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If you’ve ever thought of starting a home business, you can get going pretty quickly if you follow these ten steps. You can be started within the month if you’re starting a digital online business and within 90 days if you’re starting a product-based business.

1. Determine What Type of People You Want to Work With

Before you do anything, you need to have a good understanding of the type of people you want to work with. This is how you choose a niche. Many people choose the product or service first, but the best way is to choose the audience, then choose how to solve their problems with your products or services.

2. Decide Whether You Want a Service Business or Product Business

You can do both, but it’s usually easier and faster to start with one. In a service-based business you can start as soon as you determine the services and get your website made. With a product-based business you’ll need to either source or create the products first. Either way, the thing that you offer should be a solution to a problem that your audience has.

3. Write Down a List of Your Skills

Now that you know what type of product or service you’re going to create and who you’ll create it for, determine what skills you have. Write down the skills you have that can be used for services or product creation. You can also use the skills of others to help if you have the financial resources to outsource some of the work.

4. Match Your Skills to the Audience and the Type of Business You Want

Once you know what skills you have available to you, you can match the skills with the type of business you want and your client, to create a service or product that your target audience needs and wants. Now you have the beginning of your business idea.

5. Write a Business Plan

Even if you only have a one-page business plan, it’s important to write it out. You will need to know who your audience is, how you’ll source products or what service you’ll provide. You’ll need to explain all aspects of how you plan to do it. Plus, you’ll determine how much it costs, and how much you’ll charge. You’ll also study your audience and set your prices during the business plan phase. You can learn more about business plans at LivePlan.com.

10 Steps to starting a home business

6. Set Out a Start-Up Budget

Determine how much money you have to get your business started. Set aside that money to use for the rest of the planning phase of your business. You’ll need to open a business bank account, set up a PayPal account, and buy a business license if needed in your state.

7. Deal with Legalities

You may need to get a business license depending on the rules of your country, state, city or county. You should be able to do a search for business licenses for small business with your city name to get more information.

8. Get an EIN if You’re in the USA

This is very important because you really need it so that you can protect your identity. You can create a business name and get an EIN from the IRS very easily online for free, within seconds. In other countries they may have similar numbers for small business owners; check with a local business start-up center. Don’t be confused by the fact that EIN stands for Employer Identification Number. You don’t have to have employees; you just need a small business, and even if you’re a business of one, you can and should get the number.

9. Create a Website with Blog

Now that you know your business name, what you’re going to offer and to whom, create a business website with a blog. The easiest way is to use self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org) with a hosting account such as one from SiteGround.

10. Set Up Social Media Accounts

Give your business special social media accounts, with fully filled-out profiles. Set up your professional LinkedIn page, a Facebook page for your business, connect that to Instagram, secure your Pinterest, YouTube account, and a Twitter page. Don’t feel as if you have to be on all social media networks; just choose the ones that are relevant to your business, which means your audience is there. However, it’s good to “claim” as many as possible so you own the account just in case you decide to pivot with your social media strategy.

After you’ve done all these steps, you can start marketing your business. None of this should take more than a month from beginning to end. It may take longer to source products if you choose a physical product-based business over a digital-based business, but you should be able to do that work while you are creating your business plan.

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