Those who are parents know that there are numerous books devoted to what to expect when you are expecting that new addition to the family. To a lesser extent yet quite similar in importance, there are several things you need to anticipate when starting a home based business. Considering that for many a new entrepreneur this is a major shift in life as it was known up to that point in time, you will need to understand that several life changes will go hand in hand with this monumental decision. The benefits you will reap from starting a home based business are numerous. They are the ups that make the sleepless night well worth it! You will become the master of your own destiny and in so doing of your own schedule. No longer bound to arbitrarily set work schedules, you will have the freedom to work as you see fit and skip work as you desire. Time no longer revolves around getting to work on time, but instead you can finally put family and also yourself first and the work second. Yet at the same time you need to remember that with this freedom also comes the need for discipline. Skipping work too often will translate into lower profits and thus a severely curtailed income, missed business opportunities, and in some instances even missed deadlines! To counteract the pressure associated with deadlines and chasing opportunities, commonly referred to as the business downs, you may wish to set a loose but workable schedule for yourself. Note the kinds of things you would like to accomplish during that particular day. Make note of the activities that will help you to grow your business and separate them from those that simply maintain a status quo. While the former should always receive first billing, the latter may be skipped occasionally. By defining the priorities you will not be spinning your wheels and become consumed with business downs and gradually allow them to overtake the ups! Another down you will need to honestly anticipate is the ability to turn a profit. Instant profit is unheard of, and while some business models will lend themselves to seeing results rather quickly, others will require some time before a steady stream of income sets in. Patience is not just a virtue in this case but also a necessity to see you through the downs and keep you focused on the ups while you are plugging away at making a profit. The ability to be organized is perhaps the backbone of any successful home based business, and while you do not need to be an organizational wunderkind, it is imperative that you learn how to organize your home and your business. Good organizational skills will literally cut hours from the time you need to spend administering your business on a weekly basis! Last but not least, take the time to set realistic goals and celebrate each achieved goal as a new milestone. By preparing yourself thusly for the ups and downs of running a home based business, you success is all but guaranteed.