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Things To Do Before Starting A Home Based Graphic Design Business - RD048
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Before starting your home based graphic design business. It sounds easy, doesn't it? You have your skills and a computer, so why not start a graphic design business from your home? Go for it I say. However, there are certain things you need to do before starting on your new journey. In this episode of the Resourceful Designer podcast, I go into detail on what you should do before starting your own home based graphic design business. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode. Required research before starting your business. The first thing you need to do before starting your home based graphic design business is research. Being prepared for what's to come is the key to success. Here are a few things you should look into. Choose your type of business You have the options of operating as a sole proprietor, a partnership with someone, or one of the many forms of corporations. Choosing your business structure lays the groundwork for what you will do next. Study up on tax laws It's a good idea to learn what you can about the tax laws where you live. What can or can't you claim as business expenses? What tax loopholes can you take advantage of? Do you need to collect taxes from your clients when you invoice them? Be aware of zoning laws Zoning laws differ depending on where you live. Check with your city or county to see what affects you. Depending on where you live you may be limited to how you can run your graphic design business. Size up your competitions It's always a good idea to know who you're up against. Find out who is offering similar services in your area and figure out how you plan on carving out your own corner of the market. What you need to get before starting your business. Write a business plan A business plan will help you stay focused and keep you on track to succeeding as a business owner. Not to mention they are a requirement if you plan on incorporating your business. Register your business name Find out the requirements in your area and register your business name. This will protect you in the future should someone else try to operate under the same name as you. Obtain a business permit Even home-based businesses require a business permit to operate legally. Contact your municipal government for instructions on obtaining your business permit. Get busines