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How to Start a Business from Home


A growing number of people are choosing to start a business from home. There are a number of reasons why they might be taking this direction. For stay at home moms, for example, a home-based business can be very convenient. If you like the idea and are wondering where to start here are some tips you’ll find helpful, whatever type of business you decide to run.


An Idea and a Plan

These are essential for any new business, whether it’s being run from home or an office. Without a workable idea, your business is not going to get off the ground. Your business can be something that you enjoy doing, but it should also fill a hole in the market. The idea you start with may change completely within a short space of time, but don’t worry. This often happens.

Once you’ve got a clear idea of what you want to do and conducted your research to ensure it’s viable, it is time to get on with your business plan. It acts as a map to guide you and if you’re looking to raise money to finance your business, a responsible lender will ask for one.


Admin Factors to Bear in Mind

There are going to be a number of different people you need to inform of your intentions to run a business from your home. You may need planning permission, depending on the nature of your business. Do you need to tell your local authority that you are working from home? If your home is rental accommodation, it is best to let your landlord know your intentions. Mortgage lenders will also need to be informed, although it probably won’t make a difference to your repayments. One final organization you need to let know is your insurance provider. An upgrade from domestic to business may be necessary and you may need to take out public liability insurance. Ensuring you have a productive, suitable workspace is also essential as it will ensure your output is at a maximum regardless of how much office space you are working with.


Financing Your New Venture

Running your business from home means there are not going to be quite so many startup costs. However, you will need to think about finance if your savings won’t cover them. You’ll need to impress with your business plan and have a good credit report. Check yours out before you contact any finance providers and take note of the advice given on this page: You’re not limited to just approaching a bank. Consider credit card financing, home equity loans, government loan programs and private lenders.


Starting a new business is an exciting time, but it’s important not to rush in without thinking about what you’re doing and making plans. Whether you’re starting a bed and breakfast business, a dog walking service, web design or you’ve decided you want to be a writer, the steps you need to take are the same.





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