Flying Without a Net

Written by Elena Fawkner

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The kinds of risks to consider, depending of course on repparttar nature of your business, include:

=> Health and Disability

Check with any trade or professional associations of which you are a member for health insurance packages. Many such associations will have negotiated insurance packages for their members and this can be a good way of getting good cover for a cost-effective price.

Other types of insurance to consider are disability insurance in case you can't work due to illness or disability and workers' compensation (remember, you may be an employee of your business). Depending on your personal situation, you may also want to consider key man insurance which protects your business inrepparttar 117400 event of your death. The business becomesrepparttar 117401 beneficiary under this type of policy and this cover is intended to enable repparttar 117402 business to replace you.

=> Property

This covers your physical assets - furniture and equipment, inventory and supplies including, where required, cover for equipment taken away fromrepparttar 117403 premises such as laptop computers.

=> Liability

There are three main types of liability insurance. Depending on your business you may need only one or two or all three. The three types are (a) general liability which covers you for accidental injuries sustained by business visitors; (b) professional liability if you are a member of a professional occupation such as a lawyer or an accountant; and (c) product liability which protects you against damage caused to a third party as a result of a defective product.

=> Business Interruption

This type of insurance covers your lost profits as a result of some insured event which makes it impossible for you to carry on your business such as a fire or flood.


One expenditure you should definitely not try and avoid is an accountant to prepare your taxes. There are many home office tax deductions available but they are scrutinized carefully byrepparttar 117404 IRS so make sure you get professional help in this area.

The types of deductions available torepparttar 117405 home business owner include a proportion of your housing costs and expenses if you use a part of your home exclusively for your business; use of your car for business purposes; health insurance; postage; trade magazines and other business-related publications; and capital equipment.

The best way to save money on accountant's fees is to keep accurate, organized and complete records. Keep your receipts organized so that when tax time comes you can hand everything over to your accountant in a nice neat package.

In addition, do not hestitate to contact your accountant for advice if and when you intend to take on employees. A whole slew of responsibilities goes along with employing others in your business including withholding tax and social security benefits and workers' compensation to name just a couple.


Finally, a word about zoning. Zoning laws can be inconsistent so just because your friend Dave can run a business out of his garage in town X doesn't mean you can dorepparttar 117406 same thing here in town Y. Some municipalities will give you a hard time if you're receiving clients onrepparttar 117407 premises but will turn a blind eye if you're not. Others focus onrepparttar 117408 detriment your business causes torepparttar 117409 amenity of your neighbors. If your neighbors find they can't park their car in their own street because ofrepparttar 117410 flood of traffic to your door, expect problems. Also, don't expect to be able to erect a sign in front of your house or, possibly, anywhere visible fromrepparttar 117411 street, advertising your business. Still other municipalities will restrict repparttar 117412 numbers of employees that can be employed inrepparttar 117413 home business. In these municipalities you often won't have a problem if you're a solo worker but once you start hiring employees to work onrepparttar 117414 premises you may have trouble.

So, before you start your business and invest a lot of capital in getting set up, check with your local authorities what, if any, zoning restrictions you need to be aware of.

These are just a few ofrepparttar 117415 major headache areas when you cutrepparttar 117416 ties and set out on your own. By takingrepparttar 117417 time to get these things in order before you get underway, you'll create a safety net for yourself and your business so that when things go wrong, as they inevitably will, your dream of a home-based business of your own will continue to be a happy reality and not a nightmare.


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Tips For Creating Your " TO DO " List

Written by Joe McHenry

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Some managers prefer to have separate sheets for each type i.e. one sheet forrepparttar "A" list, another sheet forrepparttar 117399 "B" list etc.

That way you know you are working onrepparttar 117400 most urgent tasks fromrepparttar 117401 listing itself becauserepparttar 117402 A list should always be on top.

So what do you do withrepparttar 117403 C items? If you have staff, then delegate - if not, decide if you are going to complete them or not.

Dispose of all items you decide are not worth doing.

Instead of re-writing your list each morning an alternative method is to spendrepparttar 117404 last 15 minutes of your day on your list so that you can start immediatelyrepparttar 117405 next day.

4. How Pareto's Principle May Help You

Pareto was an Italian economist who observed that 20% ofrepparttar 117406 people in Italy owned 80% ofrepparttar 117407 country's wealth.

This has been found to have real significance and has resulted inrepparttar 117408 80/20 Rule.

Broadly speaking 80% of all results come from 20% of all efforts. So identify which 20% isrepparttar 117409 most important and you can't help but be more successful.

One word of caution - items onrepparttar 117410 B list which are not completed within a reasonable time scale have a habit of suddenly becoming a major A item!

I have used a "TO DO" list for many,many years and it enabled me to keep on top of my responsibilties and enjoy my family life. I sincerely recommend that you use such a list.

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