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Starting a Home Business For Dummies

Starting a Home Business For Dummies

Rachel Bridge

ISBN: 978-1-118-73755-2

Oct 2013

328 pages

Select type: E-Book



How would you like to work for yourself in your own home?  Sounds good right?  The commute would be a breeze.

Starting a small business from home can mean minimum fuss and minimum start-up costs - so it’s no wonder that around 60% of new businesses are started from home. Whether you’re looking to go freelance, start a home-business full-time or a new venture on the side of your existing job, you need Starting a Home Business For Dummies. It includes tons of ideas for home businesses and gives you all the straight-talking advice you need to get up and running.

Inside you’ll find:

• Ideas for businesses that you can start easily from home
• Step-by-step guidance for getting your business off the ground
• The low-down on managing your money and taxes
• Tips for making technology and the web work for you
• Advice on how to attract and keep customers/clients

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Your Home Business 5

Chapter 1: Where the Heart Is: Welcome to the World of Home-Based Businesses 7

Chapter 2: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What’s the Best Business of All? 23

Chapter 3: The ABC of Starting Your Own Business 45

Chapter 4: Attracting Customers 67

Chapter 5: Creating a Sustainable Income in Challenging Times 95

Part II: Managing Your Money 113

Chapter 6: Keeping Track of Your Money 115

Chapter 7: The Price is Right: Deciding How Much to Charge 139

Chapter 8: Considering Taxes, Deductions and Benefits 159

Part III: Avoiding Problems 173

Chapter 9: Knowing Your Legal Do’s and Don’ts 175

Chapter 10: Using Outside Resources and Experts 191

Part IV: Making It Work: Moving Ahead 207

Chapter 11: Making the Internet Work for You 209

Chapter 12: Balancing Your Business and Your Life 229

Chapter 13: On a Roll: Growing Your Business . . . or Selling Up 251

Part V: The Part of Tens 265

Chapter 14: Ten Tips for How to Succeed in Your Home-Based Business 267

Chapter 15: Ten Enduring Home Business Opportunities 275

Chapter 16: Ten Things to Do When Times Are Tough 283

Index 291