With all the economic changes people are starting to realize work from home may be the best way to make the money. Starting a home business or working from home is the new economy. The reality is that for most people when they start their home business is how to manage the distractions that come with work from home.
Here are some tips that will help you work from home, accomplish more and get out and play everyday. These are the tips we share with all the new people that join our work from home lifestyle design home business.
Home Business does not mean only work from home
Take advantage that you now have a home business, you do not have to just sit at the desk to work from home. You can grab your laptop and work from anywhere. If you find yourself wondering around the house looking to do anything but work from home, head out to the coffee shop, library, park anywhere that you would like. Call forward the phone to your mobile and go. You can now work from home or any destination you choose. We spent 16 weeks last year working from the road and our home business did not miss a beat.
Working from home can make you fat!
Working at home can make you fat! Let’s face it, having a home business means no commute but a walk to the other room. Believe it our not a lot people the only exercise they get is going to and from work. Now that you work from home you may have just removed your only physical activity of the day. Be sure to include a exercise program into work from home daily routine. Exercise will provide you with renewed energy and your home business will grow with your commitment to your own health.
With a break in the day for a workout, run, or even a walk in the park you will find yourself clear-headed and motivated to work from home. I find the best time is first thing in the morning and the great thing is that because you have a home business you can set your own hours. Go work out in the morning, then you can return to work from home.
Manage the time you spend on the distractions of email, Google Reader, Twitter, Facebook etc. If you do not plan the time you use these services and be disciplined in using the services you will find your productive time disappear. Your head will pop up from the monitor and you will say to yourself, where did the day go.
Take a page from Tim Ferris’s book 4 Hour Work Week (literally). Check email twice a day, I personally do it at 10am and 3pm. As for the social networks like Twitter, facebook, MySpace, Google Reader during business hours use it for business. Have a plan how those services fit into your home business marketing plan and be focused. You can catch up with your friends, family etc. in the off work hours.
Your office, your space
A lot of people start there home business and use the dinning room table as the workspace of choice. This will work for the short term however you will find yourself going crazy if you continue. Make a space for yourself that is inviting and you enjoy being there. Get a good desk, a great chair, artwork whatever you need to be creative and relaxed.
Take Time for Yourself
The pitfall of working from home sometimes can be that you never stop working. Remember, you started a home business because you wanted more time for yourself. Make sure you treat yourself to some well deserved recreation, get out and play. Watch a great movie, read a good book, whatever feeds your mind and allows you to recharge.
Set Your Hours
Plan your days, a home business needs a consistent daily effort to become successful. I posted an article on the importance of planning your day for outstanding results. Set your work hours, it does not matter when they are just set them to suit the way you like to work. Work during those hours be consistent so friends and family know not to bother you during those times.
Friends & Family
A common problem for home business owners is that we can become a hermit. I know sometimes I can go a day and not even get outside and I say to myself what happened. I start to feel like a vampire never seeing daylight. Plan sometime with family and friends. Let’s face it most of use decided to work at home because we wanted more time with family and friends, make sure you stick to this goal!
I have been running my home business for over 2 years now and I feel that this few simple tips make all the difference. Treat yourself, your family and your friends well. You started a home business for many reasons but the most common one is freedom! Take advantage of it and be consistent in your home business efforts and you will have all the success you seek.
Do you have any tips for our readers? How do you manage the work at home, working from home, home business?