Running a home-based business is simpler in many ways, seeing as how you don’t have to hire and manage in-house staff (but only work with telecommuters), lease a building or think about office relocation. On the other hand, it presents you with a completely different set of challenges and requirements you need to keep in mind. That being said, here are several home-based business tips that every entrepreneur should consider.
Create an organized separate workspace
The first thing you need to understand is that, although you’re working from home, you can’t look at your entire home as your workplace. First of all, it’s not great for your morale. Second, it makes it ineligible for some home-based tax deductions. Finally, it makes it incredibly hard for you to focus on the work at hand. What you need is a room in a distant part of your home, isolated from outside noises and stimuli and fully optimized for work. This also means having a fully operational, adequately furnished home office to serve as your creative and corporate headquarters.
The next thing that’s incredibly easy to do when working from home is to mix your regular daily schedule with that of your workplace. Think about it, there’s nothing easier than making a 45-minute break in order to watch the latest episode of your favorite TV drama, but how does this reflect on your productivity? You probably already know the answer to that question, which is why it’s important to always get in time and have a clear work schedule that you won’t be able to budge from.
List your contact information
The next thing you need to do is separate your private life from your professional life. What you should do is make two Google Accounts and use them separately regardless if you’re working. As a 21st century business, you’ll have your business Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and it’s so important to keep these separate from your private accounts.
Apart from this, you should have a separate email and even a separate phone line for your business. At the end of the day, your phone line, as well as your power grid needs to be operational 24/7, which is just one of the reasons why you need to have a reliable local emergency electrician on speed dial.
Keep a healthy life-work balance
It’s so easy to lose track of time when working from home, especially when you’re your own boss. Since you don’t have conventional work hours, it’s quite easy for you to extend your work indefinitely, turning down invitations from your friends and relatives, even neglecting your own family. In the long run, this can be devastating for your mental health, which is why it’s vital that you manage to keep a healthy life-work balance, regardless of the deadlines. Finding some “me-time” is also important from a logistical standpoint since it prevents you from getting overworked or demotivated.
Do you receive clients at home?
At the end of the day, it’s important to answer a single question – will you receive clients in your own home? If you’re a psychiatrist, a therapist of any kind or nutritionist, your work may mandate that you meet with your clients in person. This could make a huge difference, seeing as how it changes the way in which you design your home office. First of all, it changes its location, since you don’t want to have to bring your clients on a tour of your place every time they come to visit. Second, it changes your seating solution as well as it urges you to have displays with some printed brochures and leaflets around.
One last thing you need to understand is that, regardless of the model of the business in question, the success of your company is always determined by your organizational abilities. While far from simple, running a home-based business gives you fewer things to focus on at a time, making it much more beginner-friendly. In other words, if you ever plan to grow into a traditionally structured company, this is an ideal opportunity for you to get some experience.