A home business may often feel like a completely different type of creature than businesses that run out of a brick and mortar building of any kind. However, your home business is still a business and you want to always make sure that you are treating it as such. You want to use some of the same things you would for a larger business to help make your home business run more smoothly and maybe even be more successful.
Even small businesses have to schedule things like clients and shipments, so you may want to look into different types of booking and scheduling services. Having a website to do that through or an employee hired strictly for this type of work can be beneficial. However, if you are your only employee than the website or virtual employee route can be even more beneficial for you.
A Three-In-One Printer
You may not realize how much you’re going to need more than just a printer. Sure, you’ll print things out, and yes, you can often sign documents online without printing them. However, if you get documents often, whether it’s contracts or something else, you may find you need to print them, fill them out/sign them, then scan them back in to mail back to someone. This makes owning a printer that also scans and copies a must, especially for home businesses.
You can find them in nearly any price range, depending on what you need and want. From $60 up, for something that will help you make your business run smoother.
A Website Separate From Social Media
While there are plenty of small business of all kinds, from bands to direct sales people, that simply use social media as their “website,” that isn’t the most professional way to go about it. Even if you continually get more views on social media than you do on your website, you still need a website. It’s good for SEO and so much more.
There are cheap ways to get a website, like using Wix and WordPress, but you should invest in a dot com so that you can make your web address short and sweet, and to the point. Put this address on brochures and business cards, instead of printing a bulky Facebook address. You can still add a quick “Find us on Facebook”.
Even home businesses sometimes need assistance from employees. The thing is, with the internet it has made it so much easier for home businesses to hire help virtually. You may never meet your employees or contract workers in person, but they’ll still be an important asset to your company. Post ads on sites that are made to look for freelance employees and you’re sure to find some good candidates for whatever type of business you’re running and whatever kind of help you need.