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Running A Business From Home: Is It For You?
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Running A Business From Home: Is It for You?

When you start a business, a cheap and effective way is to run it from home. However if you decide to do it from home, there are several factors you need to bear in mind. Running a business from home is easy but it isn't for everybody. Though it can provide greater flexibility than an external office based business basing your company in the same place as where you live can also gravely impact your family social life and lead to feelings of isolation.


There are obviously many advantages that cannot be discounted when running a business from home. Among other things are you can earn an income on top of a full time job, it involves low risk and low cost, no shop front required, you can do business round the clock and work at your own pace without normal workplace distractions.

Individuals considering establishing a home-based business would do well to sit back and consider several key questions to work out if the project is suitable for them.

Hobbies into Careers

Entrepreneurs opting to turn their hobbies into a career are good to start a work at home business. These includes arts and crafts services such as painting and pottery, childcare, teaching and tutoring, pet grooming, dog walking and language translation. It is service business that works particularly well to run from home because these businesses do not receive customers on the doorstep. The range is varied and even involves large scale importers, wholesalers and distributors as well as office based business like consultancy and professional services such as communications, public relations, accountancy and human resources administration. It also includes telesales and marketing, writing and editing, customer service and web based business.

Some Vital Questions

Jumping into a home business without first thinking whether it is for you would be unwise. There are questions you nee to ask to ensure that you will not be caught on the wrong foot. Among them,

Question One: Will I have the support of my partner and children if any?

Support from family members is important as you may need to allocate some personal space for your work area. These areas cannot simply be trodden upon by some naught kids or even your friend's kids when they come around.

Question Two: Am I good at setting priorities?

There are a zillion distractions when you work form home. To be successful running a business from home, you need to know if you good at setting priorities and if you are able to get yourself away from what is exciting to what is important?

Question Three: Will I have the discipline to work daily without a boss always looking to see that that work is done?

Procrastination is the number one killer of productivity. When you are running a business from home, beware not to fall into this trap.

Street Talk

Great Points! The "you can do business round the clock" point has a plus side and a minus side. I struggle with choosing to quit for the day. :-)

  about 1 decade ago
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