Managing a business and running a household is challenging. But, when you bring a business into a home, it presents an even greater challenge. With careful planning and preparation, you can maintain your home and business in one location. To do this, it is essential to make room for your business in your home. Here are 3 simple steps to get you off to a good start.
- Prepare your family. A successful home-based business requires the cooperation of everyone in the household. Make sure that they are aware of the function of the business. Point out the benefits of working from home, as well as the adjustments that everyone will have to make. You may also want to share some business tasks with your family. If they know what to expect, they will be more receptive.
- Set aside a dedicated work space. It doesn’t matter how large or small the space is. It can even be a space that you convert to your work space, and use for something else when you are not working. The objective is to have a space to “go to work.” You want to avoid things like working in bed with a laptop, or working with a laptop at the dinner table. A dedicated work space helps you remain focused and more productive. It is not necessary to purchase expensive office equipment. Walmart and Target have great selections of handy storage and organizational products. You can even find bins and containers at DollarTree.
- Establish business hours. One of the biggest advantages of working from home is the flexibility of not being confined to a “9 to 5” work day. But it is still very important to organize your time. Try to perform tasks like returning phone calls and checking email at the same time every day. Set deadlines for yourself. Don’t do anything that is not business related during business hours. There are several free online calendar resources to help manage your schedule and appointments. The Google Calendar is good for a home-based business, because it allows you to set up different calendars and color code them. So, you can view your business calendar and your family calendar, while keeping them separate.
Making room for your business in your home helps to keep it contained; so that it doesn’t overtake your home and create chaos.