by Hal Salazar
Determining Business Structure
Decide what business structure is best for your company before you begin. Forming an S Corporation offers several benefits, including self-employment tax savings and pass-through taxation. Business owners can also opt to claim losses as tax deductions through an S Corp.
You might not have a budget for high lawyer fees right away. You can avoid them by filing for an S Corp yourself or using a formation service. Before you form an S Corp, review your state's rules.
You may decide getting a degree will make your business more marketable. If so, you can consider taking classes online or signing up for in-person times that work around your family's schedule. One online degree option is cybersecurity. If you decide to earn a cybersecurity degree online, you’ll be well-equipped for potential remote opportunities in the field. It teaches you:
• Best practices in services and systems
• Scripting and programming
• Networking and security
• Data management
• The business of information technology
You can also consider degrees in business, accounting, marketing or others that boost your entrepreneurial skills.
Once you've ironed out the business details, it's time for the fun part: to decide what career path you want to take.
Tutoring is a great work-from-home option. You can tutor students at your house, travel to their homes, or offer virtual services. Start by defining your client base: only high-school students, for example, or a particular subject such as science. You can take on a couple of students to start or branch into full-time work.
Photography is a versatile and creative career choice. Decades ago, photographers needed a darkroom setup and studio, but today you have more flexibility. You can go on location to photo sessions and complete your photos digitally. You may need to invest in high-quality cameras and digital equipment or take photography classes to get started.
Pet care is an excellent option for animal lovers. You can adapt the business to fit your schedule and accommodations. You can operate a grooming business, for example, from your home or offer a mobile service. If you have the space, you can board pets overnight at your house or travel to clients' homes to care for them.
Graphic design is another career that's possible to do from home. You can work as a freelancer, allowing you to create a flexible schedule. Graphic design encompasses printed and digital pieces: newsletters, posters, brochures, signage, websites and social media advertising. You'll need a dependable computer to run design programs that require lots of memory. You may also need a high-quality printer and scanner.
Are you fluent in other languages? Consider starting a translation service. According to job experts, the employment of interpreters and translatorsis expected to grow 20% over the next several years. Your upfront costs may include a computer, internet connection, printer and current reference materials. Your target market can be global, and you can work in various medical, legal and technical industries.
Fortunately for stay-at-home parents, business opportunities are more varied than ever. Once you've determined your business structure, gone back to school and set up your company, it's up to you to reap the benefits.