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5 Features of an Easy Home Based Business

written by: theMallorys•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 6/28/2011

Learn what to look for when making a decision on an easy home based business to start.

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    Time and money may limit your choices, making it important to find an easy home based business to start. Some businesses take too long to turn around a profit, or the learning curve is so high, you'll be years in before you see success. Here are 5 features to look for when making a determination as to whether the business you want to launch is an easy home based business:

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    1. No Additional Training

    An easy business for you will be one that doesn't require additional training on your part. Avoid businesses that require you to pay for additional training or certification in order to get started. If you're able to do what you already know, you'll grow your business faster, and you'll be more productive. Otherwise, you'll spend a lot of time acquiring new skills, and less time marketing and making money.

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    2. High Demand

    Find a need in your online or local community and meet it with products or services that are in high demand. This will make all aspects of your business that much easier. You won't have to strain to find new customers and make sales. Business will come to you, although you still have to engage in marketing. Easy businesses are built around products and services that are already in high demand, so that the hardest part is getting the word out that you're in business.

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    3. Proven

    An opportunity should do more than sound easy. Enough people should have tried it and attested to the fact that it's simple to do. Look for reviews on the business in forums, blogs and other sources. Confirm that it's easy to start as well as easy to operate. Make sure that you're not looking at paid reviews promoting a multi-level marketing business or Internet marketing opportunity. The best way to guard against fraud is to read more than 30 comments or reviews on the business. At least you'll have enough of a sample to weed out "hired reviewers."

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    4. Minimal Client Contact

    You're in business to serve clients and customers even if you sell products, but some businesses require more service than others. An simple business limits client and customer contact. For example, setting up a store on www.amazon.com and having Amazon fulfill your shipping means you'll have very little contact with customers. You may have to deal with customer questions from time to time, but your days will be spent marketing your business with very little customer contact.

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    5. Low Maintenance

    Starting the business is your first consideration. However, you need to think about running it on a daily basis. How long will it take you to maintain this business? If you have to spend all day delivering services or products, you're not looking at an easy home based business. However, if the business requires just a few hours to deliver services or products, that's an easier business to start. For example, if you launch a blog offering coupons, you can write blog posts for the week and update the blog, respond to comments and use social networks to market it for a few hours day to day. Other business models that require much more of your time will be harder to start and maintain.