Working from home has been a lifestyle choice for various people. Some built their own business at home while other put it alongside their first job.
About 3 million of people in UK have second job and an additional 1.5 million created their own business as extra income beside their first job.
In 2013, there is a 34 percent increase of people who choose to work from home. Half of them turned their bedroom to an office while 9 percent rearranged their gardens to be a work place.
There are several benefits having your business at home. First and foremost, it is cheaper. You don’t have to spend a fortune renting or leasing an office space and buying office furniture such as tables, chairs and cabinets. Secondly, commute is not necessary so you feel you have more time for your work making you productive for a day.
Although working from home is an attractive option, it is not for everyone. You have to consider some essential factors before building your business at home. If you choose to be based at home, then you have to efficiently build strong social media presence and join entrepreneurial forums and discussions to get ideas, ask questions and communicate with fellow business owners. Building a network is essential for people who work at home.
However, there also inconveniences for having a home-based office. One is the balance between play and work is disrupted so it is necessary to set boundaries for yourself. Set a schedule dedicated for your work and spending time with family members.
Like any other established business, it is essential to make a good first impression to your clients. As this kind of job is mostly one-man, you have to manage your time wisely in order to be productive.
In early stages of your business, ensure that you are flexible, embrace changes and above all, you stick to your goals.