Home Business Tips, Strategies and Growth Ideas

organize home office10 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

A disorganized office makes you less productive and can contribute to stress. Even if you don't consider yourself a "neat freak," getting organized can really pay off. These 10 tips can help you organize your home office.

 

business networking6 Ways to Maximize Your Productivity

Working for yourself gives you a freedom you can't get when you're working for someone else. It also means that if you don't work (or spend too much time on non-work tasks), you don't get paid. Here are six ways you can be more productive so your income doesn't suffer.

 

home business balanceHow to Keep Your Home Business and Life Separate

Keeping your work life separate from your home life when you run a home business is difficult to do. However, for the sake of your own sanity, and for the good of your family, it's necessary. These tips take you through each area of your business and show you how to set boundaries that will help.

home business cash flow tipsHow to Manage Cash Flow in a Home Business

For a home business, properly managing cash flow is vitally important to keeping your business up and running. Here are ways you can keep your cash flow positive.

 

client meeting locationsWhere to Meet Clients When You Work From Home

It's not always convenient or safe to meet clients in your home office when you work from home. Here are a few ideas for professional locations for your next client meeting.

 

better email results7 Tips to Succeed as a Freelancer

Freelancing is a great way to be self-employed when you've got a skill that other businesses need. Here are 7 tips to follow that can make your freelance venture a success.

 

Work-at-Home Myths 12 Work-at-Home Myths Debunked

If you work from home, or are thinking about it, you've probably come across one or more of these myths. Get the real story about working from home here.

 

signs you should move out of your home officeWhen Should You Move Out of Your Home Office? 

Have you outgrown your home office? Here are five signs that you might need to move your business out of your house and into its own space.

 

home business tipsTips for Making a Home Business Work

Working from home is the dream of many would-be entrepreneurs, but it doesn't come without its downfalls. This advice can help you deal with the cons to make your home business a success.

 

tips for working from homeHow to Work from Home More Efficiently

Working from home seems like the perfect win-win situation - until you realize just how many different things compete for your attention throughout the day. Here's how you can cut down distractions and work more efficiently when you work from home.

 

Tips for Buying a Home-Based Franchise 

Buying a home-based franchise could be your ticket to having your own home business. But how do you know which ones are legitimate, and how do you choose the one that's right for you? Use these tips to analyze home-based franchise opportunities so you make the best choice.

8 Tips to Market Your Home Business 

You had high hopes when you started your home business, but customers have been few and far between. How can you keep your home business dreams alive? What are successful home businesses doing that you aren't doing? Here are several suggestions to help.

How to Escape the Home Based Worker Stigma

Working from home definitely has its perks, but one of the drawbacks is that people sometimes think you aren't really working that hard and therefore don't take you seriously. Here are a few tips for counteracting the negative assumptions your customers might have about home based businesses.

Home Office Tax Deduction Gets Simplified

The IRS is making it easier for home businesses to take the home office deduction. An optional new method for computing the deduction will save taxpayers time and effort.

Shoestring Marketing Secrets

When you run a home business, you need to advertise as much as other businesses, but chances are you don't have the same size advertising budget. Here are eight home business marketing ideas that can help you get the word out without going broke.

Get the Best Price for Heating Oil this Winter

High heating costs are a drag on everyone's budget during late fall and winter. When you work from home, you need the heat at a comfortable range all day long - and that get expensive! Use these tips to keep the high cost of heating oil from cutting into your profits this winter.

Home Businesses and Children: Making It Work

Running a home business when you have small children presents a unique set of challenges. But what if you and your spouse each had a home business? And you had not one but four small children at home? Here are five tips from a home business owner in that exact situation.

When Every Day is Bring Your Kids to Work Day

Working at home with young children under foot presents a unique set of challenges. Here are three things you can do keep your kids happy and your business running smoothly.

Are You a Slave to Your Home Office?

Working at home can be lonely. It can also cause you to lose perspective. Don't let home office isolation get you down. Here are easy ways to combat the problem.

Six Summertime Survival Tips For Work-at-Home Moms

The kids are out of school and you hear the pool calling your name... but your home business still needs as much of your attention as ever. Here are six tips work-at-home moms can use to keep their businesses running smoothly over the summer months.

