If you are one of the thousands of unfortunate Americans who have recently been laid off, and you are now thinking of starting your own business, now is probably a good time to do so. The opportunities for legitimate businesses you can do at home are virtually endless. It can’t hurt to look into some of them.
There are several money-saving benefits to working at home:
● Commuting: Working from home saves money on gas and it puts less miles on your vehicle. This means less maintenance and repairs costs. It can also potentially lower your car insurance payments.
● Child Care: Not everyone will save money on child care by working at home, and some people may not need it at all, but many people will. Most people who work from home often handle full-time work with only part-time childcare.
● Food: The cost of fixing and eating lunch at home is much less than eating out everyday. And it’s usually better for you.
● Clothes: You need fewer business clothes when you work from home. When you have a different “work” outfit for every day of the week, it costs more. When you work from home, you have the flexibility to buy more casual attire. You can save your business clothes for when you are meeting clients.
Before you think about the gas, child care, food, and clothing benefits, there are several important business issues you must consider before you start.
1. Be certain about the type of work you would like to do. You might want to do the same thing you did in your old job, but you may also want to go in a different direction completely. Whatever you decide, make sure your product or service is what people want and/or need.
2. Make sure you stay motivated. It won’t do you any good to just say this is what you want to do; you have to get up every morning and do it every day, just as you would if you were going into an office every day.
3. Creating a workspace, away from the rest of your living space is crucial. Outside noises such as children, traffic, and television can be a major distraction and if you are on the phone with clients, they can hear those outside noises as well. It isn’t very professional.
4. You’ll want to come up with a unique and creative name for your new company. It should stand out so it will be noticed by potential clients and customers. Choosing a name will definitely help define your business and let others know that you’re serious.
5. Get your business online. The internet is a powerful tool for networking and finding clients. The worldwide web is big business and every business is on it. You want people to be able to find you, and the internet is the best place to do it.
Once you have the basics of beginning your at-home business, you will want to look into the legal aspects and more in-depth information about maintaining your business and building a successful company. The best place to find these resources is at http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/01/0123_self_employed. On this website you will find the “20 Steps to Self-Employment”.
Good luck and much success.