Tips and Techniques on Running an Online Home Business

Starting a home business is a heck of a lot easier now than it was 10 years ago – and we can thank the Internet for that!

In fact, as broadband Internet access continues to spread, thousands of new people are going online each day.

And many of them are starting their own online businesses.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re making fish tanks in your back yard and selling them online, or developing digital products that people pay for and download, the online market place is only going to grow.

So this series of articles looks at the mechanics of setting up and operating a business online.

They don’t address the marketing and promotion aspects – those are covered in the Internet Marketing articles.

You will, of course, need to consider book-keeping, accountancy, tax and other things like that. But I don’t cover those here, because those things vary from market to market. And, anyway, I’m not an accountant!

You may also be interested in this free eCourse I’ve developed. It takes you, step-by-step, through the process of setting up a new business online, from soup to nuts. You can find it here.

Click the headline to read the full article and leave a comment under the article (or contact me) if you need any clarifications.

Since I’ve been an Independent Trivita Business Owner I’ve occasionally been surprised at the reaction I’ve got from people when they’ve found out. They’ve ranged from me being told I’m promoting something illegal, to being called an Avon Lady promoting an unverified product. At first it came as quite a shock, especially as those reactions […]

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If I woke up in the middle of the night 6 weeks ago, needing to go to the bathroom, I could barely walk. The pain in my feet was excruciating. Getting up in the morning was the same: in both cases, just in order to get out of the bedroom I had to lean my […]

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If your customers aren’t paying you on time they’re costing you money. Worse, they may never pay you at all. Yet protecting yourself against slow or non-paying customers is not difficult – it just requires that you put a simple, logical process in place. Here’s the process I use: Lay down the ground rules at […]

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If you’re one of the millions who travel 2 hours to work each day and the same amount of time back, you’ve doubtless occasionally envied those who work from home. I certainly did. I’ve now worked at home for more than 2 years, and I love it. But it does require some self-imposed discipline that […]

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The economy has changed, fundamentally and forever. And, as a result, the days of mass employment as we knew it have gone. Since the crash of 2008/09, governments have employed well tried and tested methods to kick-start the economies in Europe and the US. And they’ve failed. Why? Because the old economy depended on consumer […]

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I wrote back here about why I started using Gmail as my email client (instead of Outlook or Thunderbird) and here about how to set it up. But I didn’t cover how to set up a professional signature. If you’re running your own business, having a professional email signature is a necessity. Not only does […]

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If you’re running a travel or locally focused website, making use of Google Maps is a great way to highlight areas of interest and engage your visitors. In your Google account (under Maps) you can create a map (via the ‘create a new map’ link) and then customize it to include areas you want to […]

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I wrote back here about moving my email to Gmail and how, by setting it up correctly, no one will ever know. You can make it absolutely transparent (so it appears to be coming from your own servers) and it’s easy to set up and link an effective signature. But I didn’t describe how to […]

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