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10 Great Business Ideas for Mums

Based on the stories that have been shared on Mumpreneur Inspiration we’ve compiled a list of business ideas for Mums. These have been inspired by the stories shared on Mumpreneurs Inspiration somyou know they can really work for Mums. There’s 10 here and you can gain access to another 10 by signing up to our newsletter, details at the end of the post.

The 10 Business ideas for Mums

Selling things on the Internet – If you’ve got some space for storage then selling on the Internet could be an option for you. The promotion can be done in your own time and little ones usually quite enjoy a trip to the post office. Even if you don’t want to develop your own website their are plenty of third party sites you can sell through such as eBay and Etsy.

Best for: Mums with storage space who need complete flexibility
Worst for: Mums without customer service experience

Stories from Mums who are running businesses selling online

Virtual assistant – If you have great administration skills and are good with technology you could offer your skills as a virtual assistant, helping other business owners with their day to day tasks. You can generally work in your own time as long as things are done by the deadline.

Best for: Mums who are organised and good at working to a deadline
Worst from: Mums who find admin tasks dull and repetitive

Stories from Mums who are virtual assistants

Creating and selling information products – If you are knowledgable about something you could consider creating information products such as online courses, ebooks or even a blog to share that knowledge. Once the products are created you can focus your time on marketing so this can be a great home based business for Mums.

Best for: Mums who are knowledgeable about a particular topic
Worst for: Mums who don’t have the best IT skills

Stories from Mums who are selling information products

Remote coaching – If you’re very experienced in something you could consider remote coaching, this lends itself well to coaching in areas such as business, marketing and finances.

Best for: Mums who enjoy helping others
Worst for: Mums who don’t enjoy working on a one to one basis

Stories from Mums who are remote coaches

Face to face coaching – Some types of coaching work better in the real world but can still be scheduled round family life. You may already have skills that you can coach such as fitness, parenting or counselling or you could train in one of these areas. You could either run this as a home based business if you have a home office or hire space at a local business centre for the actual consulting.

Best for: Mums who have access to some space to carry out the coaching
Worst for: Mums who have small children with them full time

Stories from Mums who are face to face coaches

Antenatal classes – Some woman are inspired to join this industry through a good birth experience and some by a bad experience. Whichever is true for you, if you’re passionate about woman’s experience of birth this could suit you but you will need some childcare.

Best for: Mums with a passion for supporting new Mums
Worst for: Mums who don’t have great empathy

Stories from Mums who run classes

Childminder – Probably the only job where you can have your children with you all the time while you do it. Everyone in your household will need to have a background check and you’ll need to do some basic training. The government is keen to increase the availability of childcare so there is lots of support available.

Best for: Mums with a decent sized home and don’t mind some red tape
Worst for: Mums who don’t enjoy looking after children

Stories from Mums working in childcare

Baking – Becoming a cake maker or decorator is something that appeals to lots of women. If you’ve got the skills to create something really beautiful then you can make some money.  You’ll have to be very well organised to fit it around small children. You’ll also need to keep your kitchen very clean to meet the health and safety requirements.

Best for: Mums who have a good kitchen space and like to keep it clean
Worst for: Mums who don’t have time to keep on top of the cleaning

Stories from Mums running food based businesses

Crafts – If you enjoy crafts then you could make them to sell. You could either do this online, through your own website or a third party site, or via local craft markets.

Best for: Mums who enjoy working with their hands to create something
Worst for: Mums who won’t  put as much time in to selling as creating

Stories from Mums running craft based businesses

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Distractions when you’re a Mum Working from Home

Being a Mum working from home is great, no commute, no work wardrobe, no office politics and you’re there if the children come home sick and to attend all the school events. The only trouble with being a Mum working from home are the distractions. There are so many things that can distract you when you’re at home, from unexpected visitors to unfinished housework, it’s a wonder we get anything done. We had a chat with some bloggers who work from home and here are ten things that can distract us when we’re supposed to be working.

Social media

Beth from Twinderelmo  sums this one up. “Facebook stalking. I can quite happily tell you where my school best friends cousins daughter went on holiday last summer and where my neighbours dog goes to get him nails trimmed…”

Babies and Small children

If your trying to work with your children at home then they bring their own host of distractions, as pointed out by Natasha from Mummy and Moose, the sound “Mum mum mum mum mum mum” is pretty much constant.

