More than 4 million people currently have the good fortune of working from home. From major corporations letting their key people set up a home office to the many inspiring home based business owners. Having the ability to set your own hours is the key benefit in choosing to work from home.
Home based businesses are continuing to grow at an incredible rate. The Internet has opened a window of opportunity for business ventures that were once impossible to build in a home office environment. The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy claims over 50 percent of all small businesses are home based and will continue to grow.
Working from home is not always a bed of roses. It is common for most that work from home to become workaholics. Having your work or business accessible 24 hours a day makes it hard to know when to quit for the day.
The fact is that working from home is enjoyable and you can get sucked into becoming a slave to your home business. You need to know when to step back and smell the roses. Setting up specific work hours for each day is key to not falling into a workaholic bottomless pit.
When it is quitting time - turn off the computer and turn the volume on the phone or answering machine down low. Take charge of your home business – do not let it take charge of you.
Most choose to work from home to gain a better quality of life, spending more time with family and the freedom a home business offers is a big draw. If you do not set some basic standards you will lose focus on your intentions – working even more hours than the 9 to 5 job you left.
Some key points to being productive and not overworking yourself.
Set up a work schedule – based on the demands of your life style and stick to it.
Prioritize your work – set a daily, weekly and monthly to do list.
Interruptions and Distractions – even though you are at home you are still at work. Make sure family and friends know your work schedule. If your home office is near a TV – turn it off during work hours.
Procrastinating – Don’t put off projects or tasked that need to be completed – they will only start to pile up adding stress to your work from home environment.
Take time for lunch – be sure to squeeze in time for a small break or lunch. Breaking up the day will keep you focused, energetic and will reduce any stress that may be building up throughout the day.
Working from home is a dream for many and can be a nightmare for others. Staying focused and not overworking is hard, but the benefits of a work from home business should give you the freedom and financial life style that you are in search of. This can only be archived if YOU are in control of your home business.