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Determining Whether or Not to Start a Home Based Business

One of the foremost determinations you are going to need to make when you are thinking about starting a home based business is whether or not you are going to operate it on a full time basis or on a part time basis. For some professionals, you will be required to work full time in order to launch your business. If you are operating a small business from home in your spare time then you will not need to commit nearly the same amount of time or energy in regards to launching your new business venture. This is especially true if you are starting a business that sells products online. However, if you intend to develop a service based business then you may need to commit a substantial amount of time and capital towards developing your brand name for your home based business. As we have discussed in some of our previous articles, you should focus substantially on the benefits as well as the drawbacks to starting a home based business.

Beyond the time factor that is involved with determining whether or not you should start a home based business, you are also going to need to examine the capital costs involved. Although you are not going to be starting an office, you are definitely going to need to have a computer, establish a website, obtain business cards, and have a clearly defined marketing budget. However, while these may seem like large expenses, we have seen home based businesses launch their operations for as little as $1,000. As such, prior to starting this type of business enterprise you may want to focus on developing an appropriate budget that outlines both your anticipated expenses as well as your expected revenues. In many instances, it may be in your best interest to develop a business plan specific to your industry. Within this business plan you should focus not only on the start up costs, but also on your expected profit and loss statement, cash flow analysis, as well as your balance sheet. The more organized you are in regards to your business the more likely that your home based business with be successful.

Finally, you should work with your accountant to determine what type of corporate structure that your home based business may need prior to launching operations. This is important as their could be substantial ramifications if you do not launch this type of new business venture appropriately.