The first thing one learns when managing a home based Internet business is that business never closes on the Web. A home-based business person will often be called upon at all hours to see to some aspect of business. This is especially the case if the business’s reach is global. An Internet business person who works out of home can establish hours that should be respected, but it’s by no means unusual for someone to have to wake up in the middle of the night to correct a server issue or deal with a client far from one’s own time zone. This is especially so if the Internet company is a retail or business-to-business enterprise.
One also learns that an Internet business has no walls or borders. Its address is everywhere. A business’s customers or clients will often assume the business with which they’re dealing is just around the corner, no matter if its real address is in Toledo, Ohio or Toledo, Spain. Customers and clients will often make demands based on that assumption. The expense of serving that demand may not be worth the sales price or fee one receives. That is something that should be delineated on a website.
Because of the never-closing, always nearby nature of Internet business, it’s a very good idea to keep a distinct phone line for the business, separate from one’s home line. It will be easier to create a distinguishing line between business hours and personal time, if that is what is desired. It should be noted that the more available one is to customers and clients, the more successful one will often be, however, some delineation must be made just for one’s own peace of mind.
Quality Internet access is vitally important to a Web business run out of one’s home. Many varieties now exist. It’s too easy to become complacent about one’s current connectivity and miss out on improvements. These improvements often come at lower prices than a business person is currently paying. Technology, of course, presses on at faster rates too. For instance, a router is often no longer needed for wireless, whole house connectivity.
One’s Internet access is only as good as his computer. With the decreasing price of quality computer technology, a better computer is available every year at a lower price. It’s also wise to remember that the better the computer, the stronger and more effective the software will be, and the more the business may improve.
The one thing that is a constant in home based Internet business is that the business will change. Staying on top of all trends and technologies is an excellent idea. The only place the Internet truly exists is in the future.