Home-based businesses are popping up at a rate of about one every 11 seconds, and I think that’s great news. But once these solopreneurs get past the initial excitement of founding a new business, there can be obstacles to overcome.
One of these is staying motivated in the home environment.
This becomes an issue whether you are alone, or perhaps surrounded by family members, often kids.
Let’s get the issue with children out of the way first.
Working while your children are in the house — no matter how young or old they are — is not easy.
It’s virtually impossible to develop a successful business unless you can guarantee space between yourself and your kids for enough hours during the workday. You won’t be a good business owner, or a good parent. You have to choose.
Finding a balance between both, will be your best solution.
Depending on your goals, you might be able to work part-time and find someone to care for your younger children for several hours a day. Or maybe you can get everything done while your kids are in school, and later in the evening when they are in bed or consumed with homework.
Now let’s run through some tips.
If you grab onto several of these tips, they should give you a motivational boost, and help you get your business to the next level.
We’re all wired differently, so some may work for you while others won’t. That’s OK.
Slay the social media beast.
Unless you’re tending to your professional social media content, log off your personal social media accounts during the work day. It distracts and that saps motivation out of you.
Set schedules and deadlines.
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock was once asked how he found the artistic inspiration to compose so many classics of the genre. Hancock’s answer was simple: “Deadlines.” Map out what must be done, and attach deadlines to milestones. Keep a daily schedule of regular tasks, and that brings us to the next point.
Get to work early.
We are most productive earlier in the day. Many studies prove this. Also, clearing beaucoup items off your to-do list early in the day will really pick up your spirits and inspire you to achieve even more.
Get properly dressed.
Dress for the job you desire. Do you want your home-based start-up to blossom into something bigger? Start acting the leading role now.
Occasionally work off campus. Libraries often have great work areas where you can plug in your laptop, grab a book or magazine, and pick up some business tips while you’re there. And I don’t have anything against the occasional foray into a coffee shop for a change of scenery.
Make a vision board.
Don’t lose track of why you are doing this. Make your goals tangible with a vision board. Festoon it with the things you want in life. When you feel that you’re running on empty, review it.
Give yourself some ‘paid’ days off.
Sometimes when we work at home we can end up doing business-related tasks seven days a week. You need some breaks. Try to have at least one day each week when you don’t do anything for work. Also, get out of town for extended weekends every so often.
Invest in a good work area.
You need a defined work space. When you are sitting there it needs to feel like you’re at work. For any real long-term success you must be able to close off this area from the rest of the house, unless you live completely alone.
Grow the business.
When you start to enjoy some success, have a plan in place for your first hire or engaging a freelancer. Bringing in another human being will deliver an extra dose of motivation.
Running your own business from home is no easy task. These tips will help you stay productive, motived, and organized in the home environment. Now go ahead, put these to the tips test and start moving your business to the next level.
Do you run your business from home? Tell us what works for you in the comments below.
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