Home Based Business Startup or Bust! - How I Started
Ever since I can
remember, I always wanted a home based business. My name is Paul Kopp and I have
run two full time businesses for the last 7 years. Stop reading as soon as you
I have a very
interesting career path. I started out in the restaurant industry as a cook,
server, bartender and manager. We were drilled on food costs, liquor costs,
labor costs, and inventory as well as customer service.
In the 80s and 90s I
acquired my Real Estate License and Insurance License. I worked with Century 21
and became a million dollar producer. A few years later I sold insurance for
In the mid 90s I
studied accounting and became an Accounting and Collections Manager for a mid
size optical manufacturing company that was later bought by Essilor. I was
fascinated with computers and the technology that came with them so I taught
myself everything I could about them.
Armed with accounting
work experience and computer knowledge I started working in the accounting
software field teaching customers how the software worked and giving technical
support. I used this experience and knowledge in the Restaurant Accounting
Software and then Construction Accounting Software fields.
During all of these
career paths, I always had my mind open for home based business opportunities. I
was never happy being tied to a major corporation for my survival. I felt that
every time I went to work I was leasing my time instead of owning it.
Some of the home based
businesses I have tried part time were:
Yellow Page ads,
Personal Mortgage Insurance Recovery, Computer Tutoring, Air Purification
Systems, Sleep Systems and Amway.
Yet none of them really
In 2000 I decided to
quit my job and create my own home based business startup, marketing and selling
end of lease and bank repossessed equipment. This is my non internet home based
business. In 2003 with partners I started my first home based internet business.
We sold retail remanufactured and compatible inkjet and toner cartridges. When
the partnership dissolved, I acquired the online retail store myself.
There are two completely
business models used when building an
internet home based business verses a non internet
based business. There are similarities but the foundations need to be built
With both the home based
business and the internet business I became a power seller on eBay. It was a
natural second marketing outlet for both businesses.
As you can see my
experience is diverse and extensive. I have seen the good the bad and the ugly
in business. In fact running my own businesses for so long has created many a
story! I have had my share of business fraud on and off the internet as well.
What I tell you is from
real life home based business and home based internet business experiences. I am
a straight shooter and will tell you what I have learned in all my years of on
the job training. With each type of business I started I used
technologies, business products and services.
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