Making a Home Based Business Work

June 8, 2011  |  

(Businessweek) — When you are working for yourself, the responsibility for staying on top of projects, communicating with clients, and collecting money you’re owed falls completely to you. There’s no boss checking in to make sure you are meeting deadlines, no team to keep you on track.  It helps to be naturally organized. If you’re not, you can learn to be. “Most people aren’t naturally good golfers, but they can be taught how to do it,” says Lisa Kanarek, founder of in Dallas.  If you don’t put in some effort, you’ll have a tough time being successfully self-employed. Mark Miller, a self-employed marketing specialist who founded High Impact Marketing in Los Angeles, says he learned this the hard way. “I have never been a particularly organized or neat person in terms of keeping my things in order. Unfortunately, those traits did not translate well into the business world,” he says.

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