Managing a small corporation, as well as having a home-based business myself, I have learned how important it is to keep personal and business matters separate. Not only does it make life less confusing, it can also save you money on your taxes.The first thing I recommend is to open a separate checking account just for your business. Use this account to deposit all self-employment income. Do NOT use this account for wages received from an employer. This account needs to be totally separate. You will pay all your business related expenses solely from these funds. When you pay business expenses from your personal account, it is much more difficult to accurately track how much money you are spending for your business. And, missed expenses could mean missed tax deductions!The other suggestion I have is to open a credit card specifically for your business expenses. Make sure you choose a card that suits you and your business well: i.e. cash back, travel rewards, etc. Use this card for all your business purchases and of course, make payments to it with your new business checking account. Last but not least, I recommend purchasing some form of accounting software. It doesnt have to be anything fancy or expensive, just a place for you to enter your income and expenses for your business. Even a very simple program can provide you with financial reports demonstrating your companys profitability, as well as help you to set a budget. Most programs also give you the option to print reports that aid in tax preparation.As with any other financial decision, I highly recommend you meet with an accountant or tax preparer on an annual basis at the very least. He/She will be able to direct you in the best ways to make the most of your hard earned money. But remember, the harder you work at keeping your business and personal records separate, the easier it will be for your accountant to help you.
Copyright 2006 Stephen AshtonWork at home moms make up a significant portion of home-based business owners and work at home freelance professionals. While there are a lot of perks that come with working at home, the appeal for mothers is often that theyll be able to spend more time with their children. Keeping that in mind, here is a list of ten home-based business or freelance job ideas that will allow for a flexible schedule that can be worked around family time.Freelance Writing Work at home moms can find numerous opportunities for freelance writers, both online and off. Because writing can generally be done at any time, it would be ideal for work at home moms who might only have time to work during occasions where their children are in school or napping. A good resource for moms interested in finding freelance writing clients is www.WritersMarket.com.Blogging Similar to other writing fields, blogging can be done at almost any time of day. Most blog networks that hire freelancers have posting requirements on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule, but the time of day that you post is completely adaptable to your own schedule.eBay Starting an eBay business is a great option for work at home moms, because most products will sell on a 24-hour basis online without too much supervision. To make an eBay business even more ideal, drop shipping would remove the necessity of storing and managing inventory and making regular post office runs when you would rather spend time with your family.Child Care Work at home moms would be ideal for the child care field. If theres a need in your community, some options would be setting up a home-based day care center or even an after school program for older kids. Depending on where you live, you might need special certifications or licenses, but you would have the added perk of having other children around for your own to play with and socialize with.Graphic or Web Design Most design work can be run as an online-only business, meaning you wouldnt always have to run out to a clients location for meetings. As long as you regularly answer your email throughout the day, you can concentrate your actual design work during quiet times when the kids are otherwise occupied, or even handle the design work during the evenings.Tutoring or Lessons Having students come to your home for tutoring sessions with their schoolwork, or even music lessons, can be easily adapted to fit your familys typical schedule, such as your childs nap time, or on weekends when someone else might be around to look after your kids.Arts and Crafts If you have any artistic ability, an arts or crafts-related business can be ideal for a work at home mom. You can design jewelry, paint, make candles, or just about any craft you can think of. There is definite potential as you can work on your craft during quiet times or in the evenings, and sell your crafts or art at shows on the weekends. Or, you can sell your products anytime with an online store that will work for you 24-7.e-Consulting Similarly to how you can do design work almost entirely online, you can do the same for various forms of consulting if you have the proper training. For instance, you can consult on Web content, do marketing or SEO consulting for website owners, or adapt any kind of expertise into your very own e-consulting firm. Research Individuals and companies in just about every field have a need for someone to conduct research for them. You can do anything from genealogy research to market research by conducting surveys right from the Web.Selling Information Information is still a hot commodity, and these days almost anyone can set up a website. If you create a basic site, you can sell anything from ebooks to podcasts to databases of industry contacts or job listings. The possibilities are endless.
