Remember that the woman's ad in underwear, pajama bottom and rabbit slippers during a conference call? Way back when I tried to think of what represents the home office of life. Ahh, the joy of it.
When I started running my business at home, reality came true very soon!
* Day trips to and from workplace with defined working hours are gone.
* The days that are responsible for "boss" are gone.
* Days to do "home" content while home and "work" content during work are definitely gone!
In the first days of the company, I would really be guilty if the house was not spotless and I was spending too much time in the office (justified by "account time"). Or I would be guilty if the house was clean and the laundry was done, but I did not have enough money.
It's Enough To Run Entrepreneur Insane!
So how do you handle it? Here are some tips that have helped to ensure my holiness through the years:
1. Create a dedicated work area that works, not against you.
Make sure you have a work-only room (whether it's just for working between certain hours, whether you've received an extra bedroom, corner basement or dining table). and to eat at other times).
When you decide where you want to work, you first need to decide how you work.
Do you still want space? Do you work with piles or need all your own folder? Do you still want a job with nothing but current projects or do you feel like having any ongoing tasks?
Regardless of your workplace, you need an area that works for you and it's just for work.
2. Beware of shiny objects.
When you set up your office, do not run out and buy all gadgets known to the man. It's tempting to get the best of all that's right with a bat – meet your craving!
Get basics and add items when needed. Basically, there are basic features: a good laptop, versatile speakerphone and microphone, color printer, scanner and special hard fax system (as well as electronic fax machine). What you need depends on how you work with your customers.
3. Restrict chat.
When they have heard that you work at home, many friends and families (especially those who live at home) will not think of calling or accepting you through the working day and while you love chatting or chatting with your friends and family, make sure they know when you're working. It's too easy to get used to chatting with someone and then realize that you've spent an hour or more of your workday and have not completed the project or called.
Save your visit after your workday is finished or when you pause.
4. Know when to say "when".
The beginning and growing new business is constructive! I love what I do and draw a lot of energy from it. It is said to be sure to set a limit on how long you spend at work every day so that you can not be emptied.
The working day usually starts at 8:00 and I go to lunch as I break, grab the dogs and go for a walk. Once again, I work for a couple of hours and then shut up all tonight. This plan works well for me. You need to find one that works for you – if you have children your day may be while they are at school or after they have gone to sleep.
5. Do what you do best.
Working at home can lead to feelings of isolation and the feeling that you have to do everything yourself. You do not.
Focus on the things you do best – the reasons you chose to go into business for you – and outsource the rest. A real assistant can help you with all the tasks you should not spend time on. It's better for your business to hire someone, say do the books, but it's up to you to spend X hours trying to figure it out when you could market your business or work directly with your customers.
6. Automated, automated, automated.
Set up a system so that regular tasks are as automated as possible. Do you have evergreen (ie never changing, same for all) welcome emails you send to all your new customers? If so, set up an autoresponder.
Need to track projects and have updates automatically sent to customers? Use an internal network solution like WebOffice. Need to explain something "in person" to a potential customer? Use a webinar. You get the idea.
To the extent possible, you would like to work at your nursing home, not running on the working day. As an entrepreneur, cost and wait cost you money. Use technology to your advantage.
7. Get out and visit.
When you work with your marketing plan, get new customers and build your business in general, it's easy to forget that the world is there.
Make sure you get out of your home office (and pjs) at least once a week. Go anywhere, people: Fitness center, favorite cafe, online event, out with friends, etc. It's not healthy to become a fan and you get a lot more ideas by mixing with people.
With a small organization you can create a local environment that suits both you and your business.