If you’ve found this website, there’s a fair chance that you run a small business, or it’s something you’ve dreamed of. Am I right? Well, thanks to the advancements of the internet, starting a business from home, either selling a product or offering a service, is a very real possibility for many of us. You no longer need investments or a massive cash injection to start your own business. You can set up from your spare room, and all you really need is a fantastic idea and a bit of a plan.
Working from home can be amazing. It gives you the opportunity to work around your family or other commitments, make something for yourself from nothing and be a truly successful businessman or women, even if you’ve got little to no experience of the business world.
However, if you are looking to start-up from home, there are some things that you need to consider. Without careful preparation, your home will become overrun with stock, your work life balance ruined, and you could find that your business is breaking laws by not being registered, insured and protected correctly. So, to make sure you can run a successful business from home, here are a few changes your house needs to go through first.
You’ll Need a Workspace
One of the hardest things about working from home is getting into the right mindset. When you’re not travelling to a designated work environment, it can be tough both getting into the right headspace to work productively and leaving it behind when you’ve finished for the day.
The best thing to do is create a specific workspace. What do you need? For many working from home, all it takes is setting up a cool home office in the spare room. However, you may also need a working kitchen, a storeroom and a studio.
Make a floor plan of your home and play around with creating the areas you need without disrupting family life too much. Garages, lofts and basements make excellent options.
Think About Security
If you are a freelancer, working online, all you need to consider is cyber-security. But, if you keep stock and cash at home you’ll want to make sure your home is exceptionally safe. Install good Video Surveillance, a safe, and some Smart home security systems.
Research the Laws Surrounding Your Business
Legislation is something that many people neglect when they start-up from home. However, you really can’t afford to. If you work with food, you’ll need health and safety and food hygiene certificates. Alternatively, if you provide a service to the public, such as beauty treatments or alternative healthcare, you may need liability insurance. Do your research and apply for everything you need.
Presentation is Key
If you plan on meeting clients or bringing customers into your home, you need to present it well. Remember, they won’t come straight into the office. Your hallway and the route to the office need to be tidy and well-presented too.
Being able to run your business from the comfort of your own home gives you an excellent opportunity. Just make sure you, and your home, are prepared for any changes that you need to make first.