Many people now days are turning toward the Internet to look for ways to generate income. Work at Home website owners are feeling a need to stay in touch with what they feel is what folks are looking for.Just some of the request made to search engines daily are as follows:current online paid survey, free online get paid survey taking, money and free paid online survey, online paid survey for teen, online paid source survey, complaint online paid, survey directory online paid survey, information online paid survey, make money online, paid survey and there are more that I have not posted. It's obvious to me that the demand is there.Many people are having success doing Online Paid Surveys for extra income now days. It has become a popular online activity. Some choose to just earn some extra money, while others are looking to earn a huge dollars. Don't be scammed by the many programs that are out there. You either need to spend many hours doing research yourself or find a website that has researched these programs for you. There are good sites online, which will help you in your selections.Many large companies are willing to pay good money for your opinion on their products. Think about it they can do some research with their customers before bringing a product out. There chance of success is much higher that they will have a profitable profit.So now that we understand where the money comes from lets move on to how one finds which companies to do business with, because there are many companies that will waste your time and pay you nothing. The best method in my opinion is by either doing a lot of major research or finding a reputable company that has done the work for you. There are a few of these companies around and I highlight them on my website. They companies are called Paid Survey database companies. It's easier to research a few of these than the hundreds of survey companies that are currently out there.Many Work at Home sites have established themselves with specific pages highlighting paid survey directory companies. This has been done because there was a need and so people could get help sifting through the hundreds and hundreds of companies that are out there for my visitors. Time is money and many of the companies I have on my website charge a modest fee for access to their database. Online paid survey databases are not free. Paid Survey database companies charge about $35 - $60 for their paid surveys directory. Again the time you save and the training you get is well worth the modest fee and I'm glad my wife and I chose to use one of these companies. My wife actually does that side of our business.Please feel free to read more of this article by visiting my link in the resource box below. I always enjoy getting emails pertaining to my articles or my site. Your feedback is important to me.
Over the last decade, many people have begun to take advantage of the opportunity to operate their business from home. The majority of these home businesses are actually operated via the Internet. As the Internet based success stories continue to mount up, more and more people are turning to the Internet to create their own success stories. Until recently though, people who live in rural areas have not been able to take full advantage of internet business. Much of the reason for this is that people in rural areas lacked reliable internet access. Now that Wildblue satellite internet is available, people in rural areas can operate their Internet businesses just like people who live in metro areas. There are a number of reasons that people enjoy home-based businesses. One major reason is that some people do not like to have a boss telling them what to do everyday. They prefer to be their own boss and make successful company decisions. Another reason is that many people want to spend more time with their family. Self employment allows people to do these things and more, since they can set their own hours and choose how much work they want to take on. Of course, all of this is only possible if you have the right equipment to get the job done. In todays fast paced internet driven markets, you absolutely must have a broadband connection to compete.Some people who run home based businesses are more focused on enjoying life, with less emphasis on being a slave to the grindstone. As such, some of these people want to live in scenic rural areas where they can enjoy the great outdoors and get away from the rat race of the big cities. Since cable or DSL Internet service is not available in a wooded cabin, this kind of lifestyle has not been a real possibility for rural business owners, until now. With the creation of a company called Wildblue, high speed "always on" broadband is now available to everyone in the continental United States. Wildblue is predicting that in the next couple of years, millions of rural Americans will access their services. This means that you will be able to work from home, from wherever your heart may desire. If you want to live in the mountains of Colorado, the deep woods of the Ozarks, the cornfields of Nebraska, or anywhere else in rural America, you can do so, and you will still be able to take your broadband connection with you.To successfully operate an Internet business, it is critical that you have not only the best computer equipment, but that you always have the best Internet access, and that you can always count on it to work. If you live in a small town, then you have probably tried the unreliable dial up services that usually have frequent disconnects and are painfully slow. In fact, most people dont truly understand how incredibly slow dial-up Internet is until they have had the opportunity to experience broadband for themselves.Satellite Internet access can offer both speed and an affordable price. As a home based business operator you need to keep close tabs on how much you are spending on your overhead. That is one of the attractions of working on the Internet, that you generally have very little overhead. The price of satellite broadband greatly outweighs even the smallest brick and mortar expense.High speed Internet is almost a requirement for the home based business, because customers demand it. Imagine running a business in todays world that does not accept credit cards, that business would lose a great deal of sales because of antiquated business practices. It is the same when you run an Internet business. Customers expect you to be able to respond quickly to their needs, and they expect that you are able to be online a great deal of the time. If a person runs their Internet business, but his or her server frequently goes offline or they log off repeatedly to use the phone, that person will lose multiple customers. Basically, you want to be able to present yourself and your business in a responsible and professional manner. Having reliable access to the Internet is one important way that you can do this. The faster your connection is, the more you can get done. Being able to provide as many services as you can in as short of time as you can is simply good business. If you spend time waiting for pages to load, emails to go out, or waiting on your server to come back online, then you are not getting the highest level of production for your time. If your dream job has been to work on the Internet from your home in the wilds of Wyoming or from the rural farmhouse that you grew up in, now you can. Wildblue is able to provide this high-speed broadband across the continental United States at an affordable rate. It only requires that you use a small satellite dish to get hooked up to the Internet. With the higher speeds, you will be able to make yourself and your customers happier with your business.
