Working from home is the way of the future and in fact it is very common for people to be working remotely these days. That being said, being an entrepreneur and owning/operating/running your own business is an entirely different beast! If you have an e-commerce platform or you don’t have a brick and mortar building which you do business out of, you probably do most things from home.
This can complicate things a bit as it ties your work in with your home life a little too closely sometimes, which can cause added stress. But there are things you can do to avoid this and make it a great experience! Here are 3 tips for running a business out of your home.
Have A Designated Work Space
Whether you decide to renovate your garage and make it into a stock room, or set up a desk space in your home study where you sit to work on your computer, take Zoom calls, respond to emails, etc. – having a designated work space is a super important part of running any type of business out of your own home.
Once you enter this space, you’ll be more likely to get focused and get into work mode rather than getting distracted by your family or things around your house. Separate the areas in your home where you spend time with family or relax from the areas you do work, and you will notice a huge positive difference in your workflow.
Work At Designated Times
Just like having a specific designated workspace is important, it’s also a good idea to work at designated times of the day. If you don’t decide on these times ahead of time, you may fall into a pattern where you are constantly working and never feel like you can “turn it off” and just hang out at home.
Treat it like any other job where you would have to clock in and out at a specific time. You can even choose to take certain days off each week. Making your own schedule is one of the best parts of running your own business! Once you choose and begin to stick to your designated work times (such as 9am-5pm, for example) you will find that you’ll have a much healthier work-life balance.
Running a business out of your home will be a lot more difficult if you have several children or pets running around, or you’re busy staring at a pile of laundry in the corner. Try to eliminate distractions whenever possible by finding ways to keep your kids entertained while you work or finding childcare.
You may also consider dropping your dogs off at doggy daycare, making sure your home is clean before you start your work day, or whatever else you need to do so that you can really focus on your work.
Running a business out of your very own home may be a little stressful at times, but it’s also fulfilling and fun and there are so many advantages to it! Hopefully these tips can help make it easier for you.