Are you tired of your office job? Ready for the chance to be your own boss? Or perhaps you want to find a way to work from home so you can spend more time with your family. Home-based businesses are the way to go. More and more people are discovering the freedom, enjoyment and monetary rewards of working from home.However, it can be tricky to determine which home based business opportunities are legitimate as well as which industries are right for your skill set and interests. It can be overwhelming to sift through information online to find what you are seeking. Whether your objective is to track down a list of home based businesses or you just want to learn how to make your dream business a reality, it makes sense to consider a few important things before you embark on your home business journey.As with any business opportunity, there are people out there who prey on individuals who want to start their own businesses. Some of these not-so-truthful companies or people will make promises of big money without the work, or ask for large sums of money to help you start your business.The truth is while no work big pay is an attractive thought, it is just not reality. These are red flag situations to avoid, or at least should lead you to research the business thoroughly prior to handing over your hard-earned money.The Better Business Bureau Online (bbbonline.org) provides information helping you to find out if a particular company has received complaints. The online site also offers a list of home based businesses meeting BBB Online standards, so you can hop on the site and determine which businesses are worthy of your trust.Searching online can also help you to determine what particular industry is right for your home business. You can learn more about the business that are working for other people like you as well as which businesses utilize the skills and knowledge you possess. A simple online search can reveal top home business ideas or the most popular or lucrative home businesses. Such research makes it easier to identify legitimate work at home opportunities.You may find that you need support and guidance once you have narrowed down your search to a particular business industry. Seek out online communities, message boards, and forum groups to join. These are places online where people with similar business interests and goals come together to network and learn from each other. Here, you’ll find people who are in the same boat as you, as well as professionals and even experts who know the ropes and can offer you valuable advice.Another important are to research involves affiliate opportunities and marketing programs, which can help you to make the most of your business efforts and increase your chances for making money. The existing opportunities are seemingly endless. In order to avoid becoming a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none, start small. Identify a couple of opportunities and give your focus and time to them. Soon you will begin to feel comfortable and reap the rewards, and then you can move on to try different opportunities to build your business.Above all else, remember to stick with it and don’t give up. It may sound cliché, but you really can learn valuable lessons from your failures, and even some of the most well-known success stories began with a person who was at the bottom of the pack and rose to greatness. Continue to educate yourself through online tools and sites related to your niche, and stay connected with online communities. In these ways, you can find the support you need to remain encouraged and reaching for your goals.
Be a Successful Consultant: An Insider Guide to Setting up and Running a Consultancy ServiceConsulting can be defined as providing independent services to meet a variety of clients’ needs in exchange for money. The critical factor is money. It is different from contracting because, among other things, consultants:-Have more than one client
-Are not told how, just what
-Have their own place of work
-Are responsible for their own outputBusiness life is changing drastically and these changes are creating new opportunities in the world of work, which is moving from a stable business environment in earlier decades to radical, complex and increasing change. Thirty years ago companies saw the future as somewhat predictable and manageable with gradual incremental change. Change occurred in a linear fashion where one cause produced only one effect, with a simple additive property, i.e. 1 + 1 = 2. Change now is being driven from a variety of perspectives and is happening exponentially. There are non-linear relationships between causes and effects, where there can be multiple solutions to one problem and there is synergy with the interaction of the parts, i.e. 1 + 1 = 4! The role of consulting is part of the self-employed service industry. Consulting remains a lucrative growth industry for those who are able to innovate for their clients’ benefit and it continues to be a productive outlet for thousands of solo practitioners who choose this profession over a 9-to-5 job working for someone else.Consulting is a service business, which means that:The deliverable is somewhat intangible (there may be tangible components such as products).It is harder to standardize.The person providing the service plays a considerable role in the success of the service.It requires less start-up costs and often lower overheads – it can be you and an office!The types of services that consultants provide will vary from industry to industry and individual to individual, and will include such support as problem-solving, assessing needs, making recommendations, providing additional resources and implementing ideas.Consulting can be viewed as a state of mind: a common approach to a situation whether you are internal or external to an organization. Consultants can range from, to name but a few:Strategic planning consultants who help organizations define their vision and direction.Process reengineering consultants who provide support evaluating and recommending process improvements.Training consultants who provide services such as training programmes and curriculum development.Computer consultants who may assess current systems effectiveness, and recommend or implement systems improvements.Marketing consultants who help design new product improvements and design product launch strategies.Consulting is growing as organizations focus on their areas of specialty and use consultants to provide additional services. Many consulting companies originate when organizations lay off individuals and then use their services on a contract basis. Oracle has its own consulting division, and yet many consulting companies have sprung up to supplement its services.Because of the many changes in the business industry, there are many more consultants today than ever before.The consulting industry is diverse, unregulated and broken into several categories:Large national and multinational firms employing more than 50 consultants, e.g. strategic consulting firms such as McKinsey and Company, and Bain and Company, the large accounting firms such as KPMG, Ernst and Young, etc.Medium-sized firms employing between ten and 50 consultants.Individual practitioners. Venture magazine (a US publication for small business startups) estimates that more than half of all consulting firms are one-person operations.Internal consultants. These consultants work with only one company’s divisions, subsidiaries and new acquisitions. The money they receive is their salary.Public Agency consultants such as the General Accounting Office and the Service Core of Retired Executives provide consulting both to private and public businesses and to Government agencies.