Better Check With City Hall Before Starting Your Home Based Business

In the 1980s and 1990s many cities had ordinances that prevented people from operating a business from their home. They used zoning ordinances to prevent these things, and often they did them to assist local developers who had built office complexes. Also, many suburban areas didn’t want people working out of their home, delivery trucks coming up to the door, or customers showing up at a residence in using the curbside for parking.Today, most home-based businesses don’t have many visitors, much of their business is done online, and they have meetings at the customer’s location or a local coffee shop. Today, there are far more home-based businesses than there are regular businesses. In fact, the average business is a home-based business these days. This is obviously a trend that will continue, and should be expected.Fewer and fewer cities have such ordinances anymore. Although many suburban cities do require business licenses even if you work out of your home, and there are stiff penalties if you fail to do this. Likewise, many city business license departments will notify your neighbors to make sure it’s okay with them in advance. If one of them objects you may not be issued a business license.Therefore, it makes sense to check with City Hall before starting your home-based business, and discussing it with your local neighbors first so they do not object, if and when they do; a postcard will be sent by mail from the local city hall, giving your neighbors 10 to 15 days to reply, otherwise the business license will be issued.Most cities still have rules about home-based businesses, such as the number of deliveries you are allowed to get per week or the storage of chemicals on the property. But for the most part, most cities understand the new norm and how many people are working out of their home. Please consider all this.

Home Based Business vs Online Business (Part 1)

There are two types of home based businesses. One is the traditional one with an office at your home and the other is a virtual office – your website. Both require customers to keep it going and both require you to do an initial research to see which type of business you should open. Without researching both, the traditional and online, businesses are destined to fail. Let us first look at the traditional home based business.

Traditional Home Based Business

These include all kinds of small cottage industries that can be run with a few people usually family members. Professional services (e.g. photography, print & design, ladies accessories, maintenance & repair services, etc), network marketing (MLM) and food & bakery contribute to the majority of traditional home based business.

Some of these had go on to become local brands and they survive well with regular streams of customers. Therefore, a traditional home based business cannot be booted out for good…. at least not now or any near future. They serve a niche market of their own.

Although many traditional home based businesses have been successful, these ventures are quite risky to begin with. Here are some of their cons:

1) The delivery of a physical product or personal services can be very much limited by time and space.

2) Promotion and marketing of your product or services are also limited to a smaller local market.

3) When business is brisk, you struggle to meet production but when business is slow, you struggle to keep it going.

A traditional home based business require an office, you spend money on decorating that office, even if it is a home. You would require infrastructure like telephone, fax machine, printer and stationary supplies. A traditional home based business may take time to set up.

A point to remember, a traditional home based business requires higher recurring expense when compared to an online home based business.

With a traditional home based business, you need to think about hiring staff and worry about attrition. Then there is the fear of losing your traditional home based business to natural calamities like hurricanes, storms or floods. You would have keep inventory which could cause you losses.

All the above are points to ponder when you are thinking of starting a traditional home based business.

Online Home Based Business

When compared to a traditional home based business, starting an online home based business is much faster. Once you have your website running, you are in business. You do not need to wait for the stationary or the office to get ready.

This does not mean that running an online home business is a piece of cake. You need to invest time to do proper research, as which type of online home based business is suitable for you. The internet is an extremely good resource for research.

In an online home based business you set your own timings and your website announces to world what are your products or services. You do not need to spend as much on advertising as you would do with a traditional home based business. The internet gives you an edge. You reach a much large audience across the globe. This is not possible with a traditional home based business where you end up catering to the immediate community. And once your online home based business is automated, it practically runs by itself.

Examples of Successful Online Businesses


eBay was one that did not go under when the dot com bubble burst. eBay transformed itself from a garage sale and flea market site into a genuine e-commerce site. Today, eBay has over 29 million registered users selling anything from antiques to jewelry. eBay is made online transaction safe and secure and it allows buyers and sellers to post their comments online. You can check these comments and then decide whether you want to do business with a person / company. treats it customers like extremely. It tracks the customers’ tastes so that using becomes a truly rewarding experience. It has outstanding customer service with special discount services on books. excels in one-to-one marketing making each customer feel special.

