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Home Business

Information and resources about starting a home business

The Business of At Home Business | To be your guide on your journey through business

What do you need to do when starting a home business as a consultant? The continuing story of Fred, the home based business consultant. Fred had made the decision to work from home as a consultant rather than an employee. He had talked to his employer who was agreeable to them starting a new [...]

Government Resources for Writing a Business Plan

Home Business Entrepreneurs are a vital and growing part of the business economy in North America. According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012 United States Report in 2012, over 69% of new entrepreneurs started from home. 55% of the new businesses remained at home even if they hired employees. Also, the average financing was $15,000 with 82% of the entrepreneurs receiving financing from personal funds, family or friend. If you are thinking about starting a home business, it is possible to start from home with less money than you think!If you haven’t heard the term “bootstrapping”, it is a new mindset for you to save money by doing some of your startup activities yourself and financing your business plan.1. The first step would be to create a budget of potential income and expenses possible in the first year. Most important would be to define all the expenses as income may not come in the first year.2. Looking at the expenses, see how you can save by reducing expenses by, for example:a) doing your own bookkeepingb) using your existing furniture for your office rather than buying new or go out to garage sales to find used items.c)asking your computer saavy family member to help you setup your internet in exchange for…For most service businesses that are home-based, the initial year is the most expensive but saving money by creating an office in your home and using existing furniture and computer equipment helps to reduce costs.Now on to needing money, a bootstrapping entrepreneur will use:a) their own personal savingsb)credit cards debtc)ask family or friends for startup money or if you are lucky, use your family members skills within your business in exchange for whatever you decide on.The advantage to using your own personal finances is you are not indebted to any other person or company like a bank.Without knowing what your startup expenses will be, you won’t know what money you need to raise before you even start your business. So, even though the thought of doing a business plan may be something you consider unnecessary, even if you are going to be bootstrapping, a business plan is worth doing to see what you need for the first year.The U.S. Small Business Administration has a free resource on creating a businessThe Canadian government resources at Canada Business NetworkAustralian government at Business Plan TemplateGreat Britain at Write a Business PlanGo and write up your business plan even if you aren’t going to a bank for financing because it is the guide and plan to use in your first year to keep costs under control!by Jane Gardner from Jane-Gardner.com To empower and implement your business dreams!

Home Business Startup Costs | The Business of At Home Business

Home Business Entrepreneurs are a vital and growing part of the business economy in North America. According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012 United States Report in 2012, over 69% of new entrepreneurs started from home. 55% of the new businesses remained at home even if they hired employees. Also, the average financing was $15,000 with 82% of the entrepreneurs receiving financing from personal funds, family or friend. If you are thinking about starting a home business, it is possible to start from home with less money than you think! If you haven't heard the term 'bootstrapping', it is a new mindset for you to save money by doing some of your startup activities yourself and financing your business plan. 1. The first step would be to create a budget of potential income and expenses possible in the first year. Most important would be to define all the expenses as income may not come in the first year. 2. Looking at the expenses, see how you can save by reducing expenses by, for