Doing Business From The Home
Historically, man started doing business using the home as a base for operations. In certain rural communities today, the practice of professional service and and cottage industries is still prevalent. It is common for medical practitioners, dentists, building tradesmen, and enterprises producing or selling processed food to maintain operations within or from the home in these localities. Entrepreneurship has always powered human kind in “conquering the world”. That force has shaped industries with offices and plants away from the domicile of people, requiring them to travel daily to and from work (with many spending a substantial portion of the day devoted to the commute). That same entrepreneurial spirit, however, is also fueling the movement of more people towards home-based business opportunities as a means of getting out of the rat race.
Ideally, people should set up a home business with minimum entry barriers and low capital investment. Enterprises that focus on the provision of goods or services that people look for, yet not many other businesses offer within the immediate locality do make money. Others, however, usually emulate the success of a trailblazer, thus increasing competition. When this occurs, a home business entrepreneur must find means of maintaining a unique selling or service attribute to keep competition at bay.
Various websites provide eLearning courses that cover basic business fundamentals and how to jump-start a home business. Guidelines on how to craft a viable business plan tailored to what the would-be entrepreneur has in mind, are provided by these courses. Other websites provide information on how to obtain business loans and recommend financial assistance sources for augmenting capital or operating funds.
Online info-sites also provide checklists on applicable laws and regulations that have to be complied with for securing a permit to operate a home business. Certain enterprises may not be sanctioned to operate within or from a residential zone. With certain communities, there may be concerns on traffic congestion the business may bring in, or the goods having substances hazardous to the health and safety of people and the environment. Home businesses that have adverse impact on the social or cultural norms particular to the area may not be allowed.
Home based operators do not necessarily need to set up an enterprise. Business processing companies engage people as home-based partners or free-lance agents. Others work effectively from the home as online direct marketers and sellers for the products of certain companies. Many today get decent income writing blogs and web content.
Working from the home as an entrepreneur or agent requires more than a college degree, persistence and/or finding the right business to focus on. The person should also adeptly optimize use of applicable technology and media to build a network of connections that can sustain a home based business undertaking.