21 Key Questions To Ask Before Starting A Home-Based Business – They Do Need Answering

Before starting any home-based business it’s imperative to ask yourself a few key questions.

The questions have to do with three main areas of business – the business type itself, the products themselves and the services offered. For this article, the home-based business will focus on eco-friendly health and wellness products although most of the questions will equally apply to any product sector.

In terms of the business itself, you may have already decided, after researching the vast amount of data online about home-based businesses, that this is what you really want. Home-based businesses are viable but do require planning and work.

In terms of the products themselves, you may have stumbled across or been told about some amazing new product or discovery or you may have been a user for many years. In either case, you want to share all this ‘good news’ with as many others as possible.

In terms of the services offered, you may be in a position to offer home-delivery, no-question, money-back guarantees or even be the money collector for the supplier.

Let’s look at the first area – the BUSINESS itself. Here are some must-ask questions.

Will I be able to…

  1. Earn residual income as well as make the money up-front?
  2. Be my own boss or CEO? Maybe this is important because you have always worked for someone else and have never been boss. Be careful here – being boss means doing ‘bosses’ kind of work.
  3. Do the work from home? This may be the most important thing because of physical circumstances, transportation limitations and more.
  4. Get sufficient business training when I need it?
  5. Avoid direct selling because I am not a salesperson! That is, will I be using warm and/or cold marketing techniques?
  6. Earn the income while genuinely helping others? This may or may not be important to you. Do you want to just provide products or do you genuinely want to help people improve their health, wellness, lifestyle or whatever by these products?

Will I have to…

  1. Lay out a lot of ‘start up’ money? How much and when in the start-up process?
  2. Carry inventory? Do I have space and do I want to keep boxes of product in my home?
  3. Offer personal satisfaction guarantees? For example, will I be offering the return policy or will the manufacturer be offering the robust return policy?
  4. Purchase the products for my customers and then have to deliver them’?
  5. Be involved in the money exchange?

Now, let’s look at some PRODUCT questions.

Will the product(s) that I am involved with…

  1. Provide a healthier home, body, skin, nutrition etc
  2. Be environmentally ‘friendly’?
  3. Be safe to use for adults, children and even pets?
  4. Use scientifically tested and verified ingredients?
  5. Have a proven track record?

Lastly, I want to look at the area of SERVICES. If you are putting yourself out there as an expert and the CEO of your own, established and creditable business, you should ask yourself the following questions.

Will I or should I be offering…

  1. Membership Protection (if there is a continual membership required) such as auto re-ordering?
  2. Online ordering?
  3. Door to door delivery?
  4. Strong product support from the manufacturer or his representatives?
  5. Strong team support if this is a type of business structure that involves up-links and down-links?

It seems like a lot to think about, but I assure you that these are all important questions to ask no matter what business area you are contemplating.

I have personally found in the eco safe health and wellness products arena, that these are critical questions to ask yourself. And, it is important that you be satisfied with the answers before heading into the world of home-based business.

Slow down, take some time and ask these tough questions. You will be the better off for it.

Home Based Business Opportunity Seekers – Does Your Business Meet These 7 Requirements?


You mean my home based business has to meet seven requirements in order to be successful?

Sorry, but, YES.

Any home business that doesn’t meet the following seven requirements is much less likely to succeed. You’ll see why when you read them.

1. Your home based business must be profitable enough to pay you the “salary” you want, with enough left over to reinvest in the business. If you want to earn a good full-time income of say $50,000 per year or more, make sure your business is capable of providing that level of profit. If all you want is an extra $500 or $1,000 per month, that is fine too. But, you still must have some extra profits to reinvest so your business keeps going, and hopefully growing. If you don’t reinvest some of your profits in your business, it may just surprise you by drying up and blowing away. Pooof!

2. Your business must seem easier to you than most other ways of earning money. Though no business is really easy, your business should almost feel like it isn’t work. That only happens if you love what you do in your business. You love the topic your business focusses on. You love the products involved. You love the market you are providing products to. And, you love the people who are your prospects and customers. If you have a passion for your business and you love it, then your business, and all the so-called work involved, will seem easy to you. When it seems easy, you will almost certainly be more successful.

3. Your home business must provide real products or services that have real value to your prospects and customers. I’m sorry, but multi-level marketing schemes that focus more on the “opportunity” than on the products, don’t seem real to me. Neither do envelope stuffing schemes, get-rich-quick scams, and so on, and so on. Do make sure your products offer real value and help people solve their problems, meet a need, or satisfy a strong desire. Price your products fairly according to the value they provide. Be honest in all your dealings with your prospects, customers, and suppliers.

