Starting a home business is smart because it can empower you to secure your financial well-being. if you could do what you love whether or not you are paid to do it what would it be?. Now is the time to do whatever you can to earn your economic independence. You can no longer depend on employment to secure your financial security there is no such thing as job security anymore. If you aren’t willing to commit any of these, it’s highly unlikely you’ll experience much success as an internet entrepreneur. If you are overly cynical or suspicious of everyone, this may not be the place for you, either. You need to be open-minded, receptive to new ideas and realistic practices, and to believe in yourself. Everything discussed here comes from my own experience running a home based small business,and the collective experiences of a few others – and they work.
Most town councils allow people to work from home in a residential area, but you need to know how they define it. The regulations can state, for example, that you don’t need to have a business premises as long as there are no signs outside or passing trade. There may also be a limit on how much of your home is devoted to business or the kind of equipment you can use there. It’s nice to let neighbours know, too, if there will be frequent visitors or noisy machines running from time to time.
For the most part, office equipment will be covered by your normal building and content insurance. Most companies also have an option of insuring laptops, cameras and other valuables when you’re outside the home and on the move. But there are other types of coverage that home-workers need to consider.
If you work involves clients or other commercial visitors are coming to your home, personal liability insurance is a must. It covers any accidents or injuries to them while they are on your property. For health professionals like massage therapists or counsellors, this is usually included in your malpractice insurance; other home-workers may need to make special arrangements.
Self-employment comes with no paid holidays or sick leave and illness can mean substantial loss of earnings for a small homed-based businessperson. If a home business constitutes most of your income, you may want to take out extra accident and illness coverage.
One of the biggest and best advantages of working from home is that a portion of your household expenses is deductible. How to calculate this might vary with where you live. One method is to count the rooms used for business divided by the total number of rooms in your home. So if you have six rooms (including living room and kitchen) and one is used for work, one-sixth of all your utility bills, telephone, Internet, home repairs and other maintenance costs is deductible.
Communication is the lifeline of business today. Whether you’re out and about doing jobs or sitting in front of a computer, you’ll need to stay in touch with whatever part of the world is paying you. Take a tip from Noah and have two of everything - two e-mail accounts with different companies should one server crash, a computer and laptop in case of power cuts, and a second cheap pay-as you-go mobile with a full battery if you’re out and about. Make sure you have the number and access code your mobile phone carrier provides to replay voicemails from a landline. Consider online storage for important files and forwarding copies of important e-mails to a second ISP so you can access things from a library computer if necessary.
Knowing these things doesn't guarantee your success when starting a home business, but it does increase your potential for success.