Anyone that operates a business from home knows that home-based business security issues often come up. This is just part and parcel of running any home-based business.
Realistically, in order to be successful at a home-based business, a business owner needs to release their address and phone number to potential clients or buyers eventually. Even if this is not done, it is rather easy for potential clients and buyers to research and discover phone number and location of a home-based business.
Therefore, it can be harrowing at times, for home-based business owners in issues of safety and security, especially if their home-based business is indeed, in their home, exposing their family members to security and safety issues and risks, as well as themselves.
This is not to say that undue measures should be taken, or that undue fear should pervade. A home-based business is really at no more risk of crimes against person or property than a personal residence or any other type of business.
Pre-cautionary measures should however, within normal guidelines be employed, to prevent any untoward occurrences during course of a business day and after office hours. These measures can include, but should not be limited to following:
1. The locking of doors and windows as is convenient and implementation of safety and security devices, even when building is occupied. Many home-based business owners don't feel that they may legitimately keep doors and windows "locked", as they may feel that this will inconvenience their clients. This is not true, as any visit to a corporate building will soon prove.
Whenever visitors enter a corporate structure, they are usually scrutinized well by cameras, security personnel and other safety and security methods. As a home-based business owner, you do have every right to employ locked doors and windows, and even implement security cameras and other devices. It is your right under law, and clients, overall, will understand this.
2. The use of structural security measures, such as deadbolts, dogs, fencing, and one-way viewing glass inserted into doors. Measures such as these are used routinely by homeowners and a business within a home does not rule out use of these deterrents.
3. The use of a separate phone line for business needs. This is only a small added expense per month, but when clients call, no one in a home-based business person's "family" will inadvertently answer, thus lending to belief that business is not attached to a personal residence in any way.