Running a home-based business may seem like it’s all fun and games, but it can be tough. People tend to stereotype home-based business owners as entrepreneurs who get off easy. They don’t have a storefront to maintain while also enjoying lower overhead costs and a flexible work schedule and work location. However, it’s not all fun and games. Homebased business owners have just as much stress as a business owner of a storefront. Home-based business owners often struggle to balance their home and work life. While a home-based business means you can work from anywhere and at any time, it means that these entrepreneurs tend to work upwards of 15 hour days, wreaking havoc on their health. With the holiday coming and a year of new goals to achieve, we want everyone to stay healthy and productive.
To help those running a home-based business, we’ve complied our go-to tips to help you succeed? Always wanted to be a home-based business owner but don’t know where to start? Check out some of our favorite home-based business opportunities!
Running a Home-Based Business – Set Hours and Stick to Them.
Keeping designated ‘work hours’ helps you stay productive. Even if you work a 60+ hour week, you need to allow for some sleep, exercise, and down time. To do this, each week, make a list of projects you would like to complete. Now this doesn’t mean create a ridiculous to-do list that is impossible to complete in one day. Be realistic. If you’re working on multiple projects, and what home-based business owner isn’t, split the projects up into multiple mini projects with corresponding deadlines. Each day, work on one of these mini deadlines for all of your projects. By doing little bits each day, you won’t feel overwhelmed and you’ll feel like you’ve astonished something in all areas of your business.
Running a Home-Based Business – Use a Cloud-Based Solution to Back Up Your Work.
The only thing worse than doing work, is doing work you’ve already done again. You hear this all the time. Back up your work! Yes, you can usually pull files from a busted computer, but this can take a long time. Upload your work to Google Drive or the iCloud if you’re a Mac user. As a business owner running a home-based business, your tech is the backbone of your business, and your cloud storage system is the like the heart. Don’t skimp out on it.
Running a Home-Based Business – Communicate.
You may not be in the same physical location as your employees and coworkers, but you don’t want to leave them on your own. If you’re working on a collaborative project—set a time when everyone will be available to remotely conference. Maybe you would benefit from having a weekly conference call. Maybe you should use something like Trello that shows what everyone is working on during the day. Find out what works for you and your teammates and test out a few different ideas. While a remote team may have different hours, respect the work schedule of your partners and coworkers. If you work late at night on the weekend, it’s okay to send some emails, but don’t text or call, unless it is an emergency. A great tip for those who work non-traditional hours is to tell your partners and coworkers this. Mention no need to worry, respond during your hours. Again, unless there is an emergency and in that case, you should have a business emergency protocol.
Clean Up, Show Up, Dress the Part.
Have you fantasized about how nice it would be to go to work in your favorite flannel pajamas? Sorry to say it, but you’ll want to pass on this temptation. Our bodies associate clothes with certain activities. Working in your pajamas will lower your productivity and negatively impact your body’s recognition of rest. Skip the sweatpants, but also skip the business suit. Opt for something in between like a pair of pants without an elastic waistband.
Be Successful in Your Home-Based Business – Give Yourself a Work Station.
Depending on your home, you may have a home office. If you do, use it! Make it comfortable and inviting to work. Invest in decent, non-fluorescent lighting and a non-plastic plant to help purify the air.
If you don’t have a home office, you can either designate yourself a work area in your home or go to a nearby shared work space. A shared workplace may be a coffee-shop or a work sharing office that you can rent out. Prices on these options vary, but you may be able to write them off as a tax write-off. Check with your accountant first and make sure to keep track of the accurate paperwork. If you want to save on costs and actually work in your home, make yourself a designated workstation, preferably near a window, as natural light creates an inviting, healthy workspace. You may want to invest in collapsible dividers to give yourself the ambiance of having a real office.
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