|Before you decide to give your notice at work, tell your|
boss what he can do with his job, hang out your own shingle
and start a home-based business, there are several things
you'll first want to consider about your home.
1. Is it in a quiet neighbourhood? What I mean by that is
that if you are right beside the I-5 freeway, or right under
a major flyway, or even across the street from a busy mall,
your home may not be the best place to try to focus on a
2. Is there really room for you to establish an office in
your home? You don't want be working from your kitchen
counter, coffee table or cabinet-top, so make sure there is
enough comfortable space available for you to establish
a home-based office -- and to expand if you need to --
separate from family daily living areas.
3. What are the home-based business zoning bylaws in your
community, or state? Will you legally be allowed to 'set
up shop' where you live? Some towns and cities have very
restrictive guidelines regarding what is or isn't allowed,
and others have very few regulations. Check with your
municipal authorities, as the laws are different right
across North America.
4. Will you be able to get insurance - not just for fire or
theft, but for your $3000 computer system, and for public
liability, if necessary? Call a local agent and discuss your
business plan thoroughly, before you hang out that shingle.
5. Is there adequate lighting, heat availability and air
ventilation in the room you are planning for your office?
Will your electrical and telephone systems be able to handle
increased activity and strain, or will you need to upgrade
If you really aren't sure whether or not your present home
is suitable to establish a home-based business, it may be
advisable to consult with a real estate specialist in your
area. These professionals are often quite knowledgeable and
up-to-date regarding whether or not you can set up a home-
based business in your current location.
Avoid the stress of finding out, too late, that a home-based
business just isn't do-able from your present home.
About the Author
Suzane Pyburn is a California-based mortgage
specialist. You can take her FREE home owners, home
buyers or home sellers courses online at her website
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