Is it possible to run a business your council home?
“You’ve got to start somewhere” is a phrase that is commonly used with startup businesses and people who are looking to set up their own business for whatever reason, financial success, change of lifestyle, following their passion and more.
But, where can you start? Starting from the bottom could mean turning your living room into a part-time manufacturing outfit for your new clothing business. Or your kitchen could be used to pack delicious meals for your local community. Outlaying funds to get premises away from your home adds unwanted stress and initial expenditure. You do not know when your first authentic sale will come in. Why waste hundreds on renting an office if you can give it a go within your own home?
Within this article, we will discuss if you can run a business from a council house. With around 1.5 million people living in a council house, we need to set the record straight and outline precisely what you can and cannot do.
So, can I run a business from my council home?
The simple answer is yes you can, but there are some things you must consider and a process to go through to do so. Some issues could cause you problems and may, in certain circumstances, disqualify you from running a business from home.
Where you run the business in your home doesn’t matter, be that in your garage or box bedroom within your council home.
If you think that you may be running a business or are thinking about starting one from your Council home, you must contact your local council.
Business use generally means that you:
- Produce something or provide a service which is not only for you or your family’s use
- Receive some sort of payment for your product, produce or service
You must tell the council if you plan to run a business from your council home to make sure that the use is reasonable, that it does not cause a nuisance to your neighbours, and decide if you need planning permission.
Typically, the council will agree to the business use if reasonable, providing you show consideration to your neighbours. Do not put up advertisements and keep them informed of any changes you may be looking to make. This is fair and reasonable. Most plans put forward to the council adhere to the rules and are accepted without any issue whatsoever.
All requests to set up a business from a council home must be in writing and addressed to the Housing Operations Manager at your local council:
- full details of planned business use
- any planned changes/alterations to the property
- any planned sheds/outbuildings
- any advertisements or signs which you plan to fix to the property or in the garden (we will not usually agree to this)
- any commercial vehicles you will use
- the hours, level of any noise and how much you think it will inconvenience neighbours
Another thing to note is the declaration of finances. The type of SME, for example, a freelancer, sole trader, or limited company, doesn’t make any difference either. If you are effectively running a business at your council property, you’ll need to check out a few things regarding declaring your earnings.
This cannot be overlooked as it typically catches up with people who try to work around the system!
What type of businesses would be best to run from your council home?
As we have mentioned, many chefs and small sewing/clothing businesses can use their council home as a starting point before they feel comfortable getting permanent premises. However, there is a range of roles that could make good use of a council home:
- Buy and sell on eBay
- Sell stock photography & video
- eBook writer
These are only a few ideas that we have come up with, but there are pretty much endless possibilities of what can be achieved, depending on your skillset! There is already a range of successful businesses that have started from a council home.
One thing we also haven’t discussed is the ease of using your council home. Not forcing a commute to work allows you to work when you want, and within an environment, you feel comfortable.
We have covered precisely how to run a business and what ideas you could startup from just the council home. But it is not ‘just a council home’. It could be the start of your way to earning money from doing something you love. Just make sure to keep the legal side in check, and you would be ready to go as soon as you get in touch with your local council to get the go-ahead. It is that simple. If your plan is respectable and does not cause an issue with the neighbours, you will be ready to go!
Other useful links from our knowledge centre:
Running a Business from Home
Why Do Businesses Need Finance?
Who Pays Business Rates?
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