Starting a Home Business

The benefits of working from home are endless—earn what you deserve, work independently, realize tax deductions, forget about things like traffic and office politics. Develop the essential entrepreneurial qualities—motivation, discipline, creativity—for success.

Lesson List:

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to Home-Based Businesses
    There are a variety of reasons why most people want to operate their own home-based business. Take an honest look at the benefits and challenges of working at home. See what it takes to be an entrepreneur—and if this lifestyle will work for you.
  • Lesson 2 - Selecting a Business
    What kind of home-based business should I start? By thoughtfully exploring your options, you'll spare yourself costly mistakes that come with sinking your time, money, and energy into the wrong business. In this lesson, you'll focus on your talents and abilities so that your home-based business will be a great fit.
  • Lesson 3 - Names, Logos, and Legal Protections
    Find out how to create the image that will draw customers to you and bring them back time and again. Get creative with names and logos. Then learn how to protect your work with fictitious name statements, trademarks, copyrights, and patents.
  • Lesson 4 - Zoning, Licenses, Permits, and Insurance
    Did you know that not all businesses are allowed to operate from a private residence? It's vital that you are familiar with the rules and regulations for the area you live in—before you start! For that reason, you'll explore zoning laws, licenses, permits, and insurance issues in this lesson.
  • Lesson 5 - The Business Plan
    If you want your business to succeed, then you'll need to write an effective business plan. Learn how to put together a step-by-step action plan. This requires thorough research into each area of your business.
  • Lesson 6 - Creating a Marketing Plan
    Cover the basis on how to create a marketing plan. Simply providing terrific products and services is not enough—you need to know who make up your marketplace, what your objectives are, and what your competition is up to.
  • Lesson 7 - Sales Techniques
    Learn about the fine art of selling your product or service. It's so important to be real, to listen, and to know how to bargain and close the sale. Get the keys to effective selling: Developing relationships based on trust and credibility.
  • Lesson 8 - Banking, Record Keeping, and Taxes
    Banking, record keeping, and taxes are crucial to your business. Learn about expenses and deductions, maintaining the appropriate records for all your revenue, categorizing your expenses, and keeping track of sales tax.
  • Lesson 9 - Setting Up Your Home Office
    Do you know how to set up your office for maximum efficiency? Learn how to set boundaries for your office, figure out what size office and setup you need, and make sure your office is ergonomically and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Lesson 10 - Organize Your Business for Success
    The goal in organizing your business is to give yourself freedom. Whether you're dealing with paperwork or time management, your system of organization should not restrict or confine you in any way.
  • Lesson 11 - Your Professional Image
    The impression you make through your image can bring customers to you or drive them to your competition. Look at what not to do and what to do regarding your personal appearance, attitude, and printed materials.
  • Lesson 12 - Balancing Business and Family
    Clarify expectations, reach compromises that work for everybody, and especially set boundaries. Learn how to protect your work and your relationships.

Upon registering, you have six (6) weeks to complete the program.

Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees
New class starts monthly Online $99

Course Hours: 24 Hours

This workshop is offered through our continuing education online partner.