Home-based business

Being able to work at home appeals to a lot of people, but there are a few things you should consider before deciding to start a home-based business. Depending on the amount of space you require and on the nature of your business, operating from your home may be a great option. Consider the many factors involved to be sure that working from home is your best choice.


  • Cheaper than renting and you can deduct business taxes for the use of your home (for example, property tax, utilities, repairs and maintenance, home insurance, rent or an interest portion of your mortgage)
  • No commuting
  • Set your own hours of work
  • More comfortable working environment
  • You can put as much time as you want into the business


  • Not a lot of room for expansion of the business
  • Isolation from business associates
  • May not be able to accommodate special equipment or extra staff
  • Legal and health restrictions, if your business is in an apartment or house
  • Interruptions from family and friends, and difficulties setting boundaries
  • Having to motivate yourself, even when the business is not performing well

Do your research to determine what is right for you

Before launching your home-based business, consider these important points:

  • Pick a home business idea that you can finance, interests you, and where there is a need in your area
  • Make sure you designate, for your business, a specific area of your house or apartment that is away from your main living space
  • Try not to get distracted by things that may take you away from your work and compromise your productivity
  • Check provincial and federal regulations for any health, safety and taxation regulations before you start
  • Don't compromise your professionalism because you are in a less formal environment
  • Make sure you are available to your clients by keeping a consistent schedule or using other approaches to get back to them quickly
  • Be careful of home-based opportunities that may be fraudulent

For more information on home-based business and other business topics, contact Canada Business Ontario today. Telephone services are available in English or French.