Home-based business

You can get the best of both worlds by running a business from your home. Like other small business owners, you can enjoy the satisfaction of being your own boss and being the person who makes the decisions.

101 Internet businesses you can start from home : how to choose and build your own successful Internet business
Susan Sweeney, Kara Sweeney.
Gulf Breeze, FL : Maximum Press, c2011.
This book begins by presenting a basic introduction to the Internet, coupled with e-business success stories. It then offers guidance for choosing among Internet business ideas, based on your own goals and interests. Advice is offered on getting started, developing a site, constructing a framework, promoting a business, email marketing, using banner advertising, media relations, and staying current. Sweeney is a consultant for an Internet marketing company. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Kitchen table tycoon : how to make it work as a mother and an entrepreneur
by Anita Naik.
London : Piatkus, 2010.
For many mothers, running a business from home in order to cut child care fees and see more of their children is an ideal but tricky situation. This instructional guidebook provides the true, nitty-gritty details on what it really means to start and run a business from your kitchen table. Information is included on how to juggle family, work, and alone time as well as how to handle mommy guilt and work guilt. Tips on the business side are also provided, including researching a business idea, estimating start-up costs, and navigating through the inevitable ups and downs. Filled with inspiring stories and advice from successful entrepreneurial mothers, even the most nervous of moms can learn how to have a great business and a great life.
How to start a faux painting or mural business : a guide to making money in the decorative arts
Rebecca F. Pittman.
New York : Allworth Press, c2010.
Pittman, a professional muralist and faux painter who gives classes and seminars on starting home-based faux and mural painting businesses, offers a guide to starting one that covers aspects from business structure to clients to bidding. She also discusses expanding the business, motivation and goals, differences in mural jobs, techniques, supplies, tools, and bidding strategies, and includes sample forms. This edition incorporates better ways to advertise, using the internet for marketing and purchasing materials, and the latest trends, including a new chapter on today's faux finishes. It also has a section on murals, frescoes, furniture, and decorative painting. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

A home-based business costs less and saves time. It can cut down on the overhead of starting the business elsewhere so it eliminates rent expenses. There is no commuting time and no gas, tolls or parking fees. If there are children in the home you can save on day care.

One of the first things you should do before starting a home-based business is check the zoning ordinances in your city. Find out what your property is zoned for and what restrictions apply. Most cities require you to have a business license. The Small Business Development Center in your city can help you learn the laws for your location.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) provides free business counseling. They match volunteer counselors with clients needing advice to get started in their own business or help those who are already in business. SCORE offers seminars and workshops at its local chapters.


Working in the home is more successful if you have the support of your family. Discuss where the space in your home you will be working from. Let them know your work hours. And that it could give you more time to spend with them.

You can be very flexible and decide your own work schedule. Know where work stops and home begins. To separate work from home install a business phone line and rent a mailbox from the post office. Don't forget to take lunch and short breaks throughout the day and close the door as you leave the office at the end of the day.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff