There are five big steps to being a work from home success, and every one of them takes work, research and persistence. If you’re willing to follow them, though, you’ll find yourself on the road to being a successful business owner working from your own home.

Want to work from home and make enough money that you never have to work for someone else again? It is possible – it’s just not as easy as all the over-hyped late-night infomercials and spam mail would have you believe.

Pick the Right Business and the Right Market

Your first step to a successful work from home career is picking the right business. There are literally dozens of ways to make money working from home. Pick through your interests and skills and decide which are the possible money-makers for you. Do you have a service to sell, or would you rather sell concrete items? Do you have marketable skills? What products, services or skills are in demand, and which can you build a market for? Do you want the support you’d get with a home party plan or a franchise?

Your best chance for success is to find a niche and provide the product or service to fill it.

Take Your Business Seriously

If you think work from home means take it easy, this isn’t the business for you. You’ll be working harder when you work for yourself than you ever have in any other job. The key difference is that you’re working to put money in YOUR pocket, not someone else’s. This is especially true in the first several months to a year when you’re getting off the ground and establishing a reputation. Expect to work every day on your business, and keep at it till you start seeing results.

Work from home businesses that succeed do so because their owner takes the business seriously. Your profit is directly proportional to your work.

Promote, Promote, Promote!

The best business idea in the world will fall flat if no one knows about it. The key to making work from home work for you is promotion. No matter what business you choose, you need to get the word out, and get it out to the right markets. Figure out who is most likely to buy your product or pay for your services, and target them with marketing and promotional offers. Depending on what you offer, that may mean spreading your flyers around the neighborhood, taking out newspaper or radio ads, sending out email newsletters, posting on bulletin boards and other Internet services, asking for referrals or any combination of the above.

Advertising is the only way to let people know about your business. If they don’t know you, they can’t buy from you.

Never Stop Learning About Your Business

There are new developments, new techniques and new products every day. Don’t stop researching and learning once you get your work from home business established, or you risk becoming obsolete. Take courses about advertising and marketing, or learn new skills to keep your skill set current and marketable. Whatever you do, be sure to invest time in keeping up on the latest developments in your field, whether it’s web hosting or real estate, cosmetics or desktop publishing.

Get Organized

Organization is far more important when you work from home for yourself than if you work for someone else. In order to grow your business and make money, you’ll need to track your income and expenses, deadlines, delivery dates, ads and revenues – in short, you’ll need records of absolutely everything you spend and take in. You’ll also need to keep track of the work you’re doing – and that’s true whether you’re taking orders for mail order, booking parties for a home party business or doing freelance work through an outsourcing service. Start out organized, and you’ll find it easy to keep it up.

Being disorganized will take money out of your pocket. It’s as simple as that.

Once you reach the top, stay ahead of the crowd by educating yourself.

Those five key points encompass everything you’ll need to do to make your work from home business successful. Follow them, and you WILL make money working from home – guaranteed.

By: Mike Laauwe