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With so many of us looking for ways to work and earn flexibly around our families and commitments, it is no surprise that more and more of us are looking into running our own home business. Many of us want work that we can feel passionate about, with no commutes and hours to suit us. If you have been looking into developing a home business idea, then today’s post is for you as we share 4 tips for your new home business.
Give yourself a workspace
This is so important to do if you are setting up a business from home. Ideally you will be able to set up an office or workstation to use. This will allow you to have everything set up that you need to get started immediately each day, and it should have everything that you need to hand.
Having a desk or assigned area to go to each day will help you to get into ‘work mode’ and it will give you a space to keep all things work related, away from your home life.
Remember to tick all of the legal boxes
It can seem daunting to formally register your business, but it is actually very easy to do and it is worth doing this at the outset so you can be confident that you have ticked all of the legal boxes.
Take the time to check through your tax and legal obligations so that you can be confident that you are doing everything that you need to do to run your business safely and legally.
Invest in a professional website
Every single business needs a professional website, whether you are running a car dealership such as Trade Price Cars or you are promoting your services as a freelance nail technician. People expect businesses to be online and they expect to be able to find out more about them by dropping by their websites.
Take a look around at businesses that you admire or that are local to you for some inspiration. You will soon get a feel for what you like in a website and the kind of information that will be worth including. As a minimum, you will want to have details about what you do, a little about yourself and a way of contacting you. Ideally, you will also have social media channels set up and connected and perhaps also a few customer testimonials to showcase what you can do.
Use a web designer to set this up for you if this is not an area that you are confident in, as first impressions will count with consumers.
Spread the word
As soon as you decide to take the plunge and start your business, you should start spreading the word about it. Tell your family and friends and ask them to tell their family and friends. Pop it on your personal social media platforms and direct people to your new website and business social media channels.
These early shout outs can lead to your very first customers and from there, ensure that you take on board all customer feedback and ask them to help by recommending you to their friends and family. Word of mouth is a very powerful marketing tool, so use it well.