After driving to work in the morning and spending about nine hours in the office, one might think starting a home business would be a good idea. After all, working on your own time schedule and without the expense of traveling to and from the office sounds like something we’d all like to do.
If you are selling a product that you make, be absolutely sure that you know how much it is costing you to create, because you do not want to be losing money. Generally, companies charge wholesale buyers double what the item cost to make. Retail is usually double the wholesale price. Make it a fair price both you and the customers can agree upon.
At the end of each day, set your goals for the next work day. It is up to you to build a consistent work system that will propel your home business forward. By simply setting up your goals the day before, you are allowing yourself to jump right into work immediately in the morning, which is often the time that you are freshest.
Get a dedicated phone line. This is essential, regardless if it’s a home or cell phone, if you spend a lot of time talking to clients on the phone. This expense is 100% deductible. If you talk to your clients occasionally, make a note of the calls, and write them off as an expense as long as you have back up to prove that it is a business call.
Justify your home business deductions. There are a number of things you can deduct, but don’t go crazy. Make sure that everything you claim can be backed up with evidence, and remember to read up on exactly what you are able to deduct according to the type of business that you have. This will save you a lot of grief in the long run, as an IRS auditor knows exactly what to look for.
If you are just getting started with your home business, make contact with your friends and family to let them know what you are doing. Word of mouth business can be very powerful, so simply letting them know of your plans is helpful. Consider offering them a discount on your product to get them motivated to purchase something.
Be professional in advance. Get everything you need to show that you are a professional business person in advance, This includes business cards, a business phone and business email address. Make sure that all the pertinent information is printed on your business card, and when you hand one out, try to take the name of the person that you have handed it to.
There is only one problem with this idea – it usually doesn’t work out the way we planned. Small businesses have hidden problems and expenses, and unless you really know what you’re doing and have a pretty good cash stash besides, chances are your business will fail. It does work for some people though, so plan carefully and give it a try.