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Get Control Of Your Home Business Expenses

May 12, 2008
When you begin a home business, forget all the free time and endless vacations many people talk about. Your primary focus is going to be on making enough money to survive. One of the biggest problems new home business owners face is confusing income with profit and it is the profit that will determine if you are successful or not. There is money to be made in a home business, but if you cannot control the expenses, you may not survive on the home front.

Little things that may seem insignificant when you worked for someone else can quickly add up and detract from your ability to survive financially. To begin with your office is now in your home and you will need to treat the home, and its associated expenses, as part of the cost of doing business. One of the biggest expenses you will have is utilities and if you can reduce utility costs for the home, you automatically reduce your cost of doing business.

Most states have competition among suppliers of gas and electric and searching out the company that offers the lowest price and best service may save you a few bucks every month. A couple of dollars may not seem like a lot of money when viewed in the overall picture of running the home business, but over time can up to significant savings. While looking at your utility costs, consider how many lights you leave on when you are not in the room. It is a common error by most families and one the savings devices could be automatic motion switches.

Motion detectors built into the light switches turn on the light when a person enters the room and shuts them off shortly after they leave. This can be a beginning to reducing energy consumption and lowering the bills. Try switching to energy saving fluorescent bulbs that are as bright as incandescent bulbs and although they cost a little more are more energy efficient and should last longer.

Ask yourself if you really need to heat at 72-degrees in the winter. Knocking a couple of degrees off the thermostat may save another couple of dollars a month and with the reduced energy bill you may be able to go out to lunch once in awhile. Speaking of lunch, there really is no need to venture out to the restaurant or even a fast-food joint for a burger. You have a completely equipped kitchen and refrigerator in which your lunch can be stored and prepped.

Do not get caught up in the convenience of online postage companies. Many of them charge a monthly fee, even id you do not use the service. They can run as high as $15 a month just so the service is available. Buy stamps when you are out and save that service fee. You may also not need the movie channels on your cable. You are going to be too busy operating your home business to enjoy many movies and they only distract you when you are supposed to be working.
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Nick Angeli is a professional internet marketer who specializes in teaching others how to be successful with internet marketing. If you want to get in touch with Nick or learn more about network marketing success please visit: MyHomeBizLife.com
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