This is an excerpt from Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Homebased Business Handbook by James Stephenson and Rich Mintzer available from Entrepreneur Press .
Other Workspace Issues
The type of home business you will be starting also greatly influences your needs in terms of where in the house the workspace is established and, in many cases, even if you can operate your business legally from home. Here are a few additional workspace issues to consider prior to starting up.
1. Will you have clients visiting your home office? If so:
- Do you have the space to accommodate visits?
- Do you have suitable parking for clients and good access?
- Will you be able to separate your workspace from your living space in order to provide visiting clients with privacy?
- Is the appearance of your home suitable for client visits? Broken porch boards, peeling paint, and worn carpets can send potential clients the wrong signals about your business.
- Can you provide clients easy and private access to washroom facilities in your home?
2. Will you have employees working from your home? If so:
- Can employees or outside contractors legally work from your home?
- Do you have the space required for employees to work?
- Can you provide employees working from your home with enough privacy to do their work and offer your family enough privacy from your employees?
- Can you provide employees separate and easy access to your home workspace and can you provide them with suitable parking?
- Can you provide employees with the basic necessities, such as washroom facilities, space for breaks and lunch, and closet space for coats?
3. Will you be manufacturing or assembling products at home? If so:
- Do local zoning regulations allow homebased manufacturing businesses?
- Will you have to upgrade or install new mechanical services such as heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing to accommodate your business?
- Will you need to install ventilation systems? If so, will the exhaust pollute? Will the noise bother your neighbors?
- Do you have adequate access for parking, shipping, receiving, and storage?
- Will you have to upgrade your home to meet fire safety standards because of your business or the product you manufacture?
4. Do you need storage space? If so:
- Do you have enough room in your home to store inventory, equipment, business records, and client files?
- Is your storage space accessed easily and safely?
- Is your storage space suitable for the things you need to store? Consider dampness, heat, critters, and cold.
- Is your storage space secure so that valuable business equipment, inventory, and records are not at risk of being stolen?
- If you do not have suitable storage space, is there a suitable self-storage facility close by with easy access? If so, how much does it cost?
5. Do you have the communications connectivity you require?
- Are there phone jacks for landlines? Does your cell phone work clearly from your chosen location?
- Can you connect your wireless routers from your workspace? There’s nothing worse than realizing your wireless router, wireless phone, and wireless computer do not work reliably.
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