Could you be setting your home business up for failure? While you are sitting at home on your laptop responding to emails and serving clients, are you being sidetracked by all the pitfalls and distractions in your home? Here are a few tips that will ensure that you stay focused on your business while working from home.
1. Create An Office
It is easy to end up working on the couch, watching television, while running your business from home on your laptop. As a business owner this is not the ideal setup for someone who plans to succeed. Creating a designated office space will provide you with a better working environment with less distractions. You don’t have to have a spare room in your house to convert to an office. A section of a room will do or even a closet.
2. Set Office Hours Ground Rules
Often times while working at home, you end up running errands, cooking for your family, dealing with the cable man, or folding laundry. Sit down with your family and create office hour rules. Your family needs to respect the fact that you will be working from home. Explain that you want to focus on work during certain hours of the day, and let them know when you will become available to them.
3. Provide Child Care Assistance
Having children around while working on your business can lead to you being unfocused. If you have little children they may try to get your attention by tugging on your clothes or crawling in your lap. Hiring a babysitter or putting the children in daycare for a few hours will help you divide your time and focus on one task at a time.
4. Treat It Like A Real Business
Many people don’t consider a home-based business as being a real job. Treat your business like a real job, invest in something like a professional website and the right business structure to ensure that you succeed.
5. Friend Times VS. Work Time
We all have that one friend that likes to come visit us while we are at work. Let your friends know that you are running a home business but you don’t want them showing up uninvited to gossip on their lunch break or to have coffee. They need to respect your business hours just like your family members.
6. Have An Occasional Get Away
We tend to stay isolated when working from home. Get out and surround yourself with others, it’s good for you. Try attending local business networking events each month. Networking can possibly provide you with new business. Working from your local coffee shop from time to time could be a great way for you to treat yourself after working so hard from home.
7. Grow Your Skills
Stay up to date with your business skills. Read blogs, books, magazines, and even take online webinars, or face to face education course.
8. Build Your Online Community
Connect with other entrepreneurs who work from home to avoid the feeling of isolation. With the use of social media and online forums you can connect with individuals in your field.
- Remember to set your business up for success by giving it your attention and avoid distractions.