•  Integrity: Without it, you will not last in business long.

     •  Perseverance: There will be times when you are tempted to become discouraged because your business is not going as you would like. You have to be able to persevere through those times and stay on target with your goal.

     •  Communication skills: Good written and verbal communication skills are tremendous assets.

     •  Learn from mistakes: It’s important to learn from mistakes and not let them hinder you from moving forward.

These qualities will make the difference between someone who just wants to “give it a try” and someone who succeeds at their business.

A successful entrepreneur will “take the high road” when it comes to dealing with others.  You need to humble yourself and keep your customers/clients happy, but at the same time, display confidence in what you do and in your decisions.

Take That Step

If your desire has been to start a home-based business, I want to encourage you to go ahead and take that step. As I have mentioned, it will take time to grow it into a successful business, so the sooner you begin, the sooner you can reap the rewards. Many times, we wait for that “perfect time.” You may think you should wait until your kids are older or until you have more time. It has been my experience that the perfect time does not come. Life has a way of keeping us busy, so we need to decide to make time for what is important to us.

My quest to find legitimate businesses you can do from home was born in my homeschooling years. I recall talking with another homeschool mom: many times our conversations centered around wanting to have a home-based business. However, we were both stumped on what you could do from home. As I began to seriously consider starting a home-based business, I looked around at what was being offered. I decided there were probably many people in the same situation—wanting a home-based business, but either having no idea of what to do from home, or not knowing how to get started. I have found out since, that many times, a business is birthed out of a frustration or problem we have encountered, and our business can become the solution.

My hope for you is that you will take the steps needed to reach your goals, and that your family will be blessed by it. 

Laurie Neumann, owner of www.christianhomebusinessconnection.com, helps connect people with legitimate home-based businesses that are right for them. She offers a guide to over eighty legitimate home-based opportunities, which can be picked up at www.legitimate-homebasedbusinesses.com. She has also compiled a special guide for teens at http://www.teenentrepreneursbiz.com/.

This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb ’08 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more information, visit http://homeschoolenrichment.com/