For Alex from Lamb and Bear, nap refuseniks are the problem “Seriously, if he naps it’s either on me or on the sofa for half an hour. In that time I have to eat, drink, shower, pee, work, get dressed, oh and make sure my eldest is fed, washed, dressed and happy!”

The TV

Tracey from Kids Cruises blames Holly and Phil for distracting her from working but it’s not just daytime TV that’s the problem. For Amy, from Amy and Tots it’s Paw Patrol “I can never turn those dogs off! Its like the children know!” For me, it’s a case of take your pick of TV distractions. The latest show on Netflix, a new box set on demand or the stack of Masterchef on the planner. It all seems far more appealing than working somedays.

Housework

While this is never a problem for me (my husband wishes it was) housework can be a distraction for some. “Like the dryer finishing. I have to empty it, fold, put away or even iron as I hate a big pile. Ends up taking forever” Emily from Babies and Beauty

Other people working from home

Occasionally me husband works from home. I’m thankful it is only occasionally. The first problem is the laptop. While I usually work on my iPad you can guarantee that the day he works from home and needs it, I will too. The other problem is the noise. He needs to make phone calls for work plus he dictates for the secretaries to type up and the noise is sooo distracting.

Interruptions

Research has found that it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to a task following an interruption. So when a mum working from Home opens the door to take a parcel for a neighbour or answers the phone to someone selling double glazing, they don’t just lose the minute that it takes to do the job, but also the 25 minutes it takes to refocus.

Books

As a former librarian I love to read. Unfortunately books can distract me in two ways. If I’m reading a really good novel then the temptation to pick it up during the day when I’m supposed to be working is high. The other problem is that whenever I don’t know something my immediate response it to find a book about it. This inevitably leads to a good hour spent on Amazon reading reviews to choose THE best book, followed by more hours reading the book.

Food

Food is one of my favourite distractions. Bek from Dillydrops says “I seem to have to get cups of tea regularly and snacks.” and I’m just the same. The problem with being a Mum working from home is that when the children are out it’s my chance to eat all the things I don’t want to share with them!

Volunteering (and being volunteered)

One of the great things about being a mum working from home is that you can help out with school events. The trouble is that once people realise you have that flexibility you’re expected to help with everything. It’s difficult to make it clear to people that sometimes, work has to take priority.

Procrastination

And finally, the big one. “Anything and everything – for some reason anything will seem more urgent than work does at the time. Yesterday I felt the need to organise my sons 9-12 month clothes by colour. He’s 7 weeks old I have a hell of a lot of work to do. This is why I can’t work from home.” Kirsty from Life with boys

Want to read more about working from home? Check out what I wish people knew about being a Mum with a business.

Distractions when you’re a work at home mum

Protecting Your Privacy When You Run Your Business from Home

 

Running a business from home has grown increasingly popular over recent years. Sure, a standard nine to five provides relative security and you still get pay when you take time off for sickness or holiday. But running your own business provides so much more freedom. You can wave goodbye to the stressful morning and evening commutes. You can decide what you want to wear each day rather than sporting a uniform or sticking to a strict (and often uncomfortable) dress code. You have much more flexibility with your working hours, which can prove perfect if you have kids to organise your day around. But perhaps the best part? You get to keep the bulk of your profits. You’re making your own money rather than making someone else’s for them! Of course, when you run a business from home, you’re going to want to protect yourself and your privacy. Here are a few steps you can take to achieve this!

 

Rent a Business Address

All businesses have to be registered to an address and this address is usually publicly accessible. If you don’t want people knowing your address, you can rent a business address. This will save you the cost of having to rent or run a commercial premises and allows you to operate from home while being registered to an alternative address. There are a number of companies out there that offer this service, so it’s a good idea to have a scout around and find the best for you.

 

Use a Mail Forwarding Service

Of course, if you’re selling goods that could be returned or will be receiving anything by post (such as invoices or business documents), you’ll need an address for people to send these things to. There are plenty of mail forwarding services you can use. These provide you with an address or a PO box for customers, clients or others to send goods or mail to. The mail will then be forwarded to your personal address.

 

Invest in CCTV

If you’re keeping your stock in your home, you may need to protect it with CCTV. This will act as a deterrent to potential thieves and will also ensure you have footage of anyone who does attempt to steal or damage your property. CCTV systems are great for protecting residential and commercial properties. So, have one fitted by a professional as soon as possible.

