Thursday, March 12, 2015

Starting at home

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     Working from home is as natural as it gets for me. I grew up on a dairy farm. Dozens of cows grazed in the pastures and had to be milked twice each day. Then we bottled the milk and delivered it to doorsteps all over town. 

     Today's advanced communications makes it easy to start-up and run a business from home. Running a business is easier than ever--with a laptop or tablet, a cell phone, and automated record keeping.

     Examples: Personal trainers, nutritionists and cooking teachers can meet their clients at the clients' homes. So can holistic healers and massage therapists. Consultants and coaches can start out at home and grow into separate offices as the business expands. I know a doctor of internal medicine who closed his office and now sees his patients at their homes--his office is in the trunk of his car. 

     More examples: Tradespeople have long worked from home offices, including electricians, plumbers, masons, locksmiths, cleaners, repair specialists. Artists and artisans typically work from home in a studio or barn or attic, reaching out into the marketplace to make sales. 

     In business, you move with the times. Working from home makes it easy to transition from a single person business to a larger operation. It can be part of your business plan from the very beginning. 

     With today's technologies, you can hire others, expand your business and grow--all from the home office. You can even eliminate the home office if you are clever in your approach, carrying your business around with you depending on the business. 

     As the Good Witch of the North advised Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, the place to begin is at the beginning. Starting a business at home can take you down the road to the Emerald City. 

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