Running a business from home is the dream of many! Getting out of bed when you want and working from the comfort of your own home is a fantasy that occupies the mind of many a bored office worker. Sometimes, it isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. While working from home can be an amazing, unique and enjoyable privilege, it can quickly fall apart, quite naturally as well.
There are plenty of unique challenges presented to those who find themselves working at home. Most of these challenges can be defeated by applying a good working routine, but working from home is also choosing to open ourselves up to distractions. Working from home fails when your brain is occupied with other tasks – this simply doesn’t happen in an office, and while one can procrastinate anywhere, they will find it much easier to do at home than in the professional surroundings of an office.
You will find success with working or running a business from home if you can find ways to cultivate your professionalism and working attitude. You’ll need to work harder than you know to succeed at home, simply because in most cases you’ll need to push yourself and motivate yourself. You won’t have a boss to push you or set your targets; you’ll have to do that and expect more from yourself.
Running a Successful Business from Home
So, how do people run a business from home well? Well, they start off with equipping themselves. You can’t do anything from home professionally if you lack the tools and means of doing so! Everyone working from home needs three pieces of equipment – they need a computer, they need a printer/scanner, and they need a phone. This is so that they can complete tasks, so that they can compose files and documents. A phone is needed to take work mobile, through apps and the internet whilst also being used to communicate with clients, services or even employees.
This all requires a high speed internet connection – your home business won’t go far without some sort of internet connection. At this point, it will always be assumed that your home business is an online business that vendors via an online website and isn’t something like a store running out of your garage!
Through the lifespan of the home business, or at the very least – the early days – the home will be your headquarters. This means that you need storage. The goods that you sell will be stored in the home – so create space for this. Don’t leave them scattered around. When you move more stock, you can hire a warehouse, but most of the time home businesses will have the stock at home – so it needs to be kept organized. It isn’t just the goods though, you need to post them – so you’ll need heaps of stationary. It can be worth your time converting a room in your home into an actual office to keep your goods and stationery away from the hustle and bustle of the home. Not many people are comfortable with directing business through their home address, but tools for postal mail – physicaladdress.com for example, can give you virtual addresses so you don’t disclose private information.
Organization is key when running a business from home. If your goods aren’t organized, that is one thing – but what if you aren’t organized? If your attitude to working isn’t organized, you can find yourself slipping behind on the tasks that keep your business running. If you are not organized, you might get distracted by one or more of the many distractions that lie around the home. By sticking to office hours (9-5 but it is your choice really) and being a dedicated working professional during the hours you have set, you can ensure that you limit distractions and procrastination. Beware though, as you can push yourself too hard when working from home – we set office hours for a reason, so don’t do out of hours work unless it is incredibly urgent.
As well as keeping yourself to office hours, ensure that you take breaks regularly. Ensuring that you step up and away from your home office can be harder than working! Running your own business is a positive and productive thing, but it can be very easy to get intensely stressed without breaks, so take them
With a positive attitude, organization and plenty of good breaks you can make a success of working from home – it is always going to be hard work though!