Saturday, February 24, 2007

Preparing Yourself For Working From Home

Statistics have shown that home based businesses are on the rise. This is no surprise since technology like the internet is making it easier to access information and do business without ever leaving your home, or your pajamas.

Home based businesses are often small businesses consisting of under 10 employees and often only one. The pressures of being both employer and employee can be enough to make most people want to close up shop shortly after hanging out their shingle. A little preparation prior to jumping in with both feet can make the transition from tradition employee to extraordinary business guru go much more smoothly.

A careful self evaluation, however, is in order before embarking on your journey to self employment. If you really want an honest indexing of your strengths and weaknesses, you can quiz your friends and family. Do you have what it takes to be successful in business and get the work done. In essence, you need to be a jack of all trades and a master of at least one.

Being your own boss has it’s definite advantages but you also must consider if you are a self starter. Do you have the determination to push yourself and keep working on those clear, sunny days Can you effectively stay focused on your work when the laundry lies in heaps on steps from you office?

Perseverance is key to surviving even the first week of a new home based business. Organization may be an issue, especially if quarters are cramped and you find yourself setting up your new office in the hall closet.

Enlisting the help and support of your family before making your decision may help keep the peace during those long hours when the work finally starts to roll in.

Information is vital. Research your chosen field of business. Interview others with experience in setting up home businesses. Read everything you can find about marketing your business, providing superior services and products and managing your business.

Consulting both an accountant and a lawyer are wise decisions, especially if done during the planning phase of your business. They may be issues with zoning ordinances and licensing and obtaining permits that you will not be readily made aware of. These items vary by geographic locations and should be researched thoroughly to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws.

Choosing a specific home based business can keep you awake many a night. The popular rule of thumb, is to choose an area that you are passionate about. This will inspire you to stick with it during the challenging times ahead and help ward off boredom. Loving what you do can make the difference between a business that survives and a business that thrives.

Obinna Heche: Los Angeles- California

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Anonymous said...

Interesting post. I want to run a business soon, so I'll have to keep this in mind. I know it’ll be challenging, but I’m up for it and will appreciate all the help I could get. Instead of starting a business, I've been thinking about buying a business. Any suggestions? Advice? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

@Rachael -- There are a lot of resources you can use on the Internet. I suggest, which is an online global marketplace where you can buy a business or even sell a business. It's also a good place to find professional help like a broker, lawyer, accountant, lender, etc.

Then there are the local small business groups in your area that are worth joining. They're a good place to network.

Good luck!