How to successfully work from home
Anyone who works from home will eventually find out that organization and focus is the key to being successful. A clean organized desk area will help keep you on task and productive. But what are some other things that you can do in order to ensure your home based business will be successful?
Have set working hours
Just like a regular office job, set yourself with certain times when you will be dedicated to work. You are your own boss, so act like a boss and demand that you show up for work at a certain time. I personally work from 9am – 2pm two days of the week and from 2pm – 6pm the other days of the week because of my other obligations that keep me away from home. But that’s the beauty of working for yourself… you can be flexible with your hours and make it work with your schedule.
Work when your “at work”
You wouldn’t do your laundry while you are at the office, so don’t do it when you are “at work” at home. Some people fall into the trap of doing household chores while they are supposed to be working from home. Be careful not to get off task and leave the dirty dishes til you are done with work. You will be more productive and you will be putting in quality time on your business.
Have a dedicated work area
Whether it’s a desk or a full blown office somewhere in your house, make sure that you have an area designated for your business. This helps you work when your “at work” too. Being away from the tv or the living room full of the kids toys will keep your mind on the work at hand, not on what needs to be done around the house. It will also help you “shut off” from work when you are done for the day. When you leave the desk or office area, it’s like the commute home you would normally have to decompress and switch gears to household and family things.
Set deadlines and goals on a regular basis
The boss at the office often demands results or progress by a certain date, so why should you be any different at home? Examine your business goals every so often and set new goals in order to keep your business growing and successful. Deadlines are also a good idea in order to ensure that you are working toward those goals at an effective pace.
So basically, treating your home based business like a regular office job will help you to succeed and be productive. Working from home is often harder for some people because they don’t realize that being your own boss is hard work and there is no room for laziness. Report for work on time and ready to be successful.