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Starting An Online Business From Home
J. Elisha Burke
|Many people believe
that starting an online business from home is difficult. In fact
it is quite easy. If you are already familiar with what product
you will sell you will need to create or hire someone to produce
an online website for you. This website should list the product
or products you have available. If you will be selling your own
products, make sure that your online business has a name that
reflects you and what you offer.
After this has been completed, you should inquire in your local
state to learn the guidelines necessary for you to run a business
from your home. Many states require that even an online business
register with them and receive a business license. You will have
to get the necessary forms to request this license.
After you have obtained you license, you should also find out
how running an online business from home will affect you tax situation.
You would still need to report any income you make from your business,
even if you are working at home.
After all this paperwork is completed for you business, it is
important to set up your home office for you new job. It is suggested
that you have a separate space to conduct
your business affairs. A separate phone line that customers can
call is also very necessary and I strongly suggest you get a fax
machine. You will lose customers if you are not able to be reached
by telephone, fax and e-mail. Having a separate phone line from
the rest of the house is essential!
Other than a second phone line, it is also a good idea to buy
the necessary hardware and software for you home office. You will
save lots of money if you have your own fax machine, scanner,
and printer. Also it is probably wise to have the latest software
additions for word processing and accounting. The accounting software
is especially useful for you to keep track of all expenses and
revenue for your online business.
When you have established the business and things are going well,
it is a good idea to consider outsourcing. This would mean hiring
someone to take care of the little jobs that
you would have to do such as email or letter correspondence or
creating marketing brochures. By doing this, you will be able
to focus on the more important areas of making money and marketing
your business, which will be key to your success.
Copyright 2005 Burke Publications All Rights Reserved
About the author:
Dr. J. E. Burke, an educator and entrepreneur, has been involved
in various business enterprises via his business, Burke Publications
for 11 years. Dr. Burke is an educator, writer and motivational
speaker on a variety of topics. He is also known for his expertise
on nonprofit organizations and grant proposal writing. Dr. Burke
can be contacted at http://burkepublications.comor
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