There are many different types of home businesses. There are those for retirees, those for stay at home moms, those for talented artists or musicians, etc. As you sort through what you hope to accomplish with your online business, keep in mind that your goal is to find something that fits into your life and interests. There’s no better way to succeed with an online business than to have hobbies and passions that feed into your work and business. This will be your secret to success.
The top answer to the question posed in the title is: easiest home business is probably the one that matches your ideal lifestyle the best. Make a list of what interests you, including a flexible schedule; a high income; independence; a work-life balance; low start up costs; something on your skill level and expertise; and interesting work you actually enjoy. Now look at the top 10 home based business owners. How many do you recognize? Chances are that many if not most of those entrepreneurs had a variety of interests and a wide range of skills, which allowed them to get started, overcome challenges, and build a successful online business that they’re very passionate about.
Now it’s time to assess your personality type. There are online entrepreneurs who love technology and web development, who like to create applications, design websites, and blog, and others who love marketing, advertising, and sales. Most entrepreneurs have both good ideas and great skills. It’s a good idea to think carefully about how much of each you need to contribute to your online business. Your personality will also play a key role in your business success.
Do you think you have what it takes to run a home based business? Can you make a comfortable living from home? Can you envision yourself working from home in your pajamas, when you get home from a stressful day at work? Your answer to these questions may be revealing about your commitment to building a home business. If you don’t think you’re ready to make a leap into the online world, it’s a good idea to evaluate your motivation, work ethic, and other traits. If you need help, there are many online “diaries” and self-help programs that can help you assess your strengths and weaknesses so that you can determine whether a home-based business opportunity is right for you.
Another important step in determining whether an online business idea is right for you is to evaluate the competition. The majority of home business entrepreneurs started their businesses in their personal spare time, without any real planning or follow-through. It’s possible that these early entrepreneurs didn’t face any major challenges, but the fact is that it’s very easy to get distracted by the success of other work-from-home entrepreneurs (like those who’ve included home business in their job search).
Is your idea compatible with your lifestyle? The biggest challenge for most work-from-home entrepreneurs is being committed enough to let go of work and family, and move ahead with their business idea. But if you’re a morning person who doesn’t enjoy the hustle and bustle of morning traffic, you might have a difficult time starting your own business based on your hobby. You might also have trouble switching from administrative work to business work, since technical skills must be acquired.
Can you make a profit? Even if you do everything right, a part-time business will not bring in enough money to support a lifestyle. Many home-based business owners don’t realize that they have to invest time and money in advertising and product creation. Many work-from-home entrepreneurs also don’t realize that they have to pay taxes on their income. Even if part-time entrepreneurship succeeds, most home business owners don’t see profits until their later years.
Is a home business idea lucrative? In most cases, only a small percentage of home business ventures become very profitable. A large number of part-time ventures fail and no small business will ever become a “sure thing.”