Working at home can be fun and convenient, but if you’re serious about making a home business successful, there are several rules that should be followed in order to have a structured and productive environment.
Rule # 1 for working at home: Create a workspace
Set up a quiet corner in the house where you can have ample storage space for filing and any pertinent materials involved in your work.
Rule # 2 for working at home: Schedule regular “office” hours
Designating quiet focused time is a must to be productive. If you’re a mom, it may be best to work early in the morning before the baby wakes, or during the afternoon while the baby naps. You may have to be flexible with your working hours, but plan at least some time each day to work uninterrupted.
Rule # 3 for working at home: Get extremely organized
Make ahead lunch boxes, create menus for a week at a time and shop in bulk to minimize time in the grocery store.
Rule # 4 for working at home: Set clear boundaries with family and friends
If family and friends know you are working from home, they may feel free to just “drop by” or “call” whenever they want. The same holds true for you clients, if applicable. Set and communicate clear boundaries as to when you are available and avoid responding to voice mails and emails during your off time.
Rule # 5 for working at home: Find help if you need it
Building a business and parenting at the same time is demanding. Outsource such tasks as house cleaning or bookkeeping or any of the tasks you hate doing. It doesn’t matter what you get help with; the key is to get help, so you can spend more time focusing on building your home business.
Rule # 6 for working at home: Set up daily goals
Daily goal setting is important to stay on task and prioritize jobs. Set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time sensitive. An example of such a goal would be to increase your web traffic by 10% in a month’s time.
Rule # 7 for working at home: Celebrate your successes
You don’t want to be a tired, grumpy, and overwhelmed mom and wife, so make time to celebrate your small victories everyday by rewarding yourself in some small relaxing way after work.
By following these 7 rules, you are more likely to be successful at working from home.