In order to successfully run your home Internet business, you need myriad of things to fall into place.
Among the important items you need:
• Having a stable of clients;
• Giving clients the best customer service available;
• Marketing and advertising your home business;
• Making sure family separates your home time and your work time;
• Securing your home office.
When it comes to that last item, just home secure is your home office and your home surroundings for that matter?
Don’t Drop the Ball on Security
In a day and age when home invasions are not uncommon, especially given the fact that a challenged economy leads to more people looking for money (including finding it illegally), keeping your home business safe and secure is critical.
So, have you thought about how best to protect your home business and all that goes into it?
If not, keep in mind the following:
• Security provider – Having a solid home security provider is important in deterring criminals from breaking in. Whether you click here on the Internet for a security provider or turn to a provider referred through family or friends, make sure you find a company that has your best interests at heart. While what you pay for home security is certainly important, don’t take the cheap way out and pay as little as possible, because you will likely get as little as possible in return. Screen a number of home security providers to see who has the best services, affordable rates and of course solid customer service;
• Avoid open invitations – When you run a home Internet business, you are less likely to have tons of cash sitting around like some other businesses may, especially given the fact that you are likely doing a large percentage of your transactions via credit card payments. That said don’t leave credit card numbers sitting around on papers or have checks you may receive from clients easy to see on a desk. In the event someone breaks into your home, client credit card numbers and checks you’ve obtained would be easy targets for thieves if they are left out in the open;
• Don’t fall into patterns – Finally, working from home has a number of advantages, one of which is you can oftentimes set your own schedule. While that is a plus for many business folks, one down side can be that others might take notice of your patterns. Let’s say you work from home Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 (something similar to a regular corporate office job). If you leave each day from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to go to the gym, someone with ill intentions (criminals) could be casing your home. If they see you’re gone for that one hour five days a week, it would not take them long to break into your home and get away with some valuables. Those valuables could include items valuable to your home Internet business, i.e. a computer, printer and more.
When it comes to securing your home Internet business needs, are you feeling truly secured?
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About the Author: Dave Thomas covers small business and security issues on the web.