Home-Based Businesses

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.

By Autumn Wiberg |

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...

By Susan Solovic |

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...

By Tim Berry |

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...

By Tim Berry |

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...

By Tim Berry |

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...

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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...

By Tim Berry |

Do You Hide That It’s a Home Office?

Today’s New York Times has a piece called Headquarters at Home and Proud to Be There on home office businesses not apologizing for being a home office, and not pretending to be something else. It’s a good reminder for startups, and it makes me proud to say that this is what I did for the...

By Tim Berry |

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