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Tips on Starting Your Home-Based Business

Have you ever wanted to start a business from the comfort of your own home? Thousands of Americans are starting this business model every year—it’s no longer a fantasy to be able to make a living from your house. Modern technology has taken away the need for brick-and-mortar offices.

If you’ve thought about opening a home-based business, you probably don’t know how to get started. That’s why I’ve created this guide of top tips to help you get your foot off the ground.

Look Up Local Legislation
Before you start your home-based business, you’ll need to make sure that you’re eligible to do so. Depending on where you live, some local governments have restrictions on what types of businesses can be run from the area. This is largely to prevent residential areas from becoming too commercial.

Some regions will require a certain business license if you are operating a business from your home. Others will make you pay local taxes to a run a business—it’s important to be aware of these. Head to your city’s business department website for more information about home-based business regulations.

Convert Your Garage Into An Office

Many people no longer use their garage space for their cars. Instead, modern garages have become storage and living spaces for many American families. Now, we even have cutting edge garage door openers that open up via smartphone apps. Turning your garage into an office can be a great way to save money and ensure you have enough space to run your business.

You should start by clearing the space, placing in new furniture, optimizing electricity, and installing Wi-Fi in the area. Consider hiring professionals for garage door repair to ensure your door is secured. Garages are also great if you run an online retail business and need a space to store products.

A garage as a home-based office guarantees that your business won’t get in the way of your family, and vice-versa.

Stop Procrastinating and Boost Your Productivity

Being productive is one of the hardest parts about owning a home-based business. Working from home can be distracting. Take a look at some of the tips below if you want to know how to be productive in a home-based work setup.

• Separate your office space – always keep your office separate from your living areas
• Set your daily schedule – make sure you have a work schedule that isn’t influenced by outside distractions
• Try aromatherapy – Royal Essence Candles have scents like cinnamon that promotes productivity and cognitive functioning
• Set your goals – set daily goals that need to be completed by end of day
• Set your boundaries – set boundaries with your family members, balance your time for work and family
• Take it seriously – you should take your home-based business as seriously as any other company you would work for

Create an Awesome Branding

As a business owner, you probably spend most your time worrying about the operations of your company. But building a brand is one of the most integral parts of running a successful business. Consumers give your business credibility based off the brand that it portrays to the market place.

On day one of your home-based business, you should begin by creating an awesome, recognizable brand. You can start by naming your company and developing a strategic branding system. You should also aim to have consistently positive interactions with your clients to boost your brand’s reputation in the market.

One Step at a Time

There are many benefits to owning a home-based business, you just want to make sure you get off on the right track. Make sure to consider all the tips mentioned in this post prior to starting up your business from home.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Check it Out: Shop More, Save More Sale!

Shopbop’s BUY MORE, SAVE MORE sale is here! Shop your favorite items and receive up to 30% off. Use code MORE17 during checkout for 20% off $200+, 25% off $500+, and 30% off $800+ on all full-price items and get up to 75% off on sale items — restrictions apply. Below are some items that are currently in my cart.

Vegan Suede Leggings //Girls Girls Girls Embroidered Sweatshirt // Drape Front Coat Fold Over Snake Print Clutch// Knot Earrings // Bassa Ring // Lannux Booties
Leopard Mules // Suede Flats

Sale ends on November 26th at 11:59 PM PT


I know last month’s WISH LIST was all about makeup and skincare products but I couldn’t pass up the chance to share some more items that are currently on my WISH LIST and on sale at Sephora right now. Before I move on to my list, check out some important dates and codes for THE beauty sale of the year below. There’s lots of makeup and skincare products to select from.

Rouge: Use code 20FORROUGE during check out. November 3-6 and November 10-15
VIB: Use code 20FORVIB. November 10-15.
Insiders: Use code Insider15 from November 10-15.

What products have you ordered or are planning on ordering?
Please share! I always love to hear recommendations. 


A Minted Holiday + A Special Offer

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I was compensated for this post.

Are you ready? Let’s get the holiday season officially started!

It’s time to start thinking about holiday cards, before you know it Christmas and the holidays will be here. I’ve teamed up with Minted to bring you my favorite holiday cards this season and to share a special offer with all my readers. Order your holiday cards today and enjoy 15% off holiday cards. Use code JOY17 during checkout. Offer expires on Monday, November 6.


Painted Wreath Ornament Card

Branch Holiday Booklette

Created by talented independent designers, Minted holiday card collections offer fully customizable templates in a variety of styles and budgets. Printed on thick premium paper, Minted cards come  in unique shapes and sizes including keepsake ornament cards, postcards and mini book cards. Minted has the perfect card to reflect your family’s story. They also offer customers free matching envelope and recipient addressing — if you are a busy mom like myself, this service is amazing. I used it for the first time 2 years ago and it was such a time saver. Now all my addresses are saved and I don’t have to waste any time addressing envelopes ever again!

ABOUT MINTED Minted is the world’s premier marketplace for independent design. Their mission is to find exceptional artists and designers from all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design. Minted sources design and art from a global community of independent designers, then sells their best designs as fine products such as stationery, wall art, and décor for the home, holidays, and occasions.


This wish list is coming to you super late — November will be here next week! But since Ulta has a 20% coupon available right now, I thought I would share the beauty products that are currently on my wish list. Most products below are available on their site with the exception of a few. What beauty products are you loving right now? Please share your recommendations!

Happy beauty shopping!