Ask Entrepreneur - Home Based Business

Is it legal to live and run a business out of a rental house that is zoned residential?

I would like to place a sign outside of the house. The house is directly across from a park and there are only four houses in sight. The landlord has given me approval to make the residence a home based-business. I am curious if the county would approve my request if I was able to get signatures from the neighbors, agreeing that my business would not a threat to their home.
Nina Kaufman

Can a spouse assist in business operations without being considered an employee?

I run a small business out of my home (single owner LLC). A few years after I got started, my wife began helping with billing and bookkeeping tasks, but she was never made an official employee. She often makes business purchases using a credit card that is in both the company's and her name. Receipts also show company/her name.
Nina Kaufman

We run a small business selling framed artwork. How do we provide samples to a retailer?

A retailer from another state would like to put our product in its brick and mortar and online stores. This is our first request and we are very excited. However, we are unsure how to respond. Our sample costs would be approximately $200 to $250 worth of merchandise. How do we make sure we will be returned our samples at some point? Should we charge a deposit for the samples?
Brad Sugars

How do I market my craft to a high-income audience?

I design and sell life size Santas. I know there is a market for them in upscale homes. How do I get them to the prospective buyers? I designed for Boyd Bears, after selling them my company 3 years ago for a little over a million (most if not all went to the backer and lawyer. Before we sold the company, we were asked to design for a professional football players home). I am starting over now and have no money except credit cards to get going again.
Wendy Piersall

How do I market my craft to a high-income audience?

I design and sell life size Santas. I know there is a market for them in upscale homes. How do I get them to the prospective buyers? I designed for Boyd Bears, after selling them my company 3 years ago for a little over a million (most if not all went to the backer and lawyer. Before we sold the company, we were asked to design for a professional football players home). I am starting over now and have no money except credit cards to get going again.
Kim T. Gordon

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

I am starting a small business out of my home. I am writing up a business plan and am trying to decide if I have to pay taxes on this business. I project that I will net $5,000 to $7,000 for my first year.
Nina Kaufman

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

I'm starting a gift shop that will reach 90% of my custumers by mail or online through my website. Since I'm going to be working from my home, which will be more professional, use my home address as my business address, or should I rent a box at the post office and use that?
Wendy Piersall

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.

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.
Wendy Piersall

What's the best homebased business to start?

I'm looking for a homebased business that I can work from the comfort of my own home. A business where I don't have to get other people involved. I just want the business to offer a free website and a product or products that I can sell and make huge profits right away.
Wendy Piersall

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

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

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

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

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

My cost for manufacturing is $35 per bag. What if I did consignment?
Pam Newman

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

The customers will have a choice of subjects to choose from, ranging from current news issues to hobbies and they can talk for either 5 or 10 minutes at a time. I will merely be there to correct (as little as possible) and to "join" their converstation as an english native speaker. I just need to know if this sort of business is profitable or not?
Tim Berry

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

I love writing poetry. This is my favorite pastime. I have always had a gift for writing but just recently started spending more time developing my poetry writing skills. How can I turn this into a money making venture that will generate more income?
Bunmi Zalob

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?

I am serious about working at home doing something on the computer. There are so many sites for work-at-home moms and it gets really overwhelming. I am not sure if it's a scam, it's hard to tell. Everything is like pay $49.95 and you'll be successful and rich. Or maybe I'll just be $49.95 poorer. Thanks.
Bunmi Zalob