I have never thought about the prospect of having a home massage business. Actually, I never cared for the idea. I always feared the boundary issues of clients coming into my home. I really like the professional atmosphere of my office. However, my office has been sold and as of January 1st, I will be under new management. I can stay. However, with my very limited hours, I am considering a home business. This would mean turning my garage into an office and a new home addition. I would insist on a separate entrance and small waiting room. I do not want it to look like my home. This all means money, money, MONEY! However, the money would be spent towards home improvement and not rent. I looked into other buildings it town, but nothing exactly met my needs.
I am not looking forward to keeping track of expenses and dividing out utilities for tax deduction purposes. I am looking forward to not hauling my huge laundry basket from my car. My young children would be at home with their dad, but they are extremely well-behaved and generally on the other side of the house. As I am typing this, I am thinking about extra insulation!
As of right now, I live in a non-annexed sub-division of the city. It should not be a problem, but I believe I would need to talk to the county about zoning.
My clients do not seem to mind the idea. They are happy as long as I am working. If I was starting out again, I think a home business would be much harder to start up in some ways. Yes it would be less overhead, but marketing would be key to early success.
Do you have a home business? Tell me about the good, bad, and ugly.