If you have a home business, there’s going to come a time when you think you can take things into the big leagues – don’t worry, you’re not being arrogant thinking like that! After all, we all want to see our endeavors succeed, and get bigger and bigger, and thankfully, there’s plenty of ways to make room for expansion in a home owned business. 

So, without further ado, let’s go into the most simple of ways you can do just that. If you’re planning on taking on more work soon or thinking about innovating a new product or to refine a service you own, start with movements like the ones below. 

Work Out What Product Sells Best

If you’re a home business, the ability to expand will always be spearheaded by your most popular product or service. For example, if you’re a jewelry maker and sell your wares online, the bracelet or necklace that sells the most is the one you need to focus on here. Because when you have a well-selling product, you get a good picture of what the public knows you for, and what they want from you. So, to expand, it’s time to innovate that product. Make more of it, make complementary products to go alongside it – if you’re selling a bracelet, offering a customer charm upgrades or the ability for personalization could work very well here. It might be a slow start, but it’s a strong one that’ll soon start snowballing. 

Get A Receptionist

Even when you’re working from home, you can still have a receptionist to catch and screen your calls, and ensure that you’re not forever having to get the phone! During a time like this, you don’t want to be taken away from your work, and using a middleman to help you out is an indispensable strategy for expansion. 

But how can you set up a reception desk within your own home? After all, you probably don’t meet the clients here, and you definitely don’t have the room for another desk in your little office at the back of your house! Well, that’s why Live Virtual Receptionist services exist; using an online panel of receptionists, only the right calls get through to you, whenever you have the time to answer them. 

Learn to Outsource

Following on from the point above, you’ll also need to think about further, more general outsourcing. If you’re going to expand a home business, when you’ve just got a little space to work out of, as well as just yourself to take care of everything, you’re going to need a bit of help. So, rather than taking on full-time employees, and having to come up with the payroll and the real estate to suit them, you’ll need to build a network of freelancers.

A home business has to work with what it has when it comes to getting bigger and better, and that’s why outsourcing works. You might think of it as an unnecessary expense, but it’s on a budget, and one you can handle and account for in the short term, especially if you’d like to practice at being the boss! Outsourcing can be a lot of help to someone who runs a home business, because most of it is conducted virtually, and you can always be in touch as long as you have a wifi signal at hand. 

Think About Collaborating 

And finally, you’re a home business, and you’re probably surrounded by other small and/or home businesses if you’re not already friends with a bunch of them. So, why not think about collaborating during your expansion efforts? You could very well work together to come up with a new product or service that you both see the potential for, as well as combine your manpower and resources to ensure you both have a good chance for succeeding in the future. 

Of course, make sure you’re working with the right people during a time like this. Make sure you’re both in relevant markets and have a strong working relationship to rely on. Building up contacts on its own is a great way to prepare for expansion in the future, and it’s the relationships and memories you make here that will be invaluable in the future. 

If you have a home business, and you want to take it higher, now could be your chance to do so! Make sure to keep the above tips in mind, to ensure you’re working right toward success. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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