Home-Based Businesses

3 Things to Consider When Creating Your Business Website

When Shauna Davis started Stepping Stone Wedding Rentals and Events, it seemed like a natural fit—her experience as a bridal consultant gave her direct access to her target market and after her own wedding in May, she had plenty of decor to share. The business took off quickly. She knew she needed to expand or...


Setting up a Home Office on a Budget

In order to avoid the daily distractions of home life, it is important to transform an area of your home into a peaceful and workable office space. Here are our top tips on how to set up a home office without spending a small fortune.


8 Tips for Starting a Home-Based Business

In the past, home-based businesses weren’t taken seriously. If your office was in your home, you did everything you could to hide that fact. But that’s no longer the case. Home-based businesses comprise one of the fastest growing business segments today.  People love the idea of being able to be their own boss and work from...


The Health of the Home Office Business

Hooray for starting a business at home. I did. And that business now has more than 40 employees, multimillion dollar sales, market leadership in its niche–and no debt. Still, back then, when I started, there was a certain stigma to the home business. I fought that stigma by never apologizing for the home base and...


Homepreneurs and Pots of Gold

Once upon a time the so-called “home office” market was a pot of gold hidden at the end of a rainbow. Maybe it will be someday. And, maybe more important than that, home office businesses are at the very least real, employing people, getting things done and growing. I first noticed the so-called home office...


Almost 22 Million ‘Personal Businesses’ in the U.S.

Steve King at Small Business Labs posted this morning that U.S. personal businesses grew by almost 1 million in 2007, to 21.7 million, according to the U.S. Census. Of course that’s before the big economic crash, but still, that’s interesting to me. A personal business is a non-farm business with no employees. The growth in...


Starting a Home Business: an honest diary

We’re very excited to welcome Lisa Bruckner as a guest author on the Business in General Blog.  As you’ll read below, Lisa is starting a new business as a consultant for the fast growing business The Trunk Club, based in Bend Oregon.  We’re looking forward to hearing about Lisa’s journey as she starts and grows...


Kelly Spors on Home-Based Businesses Needing a Plan

Kelly Spors, New York Times small business columnist, quotes Alvah Parker, a Swampscott, Mass., career transition coach in Run Your Home Like an Office: She suggests at-home entrepreneurs write a detailed business plan that includes not just projections for the business itself, but also specifics on how you’ll manage working from home. This includes laying...


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