Running a home-based business is very different from any other type of company. You don’t have an office or a strict workspace – it’s just whatever you can carve out of your home. And while, traditionally, home-based businesses were solo ventures, more people are hiring people to help them out when the work piles up. While most entrepreneurs know this creates a few extra responsibilities, like having to apply for an Employment Identification Number or withhold payroll taxes, there are a few other possible pitfalls that could trip up a home-based business owner if she isn’t aware they exist.
Violating Zoning Laws.
Zoning laws are already a huge thorn in the side of home-based businesses. Residential areas typically aren’t zoned for business and, if you run one out of your house, your city could come knocking. But even if you’re cleared to run your business, you may still run afoul of zoning once you hire an employee because of what they bring with them. An employee means someone is going to be in and out of your house every day. Further, they have to drive through your neighborhood and park on your street to get there. It might seem odd that, if they were just visiting, it wouldn’t be an issue at all but once they start coming as an employee, that changes everything because their visits are so frequent. Check with your city and, if you have one, homeowner’s association to see just what they have to say, if anything. The last thing you want is to find out your business is now breaking the law because it hired somebody. (more…)
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