In a Fargo North Dakota suburb, a home-based business found out the hard way that you can’t run a business from home if it isn’t the type of business that is compatible with the neighborhood. Priced Right Optical is an eyewear shop that has been operating out of a home for a surprising 17 years. Last week, the city issued an order giving this company two years to find a new premises.
My first thought was why, in the course of 17 years, didn’t this business make a plan for growth beyond the home? But I found my answer in the article where it says: “… they want to run their business from home because it enables them to better care for their two at-home children and foster children.”
That’s the same reason many of us are attracted to the idea of working from home and I can certainly sympathize with this family. I think I’ve soap boxed on this issue before, but it’s worth mentioning again: Be sure your home-based business is compliant with city zoning ordinances. It’s my opinion that (in general) businesses which require the servicing of customers in person (on site) do not make good home-based businesses. They may work for a short while, but eventually the business will have to deal with City Hall.
Priced Right Optical is actually fortunate in that the city is giving them two years to relocate the business. Many municipalities would give far less time and might even issue a ‘cease immediately’ order. But a lesson here is that if you’re planning a home-based business, make sure it’s compatible with your neighborhood and city zoning ordinances.