Not all home-based businesses are created equally. There are some home businesses that should not be ran out of the home. Moreover, it all boils down to whether or not your home life, as well as your neighbors, can support the amount of traffic, noise, or storage space that may be required to run your business. Basically, you should consider whether your home-based business will require the following:
*Loud Noises or Foul Odors
Question: Will clients consistently need to come to your home? If so, is there a way that you can visit them at their location?
If you have a minimal to moderate amounts of traffic this may not be a big problem. As long as it does not cause undo hardship on your neighbors. For instance, if you are running a bookkeeping firm, you may have some traffic. However, most of the time you are working without the need of your clients presence. Furthermore, you can set it up so that you are visiting your clients location instead of meeting at your home.
Question: Will you need a bigger space to store inventory? Do you need to store inventory?
If you are running a business that requires the need to store lots of inventory, then maybe you should consider other alternatives. For example, if you are selling products, then it can become quite difficult to keep things organized, especially if there isn’t enough storage space. Therefore, you may want to check with your buyers and ask if they can drop ship your orders. This allows you to be inventory free, as the product is sent directly to your customer. This eliminates the need for you to handle the product altogether.
Loud Noises or Foul Odors
Question: Can I rent a small space elsewhere?
Running a home-based business that constantly has loud noises or foul odors is never a good idea. Your neighbors should not have to live under these conditions from day-to-day. Therefore, if these adverse effects are a part of your daily operations, then you should consider other ways of operating. Maybe you can consider renting a small space so that you are able to work freely. Besides, there are zoning laws that you have to abide by when you live in a residential area. Usually, the zoning laws can be quite strict on the operation of these type of businesses.
Businesses That Operate Best at Home
*Office-type work: Bookkeeping, accounting, desktop publishing, computer programming, graphic design, and marketing
*Service industries: Construction work (where all duties are conducted at your customer’s location), house cleaning, window washing, landscaping