In the last post we talked about tips for starting a successful
home based business. In this post we are going to go over some
simple tips to separating your personal life from your business.
If you work from home, chances are you already know that you’re
really pulling “double duty”. You probably work on your business
while doing the laundry, corralling the kids, or fixing dinner… and
let’s not forget all the phone calls from family and friends expecting
you to run errands or just “go out” for an afternoon of fun.
One of the hardest parts of running a home business is separating
your work from your family and social life. Here are six proven
ways to keep your home life running smoothly while keeping your
business on track.
1. First, create a work schedule and stick with it. It may be
tempting to answer personal calls during the day or take business
calls after-hours, but doing this actually shows that you’re
expendable not dependable and people will take for granted
that you’ll “always be there” for any little things that come up. Even
though family comes first, stay true to your business hours and
resist the urge to chat with friends or pick up groceries during
2. Your friends may consider “working from home” an invitation to
chat during the day or just go out for coffee or shopping for an
afternoon. Make it clear that your business hours are just that for
business. Leave personal calls for after-hours, and you’ll find that
your friends will gradually accept your schedule without feeling
3. Just because you have to set up a work schedule, doesn’t mean
that you have to keep the same hours as everyone else. One of
the benefits of working for yourself is setting your own hours to fit
your most productive times. Whether you’re an early bird or a night
owl, you’ll find that you’ll get much more done when you’re attuned
to your body’s own natural rhythms.
Some people work in the morning, take a break in the afternoon
when the kids are home from school, and work again in the
evening. Schedule your work time when you feel the most
productive and you’ll find that things get done easier, faster and
better than when you were dragging along during those same rigid
work hours that everyone else has.
4. If getting after-hours business calls or work day personal calls is
a problem, it helps to have a separate business phone line, or at
least an answering machine or voice mail, to take the incoming
calls. This also gives your business a more professional
appearance to clients than if you and your family make and
receive calls from the same phone line.
5. If at all possible, try to separate your “home office” from the rest
of your home. If you don’t have the luxury of a separate room, a
room partition or screen can be just as helpful. This also serves as
a visual cue to family that you’re working and shouldn’t be
6. Dress and act professionally while working. Some people find it
helpful to dress in casual business attire during their working
hours. This reinforces that just because you’re working from home
doesn’t make you any less of a professional.
Answer the phone with your name, or business name, and keep
your children off the phone during business hours. Also, spend
money investing in the tools you need to do your job right. A cell
phone, fax machine or even a budget computer can help turn your
home office into a true workspace.
If you follow all of these tips and stick with them, chances are you’ll
find a routine that not only makes you feel productive and active in
your business, but also projects the message that you mean
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