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5 Benefits of Owning a Home-Based Internet Business

By: Catherine Perry

Are you looking to get out of the rat race of a 9-5 job? Do you want to spend more time with family and friends? Are you ready to live a more balanced life? Then owning a home-based internet business may be the right decision for you!

Working for a company, especially a large one, isn’t what it used to be. In previous years, people would get a job with a company and keep it for 30+ years. They would then retire with great benefits. The company took care of their employees by providing good health insurance, competitive wages, and a retirement pension. There was the option for upward mobility and a path for career development. You had comradery with fellow employees; you grew by developing skills and sharing experiences from the work, and you were rewarded for it. However, things have changed!
Today it is a totally different scenario. Due to the workplace being so different this has to lead many people to look at other work options that provide benefits they can’t get working for a company. Because of this shift, more people are opting to start their own companies and enjoy the benefits of having a home-based business. According to Forbes in the article “16 Surprising Statistics about Small Businesses,” more than 52% of all small businesses in the U.S. are home-based.
One of the most popular businesses to operate from home is an internet business. It is an easy start-up process and there are many industry options from which to choose.  There are internet businesses that provide services and/or products in thousands of different industries. The internet is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a global audience, giving it a huge competitive edge compared to the brick-and-mortar store. According to the Small Business Association, owning a home-based internet business gives you “access to the same types of tools and marketing opportunities used by major corporations.”
This is why we want to focus on 5 benefits of owning a home-based business that we think are some of the most important. Some of these benefits may be ancillary to the profits and ease of operating a home-based business; however, you may find they are the most valuable to you.

Benefit #1: You Can Direct Your Own Course

When you own your own home-based business, you are the boss and drive the ship! It’s yours and it is entirely up to you to work it and make it successful. You make all the decisions—both the important decisions, as well as, the not-so-important ones. No one tells you how to work or when. You work hard and gain the rewards. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, this is a great way to make your mark and direct your own course in life.

Benefit #2: You Have a Flexible Schedule

Owning an internet business and operating it from your home allows you the ability to have a more fluid, flexible schedule. You get the work done either when it needs to be done or when you would like to get it done. You have the flexibility to make more time for friends and family. You’re able to be with your children when they are sick and spend quality time with people in your life that you can’t with a 9-to-5 work schedule. Additionally, you have more time for other things like exercising and running errands when you have a home-based business. In our opinion, this is one of the most valuable benefits of owning your own home-based business!

Benefit #3: You Can Increase Productivity

Working from home provides an environment where you can be more productive. In a traditional work situation, most people find that their productivity level decreases due to constant meetings and interruptions. By working at home, your ability to focus can improve exponentially, thus allowing you to get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time. And, of course, being more focused and productive give you more time to do other things—things you don’t have time for when you aren’t the boss!

Benefit #4: You Keep More of the Money YOU Make

When you own home-based business, you’re able to keep more of the money you make. There are several reasons for this.
  1. No commute (save money) – This means you don’t need to spend money on gas and the wear-and-tear on your car. According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the average American spends 348 hours each year commuting. You can’t put a price on having more time!
  1. Work clothes budget (save money) – You set the dress code! If you want to wear your pajamas all day, you can – you’re the boss! The money spent on work clothes can be very minimal. This will give you more money to spend on the things you want to fill your life.
  1. Tax benefits (save money) – There are many tax benefits to owning your own business and working from home (so many that we won’t attempt to delve into them all in this article).  You may be able to deduct portions of some home-related expenses against your business income. Such expenses as mortgage interest, property taxes, utilities, and repairs and maintenance may qualify. And, though you can’t create a loss with your home office expenses, you can carry them forward to future tax years in the event you don’t have enough business income to use them up in the current year.
  2. Lower overhead costs (save money) – Working from a home-based office keeps your overhead costs low as you are not renting office space or phones or paying for office utilities. Lower overhead costs are definitely a plus when owning your own business. Low overhead and low operating costs make an ecommerce business ideal for anyone looking to run a home-based business. With an internet based business, you have minimal start-up costs and when you choose to run a drop ship business you do not have to hold any inventory, which keeps your overhead even lower.  An online business does have costs associated with the setup and management, but they are minimal compared to owning any other type of retail store.

Benefit #5: You Stress Less

You can experience less stress when you have the benefits we’ve outlined above. Imagine having less stress when you are trying to juggle childcare and the demands of work and family. Instead, when you have a home-based business you are able to stay home to take care of the things in your life that mean the most. Having a flexible schedule that allows you to get more done in a shorter amount of time is also a great way to decrease your stress level. Not having to commute in traffic to get to a workplace definitely alleviates a big stressor. You have less stress when setting your schedule. Can you feel the stress lightening by just thinking about owning a home-based business? Imagine it.
Though we think these are the top 5 benefits, we have only touched the surface. Take a few minutes to really envision your life if you were to own an internet business and work from home. Ask yourself these questions and visualize the answers…..
  • What would owning a home based internet business look like to you?
  • Would it improve your life?
  • What are the best benefits for you? (Probably all of the above!)
Owning a home-based internet business can impact the quality of your life in so many ways. Explore some of our options by going to Pure-Ecommerce.com to check out our collection of ready-made internet business and custom internet business opportunities. All you need is an entrepreneurial spirit that gives you the drive and discipline. To quote Kevin Systrom, a co-founder of Instagram, “There’s no better time than now to get going.” If you have questions about starting your own home-based internet business, we invite you to schedule a FREE phone consult to discuss them with our owner, Jeff Varner – Schedule Here.

Show Your Independence—Be Your Own Boss!

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By: Catherine Perry

Independence. What does the word mean to you? Isn’t it time to show your independence and become your own boss!

You may say “freedom” or “self-sufficiency” or “being in control.” Independence means many different things to different people. But, more often than not, the word “freedom” comes up when people think of being independent. In the U.S., this month of July has us thinking of independence because of July 4th, our Independence Day holiday. So, this month we started thinking about other scenarios where independence is a theme. The first ones we thought of are owning your own business, being your own boss, and working from anywhere. Now, that’s true personal independence!

What People Want

We did some research on the trend of working from home and found some interesting information. In the past few years a lot of studies have been conducted on companies allowing their employees to work from home, and they are showing increases in both the desire of employees and the companies getting on board.
What are some of the reasons employees want to work at home? In a Forbes magazine article, “Top 10 Benefits of Working from Home”, published in 2012, the author listed the top10 reasons employees they surveyed preferred working from home:
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Work/Home Balance

The majority of people who work outside the home have a longing desire to have the perfect work/home balance. Whether you are a parent or not, you have a yearning to be at home while at work. You often fill pulled in so many different directions and it leaves you feeling unsettled. Admit it, this is not a good feeling! You have the desire to find the ultimate balance in order to create a sense of peace in your home and work life.
Work/home balance is the number 1 reason people want to work from home, but other reasons are important as well, like a “less stressful” workplace, a “quieter atmosphere,” and “less distractions.” And, we would like to add another highly valued reason why people want to work away from an office–you may be able to work from anywhere!

Flexibility

PC Magazine reported a survey showing that 97% of the people who responded said that “a more flexible job would have a positive impact on their quality of life.” And, 4 out 5 said they thought having more flexibility at work would make them healthier. (http://bit.ly/1keGrSm). That’s right, people said that they thought they would be healthier if they had more flexibility at work!
Okay, but so far this information we’re talking about is focusing on “employees” who were surveyed, which means that these respondents work for companies. Guess what…even when an employee is working remotely from home, he/she is still being managed, supervised and monitored by company managers—even though it is virtually. So, really they aren’t totally “independent” or “free,” are they? But, you probably realize that already.

True Independence is Being Your Own Boss

Are you interested in true independence? If so, then you’re looking at owning your own business and being the boss who is running the show. Can you picture yourself being in control of your work each day? Can you picture yourself working from home with a flexible schedule? You could have better work/life/family balance. You could have more time for “life” things—catching up with friends, taking the children to play-dates, engaging in a sport like golf or tennis.
Owning your own ecommerce business allows you the freedom you may yearn for. Two of the benefits of owning an ecommerce business is the ability to 1) work from anywhere and 2) have a flexible schedule. Another benefit is being the “boss.” Being the one who makes the decisions, leads the company, sets the goals, designs the plan and makes it happen is truly the definition of “independence.” This is the big one, folks. If you want the freedom that owning your own business brings and the flexibility to work when and where you want to, then you should strongly consider owning an ecommerce business.
Maybe this quote by Paul J. Meyer in his book “Dynamics of Personal Time Control” speaks to you just as it has to thousands who have gone “independent” in their careers:

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Let us at Pure-Ecommerce help you make your dream of being independent and being your own boss happen! In recognition of July being the month of “independence” in celebrating the 4th of July, we’re having a “Show Your Independence Sale” this month. During this special offer you will receive $850 off your choice of any of our ready-made internet businesses, as well as, 50 hours of ecommerce consulting and 2 years access to our exclusive eLearning Library! Take a look at the variety of businesses we offer. This great deal is through July 31, 2016 only. So go ahead, get started with an ecommerce business and begin your future of independence!

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