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Thinking of ways to build your homebased business company? We came up with 51.

This story appears in the January 1998 issue of

You've made the leap, gotten your homebased business up and running, and now it's smooth sailing. But don't slow down yet! Your business needs the right combination of care and discipline to grow and thrive. Here are 51 ideas to help you build a healthy homebased company.

1.Use your business plan in your daily operations. Your business plan should be more than just a start-up exercise; make it a living, breathing document that helps keep your business on track. An effective plan doesn't have to be elaborate; Susan K. Urbach, regional director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, says an effective plan can be as simple as putting down a few lines under each topic. After it's written, refer to it regularly; update it at least once a year--more often if you work on short-term projects that can have a major impact on the direction of your company.

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