 

Have a Business Phone

It may be tempting to use your own phone to deal with business enquiries. But this can prevent you from creating a healthy work life balance and can also invade your privacy, as anyone will be able to access your personal number. Instead, invest in a business phone. This should have a separate number to your private phone and will create a healthy and safe divide.

These are just a few different tips and tricks that can help you to protect yourself and your privacy if you do decide to run a business from the comfort of your own home. Hopefully, they can help you out!

Choosing a web designer

What to Look for in your Next Web Designer

No matter the type of business you run, it almost always makes sense to have a website, nowadays. This platform will be your portal to the outside world, providing potential customers with information about you, while also enabling you to reach out and share your products with them. Of course, though, it’s unlikely that you’ll be making this yourself, and this means that you need to look for the right designer to help you out. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the elements which your web designer needs to have.

 

Responsive Design

There are a lot of devices being used to access the web nowadays, and smartphones account for a huge amount of the traffic you’ll be getting. This means that your website needs to look great across each platform, while also maintaining the right features to keep your customers happy. Some designers are better at making responsive websites than others, and there are still those who only design for one platform knocking around on the market.

 

SEO/Marketing

SEO is one of the hardest parts of web design. It can take weeks or even months to get a website into top spots on sites like Google, and this means that you need to choose a web designer who can give you a head start. Companies like ALT Agency can help with this, building websites which are SEO-ready, while also providing a host of marketing services which will enable you to start in the right position. This can save a lot of time and pain in the future, giving you the chance to get more customers from the very beginning.

 

Stability/Security

A website which goes down on a regular basis isn’t going to be very good for your business. You need something stable and secure, and this makes it worth looking for designers using platforms like WordPress. Thanks to the community surrounding this platform, there are loads of guides and handy tools which can make development easier available, and the stability of the whole system is second to none.

 

Aftercare/Support

Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about the aftercare and support you receive from your designer. You will almost certainly want to make changes down the line, and this will be hard to do by yourself. Having proper aftercare will save you from this trauma, while also making it much easier to deal with emergencies or site outages. There are few things worse than finding yourself without a website, but only the best designers will be there to help you when this happens.

Choosing a good web designer shouldn’t be too hard, but you should always make sure that you use everything you can to make the best choice with this. Their past work and testimonials will go a long way towards helping you with this, but you may need to do some searching to find this information.

Protect your business

4 Ways to Protect Your Home Business

It is every entrepreneur’s goal to start a business that runs successfully. However, every new company faces numerous challenges before it can secure its foothold. Regardless of how well you prepare, multiple dangers can affect your business.

You do not know if your business can hold out for long before you start making profits or if your business can survive in a competitive market. What would you do if your business faces a reputational risk or a legal risk?

Provided you own the business, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is safe and running smoothly. But how do you go about it? Here are several steps you can take to ensure your business is safe from potential danger.

Protect your business reputation

Your business image is vital as it is how clients perceive you. Try to be careful about what you say or do by avoiding questionable actions.

You should also avoid conducting business with people that appear to be devious. If they happen to create a bad reputation in the market, your business will have links to them. Additionally, it would be best if you avoid conflicting with your employees. Your business integrity will be under threat whenever you get into a legal entanglement with your workers.

Get the services of a competent attorney

A competent attorney can provide you with legal advice on how to approach various business matters. They can help you draft contracts, represent you in a lawsuit, and help you protect your intellectual property.

Get a good lawyer that is adept in local laws. When choosing a lawyer, put your business needs first. More importantly, the attorney you select should be trustworthy.

Insure your business

It would be best if you protect your business with a liability insurance cover. You can get a general liability cover that helps to protect your business and employees from any damage to a third party resulting in a legal suit. If anything terrible happens to your business, an insurance cover can help you prevent money loss.

The type of insurance package you choose will depend on the size and nature of your business. If you have employees, you may require a worker’s compensation. You can speak to a Rhino Trade insurance agent to discuss more about the ideal cover for your business.

Secure your important documents

Any business, be it big or small, has crucial documents that it has to secure no matter what. In this digital world, cybercrime is a significant threat to businesses. Malicious people can steal sensitive information from your computer system.

However, there are several steps you can take to secure your digital data. You can choose to password-protect your essential business documents to prevent unauthorized users from accessing them. You may also create digital copies and save them in a cloud-based storage. When your computer crashes or your business faces any disasters such as fires, or break-ins, your normal operations will not be affected.

