Considering Working From Home?
If you’re considering working from home, you’re in good company. More and more people are working from home these days and for good reason. If you’re not quite sure whether or not you should take the plunge, here are a few points that might help you make up your mind.
Personal freedom. If you’re used to spending hours in traffic to and from work every day, some of the most exciting advantages to starting a home-based business are your newfound freedom and the retrieval of lost time.
The average American spends 348 hours each year commuting, according to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Suddenly with a home-based business, you have those extra hours to regain control of your personal life.
Plus, there are no bosses, no dress code, no set work schedule, and no office politics to maneuver. All you need is personal drive, discipline, and time-management skills.
Less risk. Running a business from home takes much less startup cash than a freestanding business, or even a franchise location. And once your business is up and running, it’s cheaper and easier to maintain than a separate business location.
Opportunities for professional growth. Being your own boss gives you the chance to wear a lot of hats: sales director, marketing professional, strategist, business development manager, and more.
This gives you insight into and experience with all the aspects of running a business, which, in turn, makes you even more marketable.
– via AllBusiness.com
Building A Successful Home-Based Business
If you’re new to working from home chances are you’ve heard plenty of horror stories from marketers who had a rough start. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are a few tips to help you find success when you start working from home from Keith Evans, a Florida-based entrepreneur.
Use free or low-cost services to save on monthly expenses
Of course, having a home office means you don’t have to shell out big bucks for office space, but Evans says that isn’t the only place where a home-based business owner can save some money.
“I could probably write volumes about the free and low-cost resources an entrepreneur can use,” Evans jokes.
For example, Evans uses Google Voice for a business phone line. He uses FreshBooks, a cloud-based software, for his accounting needs and uses Wave Accounting to create professional invoices.
Outsource jobs to free up your time
Most home businesses start out as a one-person shop, but you don’t have to be a jack-of-all-trades. You can always outsource jobs, Evans says. Sites like oDesk and PeoplePerHour can hook you up with affordable independent contractors.
On these sites, you post your project and contractors bid on it. You select the contractor that has the skills you’re looking for and fits within your budget.
“Finding freelancers frees you up to focus on more important tasks,” Evans says. “However, if you have some free time during the lean months, save money and keep your own skills sharp by doing the work yourself.”
– via Bplans Blog
Are you currently working from home? What are some of the things you struggle with?