4. Your business has to enable you to, or at least allow you to, live the lifestyle you desire. If you are working 16 hours a day at your business every day without a break, if you can’t get away for a vacation without your business drying up, if you have no time for your spouse and kids, is that any way to live? No, decide up front what kind of lifestyle you want. Then, make sure your home business fits with that lifestyle. Otherwise, your business won’t be successful long-term.

5. Your home based business needs to make use of the internet as a marketing channel. Yes, you can succeed in some businesses without a strong online internet presence. And, you definitely should also consider some non-internet “offline” marketing methods. But, in today’s business and marketing world, if you aren’t using the internet to market your business and your product, you will be much less successful than you could be. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you select a good domain name, obtain web hosting, create your website or blog, and do a good job of search engine optimization for your site, so it will more likely be found by the search engines like Google and Bing.

6. Your business and your products or services must be better in some way than those of your competitors. In other words, your business must be competitive. Think of it this way…if your prospects can get everything you offer from ten or twenty other companies, why should they buy from you? Your home business and the products you provide must enable you to create offers that are better than your competitor’s offers. Maybe you offer a better value. Maybe your products provide more information or perform better. Maybe your guarantee is better. Maybe your product is provided in a better and different form. Whatever the difference is, you will be competitive if your offer is virtually irresistable. It should make the prospect feel like he would be foolish not to buy your product. A better product and an irresistible offer will result in long-term success for your business.

7. Your home business should be set up so you can test your products and your marketing methods at very little expense and very little risk. A traditional business on main street, or a new factory, can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or much more. Many such businesses fail within 5 years. All that money and time and effort down the drain. Make sure your home business is the kind of business that allows you to test a new product or a new marketing method quickly and at low cost. Then, throw away or stop using the things that don’t work. Invest more and more in the products and marketing methods that succeed and return a real profit to you.

The Home Based Business that meets all seven of these requirements will be successful.

As a side comment, the only business I have personally found that meets all seven requirements is the business of selling information products (like books, ebooks, courses, audios, videos) using the internet and email for marketing.

Stanley Home Products Success – How To Get Fast Success With SHP

Fast Success With Stanley Home Products

Stanley Home Products is one of the oldest network marketing companies around. It has been around since 1931, making it 70 years old this year. It was founded by Frank Stanley Beverage in Westfield, Massachusetts, but is now headquartered in Agawam, Massachusetts. The company originally sold quality household cleaners, brushes and mops, but has now branched out to home care, personal care and wellness products.

SHP products are sold exclusively through its network of Representatives, who build their own business by sharing the products with others. The traditional way of selling Stanley Home Products has always been through the party plan, which the company claims to have been leaders in inventing all those years ago. Nowadays reps can sell one-to-one, over the telephone, or online, but the most common method of growing a business is still the party plan.

What They Don’t Tell You At SHP

Party plans do not grow serious businesses in the 21st century unfortunately. In order to make big bucks with SHP you will need to be speaking to hundreds of people every single week, and adding 2-3 people into your business every single day. With the party plan this is almost impossible, because they are time consuming and expensive, and very few people know enough friends or family to make this sustainable.

The Key To Fast Success

If you want to really hit the big time you have to move with the times and embrace the power of the internet. Unlike parties, the internet gives you instant access to hundreds, even thousands, of people all over the world, from the comfort of your own home, at the click of a button. Even better, if you learn the right tactics and marketing strategies, all these people will be contacting YOU, asking you about Stanley Home Products, and begging you to let them come aboard with you in your business.

Party plans are in the past – the future of network marketing is the internet.

To find out more about how internet marketing could explode your Stanley Home Products business, see SHP Success

Why Consider Network Marketing As Our Home-Based Business?

We are not asking that anyone get involved in network marketing and change everything immediately. We are however, suggesting that people consider the addition of the right home-based Network Marketing business starting their journey of financial success in a different direction. Having a home-based business is not a new concept. Network Marketing is not a new concept. Having a home-based Network Marketing business is not a new concept. However, never in the history of our country has the concept been so prevalent and is fast becoming the norm rather than the exception!

The reason is very simple. Our concept is providing American’s with what they want; control of their time and financial opportunities proportionate to their abilities and effort.

With the right home-based Network Marketing business, one has all of the benefits and advantages of a home-based business and unlimited financial opportunity usually associated with a large traditional business.

