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The past few years have been tough for lots of companies big and small, with many having to make the difficult decision to make people redundant and cut staff numbers in order to keep afloat. Naturally, anyone who found themselves out of work having been employed by the same company for years was probably in a state of shock for a long time, wondering what the next step would be. Well, the next step for many of these people was to set up in business for themselves and start their own companies. Frugal Rules is running an ongoing feature about how we started our own business called “Taking the Plunge” which catalogs the terror and freedom, the risk and the reward, that we’re experiencing as we run our own business, which is now in its third year.
Starting a Home Business is Terrifying, Exhilarating
This is an exciting but also a challenging time and the first few months can be pretty scary. This is why lots of people decide to work from home for a while and turn the spare room into a makeshift office. Once the business is up and running then you can look at renting a dedicated office space and taking things to the next level. But don’t feel pressured into doing this if you’re not ready – there’s plenty of time to pay rent on an office!
Home Business Practicalities – Internet Access
One of the most important things for any new business – home based or otherwise – is having access to the internet and if you don’t have a good wireless connection in your house then there may be spots throughout your home where the signal is weak. This can mean that web pages take ages to load and emails take forever to send, particularly if you are sending them with attachments. None of this is ideal when you are trying to build a business and every working minute is precious. One solution is to invest in an ethernet cable so that you can connect your PC or laptop directly to your router.
Most computer shops or online stores will stock ethernet cables in a wide variety of lengths so even if your home office is a long way from your router you should be able to find one that will suit. Then all you have to do is run it along the wall or skirting board of your house and tack it in to make sure you don’t trip over it in the middle of the night. And if you have pets then do watch out for any teeth marks in the cable as this can damage the wiring and render the cable useless.
In the end, internet access and good, quality cables in safe locations are just one of the many considerations that must be taken into account when running your own home business. While it can be time-consuming and confusing at times, working from home or owning your own home business is definitely worth the effort.
Photo courtesy of: Kolobsek