Believe it or not, working from home is no easy feat. And more people than you'd think do it: Out of the 29.6 million small businesses in the U.S., about half of those are home-based, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. That's why AARP collected some tips for home-based entrepreneurs, using a lawyer who created her practice out of her home, Beth Henkel, as an example:
While working from home made her commute much easier, other job-related issues remained complicated. Henkel found herself challenged by the ins and outs of insurance, taxes, zoning, licensing and the like. Those obstacles don't go away just because you're wearing your pajamas to work.
They go through the basics, from insurance and taxes and licensing; make sure to check it out. Now you just have to figure out what your new office pajamas -- er, I mean, outfit is going to be: striped or polka dots? Kidding! (Sort of.)