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Making Your Home Business Work Hard

Aug 17, 2007
Owning a profitable home business and working at home are the two most often spoken phrases when an employee is asked what they would really like to do instead of going to work, j.o.b.,every day.

It is the sense of independent accomplishment that goes in with owning our own home business, also it is the joy of being at home in warm, familiar surroundings while still doing work that will earn you a truly personal income.

Of doing it with your own two hands and mind. Of knowing you can do it. Of being genuinely proud of yourself.

Whatever our case is, successfully working at home with our own home business is not something that happens by chance but instead something that needs to be planned very deliberately.

Here are some tips on working at home with your own independent business:

Set up and organize your home office.

Being an entrepreneur at home has many perks, but if you do not have a dedicated, clear work space, you will not be able to enjoy them very much. You, your family and pets must all understand exactly where and what it is.

Your business credibility will suffer if prospective customers hear the entertainment channels in the background unless you are signing up others to work with you from the same, good bye j.o.b. circumstances.

Set apart clearly defined work space that will allow you to close a door or at least to be undisturbed by whatever goes on in another part of your home. Family must all understand and respect this. Very important, okay? Let them know is to better you all.

Set some office and work hours and stick to them.

The temptation will be great to devote every waking hour to your new enterprise, but keep in mind that doing so will not only lead to a quick burnout, but it will also counteract any positive experiences you could have while working at home.

Remember what Mr. Myagi said in the Karate Kid Movie? Everything in life must have balance. Not too much and not too little. Tremendous advice.

Designate an hour of quality time with your family, including pets, every day. Actually cook them a nutritious, fun breakfast.

Be home and available when the school bus drops off the kids. This will be worth more to you than all the money in the world. Trust me on this.

It is not fair to your family or you to work during off hours! Your brain will separately go over your problems and come up with many brilliant solutions during these quality family times. I know because I have done it.

Learn to say no.
For reasons that may invite endless speculation, when friends and family hear that you are now working from home, many will take this as an open invitation to drop by and visit, request that you watch their kids, or run some errands, do their home repairs, seriously, etc. Hah!

It is important to gently but firmly, look them in the eye, and say no when these requests fall during your business hours. Remember, you took this step so you could be home with your family and keep your sanity!

Let your family and pets drive you insane but not others. Got it?

If you begin toying with your business hours to help out everyone who asks, you will find yourself compromising the time you have scheduled for your family. No way, baby.

I guarantee you that you will change your friends and favorite relatives to some extent, for the better.

By the way, no negative people are allowed to have your ear now. Only people filling you with happy, positive thoughts. Got it? Good

Be innovative, think outside the box, and do not be afraid to try something new. This is so important for you to understand. Your family time and home business work time balanced will surprise you at how good you can be.

This is especially true when it comes to marketing your new business! If, for example, you run a pet grooming business and if you own a dog, go ahead and dress the little canine up in a cute costume and then hand out flyers at the local park.

Would you really do this to your doggy?

You will come up with many ideas with, right, work and family balanced time.

Keep a notebook nearby you always. Ideas will come and will go quickly, and get lost, if not recorded to work on later. This is a powerful tip. Please heed it. I cost me thousands of dollars to learn this one point.

As I hope and pray you now see, running a meaningful home business depends on your ability to work at home undisturbed and with all the discipline that working for an employer previously demanded.

Your personal and life satisfaction will now increase dramatically. You like?
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James M. Lowe writes original articles about home business opportunities .
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