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5 Simple Work at Home Tips

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Working at home is both rewarding and challenging at the same time. Running a business out of your home takes dedication, discipline, creativity, and being able to make tough decisions. You need to learn how to treat your business like a business as opposed to just a hobby, or you won’t be able to be as successful as you hope to be. We have five simple tips that will
help you see more success on your endeavor in being a home based business owner.

Work at Home Tip 1: Set up an office space that is just for you and your business separate from the main busy area of your home. It doesn’t have to be a large area per se, but make sure that it is understood that this is area is just for you and your business. It could be a spare closet, an attic, an area in your basement, or a designated corner area of a room if you are cramped for space. Keep all your business items in this area only as opposed to in several areas of your home. You will find that you are able to run your business more efficiently when you have a separate working space with your business needs and supplies in an area that is dedicated solely to you.

Work at Home Tip 2: Create office hours for yourself and stick to them as best as you can. This could include getting up before anyone else does to have some time just for you and your business. It is a great time to go through new emails and get some small tasks completed. Treat your home business as you would if you had a job to go to. You would have set
hours in an outside job. Do the same for your home business. You will discover that you will be much more productive when you have set a schedule in place for yourself.

Work at Home Tip 3: Each day or night (depending on the work hours you have set), take the last 10 – 15 minutes of your work day to clean up your office area and desk, and create a to-do list for the next day. This way, when you return to your desk the next day, you are able to dive right in and not waste time on straightening up or deciding what jobs need to be accomplished that day.

Work at Home Tip 4: Know when to ask for help and do it! Too many times when someone has their own home based business, they think they have to run every aspect of their business themselves and are either too afraid, or worse yet, too proud to ask for help. The sign of a good business owner is the ability to know their limits. As your business grows you may not be able to "do it all". You want to be able to have resources and people that you can bring on board, even before you are at the point of needing them. This is part of good business planning. It is the sign of a smart work at home mom, who is humble enough to admit she can no longer do it all on her own anymore. When you are at the point that you are not able to handle all the tasks at hand – it is time to reach out to others for help. Whether it is needing just a little extra help from your spouse and children, or whether you need to step it up to where you hire an outside source, be sure to make that step and not put it off. Not only will it lessen the stress load on you, but it will free up your time from doing tasks that others could easily learn, so that you can focus more on the growth of your business and putting your talents to their best use.

Work at Home Tip 5: Be willing to take advice. So many times I see work at home moms running in circles and spinning their wheels, wondering why they aren’t seeing success. What is more frustrating is when someone asks for ideas, suggestions and help, and you offer them, sharing from experience and knowing what works in a home based business, they don’t utilize those ideas.

If you are a work at home mom or dad, don’t make the mistake of being too proud, or thinking that you know for certain what will work at what doesn’t. Many times you need to cater to the audience you are trying to reach, and that approach may differ from the past audiences you have been dealing with. Make sure you are always open to learning new techniques, new ideas and new ways of advertising, promoting or running your business.

By following these simple tips, your journey with your home business will be less frustrating and more fulfilling along with helping you to reach the level of the success that you initially envisioned for your business.

 

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Successfully Juggling Family, Business and Yourself

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The kids need to get to soccer and dance practice, the client needs her ad copy, and you haven’t even given a thought to what’s for dinner tonight. Sound familiar? This scenario plays out everyday in thousands of homes occupied by a creature called a WAHM (work at home mom). Each day women attempt to balance it all, and yes, many do succeed!

Don’t be fooled, balancing and juggling your life as a work at home mom is not easy. It takes work and tenacity in your commitment. It involves strategizing and the willingness to be flexible. In fact, flexibility is a must.

 


First of all, remember that your family is your top priority. The main reason most work at home moms are who they are is because they have placed their family and children as their number one priority and want to be home with them as opposed to working outside their home. Try to schedule your working hours and work load around what your family activities and commitments are. Seek out support from your children and husband. You’ll be surprised how your kids might actually enjoy being one of your worker bees. This also teaches them good work ethics by helping and watching what mom does in her business.

Even though your family is your top priority, you can set a few ground rules with them when it comes to your business. Start with a family meeting and explain to them what your goals are, while still being at home for them, putting them first. If you have a business, working at home and your family is counting on that income, they need to be reminded of this from time to time. This should help get some added cooperation when you need your own "business" time to get work done.

Set a schedule for your work hours, just as you would do if you were working outside the home. Granted, there will be times that you will need to be more flexible than other times, but if you can come up with a simple schedule you will have something to go by. You will find that you will get much more accomplished when using a schedule and setting specific hours that you will be working in your business. If you don’t have a schedule, it is too easy to drift in and out of your office for small bursts of time without being able to complete certain jobs. You end up spending most your energy just getting started yet again; each time you make a beeline into your office for just a few minutes to work.

Finally, be sure to leave some time for yourself. This is an area that most work at home moms tend to neglect. They spend all their time making sure their family and customers are happy, that they lose sight of what their needs are. Being good to yourself should not be considered a luxury, but a necessity. It is a must for your mind, body and soul. Try to take even just a few minutes a day to do something you love to do. It could be as simple as a walk, a bubble bath, or reading a magazine. Keep in touch with your friends and make time in your schedule to get together with them for a "girl’s only" lunch, dinner, or movie. Women need each other and we help to nurture each other’s souls.

You really can have it all by working at home as long as you remember to keep your priorities in check. It may not happen overnight, but in due time, if you stick to what your heart feels and what your mind knows, you will be a work at home mom who is happier and more pleasant for everyone to be around.

 

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Wow how time flies….

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I cannot believe how long it has been since I have had time to blog on here. Note to self….. don’t start a new blog when you have a major event you are planning for!

There are times that the best intentions just are not able to be followed thru. When I installed this blog script I really thought I’d be able to hop on at least several times a week, if not daily, to share some work at home thoughts and ideas. HA! When already stretched sooooo thin on time, it is hard to make time for something else, even though you think it may only add 5 – 10 minutes to your daily routine.

Sometimes, you just need to set some things aside when the plate is already full or overflowing. This is where prioritizing comes into play. Take a look at your current workload and ask if you can honestly handle anything else. If you can’t, then set aside your new idea, and revisit the opportunity at a later date, after life as you know is settles down a bit or if there is a change in your business.

Remember that there ARE things that CAN wait until tomorrow… or even until next month OR next quarter. Stay focused on your "have to do" list while at the same time keeping track of the new ideas you’d like to infiltrate into your business. As a home based business owner, your business needs and jobs can change from week to week and at some point, you may be able to add in some of the extra tools or programs that you feel would be beneficial to you and/or your clients. Be honest with yourself and be practical in the expectations you put upon yourself.

 

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