How to Make the Most of Your Home Business
To some, working from home sounds liberating and free. The up-side to a Home Business is that you have your own clock to work with, you can work in the privacy of your own home, you don’t have your boss physically breathing down your shoulder, you don’t have to battle early morning or after work traffic, saves you travel time, saves you gas money and vehicle repairs, and saves you money for buying work clothes. The downside, you may find it hard to work with a schedule when it is not so regimented like an office environment, you may feel lonely and secluded, people will take advantage of your time because you are now at home as it may seem you have flexibility with your time.
Basic things you need when working at home:
- Laptop or Desktop Computer
- Printer with Scanning & Faxing Capabilities
- Microsoft Software
- High speed internet & Modem
- Desk or Table Top
- Comfortable Chair
- Desk Lamp
- Office supplies (notebook, pens, stapler & box of staples, printer ink refills, paperclips, file folders, pencil holder, etc)
- File Cabinet
- Noise cancelling earphones
- Set aside a designated space for your work that is secluded from distractions and clutter / items that don’t belong there.
- Consider using Feng Shui to help provide a healthy energy for both the office and home environment
- Listen to soft music or music to help motivate you, as long as it’s not distracting you from your tasks at hand
Distractions are everywhere:
The office normally has a lot of noise with people talking, phones ringing, machinery humming. Your Home Business can have just as many distractions too. Ringing of the doorbell, lawnmowers or snowplows outside… depending on the weather of course, children screaming, TV, phone ringing, laundry machines buzzing. Distractions can cause you to loose focus on your job, no matter where you are working.
Schedule & Set Your Boundaries:
- Create a daily work schedule with a Task List or an Open Issues List or Database to help you stay focused and most importantly, productive.
- Turn off electronic distractions (TV, Facebook, Personal Phone, Instagram, Candy Crush!)
- Let your family, friends, colleagues, and boss know your work schedule and keep consistent in order to avoid work and personal life to overlap each other
- Use a regular routine (wake-up at 5am or 6am, what ever time you would wake-up when going to work, shower and dress for the day,
- Don’t forget to take time-out for snacks, healthy lunch, work-out, take the dog for a walk
- You are not a Hermit, because you are on your own and away from the office atmosphere
- Keep in touch with your boss and colleagues, daily, if feasible and warranted
- touch-base with questions or progress up-dates
- don’t contact them or don’t let them contact you for venting, gossiping, etc. because it is unbecoming, distracting to you and them, unproductive, could be used against you
- Use Skype to have a personal contact with your boss, colleagues, and clients
- Meet outside of home with clients or have a lunch break with a colleagues or your boss
- Use Web based meetings such as GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex, Join.me, Squiggle, Team Viewer, Google + Hangouts, Slack, Hipchat, Trello, Asana
Finances & Tax Claims:
- Keep receipts for all purchases to claim at income tax time &/ claiming your expenses at work (handle expenses real-time via Expensify)
- Items that can be deducted from taxes : rent/mortgage based on the square footage you use for your business, insurance too (make sure your home-based business is covered by your home insurance), as well as utilities, mileage, computer, and office supplies
- Set aside funds for savings for retirement and travel… Have a Financial Goal and Plan, then stick to it! Budget your Finances and succeed.
Make the most of your Home Business, by sticking to a schedule, keep the lines of communication open with business contacts, keep organized, look after yourself by allowing short breaks, eat healthy, exercise, and keep good track of your budget and finances.
How about you? What have you learned from working at home? Do you have any comments or suggestions on this topic?
Written by Deborah @ (DCS) DatabaseCreationSite.com where Creative People Make Awesome Databases for Personal Use, Businesses, and for Writers.