If you are thinking of starting a home based business in the Salt Lake City area or anywhere else there is one basic question you need to consider before determining your business’ legal structure (LLC, S Corp etc.), obtaining a tax identification number, registering for state and municipal taxes and obtaining the proper permits. First you must ask yourself if you have the proper temperament to operate a home based business.
What Type of Business Do You Want to Start?
The type of temperament required will depend a great deal upon the type of business you want to create. Some businesses simply require a phone and a computer to operate. Other types of business require space for storage, equipment and employees. If you have limited space will you be able to deal with cramped quarters?
Will your business require employees? If so will you get annoyed by having your employees working in your home in and around your personal space? If your business is just you and requires your presence in your home will you be okay with staying in your home (the same place you eat, sleep and relax) for extended periods of time alone? Will you go stir crazy? If you have family members or roommates not involved in your business will they get in your way or distract you?
If any of these questions give you pause you should take time to consider them. You may not have the temperament to jump into the deep water of starting a home based business right off the bat. If you think you do not have the proper temperament but you are still committed to starting a home based business, there are possible workarounds. Perhaps you could rent a low cost, basic office space. This will give you the space and variety of experience you might need to keep your home and work life separate and preserve you sanity. Another option might be to try working from home in smaller doses at first to see if it is for you or to see if you can adapt.
Starting a home based business is a serious undertaking especially if this business will be your primary household income. This article is not intended to discourage you from starting a home based business if this is really what you want to do. Rather, the intent of this article is to tackle these potential pitfalls before you start so that you optimize your home based business’s chances for success.