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The Pros And Cons Of Launching A Home-Based Business

Aug 21, 2008
Foregoing Benefits

The fact that the business is home based means that all employees will have to give up their regular fixed incomes, employer-sponsored health insurance, tax benefits, and retirement savings.

These factors should be important considerations and will require careful planning in order for the business to be successful.

Stress

True, it is not easy to manage increasing levels of stress, at least initially. It can be difficult to balance both your personal life and your professional one. Time management will be one of the most difficult of tasks to master.

There may be more flexibility with respect to business matters, but you will also have increased responsibilities.

Research

A lot of research and study needs to be put in to find out if the business you intend launch will be viable in today's market. You should be able to access a lot of this information via the Internet.

You should also get feedback on your products or business ideas before you launch them.

Finances

A detailed cost analysis study is essential to determine how much money you will need to start the business. Study and understand cash flow; it is essential to know the overhead costs that will be involved.

Many times, miscalculations or not anticipating certain costs leads to failure of the business.

Efficient Planning

A home-based business is a serious consideration, and you need to devote space in your home exclusively for business activities. In order to be successful, you will need to clearly define your home and business space.

The space does not have to be large, but it certainly should be used strictly for your business activities.

Funding

Seek financing from within your family circle rather than outsiders. You must have conviction in what you are doing before you expect outsiders to trust and support you.

Time, money and education are the three investments that you need to put into your business.

Business Plan

Efficient planning can help guide you in building a successful business. Devoting your spare time towards these efforts will also help you to become successful in the future.

Loans

Entrepreneurs often turn to banks as their financial resource to make their dreams become reality. You can also try applying to the SBA (Small Business Administration) or other organizations if you need a small business loan.

The experts at the SBA can also help coach and guide you and can provide you with valuable information and resources that you might not find elsewhere.

Outsourcing

Certain specialized business functions such as accounting should be outsourced if you do not have experience in that area. Many accountants and attorneys will provide a free consultation before you secure their services.

Before contracting any outside services, do your homework! Always be sure to check references.

Family Support

It is also important to rely on the support of your family. Hire domestic help for household chores if possible. This will help you to devote more time and attention to building your business.

Any business needs time and effort before you see the fruits of your labor. By following the tips above, you'll give your small business the best chance at success.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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