More and more people are working from their homes, both as self-employed small business people and as employees. There are a lot of advantages to working at home–including the fact that the dress code is generally more casual–but there are also a number of important things you’ll need to consider before setting up a home office. The most basic consideration is local zoning ordinances. If your home business consists of no more than a desk and a computer in a back bedroom, chances are no one will even know you’re operating. But if, for example, your office is open to the public (say you’re a chiropractor or a notary public) or you keep inventory on site, then your business affects your neighbors and is likely to be regulated.
No matter what your business, always check with your local zoning board to find out where you stand before investing a lot of time and money in your office. In this document you will find information about: