The Maverick Entrepreneur™ Series

 

How Do You Run Your House And A Business Concurrently?

Many people ponder whether a home-based business is right for them or not. One reason many people never get started is that they doubt they really can run a home-based business and a home and family at the same time. Undoubtedly it can be a daunting and overwhelming endeavor.

Running a successful home based business means that you should be able to be at home to take care of the things that you normally wouldn’t be able to take care of, while also earning money from your business. There are several potential pitfalls you should be aware of in order to run a successful home-based business and home.

There are several things that you can do to make this process much easier, and if you do it right, you should be able to run your home business as well as you’re home, with reasonable planning and effort.

Keep It Real  –  Plan and schedule time to spend on your home business and your home. If you care for a family, this will require serious scheduling.  Your home online home business can be open 24 hours a day due to the availability of software for just about every website requirement like a shopping cart, email marketing, forms, BLOGS, Newsletters, and etc. If you have a WordPress website there are thousands of free, and low-cost Plugins that add utility features to your site.

You might be tempted to over-diversify, spreading yourself out too thinly. The best approach is to concentrate your effort into a focused progressive step-by-step plan.  Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Build a sensible, realistic and workable business plan, the follow it. Build the basic infrastructure first, then add additional parts to your business.  However, if you don’t set limits for yourself, you’ll find that you aren’t able to run your home or business as well, concurrently.

In order to avoid this problem, the first thing that you need to do is set realistic business hours. Set the hours you want to work and hold to this schedule. Just like a brick and mortar office, your home business should have office hours. It is simply too easy to work all of the time, especially when you need the extra money. But keeping regular hours is a good way to make sure that you will also have time to run your home too.

Own Office – For maximum efficiency, and for peace of mind, especially if you’re a work at home mom, you should dedicate a specific space and equipment for your home office. The quieter the better when doing phone work, in order to present a professional image. Many people refuse to deal with home businesses with children screaming, and a TV blasting in the background.

Even if you devote a corner of your kitchen or living room to your home business, there should be an area that is only dedicated for your business, which will make it much easier for you to keep your home separate from your business. This approach will increase your efficiency, increase productivity, and just make doing business much more pleasurable. Your family would likely appreciate this orderliness too.

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