Interesting article from the Small Business Administration which says 53% of all American businesses are based in someone’s home.
I had been tempted for the past several years to take quit working for “the man” and take my video production business full-time. I never had the courage to pull the trigger myself, but I got help with that last summer.
It’s been good so far. I’ve enjoyed the freedom of working from home. I’ve enjoyed working for other small businesses, churches and people who truly appreciate the work I do for them. I also enjoy making my own business decisions and then dealing with them.
I’ve been making a pretty good living since last summer. Business has been good; I’ve stayed busy with project after project and I’m really looking forward to a few projects that are just on the horizon.
Today just happens to be my 10 month anniversary of being out of television news and being my own boss. Who knows what will happen over the next few months or years. I may decide to try to get back into tv news at some point. I’m a realist and I know many small businesses fail after a few months or years. I’m prepared to give “the man” a call again and sign up for those 40-hour weeks with health care coverage and 401K programs.
But here’s an interesting note. We have health insurance (of course) but no dental coverage. My son went to the eye doctor yesterday for a checkup. Now, normally our insurance co-pay would have been $30. Without any insurance, do you know how much that doctor’s visit was? $30.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how our culture accepts people who are self-employed. I’ve also met more than my share of the 53% of Americans who run their business out of their home. If I had known it isn’t as frightening as I had thought, I might have been more eager to step out on my own.