Starting a home business can be a great way to become your own boss. Nothing replaces the feeling of working at your own pace and taking all the pivotal decisions on your own. But, if you want to make money out of your business and succeed in the long run, you need to promote it too. However you may not have the funds at your disposal to engage in a fancy promotional campaign. What should you do then? Fret not, because the solution to your problem is here.

Informing the world of your business does not necessarily have to be an expensive affair. You can get the recognition you crave for, on a shoestring budget as well! In case you are rubbing your eyes in disbelief, consider the following ideas.

• Create a website for a nominal fee. Nowadays even people selling peanuts are on the web, so why not you? A website can be your window to the world!

• If you don't want to have a website, at least use the internet for promoting your business. You can post info about your area of expertise on various classified sites and business directories. Some of them charge a nominal fee but there are free ones too!

• You can also get your website listed on various search engines and e-yellow pages.

• If you are not too keen on these above-mentioned online ideas, try some offline tricks. Pick up your phone and make ‘cold calls'. For this, you obviously need a list of contacts who could be interested in doing business with you. Be polite while you are calling people and don't try to make them listen to you forcefully. Keep your opening line interesting and make your offering or USP clear.

• You can also try direct mailing because this is a more focused medium than print ads. Simply send postcards with key information related to your business to the people on your list of contacts.

• Have an interesting business card which you can give out to people you meet.

Hope these tips work for you and put your home business on the fast track to success. Go get 'em!