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Your Equine Business Expert is: Don Blazer

The Home-Based Horse Business

Virtually every horse business is a home-based business.

Most horse businesses involve the use of land—land on which you live. The breeding, training, selling or boarding of horses is most convenient and profitable when you utilize the land for both your residence and your business. (Lots of perks, cost and tax advantages.)

But business at home is not always easy or efficient. Interruptions and attitudes steal time, innovation, creativity and focus.

The first step to making things easier, more efficient and more profitable is recognizing your home-based office is a business office.

"Physically, your work space has to be separate from everything else," says Lisa Kanorek, author of Organizing Your Home Office for Success. "You have to know when you enter that space, you are there to work." Use a spare bedroom, not your bedroom. Use the basement or the attic or a converted closet, but not the dining room table. Stay away from traffic patterns.

The second step is to be sure all other members of the family also recognize that when you enter that space, you are there to work—they are not invited, unless invited.

Give plenty of thought to lighting, especially if you work with a computer. And don't feel you have to face a wall; facing the office doorway or a window can help creativity.

According to Kanorek, efficiency comes with vertical design. Don't spread out, instead build up. A computer cart takes up little horizontal space, but offers lots of vertical space for computer, monitor, printer, paper, etc. Add plenty of shelving; get things off the floor and on the wall.

A work circle. Kanorek says sit at your desk and spread your arms out. "Everything should be within an arm's reach. If you have to leave the office to get a fax, for example, you are in trouble. Too many distractions."

If you work with a computer daily, then the computer should be the center of activity.

Ample storage space is a must; fill it with everything you need to do your work.

According to Kanorek most people skimp on a good chair and it costs them money. Get a chair which supports your back, is adjustable so you can raise or lower the back rest and adjust the seat. Armrests are helpful if you do a lot of typing. Your desk and chair should allow you to work comfortably with both feet flat on the floor. Clear plastic matting should be placed over carpeting.

Minimal clutter—your office is not a dumping grounds. Keep things off the floor; file them properly. Anything that is not part of your work environment must be removed, including supplies in large boxes.

Now close the door and go to work in your office.

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Past articles by Don Blazer:

The Home-Based Horse Business (March, 2004) | Your Horse Business: Finding your Niche (April, 2004) | Legal Questions for Horse Businesses (May, 2004) | Embrace your mistakes (June, 2004) | Consistent Persistence and your Equine Business (October, 2004) | Keeping your Commitments (January, 2005) | Embracing Change (July, 2005) | The Horse Market: Good or Bad? (August, 2005) | Critical Success Factors for your Horse Business (September, 2004) | Thinking is Smart Business (January, 2004) | Making the Most of Business Perks (December, 2003) | The Importance of Setting Goals (September, 2005) | Focus on Success (December, 2005) | Stop, Look and Listen (January, 2006) | Business Perks (March, 2006) | Thinking it Through (March, 2006) | Your Home Based Office (June, 2006) | Critical Success Factors (December, 2006) | Thinking Rich (April, 2007) | Do what you Love (June, 2007) | Change your Thinking (July, 2007) | Being Rich Isn't Good Enough (November, 2007) | Learn More to Earn More (January, 2008) | Saving up for Hard Times (May, 2008) | Cheap is Expensive (September, 2003) | The Business of Making Money With Horses (September, 2003) | Flourish in Hard Times (November, 2003) | Your Own Boarding Stable (February, 2004) | Getting Credentials (November, 2007) | Consistent Persistence (June, 2008) | Selling your Horse (July, 2008) | Go with the Flow (December, 2008) | What Customers Think (January, 2009) | What Customers Think (April, 2009) | The Riches are in the Niches (July, 2009) | Surviving Tough Times (August, 2009) | The Importance of Specialization (November, 2004) | How to Outdistance the Competition (December, 2004) | Do what you Love (November, 2005) | Boarding Stable Economics (May, 2006) | Specialize! (September, 2007) | How to Really Make Money with Horses (April, 2008) | Confidence Matters (October, 2007) | The Best of Both Worlds (October, 2005) | Specialize and Stay Specialized (January, 2008) | Validated Knowledge (February, 2006) | Work Smarter (April, 2007) | Critical Success Factors (March, 2008) |

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