Employees and Debt
Rather than having several employees working with other employees under one roof for the benefit of someone else’s company, with Network Marketing, we have a bunch of home-based business owners, working under their own roof, networking with other home-based business owners, all working for their own companies. This concept provides an incentive and opportunity of multiplication and duplication for each home-based business owner equal to or greater than that of the owners of traditional businesses with multiple employees and locations, with out all the hassles associated with traditional businesses! It requires no debt, no employees and no complicated administrative procedures. With Network Marketing, we work with and for other people and other people work with and for us.

What is Network Marketing?
When you purchase a product or service, usually over 50% of the retail cost is associated with marketing! That would be any cost associated with getting someone to buy the product plus any cost incurred once it is produced by the factory. With Network Marketing, the products are shipped directly to the consumer from the factory. Those monies normally associated with marketing are paid to several home-based Network Marketing businesses owners which had previous network marketing or internet marketing influence in the referral of the customer!

Are the products less expensive?
Most customers will not buy inferior products and there is limited benefit to paying a little less for a product on the short run. Let’s assume that you sold yourself a product, ordered it from a Network Marketing company and in return the company paid you a 50% commission or rebate. In effect you’ve saved 50% on the products you purchased. That may save you a few dollars. Although saving money is important, the concept of earning money on products that we are already buying is far more exciting.

The concept is to redistribute the marketing dollar!

Imagine having a network of thousands of customers purchasing quality products or services each month where you receive a few dollars per month for each customer! Remember, these are products or services that we are all already buying, or should be, and this is money that is normally paid to others. In essence, the simple process of referring other customers who also refer other customers to a Network Marketing company, presents an opportunity for a redistribution of the wealth to you and I, the consumer!

Traditional Marketing versus Network Marketing
A traditional company would typically have a Vice President of Marketing with several regional managers reporting directly to them. Those regional managers would recruit, hire, train and manage several area managers who, in turn, would each recruit, hire, train and manage several sales representatives. The sales representatives are then responsible for selling the company’s products or services.

Plotted on a piece of paper, the shape of the traditional organization would look like a triangle or pyramid. It’s quite obvious that the higher the level the higher the pay and that there is less room at the top for advancement. It is also evident that it is mathematically impossible for each and every sales representative or employee to rise to the top regardless of how good a job they do!

The Difference
First and foremost, Network Marketing is different. Each individual starts at exactly the same level – at the top of their own organization, has exactly the same opportunity as everyone else and is compensated in directly proportion to the activity or success that they have had an influence in generating. Secondly, one doesn’t need to be a sales person to reap the level of financial benefits normally associated with company owners, sales managers and marketers. Thirdly, in Network Marketing we work with, when and for whom we choose. And last but not least, different than in a traditional company, we only work for ourselves and those whose activity generates income for us! We may also choose to work with those which we are generating income for, because, in most cases, they don’t make money unless we do.

How does it work?
In Network Marketing, there are customers and also independent representatives who operate as a home-based business. The customers may also be independent reps. Independent reps can earn management positions if they so desire. Different than in traditional business, each independent representative is given the opportunity and responsibility of both recruiting customers and other independent representatives. Each independent representative is owner, president, and vice-president of marketing for their own home-based network Marketing business.

Network Marketing is a word of mouth business. By spreading the word, the network marketing marketer identifies others who desire to be customers and or independent representatives (home-based business owners). The independent rep helps those newly recruited independent reps build their own home based business by helping them identify other customers and independent reps who desire to own their own home based network Marketing business. In a mature organization, it is normal for there to be 50-100+ customers for each customer/independent representative that you personally refer! Through this duplication and multiplication process each home based business owner can recruit and sponsor a few customers and/or independent representatives and, as a result, generate a sizable organization of consumers and marketers.

Does this sound like a foreign and awkward activity to you? How many people have you referred to your favorite restaurant or to your favorite movie. How many more have gone because the people you told enjoyed the restaurant or movie and told someone else who went? How much did you get paid? We are all already referring customers everyday! It is just that most of us don’t get paid for it.

The question is not whether we refer customers, the question is whether we are getting paid for the activity!

In network Marketing, customer/independent reps receive an income for “marketing” the products for the company simply by referring other customers! Normally, we receive compensation through 5 – 10 generations of this duplication activity. In addition, there are usually additional performance and leaderships bonus compensation structures! Assuming an association with the right company: Network Marketing is the one of the very few processes I know of where you will earn in network marketing relation to your ability and effort with virtually unlimited potential! Although most people are looking only for a few hundred or few thousand of supplemental monthly income, I personally know, know of, or have met a substantial number of people who earn several tens of thousands of dollars per month from their home-based network Marketing business!