How to Find Great Live Auctions for Resale Items

Hi, my name is Walt. I’m an auctioneer with 25 years of experience in the auction business and licensed in the state of MA. I own Quick Auction Service, a company that specializes in building and running custom auctions, I’m also the webmaster of my own site and have been on eBay for 8 years. Besides eBay, the types of auctions I run most frequently are antiques and on-site estate auctions, although I’ve run everything from business overstock auctions to charity & special event auctions.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and stories of the auction business. My goal for article is to help folks get the absolute most out of their auction experience.

Whether your fresh out of the package or a seasoned dealer I think I can offer something in this article to help you with your auciton adventures.

There may be as many reasons to attend auctions as there are types of auctions to attend. Maybe you want to attend an auction to buy items for re-sale on eBay, or some other market. Maybe you want to furnish your home with wonderful antiques, or you want to furnish your home as inexpensively without sacrificing quality.Some folks are just looking for a fun night out. With a little perseverance all these things are possible.

There are antiques and estate auctions, auto auctions, overstock auctions, absolute and no reserve auctions, real estate auctions, specialty auctions where only one genre of items are sold, tailgate auctions, live auctions, online auctions, sealed bid auctions, silent auctions, charity and fund raising auctions and many more.

Can you really buy for pennies on the dollar at an auction? You bet! Many times I’ve seen folks buy and re-sell at the same auction on the same night for a good profit, although be advised, this should only be done after the auction is over.

There are a lot of ways to find an auction, but here are some tips on how to find and attend the best ones.

Visit the genre of shops in the area that apply to the type of auction you want to attend. IE: If your looking for a good antique auction to attend, stop in the local antiques shops and ask for what there are for good auctions in the area. Sounds obvious right? But listen to what they don’t say as well as what they do say. Oftentimes when a dealer speaks poorly about an auction he or she attends, it may be likely that they are trying to keep a good thing secret. Think for a moment, why would a dealer keep attending a lousy auction?

Newspaper ads: I personally like to find ads in the classified ad section rather than flashy display ads. Flashy ads are usually indicative of an auction that will be high priced, may have reserves, (a set price on an item), and usually an enormous crowd. While any auction can be profitable to attend, it is usually best to steer clear of the glitzy ones, at least for the beginner.

Here’s the minimum you want to find out before you go. If there is a phone number in the ad, call and ask for the terms of the sale. What forms of payment do they accept? Is it an absolute auction? An absolute auction is one that has no minimum or reserve bids on items. These are the best auctions to attend! Is there a buyers premium? A buyers premium is like a tax that everyone who makes purchases at that auction must pay above the winning bid price. Most auctions these days do charge a buyers premium, 10% is not unreasonable but I feel much more than that is greedy, and the auctioneer that charges over 10% is counting on most bidders not doing the extra math as the bids quicken in pace.

A fair auction will have ample time to inspect the merchandise, usually at least 2 or 3 hours. Find out when inspection starts and make sure to attend! Never attend an auction if you can’t make the inspection, not unless your prepared to gamble. Most auctioneers sell at a rate of about 100 items per hour, which is why they sell “as is”. They simply don’t have the time to give a detailed description of all the items. Since almost all items at auction are sold AS IS, there are sure to be some damaged, refinished, fake and incomplete items at any given auction. Beware of any auctions that offer very little or no inspection time.

Good auctions will usually have 150 to 400 lots. A lot may be one item or a group of items. The exception to this are specialty auctions, auto auctions, real estate auctions etc.

When you attend your first sale, take note of the 1/2 dozen or so dealers that buy the most often. See if you can find out about other area auctions they attend.

When you do find an excellent auction, attend it as often as possible. By frequenting good sales, you help increase the bottom line of that business. It’s difficult for many auctioneers to keep the quality of merchandise consistent, so good attendance certainly helps. And when an auctioneer gets to know you as a buyer, he/she will go out of the way to accommodate you, to keep you coming back.