Additionally, you can create internal policies on how you should share sensitive documents in the office and how to dispose of them.

If you want your business to grow and thrive, you have to protect it from any exterior or interior forces of failure. Everybody wants their business to be successful. Among the things your business needs for success, safety is the most crucial. By implementing the steps highlighted above, your business will thrive.

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Common Mumpreneur Pitfalls to Avoid at all Costs

The world of business is rife with opportunity. What better place to make your mark on the world in a professional capacity after making your mark on the world in perhaps the most definitive way there is… by having a baby? Parenthood changes you, not just physically but neurologically. Suddenly all the things that used to terrify you and cause you to limit yourself seem trivial. Nothing seems insurmountable. You feel as though you can take on the world and rewrite the world of business as you see fit, addressing the inequities of the world of work and blazing a trail for ambitious would-be entrepreneurs trying to make it behind you.

But even when you’ve dusted off that old business plan from your uni years, managed to secure funding and recruited a dynamic team who’ll help you on the path to greatness, in many ways the struggle has just begun. For a nascent Mumtrepreneur there are some pitfalls for which you’ll need to watch out. Avoid them at all costs.

Because they can not only spell the downfall of your business, they can potentially damage your wellbeing.

Feeling that you have to do everything yourself

We get it. You love feeling in control and you want to do things your way. After all, it’s your brand. And its fate is inextricably tied to your own. Still, that doesn’t mean that you have to do everything yourself. At best it can cause you to become a relentless micromanager. At worst it can cause you to burn out.

You need to trust in your team. After all, you took the time to recruit, onboard and train them and you know first hand just how good they are. Secondly, don’t be afraid to outsource talent like an IT Consultancy for business or HR services. The people who can help you to get the most out of the resources at your disposal or fill in blind spots in your operation.

All the data- No idea

When you run a business in the age of Big Data, you have access to the means to inform your strategy and enhance your operational efficiency. But the trouble with data is that the more you accumulate, the more it can feel as though you’re drowning in it. It’s essential not just to collect data but to be able to transform it into the kind of actionable insights which will drive your strategy. So make sure you invest in the right Business Intelligence tools to make sense of your data.

Neglecting the most important metric… your margin

Finally, when you’re first starting out in business, there are so many metrics and KPIs to keep your eyes on it can be hard to see the woods for the trees. But there’s one metric to rule them all… and that’s your profit margin. Your profitability is tied to your cash flow which dictates the overall health of your business. Not only do you need to watch it like a hawk, you need to understand how all your other KPIs, and the actions of every department, tie in with this metric.

Keep all of the above in mind and you’ll be on track for success and profitability in business for years to come.

Online reviews

Online Reviews Are One Of The Most Valuable Commodities In Business

Starting a successful online business is a substantial challenge. Not only do you need to charge competitive prices, but you also need a brand that differentiates you from your competitors. If you don’t, your enterprise will fall flat. 

Smart entrepreneurs, therefore, should leverage online reviews as something that sets them apart from the competition. 

Reviews are different from regular marketing. For one, you don’t have any control over them. Instead, they’re the product of your audience. And second, they’re perceived in a radically different way to conventional advertising. Customers know that reviews come from their peers which makes them more trustworthy and believable. 

Utilising reviews, however, is a challenge. While they can provide profound insights and the ability to respond to customer feedback, you need to be careful with how you use them, as the following infographic shows.

Ideally, you shouldn’t wade in the moment somebody posts a review, glean data from it and then use that to augment your operations. It is much better to wait for a “critical mass” of surveys before making any decisions. The more data you have, the more reliably and productively you can use feedback.

Big data is a vast opportunity. It gives you a chance to plumb the depths of your reviews and look for issues that continue to arise. You can then feed these data into your ROI modelling to work out whether making changes to your production processes will benefit your business overall. 

If you’re interested in the ins-and-outs of online reviews, check out the following infographic for more information. 


Infographic by University of Alabama Birmingham

Working from home

Tips to Help When Working from Home

Working at home is something that a lot of us do these days. The culture that used to be in our offices has changed in the last decade and many companies want their employees to be able to work from home in a flexible environment. Working from home is also particularly useful for Mums who often really need that flexibility.

As well as this, you might have decided to break away from your corporate life all together and as a result you may now work for yourself from the comfort of your sofa. 

