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Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Should Avoid When Starting a Home Based Business

Kanaga Siva

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Success and Failure are part and parcel of life. Success in a Home Based Business can never be guaranteed by anyone. Many factors come into play if success has to be achieved. When starting a home based business it is wise to act smart and learn from the mistakes other entrepreneurs had made and avoid making such mistakes. This will help you to achieve your goal much faster and avoid a lot of stress and loss of money.

1. No Niche Product:

Most people in their anxiety and enthusiasm to start a home based business never spend sufficient time in researching and gathering sufficient information about the need and the marketability of the product they intend producing or marketing. Failure to do this is the first major mistake and can lead to financial loss.

2. No Proper Plan:

Starting a home based business without a plan is another mistake that can spell ruin to your business. There should be a short term plan and a long term plan as to what your ultimate goal is. A daily work schedule will be of additional help. These plans and schedules will help you avoid crisis situations in your day to day activities.

3. No Proper Home Office:

It is well known that many start their business by operating from anywhere in the house, at all times without a proper designated place of work. This is certainly not the right way to get started. This is not a hobby. You have started this home business to make money from home and as such have to be treated as any brick and mortar business. Hence it is imperative that you have a specially designated area in your house for your Home Office where you could concentrate on your work happily without any disturbance or hindrance.

4. No Funding Strategy:

Many Home Based Businesses fail to survive even a year or two, simply because the entrepreneurs failed to have a funding strategy in place. Cash is a very important ingredient required to sustain your business during bad times. If you are short of funds to start your business or require sufficient cash flow to operate your business it is advisable to organize a small Personal Loan, Business Loan or have Credit Card Facilities.

5. Quitting your Job in Haste:

It is great to be enthusiastic and confident about your home based business but that does not mean that you start counting the chickens before they are hatched. This often leads you to make one of the most regrettable mistakes, that is, quitting your secure day job as soon as you start your business or long before your business can sustain yourself. Having a job and running your home business on a part-time basis means that you could always continue with your job in the event your business ends up in failure.

6. Not Allowing Family Time:

Neglecting the family or allocating very little time for the spouse and the kids is another mistake often made by many when they start working at home. This can lead to a lot of unhappiness which will have a negative impact on your business. On the other hand allocating some time for the family in your daily work schedule will automatically bring in a lot of goodwill and support when you work at home.


Entrepreneurs start a home based business to make money or to earn an additional income. Mistakes are often made mainly due to ignorance or over confidence. As far as possible avoid making mistakes. You are sure to get off to a flying start.

Copyright © 2008 Kanaga Siva.

Kanaga Siva is an experienced Author and Entrepreneur and Enjoys working in his Home Based Business. You are welcome to his Home Based Business Website and Business from Home Ideas Blog for a Work at Home Business Experience that can help you start and operate a successful Home Based Business.


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