The Winning Game Plan for Your Home-Based Business

To make your home business successful, you need a game plan. Start your home business on the right foot with a plan that addresses these three issues.

Do You Have What it Takes to Work at Home?

Think you'd like to work from home? Whether you hope to be an offsite employee or plan to start your own home business, be sure you're prepared for the unique challenges you face when you work at home.

Hazard Material Safety Prevents Fires in Homes and Workplaces

If you work in a home office, you might not think hazardous material safety is something you need to worry about. Your home, however, likely has quite a few products containing chemicals that could fuel a fire or pose other dangers. Here are some guidelines on how to safely store hazardous materials.

Solutions for Juggling Work and Kids During the Summer

Summertime presents a challenge each year for work at home moms around the country. Continuing to run one’s business while keeping the kids entertained is a task too daunting for almost any super mom. Here are some great tips and advice from real home-based working moms to make your summer less stressful and more enjoyable.

Choosing the Home Business That's Right for You

Starting down a new career path can be both exciting and terrifying, especially if your chosen "career path" is being an entrepreneur and running a home-based business. Below are five questions to ask yourself to help you determine what type of business might be right for you.

Give Your Business a Check Up

If you want to build and grow your business, you need to give it regular inspections, kind of like your doctor gives your body a regular check up or your mechanic runs a diagnostic on your car's engine from time to time. Here are the things you should look for when doing your business check up.

A Real Estate Agent's Personal Safety Guidelines

This safety checklist, though written with real estate agents in mind, is applicable to anyone working from home or in an office alone. Get the Do's and Don'ts for keeping yourself safe.

Telecommuting: Five Ways to Find Your Next Job

The trend of telecommuting is on the rise as employers begin to see the savings involved in both gas and office space. The question for job seekers is how to find these opportunities. Here are five methods you can use to find a telecommuting position.

7 Simple Rules to Increase Cash Flow

Cash flow is the lifeblood to your home business. Without it, there is no business. Period. What could be more important? Turning that flow into a growing pool by following seven simple rules.

Fast-Track Your Success Using One Simple Word

One of the most powerful words that can help you save time, increase productivity, feel better about yourself and reach your goals faster and easier is only two letters long! The problem is, it's almost the most difficult to use. Discover how to put this little powerhouse to work for you without guilt or fear.

3 Smart Ways to Handle the Unexpected

A lengthy illness, accident or unexpected death could mean the collapse of your business. Although you can never be one hundred percent certain you've covered every contingency, here are three simple steps you can take today to give yourself the best protection possible.

3 Simple Strategies to Build Your Business Faster and Easier

New business owners struggle with the same common challenges regardless of the business they're in. Practice these three simple strategies and shave hours and dollars from your start-up curve.

Is Your Home Office Safe for Kids and Pets?

If you're one of the growing numbers of individuals who work part-time or full-time from home, have you given any thought as to whether or not your home work space is safe for your kids or pets? Here are a few tips for pet- and childproofing your home office.

Avoid Common Work at Home Scams

Working from home is a great way to supply the additional income often needed for one spouse to stay home and raise their children. Sadly, many people are scared away from doing so because of the many scams that are so prevalent today. Here are several tips to help you avoid work-at-home scams.

Tips for Dealing with Home Office Distractions

When you work from an office in your home it is easy to get distracted from work, especially work that you do not particularly enjoy. Watering the plants, running errands or even doing laundry can be a welcome change. Here are eight things you can do to make distractions less of a problem.

Back to School Time Management for Work at Home Moms

The kids are back in school and it feels like you should have a lot of extra time on your hands. Why aren't you able to accomplish all that needs to be done? When you work at home, managing your time is key to running a successful business. Here are five tips to get the most out of the time when kids are in school.

Plan Ahead for When Disaster or Tragedy Occurs

Disasters or family tragedies can strike families in many forms - Mother Nature, sickness and even computer problems can cause major difficulties for your business. Do you have a plan of action on how you will handle your home-based business if disaster were to strike?

Final Column from Rob Spiegel

For those of you who have been visitors to the Business Know-How web site for a while, Rob Spiegel should be a familiar name. We have been running his columns for quite a few years, but now he has decided to move on to other things and he will be sorely missed. Read Rob's final column here.