Choosing a Safe Business Opportunity
Once it has been determined that a home-based business is appropriate, and further determined that a home-based Network Marketing business is even more appropriate, the real difficulty is in determining which network Marketing opportunities to become involved in. Without experience in the industry, unless you’re extremely lucky, it is next to impossible to pick a winner on the first try! Unfortunately, it seems that experience in the industry is not always sufficient for the proper evaluation of a network Marketing opportunity. As is the case with traditional business, there are good opportunities and bad opportunities. As is the case with traditional business, unfortunately many people let their emotions cloud their rational judgement when it comes to evaluating a network Marketing company and/or business opportunity!

Evaluation Process
There are certain criteria which must be used rationally when one does an evaluation. Technically, these could be divided into two categories: absolutely necessary characteristics and desirable characteristics. For me, the desirable characteristics are also necessary, therefore, I will not distinguish between the two and will address them in no particular order.

Competent Company Management Team
Normally it is very difficult for us to know any more about the network Marketing company’s management team than what they tell us themselves. The evaluation of the management team only becomes an issue with a new company! If a company has been in business three to five years with a well documented and stable growth record, we really don’t need to waste our time. New network Marketing companies are starting up at a higher rate than ever before. It seems that every person who has ever been successful at network Marketing wants their own company. Surprise, running a network Marketing company is traditional business and new network Marketing companies fail at near the same rate as traditional businesses!

Age of the Company

The most common mistake made by the masses is getting emotionally tied up in the “ground floor opportunity” pitch which caters to our “greed” and the “fear of loss”! If a person is determined to get involved with a new network Marketing company, they should do so because they understand totally the market for the product(s) and the experience of the management team. Being on the ground floor is usually not best because a majority of new companies will fail. Even if the new company does succeed, there will be many adjustments and changes during the initial growth and there usually is a lack of proven marketing procedures, materials, and training support. The attrition rate is usually much higher during those first years because most individuals are not emotionally flexible enough to accept the changes and turmoil. A network Marketing company experiences four basic phases of growth and market penetration. The risk of the company failing during phase one (usually first 3-5 years) is 10-20 time greater than in phase two. Contrary to popular belief, it usually is far better to be involved with a network Marketing company after they’re entered phase two. The risk of their failure is negligible. Their success indicates that their products are acceptable and that their marketing procedures and materials work! Then, either fortunately or unfortunately, our success depends only on ourselves!

Remember, the Vehicle must never be the limiting element in our success!

No Major investment
With the right network Marketing opportunity, one should be able to start their own home-based business for hundreds of dollars, rather than the normal thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of dollars usually associated with other traditional businesses which have any serious financial potential!

No Inventory, No Receivables, and No Collections
I will not spend time on these. If you have ever experienced them as an owner, they need no explanation.

No Employees
Employees require a tremendous obligation from the business owner; mentally, emotionally and financially. With network Marketing, other independent distributors in our organization, while working their own home-based business, supply the same benefit to us as employees would to a traditional business. We have no payroll, no benefit overhead, no space requirement, and no management duties other than a moral obligation to help others in their business just as others will help us.

Residual Income – Persistency
Unless you have been a successful network marketer, insurance agent or marketer, author or actor, it is really difficult to understand the tremendous benefit of residual income.

Starting on a part- time basis, a sincere person or couple with desire and persistence can, within a three-to- five year period, build a meaningful residual income to last a lifetime and then some.

Building a residual income is a little like flying a big jet. It takes a significant amount of fuel to get it off the ground, but once it has reached altitude, it can throttle back and fly on a fraction of the fuel needed for takeoffs. The big difference is that a residual income can “fly” seemingly forever with a little refueling along the way. The income stream can be passed from generation to generation.

All the other benefits of network Marketing, such as control, opportunity, and flexibility are important, but Residual Income is the essence of network Marketing!

Experience has taught me that many more people propose to have Desire and Persistence than actually demonstrate it. The purpose for this communique is to identify Individuals who sincerely want more Success in their life but don’t seem to have the right Vehicle for their journey. If you are one of the few, then I invite you to investigate a home-based network Marketing business opportunity which would allow me to work with you and for you, in order that we both achieve our Success goals. If any of this makes any sense to you and you would like more information, use if for your success. If you would like a bio on my experience and qualifications, just ask. Thank you for your time, your most valuable asset!