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Do I have to pay taxes if I run a home based business?

Yes. Taxes are based on the amount and sources of income and the types of products or services sold, not the location of the business. (more)

Should I use my home address or get a P.O. Box for my home based business?

Generally speaking, I always take the safer approach to doing business online. I never make my home address public, just because you never know what could happen down the road. If you don't like... (more)

After finding a wholesale drop shipper, I was wondering whether it would be better to use eBay or my own website to run my home based business.

Use both! EBay is a ready-made pool of potential customers who come to the site with their wallets open. So, if you're just starting out, I would learn the ropes on eBay first. But you can drive... (more)

What's the best homebased business to start?

Honestly, I don't think you're being realistic in your expectations of what you can accomplish online. It takes months if not a year or more to learn how to drive targeted traffic to a website and... (more)

What is the best homebased business for stay-at-home moms?

I've run three different home based businesses since I became a parent. The first was a crafts business, which was easy to market but difficult to sell at the right price to make a reasonable... (more)

Do I need a permit to start a home based business?

<P>Good Question.</P> <P>Problem is, the answer is yes and no.  If you are thinking of employing people, then in most states and counties the answer is going to be yes.  If not,... (more)

I'd like to sell my purses to local boutiques. How much profit % can I expect to make off each item?

You will need to do some research of the industry to find out what the normal markup is in your area of specialty. This is where it is important for you to have a clear understanding of your costs... (more)

Is it a good idea to start an English hotline in a foreign country?

This is why you want to do a business plan, because you want to answer this question for yourself before you get started. Has anybody else done such a hotline business in Austria? Are you aware of... (more)

Can I start a home-based business by writing poetry?

Very interesting question. Creative people use their talents to create income everyday. If you don't believe me watch the Oscars. It's not really a matter of "if" your skills can be... (more)

There is so many work-at-home internet sites for stay-at-home moms out there. How do I know it's not a scam?

We've all seen the cheesy websites: "Invest just $100 and Be a Millionaire in Two Weeks!" or "Make Big Cash Stuffing Envelopes!"  Americans lose billions to fraud every year... (more)

How can I establish an internet or mail-order business?

First, you have to educate yourself on what it takes to start and maintain an Internet/mail order business and, education involves reading. Two good books to read are: "The Complete Idiot's... (more)

What are the best places or methods to sell gel candles?

I think you should try a number of different approaches, to see what works best for your schedule and your expectations of receivables. Try selling home parties, at your Chamber of Commerce Busness... (more)

Should I quit my job and focus full-time on my business venture?

I suggest you plan a break even point unless you have financial backing for your handbag business. Leavng a job, with known income, for the uncertainity of a full time business can be so stressful... (more)
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