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    Starting a Home Based Business?

    gmonkey Wayfarer
      I started making decorative wall hangings for my house some time ago. A visiting friend asked me to make one for their home, and even offered to pay me. I, of course, said no, but then a friend of a friend asked me for one and so on. I think I am on to something here, and was thinking about making this into my own home based business. I am very unsure of what steps I need to take to get this started...after all, I am an artist, not a bookkeeper, accountant, or financial wizard.

      What are the steps that I should take to start this business, and what pitfalls can the community help me avoid?
        • Re: Starting a Home Based Business?
          score81 Adventurer

          Steps to Successful Business Start-up


          1. Idea ( Product / Service)


          2. Determining need or demand for product/Service.


          3. Costing/Pricing your product/Service.


          4. Test marketing your product/Service.


          5. Protecting your idea.


          6. Determining the sales revenue required for Break-even.


          7. Determining Return on Investment(ROI).


          8. Preparing a Business/Marketing/Financial plan.


          9. Maintaining a record-keeping system to monitor business activity.


          10. Planning ahead.


          11. Maintaining flexibility.



          Registering a Business



          1. Choose Type of Business Organization
          2. Register with The State or County or City
          3. Obtain Employee Identification Number (EIN) from IRS
          4. Obtain Vendor's License (If Required)
          5. Obtain County and City Permits if Required Obtain Zoning Approval if Required


          1. County Taxes# Unemployment Tax# Worker's Compensation Insurance# Sales Tax# Income Tax# Federal Income TaxFor Home business you can simply register the business in the City as DBA and use your Social Security Number as tax id and you are ready to see your product. If it grows then you can expand and change from DBA to LLC or S-Corp. etc.

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            SCORE55 Newbie

            Score81 covered the basics well. Beyond that is the question of what you really want to do with your life.

            It is certainly not uncommon for craftspeople to make products during the week and sell them at crafts fairs over the weekend. The crucial question is whether that produces enough sales to make the activity worthwhile and whether the combination of activities is personally satisfying.

            Many craftspeople find that they don't have time to both make and sell their product in commercial quantities. Often they turn either the business operation or the craftwork over to others and concentrate on just one thing. That's why craft galleries exist.

            There are lots of tradeoffs to be considered along the way. Having a good idea of how much money you need and how you want to spend your days is a good place to start when you consider those tradeoffs.


              • Jim
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              SCORE63 Newbie
              This is a great opportunity to convert your hobby into a business. Learn how to run a successful business with this skill set. Next time (and there will be a next time), You will know the steps it takes to startup, build a team, implement systems, and track your progress.
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                SCORE108 Wayfarer
                As an artist and not a business person I would start small and get into it slowly. Sell to people who see your product and want one, sell at craft fairs and try putting your product into shops on a consignment basis. One thing you will most likely need is to registed for sales tax, unless your state does not have sales tax. The next step could be selling over the internet at Ebay as an example. Take it slow or you will be overwhelmed. If the business really grows you will need professional help for the reporting and tax problems you will have.
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                • Re: Starting a Home Based Business?
                  SCORE63 Newbie

                  Start by checking out your competition. Visit craft shops, flea markets, internet sellers. Decide on pricing for your product. Then just start selling, making sure to keep track of all your income, and all your expenses for making the product, including your time, car, etc. You can build your business plan as you are learning to operate your business. Remember that cash flow is the goal.
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                    LorieB Newbie
                    Hi, I have found a Home Based Business that has a wonderful Product you can build a business around. This is a company that has been in business for 20 years and is listed with the BBB. This is a Product that helps People live better healthier lives. We are not out to sell a Product just to help people. Want to know more you can give me a call @ 1-888-813-5032 ask for Lorie, leave your name and number and where you heard about this business and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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                      DafnaR Newbie

                      I have many creative idea for you:
                      you need to create a static partners plan that you will work with them as a highend kids furniture store , I made a plan to one of my costumers that was a great sucess if you wont some ideas please send me your phone # and I'll call you.


                      All the best


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                        Ranger6r Wayfarer
                        The Small Business Administration has an excellent business planner web site at They also offer very good tools that may be of assistance to you in your planning. Best of all is the price from the experts in small business - FREE.

                        You might also want to look at for more help. This site is also uses another well known company as an expert resource - Bank of America (BofA feel free to compensate me at account # ***-*****).

                        The triple bottom line People - Planet - Profits. Good Luck and Good Business.
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                          DeniseMM Newbie

                          As a marketing mentor, I've mentored over 1,200 people (more women than men) about how to get the word out about your business. Truth is that there are a lot of people who start businesses for all the wrong reasons. They do it because they hate their job, office politics and/or their boss. Or they do it because they want to stay home with small children. Or they say they are doing it because it's "fun" or because they "love the product." These are some of the worst reasons to start a business.

                          The only reason to start a business is because you want to build an enterprise that makes money. You have to love the idea of building a business. That's it. It's good to love what you do or love what you create. It's good to have passion about it. And, it's not realistic that you'll be passionate about ALL of it. But don't get mixed up about the purpose of a business.


                          For women - the part they tend to absolutely hate the most about their business is marketing and selling. So much so that I wrote a whole book about it. Women often feel overwhelmed and totally out of sorts when it comes to the marketing and selling part. One of the taglines that gets the best response for me is, "Does the thought of marketing and selling in your business practically drive you to chocolate?" So, you can tell - it's not a little thing. There are many women who are so uncomfortable about this - that they would rather fail rather than turn into a pushy, used car salesman type. What they don't know is that there are ways to market and sell very effectively that work with your style as a woman.


                          Think about what you would actually be DOING as a business owner. The creating? Sure, that's your love as an artist and a creative person. But what about the selling, the marketing, the paperwork, the numbers - and on and on. Still sound like fun? Then maybe being a business owner IS right for you.


                          All the best,


                          Denise Michaels


                          Author, "Testosterone-Free Marketing"


                          PS: Visit me online at
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                            Mybizfiler Adventurer


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