So you’ve decided to take the plunge and start an at-home business? You may be feeling overwhelmed or uncertain. Though it’s exciting to finally have the flexibility and freedom you’ve been searching for, it’s also daunting to know that your success or failure is totally in your hands. To help get you up and running, try the three tips below to get your home business off the ground:
Find an Office Space: Though working from bed may sound like a great idea at first, setting up an office space in your home is an important first step in building a successful business. Having a spot you can go to specifically for work (however large or small it may be), helps you stay on track, avoid distractions and keep you focused on the task at hand.
Get an Internet Phone Service: Trying to use an existing mobile or land line to do business might seem convenient, but more often than not, it creates a hassle of crossed wires and confusion and lacks professionalism. Instead, use an internet phone service to set up a virtual phone system or even just a call forwarding service that allows you to have a phone number specifically for business.
Stick to a Schedule: Having a schedule in place for each day will keep you on task and help you manage your time efficiently. Share your schedule with your spouse, kids, and anyone else who you’re in frequent contact with, so they know when not to disturb you.
There are many things to consider when starting a home-based business and it’s certainly not for everyone. However, following the simple rules above and remaining disciplined will enable you to start off on the right foot and most importantly, maintain that all-important work/life balance. Good luck!