The most important piece of advise that I am probably going to give you this year is to do your due diligence when you are looking for a home-based business. Due diligence is essentially a thorough research of the home based business of which you are interested in joining. During my years as a financial advisor, I assisted my clients in doing their due diligence regarding their stock and mutual fund investment selections. Any partnership made with any entity other than yourself requires a thorough examination of the entity’s track record. This research does not have to take an excessive amount of time. You just want to have enough information to make an informed decision so that you are not like the home based business junkie, whom everyone runs from like the plague. To assist you in keeping your credibility in tact, here is a simple, yet powerful three-pronged approach to researching a home based business prospect.Rule#1: Find out how long the company has been in existence, as well as its track record for creating winners within the organization. This is very important. A company who focuses on creating winners will have a rock solid training program, along with a bullet proof compensation plan for its distributors. You do not want to jump into a business solely on unproven hype, only to find out that you have to recruit the one million man march or sale massive volume like Walmart just to eake out puny commissions. This is completely not the reason you want to be involved in a home based business.Rule#2: Find out who are the leaders and their track record in building successful organizations. One of the best ways to research company leaders is to find out what other companies they have built in the past and were they successful? The previous company’s track record is a striking indication for what to expect with the “new” company. Leaders who are inventive and pioneering usually have the best track records, because they are constantly focusing on improving the functionality of their business, as well as the business of their distributors.Rule#3: Make sure the sponsor you partner with is seasoned in the home based business industry. The absolute worst possible situation to be in is partnered up with someone who is either too busy to teach you the business or just does not care about your success. In the world of sports, there are many coaches; however, there are only a few of them that can motivate and coach their team to back to back championships. A great home based business coach is going to have a proven track record themselves. Documentation always beats conversation. There are many people who talk a good game, but there are only a few that actually play a good game. Usually, when you partner up with a “bad” sponsor, you end up an orphaned distributor. Do not let this be your case.