Choosing the Right Home Business For You
Pay any attention at all to your email inbox and you'd be forgiven for thinking that the only way to
run a business from home is on the Internet. Sure, many people are running spectacularly successful
Internet-based home businesses. Many, many more are doing so even more spectacularly unsuccessfully.
But what if you're not interested in running an Internet business? What if you want to start and run
a home business the old-fashioned way? Where do you start?
Actually starting any home business is the easy part. The hard part's deciding what that business should
be. So how do you even start the process of deciding on the right home business for you? The key is to be
methodical, realistic, objective and patient.
Step 1 : Personal Inventory
The first place to start is to inventory your skills, experience, interests, and personality
characteristics. These are what you have to work with - your raw ingredients, so to speak. Make a list of
personal qualities and factors that you can throw into the mix. Include things like:
your personal background;
training and education;
work and volunteer experience;
special interests and hobbies;
your personality and temperament.
All of these qualities and factors make up what you know and what you're good at.
Step 2 : Identify What You Like
It's one thing to know a lot about something or be good at it. It's quite another to enjoy it enough to
want to make it your life's work. So, remove from the list you created in Step 1 anything that you don't
really, really like doing or which plain doesn't interest you. No matter how good you are at it. If you're
lucky enough to like what you're good at, as a general rule, stick with what you know.
Step 3 : Match Your Likes With Marketable Activities
If Steps 1 and 2 still haven't suggested feasible home business ideas, review the following activities that
have proven marketable for others and weigh them against your "likes" from Step 2:
Crafts - pottery, ceramics, leadlighting
Health and Fitness - aerobics instructor, network marketing for a health products company, home health care
Household Services - cleaning, gardening, shopping
Professional Services - attorney, architect, interior designer
Personal Services - make-up artist, hairdresser
Business Services - business plan writer, meeting planner
Wholesale Sales - antique dealer, dropshipper
Retail Sales - children's clothing, widgets
Computers - web design, internet training.
You get the idea. This is not an exhaustive list, obviously. You can visit the AHBBO Ideas Page for a list
of over 500 home business ideas at www.ahbbo.com/ideas.html.
Step 4 : Make a List of Business Ideas That Fit With Your Likes From Step 2
By the time you're done, you'll have a hitlist of possible matches between your skills and interests on the
one hand and home business ideas utilizing those skills and interests on the other.
Step 5 : Research
Armed with your list from Step 4, identify those ideas that you think have marketable potential and then
research whether that belief is accurate. In order to have marketable potential, the idea must satisfy the
It must satisfy or create a need
in the market. The golden rule for any business is to either find or create a need and then fill it.
It must have longevity. If your
idea is trendy or faddish, it doesn't have longevity. Go for substance over form in all things.