Guide

Starting a business from home

Start-up costs and financing your home-based business

If you are looking for some extra funds, there are various options to consider.

For more information, see: 

Initial costs

You will need to buy, lease or rent the equipment for your home office and any materials you need for the service you are supplying - see decide whether to lease or buy assets.

Finding and keeping in touch with customers is a major issue, so investing in a good computer with relevant software and a broadband connection will be a priority in most cases.

The most common costs to consider when starting out are:

  • a computer or laptop
  • broadband access
  • mobile phone
  • office desk or chair
  • business cards
  • stock - if you're supplying products

When you are factoring software packages into your start-up costs, take a look at the much cheaper or even free options - open-source software such as OpenOffice and Google Docs.

For more information, see computer software for business and IT for home-based businesses.