Many people dream of working from home running their own home business.
How do I know this? Because I recently did a tour, giving talks about what I do for a living (which is working online) and how others can do it too. The people I spoke to were all enthusiastic and many said it had been their dream for years, but because they had no idea where to start, they did nothing.
The best type of home based business to have is an internet business so that you can work from anywhere with just your computer and an internet connection.
This is what is known as living the laptop lifestyle.
If this is something you've been dreaming about, then it's time to wake up, stop dreaming and make it your reality instead.
But how can you do that? What exactly are the steps you need to take?
Firstly, you need to decide what niche you want to work in because if you don't know what you want to do, you can never do it.
Next you have to stop dreaming and start treating it like a real business. You can't build a home based business if you don't work. But unlike having a job, it won't be work you hate.
So stop treating it like your hobby and start acting like it's your business, because, ultimately, that's what it's going to be.
You then need to designate working hours to your online business every day. If you say that you'll work on your business in your “spare time” it will never happen because no one has spare time in their day. I don't know about you but I manage to fill all 24 hours of my days.
Instead decide what hours you're going to work on your home business every day. Some people work better in the mornings and some prefer to work in the evenings. Others don't have a choice because of work and family commitments so they make the time whenever they can, even if it means getting up an hour earlier every day.
Lastly, you have to make sure that you stick to your plan. Don't lapse, don't get lazy and don't let other things get in your way. Stick to your daily plan. If you designate 2 hours a day to work on your new online business in the morning but an emergency comes up, simply move your 2 hour slot to the evening instead, even if it means going to bed a bit later than usual.
Now I know that all this sounds basic and easy, but believe me, it's not. Having the self discipline to run a home based business is one of the hardest things that all self employed entrepreneurs have to deal with.
Not only that but you'll find yourself surrounded by “nay-sayers” telling you that it won't work and that it can't be done.
But if you designate just one or two hours a day to work on your own online business and stick to it, you won't go wrong.
Setting up any business is hard in the beginning because there's so much to do. But once you get your momentum going, it will be easy to carry on.
I wish you all the best in your own laptop lifestyle.