profitable home based internet businesses vs waste of timeThere’s a fine line between building profitable home based internet businesses that have the potential to make all of your income dreams come true and wasting your time on a project that will never go anywhere.

The question is: how can you tell the difference?

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In this post I’ll show you a few things to look out for to make sure you set yourself up for success.

How To Know When You’re Wasting Time

First, let’s start with those projects that don’t really have any hope of turning a profit.

Many new business owners make the mistake of evaluating their companies based on how much income they’re earning, in relation to how much work (or hard costs) they have to put into it.

While eventually you need to turn cash flow positive, you can’t start off your business evaluating in this way.

Instead, you need to focus your attention on the overall earnings potential of your internet business.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you know where your revenue is going to come from?
  • Do you know how much traffic your website can realistically get?
  • Do you have any evidence of a market need for the product, service, or information your business provides?
  • Do you have a clear plan to get from where you are today to where you want to be in 6 months? 1 year? 3 years?

If you answered no to one of those questions, then it’s time to sit down and think about the real merits of your project. Click here to learn more about when to reconsider your approach.

 Characteristics Of Successful Home Based Internet Businesses

Businesses that are on a path to success can clearly answer yes to each of the questions above.

Even if they don’t currently generate a lot of traffic or have yet to see a dollar in revenue, a website can have a lot of potential if all of the key elements are in place.

You should always know where you anticipate your revenue will come from and what your audience needs from you. Using those two points as a base, you can develop a clear plan that will bring you long term success.

Click here to learn more about developing a plan for your website.

If you’re not sure where your business stands and how to evaluate it, I recommend you find a good support community that can help you work through any questions, problems, or issues you’re having.

Click here to read more about why joining a community is essential to success.