Start a Home-based Service Business

More people are looking for ways to earn more and they are starting businesses from home. A home-based service business can be started with less money than other businesses. This makes them easier to get started when you have limited funds. Before you start a home-based service business, here are a few tips for getting started on the right foot.

A home-based services business make it possible for a growing number of people to earn income from home with the freedom of owning their own business.

What is a Home-based Service Business?

A service business offers some type of help to others. Many kinds of home-based service business from office oriented services like bookkeeping to physical services like lawn care are possible. A successful service business supplies a need with quality services. In your area or online, take some time for research to discover what needs are out there. Then consider which one fits your interests and skills.

Benefits of a Home-based Service Business

There are many benefits to running a home-based service business. A big reason is working from your home. Instead of paying for a separate location for the business, you can make use of space you already have and are paying for. Plus many times you qualify for tax deductions for a home office space.  And,  if the home-based service business you have in mind has been your hobby, you might already have some of the needed equipment.

As I said in the intro, a home-based service business requires low overhead and startup costs.  It often means no employees but you needed. To keep the overhead low only take as many projects as you can safely and efficiently handle by yourself within your available work hours and finances. However, you can always expand later on, hiring either local or virtual help to grow the business.

Because you get work from home, it gives moms a chance to be with their children. It doesn’t just save money, but also lets them enjoy being there for family.

Home-based Service Business Options

The Internet has opened new opportunities unavailable a generation ago. Now in addition to local clients, a home-based services business can offer a variety services virtually.  Establish a website to market your services. Additionally, learn how to use social media to grow an audience of potential clients.

Focus on reaching your ideal customer base. Get specific on the exact ways you want to help and what type of client you’re trying to reach. And there are many services you can offer. Let’s look a few ideas.

Virtual Assisting

Virtual assisting is growing rapidly as more companies realize the advantages. With a computer, phone, and Internet access, you can perform various administrative duties for large and small companies. In exchange for your work, your home-based service business is paid. There are just as many opportunities for virtual assisting as there are tasks to perform within companies. One of my favorite virtual assistant trainers is Susan over at Techie Mentor. I’ve participated in her training including the VA School and learned a lot. It’s well worth the investment.

Transcription

Transcription is another common home-based service business. Medical offices, lawyers, and businesspeople are always in need of someone to transcribe their audio or video files. They find it easier and faster to record an interview or dictate a medical procedure. After that, the transcriber takes that file and turns it into a document for patient charts and online use by various businesses. You need to have strong typing and grammar skills. However, there are many free resources online to improve your skills.

Writing

Ghostwriting and freelance writing for companies or individuals is another service business that is well suited for home. It is very low cost to get started. Good grammar and a love for writing and reading is a big plus. The Horkey Handbook  is a great resource I recommend. Gina talks from experience. Starting from scratch, she built a $4,000 income within 6 months. Check out her Free Writing Course!

Getting Started

There are considerations before beginning any type of business even a home-based one. Even Though, you might be excited to get started, you will have better success if you spend some time planing your business and getting organized first.

Check State and Tax Laws

Check out the local laws for registering and zoning a home business. Most home-based service businesses require no zoning issues. Unless, you meet clients in your home and posting signs in the yard. Furthermore, the right licensing and business registration, such a LLC formation, can help protect your personal finances.

Learn about small business tax laws. Now that you are a business, you are subject to different tax exemptions, deductions and obligations. Speak to a local accountant for tax advice. Also, you may find helpful information through IRS.gov website and your local small business association.

Get Prepared and Organized

Set up a separate work space at home. It could be as simple as a spare bedroom to keep your work separate. I’ve used a corner of my living room and dining room area before we moved and I got a seperate room. If your home-based service business uses lots of equipment or supplies,  you may want to consider a workshop, garage, or purchasing an outbuilding.

Make a plan of how you will seek out clients. Get a website online, begin with one or two social media sites learning the basics of marketing with them. Consider way you can gain clients locally through networking and advertising. It’s easy to overwhelm yourself quickly when learning how to market your new home-based service business, so take it a step at a time. Develop a consistent schedule of how and when you’re going market the business. If something isn’t working , evaluate and make changes as needed.

Speaking of schedules, don’t forget to divide time between work and family. Balancing both is hard. However,  if you schedule time and stick to it helps gets things done and your life has balance. Lastly, be sure to sneak in some “me” minutes; you can’t grow a business if your batteries are running low all the time.

In conclusion, A home-based service business is an alternative for people who want to earn money without spending a lot money upfront. Search your talents and interests for ways you can fill a need.

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