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9 Reasons to Start a Business From Your Home

Starting a full or part-time home business is a major decision that requires research and planning that can seem daunting. But before you put off or dismiss doing it, consider these reasons why you should work at home.

  • You have control of your schedule when you work from home
  • Work-life balance is easier to achieve
  • You might be able to do something you enjoy
  • Costly and time-consuming commutes will be a thing of the past
  • Opportunity to switch between job types, adding variety to your work

Control Over Your Schedule

Being in charge of your day is one of the biggest benefits of working from home. You can set and customize your work hours to meet the needs of your life. Do you wish you could take a power nap in the middle of the day? You can as a home business owner. Do you do your best work late at night? You can schedule your work time then.

However, this freedom can also bring with it distracting temptations and the risk of procrastinating on work-related tasks. You’ll want to make sure you have the right entrepreneurial traits and a good daily organizational plan to handle this new responsibility. If you have a family, a partner, or have roommates, you’ll have to ensure that your home environment is conducive to the work environment you need.

Work & Life Balance

If you feel like your job is taking up too much time, having a home business could be the solution. Having a flexible schedule means you can make time for your kids and family, if you have them, or pursue other personal interests. If you want to homeschool while running your business, you can.

Balancing work and life at home can be challenging if certain rules and standards are not set and followed. Continuous interruptions from your children, for instance (while welcome and a good way to take a break) can cause you to lose quite a bit of work time.

However, achieving a work/life balance does take some planning and time management. In some cases, you may still need to arrange for child care. 

Make Money Doing Something You Love

One of the best aspects of starting a home business is being able to turn a hobby or a passion into income. In fact, you’re more likely to achieve success if you focus on pursuing your passion for profits when starting a home business.

No More Commuting

Working outside the home not only takes a lot of time, especially if you have a long commute, but also job-related travel expenses. Americans spend an average of $386 per month on gas. Cutting down on a daily commute would put some of that money back in your pocket. Other expenses many don’t consider are tolls, wear and tear on the car, and more frequent tune-ups.

Control Over Income

Many people choose not to start a business because they worry about making a consistent, livable income. While the potential ebb and flow nature of running a home business is something you need to consider, the reality is that a home business can allow you to earn what you’re worth.

As a home business owner, you set your own income goals, as well as your own product or service prices. As long as you do the work that needs to be done, such as drumming up new customers and marketing your business, you’re likely to make a profit. 

Tax Benefits

A big perk of working for yourself is the tax advantages not given to employees. You can write off equipment, supplies, services, and even a portion of your home or car if it’s appropriate.

Further, when you have a home business, you can deduct your expenses first and pay taxes on net income. With that said, it’s important to learn about home business deductions, reporting, and when to pay to ensure you’re following proper tax laws. Ideally, you should consult a tax expert.

Control Over Your Work Attire

No more blazers and dress pants. No more ties or pantyhose. You can wear whatever you want in your home office. If you’re most comfortable and inspired in your fluffy bathrobe, you can wear it every day if you want.

No Boss

A home business is ideal for someone who doesn’t like to be told what to do. You can do the work in the way you feel is best. Further, home business owners don’t have to feel guilty for showing up late (unless of course, it’s to an appointment). There’s no having to ask for time off or calling in sick. There’s no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re working.

Being your own boss and working from home requires a level of self-discipline that takes time to cultivate. If you are just starting out, and tend to procrastinate, take it slow at first to allow yourself time to get used to it, if you are able to.

More Opportunity for Growth and Variety

Too often, employees end up feeling stuck in their jobs. In a home business, even if your day-to-day tasks are relatively similar, there are many opportunities to mix things up more. You can work from a different location, change your schedule, or re-prioritize the order of the tasks you have to do.

Starting a business does require more initial investment than traditional work, such as gaining a working knowledge of basic accounting practices, marketing, and money for the equipment you need. To stay competitive, you’ll want to continue to study, grab some certifications, and keep abreast of current trends in your industry or small business management. In essence, you design your day and what you do, which allows you to expand and grow your skills and your business.

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5 Tips for Operating a Home-Based Business

Operating a home-based business can be both exciting and challenging. But conducting business at home during a pandemic can take that challenge to new heights. Possible hurdles can range from having children underfoot to the temptations of the refrigerator, TV, and social media, not to mention the anxiety of ongoing news updates. Maintaining the security of sensitive documents is frequently overlooked, with potentially disastrous consequences. Following the five strategies below can help ensure that working from home is productive, safe, and profitable. 

