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          A Home-Based Business Online


          Issue 108 : November 12

          Sent to 11,563 Opt-In Subscribers

          Editor: Elena Fawkner
          Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
           Contact By Email

           IN THIS ISSUE

        1.     Welcome and Update from Elena
        2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Contractor
          Referral Service
        3.     Feature Article - How Do I Start A Home Business?
        4.     Surveys and Trends
        5.     Motivational Tip for the Day
        7.     Subscription Management
        9.     Contact Information

        1.     Welcome and Update from Elena

        Hello again and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers
        who have joined us since the last issue.

        I've been receiving more than the usual number of emails
        recently from people suddenly thrust into the ranks of the
        unemployed and deciding, by default, to start their own
        businesses from home without having any real idea or
        conception of what's involved.  "How Do I Start An Online
        Business?" is this week's feature article.

        Thanks to Louis Fearnley who this week recommended I
        recommend to you an excellent site, Woody's Windows Watch
        (), an extremely valuable
        resource for anyone using Microsoft products (and, let's face
        it, who isn't?).  "Woody" is none other than Woody Leonhard,
        author of a multitude of authoritative tomes on all things
        Microsoft.  So, thanks to Louis, I do, indeed, recommend this

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        As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this
        week's issue. 

        Remember, AHBBO is for YOU!  If you have comments or
        suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed, or
        would just like to share your experiences with other
        subscribers, I want to hear from you.  Please send
        comments, questions and stories to Contact By Email .

        Dear Mom...This is a letter from my heart to yours.

        I'm a mom with three kids. I know what it feels like to
        have to work outside the home and feel torn between your
        need to work and your need to be with your kids. Now I've
        found a way to make money at home and be there for them.
        I want you to be able to find it, too. Please...read this now.

        2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Contractor
          Referral Service

        I've been putting up with a leaking shower head for weeks
        now because I just can't seem to find the time to get
        someone in to fix it. Every time I decide to do something
        about it I open up the Yellow Pages to find a local plumber
        but am confronted by so many choices I really don't know
        where to start. So I put it aside until I "get around to it".
        If truth be told, I can't be bothered with the hassle of
        finding a contractor who can come out and fix my problem
        at a time that actually suits ME!

        I don't want to hire some expensive plumbing company that
        requires appointments days in advance and have to hang
        around the house for half a day because they can't give me
        an exact time of arrival. All I really want is a local handyman
        who can call around on Saturday morning before I head out
        to do my grocery shopping. And there are plenty of people
        like me out there.

        Just think about the kinds of services the typical household
        needs from time to time. There's plumbers, electricians,
        gardeners, glaziers, carpet/furniture cleaners, appliance repairs,
        cleaning services, painters and babysitters to name just a few.

        At the same time, local tradespeople are wanting the local
        work that's currently going to the big companies. Many of
        these tradespeople would be prepared to pay you a commission
        or a booking fee for referring customers. You may even offer an
        attendance service where you attend at the customer's house
        while the work is done to avoid the customer having to take
        time off work or lose a Saturday morning.

        So line up a group of reference-checked tradespeople and then
        start advertising your referral service in the classified ads of
        your local newspaper, by letterbox drop, flyers in the local
        supermarket, even a Yellow Pages listing of your own.


        There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home Business
        Ideas page at free home based business ideas with more being
        added all the time.


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        3.     Feature Article: How Do I Start a Home Business?

        © 2017 Elena Fawkner

        From time to time (at least once a day actually) I'll get an
        impossible-to-respond-to email that says something like,
        "How can I work from home?", or "I want to start my own
        home business.  Please send info." or even, "Please send
        free info.".  Naturally such vague, generalized requests are
        not, for reasons of time (among others), going to elicit a
        particularly helpful response but it does exemplify the
        mindset of a proportion of my site visitors - they think they
        want to start a home business but where on earth do they


        The best advice I can give to someone who asks a question
        as vague as this is that they're asking the wrong question.
        The first question they should be asking themselves is:
        "SHOULD I start a home business?", not HOW do they do so. 

        The person who asks how to start a home business has not
        given much, if any, thought to what they might do as such
        a business (otherwise, their question would be "How do I start
        an errand service home business?" or "How do I start a gourmet
        gift basket home business?"). 