The Rewards of Running a Home Business

Most articles on home business and start-ups focus on the strategies and tasks required to get a business up and running. But sometimes the struggling entrepreneur needs to be boosted -- and bolstered -- by the reminder of the rewards that come when you're finally successful.

Slash Your Heating Costs This Winter

In a follow up to our earlier article on reducing heating oil costs, Business Know-How offers these low and no-cost ways to lower your heating bill, regardless of your heat source. Read on if you'd like to save 20 or even 40% on your heating bills this winter.

Kids, Work and Choices

Trying to raise a family with both parents working full-time jobs outside the home is quite a challenge. Is self-employment the solution?

Work At Home Food for Thought

If you are one of the ever-increasing number of individuals who are fortunate enough to be able to work at home, you have a golden opportunity that your corporate office counterparts probably do not – to prepare tailor-made healthful meals and snacks throughout the day that can increase your alertness, memory, concentration and performance. 

Home Office Hazards and How to Avoid Them

There’s a perfect storm brewing for people who work in a home office. Don’t bother to check the skies outside your window; if it hits, it’ll most likely strike inside. We're talking about on the job injuries - in your own home. 

Steer Clear of Home Business Scams

Home business scams each year rob unsuspecting victims of millions of dollars. Con artists employ deception, misrepresentation and fraud to get you to part with your hard earned money. Use these guidelines to differentiate between the legitimate employment opportunities and the scams.

Teaching the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Tired of driving your teenager to work? Tired of picking them up from the mall at 11 PM because they had to stay to help "close"? Wish they could get a job where they could gain skills they can use all through their life? Help them start a summer business. Here's how one Dad is doing it.

The Problem with Business Growth

All companies love growth. Growth is a primary goal of a business, just as growth is essential to kids and young plants. Not all growth is desired, however, and it certainly comes with its own disruptions. 

Home Business Contingency Plans

Most home businesses and microsized businesses have limited equipment resources and a limited number of people available for work. And that can throw a wrench into your business if something goes wrong. Here's how one person coped when a few things went wrong at one time.

The Politics of Home Business

Think there are no office politics when you work at home? It might look that way at first, but you'll soon discover that your spouse, your kids and even your dog have opinions about how your business should be run.



How Much Is Your Business Worth?

You have a successful business you operate from home. Now you'd like to sell it. How do you determine how much it's worth? 

Doing Your Homework

Running a business from home is the dream of many, and it definitely has its advantages. But as great as it is to be able to take off the afternoon to spend time with your kids, the tradeoff is often working late into the night to make up for it. 

Juggling Kids, Summer, and Home Office

How do you juggle kids and dogs and summertime outings when your business is run out of your home? Here's one man's solution.

Working in Your Bathrobe

Working at home definitely has its benefits, and being able to set your own dress code is one of them. But though you can make client phone calls in your PJs and slippers, appropriate business attire is still expected when you meet clients face to face.

Does Your Home Business Need Insurance?

Why on earth would a home business need insurance? You already have coverage on your house, right? And if a visiting client slipped on your newly waxed kitchen floor while getting a coffee refill, homeowners insurance has that covered as well, right? Better double check your policy before your next client visits. Chances are your coverage doesn't extend to your business. 

What Work Can I Do from Home?

Working from home is the dream of so many people, yet so few know exactly what it is they want to do. Working from home is possible, as those of us who already do so can attest, but it takes a lot of work and planning. Until you can answer this one question, you can't even begin to plan.

Drinking the Midnight Oil

Working for yourself in a home business often means working odd hours to meet deadlines. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, when you consider the alternative. 

The Music of Business

What kind of music do you listen to while building your business at home? One of the great pleasures of an at-home business is your freedom to choose the nature of your business environment, including its sound. Read more >>

Building a Home-Based Business Team

When you first launch a home-based business, you get to wear all the hats: accountant, marketing director, ad agency, administrative assistant and office custodian. But as your business succeeds and you grow, you will start to divvy up tasks, hiring employees or outsourcing jobs to service companies. Read more >>

Emergency Planning

What would you do if a catastrophe struck your community? Emergency planning can help your business survive in the event of a natural -- or manmade -- disaster. Here are some guidelines for steps you can take before disaster strikes.

