If you’re like me and want to run your own home-based business at some point in your life there are a lot of options to consider before making the leap from working a 9 to 5 and actually making your home based business your full-time job. There’s income, of course. Insurance, Internet access, reliable transportation, any state and federal taxes you need to pay, and of course customer service if you’re in a service industry.
For those going into the working world as consultants much of your time may be spent away from your home office. If this is the case you’ll need to consider whether or not you wish to have your calls forwarded to your cell phone, handled by voice mail or whether the added expense of an Answering Service could be a benefit to your fledgling business.
I mention this because most freelancers and contractors will not have the budget to employ an assistant or dedicated receptionist for the first year or so in business. Answering Services can provide the illusion of a larger staff and provide better customer interaction, especially for new customers or customers that may have questions when you are not available.
If you’re considering going into business for yourself. Consider all the options beforehand. It’ll make life a lot easier.