Crunch Time! Working Out The Essential Costs Of Running A Business From Your Breakfast Table

It is completely understandable why so many people want to run a business from the comforts of your breakfast table. But before you go ahead and change your business so much that it hardly resembles what it used to be, you have to weigh up whether running something of this magnitude from home is actually worth it. Running a home-based business, whether you’re a seasoned professional or a coltish amateur, requires crunching the numbers.

The Biggest Home Based Business Costs

Firstly, to run a proper business from your own home, you need to seek specific licenses, and if you’re looking to turn your home into a base of operations, as well as set up your home as a hub of activity, especially if you’ve got plans to hire employees, the costs can run into the thousands. But the priority at the outset is the insurance components. There are many small business insurance policies around, one being, but there are plenty for you to search for. When the business is up and running and you are expanding further out, you have to give consideration to the technological confines. When you start to deal with the public more often or have a pool of remote workers, it makes sense to have a private server, this gives you more comprehensive protection over sensitive information than the standard cloud. Websites like provide virtual private servers that can give you, not just protection over the details, but, in essence, your business its own personality.

The Pros And Cons

Financially speaking, a home-based business is cheaper than renting an office space, but there are still many positives and negatives that could cancel each other out. Financially, a business that can be self-sufficient from a remote location means that the unnecessary expenses are trimmed. This is vital during the inception and early days of the company, but as the business gains traction, you may find that your home environment is somewhat inhibiting. When you are dealing with customers from your home, and they pay visits to the property, this is where it can get tricky because the personal and professional aspects of the business can blur. As it’s essential for you to present a professional image, this has to be considered in the investment. Not only this, but in a residential setting, you have to give weight to the immediate environment, in other words, the street you live in. If you have neighbors that are not particularly friendly, will this work against you as far as retaining customers is concerned?

Home-based business are, on the face of it, cheaper. But the work that goes into setting up a business that’s professional and guarantees a return on investment has the same amount of legwork as any other company. From the point of view of any entrepreneur, it’s viable to follow the herd, as many people are setting up companies from the comfort of their own home, but if you think it’s going to make life easier, you will be very much mistaken!

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Jesse Fin

Jesse worked as a journalist for a large tv station in Korea in her past life. She now works full time at home as a blogger and loves to help her friends manage their personal budgets.

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