Operating a Home-Based Business

Home-based furniture maker

Working from home

July finds the ETC blog looking at a large, but relatively unseen, segment of our economy, the home-based business. Ten percent or more of households are involved in one. And some households have several. While often considered to be female-dominated, home-based businesses are owned nearly equally between men and women. While impossible to know, the first businesses were probably home-based. Certainly the early American way-of-life, saw most homes being operated at home or from the property on which the home was located.

Technology has been a boon to home-based business owners. While owners in early years were often viewed as not serious owners because of their location, today with the advent of technology, location has become invisible. Home-based business owners have as much visibility as to owners of brick and mortar shops.

If you are thinking of a home-based business, there are lots of resources that can help including:

– Operating a Home-Based Business – http://www.extension.org/pages/64829/operating-a-home-based-business

– Cashing in On Business Opportunities – http://srdc.msstate.edu/cashing/

– Can I Start a Business in my Home – http://www.extension.org/pages/36722/can-i-start-my-business-in-my-home

– Home-Based Businesses – http://www.sba.gov/content/home-based-businesses

Starting from home is a great way to test a business idea while holding down costs. The one key factor is to ensure that you can legally operate from your home. Often this depends on local regulations and codes. Be sure to check these out ahead of time as it may save lots of headaches later or even the possibility of having to close the business down.

For more information regarding home-based businesses, check with your local Extension office.

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About gmuske

Glenn Muske believes in rural, small businesses as the cornerstone of a strong economy. His current efforts, as his own boss, focuses on helping those business owner achieving success. Previously, he did this for North Dakota State University Extension Service and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

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