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Is A Home Business Right For You? By Naz Daud

  in Business | Published 2010-02-15 12:11:37 | 273 Reads | Unrated


So you want to start your own business There are several ways of going about it, one of which is running the business straight out of your own home

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So you want to start your own business? There are several ways of going about it, one of which is running the business straight out of your own home. There are clear advantages to this of course, namely that if you run your business from home you donít need to own or rent other premises to operate from. This is not an option suitable for all kinds of operations, however. If all you need to run your business from home is a small home office or if the majority of the business will be conducted by you from the home or premises of your clients, then basing yourself from home is potentially a very g
ood idea that you should certainly seriously consider.

If, on the other hand, the business you have in mind would seriously affect your home or your neighbourhood, for example having lots of visitors to your home or vehicles parked in the street or on your drive, it may not be such a good idea. Likewise, you also need to consider the legal implications; if you rent rather than own your home, the license or lease may include restrictions on the use of your home for business purposes. Even if you do own your own home, there are other legal implications that need to be considered.

Working from home could potentially have an impact on your mortgage, home insurance or tax situation. Before you begin to operate a business out of your home, you need to check whether your mortgage lender or landlord have clauses in your agreement that may prevent you from doing so. Running a company from your home means you might need to take out extra insurance and you should check on the tax implications of your scheme with an accountant and/or HM Revenue and Customs.

Depending on the size and scale of the business you are planning to operate out of your home, you may also need to consult on health and safety issues, particularly if you have other people working for you. If you need to make structural changes to your home, you should consult the local council planning authority to ensure you have the right to make the alterations.

So, having considered all the above you still think running your business from home is a good idea. Next, you need to consider start-up costs. Some businesses may require almost nothing in the way of start-up costs, particularly if you already own a computer and Internet connection, while others may not be so easy. There are many ways to obtain the finances necessary for starting your own business, everything from loans from family and friends to business start-up grants and/or taking out a bank loan. Once you are up and running, keep a close eye on your taxes. Keeping proper records will enable you to fill out tax forms efficiently and easily and avoid having penalties imposed on you.

All in all, making your home the centre of your business can require a great amount of work. Fortunately, once you are up and running, the satisfaction and personal and financial rewards can make it all worthwhile.


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