Starting your very own business that runs from home seems to be the answer for anyone that wants more flexibility. However, running a business from home has its own unique set of challenges and here are some things you should not do in order to avoid them.
Make sure that you have a set of goals for both the long-term and short-term. Start each day with a feasible plan so you can make the best of your time and see results. You may choose to make a to-do list or write tasks into your planner so you at least have an idea of what you need to do that day. Of course, do not forget to pencil in some free time each day to take care of any surprises that may arise.
In an office setting, the employees who work late into the night are the prime candidates for burnout. Just because you are working from home does not mean that you must be available constantly. Set a time when you are supposed to be done and follow it. Turn off or disable your business phone (i.e. RingCentral) and turn your home back into what it really is – a place for rest.
Your home is in danger of being abused if you do not set rules for your employees. Let them know what behavior is and is not acceptable. Make sure they respect your home by not making messes or doing things that are clearly unacceptable, such as using your home phone when you have a business phone. After all, it is your home and not their office at the end of the day.
Co-workers are the immediate recipients of anything you want to say about work in an office setting but when your business is running from your home, there may be no co-workers to speak of. While it is healthy to speak to your friends and family about work every so often, doing it too much will prove to be tiresome for them. Make it a point to have other contacts that can relate to what you are doing so you leave your loved ones for much more pleasant topics.
More often than not, you will be alone most of the time when running a home business and it will not be difficult to fall into the trap of conducting everything virtually which could lead to loneliness. Take the time to conduct meetings out of your home office to meet people personally. Not only is this good for you, it will also be better for your business since you will be building relationships.
When working from home, there is no boss or immediate superior to keep tabs on you and make sure that you are working. This makes it easier for you to get distracted, be it a phone call or a television program. Also, do not do chores when you know that it is time for work. As mentioned earlier, plan the day so you have time allocated for work, chores, and various other things that need to be done. If your family is a source of distractions, explain to them that you need your work hours and will only cater to the most urgent of pleas.