Home-Based Businesses

Operating your business out of your home can be both convenient and efficient. This is especially true for farmers pursuing small value-added businesses. These businesses can be run out of the farm home or a home in town. However, home-based businesses can involve some issues that are different from other businesses.

To help you get a general understanding of home-based businesses, read Home-based Business: When a House is More than a Home. For information on how to successfully set up a home-based business, read Two Dozen Do's and Don'ts for Home Business Success.

For more information on this topic, see the links listed below of articles posted on related Web sites.

Is It For You
  • Starting a Business in Your Home - Is It for You? – Ohio State University -- Starting a business in your home may be rewarding, both personally and financially.
  • The Pros and Cons of a Home Business – Ohio State University -- Having a business in your home can provide flexible working hours and give you the luxury of being your own boss.
  • Home-based Business: Is it for Me? – North Dakota State University Extension -- More people are starting home-based and micro businesses than ever before. People are turning their skills, hobbies and ideas into profitable ventures.
  • Home-Based Business: An Economic Development Alternative – Oklahoma State University Extension -- This fact sheet discusses how home-based businesses benefit the communities where they are located.
  • Home-Based Business — Will It Work for Me? – University of Missouri Extension -- The entrepreneurial spirit has captured your imagination, and you are considering going into business for yourself. You see other people's successes and say, "I can do that, too" or "I can do better than that."
  • Starting a Home Business – University of Maine Extension -- Home businesses are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are turning their time and talents into profits.
  • Starting a Business in Your Home: Weighing the Pros and Cons – University of Maine Extension -- For more and more people, home is not only where the family is — it is where the business is. During the last 20 years, large numbers of people have chosen to market their skills and talents from home.
Making it Work
Legal, Tax, and Insurance Considerations

Links checked July 2014.