Busting the Home Biz Myths

Don’t believe all the guidelines and hype about running a business from home. Here’s a short list of what’s true and what’s false among the work-at-home myths.

Home Biz Summertime Fun

The most commonly named reason for launching a home business is to be close to children while still earning a living. So just how do you run that business with "Sponge Bob Square Pants" blaring in the background? Here's a humorous look at the "fun" you can have running a business at home when the kids are out of school.

Home Business Boost

The home business movement has received a hefty boost from the recession. It's no surprise that dismissed professionals are seeking an occupation where they get more control over their lives.

Working at Home

For those that work at home, the line between work and family has blurred, almost to the point where it's hard to tell when you're working and when you're raising kids. Some people say that's bad for the kids, but a growing number of work-at-home parents would strongly disagree.

Surviving a Business Drought

Regardless of how long you have been running your small business, you are bound to experience a slow down at some time or another. Use these tactics before the drought if you want to survive.

Testing Your Business Idea

eBay has provided a wonderfully convenient testing ground for specialized retail businesses. And the cost of this research is practically nil! 

Separating Home from Office

The dream of working at home has become a reality for many. But when you have a home office, how do you separate the home from the office?

Home Business Boom

A home business boom is on the horizon. You may not read much about it, but it's coming nonetheless. Here's why.

Organizing A to Z

Mounds of paperwork, piles of unused material, missed meetings or appointments, endless clutter... Sound familiar? If so, it could mean that you need to get organized. But how do you start? You'll find it's as easy as A-B-C. 

Defeating Delays

Delays are inevitable, and though we wish otherwise, we are bound to experience times when even our best plans have to be put aside. Traffic, dental appointments, long lines at the bank, plane delays -- they are out of your control, but they don't have to defeat you. With a few basic strategies, you can finds ways to make an annoying situation better.

Should I Turn My Hobby Into A Career?

The best work is work that is fun! You enjoy your hobby, so why not take those great ideas, a little determination, and turn your hobby into a career? Read the pros and cons and decide if the bottom line is for you! 

Burned at the Stake by Client X

Have you ever landed a client who seemed like a gift from above? Someone who promised you creative freedom, unlimited future work, and who genuinely seemed interested in the success of your business, but then it turned into a nightmare? Here's one business owner's story. 

Choose a Passionate Business

Sure, you can follow any trend when choosing a business, but will your initial excitement fade once you spend 60-80 hours a week building that business? Success comes when you do what you love! 

Lillian Vernon's Advice for Women Business Owners

This year catalog giant Lillian Vernon Corporation celebrates its 50th year in business. Recently we talked with Ms. Vernon about her success and what it took to grow her catalog from its beginnings at her kitchen table to the multi-million dollar business it is today. Read this interview, and don't miss the bonus at the end where she shares her own tips for entrepreneurial success! 

Never Let 'Em See You Sweat

Does the thought of having to give a presentation keep you up all night or make you break out into a cold sweat? Save the day with this idea from Never Let 'Em See You Sweat.

Business Profile: Table Top Trends

Read how one person turned her love of crafts and panache for centerpieces into a home business of her own. Click here.

Why Consulting Engagements Go Wrong

They raved about you when you first landed the consulting job, but then things changed. What went wrong? And how can you prevent a similar situation from happening again? 

e-Business Models For Home Businesses

How should you set up your e-business? There are three primary models you can follow. Click here to find out which is best for you!

Profiting From the Time Virus

The Time Virus -- it's not a real computer virus, it's all those things that eat away at your time, including bogus virus warnings and hoaxes. Find out how you can profit from the "time virus" by providing targeted information to your customers!

Profit-Producing Ads!

Finding just the right mix of what to say and how to say it to create sales-producing ads can be tricky! Break through the confusion with these helpful tips. 

Getting Started with Classified Ads

Small classified ads are a significant source of customers for many small and homebased and businesses. Find out when and how to use them effectively in your business.

Turn your fax into a goldmine

Here are legal ways to use your fax machine to boost sales.

Are You a Home Office Outlaw?

Millions of people are working at home -- and breaking the law! Find out why.

32 Low Cost Ways to Promote Your Business

Looking for low cost ways to market your products or service? Think the Web is THE answer? Before you spring for a web site, read  these low-cost ways to promote your business offline.

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