Challenges of the Mobile Tax Office
Tax prep is a perfect entrepreneurial opportunity for the conventional home office. It offers flexible hours, there is plenty of tax software that allows for the preparation of even the most intricate income tax returns and then there is the relative lack of outright expenses associated with becoming a tax preparer.
Learning how to set up a tax preparing business with a mobile home office is a bit trickier. Even as there is still the same basic setup, the professional now has to decide on the best laptop for the tax prep business, the security of the data while in transit and also advanced data backup solutions in case of physical damage that might happen to the unit. There are also some other challenges associated with the tax services home office setup on the go.
If clients are leery of a tax preparer in front of whose office there are tricycles and swing sets, they can be positively distrustful when it comes to seeing her/him pull up in an old car with a worn laptop. While loud noises of a household could dissuade customers from entrusting their sensitive materials to a mom or dad who appears to squeeze a tax services business into a household, clients may now worry about the lack of a physical office and access to the mobile tax preparer.
A truly lucrative tax preparation business on the go relies heavily on first appearances. When taking the home office on the road, the car becomes part of the actual office setup. Just like an in-home office must exude professionalism, the vehicle now must convey the seriousness of the entrepreneur. The same holds true for the computer equipment. A mobile tax office requires a late model laptop that features ample security software and connectivity options for easy client access.