A home business might save you money on overhead, but more effort is required to ensure that you achieve your sales targets.

Given below are some tips to help you run your home business more profitably.

Draft a proper business plan. Chart a proper business plan - and the ways in which you plan to achieve your goals in writing. Try to stay with that plan as much as possible. On a monthly basis, note the progress that you have made and compare it with your chart.

If you have been unable to achieve your targets, then identify the causes and try to rectify them in the future.

Get Serious. A home business is a business; so keep it separate from your home life. Set up your office in a dedicated room so that children or other family members do not disturb you while you are working.

If you have clients that visit you, then you should have a separate entrance to your office.

Use your imagination. Use different, innovative ideas. If you are running an online sales business, then try to locate exclusive and innovative products that you can sell. Build an eye-catching website and use related keywords in the text, so that your website will figure prominently in related searches.

Reach out to your target audience by writing online articles related to your business to get additional publicity. Your website should resemble a virtual office - and should be informative and interactive, so that your prospective customers will feel that they are dealing with a professional.

If you follow the steps above, you'll be well on your way to a highly successful — and profitable! — home business.