May 12, 2021 08:12 PM EDT

3 Things to Consider Before Starting a Home-Based Business

3 Things to Consider Before Starting a Home-Based Business

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Starting a home-based business is exciting. Maybe you are looking to add a side hustle to your existing income source. Or perhaps you are ready to make the leap from employee to entrepreneur. Either way, branching out into the world of being a business owner can be a mixed bag of emotions. So many questions accompany a startup business and doing so from home is no exception. Since your business will be sharing your living space, there are several unique things to think about as your put all your ideas down on paper. As you begin to develop your business plan, and execute ideas, be sure to keep in mind that 'going to work' will look, and feel, different for the home-based entrepreneur.

Funding

Getting together finances to start a business is one of the biggest challenges for many startups. If this if your first time with a startup, the options can be overwhelming. It helps to understand that while money is money, different sources of money will mean different terms and repayment plans. Be sure that as your compare funding options, you play the tape all the way through and consider how repaying those funds will impact your projected cash flow.

Since you are going to be working from home, looking to your home to create startup funds is a great way to go. A home equity loan pays out a lump sum amount that you can fully allocate towards startup costs. Whether you are looking to take out a home equity loan, learn about recent laws or interest rates, reviewing an online guide can make your options a lot clearer.

Personal Finance Habits

Entrepreneurs are constantly in a tangle with their business and personal finances. Even if you keep both entities separate, you are the common denominator. Understanding how your personal finance habits will impact your home-based business is crucial for overall financial health. A great place to begin to take the pulse of your standing is an up-to-date credit score. Your credit score is Grand Central Station for all things finance and if you are going to be the one applying for loans, etc., it will be your score that terms are negotiated on.

Work-Life Balance

While startups are not typically synonymous with free time, recognizing that you must still maintain a work life balance during this transition is important. Burnout is common among entrepreneurs and can also be a leading factor in failure. Wearing your burnout as a badge of honor will minimize the capacity in which you are able to positively contribute to the growth of your business. While it is important, and natural, to put a high priority on this new venture, continue to tap into elements that enrich you as a person as well.

Exercise is often one of the first things to fall off the agenda. Fatigue, and the notion that it is an 'extra' can lead to physical activity no longer being a priority. However, keeping your body active will improve your focus and brain function throughout the day, lead to better rest at night, and give you an increased opportunity to fight off any injury or illness that could take you away from your business for an extended amount of time. Thus, it is an especially important element of your overall entrepreneurship success. 

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