Take Care of the Basics

One of the first orders of business before launching a home business is taking care of the legalities. Depending on the nature of the business, it may be necessary to obtain a general business license, a special health permit, clearance for signage, or sales tax licenses. Professionals such as accountants may need to obtain a specific license from the municipality, county, or state. If clients will be coming into the home, special parking permits may also be needed. It may also be necessary to obtain a doing business as (DBA) certificate or another formal registration for businesses that are operating under an assumed name.

Recognize the Pros and Cons of Working from Home

On one level, working from home is great. There is no dealing with rush hour traffic or crowded public transportation. Most days it’s possible to work in comfy pajamas – or dress from the waist up for online conferences. However, working from home also has its downsides. It’s far too easy to spend the day lounging about snacking and watching daytime TV. When work gets hectic, living spaces can be transformed into a disorganized mess with papers and office gear scattered everywhere. Isolation is also a potentially major problem – not only because of loneliness but also from the lack of opportunity to make connections. The solution is to embrace the advantages of working from home while also establishing a personalized routine.

Establish a Dedicated Home Office or Workspace

The ideal situation for working from home is to set aside a separate room as a dedicated office. A guest bedroom can be converted to an office while including a comfortable sofa bed or day bed to accommodate overnight guests. Whether or not a separate room is available, establishing dedicated office space is essential. An ergonomic chair, a desk or table at the proper height, sufficient natural and supplemental light, and ample storage are all key to creating a home office that inspires productivity. Stock up on office staples such as paper, postage, and ink for the printer to avoid excessive trips to the store or post office.   

Minimize Distractions and Maintain Productivity

There is no need to rise at 6 a.m. and be in front of the computer by 8 a.m. However, establishing a regular work routine is key to maintaining a reasonable level of productivity. Turn off the TV and avoid spending hours on social media. 

Scheduled breaks are also important. Take five minutes to get up and walk around the room. Allow 15 minutes or half an hour for a TV break – but avoid watching anxiety-provoking news shows. It’s also important to schedule time to interact with colleagues or contacts via Slack, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or some other interactive chat or videoconferencing tool. Taking social media breaks is also OK – as long as you hold yourself to strict time limits.  

Protect Sensitive Paper and Computer Documents

Working from home is not only convenient for small business owners, but also for cybercriminals and identity thieves. Downloading and installing current computer software security updates is a must. And while it may be tempting to skimp on outdated equipment, this penny-wise and pound-foolish strategy can backfire in the case of ransomware or another malware attack. 

Likewise, proper disposal of paper documents is a must. Opting to shred documents or even burn them is an effective way of ensuring sensitive personal or financial records do not wind up in the wrong hands. 

Embracing the Work from Home Lifestyle

Working from home can be a liberating change from the 9 to 5 routine. And during a worldwide pandemic, working from home is one of the safest ways to maintain an income. However, it is important to take care of legalities, set up an effective home office, and establish good cybersecurity and paper disposal practices to minimize the risk of identity theft and other security hazards. It is also important to establish a regular routine and make time for interactions with other people to reduce loneliness and maintain productivity.

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20 Reasons Why Network Marketing May Be Your Best Option

If you are new to network marketing or are considering network marketing, in today’s economy it will be the best decision you could make.

The opportunities have never been greater for success than it is now with all the resources available online.

To be really successful in network marketing it is very important to understand why you should even bother.

I decided that to help you with either your belief or with what prospects say, you will have some great information to get you motivated and on the right path.

Here are 20 reasons why network marketing may be your best option, though I could give you many, many more.

#1. Work From Anywhere: This has been one of Americans biggest dreams is the possibility to be able to work on their laptop from anywhere around the world. To me this is priceless. As long as you can get internet connection you can run your business. If anything changes in your life you just move to another state, city, etc. and you business is portable because your business is portable.

#2. Your Own Schedule: This is a big one for me. If I have an appointment I do not have to ask for time off work from a regular job. Because you can set your own schedule, it is also very easy to not work your business in network marketing so you must become disciplined if you want to grow the business. You only get out of it what you are willing to put into it. In a traditional business the same holds true as well, however, you have a far greater investment at risk.

#3. Low Cost of Entry: With network marketing companies you can start with just a computer and a small investment to get started. Some have even started with no money to invest. Only time and hard work. If you were considering starting a traditional business, generally speaking, you are looking at $50,000 minimum investment, just to open the doors. Franchise type of business would even be a far greater investment of $100K, or more and most of the owners do not even start to see a profit for over 5 years. My question to you would be: Which would you rather invest, say a small amount of $1000 or $50,000 or more?

#4. No Employees: This in itself should make you take a serious look at network marketing. There are no payroll worries, tax worries, workers compensation worries like you would have in a traditional business that are all cost associated with employees. No one asking for salary increases or just plain old making sure others are getting the work done for you. The only employee you need to worry about is yourself.