        So, first things first.  Why do you want to start a home
        business?  What are the advantages as you see them?
        What are the disadvantages?  What entrepreneurial qualities
        do you bring to the table that make you think you could
        make a success of your own business?  What is your plan?
        What product or service will you market?  Who are your
        customers?  When will you give up your day job?  Are you
        thinking about this because you just LOST your day job
        (if so, warning bells should be ringing very loudly!)?  A home
        business is most definitely NOT for everyone and it's
        certainly not a solution to unemployment per se. 

        There are financial considerations too, obviously.  How will
        you support yourself until you generate a profit?  Where will
        you obtain financing? 

        For more thought starters, read "Look Before You Leap ...
        Is a Home-Based Business REALLY For You?" in the AHBBO
        Articles Library at Look before you leap .

        Assuming you work your way through the above considerations
        and conclude that you do, indeed, want to start your own
        home business, then, and only then, should you ask "HOW do I
        start a home business?"

        There are as many answers to this question as there are
        individuals who ask it.  There is no one answer that fits all
        sizes.  Generally speaking, however, the process of starting
        one's own home business can be broken down into seven
        broad steps.


        If you're truly starting at ground zero and you don't already
        do something on the side that you'd kind of like to see if
        you could make fly, your first step is to decide what it is
        you'd like to do as your business.

        I'm a firm believer in following your passion, whether that
        be for gardening (start a herb and spice business or
        cultivate cuttings for distribution via mail order), lead-
        lighting (design and create stained glass lampshades),
        accounting (run a home-based small business accountancy
        service) or website design.  It doesn't matter whether
        other people are equally as passionate about what
        you're passionate about.  It's YOUR passion that counts
        and it's YOUR passion that will propel you towards
        success.  Do something you love to do in other words.
        Make your work your joy and you won't be able to help
        but succeed.


        Now, it's one thing to know what you're passionate
        about, it's quite another to identify an unmet need in
        that field.  But that's what you must do if you want to
        turn your passion into a truly profitable business venture.

        Identifying your niche is a pretty straightforward

        1.  Identify your general category and sub-category

        Let's say your general passion is gardening.  Gardening is
        your general category.  Let's also say that you're
        particularly interested in growing herbs and how they
        can be used for cooking and medicinal purposes.  Herb
        growing is your sub-category.

        2.  Hang out with people interested in your sub-category

        In order to identify unmet needs in your sub-category
        (step 3.), you must find out from people interested in
        your sub-category what they're looking for that they
        can't find.  A good way to find out is to hang out where
        they hang out - offline and on.  Offline, you may belong
        to a local gardening club or cooking class at which you
        hear that so-and-so has been looking high and low for
        a certain type of specialty herb that isn't commonly
        grown in your country.  Online, you may sign up for
        mailing lists and hang out in newsgroups to listen to
        what people are asking time and again. 

        3.  Identify unmet or under-met needs in your sub-category

        If you follow step 2, chances are, if you hear the same
        things repeatedly, you've found potential unmet needs
        or needs that aren't being adequately serviced by your
        competition.   After all, if the need is being met, it won't be
        the subject of repeated questions.

        4.  Inventory your experience, interests and competencies

        In order to decide what to focus on in particular out of
        a group of potential unmet or under-met needs, take account
        of your experience, interests and competencies.  People are
        generally good at what they enjoy and are interested in,
        after all.

        5.  Fill the unmet or under-met need

        Once you've identified the unmet need(s) in your
        sub-category, you can start thinking about how your
        business can fill that unmet need.


        At this stage, you need to take your business idea
        and survey your niche market and your competition.
        If you have competition, can you be better?  If your
        market is dominated by a few large, well-established
        players and you really don't bring anything new or
        different to the table, then the competition is probably
        going to be too stiff.  On the other hand, if that
        competition is focused on the high end of the market
        leaving the lower end largely uncatered for, then this
        could well be an excellent niche for you.

        The bottom line is to identify your best competition in
        your niche and decide whether you can be better.
        Only if you believe you can be the best in your
        niche should you proceed.  If not, keep looking until
        you find a niche perfectly suited to your particular
        blend of experience, interests and competencies in
        which you can be the absolute best.

        => BUSINESS PLAN

        Once you've identified your niche and surveyed your
        market and competition and are reasonably confident
        you can be at least as good as your best competitor,
        it's time to get down to brass tacks.

        This is where you take your business idea and shape
        it into a battle plan.  Formulating a business plan is
        goal-setting for your business.  For a more detailed
        treatment of writing a business plan, read
        "Putting the Plan Back Into Your Business Plan"
        at how to write your business plan .

