Sunday, November 30, 2014

Essential Skills For Running A Home Based Business

I thought this is a great article for anyone considering opening a home child care, which is a home-based business.  So many moms start a daycare without really thinking about the business side.  What do you think is important when starting a home daycare?

When thinking of starting a home based business there are several areas of business set up that need looking at before making a final decision. It is easy to get excited (I know I have been there) and charge ahead without really thinking out the long-term ramifications of starting and running the business long-term.
Starting a business takes time to get going and in most cases money, so it is important to look at the whole picture and the long-term chances of keeping the business making a profit.

Take A Long Hard Look Realistically
When we are excited about a new business prospect we often get so carried away with the idea that we don't look at the negatives, or even if we do, we choose to ignore them. But they are there and they will come back to cause problems you if you do not work through those negatives and work out how you will counteract them so that they do not impact on your business.
Tips For Owning A Successful Business
  • Know your small business inside out.
  • Be a knowledge source in your niche. Small businesses thrive with expertise.
  • During tougher economic times a small business owner has to hone their skills, cut back their stock to the essentials and learn to be an aggressive marketer.
  • Train your staff if you have them
  • Make sure that what you take on is going to last the distance in terms of long-term customer demand
You will see some small businesses that thrive no matter what the economic climate is. The owners just seem to have the know how. But in actual fact the owner has a clear picture of how they want the business to run, how they will promote it and what their long-term goal is for the business.
Some people can run a successful business by instinct but in today's market it has become so much more difficult to be successful without putting in a lot of effort and also a lot of hard work.

Here are 14 business essentials:
  1. Sourcing or making a product or service that is in high demand
  2. Good budgeting and money management skills
  3. Having sufficient capital to start the business and back up capital to fund the ongoing business, and your personal expenses, until you are making a profit
  4. Good legal advice regarding any legal commitment you may have to make
  5. Be known as a source of excellent information in your niche
  6. Well trained staff in sales and customer communication
  7. Giving above average customer service at all times
  8. Attitude and determination to succeed
  9. Know how to market your business or employ someone to do it for you
  10. Have a Business Plan
  11. Have a Marketing Plan
  12. Choosing a memorable business name
  13. Registering your business name
  14. Registering a domain name and having an optimized website
If starting a business and you realise that there are skills you need to learn, then try to take the time before out-laying your capital, to obtain these skills. As soon as you start operating your business, you will be concentrating on the sales, and getting your business running smoothly. Learning new skills will be the last thing on your mind.
When you start out you won't know all there is to know but as long as you have some good grounding in business then you can learn as you go.
If you are unsure about any area of starting or managing a home based business then find your answers at which covers: start up, planning, pricing and the all important marketing online and offline.
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