The Getting Started in a Christian Home Based Business
If you are thinking of starting your own Christian home business there are several things to think about.
You can create the business you love
Planning is the first step. Consider carefully all the options. If you are a people person, then being in the business of working with people is something you would want to consider. If you are the quieter type, then a service business may be more suited to your personality.
What are the skills you have to offer? Do you do bookkeeping, graphic design, proofreading, or editing? Do you have products to sell? Can you design newsletters, write blog posts, or articles? Do you have administrative skills? Do you have project management skills?
You can work as a freelance contractor and bid on jobs through Elance.com or Guru.com or ODesk.com. Here you will be competing with many other people who offer the same services so your prices will need to be competitive.
There have never been more options for working from home than there are now. The Internet has changed the way we work, the way we shop and do business and it has brought many opportunities to work at home.
One word of caution, there are companies and individuals who take advantage of people looking to work from home. Don’t pay any money to a company for the chance to work from home. Do research on any company or individual ahead of time.
Make certain that an opportunity is a good fit for you. What kind of reputation does the company have? How long has the company been in business? Does the company have a good management team?
Definitely learn about a company or the person you are going to work with before making any commitments!
Get counsel from people you know who are successful business owners. Seek the Lord in prayer and ask for wisdom and guidance in this important decision.
In your planning consider:
- What is the product or service? Will you offer a product or a service to make
- Can you provide customer service order data entry?
- What are the costs? Figure out what equipment you will need to start your business? Do you need any training in order to offer your service? Are there affiliations you should join or credentials you should obtain?
- With any business, you can expect that were will be expenses to get started.
Do you need a license? Have you officially registered your company name? Do you have an EIN for tax purposes?
- Get the word out. Join a networking group with other business owners either online or in your community. Get to know other business owners by attending your local chamber of commerce. Join the Better Business Bureau.
- What niche market do you want to attract?
- Who is your ideal client?
Your business will evolve and change over time. Under promise and over deliver and always treat each customer or client like they are worth gold because they are. Think of little ways to say thank you throughout the year. Never promise more than you can deliver and never take on more work than you can do. As you grow you may need to add staff.
Social Media is a great tool to have to market your new business. Create a Facebook page for your business and have a Twitter account. Use a blog to write about your business. Your website is your online business card. It has to reflect your business well.
List your business on Google Places. It’s free! Create backlinks back to your website. If you use these tools correctly, you will attract customers and clients to your new business. Treating them well will create customers for life.
Does it feel authentic? Whatever business you decide on, it has to be authentic. If it doesn’t feel right, it will show. But if it’s something you enjoy and are passionate about, you will be successful!