Home-based businesses are succeeding in communities – large and small -across the country, and online entrepreneurs are changing the way that the business world works.

Here are just a few of the reasons why:

1. You control your own time. Self-employment means freedom to work where you want, when you want.

2. You can pursue your passion. Being an entrepreneur allows you do what you love every day (from home!).

3. An opportunity to learn. Running your own home business requires you to wear many hats – marketing, sales, technology – and constantly learn new things.

4. Pride and fulfillment. Providing a service or a product that helps others is very rewarding.

5. You can make more money. The amount of money you make working for yourself can far exceed what you would make as a salaried employee.

6. Tax benefits. The percentage of your home devoted to business use and business expenses can be tax deductible.

7. Excitement. Owning your own business is stimulating and different every day.

8. Escape the rat race. No more 9 to 5 and living by someone else’s rules.