Contents: Retail / Factory Issues | Working from home
Retail / Factory
1. Location – is it positioned to suit the:
- customer you are targeting
- you and your staff
2. Regulations – you need to consider the implications and costs of:
3. Overheads such as:
- Outgoings (to the landlord)
Positives – many businesses cannot be run anywhere else. They need the space to manufacture or service the product, and the location to suit the customers.
Working from home
1. Isolation – it is not easy to:
- Remain focussed and motivated when you are on your own day after day
- Benchmark your achievements when you are not involved with competitors or peers
- Put problems into normal perspective when you have no one to discuss them with
2. Balancing family with business – you have to be aware of:
- Time constraints – what do you do if the family and the client need you at the same time?
- Business meetings – do you have a suitable room available, or if a female, are you comfortable meeting with strangers when you may be on your own, or with small children nearby?
- Noise – how will you answer the phone to a prospective client if the dog is barking or the baby crying?
- Space – if your business has equipment, or product in various stages of development, do you have sufficient space for the family to move freely about the home?