Starting at home has many advantages.
When you start a business, like any venture in life, you want it to have the best chance for success. Starting one from your home has unique advantages. If you have a spare desk or table that’s fine, but a card table can do for a starter. Adequate lighting is necessary and a filing cabinet also is a good thing to have on hand. You can add whatever other business devices and equipment you discover you’ll need as time goes by.
You won’t be paying rent on a store or office. And probably you won’t immediately need a separate phone with the charges for installation and monthly service. And you are already heating and lighting your home. Therefore, you avoid the burden of these additional monthly overhead costs. You’ll be using many things you already own so you can save money by not buying a desk, lighting fixtures, a water cooler, or the other furnishings people generally buy to set up a separate business location.
If you need help with the actual work that’s involved, try to get members of your family to help you (more on this later). And you can start your business part-time while keeping your present job. Later as it grows you can make it your full-time occupation, and if you wish, move it out of your home into larger quarters…better suited to a business which may be growing by leaps and bounds.
Presiding over your own domain
A man’s home is his castle–and it can also be his “gold mine.” There are many people who make a very good living right from their home. It’s comfortable, it’s conveniently located (you can walk to work in about 15 seconds) and you can dress the way you like. You can arrange the furniture to make a work space that suits your exact needs and tastes. You can choose the hours you wish to work and, if you have the energy, initiative and ambition, you can even be in more than one kind of business!
Working in your home has other advantages; you have no transportation expenses and you don’t waste time or energy in crowds or rush hour traffic. You don’t have to worry about getting along with a large group of co-workers or finding a decent place to eat lunch. And you don’t have to go out in all weathers, sleet and snow or broiling sun.
The danger in working at home is that the advantage of comfort and convenience can turn into a great disadvantage.But there are some drawbacks to working at home and the largest of these is self-discipline. You must learn to discipline yourself. Everyone who is his own boss has the problem of utilizing his time and energy most effectively and not wasting time on pet projects that are not essential to the business.
Set up a definite work area
Later on we’ll tell you some tips on how to conduct business in general. But let’s first find a part of your house that you can use as your business or work area. It should be a spot that is comfortable but away from distractions. Your children deserve attention but not during your working hours (more on that later) So set yourself up far from where the kids usually play.