When you start a home business you might think you’re prepared for anything. If you’ve worked at a similar company, you may have experience that is relevant, but unless you ran that company, you have no idea! The information we’ve included below is coming from people who do work from home, and they’ve experienced a lot.
Running a business
When running a business from home be sure to save every receipt from expenses incurred such as mortgage, energy, phone and insurance payments. The expenses incurred in maintaining your home can be included in your deductible expenses when filing your taxes. The percentage of your home used for the home business is the percentage of the expenses you can deduct from your taxable earnings.
Since your home is also your work place, make a point to get out of the house on a regular basis. Don’t isolate yourself for the sake of convenience. Go have lunch in the park, grab your coffee at a bookstore, etc. Just make sure you are out breathing fresh air at least once a day.
Seek out a mentor
A mentor is someone who has been where you are. A mentor can lend a kind ear or give you business advice. There are many organizations full of experienced people who would like to help people just starting out; all you have to do is ask.
Don’t fall for any hype about get-rich-quick, home-based business kits. A successful home-based business takes time and perseverance to develop. Any promises about instant success or riches are scams. The only people making money would be the scammers who sell you their business kit. So, save your money and ignore these promises.
To protect the identity of you and your family get a P.O. box for your business, especially if you do business online. You should never post your home address on the internet. If it falls into the wrong hands you never know what might happen. Practice common sense.
Use an online service or software to design a matching set of postcards, fliers and brochures to send out to customers and prospects. Look online for printer suppliers that offer an interface that allows you to add text to one of their existing designs, or upload your own. Choose a design as your “brand,” the look and feel you want people to identify with your business.
Every day, you will learn something new at a home business. You’ll see a different side to your family, to your home, to yourself, and sometimes it will shock you. Other times, it will renew your faith in humanity, so it’s not ALL bad! Learn from everything you see and do, and you’ll find the shocking situations come less and less frequently.