On September 7th, 2019 I will have run a home business for 12 years successfully. Over that time, I’ve discovered that although my little one-woman show gets categorized as a small business, that moniker doesn’t always fit or benefit my home office operation. According to Small Business Trends, 69% of US entrepreneurs start their businesses from home, and that number is likely to increase. Working from home, something that was once an oddity, has become the new normal. So why is it when you go looking for information to help you start, operate and grow a home-based business, everything that pops up is marked for ‘small businesses’ not ‘home business’. Is your home business really a small business?
small business: an organization that is small (few employees) and may or may not have the intention to be bigger. In the US a business with 1,500 or less employees is considered a small business.
Although a home-based business is by definition a small business, a large number of home businesses are actually micro-businesses. Micro-businesses have no more than two employees. Why is this important? Because there is a huge difference between 2 and 500. A lot of information and resources out there for small businesses just don’t fit a micro business.
A micro business differs greatly from even a business with only 5 employees.
Information and resources for small businesses often times won’t apply to a micro-business. The challenges you face are different. This includes a smaller customer reach. It also include the inability to take out business loans or develop lines of credit with potential vendors due to their small size. They are also much more likely to outsource than hire employees.
All of these things can make it a challenge to find advice or resources. Small business resources will often refer to financing and employee management. Services recommended for small businesses may be overkill for a micro business.
You can of course look specifically for micro business advice, but it will be hit and miss as to what you find and how helpful it is.
Most of the information shared here on the Tips from T.Marie blog is micro-business friendly. That’s because I write from my own experience. With the 12th anniversary of my little business approaching, I want to re-dedicate this space to the home-based businesses out there. In the coming weeks I’ll also be adding a new service to my repertoire specifically for home businesses. It’s my hope that I can help provide the micro-business community with solid information. Information that is the perfect fit for them, not something aimed at larger businesses that needs to be adapted.
Contrary to what all the small business advice may say out there, the truth is that a home business can be a huge success without becoming a big business.