If you are starting a home business, you aren’t alone. Home businesses are one of the fastest growing industries. Working from home allows for more flexibility, eliminates your commute and reduces your overhead costs.
But, if you want to be taken seriously in the business world, you can’t just add a desk, a printer, some office supplies and put up the open sign. It’s important to have a dedicated space for business where clients or customers can visit or contact you.
A Cook Portable Warehouse is the perfect solution to this issue. Convert your Cook shed into the perfect space and get selling sooner rather than later! A Cook portable shed can become any of these things!
Just grab a cup of coffee, walk outside your back door and into your new business, conveniently located in your Cook building. Here are 4 things to know when starting a business in your Cook shed.
Check local laws and regulations
It’s important to check with your local neighborhood association or municipality prior to starting a company on your residential property. You might need a specific permit or license depending on the business or industry.
It’s also a good idea to check your homeowners’ insurance policy to make sure a home-based business is covered. If you aren’t already covered, you might need to purchase an additional rider to ensure your business is protected.
Separate personal and business
Because you are working from home, it’s important to keep your business and your family life separate.
Set boundaries and strict hours and days reserved for work with your family and friends.
Create a bookkeeping system that makes sense and separates business expenses and income from personal and family bills.
It’s a good idea to set up a separate business checking account and credit card. And, remember to keep files of all your business’s activities and transactions for at least the last 5 years.
It’s also smart to rent a post office box for all business mail to help keep correspondence, bills and payments separate from other stuff.
But, when you are ready to relax and decompress from a hard day, you can just go inside your home and relax with your family.
Get your business space organized
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean customers or clients expect less from your products or services.
The first step is creating a space just for your business. With a Cook shed, you will have a separate entrance and dedicated room to work.
It’s important to set up an organized space using strategically placed bins, containers, shelves and more. Think about the best way to organize those items you need daily on surfaces like desks and tables, and other things you need less often in drawers.
For more tips on keeping your home-based business or office tidy and looking its best, read this blog post!
Make sure everything is secure
Security is always a smart thing to consider especially for businesses with high value electronics and other more expensive items. Keep things like computers, printers, faxes, phone systems, etc. stored safely and reserved for primarily business purposes.
And, if you have a Cook shed you can rest assured your stuff is safe with our secure buildings that include a locking door handle and heavy-duty hinges.
Learn more about all our Cook door features here! Below is your free guide to starting a business in your portable building!