Business Start-Up Fact Finder Manual
Although this is a US Manual, there are certain basics that
are common to any business start-up any where.
America is coming home to work. Home-based offices are becoming the wave
of the future.
Tens of thousands of workers are opting for this way of life, a life in
which they can make their own hours, commute to work in seconds, make
their own choices and become their own bosses. For many the home office
is becoming the location for a full-time job and the primary source of
income. For others it is a part-time venture.
Many start on a part-time basis and grow their business into a full-time
Current figures available indicate that during 1991 the percentage of
self-employed working from home jumped by almost 6% to approximately 12
While working at home has an almost irresistible appeal to many, and many
have some big misconceptions of what it is like, here is some very useful
information that can help you get started successfully.
Legalities of Working at Home Zoning
Before setting up your new business it would be advisable to check on
the legal status of your business. You need to check zoning laws for your
community which may dictate if you can legally operate a business from
home. We realize that many businesses never check on zoning for their
home-based business and chances that they ever get into difficulties with
the law are probably pretty slim. If there are no changes in structure
and you do not have customers and or employees enter your home, regulations
will tend to be far more easy. Laws and regulations change from community
to community, but the following 5 factors will generally be regulated
1. Separate business and private entrances.
2. Square footage of the home which is taken up by commercial space.
3. Employees working in the home.
4. Certain occupations such as jewlry or clothing
5. Storage of commercial goods, especially any hazardous materials.