When I first started my home based business I had 3 grade school aged children; being a single mother I found that working in corporate America frequently kept me from being the mother I needed to be for them. I remember my boss being upset as my children one by one came down with the flu causing me to take off work. I remember being sick with pneumonia and having to return to work before I had completely recovered from being ill. I hated the feeling that my job expected me to feel that working for them was more important than my children or my own health.
In 2001 I was laid off from my job and given a year of unemployment benefit. While others were upset about the layoff’s, I was elated because I knew exactly what I was gong to do. Finally…. I could be an at home mom and a business owner at the same time. I took those little unemployment checks and invested in me. Now 11 years later I have never regretted the decision I made to start my own business and work from home.
The following are just a few of the benefits of being a Home-Based Entrepreneur:
Depending on the business you decide to start from home, the cost of start up can be minimized tremendously due to not having overhead costs such as office rent, office phone, utilities, and maintaining the interior and exterior of a separate location. Also consider the cost of gas for commuting, parking fees, and possible tickets for speeding. Instead of being tempted to eat out for lunch, your kitchen is just in the other room.
Working from home, if done correctly, gives the opportunity for the home office tax deduction. If your office is in a totally separate room from the rest of the house and the room is used only for business purposes, you can claim an apportionment of your mortgage interest, property tax, rent, utilities, home maintenance, home owners/renters insurance, home improvements, and other home expenses that directly or indirectly affect your home office. The apportionment you can claim is based on the size of your office in comparison to the total space of your home.
Working from home can allow you the freedom to work when you need to work instead of working within the confines of set office hours. Now that you work for yourself, productivity is now directly related to what you can achieve on a daily basis. There’s nothing like not getting paid to get you on track. I find that I work better at night when the house is quiet. At night there are fewer interruptions which allows you to get more work done.
Now you can decide who you do business with instead of being forced to deal with difficult people when you don’t want to be. You can set your own business hours; for instance, my business hours are set from 12pm to 6pm Monday thru Thursday. Since I do a great deal of work late at night I can sleep in, get a work out in and then see clients when I’m ready to see them instead of having to be at the office at 7am every morning.
As you operate your business and see that there is a need for improvement in different areas you have the freedom to make the needed changes with out needing permission from the higher ups. Need more training to improve your skills; you decide when or if you should get training to improve your business. For instance, I decided to go back to school and get masters because I saw a change in the industry and knew it was time eliminate some services and offer new ones so I could better serve my clientele.
Now that you have your own office you can have the computer of your dreams instead of Joe’s refurbished computer from HR. You can decide if you want to listen to music or watch TV while you work. You can now decorate your office in the colors you want, making your home office your own comfortable space allowing for better productivity because you are surrounded in a space that you created. This is your space so show your personality. I have a model of an orange 1969 GTO on one of the shelves of my executive cherry wood “U” shaped desk, along with a stuffed bear my son gave me, an Egyptian figurine of Isis & Osiris, all mixed in with industry related technical books. My office is a representation of my business brand and my cozy personality.
Now that you are working for yourself, you can now be happy with your own work. You no longer have a boss looking over your shoulder because now you are the boss. You set the standard for the quality of your work and job security is a thing of the past. Lastly your commute to work is less stressful because there is no commute. No more sitting in traffic for long periods of time while other commuters jump in and out of traffic making your route to work dangerous. Or maybe you are the one lane jumping and screaming at every Sunday driver blocking your path.
I left this one for last because to me this is the greatest benefit of working from home. My children are no longer in school but when they were I loved being able to be at home. I loved that when they walked in the door from school I was there to greet them with a hug and a kiss and then telling them to get to their homework. I loved that when they were sick I was able to put them on the couch in the adjacent room with a big blanket, a heating pad, and the vaporizer while I worked. There was no need to take off work or be made to feel guilty because they needed me at work when I needed to be home to take care of my child.
Above are just a few pros of working from your home. Having good time management skills will be a huge factor in the success or failure of your home business. As with all things there are always some negative aspects to working from home. Depending on the size and set up of your home you may not be able to set aside a distinct space for work. Maybe you are not focused enough to work without the structure of a corporate office environment. Some people don’t like for their clients to come to their home, they prefer to keep home and business separate. Working from home isn’t for everyone but for those who want to control their own destinies via business ownership, enjoy being their own boss and enjoy the comforts of home… being a home based entrepreneur can be the best thing that ever happened to you. Share your pros & cons of working from home.Aries – Graphic Design & Internet Marketing / AriesGDIM Tami Highbaugh-Abdullah Creative Marketing Director 317.345.4182 AriesGDIM.com / AriesGraphicDesign.com @ariesgdim – Twitter AriesGDIM Facebook Google+ AriesGDIM
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