Working at home can be the most amazing thing in the world, but it can also be a huge challenge. You might not have access to the resources you used to such as a specialist IR35 accountant or a suite of IT technicians, and you will largely need to fend for yourself. To keep yourself on track as well as success working from home we have some helpful tips for you today… 

 

  1. Get started early

The best thing to do when working from home is the start the day as early as you can. Remember the time you used to spend on the commute for the morning and take this time instead to make a cup of coffee, some toast, and sit down to start the day. The earlier you get going the better it will be. 

 

  1. Get ready for the day 

If you struggle to be motivated to work in your pjs, don’t wear them! Get ready for the day in a nice dress and your favourite hairstyle. You don’t need to put makeup on but make yourself feel as if you are heading to the office and it will change the way you think about the day. 

 

  1. Structure your day 

It is so easy to be distracted at home. You might notice a dirty dish here, some dust there, and next thing you know you have spent most of the morning doing nothing. Write yourself a to do list and stick to it. Check emails once in the morning and once in the afternoon, and set tasks for yourself. 

 

  1. Choose a dedicated work space

Although now and again working in bed is amazing, it can also make you feel way too relaxed. Be sure to choose a workspace you can work in effectively and this will allow you to get into the zone. 

 

  1. Don’t stay at home

If you find being at home too hard, go somewhere else! Head to the library, a local cafe, or even to the park and work there instead. 

 

  1. Avoid social media 

Social media is like a procrastination machine. Don’t open social media at all when you are working at home, even at lunch time, because it is too easy to get carried away! 

 

  1. Commit to more

Commit to do more work than you would in the office. Being at home allows you to save the morning commute and this extra time is time for you to get more done. 

 

  1. Work on your own time 

If you know that you work best first thing in the morning and last thing at night, make these your hours. Don’t try to force regular office hours because often these won’t work for you. 

 

Make business more competitive

4 Top Tips to Make Your Business More Competitive

Running a modern brand is something that comes with no small amount of hard work and stress. One of the biggest considerations you are going to need to make as a business owner these days is to look at what you can do to make your company more competitive. There is a lot of competition out there, no matter what industry you choose to work in, and you need to make sure you stand out. 

Understanding what it takes to stand out in a crowded market is the key to becoming more of a success in the modern business world. There are a lot of things you can do to make sure you achieve this, and it is so important to ensure that you are working on making the company more competitive. These are 4 top tips that you are going to need to use to help you with this. 

Assess Your Pricing Strategy

Pricing plays a big role in determining how competitive your business is able to be. This is something you need to think about moving forward because there are a lot of things that play a role in helping you come up with the perfect pricing strategy. You need to look at what the market is like for the products or services you provide, and this means looking at what you can do to improve this. Come up with a strong pricing strategy and you will help to make your business more competitive. 

 

Use Business Consultants

It is also important to make sure you understand what it takes to make your business operate better if you want to be more competitive. Invariably, there are going to be things that you yourself will overlook, and this is something you need to make sure you get right as much as possible. Use business consultants who can help you with things such as organisational development to help improve your business and help your company stand out as much as possible. 

 

Know Thy Enemy!

Another way of helping you to become more competitive is to know and understand your enemy, in this case, your competition! You have to look at the way your rivals are doing business, as well as what they do well, and what they do badly. Use this information to help you stand out and become more of a success. By doing things better than your rivals, you help to enhance the competitive nature of the brand. 

 

Give Customers a Reason to Use Your Business

If you want to improve your small business and work on being more competitive, then one of the best ways of doing this is to give customers a reason to use your business. There are so many benefits to doing this, and you have got to make sure you get this right moving forward. Attract more people to your brand, and you help to improve how competitive you are. 

Making the company more competitive is one of the best things you can do because this is what brings you repeat business, and increases your chances of success. You have to make sure you think carefully about what it takes to be more competitive in the business world and focus on this to help the company grow. 

Starting a business

8 Steps To Starting Your Own Business

With so many people quitting the traditional nine to five to work for themselves, has there ever been a better time to go for it yourself? Working for yourself means that you can choose your own hours, work flexibly around childcare and any other commitments and you can juggle your priorities on a day to day basis to best suit both your work and family life. It is easy to see the appeal, and with more and more people running their own business, there is also lots of support and advice available along with a thriving small business network to connect with. If you are considering taking the leap yourself, but are just not sure quite where to start, then here are our 8 steps to starting your own business. 

