Open phones, Contact Us email, and more: Ron, Birmingham AL (oilerman21), wants to bulk-edit his listings to offer free shipping. Willy, Winter Springs FL (toyboxlife), called with a PayPal tip. Lee and Griff shared “6 Benefits of a Home-Based Business” from an article in Forbes magazine.
The term “home-based business” did not come up in our culture until the late 1970s. Before that, it was called “cottage industry” and was related mostly to women who ran a small business from their home, usually creating clothing or household articles. It wasn’t taken too seriously. Today, more than 50 percent of small businesses are home based. You are part of this trend, and no doubt it will continue to grow in numbers. Think about this: Mary Kay, Google, Harley-Davidson and Hewlett-Packard all started out as home-based businesses. In view of this, you need to realize your place in this great tradition and start acting like a real business owner. That means keeping up to date on the very latest in tools and services.
If you’re working from home, you’re a part of the biggest revolution in business history. BusinessForHome.org has reported that a new home-based business is started every 12 seconds, and there are 38 million home-based businesses in the USA. That’s all good, but here are my favorite statistics from the report: 70% of home-based businesses succeed within 3 years versus 30% of regular businesses; 44% of home-based businesses are started for under $5,000; and 70% of Americans would prefer to be self employed. We are part of it all, and together we made $427 billion in 2012 alone. Congratulations, entrepreneurs!