6 Common Mistakes When Starting A Home Business

Each year, thousands of people start home businesses. Only a tiny percentage of them succeed in making it past the first couple of years after launch. Most of the common mistakes are usually entirely avoidable, but they often arise from one underlying cause: an entrepreneur’s lack of realistic expectations about the challenges of running a business.

Here are six common mistakes when starting home businesses:

1. Don't expect to become the next big success overnight

If you overestimate your company's potential, you may not realize when it's time to cut your losses and move on to something else.

2. Don't expect to make money right away.

Regardless of how well your company is doing, it's easy for an entrepreneur's income to fluctuate greatly depending on whether the business is starting up or expanding. 

3. Don't mistake a lack of knowledge for lack of ability. 

Having little to no business experience doesn't mean you can't run your company. You just need to learn as much as you can so you know what it takes to succeed.

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4. Don't think that all home businesses are alike. 

Just because someone else ran their own company successfully doesn't mean that's the way it will work for you.

5. Don't assume that being a home business owner means having lots of free time.

Even if your company is self-sustaining, it will take up at least some of your time, and you'll need to keep an eye on the little details.

6. Don't think that you don't have to comply with government standards for home businesses.

If you’re running a small business, even if it's online or from home, you'll need to take steps to make sure your company is compliant with state and federal laws.

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Running your own home businesses are challenging, but it's also gratifying. Being clear on what to expect and learning as much as you can about running a business, you'll be well on the path to success. There are many experts that mentor entrepreneurs in their infancy. It can seem like an extra cost at first, but you’ll end up saving money, time and stress.