If owning and running a home business is on your agenda, you’ve got a lot of learning to do! There are a million things, both large and small you must be aware of and take care of. Read on for some very practical advice so that you can successfully achieve this most rewarding dream!
Always know what your products cost you to make. This is important for many reasons, but if someone should unexpectedly show interest in retailing your products, you will need to know off the top of your head what your cost is, and where you want to set your wholesale price. As a rule of thumb, the retail price is about two times your wholesale price. The wholesale price is your costs plus a fair profit margin for you.
Check out the local laws that govern small business operations in your area. If you don’t, you may face large fines and your business could be shut down, which is highly embarrassing. Even if you follow all the regulations, you have to be sure that you keep a low profile. This may mean avoiding signage and keeping traffic to a minimum. Don’t call attention to your physical presence.
Keep a receipt of every business related expense that you incur. This information is valuable when it is time to do your taxes. Create a folder to file the receipts so that you do not lose them. Periodically put the information into a spreadsheet so that it is not overwhelming to look through at the end of the year.
Decide if you are going to be involved in every aspect of the business. When starting a new business, having a staff of full time employees might not be financially possible and many of those tasks have to be handled on your own. As the business grows and money flows in, you can think about hiring personnel to call customers, collect receivables and thousands of other tasks that a small business needs to get done.
Make sure your home business is following state regulations. You may want to consult with an accountant as you’re getting your business off the ground, since many states have specific regulations that aren’t always obvious at first. An accountant can help you navigate tax codes affecting your home business, which will help you avoid snags in the future.
If you want make some of the products you sell in your home business, take careful account of how much it costs to product it. Two times the cost of the raw material is typically the wholesale price of a product. Two times the cost of wholesale pricing is the cost of retail in many cases. If the final retail price is prohibitive you will struggle to shift the product.
Hopefully, you are now fortified with all the advice you need to get started on operating your own successful home business. It will be an ongoing learning and earning process that will keep you very busy, but will be well worth all of the effort you put into it, as you are reaping the lifelong rewards!