How to run a home based business
Many writers and bloggers are trying to turn a dream into a successful home based business. Working at home has many attractions, many benefits and can be very cost effective. There are, of course, many pitfalls too.
As far as I am concerned I’ve only been working at home on my writing and blogging for a little under three years. I’m not expert on the topic. My limited experience has shown up a few benefits.
Benefits of working at home:
- No commuting (this is a fuzzy one for me; all my working life I was never more than 10 minutes from work, 30 minutes if I rode a bike).
- You don’t have to dress up (and I will admit to writing while in my pyjamas; I couldn’t sleep is my excuse).
- You can work when you feel like it with no boss to check up on you (unless your wife/husband/partner/dog/goldfish give you a hard time when you are not working).
- You can eat and drink when you feel like it, not according to the company clock.
- You can go for a walk, feed the bird, water the garden and check the letter box anytime you want to.
Disadvantages of working at home:
- You need to be very self disciplined.
- You need to be very self motivated.
- It can be lonely sitting at the computer all day and night.
- It can be very scary trying to make a living from your writing or blogging when there is little or no money coming in.
- People get to know you are at home and will think nothing of phoning or calling in when you are trying to meet a deadline or the creative juices and ideas are flowing freely.
I am sure that with a little thought I could come up with many more advantages and disadvantages. I don’t need to because Tony D. Clark has an excellent blog called Success from the nest. It’s about working from home; he’s been doing it successfully for nearly 14 years so he must know a thing or two about how to make it all work.
Success from the nest has the added bonus of being illustrated by Tony’s own cartoons. Check them out.