The term “home-based business” did not come up in our culture until the late 1970s. Before that, it was called “cottage industry” and was related mostly to women who ran a small business from their home, usually creating clothing or household articles. It wasn’t taken too seriously. Today, more than 50 percent of small businesses are home based. You are part of this trend, and no doubt it will continue to grow in numbers. Think about this: Mary Kay, Google, Harley-Davidson and Hewlett-Packard all started out as home-based businesses. In view of this, you need to realize your place in this great tradition and start acting like a real business owner. That means keeping up to date on the very latest in tools and services.