Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Home Business Regulations

When you start your home business, you need to make sure that you know the regulations of your neighborhood. Depending where you live, there may be zoning laws that forbid certain kinds of businesses from operating in your neighborhood. The reasons may vary but in most cases the rule pertains to the fact that certain types of businesses generate additional traffic in the neighborhood.

You may be well advised to check into the zoning laws in your neighborhood before you decide on the business you want to operate. You do not want to take the time to make all of the arrangements including any additional skills training only to find out that your business of choice is forbidden in your neighborhood.

Also, keep in mind that if you move to another neighborhood, what did not work in your former neighborhood may be allowed in your new one. It depends upon the size of the neighborhood and the way the streets are set up as well as the amount of property you have. Of course, if you live in a rural community, you probably will be able to operate any business that you want.

In most neighborhoods, day care centers are not prevented from opening, not only because they will benefit the entire neighborhood but also because any traffic they create is short term. Other businesses such as accounting and secretarial are borderline since they may involve only a client picking up their work. At the same time, if everyone comes at once, it can cause a problem.

If you are faced with that, perhaps suggest that you will make appointments for pick up or will deliver the work yourself in order to obtain a variance to the zoning code for your businesses. Sometimes psychologists may want to have an office in their home but this may be one of the cases where it would not be allowed since its possible to have several people waiting at the same time.

A beauty salon may be another questionable business in some neighborhoods. Keep in mind that none of the rules is etched in stone but you have to obtain a variance in order to circumvent them. Do not make the mistake of opening a business and thinking that you can keep it low key because someone will find out and complain. There is one in every neighborhood.

You do not want to invest all of that time and money only to find out that you have to shut down because you did not obtain the proper licenses and variances before you began operating. Of course, if you are creative and are operating a freelance business that involves only you and your computer, you will not need to concern yourself with zoning laws.

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