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Start a Business from Home and Take Control

Still working at a job? Hopefully you are being paid fairly and like what you are doing. It is also important that you are happy in the atmosphere where you work.


None of the above are guaranteed. There are situations where we must do things we really don’t especially like to support ourselves. We may not be paid what our skills and experience deserve. None of that seems so bad if we ever suffer the misfortune of finding our job is gone through no fault of our own. (down-sizing, out-sourcing, etc., aka ‘laid off’).

It is a completely sound idea to be prepared for anything that may happen unexpectedly. It’s a whole different story to be unprepared. For example it is Friday afternoon (Friday is the day of the week recommended for letting people go. This supposedly gives them the weekend to recover from the shock).

As well, and more important to the company, the employee doesn’t have much time to sabotage any of the systems before they have to check out for the last time. So you may get a ‘pink slip’ out of nowhere. If the company has any decency they are giving you pay in lieu of notice or at least notice of 14 to 30-days.

How will you survive until you find another job? You first need to calculate what money you still have without your regular paycheck. During the ‘notice’ period, there may be accrued vacation they may pay you for. They may offer severance pay as well.

There are a few options you have that are ‘safe harbor’. Start your own online business today. Believe it or not you can be in business for yourself within 24-hours. Just search for ‘affiliate programs’ and you will have a product and a free webpage to advertise; as well as other resources including some training to get started right away.

The other ‘emergency recovery’ option is to apply to at least one temporary agency. It may take a few hours to have your skill levels tested, but then at least you have some hope of money to survive with while you are looking for a more permanent position. Keep checking in with them to see if they have any assignments. They will have both short-term and long-term jobs and you will be paid weekly.

It is important to remind yourself that you will survive and that prior to this situation you were doing fine. As recently as maybe a week! It is important to keep your confidence level up so that you ‘shine’ for those people who will be interviewing you and making decisions about your life.

That is one more reminder of how it is so much less risky to only depend on yourself to decide what you will do to earn money aka start your own business now. In fact why wait for a catastrophe? You could be taking control doing your part-time home business while still working the day job. If you are wise you will save every dime in case you need it someday.

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Internet Business Start-Up

Taking action is the key to everything. Things usually start with an idea, but unless somebody does something to make them happen they will never be anything but ideas! First to get started, you should really analyze why you think you want to start a business from home. It probably has to do with wanting or needing to earn more money. However there are other important elements that could be encouraging you to think about starting your own business and you should listen to yourself!

get a business not a job

Maybe you are in a rut at work and wish you had a different job. You know you could achieve more and you want to be more interested in what you are doing so that you could feel more invested. Possibly you would like to be able to spend more time with your family. It could also be the opposite perspective, that you are bored with staying at home 24/7 to take care of kids or others. It is not that this is not very important, it is just that you don’t find it mentally challenging.

You may feel double discouraged as when you have tried to find a job you were either over or under qualified. Or maybe you didn’t take the job because you didn’t agree with some ideologies there, or weren’t politically connected. Maybe you just didn’t fit in. Both parties can be the best but not be on the same page.

Maybe having gone through years of trial and error and semi-satisfaction, you determine that you really would rather have an alternative lifestyle. Quite legitimate as it’s your life and if possible you should be able to live the way you prefer to. You only live once. So many people ‘sell out’ (compromise just to survive). They can’t be themselves or have any fun.

Most folks usually don’t feel that bad about it being necessary to go along with the program in order to live comfortably. Just think of how much worse if there was no way. If you can find a way to be self-employed, you can have it all. If you have a home, a computer, an Internet connection, and some basic skills, you have the foundation on which to start a home business.

Next you need to determine some ways that you can make money at home. This may come to you in stages, where it is not what you consider your best idea that is necessarily the most likely to succeed. As with a corporation where you start at entry level and work your way up, you may need to do this with your own business. The major point though is to start some place. If you sit and think about it, there are a number of things you can do or learn to do online that could turn into a profitable business that also provides some gratification someday.

The Perfect Online Home Business May be Affiliate Marketing

Especially if you want to see what having a home business is all about, affiliate marketing may be the easiest, fastest and least expensive way to start a business from home. A few points that demonstrate these facts are that the program will provide free a web page to use to advertise on day one of your membership. No real technical skills are required. Do you need to estimate how long it would take you to learn how to program a website, or how much it would cost to have it done for you?

affiliate marketing is best

While an ‘affiliate sales page’ is usually not a website where you can change and customize it, it is a link address that is ready to advertise from day one and really may earn you some commissions when you have done sufficient advertising. There is virtually no wasting time. Just having access to this major tool will give you a huge step up that allows you plenty of time to focus on earning commissions. (which is the point).

