Before starting my zoning business I had some concerns running it out of my home. If you are anything like me, this could stop you from moving forward with your new skills. There are some simple precautions you can take to stay safe and enjoy the benefits of your new home based business. Here are a few ideas to help keep you safe and feel more at ease to work from home, especially with clients you don’t know:
- You can set up a security camera in your zoning room. This will help you have the peace of mind that there is a recording of your interactions in case something goes awry.
There are some great cameras out there that have apps to give you updates when they detect motion. Some will even store footage up to 7 days. There are many cameras available, here are two popular and affordable options:
- YI Home has on board storage for 7 days at a time so you don’t need to pay for a subscription to record footage. You can access your camera using their free app on your mobile device or computer. The app will alert you when it detects motion or sound–even in the dark.
$40 on Amazon.com
- Netgear Arlo Pro includes free cloud storage for 7 days. You can watch live stream or recorded videos on your computer, Smartphone or tablet with their free app. It allows you to talk back to the camera and also has night vision.
$150 on Amazon.com
Many criminals are simply looking for the right opportunity. When they see the camera in your house, this may prevent them from finding an opportunity.
- When someone is coming to your home for the first time, have someone else home with you. Try to have that person visible so your client knows you are not home alone. As I pass through our kitchen, I make sure my husband is there, casually doing the dishes. They see he is home, and I get a clean kitchen!
- Don’t let your client overhear plans or schedules that will leave you home alone with your client. Put away any large calendar that is easy for other to read dates and times you will be away from home. Even though you might feel comfortable with your clients, be careful who you let know when you will be out of town.
- This may seem obvious, but it’s worth a look around your home. Don’t keep valuable items where clients can see them. This also includes cash from other paying clients. Remove the opportunity for dishonest people to act poorly.
Running a successful home based business can be very exciting. But your safety should always be the first priority. Use good judgment and take simple precautions to ensure a safe environment for you and your clients.