Have you ever dreamt of owning a successful home business? People all over the country are looking for more control over their lives by starting a home business. Home business success is becoming more and more recognized as times go by.
Success stories abound of people who have started home based businesses that have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Home business success is more achievable and ideal because it saves the start up and the overhead costs associated with running a commercial premise.
Home business success is within your grasp if you can comply with these 21 easy steps;
Get a physical location within your house to host your business. It can be a separate room, the garage, the attic or anywhere that can hold your business equipment and enough for you to work comfortably in.
Home business success requires time. How much time are you willing to devote to your business to ensure it succeeds? You need to make a weekly schedule of all your activities at home, outside the home and decide where and how to place your business.
What do you like to do? What need can this fill for your future clients? Home business success stems from natural talents that fulfill needs and are nurtured into reality and later into riches. We can help you with ideas at the end of this article.
Go solo. The legal form of this is sole proprietorship. This is the easiest way to start because you are the boss so the profits are all yours, the work is cheaper to organize, you enjoy some tax savings although you need to notify the IRS for sales tax reasons. You will ensure home business success because you will have to prove to yourself that you can succeed, hence you will be more driven to do so.
You can get more information on this from the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) publication MP25 about other business forms available. You can also seek further clarification by consulting an attorney.
Start small, that is, start with your own money. This is because you and your idea are still new and unproven so you may not qualify for a loan or getting trusted investors.
Info, info info. Home business success is only possible with extensive research on your type of business. Visit your local library or book store and research information on the business that interests you.
Location, location, location. Find how the location of your home is zoned and what restrictions apply. Also reread your lease. Home business success here will depend on what your neighbors perceive so donâ€™t upset them.
First things first. Before you begin anything decide on a business name and have it registered. This will keep your business name unique to you only.
See your business on paper first. Nothing ensures home business success like a well written business plan.Â This plan covers all areas of the business. A good place to start would be SBA publication #M925, The Business Plan for Home-based Business.
You need a number to identify you always. If you are alone you can use your Social Security number or Employee Identification Number (EIN) as the business number on official forms. However, when you grow and get employees or you change into a corporation, you must apply for an EIN. The IRS centre nearest you can supply you with Form SS-4 (Application for Employer Identification Number) for filling and later filing.
If you are planning to sell something, you need to find out whether you need to include sales tax in the costing. Call your local tax agency to explain the procedure on acquiring a sales tax permit.
All cities and counties have their own regulations on obtaining the necessary license or permit to operate your kind of business. Consult City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce for this very important information.
How do you want people to see you? Good, of course. A graphic designer or a creative printer can make you look good on your business stationery, like cards, brochures and other business stationery. You can only ensure home business success if your first impressions last.
Separate your business money by shopping around for a checking account with good and flexible services. A place to start is at your local bank. Also find out about credit card services so that you can make buying from you easy for your customers. If the business cannot have its own credit card then you need to set aside a personal credit card for the business only. You can track your income and expenses this way to ensure home business success. Convenient buying procedures for your customers will accelerate your journey to home business success.
Records, records, records. Home business success will not materialize unless you keep meticulous records. You can start manually with efficient records for bookkeeping to track income and expenses, travel and mileage, correspondences, invoices, suppliers, clients etc. You will only reach home business success to the level that you keep your work records. Learn important information on record keeping from IRS publication # 583 Information for business tax payers.
The big bad wolf. Familiarize yourself with the entire IRS requirement for operating your business. You can actually save some money when using your home for business purposes by consulting IRS publication #587 Business Use of the Home. Other important forms are ;
Schedule SE (compensation of Social Security Self Employment Tax)
Schedule 104 ES (estimated Tax for Individuals)
You may need to file these when the time comes. Keep the IRS happy and your own home business success is assured.
Start with the basics. List all the things you need to start the business and then shop for inexpensive places to get them e.g. garage sales, classified ads etc. Beware of overspending here.
Are you reachable at all times? You can use your own personal phone but the best is to get a separate phone line for the business. The idea is to track business call expenses. Have an answering machine working when you are away. If your prospective customers can reach you at all times, they will assure your home business success, because you can respond to queries faster and stay ahead of competition.
Get a post office box to make your business look more official. Find out the rates especially bulk rates if you are doing bulk mail deliveries.Â For packages, United Parcel Service (UPS) is cheaper than the Post Office.
How much liability can your home business take? Check with your homeownersâ€™ insurance agent for a rider on your existing policy. You need to have adequate personal and product liability insurance. Shop around for the best deal.Â You can save money on medical insurance by joining an associationsâ€™ group plan e.g. The National Association for the self employed on 800-527-5504. A home business success story can become a failed statistic because of inadequate coverage during the difficult times.
Clean up and shape up. Have a garage sale and clear all accumulated clutter. Have a family meeting and organize the team so that the home keeps running efficiently while you work. Have a note book to record all your daily tasks. The most important ingredient for home business success is a work schedule that is disciplined and result oriented.
Home business success is achievable and the journey enjoyable because you are doing the work you love and making money as a consequence.Â