Almost all business success stories start off small. That means if you have a budding small business idea worth pursuing, you shouldn’t be afraid to begin working from home. In fact, both Amazon and Apple were started in home garages. In addition to this, the Small Business Administration (SBA) found that 50% of all firms in the U.S. are home-based. If that’s not encouragement enough for you to start your small business from home, then keep reading for 30 business tips on achieving success.
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Who should start a home-based business?
If you’re thinking about a home-based business, but worry that your personality may not be suited for it, you may want to reconsider. In the past, certain traits and characteristics were often held up as the ideal if you were thinking of being a home-based business entrepreneur. But like many other stereotypes, this ideal may be a myth. As more and more people start home-based businesses and employees work outside the workplace more often than not, we have had a chance to see how different businesses and arrangements have worked.
For example, you may be contemplating starting a home-based business but worry that as an outgoing, social type you’ll suffer from working in isolation.If this is the case, the results of recent study may surprise you. When a large company hired a consulting firm to study the success of their at-home work program, they found that extroverts thrived doing their work from home, while less extroverted workers had a harder time of it. Why? Extroverts worked closely with clients, colleagues and communicated with bosses and basically are connected wherever they are.For the less than outgoing, it took much more effort to maintain relationships, both social and work related.The study also found that virtual workers were much more organized than their co-workers who worked on-site, shattering another myth that home-based workers can wing it, because no one is around.
If you’re thinking about starting a home-based business, know that more than any other type of business, you have an enormous amount of influence on how that business is run and the how it fits with your personality and lifestyle.Your home-based business will be what you make it, but first you have to choose the right type of business to pursue.