FOUR things you need to know if you work from home!
July 28, 2014
The reality is many entrepreneurs and start-ups begin life at home long before they make the crucial next step of opening an office a brick and mortar operation. The other reality is that there are many sectors that don’t need you to work from an office such as online retail and IT. In fact there are thousands of small businesses that sell and trade on eBay day in and day out they operate very comfortably from the spare room!
But, working from home presents some pretty challenges such as not getting into a routine, spending too much time on the couch watching T.V when you should be working and doing everything else but building your business (yes, and some people even get caught up in doing the ironing or folding washing!).
So, we wanted to come up with the four basic things you needed to know that would ensure if you start or run your business you can remain on top of things and grow!
Start with the right mindset – set your start and finish times: It may be a very simple thing to do but you must always set the times of when you will start and finish because this will set the boundaries around your routine. It also helps that if you are working from a family home that others in the household also get used to your routine based on your start and finish times. Try and stick to it even when the temptation comes to switch on the television! One of the best things to do is set the start time at 9am and finish up at 5pm. In between set times for coffee in the morning and afternoon (about 20 minutes each) and lunch for between 30 minutes to an hour. If you choose to start earlier or finish later that’s up to you but at the very basic set those first start and finish times to coincide with what would otherwise be a regular working day.
Set up a separate workspace: if you have a spare room you can use then clean it out, put a desk or table in and use it – create a home office (of course it helps if you have a home office already). People often make the mistake of turning the dining or kitchen table into their desk and this can become a huge problem really quickly – basically, it means that you may have to clear the table every day and reset it the following morning – this kind of means that the space is not really yours and the wasted time it can take in setting things up will fast feel like ground hog day. In other words, always have a separate space to work in. Finally, make sure the workspace is away from distractions such as the television! Television for those who work from home is a temptation to failure!
Get out of the office mentality: to make it less difficult to work at home make sure you set your tea and lunch breaks around the need to get out of the house! Just as you may pack a lunch for work if you were located in an office continue doing the same even though you are working from home. If you live near a local park or public space get out of the house, take your lunch with you and get away from the office. Go and grab a morning or afternoon coffee from the local café (even better if they have free WIFI) or just simply take a walk.
Dress for work as if you were going to work: another temptation is spending all day in the clothes you went to bed in! Whatever you do get dressed as you would for work because the way you dress impacts the way you feel and the way you feel motivates your productivity. Just as you would dress for success at work, dress for success from home.
They say only self-starters can really work from home successfully – that’s not true – you just need the right mindset!
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