 

Formulate your idea

The very first thing that you are going to need to do is formulate your idea. 

Whilst you might have thought up something completely original, or spotted a gap in the market, it need not be as challenging as this. There are plenty of businesses that you can run that do not need you to be completely original in your idea. For example, you could freelance in the field that you are currently in, you could retrain for another profession or you could set up an online business. You might want to take a look at Working Mothers: The Jobs You Can Do From Home for further inspiration around this. 

When you are trying to decide on what to do, think about what you love doing, where your skills and experience lie, what is practical for you to do and bear in mind the startup costs. 

 

Develop your concept

Once you have settled on your business idea, you need to work on developing the concept.

Here you will need to start working on the specifics of the product or service that you plan to offer and fully think through the logistics of how you will run your business. 

You need to think up a name for your new enterprise and at this point we would recommend that you check to see whether that name is available as a web domain. If it isn’t then now is the time to think again as a little further down the line you will want to get a website set up.

You can then start to work on your business branding, which should really help you to focus your ideas. The branding should include the logos, signs and design, along with your business’ values and mission statement. Your branding is the image and voice of your business so this is a key stage to concentrate on. 

 

Present your idea to friends and family

You should now have a well-developed concept that you can present to friends and family. This is an opportunity to gain some initial feedback and thoughts. 

You know those people in your life whose opinions you value and trust, and those are the people that you should be seeking guidance from at this point. They will help to shape your idea and they should be able to offer up some constructive criticism. This is a chance to pitch your business to people that know and love you, helping you to refine it and build your own confidence in talking about it. The next pitch is going to be to potential customers and, if needed, your bank for finance, so this is a great opportunity to practice whilst getting feedback. 

This is also a worthwhile endeavour as a way to give a heads up to friends and family that this is the route that you are going down. They will be able to appreciate why you then might go off their radar for a while as you get everything started up and some of them might be able to pitch in and help you to get up and running. 

 

Carry out market research

Before you go any further, it is a good idea to carry out market research. You need to ensure that there is room in the market for your new business and to sense check your product, services, prices and business branding. 

There are several ways that you can go about this, and remember that you have already started to do this by talking to friends and family about it. 

You could take to social media and ask for input there, either directly or by way of a survey. You could use forums to gain some feedback. You could hold customer focus groups, targeting those people that you feel are your potential customers. You could ask if you could ask a few questions at any groups that you already attend, such as your fitness class, playgroup or craft group. 

The idea here is to get some initial impressions from people on what you are looking to do and you can then factor any feedback into shaping your business. 

 

Arrange your funding and equipment

Now is the time to start making things happen. You are clear on how you want your business to look and have the endorsement of potential customers, so your next step is to arrange any funding that you need and get equipment and stock in place .

It is worth completing a full business plan, whether you need to get funding or not, as this will help you to think through the figures that you need to aim for and work out how you will achieve them. 

 

Get your administration organised

This can often be a stumbling block as it can appear to be quite a daunting task. Do not let this stop you as there is plenty of support available out there, from free business advice at your bank to accounting software to take the hassle out of the bookkeeping. 

You will need to ensure that you are registered self employed for taxation and regulation purposes, and this is very easy to do if you follow the guidelines provided. 

 

Create your work environment

You are now registered as self employed so you are in business. One of the first things that you are going to need to do is create your new work environment.

For many of us, this is often in our home at this early stage. If this is the case, do try to make a designated work area, separate from your home and family life. Ideally you will have a room or outbuilding, but if this cannot be done, a corner or a desk can often work as well. 

It helps to do this because you will feel more professional than if you are just working from your sofa, and if you have a desk or storage area you can leave things there ready to pick up the following day. You can put everything that you need there, which should help you to be more productive each day. 

If you are going to need separate premises, you need to strike a balance between the perfect location and the perfect rental costs. 

 

Attract those customers

Marketing a brand new business effectively is absolutely key. You might have the best name, idea, product and office, but if nobody knows about you it is all irrelevant. This is the time to start making a name for yourself and building a reputation. 

Get a website up and running straight away and start using a social media channel or two, as they are free to use and often effective at helping you to spread the word.

You could then offer incentives for those early customers to encourage them to help you to spread the word. Word of mouth is a brilliant form of recommendation and should help you to build the foundations of your reputation.