Category : Working From Home

Want to Maximize Your Work-from-Home Productivity? First, Get Out of Your Jammies!

While wearing whatever you want is certainly a perk that many owners of work-at-home business opportunities and other small businesses enjoy, it may not be such a good idea to make wearing your jammies a habit. That’s according to expert advice from Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, authors of a new book, Remote: Office Not Required, that highlights both the challenges and unexpected benefits of the growing work-from-home ... [ Read More ]

Check Out Entrepreneur’s Top 100 Home-based Franchises for 2013!

There are so many great franchises for sale these days that it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to choosing the one that best meets your needs and will enable you to achieve your goals. That’s why Entrepreneur magazine’s annual lists of the Top “Everything Franchise” are always such a great read! While Entrepreneur is very careful to mention that its ... [ Read More ]

The Downside to Working from Home?

Okay, you’re looking into buying a home-based business opportunity or starting some other work-at-home business of your own, and we’re sure you’ve already thought and read about all of the great benefits of pursuing this option, right? The good news on that front? There are many. However, it’s just as important to recognize the potential pitfalls, the downside so to speak? That’s right, the ... [ Read More ]

The Work at Home Business and Franchise Expo Shows the Perks of Working from Home

The recent hype around major corporations’ telecommuting practices points to the growing demand and desire for work-from-home options. America’s workforce is looking for flexibility in the workplace and wants careers that are able to meet the demands of balancing work and home life. The Work At Home Business and Franchise Expo (WaHB) offers tools and ... [ Read More ]

Working from Home May Mean You’ve Got to Work for Yourself

If you’re looking for assurance that you can work from home and have some semblance of control over your day-to-day schedule as well as your financial future, owning your own home-based business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity or small franchise just may be the way to go. That’s especially true now that the whole modern day paradigm of ... [ Read More ]

Eight Traits That Make You an Ideal Home-based Business Opportunity Owner

Buying and owning a business opportunity, franchise or other small business and working from home as you build it into a successful and profitable enterprise, especially over the long haul, is as much about who you are as it is anything else. While relatively superficial factors that may influence your decision—like not having to commute or being able to skirt the ... [ Read More ]

For Your Work-from-Home Business Opportunity’s Survival, Look to the Clouds

At least one in five businesses of any size encounter some sort of disruption to their customers each year, costing millions of dollars in lost time and therefore money. As a result, thousands of home-based business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners in particular are actively looking for ways to minimize the impact of such events, which can include everything from natural ... [ Read More ]

Success Means Knowing the Secret to Work-at-Home Motivation

If you are a home-based business opportunity, franchise or other small business owner, then you know how hard it can be to stay motivated day in and day out, especially if you’re a one-person shop with no one else around to keep you on track. You know how easy it is to get distracted or feel rudderless such that nothing you need to get done actually does. It’s happened to ... [ Read More ]

Business Opportunity Success Starts at Home in These Top Industries

Each year, Entrepreneur magazine’s annual top 500 report reveals the most successful franchises using the following criteria: financial strength, business stability, growth rate and size, number of years in operation, number of years offering franchising, start-up costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether or not financing is offered. The list also parses out the top home-based franchise options in particular. Although we all know there are marked differences between the ... [ Read More ]

Working from Home Is on the Rise, Census Bureau Says

If you are a home-based small business owner, you’re in good company. In fact, at no time in history have there been more work-at-home business people than there are today. According to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.4 million people work at home now. That’s an increase of 41% over the last decade. It’s not just a trend, but a revolution…all courtesy of the computer, the ... [ Read More ]

Avoid These Classic Work-at-Home Scams

There’s a big difference between a work-at-home scam and a legitimate business opportunity that enables you work from a home office, using it as your primary base of operations. Unfortunately, the number of phony schemes that would easily fall under the former heading is growing exponentially, largely due to the fact that millions more people than ever before can be reached affordably and all too easily online and via ... [ Read More ]

The Power of Personal Branding When You Work from Home

Working from home as a business opportunity or other small business owner, your personal and professional lives are virtually interchangeable in the minds of many. Furthermore, chances are good that you’re running a one-man or one-woman operation, and if you do have staff, they may only work part-time or help out on an as-needed basis. All in all, the buck stops and starts with just one person. You! You ... [ Read More ]

Working from Home with Children (and without Losing Your Mind)

Owning your own home-based or other small business, business opportunity or franchise can be a hugely rewarding experience. But it’s also a lot of hard work and can present its own set of challenges, especially for parents who have young children. Any parent who has tried to work from home with kids can tell you that if you think you can do justice to both your work and your children at ... [ Read More ]

