Are you interested in starting your own business? If so, you will be joining millions of Americans before you. Once you decide on the direction of your business, you have an important question to answer: where are you going to work from?
With 52 percent of all small businesses being home based and a growing number of Americansworking from home, it is hard to deny the benefits. If you want to save on startup costs and ongoing expenses, this is a great way of doing so.
While some people believe they need office space for their new company (and they may be right), others understand the benefits associated with a home based business.
The benefits run deep, but none are greater than the cost savings. Since you live in the home as well, paying rent or a mortgage, you never have to concern yourself with this additional expense. And if you have ever searched your local area for office space, you are well aware that it can be quite expensive.
In addition to paying rent for your office, there are other expenses, such as utilities, that can quickly add up.
With a home based business, you are saving money month in and month out. Why pay rent when you don’t have to? Why not use the same utilities for business as you do your personal life?
At this point, it is easy to see that a home based business will save you money on a monthly basis. Furthermore, the lack of startup costs make it easier to take the leap into entrepreneurship. With less initial cash outlay, there will be less stress as you get up and running.
Note: although startup costs are definitely less with a home based business, this doesn’t mean there is no money coming out of your pocket. Create a budget before you get started, ensuring that you know which expenses you will be faced with upfront as well as on an ongoing basis.
What Your Home Office Needs
There are millions of people throughout the country staffed with the responsibility of setting up an efficient home office.
If you are not happy with your current setup, it is time to make a few changes. There is a good chance your home office could be missing the mark, thus making it more difficult to meet the demands of working remotely.
Consider the following:
- A Dedicated Space
It is hard to call a corner of your bedroom a home office. The same holds true for a small spot at the end of your dining room table.
While you may think a dedicated space is out of the question, there are some creative ideas to consider. Could you transform a closet into an office? How about your basement? What about a space in your garage?
- The Right Technology and Equipment
When you work in a traditional office, you typically have access to the best technology and the right equipment. But when you move your office into your home, this may not be the case.
Luckily, we live in the world of Cloud computing and there are any number of tech tools availablethat will allow you to run your business from anywhere.
- Privacy from Distractions
Workplace distractions are a big deal. It only takes one distraction to get you off track and kill your productivity. Depending on your personal situation, this problem may be magnified when you work at home.
If you have a partner and/or children, let them know you are off limits when your office door is closed (another reason why you need a dedicated space). Furthermore, don’t fall prey to the many distractions of your home, including but not limited to an endless supply of treats, your outdoor escape, and the television.
If you currently work from home or will be doing so in the near future, make sure your office is setup to help you achieve success. If you are missing the mark in regards to one or more of the points above, it is time to adjust your space for the better.