Tue 19 Feb 2008
Your home based business could be saving you a lot of money by way of reduced overhead, but if you are not able to generate an income, then your business' survival is on the line.
Here are some surefire tips to ensure that your home business survives - and flourishes.
Build a mental border between home and business life: Run your business from a corner room, preferably with its own separate entrance. This will lead to fewer distractions. Inform your children and other family members that you are not to be disturbed unless there is an emergency.
Keep separate telephone numbers for your home and business, but keep extensions in your home and office.
Design your own website: You should advertise on the Internet by designing your own website - and you should also advertise on other sites to make your presence known to prospective customers.
If you decide to post a photo of your office online, then make sure it's an inside one.
Keep that flame burning: Running a home business is just as important as running a business from a retail location. So keep it professional, and be serious in doing business.
Do not take running a business from your home lightly. Your overhead might be low, but generating sales from your home is sometimes tougher than selling from a retail location.
Be innovative: If you are selling products online, then you should always be searching for better and exclusive products to buy and sell. If business is slow, then try doing some part-time work to earn some extra cash until it picks up again.
Take regular breaks: There is usually much more mental pressure in running a business from home than from working a regular 9 to 5. Get out of the office for awhile. Try taking weekend breaks with your family to recharge your batteries and to remind yourself why you went into business for yourself in the first place.
Use these above tips, and you will find that working from home is not only an enjoyable activity, but can also be
a profitable one.