Home Office Central

  • Brainstorming Solo

    May 13, 2011

    We all know being creative isn’t easy, and it can be especially challenging for folks who work in home offices with nary a brainstorming partner nearby. Here are five tips for sparking creativity even when you work alone.

  • Not A Picasso

    May 12, 2011

    One of the benefits of working from a home office is the freedom to decorate as you please. Choosing artwork may sound like serious business, but it doesn’t have to be. Nor does art need to be a big investment.

  • Think Like A Project Manager

    May 12, 2011

    Most home-based businesses are long on projects and short on project managers. The good news is that the basics of effective project management are simple and intuitive, and they can be applied to almost any project, regardless of size or scope.

  • Reduce These Hidden Costs

    May 12, 2011

    Finding ways to cut unnoticed home office costs can improve your profits.

  • Biz Apps For Your iPhone

    May 12, 2011

    Whether you’re in your home office or on the go, these top-notch iPhone apps are guaranteed to help you manage your schedule, organize your data and optimize your workflow. Check Apple’s App Store for up-to-the-minute price info.

  • Perfect Pitch

    May 12, 2011

    A well-crafted elevator pitch is an essential networking tool that home business owners can use in social situations, online profiles and even marketing materials. Here are five tips that will help you make sure your first impressions are pitch-perfect.

  • Social Media Safety: 4 Tips

    May 12, 2011

    Many home-based business owners are leveraging social networking tools like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to boost their bottom line. In the same spirit, entrepreneurial thieves are using the sites to look for new business while minimizing the risk of getting caught.

  • Risky Business

    May 12, 2011

    Micro-business owners inevitably assume risks in their pursuit of rewards. To slash the odds of a setback—or worse, a crisis—it’s wise to prevent accidents before they happen.

  • Home Office Makeovers That Won’t Cost You A Cent

    May 12, 2011

    Many of us spend more time in our home offices than any other area in the house, so it seems strange that these workspaces are often neglected. How many stay-at-home workers dragged a desk into some unused corner when they started their business and never looked back?

  • Good Company

    May 12, 2011

    Anyone who works out of a home office knows that it can be a lonely place. At home, the trivial interactions that break up most people’s workdays—chats around the copy machine, birthday cake in the break room—are in short supply.

  • Can You Take The Home Office Deduction?

    May 12, 2011

    Can you or can’t you take the home office deduction? This is one of the most vexing questions faced by home-based business owners.

  • Why You Don’t Need To Super Size

    May 12, 2011

    Few people in the business world look down on home-based companies these days. But if a potential client balks because of your firm’s lack of size or real estate, use your smallness (and your homeyness) to your advantage.

  • Driven To Distraction

    May 12, 2011

    One reason the home office workday stretches into an exhaustive 12 hours rather than merely a weary 10 is because we’re so easily distracted.

  • You Can Go Home Again

    May 12, 2011

    The economy is tight. Customers are tight-fisted. Many micro-business owners are eyeing that monthly check for the lease of their commercial office and thinking of a thousand better uses for the money.

  • Don’t Risk It All

    May 12, 2011

    Not having the proper home office insurance — or under insuring your home-based business — can put you at a big risk.

  • Now Hiring

    May 12, 2011

    What’s the fastest way to double the size of your home-based business? Hire your first employee. But while you’ll now have additional help, you can also double your headaches if you don’t hire the right person for your home office.

  • Let Beethoven Rock Your Isolation Blues

    Apr 06, 2009

    Do you ever find yourself talking to yourself, simply for lack of companionship? Does a knock at the door startle you, accustomed as you’ve become to your tomb, er, that is, your home office?

  • Weaving Your Web

    Apr 06, 2009

    Amazon needs a Web site. Sears needs a Web site. But does your home-based business need a Web site? The answer to that question has as much to do with your customers as it does with you.

  • The Neighborhood Bully

    Apr 06, 2009

    More than half of new businesses in the U.S. start at home, reports the U.S. Census Bureau. But before you order business cards for your startup or relocate your home business to a new community, check whether home businesses are allowed in the neighborhood.

  • Don’t Throw That Away

    Apr 06, 2009

    Which business documents should you keep, and for how long? You’d better know the answers because getting it wrong can be costly. If challenged by the IRS, you’ll probably lose if you can’t produce supporting documents.

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