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Guide to Staying Motivated Working From Home

Aug 17, 2007
Working from home is a trend that is here to stay. Particularly suited to moms with little ones, even dads are getting in on the home working scene. There are many advantages, such as the money saved by not needing professional clothes or babysitting. Still, there are some real pitfalls, and one of these is that it can be hard to stay motivated. Here are some ideas that may help you keep at it and make that work-at-home business a success.

1. Congratulate yourself for every achievement, no matter how small. You don't have an office full of people to pat you on the back when you do something right, so you are going to have to do it yourself. It might be something as inconsequential as a star on the calendar or telling yourself, "Way to go!" If it means something to you, it will be motivating. Of course, to reward yourself, you need some goals, which brings us to our second point.

2. Write down your goals. Take the time to write down your long term hopes for your business, and then figure out what you need to be doing today to make that a reality. If you are part of an MLM or party plan, your representative materials probably have some good suggestions. Examples are that you should call five people every day, or spend two hours a week on arranging advertising.

3. Keep a daily to do list, and check off the items as completed. Depending on your own personal preferences, you might want to keep separate to do lists for home and work, or you might like having them all in one place. It's a good idea, however, not to let the distinction between home and work get blurry. Forget about work when you're comforting a toddler, and forget about the toddler (almost!) while you are creating those flyers.

4. Dress up a little. We've all seen the ads about working in your pajamas, but the raw truth is that you will not feel much like working unless you put on real clothes and even real shoes. You don't have to wear a power suit or anything. Just put on something you wouldn't mind being seen in if you were running around town. And you'd be surprised how much more efficient you are when you are wearing sturdy, comfortable shoes.

5. Be consistent. Set office hours, but remember to be flexible. For most people working at home, one of the primary reasons they do it is so they can be there for the kids. If a particular schedule, such as working from eight to noon, is just not working, think outside the box. Maybe you could grab an hour of work during naptime in the afternoon, and two or three more by getting up before the rest of the gang. Maybe Saturday will turn out to be your most productive day!

Don't get discouraged if it seems like you are not making much money working from home, especially in the beginning. It takes a while to build a business up from the ground. Think of all the money you're saving by staying home. The thousands of people who are making money from home right now will tell you that it can be done and that it's worth it.
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