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Starting a Home Business and What You Need to Know

Aug 17, 2007
There are many issues to consider when you start a home business for the first time, especially if you have been recently let go from your company or have just retired and are planning to start up something out of your home. We will cover a few of the major items that many people might not think about before taking the plunge and investing significant time as well as money into starting something that may or may not turn out the way that they hoped.

First of all there are all of the standard things that everyone starting a business should consider whether they are starting a new business out of an office building or a home location. Developing a business plan, with a marketing and sales forecast, operations expenses and cost of sales is usually the first start. If you need to invest any capital for equipment or for raw materials, which you will finish, it is important to include these in your cash flow plan as well. The basic question you need to address for your self and for any investors you may rely on including the banks, is whether there is any profit at the end of the year and can you meet all of your cash flow demands. If not, you must adjust something to ensure that you will not fail due to lack of funds or a significant loss.

Operational considerations include everything from having space set aside in your home to working without interruption and also the ability to expand. If you are planning a home business based on the Internet or computer support or something along these lines, then you should ensure you have the best equipment to meet your needs, a plan to back up your data, and a high speed connection from your cable or telephone company supplier. You do not want to run the risk of being out of business due to failure of your computer or loss of your data.

Another aspect that many retired people and people who have been laid off from a company seem to not take into account is the amount of support they received from the company they used to work for. This includes payroll, including government taxes, IT support, even secretarial services and typing. Now you have to do all of this yourself or include expenses that will allow you to hire this support.

If your business includes consulting services, knowing how to use a variety of programs such as spreadsheets, presentation programs, word programs, drawing programs, HTML programs and accounting programs are equally important. Note that we have just named a few. Every new home business owner should investigate what software they will need and how they will use it either themselves or through services that they hire when they are starting their home business.
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Elias Georgi is an experienced and successful sponsor, mentor and coach for many thriving home businesses. Elias offers proven work at home business opportunities and strategies.
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