#5. No Billing/Account Receivables: You do not have to worry about billing any of your customers, or collecting any money, that is all handled online, and even if you sell physical products, the products are drop shipped for you with most companies. In a traditional business sometimes you wait 90 days or more to collect their money.

#6. Tax Benefits From A Homebased Business: This is a huge benefit. With a home based business you will receive some of the same tax breaks that the rich are already taking advantage of. You can have access to over 250 tax incentives that rich people know about and take advantage of! The tax benefits alone are generally greater than the cost to get started.

#7. There is No Discrimination Between Men/Women/Age/Race: Everyone who enters network marketing has the same opportunity as the next person to succeed. I have even heard of someone that was bedridden becoming successful in their network marketing business.

#8. No Commuting: Just imagine the time and money you would save from not having to commute back and forth to your business or day job. One thing we can never get back is time. Time is something we seem to never have enough of. I personally do not consider sitting in rush hour traffic a good use of my time.

#9. Security: We hear everyday of companies laying employees off. Cut backs. There is no such thing as job security when working for someone else. With the shrinking job market and technological advances leading to fewer and fewer people needed to do the same job as there once was. What’s more secure…having one income stream with a job where you could be outsourced or downsized in an instant, or additional income coming from a network marketing business? When you have your own network marketing business you have the stability of your network. Yes, even in network marketing, there are companies that come and go, but those companies, however, can not take your network. That is your security in this business.

#10. Residual Income: Boy, this is priceless. I hope you can understand this amazing benefit and the power of it. Network marketing allow you to get paid a residual income, even when you are not working, plus it can grow month to month. Imagine when you retire and you still have that residual income coming in for you.

#11. Training Already In Place And Readily Available: Because Network Marketing is a system which has many independent distributors, the companies typically have training available at your fingertips. Why not learn from those that have already proven there success.

#12. Receive The Help, Encouragement, and Support From Others In The Same Profession: I have benefited so much from this. You will find that everyone is willing to help each other to succeed. Find yourself a mentor to follow and work with. Generally in America everyone is out for themselves, clawing their way to the top of the ladder. You will find network markets different. Everybody helps everybody and you will find that you will be doing the same in a very short time.

#13. Personal Growth: This is big in my personal opinion and a synonymous with network marketing. The personal growth you must experience along with the growth of your business is essential. You must grow, especially if you want a large income. You must grow to become the person that helps others, encourages others, and helps others to also get what they want out of life. If you don’t grow then you will become stagnant.

#14. You Build Social Skills: You become a better person, which improves so many other areas of your life. When you build your social skills other look forward to working with you and being around you.

#15. Allows You To Help Others On A Massive Scale: The ripple effect that your business can have on others can be larger than you could ever imagine. Your personal impact can touch more people than you will ever even know about. To people who love to help others this is a huge benefit. This reason should be at the top of your priority list.

#16. Quickly Profitable: Unlike traditional businesses, which generally speaking take 3-5 years before they even think about seeing a profit, in network marketing, depending on what you are doing, you could see a return in days.

#18. Build Your Business By Using The Internet: The internet is changing the world as we use to know it. The possibility of reaching a greater audience for your business is just at your finger tips. Here you can focus on people who are only interested in what you are selling. This makes any advertising cost much lower. With the traditional business, yes this can be done, depending on the type of business, but the cost for a traditional business can be far greater than what you will experience because you are reaching out to people one at a time.

#19. Ability To Work In A Stress Free Environment: Today people are working in a FEAR based environment. With more and more jobs being outsourced, there are less jobs available. Employers can pay less and require more, and this is happening every day. With network marketing you are working from the comfort of your home, and the fear and stress are far less. You are creating your own dream, not someone else’s dream.

#20. Ability To Involve Your Kids: Since you can work from home, you can involve your kids, and teach them a strong work ethic and social skills. Working around your schedule is a plus in order to spend more time with your kids taking them to that ball practice, with you being able to stay and watch. With you kids around you, they see what you do, how you do it, learn how to be entrepreneurs, as well you can also involve them in your business and have them do projects you choose for involving them in your business. I can’t think of a better way to instill a good work ethic in your children.

I understand that network marketing is not for everyone, but to me it is a better way. If you are considering network marketing, or if you are already a part time network marketer I hope this helps you to appreciate what a great opportunity you are a part of . The friendships, personal growth, helping other people, are all priceless. I have given you 20 Reasons Why Network Marketing May Be Your Best Option, I could have give you many more.

You are your only limit. Bottom line is, you determine the amount of success or failure you have in network marketing. It is like anything else in life. You get out of it what you are willing to put into it. If you show up and work your business consistently, grow yourself, success will happen. So the only limit is the one you put on your business.

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Original – Barbara Marian