So, there you are in the office of your new home business. You're the CEO, Head of Marketing, Advertising Director, Website Designer, Advertising Copywriter, Finance Director, PR Manager, oh and chief coffee maker too! So how on earth do you cope with everything that's being thrown at you, and retain a focus on the most important things that have to be done. . .
Not only are you going to have distractions to do with everyday work issues, but you're also likely to have kids, other members of your family, friends popping round, possibly pets to take out, mail to sort and more. Finding the time to get everything sorted is hard.
So. . . just take a step back and try to remember why you began your own home based business in the first place. Why do many of us take that leap and start a new home business? I had a few good reasons, such as wanting to be able to work from home so that I could be with my family. I also wanted to do my own thing and not have to report to a manager every day. But I guess one of the main reasons we start our home businesses is to be the ‘master of our financial destiny’.
Here`s a few good tips that will help you stay focused on your home business:
TIP #1: There's almost always one defining moment that pushes someone over the edge into the world of small business. Whatever your main reason for starting a home based business, be sure to keep that clearly in your head whenever it seems as though your getting overwhelmed.
TIP #2: Keep in mind that working for yourself is still very much like being part of a company - although there are times when we can socialize, the main point of working is to make money to enjoy a desired lifestyle. The real difference is that your efficiency in doing what you have to do is proportional to your income - if you don't get done what you have to do, you don't get paid. So, much as you will want to, find the willpower to leave funtime until after work.
TIP #3: If you're a ‘Work At Home Mom (or Dad)', why not try to allocate a specific time of the day to your working activities. For sure, it's going to be a lot harder to find time when you have young children, but as they get older and start going to kindergarten, then that's the time you need to allocate to your business. As the children get older, you should try to explain what you are doing and why (explaining that it pays to buy the latest ‘big thing’ that they want usually helps!) so that they are aware that at a certain time of the day, you need them to amuse themselves.
I know it sounds kind of obvious, but believe me, it's so easy to get distracted and go off and do something else. And, yes I am fully aware of how demanding kids can be, but you have to be firm - at the end of the day, your business may be your livelihood and you have to look after it. . .
TIP #4: Having got the kids sorted, you're going to need to tame a bigger problem that should know better. . . your friends and family!
It's unlikely that many of your friends and family will have any experience of running their own home business, and will want to come round and have a chat for an hour or two.
I'm not saying do away with your friends as we all need to get away from work at some point, but in the same way that you may have to explain to your children that you mustn't be disturbed at certain points in the day, you may also have to do the same to your friends and family
TIP #5: Mail time. . . ! You know it is so easy to see that you've just got another email and off you go, reading through and then you spend another half-hour replying.
That half-hour is wasted time - try to to limit yourself to reading and writing any emails or indeed regular mail, to twice a day
TIP #6: Outsource! Do you find your self getting caught up in jobs that take up your time when you could be doing something more productive?
Let's say that you keep finding yourself taking care of customer service when your skill as a marketer is not being used because you don't have the time.
In which case - find someone who can look after that process for you
In Summary. . .
This is your hard work in building a home business that you can be proud of. Don't let friends and family put you off. Yes, they may moan and the chances are they can't see why
you're doing what you are, but then they have a different mind set.
Keep that defining moment clear in your mind and focus on that and you will be successful.
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