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Copyright Elaine Currie

Getting your home business off to a good start

Once you have made the decision to work from home, you should spend some time in planning and preparation. Having decided that an internet home business is the right thing for you to take up, the decision needs to be made as to what type of home business would interest you and what type of business would be practical for you in your particular circumstances. Do not make the mistake of rushing into the first scheme you see which promises huge amounts of profit for very little effort. These schemes never deliver what they promise. If you want to make a good income, you have to earn it and you will not make a success of any business overnight. Like any other form of profit making enterprise, a home business requires dedication if it is going to succeed and generate a reasonable income, so pick something you will enjoy doing; choose something which interests you for its own sake, not just as a way to make money. A homeworker is no different from an office worker, or any other worker for that matter. We all need an income and we have to earn it. The important difference when you have your own home business is that the profits all go into your pocket.

All the profits belong to you and so do the responsibilities. If you are going to be your own boss, you will have nobody but yourself to blame if things go wrong. Start out the right way and things are more likely to stay on track. If you cultivate good working processes from the beginning it is easier to keep them up than trying to break bad habits at a later date. Hopefully you will enjoy your work from home experience, even have some laughs along the way, but this does not mean you can afford to take a less than professional attitude towards your business. Think about what you are going to do, make a plan, write a list of things to do and work through your list methodically. Don’t start things off in a rush of enthusiasm, and then look back and wish you had done things differently. A few basic preparations will get you off to a good start.

Before you do anything else, ensure that you have a good browser. If you are currently working with Microsoft Internet Explorer you should change. You will be spending a lot of time on the internet and Internet Explorer is extremely vulnerable to viruses, trojans, spy ware, adware and pop ups. While adware, spy ware and pop ups might not do serious damage, they will slow down your computer and you will obviously want to avoid this. Crazy Browser, Mozilla and Opera are all to be recommended and can be downloaded free. I have used all three of these browsers and they all do things slightly differently. They are all excellent so the choice is a matter of personal preference. Crazy Browser and Mozilla are especially good if you deal regularly with groups of websites: you can save a group of 8 or 10 different sites and, when you need them, you can go to them all with just one mouse click. You will realise the full advantages of these browsers when you come to use traffic exchange advertising.

I assume that anybody who is seriously considering a career working on the internet will already have in place a firewall and good anti-virus software such as Panda, but I would suggest adding anti spyware and anti adware protection such as Spyware Blaster and No Adware plus Spybot Search and Destroy. These can be downloaded free. You are asked to make a donation to the site but it is not compulsory; you can go back later and donate if you are happy with the software. There is plenty of free software of this sort so, if you do not already know what you want, you can find plenty with a Google search.

Next download Roboform. Whatever business you work at, you will be bound to have to fill in various forms online. Once you have typed your name, address, email, birth date etc into Roboform it will complete application forms with one mouse click. You can set up more than one identity within Roboform so, for instance, you can have one identity which uses your main email address and a separate one for advertising with a secondary email address. Roboform will also store all your log in IDs and passwords for every login page you use. It really is a brilliant device.

Now that you have Roboform’s help it is time to get a new email account which should be kept entirely separate from your personal email account. You might need more than one additional email address depending upon what sort of business you are in. If you are going to join lots of mailing groups or subscribe to ezines, you will receive a great deal of email just from these sources; each one will send you at least one confirmatory email when you first sign up and these should be kept for reference. You can get free email accounts from . Yahoo, Excite and numerous other places. AOL is to be avoided because of the way its email filters work (you might find that important mail is filtered out without you getting the chance to accept it).

Next, sign up for free accounts with Pay Pal, e-gold and Alert Pay as most companies will pay you (or require you to pay them) through one of these. It is worth getting accounts with all of them before you start signing up for programmes: it is very annoying to be halfway through signing up and finding that payments will only be made through an account you do not have. You are permitted numerous free accounts but I would suggest one account should be opened with each company to start with unless you know you will definitely need another account. It is important to strike a balance between keeping things separate and having so many different accounts, you end up confused. These things are supposed to help you, not become a task in themselves.

All this will not have taken you long to do and you now have the basis of an organised system to which you can add things as you go along. 

About the Author:
By Elaine Currie, BA (Hons)
Elaine Currie provides ideas, help and resources
for anyone wanting to start a home business
visit: http://www.Huntingvenus.com

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