Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Ways To Run A Home Business

Any person planning to operate their own home business may be in for a shock when they find out the amount of time they will spend at work. One of the common misconceptions is that by being in business for themselves and working at home they will have all the free time they ever wanted. While the hours worked can be adjusted to work around other obligations, the total number of hours spent on the job will likely be much higher than an eight to five job.

In order to have the freedom to run your home business there will have to be some major changes to the way of thinking by you, as well as other members of your family and friends. It is common for someone working at home to be distracted by others dropping by for coffee or asking for help as they get used to the idea that although you are at home, you are still working. Family members may be the next hardest to convince that while you are working at home, your time is not always available for other chores.

The hardest person to convince of your need to work while at home is yourself. It is typical for a person working from home to take a few minutes here and there to wash a load of laundry or clean up the dishes that may been left from the night before. Your own discipline will need to be established in order to complete all the daily tasks you have scheduled. It is really easy to lose track of and find yourself working late into the evening getting caught up on your work.

One habit that will need to be broken from day one is the ability to climb out of bed, grab your morning coffee or other beverage of choice and head to the home office wearing your pajamas. While this sounds like a great idea, it is not conducive to the professional office atmosphere you need to create to establish the discipline of working at home. If you have spent any time working for someone else, you understand the ramifications of being late for work and not getting it all done before you go home for the day.

This same standard needs to be established when running your own home business. If your home office has a door, shut it while you are working to let others know that you are working. If you worked outside the home they would have to wait until you are done to ask questions or inject other interruptions. The same respect needs to be shown to you while you work at home. Perhaps a sign reading Caution Men, or Women Working placed by the door will help if there is not one to close.

Your schedule is your own and if you are willing to work late while others are in bed, that will work but the most important part of having the freedom to run a home business is to establish a regular work schedule and stick to it and inform others of your schedule.

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Jonathan McTavish said...

Interesting article. I know this is old, but I'm wondering if someone could help me. I want to run my own business, and I know it'll be tough, but I'm ready for the challenge. I'm interested in buying a business instead of starting one from scratch. I've been looking for some, but I haven't had much luck. Do you have any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

@Jonathan, I suggest checking out BizTrader.com. It's an online global marketplace where you can buy, sell, and invest in small business. It has a wide selection of businesses on sale, and it includes franchises and independent businesses. Check it out and good luck!