I've been reading this thread and thought I'd share my experience:
I have been operating a custom jewellery (gold, diamonds, etc)
studio from my home for 10 years. Actually, the studio is in a
building on my property, beside my home, originally it was a garage
with an apartment upstairs, and I have renovated the whole thing as
my studio. The downstairs has my workspace and retail display space,
upstairs is storage, kitchen, etc. I have open hours that clients
are free to drop in, and other times by appointment.
My home is just outside of the downtown of Peterborough, (pop.
70,000), and in an area that is a long way from posh. My direct
neighbours are lovely, one other home based business, retired people
across the street, shift workers beside them, so they provide some
security. The couriers were astounded that a studio like mine would
locate in this area, and my friend who is a policeman can't believe
that I haven't been robbed. I tell him that the thieves don't shop
In the earliest years, I also had a business card with just a phone
number, and in the phone book the same. As time went on, I put all
the proper tools in place, monitored ULC security system, complete
with stickers on the doors and windows, good insurance, two good
safes. I also have two dogs, but I'm sure one nasty person could put
them out of business pretty quick. And, my direct neighbours are
lovely, one other home based business, retired people across the
street, shift workers beside them, so they provide some security by
being around and we all keep any eye on each other.
So, bit by bit, I put my address on the business card, and in the
phone book, and now I'm advertising on tv, and, yes, every single time
I come home my heart settles down when I see that the windows aren't
broken, so I do carry a certain amount of stress with me, but truly,
this is a wonderful business and I wouldn't see it any other way.
And, in ten years, I have never had any problems of any kind with
regards to break ins. Of course, being home based, people feel free
to stop in at any time, even when they know you aren't open, but
that's another thread!
Have a great day, Kim
KMWinter Jewellery Studio Inc.
Peterborough, ON, Canada