Along with the pandemic also lies the emergence of the digital economy to minimize human contact and inconvenience. Thus, more people are getting interested in starting businesses in the comfort of their homes. Although home-based businesses sound fitting and timely for the pandemic, know that there are essential things that you must consider before instigating one.
Business Place Suitability
First, ask yourself whether your home is convenient for your potential clients, business operations, and to you as an employer. You must consider if your business needs are attainable even from your home, like having an inventory. Then, assess your work processes’ scale for your employees to work inside your home and the convenience of your home's location for your potential clients.
Balancing Work and Family Life
Your family's support is critical to your decision to work at home, as your business may disrupt their existing lifestyle routine. It takes discipline to maximize your business' productivity while building a healthy relationship with your family. Always consider their decision and ensure to draw a line between your work and family obligations.
Presenting Your Business
Nowadays, home-based businesses heavily rely on strong SEO and social media impact. Having no reception area or any storefront, you must also know how to attract and gain good relationships with your customers, clients, and suppliers by maintaining a professional image even inside your home. For example, get a PO box instead of using your home address for business-related matters.
Local Ordinances and Legal Policies
Although you are operating in your home, it is still crucial for you to check out the local ordinances to prevent illegal practices. Some policies that you may violate are limitations on the number of employees, posting signage, and creating a reception area. Contact your local authority to understand any possible violation of regulations.
Final and Most Important Consideration
You might be thinking that your home is the safest place to work, but it is not an exception to lawsuits and troublesome liabilities. Having a homeowner's insurance policy is a good start, but make sure that you know your chosen insurance terms’ coverages. As more people and other people's properties come and go to your home, the higher the liabilities and accidents could happen. Thus, always ensure that these types of circumstances are within your homeowner's insurance coverage.
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