BUSINESSTOWN Selecting & Furnishing Your Office On A Budget

Will a Home Business Location Work for You?

If you are debating whether to set up an office in your home or lease commercial space, think seriously about keeping the office in your home if you can. Unless you are operating a retail store or expect clients to regularly visit your office, your face to the world will be your products, your services,... READ MORE

Are Home Businesses Legal?

Can You Run a Business From Your Home? In many cases, operating a business from your home is not legal. Laws in most cities and towns in the U.S. and most developed countries severely limit the locations and under what conditions businesses may operate. But if every illegal home business in America were shut down,... READ MORE

Streetwise Advice: On Home-Based Business

Working Out of an Apartment For several years, I ran my growing book publishing company out of two different basement apartments in residential neighborhoods in the Brighton section of Boston. In each case, dozens of neighbors were aware of my business, and no one ever complained. At each address, we had daily UPS deliveries. Once... READ MORE

Co-Working Space Offers Many Possibilities

One of the best ways to get access to a good, interesting office really cheap is to share the workspace. This can be done in a number of different ways. For one, you can sublet excess office space. Let’s say if a company downsizes their business or leased excessive space to begin with, then they... READ MORE

How to Slash Your Overhead

"Overhead, like the government, tends to just grow and grow. Reducing overhead takes incredible discipline and a willingness to risk civil war with all affected employees.” Overhead Is a Threat to Your Survival A low-cost structure is essential for being competitive, and low overhead is part of a low cost structure. Overhead costs don’t directly... READ MORE

Selecting Office Space for Your Small Business

Moving into a commercial office space can be an exciting time for a small business owner. It signals a coming of age for a business that has outlived the usefulness of a home office. More space is needed to house new employees and more equipment, and to conduct meetings, conferences, and product demonstrations. A commercial... READ MORE

Streetwise Advice: Choosing Your First Office

Cheap Space Is Good Every entrepreneur who looks at office space for the first time is tempted to spend more money than anticipated or budgeted. Resist! You will need that extra cash to get you through start-up or growing pains. Lease space as cheaply as you can. It may not be all you’ve ever dreamed... READ MORE