Preface: There are many aspects of starting and owning your own home business. Today, we will only be covering the tip of the iceberg, so to speak! This is just a short article to help prepare you for some things you may encounter as you continue on your journey to start an internet business. It is no secret that Home Businesses are becoming more and more popular as an avenue for more income. So it’s no surprise that millions of people all over the world are bombarded with e-mails that claim to have found some new unheard-of way to make you rich. How convenient, since you just so happen to be looking for a little extra income! So what do you do? The first thing you need to remember is “There’s no such thing as a free lunch!” You can rest assured that if someone is talking about making large sums of money, there will almost always be one of two things needed. Either: 1) a great amount of time and effort needed on your end. (Some of that time and effort can be lessened of you just happen to have some “extra” cash lying around.) Or: 2) an even larger sum of money. (Investment) All too often, someone signs up for that “get rich – without using any out of pocket money – program.” Although not impossible, it is very rare that you will be on the road to riches any time soon. The amount of time required to get a home business going with no out of pocket money will far exceed the 5 hours per week advertised in many business models. Someone who is comfortable with most aspects of advertising, marketing and business may get by with 5 hours or less, but the “average Joe” will end up spending much more time than that. You then find out that to make it without actually dipping into your funds, you only have approximately 7 to 14 or so days to do so. That is when the trial memberships run out and start occurring monthly charges (They conveniently forgot to mention that you would have to sign up for at least one paid program.) The cost now goes from about $15 a month and up, sometimes well over $100 a month. (I’m still trying to find the free part in all of this!) But hey, it takes money to make money! Now lets talk about research. Let me ask you this. If you were going to buy a car, would you ask the first person you passed on the street what the best car was, then immediately go out and buy it? Of course not. You would probably do a little research on the safety and price of the car, find out what other people that own that car say about it, and then go for a test drive. As a first time business owner, you will run into much of the same scenarios. Before you can do anything, you must first find a business. You can start from scratch, or go with one that is already in motion. If you decide to pick one that has already had much of the leg work done for you, then you have to narrow it down from there. If you choose something that you can relate with, you are more likely to stay motivated. But you have to be careful; some of them just take your money for the business and then leave you out in the cold. Last, but certainly far from least, is advertising. There are so many ways to advertise and market that you may feel like you are being pulled in every direction. The truth is, most of the methods will work for somebody, but they may not work for everybody. You must remember to keep an open mind. Just because you don’t like ketchup doesn’t mean that no one else likes ketchup! In the same sense, if there is a marketing or advertising method that you do not really like, do your research. If it is legitimate and really working well for a lot of people, it may be worth looking into! As I mentioned earlier, advertising is not cheap if you are looking for a quick turn around, so make sure that you are fully aware of the risks involved and the ins and outs of the method you intend on using. Without that knowledge, you’re just playing advertising lottery, blindly hoping that you picked the right numbers! To conclude this article, let me say this. You’ve heard it time and time again, but I can not stress it enough. Starting your own business is very time consuming, and you will probably need to invest a little, if not a lot, of your own money to make it work. Research is key. You will probably get discouraged, but try to remember, the tough times are the times that teach you the most. Hang in there and keep striving to reach your goals. Eventually, you will make money, most people just quit too soon. In the end, YOU are responsible for your success!