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Key Points You Should Understand About Home Businesses

Mar 26, 2008
So what are your prospects should you decide to start a home business? What type of business should you get into, who will be your market and how far can you take it? For many of us wanting to start a business we can run from home, it almost seems like a pipe dream. What we don't realize is that given the right materials, market, skills and timing, we could take an idea, skill or hobby and turn it into a money-making machine.

What is a home business?

By definition, a home business is any money-earning venture that involves the sale of products and services strictly from a home setting. Virtually anyone can go into a home business, provided he or she has the necessary equipment, materials, skills and know-how required.

From chicken pot pies to massages and wine to virtual assistance to specialized services to MLM, home businesses have thrived and created an industry of their own.

Starting a home business

People will probably tell you that you should never go into business without passion. However, on the practical side, it's wiser if you go into a business you understand and are ready for. It may be a small home business you'll be running but it will still cost you in terms of time, money and effort. To ensure that you start a home business on the right foot, here are important considerations you should keep in mind:

Money, money, money

Assuming that you have the skills and training to start a business, consider your finances. Can you handle the cost of starting a business? Although there are home businesses that have been launched with next to nothing, you'll find that there are certain expenses that you will have to shell out money for. These include equipment, registrations, advertising, even construction.

Granted that your bank account can handle the cost, consider if you have enough to sustain the business. This is to ensure that you can afford to buy additional equipment and materials or hire additional manpower in case you need to expand.

Your home business and the law

Most home businesses start as sole proprietorship or partnership. If you'll be running your business with a group, you might have to apply as a corporation. Depending on the type of business you'll be building, there may be permits and licenses required. Some businesses, for example, might even require you to have certifications or specialized training. Check with your local government for laws and regulations you might have to comply with.

Do you need insurance?

That depends on the type of business you go into. Generally, you'll need insurance if you foresee you'll need some sort of protection, either to cover for your products, services or for employees you will be hiring. Insurance can add to your cost but it can save you from huge expenses in case something goes wrong.

Advertising and your home business

Whoever said you don't need to promote your home business doesn't have an inkling how it works. First of all, the biggest challenge you will have as a home business owner is recognition.

There is still some sort of prejudice that many uninformed consumers associate with businesses run from homes. Your goal is to ensure that people see you as a professional with a serious approach and a business that has something reliable and valuable to offer. As such, you'll have to put as much thought in your home business advertising as you would in a traditional business venture.
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