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How to Start a Home-Based Business

How to Start a Home-Based Business

Home-based businesses are on the rise, particularly as the economic recession continues to challenge job seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs. More and more individuals who are unable to find employment are making the decision to open their own home-based business.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the number of home-based businesses currently operating at 18.3 million. In fact, Forbes suggests that 52% of all small businesses are home-based.”

What are some of the advantages of operating a home-based business?

Here are a few options to consider:

Low start-up costs appeal to unemployed and underemployed job seekers

Cost savings are realized by eliminating commuting costs, meals, parking and professional clothing expenses

Flexible lifestyle that a home-based business offers makes it a viable option, especially for parents of young children

You may be surprised to learn that women entrepreneurs are more likely to operate home-based businesses. Among startup businesses that operate out of the owner’s home, 72% are operated by women versus 61% of men. Among established businesses more than 3 ½ years old, 68% of women still operate the business from home, versus 53% of men. (http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/07/home-based-businesses-startup.html­)

The Business and Job Center at Richland Library can help you as you consider whether or not you are a “good fit” for home-based business ownership.

Come join us for our second program in the Women in Business Learning Series - “How to Start a Home-Based Business”, presented by John LaFond, volunteer SCORE small business advisor. Mr. LaFond’s multi-faceted professional background includes over 10 years working in the Federal government, 10 years as co-owner of a start-up international nuclear fuel brokerage and trading company and yet another 10 years as co-owner of a startup environmental testing firm.

Mr. Lafond’s expertise in the areas of business planning and management as well as financial management will inspire the entrepreneur in you!

Event information:

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Auditorium at Main

Questions? Please call the Business and Job Center, 929-3401.


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