Selasa, 07 Februari 2012

Working From Home - Why Running Your Own Business Can Be Great News for Parents

Setting up a business that you can run from home can bring many advantages. Many parents embrace self-employment after the arrival of their children - the coining of new phrases such as 'mumpreneur' are testament to the growing interest in parent-run businesses. Having said that, self-employment can be hard work and may not always bring in a steady income. So why take the chance? Read on for some of the reasons why running your own home business can be great news for parents.

Cost of childcare

This can be the deciding factor in parents giving up work for employers and deciding to work from home for themselves. If you run your own home business, you'll have a degree of freedom that you just won't get with employment and may be able to adjust your working hours to work around your family commitments, meaning you might not have to pay for childcare.

No commuting

Every day, millions of people leave their homes, head out to their workplaces and travel for miles and for hours, in some cases to sit at a desk and do work which could just as easily be done from home. Then at the end of the day, they turn around and do it all again in reverse. And for this constant, day-in-day-out source of frustration, misery, discomfort and danger (more cars on roads mean more accidents), they pay through the nose for petrol, train tickets and bus passes.

Obviously, not every parent-friendly business involves working from home but if you do manage it, cutting out your commute time can give you back several hours a day. Not to mention saving you money on tickets and petrol. What's not to love about that?

Increasing your income

Running your own business can give you the opportunity to earn much, much more than you would by taking a job. But having said that, it's not going to happen overnight.

Creating your own job stability

This might sound a bit strange as self-employment is notorious for being somewhat fickle in providing a steady income. It might be 'feast or famine' when you're running your own business, but who's to say that being an employee is going to be any more stable in the long term? You just have to look at the unemployment statistics to realise that having a permanent job is no guarantee of an income for life.

If you run your own business, you'll develop a lot of new skills all of which can be leveraged to help you create the kind of life you want. You should also develop a more tenacious mind-set that is bound to stand you in good stead as you progress through life. You'll learn how to diversify your assets and (hopefully) create multiple income streams that don't involve swapping time for money, so you'll be able to spread the risk of something going wrong with one of your sources of income.

Want to know more about successfully combining both a home business and a family? Want to know how to organise your life and gain more time for yourself? How to Run a Business From Home When You Have Small Children will give you the guidelines that you need to get the lifestyle you want.