Even more critical is having a product to sell without spending years in development , testing and market research. A huge reason that affiliate programs rock, is that they have already spent the time and money to develop either tangible or digital products.

Part of your membership in the program gives you license to profit from their intellectual properties. You can earn a percent of the sale price without investing half your life. In addition you can also earn money for referring others to the business opportunity. You probably figured it would cost a lot more money to start a business and skills you do not have.

It is assumed you have a good computer and reliable Internet connectivity. This is the foundation of your “business in a box”. Beyond that necessary equipment, your expense as well as effort will be largely focused on advertising and marketing to promote your business. There are some expenses associated with this, however you will quickly see how much less expensive it is to do anything on the Internet. Just compare any action you may take offline to the same thing online.

The relationship of the affiliate program and the member is one of that is a perfect exchange all around. The member receives the right to earn money from the program and to use various resources available free to members to help them such as banners/images encoded with their affiliate ID, maybe even some Internet marketing tools such as an autoresponder and/or content to use in email marketing.

In return the member advertises the business. This means the program will spend less on the advertising so there is a fair exchange. All the affiliates will need to do if they want to earn commissions is use everything they have been provided with as aggressively as they are able.

Would it Work for You to Have an Internet Home Business?

Before you implement anything online to start a business from home, there are some important issues to consider. There are just a few elements that you need, beyond a need for income. It is not the same as having a job in some respects, so you need to be prepared to create the foundation for your own business.

you can do it!

When you go to work at a job, there is structure already there. They will tell you what time to report, they will tell you what your duties are; your deadlines; what are the assigned times you are allowed for your breaks and lunch; and when you can go home for the day. You know pretty much what to expect each day, and how much money you will have earned at the end of each pay period. There is a definite plan with everything.

You have a foundation that has already been implemented for you. You are accountable to your manager and/or team to keep your side of the bargain. You just need to be trained and learn how to use everything that is already there. With any luck they will also provide training.

You may love your job and therefore excel at what you do; or the job may only be a means to an end. You do it for the money only – to survive. Either way, ‘you have to do what you have to do to get by’.

If you start a home business on the Internet, you have to have the discipline to do the work. You need the ability to stay motivated indefinitely even when you are not seeing any results yet. Technically you are not even being paid for the time you are spending. It can be like working unpaid-overtime when you are just starting up!

It can be very easy to be discouraged, unless you are able to keep a positive mindset about your goals, and remain absolutely determined. If you are not really focused, you may give up before you have given yourself a real chance to succeed. They say 95% fail at Internet marketing. Why? It’s because only 5% don’t quit. The same 5% that never quit and usually end up making a profit!

You have to have the ability to turn discouraging or negative thoughts or comments from others into determination. If you don’t it is possible you will cultivate an attitude of ‘why bother’ and stop trying. You can’t let that happen if you really want to have your dream of your own successful online business.

Keep learning and growing along with your business!

Home Biz Start-Up Keep On Keeping On

It may have taken you a long time where you thought about ideas on how to make extra money. You may have really researched some ways that you may have been able to start a business from home, or get a part-time job to supplement your regular, main income. Of course there are many pros and cons to these issues and they may have kept you in your quandary where you were never really able to take action.


Hopefully this was all going on before it became critical and you were actually looking to replace a full-time income you lost, or are facing some extra, major financial challenges. Always best to be prepared for the unexpected and hope it never comes, rather than to be scrambling around in desperation if something does.

In any case, it is a good idea to have something growing that may represent a solution someday. If no disaster ever comes and hopefully it won’t, then you may find yourself with a nice little cache of cash that you can buy something you really want but could never feel you could afford! (Still save at least half!)

As with all things in life there are always a million possibilities or choices. Some we need to learn about by trial and error. Some we are able to benefit from advice from trusted advisors who have had either positive or negative experiences.

Note here that just because someone else had either positive or negative experience with a program or service that it doesn’t mean you will or won’t. There are too many variables that could make your experience diametrically opposite to theirs. So a combination of research methodology is definitely recommended. Times change and situations change. What was gold a year ago may be lead today as far as business.

In any case if at all possible you want to spend some time when you are researching businesses you could hope to succeed with. That is another reason it is a good idea to start before it is necessary. If you have to make decisions when in a rush or when desperate they are not as likely to be the right choices.

… but where do you start? Just log on to the Internet and go to a search engine – an easily navigated one like Google.com – and just start running queries like ‘home business’, ‘online business’, ‘earn extra money’, ‘part-time job’, etc. Then take some time to click all links they will return and just get some ideas about things. Take a few notes and be sure to note the links somewhere.

Eventually you may wish to try one or more programs you can associate yourself with to get a deeper understanding of how it works and really decide whether it is feasible for you. If not keep moving forward to find something that does appeal to you.

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