Now as our economy continues to stall, many are thinking about doing their work at home. This has many advantages; most of all, being able to be your own boss and do work you want to do. Working from home gives you freedom; freedom to make your own hours, to create and maintain your own work schedule and to save money on gas, food and clothes.
Remember, most importantly, when you work from home, you are able to keep the money you make. The old adage, the more money you make, the more you keep, is a good one and the ideas you have to make money are only limited by your creativity and your work habits.
Also, there is less risk when you start up a business in your own home. Starting up a franchise, takes much more time and money and there are tax advantages with a home based business.
Another advantage of having a home based business is that it will give you more time with your family and friends. In addition, with a home based business you will not have as much stress as you would have with a job away from home and if someone becomes ill at home, you can take care of his or her needs.
Most importantly, a home based business gives you more opportunities to grow professionally and gives you experience in managing a business and gives you an opportunity to be more creative and use talents you may not have been able to use before.
To make a home based business work, you need a well thought out plan such as writing up a business plan. The library and many online websites can help you with such a plan. Also, you need to ask yourself if you need to hire employees. If you do this, you will need to give consideration on getting a business license, applying for federal tax identification number and information on hiring workers. Working at home also helps to save for retirement and also gives you a wonderful opportunity to create your own unique work space; a work space that will help make your work at home job effective and productive.