There are women all over the world running their own businesses.
More importantly, there are moms all over the world running their home business… The reasons why moms start home-based businesses range from not wanting to go back to work after having a baby to just simply being driven to start their own business… Regardless of the reasons why, the important takeaway is that balancing being a mother and business owner is very possible, and you too can have the best of both worlds.
In running a home-based business, there are certain things that no one told you about entrepreneurship that you may end up finding out about the hard way… For example, no one said that it would be easy, nor did anyone say it would be extremely hard, but in taking on such a business venture, there are a few things you need to look at from a realistic point of view, especially if you’ve never run a business before.
Starting your own business is indeed going to be a rewarding experience for you but you also have to understand that it will have its fair share of challenges and frustrations as well. So, if you’re considering starting a business from home, you have to be prepared to take the good with the bad.
To simply put it, you’re going to hit roadblocks along your entrepreneurial journey but the only difference in your business being a success and a failure is your drive and determination to see your dream through. Here are a few things you need to think about before claiming the title of entrepreneur.
Important Considerations to Think About in Starting Your Home-Based Business
Where You’ll Be Working From
In order for your business to be successful, you have to set yourself up for success, and conducting business meetings from the couch isn’t very productive. If you have a spare bedroom or an area of your home that’s not being utilized, consider using it as a workspace.
Investing in a desk, desk chair, and a computer is going to be just the thing you need to run your business professionally. If you’re going to be running a real business, you have to treat it as such.
How You Plan to Protect Your Business
Protecting your business is a very important consideration to think about simply because it’s so easy to lose your business. Lots of people tend to think that just because they’re running their business from home that they don’t need business insurance.
In fact, some people even think that their homeowner’s insurance will pay for any damages that happen to their work equipment… That’s not the case at all. Your business needs its own policy for business insurance. This is especially important if you’re operating a business where you’re providing services.
If you’re indeed providing services in some way, you need to make sure your business has protection against negligence claims with professional liability insurance. Just one allegation of negligence can have your business destroyed in an instant, from just the tiniest mistake. This isn’t something you want to think about in starting your business but it’s important that you do.
How You’ll Make Time For Yourself
In running a home-based business, it can sometimes be extremely hard to get out of business mode when it’s time to get into “mommy mode.” Maybe you’ve hit your timeframe when it’s time to start dinner but you’re in the middle of responding to a client email… Your kids are screaming they’re hungry but you just have so much to do…
Being in a space like that can lead to many different forms of depression, and feeling like you’re not doing enough as a parent is the leading cause of mom guilt, according to healthline.com.
Ultimately, it’s very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of running your business and being a mom that you can lose yourself in the process. Make sure you incorporate the things you enjoy doing into your busy schedule, even if it’s just once a week. Not doing so will lead you to build feelings of resentment.
How You’ll Fund Your Business
It takes money to make money, and in running your home-based business, you’re still going to need money to operate your business. Funding your business is where lots of people tend to make mistakes, thinking that just because you run your business from home that it’s not going to be a financial burden.
True enough, home-based businesses cost nowhere near what it would cost to run a physical store. Nonetheless, running your business from home will still require upfront capital. You’re going to have to pay suppliers and vendors, you’ll have to purchase your website name, and if you don’t plan on storing your products at home, you’ll have to find somewhere to store all your products. Paying for storage every month can get quite expensive. You’ll either want to look into small business loans or consider dropshipping.