It is becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet with just one source of income. Thereby, more families are investigating the possibilities of starting their own extra-income business.  Most of these part-time endeavors are started and operated from the comfort and privacy of the home.

A large percentage are indeed making extra money, that goes towards kids sports, the house or maybe even a luxury of a take away dinner.  Some have made extra part time businesses into full-time, very profitable businesses.  Others are just keeping busy and having fun.  The important thing is that they are doing something positive and working towards a goal and you can do this too.

The fields of multi-level marketing, and in-home party sales have never been more popular.  Identify an area that is of particular interest to yourself and make the neccesary enquiries.  Bare in mind, that there are other possibilities open to you in starting and operating a home based part time business.

If you type, you can start a home-based typing service;  if you have a truck or a trailer, you can start a clean-up service.  More than a few enterprising stay at home Mums have found enjoyment and extra income by starting home cleaning, washing and ironing services.  A lot of Home Based Businesses have found success on Ebay. There’s literally no end to the ways you can start and operate a profitable extra income business from your home.

First things first however, is do some basic market research.  Find out for yourself, first hand, just how many people there are in your area who are interested in your proposed product or service. You may be surprised to learn that you already have customers waiting for you, you only need to ask. This is known as defining your market and pinpointing your customers.

Your next effort should be directed toward the “detailing” of your business plan.  If you are unsure on how to lay out a Business Plan, search the internet for “Free Business Plans”  Too often, enthusiastic and ambitious entrepreneurs jump in on an extra income project and suddenly find that the costs or time requirements are more than they initially thought.  It pays to lay it all out on paper before becoming too involved. Have a definitive goal, plan and roadmap and “see” everything before you start and then work towards your goal.

Don’t forget to check and confirm with your local councils rules and guidelines in relation to Home Businesses and most importantly what Insurances you may need.

Now, assuming you’ve got your market targeted, you know who your customers are going to be and how you’re going to reach them with your product or service.   The next step is to set your plan in motion and start making money.

You may only decide to commence the home typing service purely as a means of generating additional income for a holiday and then you have no need for it.  Or you have a regualr clientele of 10 homes that you clean once a fortnight and that is all you want or need. That is great, congratulations and well done.

You may want to strive for more and you build your little home business and it creates a life of it’s own and before you know it, you are working in a full time business generating more money than before. Once again, congratulations and well done, however, please remember at every step to obtain professional advice from Accountants, Insurance Brokers, Small Business Consultants, Council etc..

Although you may only consider it a small business or just a little extra bit of income, the Tax Office may view it differently and you have a responsibility to act accordingly.

We trust you have found this information of benefit. Please remember to obtain professional advice and assistance before starting a home based business.

Until Next Time …


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