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What You Need to Know About Running a Home Business

What You Need to Know About Running a Home BusinessRunning a home business can save an entrepreneur a significant amount of money on overhead, however it’s important to acknowledge that this setup isn’t ideal for everyone. Before you decide to quit your job and launch your company from your living room, take a minute to consider these points:

Is it right for your personality type?

For some people, working from home is ideal. However, for others it quickly becomes hard to focus and productivity goes out the window. Before you begin a home-based business, take a few minutes and do an inventory of your personality type. Will you truly be able to sit down and get to work when you know that there’s laundry to be done and a TV that you could turn on? If the answer is no, consider other options. However, if you know that this won’t be an issue, working from home is a good choice.

Realize that it takes time

Understand that building a business takes time, regardless of whether you’re operating a brick and mortar store or a shop where you’re creating a product in your basement. As a new entrepreneur, you have to factor in the time needed to get the company going. Make sure that you have the funds to support your business as it continues to grow.

Utilize technology that can help you as you develop

When your company does begin to grow (congratulations!) and it’s time to bring other staff members on board to assist, consider using technology to make the hiring process easier. With video interviewing platforms and e-mail, it truly doesn’t matter if an employee lives in your city or in another state; they can still be a highly effective worker. Video interviewing allows you to handle hiring without having to fly candidates in for a discussion about the position.

Set up a designated space for working

Even though you’re working from home, this doesn’t mean that your daily duties can be done effectively from bed. You should have a specific room or area of your home where your work takes place. This prevents invoices and other sensitive information from being spread throughout the house, and also keeps you feeling professional. When you’re at work you should be at work, even if you’re just sitting in a desk chair in a corner of your living room.

How do you successfully run your business from home? Let us know in the comments!

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Lauren Levine

Lauren Levine is a copywriter/blogger who contributes to a number of magazines and websites including The Frisky, USA Today, and others. She also authors her own blog called Life with Lauren. She loves cooking, anything on the E! network, and is trying to convince herself that running isn't so bad.

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