I have been involved with the home-based business industry since 1993. Over the past 18 years I have made the typical mistakes that keep people from being successful in running an Internet home-based business, and I want to share with you information on how to avoid making them.

In my time I have bought a lot of books and joined countless programs that promised substantial incomes within days or at least a month. Nothing could stop me now – I had several projects up and running in no time! However, until the past couple of years I hadn’t taken the time or made the effort to do the homework that would have showed me why I was destined to fail.

First mistake I made was rushing into home-based business programs that I knew little or nothing about. Many people on the Internet want to make money from selling you the perfect home based business, and they develop killer sales pitches that do a good job of creating urgency in people who are desperately looking for a way to supplement their income. In many cases these people haven’t even tested the program themselves, and don’t know or care that it doesn’t work as advertised.

Second mistake to avoid is thinking you can go from zero to a successful Internet business in 30 days or less. I am not saying it is impossible, but most people who fall for this end up with a giant information overflow and no money in the pocket. You must plan for no income or a very modest income during the first 3-5 months.

Produce a list of alternatives that appeal to you, and try to identify the critical success factors and skills needed for each. Be diligent in your research, and be realistic – you have to develop some of the key skills needed it you are going to succeed, and it takes time to master the learning curve. I’ve been studying this industry since 1993, and I still come across things I don’t know every day.

Third mistake is quitting a program to soon. What I did and you should not repeat is automatically thinking that there is something wrong with the program when the money doesn’t start pouring in. Often it is a question of making minor changes, measuring the effects of the changes and waiting for things to start happening.

Fourth mistake is starting to cheat and do unethical things when you get desperate and low on self-esteem.  A lot of communities are exchanging clicks for Google AdSense, and many people deliberately violate the rules of their program if that means they’ll be able to profit from it. Don’t think you will be able to get away with it. Chances are you’ll end up getting banned from the program and excluded from one of the best home based Internet businesses you can find. Again be patient – you will succeed if you’re persistent and if you really try.

Fifth mistake to avoid is not learning the basic stuff. The basic skills for succeeding with a home-based business involve creating content, attracting visitors and overwhelming them with tangible reasons that will make them perceive you as a knowledgeable person of value. That is when you’ll start making money from you visitors. You can buy some product and services that helps you on the way, but you must understand and be able to handle the basic stuff if you want to establish your home business and survive.

Starting a home based Internet business is like a boxing match. Be patient – work hard and smart and you will become a leader of home-based Internet marketing!

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