Working from your own home can be very beneficial. There is less overhead and it is a much cheaper alternative to running an offsite business. Not only can you save on transportation, rent and utilities, but you can claim a portion of your rent or mortgage, phone and utilities as a tax write-off along with any capital expenditures on fixtures, equipment and supplies.

If you are thinking of starting a business, a home-based business is one of the lowest risks and an ideal way to start. Even if your business eventually outgrows your home it gives you a chance to give your business a good base to start and expand without the expensive overheads associated with setting up an offsite business.

Running a home business can be lot more convenient if you have children, and the amount of jobs you can do from your own home has grown considerably with the availability of the internet, and other modern technology for webinars and teleconferencing. You do have to be disciplined to work from home. There are many distractions and you have to be able to close off and concentrate on running your business. Some people can do this, others just do not have the discipline. It is an important thing to consider before starting.

The other thing to consider is local licensing and depending on your type of business if it is permitted in your residence. Office work usually does not create a problem but if you are likely to have lots of visitors or lots of deliveries this can be problematic if it causes a disturbance to others.

It doesn’t matter what type of business you start your own inspiration is all that’s needed. Whatever you decide on working at home is a great option for tele-marketing, online marketing, writers, internet businesses such as ebay and building online websites to sell your product or 3rd party products, web developers, business services, accounting, consulting, network marketing and much, much more. The opportunities are only restricted by your own imagination.
Working from home gives you an opportunity for a good lifestyle whilst working your own hours around your family.

More and more people are working from home, not only is it convenient but it is cost effective – the key is are you disciplined enough to actually set time aside to do the work necessary to make it successful. If you are this is a great way to build a business.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Avril Betts, I am originally from England and now a Canadian Citizen, I have over 25 years experience in all aspects of Travel and Tourism, including running an online agency for over 13 years. I holds a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator) an internationally recognized accreditation and in 1996 hosted the president’s wives luncheon for the G7 conference.

I have co-chaired Atlantic Canada Showcase an International Travel Trade Show, managed 450 volunteers for the Tall Ships Visit in July 2000, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. In 1988 I founded the Country Inn Association in Nova Scotia still going strong today. I have been involved in numerous Travel and Tourism volunteer activities throughout Atlantic Canada and across Canada.

As an experienced speaker I have spoken and presented seminars to large and small audiences for many years on subjects ranging from Marketing and Sales and Life Skills to Tourism, Travel and Real Estate, and operating an online Travel business.

As a recognized tourism expert I am accustomed to working with tourists and passing on my knowledge of the various destinations to help them make the most of their vacations.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or travel inquiries.