You are out shopping for healthy, designer food. You visit two health food stores. The first one is bright and cheerful: Its products are displayed pleasingly and its staff, with crisp, starched aprons on, are slim, friendly and helpful with smiles that twinkle. There is another health food store just across the road: Similar products. A fat, greasy-haired sweaty man, breath redolent of whisky, garlic and fermented cheese, egg stains on the front of his crumpled shirt, the middle of which strains to stay closed struggling to keeping its charge - a protruding belly - within, tired buttons at the ready to pop...comes to serve you.You are your website: It is a reflection of who you are, your product, your service. Portray yourself as a trained, seasoned professional. Your website is the only contact your customers, potential and current, have with you. You must create an atmosphere that is pleasing to your buyers to make them want to stay and buy, and more importantly, to want to come back again and again. You want to aim for repeat business. The long and short of it is this: Your website can make or break your sales...and your business. TRICKS OF THE TRADEWhat secrets can you apply in the design of your website?1. SurfabilityDo your research by visiting several websites. Note what make them appealing, attractive or the opposite. Always remember that visitors to your site have one goal in mind: They are either seeking information or shopping for a product. Your goal is to give them what they want without their having to search for it. It is a cardinal rule to make your site easy to navigate. Ensure that all the information is relevant to your product/service. Convince visitors that they absolutely need your product to solve their problem(s). 2. The First Impression Lingers...The Importance of your Main PageThe main page has a very specific purpose: It is the store front of your website where your visitor lands and from where she/he will shop. Therefore, this page must load very quickly and be easy to view. This is the first contact with your customer: First impressions can either close a deal or...lose this same deal which has exactly the same potential. Make things simple: Ensure that links are easily viewable by your visitors and that these links will navigate your visitors to where they wish to go. Very often, a great choice is the use of tables when deciding how to design the "main page" of your site. If your page takes more than ten seconds to load even on a 56k modem, your visitor will click away, through impatience, or to save time, seeking information or products elsewhere. To speed up the loading of your main page, it is advisable to avoid large, or excessive, graphics. Too many banners or special effects often also cause a page to load slowly.3. Make your Website Appealing to, and Easy for, the Eyes* ColoursMild colors are your best bet. If your site is a content site where your visitor will be doing a lot of reading, it is a good idea to keep to black and white. You can add color when using tables as a means to brighen up the page. However, always remember to keep the overall look of the page professional and appealing to your target audience that will be visiting more often. * Screen Resolutions These vary among monitors. It is, therefore, good counsel to set the pixels to a standard 800x600. You may also choose to set the tables in your web page to span a percentage of the page rather than a set number of inches. This will be sure to accommodate all screen sizes. * BrowsersBear in mind that a lot of Internet users will not use the same browser as you. Therefore, make sure that your site looks as good on other browsers as it does on your own. You can do this by downloading several browsers through which to look at your page.Be aware that the overall look of your website is to make it attractive to visitors, which in turn appeals to emotions and, therefore, lead to sales and to make money for you. The appearance of your site, if properly designed, can be an excellent marketing strategy for your product/service.