Entrepreneurship’s Dirty Little Secret

Being your own boss, controlling your own financial future, saving big bucks on commuting….these are just some of the many so-called perks that come along with owning and operating your own business. And while the thought of starting your own home-based or other small business or even buying a business opportunity or franchise may seem glamorous, there is one dirty little secret that comes along with the territory that ... [ Read More ]

Home-Based Business Basics 101

More than half of all businesses are operated primarily from someone’s home, according to the most current data available from the U.S. Census Bureau released this past June.  And that figure is increasing with each passing year.  In fact, more recent findings by AMI-Partners, a global strategy consulting firm, report an 11% increase in the number of individuals who started a home-based business due to ... [ Read More ]

Are You a Stressed Out Home-Based Business Owner? You’re NOT Alone!

The start of summer can be a really stressful time of year for a particular group of people―home-based business owners.  Why?  At the risk of stating the obvious―the kids are around, the weather’s nice, everyone’s off their usual routine…  Shall I continue?  All the distractions you’re not used to having to juggle the other three months of the year can really have you pulling your hair out. But alas, the ... [ Read More ]

Is Your Home Office Making You Sick?

More of us work from home than ever before.  And although most of us spend a considerable amount of time and money keeping our homes looking nice and comfortable, that doesn’t always translate to our home offices.  In fact, it’s a good bet that relatively few of us give much thought to our home office décor at all, let alone whether or not the space where we spend so much of ... [ Read More ]

You Don’t Need an Office to Have an Office

If you are a home-based or other small or even a medium-sized business owner, you may not have or want all the trappings of an actual office, one that would be suitable for client meetings or that requires you to pay rent or invest in upkeep.  At the same time, you may need or want to hold client or staff meetings on a regular basis, and the space that ... [ Read More ]

Microsoft Survey Cites Remote Working Benefits for Both Employers and Employees

A 2010 survey by Microsoft found employees believe that less than 50 percent of their employers are supportive of their working from somewhere other than the office, such as from home.  Their perception is supported by the fact that well over half (59%) of them report their company has no formal work-at-home policy in place.  These findings are particularly disheartening given the survey’s additional conclusion that most companies do have ... [ Read More ]

The Home-Based Business Professional’s Guide to the “New” Jargon

There once was a time when working from home was not only unusual, but it was called just that―working from home.  Okay, there were and are other buzzword phrases that refer to the same concept, such as home-based business owner or work-at-home business or, if appropriate, even consultant or freelancer.  One thing is for sure.  No matter what you may call yourself, the advent of a whole host of ... [ Read More ]

Top Five Home-Based or Other Small Business Trends for the Next Decade

If the first decade of the 21st century has taught us anything it’s that the only constant in life is change.  The technological, environmental, demographic and financial changes of the last ten years have been significant and are driving a tremendous amount of political debate, that’s for sure.  But smart entrepreneurs recognize that their impact does not stop there.  They know that these changes also present unprecedented opportunity for ... [ Read More ]

Not Every Business Works from Home

If you’re the entrepreneurial type, the American Dream is to have a business of your very own.  You may want to create or purchase a business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity or small franchise that can be run right out of your home.  Any one of these options is attractive for a number of reasons.  First, the logistics are great!  Home-based business owners don’t have a long commute or incur hefty ... [ Read More ]

Identifying and Eliminating Toxic Clients

The main goal when starting a new business opportunity is to follow every lead and make the most of any potential client.  However, what happens when that client you tried so hard to acquire becomes too difficult to handle? It is hard to get past the notion that every client means money in the bank, especially when you’re running a small, home-based business.  However, if the client is sucking up ... [ Read More ]

20 FREE Online Business Tools

According to a classic proverb, “the best things in life are free.”  When starting your new home-based or other small business, distributorship, licensee opportunity or franchise, the Internet can be your best friend.  One of the great things about the web is that there are a ton of small business management and marketing tools that can help you and that are completely free! Below are 20 no-cost, online business tools you ... [ Read More ]

How Can You Be In Six Cities Today?

I used to travel at least five days a week, and when I saw the movie ‘Up in the Air’ recently I had to reminisce.  The character played by George Clooney was much like me once upon a time.  Unfortunately, back in the day when technology hadn’t caught up yet, I too found myself in planes, on trains or in my trusted purple mini traveling from city to city ... [ Read More ]

What You Need To Operate A Home-Based Computer Business Opportunity

If you’re establishing a work-at-home business or a home office to run a computer-based business opportunity you will need a few basics to get you started and keep you pointed in the right direction to grow your budding business. Here are the basics you will need to get started: Throne: If you have ever sat at a desk for hours at a time you know how valuable a quality chair can ... [ Read More ]

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