If you have already started your own home-based business or you are considering setting off on that path, let me be one of the first people to congratulate you. I mean, Bill Gates didn’t get rich working for somebody else. Richard Branson didn’t create his global empire, Virgin, working for somebody else. These two men had ideas and were prepared to put in the effort to be successful.The purpose of this article is to share with you three easy to implement tips that can help you grow your own business, be more successful and not have to work too many long hours. Implementation of these tips is vital if you want to be successfulGet yourself a smart phone- You simply cannot be successful in business these days without a smart phone. When clients or staff members have a query they expect a response straight away. Your smart phone is the tool that gives you this capability. You can answer the phone whilst you are on the road and you can also respond to emails. Smart phones can also give you back a lot of free time as you can answer some of your correspondence whilst you are away from your desk in any downtime that you may have. If you are waiting for someone at a cafe for example or waiting for an appointment you can respond to some of your emails. If you do this you will not have to spend an hour at the end of the day responding to emails. You could spend this time with your family.Get out of the house occasionally- If you are running your own home-based business you don’t want to get stuck in the habit of never leaving the house and only interacting with people online. You need to keep in touch with your friends and you should develop strategic alliances with other work from home entrepreneurs in your area. You can then call on each other for support and for advice in times of stress.Make sure to work on your online presence- If you are running your own business from home the internet is your friend. There are a variety of free tools available that you should utilise to grow your business and improve your branding. You need to start a blog, build a Facebook fan page, write articles, participate in forums related to your business and you also need a Twitter account. These marketing opportunities are all available to you for free.If you are going to start your own home-based business you need to make sure that you do it right.