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Dropshipping Tips: The Do’s & Don’ts of Working From Home

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Anyone considering starting an online dropshipping business should take a look at these do’s and don’ts of working from home.

If you are even thinking about starting an online dropshipping business, you’re on the right track. While working from home and being your own boss might not be the definition of a perfect job, it’s as close as you’re probably ever likely to get. Until you experience the freedom and utter bliss that comes from knowing you can work at your own pace, make your own schedule, take breaks and vacations when you want to and make more money than you’ve ever made working for somebody else; you won’t be able to imagine how great it really is.

It is great. No doubt about it. But….(you knew this was coming, didn’t you?) there are some important things to do and not to do that you need to know about before you embark on your career as an ecommerce entrepreneur.

Here are some basic do’s and don’ts of having a home business, dropshipping or otherwise.

  • DO make a schedule. Even though you will be your own boss, you still need a track to run on. A schedule will get you going and keep you going on those days when your get up and go has got up and left. Schedules need not be so rigid that you don’t have any leeway at all, of course, but you do need to plan your work and work your plan. The neat thing is that you can make your schedule according to your own circadian rhythm. Are you a morning person who bounces out of the bed ready to greet the new days, fired with enthusiasm and ready to jump in there and get down to business? Or did simply reading that last sentence cause your flesh to crawl? Some people are not meant to be morning persons. They hit their groove after lunch or even after dinner. So, make your schedule based on what works best for you.

  • DO set goals. Sit down and take a realistic look at where you want to be six months from now…a year from now….five years from now. You get the idea. Your goals can act as a sort of road map and help you to focus on the things you need to be doing in order to attain those goals. Without goals and a set idea of where you want to be….how will you know when you get there?

  • DON’T allow yourself to get distracted too easily and for too long. Oh yes, indeed, you will be almost certainly be faced with temptation at every turn when you work from home with a dropshipping or other online business. Friends, former coworkers who want to bring you up to speed on the latest gossip at the old workplace, family….it may seem that they are all conspiring to drive you to the poorhouse by luring you away from your work. But you can’t let them. Stand strong! Be firm! Set boundaries and stick to them!

  • DON’T forget about your retirement. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you won’t want to retire some day. You will have to pay all of your FICA taxes, but you can deduct the money you pay for your own retirement from your income tax. Don’t forget to keep money back for this and your income taxes and file them quarterly I possible. You can also get an IRA, or Individual Retirement Account, which is also tax deductible and tax deferred.

Use these handy do’s and don’ts to make working from home in your online dropshipping or other ecommerce business a huge success!


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