5 Essentials to Earn Money Working from Home

By: Chris Robertson


When starting a home based business, you might be wondering what it really takes to be successful online. Many Internet entrepreneurs who earn money working from home have labored intensely to realize their dreams. Some have been online five to ten years and had to build up little by little to achieve the success they enjoy today. This is great news for you as a beginner because it means there are those who have tried and proven that the Internet business concept really works! It also means you can study behind great business owners on the Web to soak up their methods of earning money.

But before you get started, there are five essentials you'll need to earn money working from home. If you leave off these, then learning from more seasoned businesspeople will only cause you to act as a sponge - always taking in knowledge but never doing anything about it!

Essential One: Define Your Business

Before you can earn money working from home with a home based business, you must define what your business will be and how you will operate it. Consider the type of business you've always dreamed of owning, and do some research online to see if it's feasible for you. One way to research a business is to find others that are doing the same thing. Browse their websites to get a feel for what they do and how they do it. Visit online forums or discussion groups to discuss this particular type of business, and find out if others are successful with it. You can easily search for forums by keying in the type of business and the word "forum" into a search engine such as Google or Yahoo.

Essential Two: Set Clear Goals

Once you narrow your ideas about the type of home based business, you should set clear goals about starting your business. Don't wait on this one; goals are what drive many entrepreneurs to their untold success. Once you write down your business goals, it's not easy to ignore them. You'll have to either work towards them or scratch them off your list entirely. Mainly your early goals should be related to the beginning steps, such as narrowing your type of product or service, making contacts to learn how to get started or to find a supplier (if selling a tangible product), start-up costs, and policies you will uphold for customer service.

Essential Three: Find a Mentor

Once you've selected a business type, try to find a mentor that can guide you in all the start-up procedures. Mentors can help you earn money working from home by providing you with a business model, promotion and marketing tips, ideas about customer service, ways to automate your business, and sometimes even how to set up a website. With a mentor you can avoid many of the common mistakes of starting a home based business. A mentor can also introduce you to other lucrative ways to earn money working from home, such as affiliate programs, online auctions, and other home based business opportunities.

Essential Four: Get a Domain Name and Website

Once you have a clear vision for your business, it's time to secure your own domain name and website so you can start selling. Choose a domain name that reflects who you are or what your business does. If you have a domain name in mind that's not really related to your type of business, be sure the name is short, easy to remember (i.e. eBay, Amazon, etc.), and easy to spell.

When starting a business website, there are two ways to design it if you don't have web design experience. One, you can hire a web designer to create a site for you. Two, your mentoring company might provide a ready-made, customizable website for you. Designing your own website gives you more flexibility. You can update it any time you want and add products, services, affiliate links and promotional articles day or night. When hiring a designer, you'll be at the mercy of their scheduling and fees any time you want to update it.

Essential Five: Get Moving

Once everything's in place - business goals, business model, mentor, website - now's the time to get moving. Start promoting your website to the search engines right away because it takes time to get recognized by the search engines as a brand new venture. Find out which search phrases and keywords will work best for your business and be sure to include these in your website text throughout your site and also in your HTML keyword meta tags if possible. Proper keywording along with providing quality informational content are the two key ways to attract free search engine traffic.

Promote your business using paid search engines (a.k.a. pay-per-click) for more targeted campaigns. Also consider e-zine advertising (your own e-zine and other targeted newsletters), off-line classifieds in local newspapers, auction promotions, and affiliate marketing. Avoid branding your company with banner ads unless you have a whole lot of money to spend.

Once you have these five essentials in place, you're ready to earn money working from home. Get started with the first step to realize your dreams of owning a home based business!

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Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies. For tips/information, click here: earn money working from home
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