It's becoming more and more easy to start a successful business from home. Many of those businesses will be conducted entirely over the internet, but other people will invite customers into the home. Masseuses, hair dressers, and tutors can all work from home, and they'll usually see many people each day.
One of the most important considerations for anyone looking to open a home business is security. The people who come and see you will often be strangers, so there's a certain amount of trust that needs to be extended. Unfortunately, that trust is often be misplaced. To make sure that you aren't robbed or harmed by a customer, you need to have a strong security system in place. Follow the tips listed below to ensure that you are protected.
1. Install a Security Camera
The first thing you need to do is demonstrate to anyone who could do you harm that you take security seriously. By positioning one or two small security cameras by the door, you'll let everybody know that you'll be able to provide their image to the authorities if anything does go wrong. This means that they will be far less likely to take the risk.
2. Don't Take Bookings from Blocked Numbers
There are plenty of reasons why someone might call you to make a booking from a blocked number; 9 times out of 10, their reasons for doing so will be innocent. However, it's worth remembering that one reason for calling from a blocked number is so that you won't have their information if anything does happen. Make it clear that you won't accept blocked calls. Having the personal number of each visitor makes it less likely that anything will happen.
3. Live Somewhere Busy
This is clearly only a tip that will be applicable if you're currently looking for a new home that has the space you need to start your home business. If you are still at this stage, make sure you look for something that will make anyone think twice about causing trouble. An un-detached house on a busy street is going to offer better security than a detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac.
4. Purchase a Personal Alarm
The tips listed above will drastically reduce the chances of anything happening to you, but nothing can really wipe them out entirely. This is why you should seriously consider buying a personal alarm. These are essentially small panic buttons that can be worn as pendants or security badges. If something does happen, you can quickly press the panic button to ensure that help will arrive as soon as possible.