Friday, September 7, 2012
Tips For Colorado Business Owners Who Work From Home
For many business owners, it can sound like a dream come true: your very own business that you can run right from the comfort of your own home. There are some very real advantages to working at home (no commute, convenience, the ability to care for a child, etc) but it also comes with some specific issues that can affect your productivity. Here are some ways to stay on track if you have a business out of your home or just work from home occasionally:
Create A Workspace
One of the most important parts of running a successful home business is setting up a place solely designated for work. If you don’t have a room in your house to turn into an office, this space could simply be a special desk or table where you can keep all your office supplies, computer, and any other equipment you use throughout your workday. Be sure to keep this area distraction free. That means setting up shop somewhere far away from the television and other things that could tempt you away from working.
Make A Schedule and Stick To It
Another difficult aspect of working from home is keeping on task. If there is no boss setting deadlines for you, sometimes it can be hard to act with urgency and focus. To help alleviate this, try creating a schedule for yourself to follow. If you know that you are most productive in the morning, plan to do your most challenging tasks then. Group similar activities together, like making phone calls or answering emails. Constantly switching gears throughout the day will only lead to lost time trying to get into new grooves. Don’t get overwhelmed by tasks and try to do too much at once.
If you find your days going by without much accomplished, it may be helpful to make notes of how you are spending your time. If you are regularly taking 10 minutes to get up and make a snack or you spend a lot of time picking up the house during working hours, you can wind up getting off track. Spend a week writing down how you spend your time, then review your notes and determine what you can do to become more productive. When you do it right, working from home can be a productive, enjoyable experience. All you need is a little discipline.
Author’s Bio: Ryan Franklin is a guest blogger who uses Shopify Inventory and BigCommerce at his home office. He writes about productivity and order management systems.
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