Working from home can be lonely, but it also can be hectic. It can be amazingly inspiring, and sometimes it can be frustrating. No matter what situation you face, there is always an answer out there. Here are some ways to deal with those situations from people who work at home themselves.
Don’t try to over-extend your home business. Pick a focus that has a sizeable customer based, but don’t try to cover everything in that focus. For example, if you run a tutoring business, don’t try to offer grade school, high school, college, and business skills tutoring. Pick just one area that you care about and focus on that.
Take pride in your work
Don’t let anyone, especially your competition, talk down to you because your business is home based. You are leaner, more flexible, and can often offer lower prices because you have less overhead expenses. Conduct your business with a professional attitude and that is how others will see you.
Even though you are working at home, it is important that you establish a proper business schedule. By making a proper schedule and sticking to it you are showing others that you are serious about what you are doing. It also shows them that you can be reliable and dependable.
Keep a mileage log for your business driving. With a home business, you might find yourself driving to meet clients or suppliers, delivering orders or traveling to boutiques and trade shows. The IRS allows a write-off for business mileage, at about 34 cents per mile. That adds up! Check IRS.gov for the current year mileage allowance.
Get testimonials for your product
Whenever anyone says something great about your product, capture it and add it to your website. You may want to ask permission if you plan to use the person’s name. Testimonials usually feel more real when they include a person’s first name and last initial.
Check with your city hall or the city planning office to learn if there are any zoning regulations that will inhibit you from starting your home business. You may find yourself being ordered to cease operations down the road if you are breaking any of the zoning laws in the area.
If you do not live alone you need to make it clear to housemates and/or family that you have to work at a designated time and you are not to be disturbed. Let them know that this will decrease your profits and that you will set aside time for them at another opportune time.
When starting a home business, remember to file for a DBA license. A DBA license stands for “Doing Business As,” letting the state know the name you are operating under. You’ll be able to stay within the letter of the law, and register your business legitimately on various web services as the owner.
Always remember that your home business is just s business, so you can’t take it personally. Breathe deeply and calm yourself in any situation that isn’t going your way. There are many resources out there that will help you, especially other entrepreneurs. So never fear. The answers are out there, including the ones above!