January 2, 2024
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Running A Business From Home? Here's How

Katie Conroy
Guest Author

Have you decided to run your business from the comfort of your very own home? There are many pros and cons to this, you just have to weigh these up and see if it works for you. Take a look at the article below to find out what you need to be aware of. Getting things wrong in the beginning can bring your business crashing down. 

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When you run a business from home it is essential you have a quiet place to work. Without this you will be constantly disturbed by distractions such as the postman or the kids running around. Your workspace should be away from the main hustle and bustle of the house, this could be a spare room or a shed at the bottom of the garden. It should have everything you need, including storage and ergonomic furniture. 


Figure out how you are going to handle your products. Working from home and having access to your products can be a bit tricky. You don’t want to store all your stock at home as this will take up too much storage. Unless of course you have a spare room where you can keep everything. Take a look into different storage options and see which ones work for you, a storage unit might be a good option. 

Customer Payments

Something you need to ask yourself when it comes to your business is which payment methods you are going to accept. There are a few options here: cash, card, and future payments. If you are running a retail business then you may be on the lookout for a company to manage your retail payment processing. Take a look around and find the best one that suits your needs. If you are accepting payments on your website then there may be a few more options you can offer your customers.  


Another thing to consider is how well your website is running. If your website is slow and not user-friendly then you run the risk of your customers and clients taking their business elsewhere. In an ideal world, your customers should be no more than three clicks away from the page or product they are looking for. To help make this easier, add a search bar to your website. Something else you might want to add to your website is a chatbot. This will ensure your customers and clients are getting answers to their queries straight away. 


Finally, if you are trying to run a successful business from home then you need to consider whether you want employees. If you decide to hire some people to help you run your business then they will need a place to work. You may have already made the decision that your staff can work from home remotely. This works very well for most businesses, the Covid 19 pandemic proved that offices weren’t needed. However, if you do want to place your employees in an office then you will need to rent one of these. 

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