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How to Be Successful Working From Home!

By Michele Miller
Posted Saturday, December 18, 2004

So, you’re interested in starting a home business? How are you going to make it happen?

Many people only dream of working from home and don’t think it’s really possible for them to do so. Sometimes it’s the fear of failure that holds people back.

I’m here to tell you IT IS possible and you can make money and enjoy working form home, you just have to be willing to try.

First of all, you have to have a business idea.

Let’s look at some legitimate home business ideas to begin with; let’s get some ideas going here…

Web design, Graphic design, Internet marketing, Secretarial Service, Medical Transcriptionist, Home Parties, (there’s lots of these around and you can definitely make good money if you stick with them), Pet Sitting, Errand Runner, Copywriter, Real Estate, Photographer, Caterer, Furniture Maker, Candle Making, Wedding Consultant, Computer Tuition, Music Lessons, Insurance Agent.

There’s loads more, but as you can see, it is possible to find something you enjoy that can be a great home business. You might have to take some classes to begin with if you don’t have a skill. It depends what you are looking for.

The trick with any home business is to ease your way into one. Keep your regular job while you develop your home business. Start your business part-time and let it build. When it reaches the point where you are making enough money, you can quit your regular job. This way, you won’t be taking risks and depending on a new business to support you right away.

All the above mentioned businesses are relatively low cost start-up businesses. Forget having to invest hundreds of thousands just to start your own business. Some of the most successful businesses were started on a shoe-string, or thereabouts…

So now you’ve got some ideas, what else do you need?

You need DISCIPLINE AND MOTIVATION. That’s as important as your business idea. You need to be a go-getter kind of person to have your own business. You need to be willing to get things off the ground yourself, and often willing to work for no financial return at first, or very little financial return. It helps to have vision; you have to sow the seeds to see the flowers. Overnight success is quite rare.

You can help yourself stay motivated by making a “to do list”, and working your business every day in some small or big way. It doesn’t really matter as long as you have a plan and keep chipping away at it until it happens.

You hear people say all the time that you need to set your goals, well you do, and a “to do list” will enable you to cross off things as you work through them, giving you a feeling of accomplishment as well.

Okay, what else do you need?


As you begin starting your own business, you may come across negative people who will discourage you and make you feel less confident. You must ignore these people and only let yourself focus on the positive. One day these people will eat their words. Try to find people who want the same out of life as you do and mix with them. If you can, find yourself a mentor in the field you are going in to. This is a great help. You will be able to stay motivated about your future goals if you have someone to share them with. A mentor will also give you insights into your business and hopefully share with you how to avoid certain mistakes along the way.

The last thing you need is FAITH – in yourself. So go ahead, start a home business – You won’t look back!

About the Author
Michele Miller is a home based business owner and medical transcriptionist. You can visit her website at:


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