With a wide variety of home business opportunities available – both to those who are looking into taking on a second job in order to bring in a little bit of an extra income and to those who are ready to branch off on their own and to go into business for themselves – it is extremely important for those who are planning to launch a home based business to know that they are getting into.Now that’s not to say that launching a home based business is a bad idea; in fact, when done correctly, launching a home based business leads to tremendous success. However, when you are getting ready to take advantage of the home business ideas and opportunities that you have been exploring, you are going to want to be sure that you’re going about it the right way.The first thing that you need, therefore, when you are going to be launching a home based business is an idea. Whether your plan is to launch a home based business that involved distributing items that you have purchased at a wholesale price or you are thinking about launching a business as a virtual assistant and intend to offer services as the foundation of your business, without an idea it is going to be difficult to get up and running.The most difficult part, for many, who are planning to launch a home based business is taking the idea that they have and moving forward with it. On one hand, the challenge is fear: there are a number of people who want to launch a home based business but find that they are nervous about getting started and that they have concerns about a lot of the “what ifs” of moving forward and allow those concerns to stop them in their tracks. On the other, the challenge comes from a lack of planning.Therefore, one of the most essential things to do for anyone who is planning to launch a home base business is to create a business plan. If you have the funding that you need to launch your home based business, you will find that it’s possible to create a more informal business plan that identifies your goals and your strategy for reaching them. You are going to want to be sure that you’re looking at the money you invest and how you will earn it back. You’re going to want to consider the amount of time that you have to commit to your home based business and to identify how you will use that time well – which hours you will work, what you will be doing each day and how you will market your business.On the other hand, if you are launching a home based business that will require funding, you are going to find that it’s important to develop a more thorough business plan. You will find the resources that you need to develop a solid business plan – a plan that creates a clear statement of what you will be doing, the experience that you have that will enable you to be successful and your projections for the future – available at your local small business association.Your local small business association will be able to assist you in launching a home based business in a number of other ways as well. First, when you consult with your local small business association you will find that it’s possible to find a mentor, someone who can help you to streamline the process of launching your business and who can help you to avoid making mistakes that many people make when they are acting on home business opportunities.Similarly, when you are working with a mentor from your local small business association while launching your home based business you will be able to learn more about permits that may be required in your area – both zoning permits for your home that will enable you to operate a business as well as sellers’ permits that allow you to sell physical goods and to pay the state sales taxes on those items – and about whether or not you will need a business license, a tax identification number and about filing a DBA if you will be doing business under a name aside from your own.In other words, when you are launching a home based business, you will find that it is essential to know which home business opportunities to act on and to develop an understanding of what it takes to get into business. Having a mentor will enable you to learn more about the process of launching – and growing – a home based business and, as a result, can help to ensure the success of your new business. When you start with a great home business idea and then get the guidance that you need to develop your business, you will find that you are well on your way to reaching your goals.