Many people today are finding a home business to be a viable solution to a complicated life and busy schedule. It can even offer tax benefits if you meet the proper criteria, although the Internal Revenue Service has some pretty strict guidelines that must be met so as to prevent just anyone from claiming a home business.
If you are a person who finds it difficult to juggle a career outside the home and a growing family or other obligations, a home business might be just the thing for you. Starting is no easy task; however, and it’s not for the lazy or faint of heart. It requires a lot of work to get and keep a home business going — and growing.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to businesses one can run from home ranging from clerical or medical billing or transcription (which usually requires some degree of specialized traing) to Internet marketing or selling online. Some people get licensed to run a day care from their home. Others turn a skill or craft they love into a profitable business.
Some crafts that lend themselves well to a home business would be such things as making soap and other bath products (bath salts and bombs, lotions and scrubs), tailoring or clothing alterations, designing and sewing pillows, repurposing furniture or creating one-of-a-kind painted furniture, writing articles online, or buying and selling items on eBay.com, etsy.com, craigslist.com or any of the other numerous sites designed for selling one’s wares.
Speaking of buying and selling, there are a number of booksellers online that cater to home businesses. All you need is a storage area in which to keep your used books and an adequate set-up for packaging them as they are sold. They can be posted to bookselling sites such as amazon.com, abesbooks.com or Barnes & Noble.
If you do decide to try a home business, a proper attitude is vital. It requires discipline to prevent becoming easily distracted. In fact, it would be wise to delineate your business hours from your “home time.” Otherwise your attention can be too easily drawn away from the business at hand and that is no way to run any business, home or otherwise. So set definite hours for tending to your home business.
There is also a lot of paperwork involved in running a home business, from billing to bookkeeping, correspondence and keeping track of tax issues. If it is an internet based business, uploading photographs and writing text can be very time-consuming. It would also be wise to invest in the best equipment your budget will allow, including a good computer and printer, and possibly a scanner and fax machine. Also be sure you have a well-lit and comfortable work area. A land-line telephone might also be a useful tool.
If you are thinking about starting a home business, first count the cost. Also, it’s best not to start out with a lot of debt. A home business can be a far less stressful way to earn a living and it can bring you a lot of joy and satisfaction as well.
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IRS building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Service. The design is the same as the Treasury seal with an IRS inscription. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)