So you have decided you want to run your business from home. Now what?
Tips for success:
Get up and get dressed every morning. Just because you are working from home does not mean you spend all day in your pajamas.
Have a routine. Have a daily schedule. Treat your day like a business day.
Stick to your to-do lists the same as if you were working outside of the house.
Keep personal errands and appointments to a minimum, but make sure to take time each day to play with your cats if you have them. They appreciate the attention.
Keep the television off until after business hours. Likewise the PlayStation or Xbox.
Avoid housework. Don’t start the laundry because you will just have to finish it during your business day.
Stay out of the kitchen as much as possible – remember the freshmen fifteen? It’s the entrepreneurial eighteen you now have to worry about!
Keep coffee meetings to a minimum unless you have a specific revenue-generating goal in mind.
Be mindful about networking meetings, they can eat up too much time. Choose a couple every week or two to get you out of your silo, but remember how much time they take.
Gently remind friends and family that you are working even though you are at home. They are welcome to pop in after work hours, but not during the day.
Have a space dedicated to your work. It’s best to have a separate room, but if that’s not possible, at least have a table or corner dedicated to your work space. Make it comfortable.
Utilize technology to the maximum. There are loads of tools and apps to help your business run more efficiently. Take advantage of them.
Keep track of expenses accurately, file taxes in a timely manner and ensure your insurance is up to date.
Although it’s important to treat your home office like an office, remember you can go for a hike, a walk, or take a break when necessary. Take advantage of it and don’t forget to smell the roses.