a few things you should know before making the big career switch.A dedicated hermit often skips a shower. Sometimes, the hermit gets away with it. To help the hermit remember when shower day arrives, there is a simple four-part clinical procedure:
Lift arm.

Insert nose.

If you faint, it’s time to shower (when you regain consciousness).

If you don’t faint, schedule a shower — as early as next week, if you have an opening.

Personally, I apply a simple rule of thumb. As long as I spend more time showering each week than I spend taking out the garbage, my wife probably won’t divorce me. Unless I forget to take out the garbage…again.Here are a few more tips for shower-challenged hermits everywhere:
Wear cologne. Lots of it. Your partner will think you did it just for her. Or him. Or it. If you wear enough, the kids milf porn might even let you out.

Wear many layers of thick clothes. Warning, if you live in Edmonton or Moscow this might force you to open all the windows to keep from smelling even worse. If you live in Dallas or Delhi, it might force you to close all your windows to keep from smelling even worse.

Eat garlic for breakfast. If that doesn’t work, eat garlic for lunch, too. And for dinner. And for dessert. Nobody will notice your shower schedule, and the kids will definitely let you out.

We professional hermits also lose touch with our friends.”Hey David. How have you been? It’s Al.”"Al? Al who?”"It’s Al. Your friend.”"I have a friend?”If working in your pajamas appeals to you, perhaps to avoid being the next victim of the “What Not to Wear at Work” TV crew, a career as a professional hermit is your ideal gig. Pick up a pen and paper, get yourself a second-hand computer, or borrow some kids.If you barricade yourself in your house long enough, you can enjoy your very own life of black porn abnormal isolation and solitude. And everyone will know just what to buy you for Christmas – pajamas.

Are You Hitting Your Target?

Interesting question huh? I’m not talking about hitting target sales, hitting your target budget, or hitting your target margin. I’m talking about hitting your target market. If you can find your target market and hit them dead on then the sales and margin will be sure to follow.Every business owner knows who their target market is but where most fall short is knowing how to reach them. If you can unlock this mystery your business is sure to flourish. Unfortunately, thousands of marketers have been led to believe that by advertising their products and services to hundreds of search engines and FFA links, that millions of people will see what they’re offering and thousands will buy it. Sounds reasonable right? No! Think about it for a minute; would you try and sell an ice maker to an Eskimo? Heck No because they don’t need it. By posting to thousands of FFA sites you are precisely doing this. You need to think more like your potential customer and narrow your focus.Whats the easiest way to find out how to reach your target market in the most efficient manner? Take a walk in their shoes! Think like your potential customers and how you can reach them online. Think beyond search engines and search engine optimization because cracking this puzzle could take you years to figure out.Where do your potential customers hang out? You really have to become your customer and figure out what trips their trigger. It has been my experience that people like to feel like they are a part of what they are interested in. They will want to interact with other people with similar interests as them. For instance you are reading this article likely because you are interested in earning money on the internet. This article is a part of an ezine I have put together at my website [http://www.home-biz-wiz.com]If someone who had similar interests as you wanted to advertise a product in my ezine they would be reachingtheir target market. YOU:)Discussion boards and Ezine advertising really do work. Most subscribers to these types of services havevery targeted interests depending on what the subject matter is. With the internet growing like it isthere are hundreds of ezines and discussion boards out there that pertain to your particular business. All you have to do is find them and harvest them! If you can find a large targeted market for your product in an E-zine it is definitely worth your time to check out and possibly work out some sort of advertising deal with the Ezine owner. If you have your own list many Ezine owners will exchange a one time email marketing campaign with you. You blast their list and in exchange they will blast yours.So think about who your target market is and figure out where they hang out. You will be doing yourselfand your business a great favor by doing so. Become a part of your particular business’ community and make friends. Who knows they could be your next best customer or a super affiliate themselves!I wish you all success.

Does Work at Home Work for You?

Almost everyone at some point in their lives wants to work athome. After all, life’s daily grind can be so much easier if cartoon porn youdon’t have to fight traffic or deal with the often unreasonableand seemingly never-ending demands that most people find at anoffice job. When you work at home, your schedule, yourdecisions, your customers, and your business are your own. Butthere are some drawbacks to working at home too. These aren’t”deal killers” by any means, but they are factors to take intoaccount before you make the decision to start your own businessfrom home.For starters, do you have a supportive family and/orsignificant other? This can be a very important factor in yoursuccess when you work at home. If you’re surrounded bynegativity, doubts, or even scorn, it can really drag you down.A lot of this really depends on your own personality, therelationship you already have with others in your household, andyour other support system options. In most larger communities,you should be able to find, or start, a business networking andsupport group. The friends you may make there can offer positivesupport and advice, and also replace the social interaction thatyou will no longer get in an office.Are you responsible for caring for young children or othersregularly? Is so, you’ll need to make sure you have enough timeto devote to your work at home business. If you don’t workdirectly with customers, you won’t necessarily need a regularschedule, and can probably find odd bits of time here and thereto do your work. But if you must meet personally or speak withcustomers and prospects on the phone, you will almost certainlyneed to do that during normal business hours. Be sure you canrealistically do that if you’re thinking of starting a homebusiness that requires it.Do you have enough startup capital? You will want to make sureyou have enough money to run on while your business is gettingstarted. This is true whether you work at home, in an office, orin a retail storefront operation. You’ve no doubt heard the grimstatistics about business failures within the first five yearsof operation. The number one cause of those failures is runningout of operating funds, so make sure that doesn’t happen to you.The amount you need to set aside varies by individualcircumstances, but many experts suggest at least six monthsworth of living expenses, plus money you will need to start andrun your business.You will need a comfortable, well-lighted workspace. Thisshould preferably be in a quiet, private area of your home, someplace that’s set aside just for your work at home business. Infact, this is essential if you want to claim your work area as atax deduction. Be sure others in your home know that this isyour work area, and that when you are there, you are not to bedisturbed except for emergencies. If you aren’t strict with thisrule, you may find that you never get anything done. Be sureneighbors and other relatives understand this too. They shouldknow that just because you’re at home that doesn’t mean you’renot working.Anyone who works at home will quickly learn to face realities.It can be done, and many people have found and continue to findsuccess with their own home business. Just know that it’s noteasy. But then again, nothing worthwhile usually is.