What would happen if you started a home-based business and it grew so successfully and rapidly that it got you closed down? That might sound a bit far fetched, but that is just what’s happening to Sandra Hufford of Ross Township, Indiana. Ms. Hufford runs a bakery from her home called the Flour Mill Bakery. Last week, her county zoning board voted to force her to discontinue her home-based operation.
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Sometimes we can get so caught up in acheiving our dreams and goals, that all we do is strive for more and more success in our business. But if we do this without regard to constraints such as Ms. Hufford had, we might run the risk of growing our business into a setback situation like hers.
As with any business, a home-based business needs growth planning. Sometimes you can grow indefinitely from home, other times you must make a plan for ‘leaving home’. That is – planning to move the business onto its own premises. This is especially true if you have a business where prospects, customers, or suppliers will come onsite.
So if you’re planning a home based business or if you already have one, don’t be afraid to plan for growth. Try to determine what kinds of problems could crop up if you suddenly grew exponentially. If you do this kind of planning early enough, you will accomplish two things. First, it will give you a set of goals to work towards. Secondly, you will have a plan in place if you do run into a wall such as Ms. Hufford did.
A growth plan can be part of your master business plan or it can be a plan by itself. It can be brief or very detailed – it doesn’t matter. If your Home-Based Business has a growth plan, you will always have something to reach up for.