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Tips To A Successful Home Business

Aug 17, 2007
A home business brings with it the opportunity to stay at home and get your work done there. It is the dream of many Americans and each year thousands embark on this venture. Yet sadly, each many also give up and return to the workplace frustrated, angry and quite possibly with strained family ties.

While it is not possible to please everyone, there are some distinct steps you can take to keep business and family separate yet at the same time meet all of their needs. If you have teenagers in your home, then you know what a great necessity the telephone presents to them. Yet at the same time, if you are running a home business, you know that it is a lifeline to you as well.

After all, business contacts often times require telephone calls to set up appointments, follow up on proposals presented and also check in with suppliers. Yet when you have someone else in the home that needs the phone just as much as you do even if it is for different reasons, you will soon find yourself arguing for access to this commodity.

To this end, it is important that you install a different business telephone line with a separate voice mail. The understanding needs to be that this line is off limits to anyone else living in the home and that only you will have access to that line. This will permit you to keep a talkative teen from occupying your second line if mom is talking on the first line.

Additionally, it also will allow you to put your workday to rest. Turning off the ringer when you are done with your days work and focusing on your family will take care of a lot of the resentment that might be building by your family when they see you answering the phone during dinner or making business calls during game night. This leads to the second challenge that so many family members complain of, the notion that you are constantly at work.

The goal of working from home by running your home business was to spend time with friends and family, yet if you are on call seemingly 24 hours a day, you are selling your goal short. As hard as it may be to do especially in the beginning when you are building your business you will need to observe business hours just like the big stores do.

Do not work around the clock but instead, quit at a certain time of day to spend time with your family. Granted, you might need to pull some overtime here and there but these occasions should be the occasional exception rather than the constant rule.
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