        Once you've thought through and recorded your
        business plan you should have an extremely
        thorough understanding of your industry and the
        challenges you must overcome to make a success
        of your business.  Take your business plan and
        establish objectives, goals (which support attainment
        of the objectives) and tasks (which support attainment
        of the goals).

        Put your tasks and goals into action to achieve
        your objectives.  Decide where you want your business
        to be in five years time and work backwards until
        you have 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 year objectives and goals
        to support them and tasks to support the goals.  The
        end result should be a daily to-do list of things that
        will directly lead you closer to the achievement of
        your goals and objectives.

        => ACTION

        Once you have your daily to-do list, DO IT!  The best laid
        plans of mice and men are useless if not translated into
        action.  It's action that will propel you and your business
        towards success.  Mere thoughts and plans are necessary
        but insufficient.  They must be translated into activity.

        => TRANSITION

        If possible, transition from whatever you're doing now
        into your business.  Test the waters, in other words.
        If you're currently in a paid job, stay there and run
        your business part-time, taking the risk on someone
        else's nickel until you can be confident this thing's
        going to float.  Know when you're better off devoting
        your full time and attention to your business (i.e.,
        know when an hour of your time is worth more when
        spent invested in your business than your job) for
        that is the time to shift into full-time entrepreneurship.

        => MAKING THE LEAP

        Finally, make the leap with faith and courage.  Sure,
        you'll have moments of self-doubt, thoughts of
        "can I do this?" when you're wondering where the next
        order's going to come from and you think back to the
        nice, safe, secure paycheck you used to be able to
        count on in your job.  But recognize these insecurities
        for what they are.  They are your mind playing tricks
        on you.  You can do anything you set your mind to.
        You just have to want it badly enough.  So, when the
        time comes to make the leap, do it and hold nothing
        back.  Your success or failure is up to you alone.
        There are no excuses. 

        So, in answer to the question "how do I start my own
        home business?", it's quite simple really.  You do what it



        entrepreneur.  AHBBO free home business ideas

        4.     Surveys and Trends

        © 2017 Ryanna's Hope


        According to the Q4 2017 Online Merchandising Research
        report from the e-tailing group 92% of US retail websites
        provide visitors with some form of a personalized "my
        account" feature.  Most also offer benefits for creating an
        account, like e-mail or newsletter updates (91%) and
        exclusive offers (80%).


        The latest report from Vividence finds that 75% of US internet
        users abandon their online shopping carts before executing their
        transactions. Vividence surveyed 719 people while they used
        shopping carts on e-commerce sites and determined the main
        reason e-shoppers give up is due to high shipping and handling
        charges (72%). Additionally, 43% say they find the total cost
        of their purchase too high and therefore they leave their
        transaction.  Editor's [i.e., Larry Wack of Ryanna's] Note: I
        think you'll find it's a violation of FCC regs to "profit" from
        shipping and handling prices. It could result in a stiff fine. 
        Editor's [i.e., me] Note:  Yes indeedy.


        While Americans still seem willing to leave home to go to the
        movies, they would rather spend their $10 on something
        that's going to make them laugh or feel warm and cuddly.
        "We're retreating to the film equivalent of macaroni and
        cheese," said James Rocchi, senior film critic for the online
        DVD rental company Netflix.

        In a survey of 4,000 of its customers, the company found an
        increased interest in comedy films and less appetite for action
        and drama.

        But while sales of luxury goods have softened, home
        entertainment and housewares may get a boost from America's
        urge to nest. In fact, sales of throw blankets, craft products,
        flat shoes and comfortable clothing seem to buck the trend.
        "We might see more sales at places like Bed Bath & Beyond or
        anywhere else we can buy things that make us feel

        5.     Motivational Tip For The Day

        © 2017 Jan Tincher

        If you visualize success as the outcome, what do you think
        will happen?

        Success? It's inevitable, right? Well, kind of.

        That is, unless you had negative thoughts before and after
        the visualization -- which many people do.

        If that happens, the minute the negative thought comes in,
        replace it with this: *I now release the pattern in my
        consciousness that is creating resistance to my good.*

        Pretty soon you won't be having the negative thought anymore.
        You can then bask in your success. In fact, I recommend it.
        The more you *bask,* the better you feel about the situation.
        The better you feel about the situation, the better you will
        handle it.

        Good luck! (Or should I say, Good Basking!)


        Learn unique strategies and techniques for personal success
        from Jan Tincher online at

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