Stay Productive When You Work from Home with These Tips
When you own a business and work from home, it can be very hard to manage all the duties going on. I know many home entrepreneurs who not only own a business, but must manage their family. As a matter of fact, over the years I’ve had the pleasure in working with cool entrepreneurs who have been working from home for the past 7 years. They have found a way to manage everything and have done great online at the same time. I believe it’s all about being able to stay productive and manage your time. It’s about sticking to a schedule no matter what day during the month. I’ll admit, this is much easier for someone who has been doing this for several years compared to someone who is just getting started.
However, you should have no fear because there is no shortage of information available online. If you do a quick search in Google, you’ll be able to find awesome productivity tips to help you get started. Today, I’ll be going over the top productivity tips which I have learned over the years. These come from my clients and some myself since I’ve been blogging from home for over 7 years. Let’s jump right in and leave your thoughts in the comment box below.
Create a Special Place
Many of the bloggers when I asked them how to make money from home, they answered telling me about a home office. They said you must make sure a dedicated space is established in your home so you can feel comfortable working. You’re not going to be productive if you have interruptions because this will affect the quality of your work going forward. It doesn’t matter that you are working from home because you still must produce the best content, products, etc. which will distinguish you from your competition.
I’ve accomplish this by creating a home office making sure I treat my business like an actual business (you’ll learn more later). Here’s something else, your body will operate per the environment you are in overtime creating habits within the mind to stay productive. As you begin to do more work, you’ll build repetition and create consistency which in turn will help you produce better work overtime. Even with music, or any other kind of noise you’ll be able to complete your work, but this will take time to develop.
Hire Someone to Help
It doesn’t matter if you are working from home or in an office because “work is work”. This mean as a business you are trying to accomplish something and must get it done no matter what. In the beginning, you’ll be doing a lot of the work on your own, but overtime you can start to find other people to help. I know many people who are making money from home hire people to do the tedious work. You just must make sure you screen them properly before you give them assignments. Here are a few things you should pay close attention to when hiring a co-worker:
Experience – it’s important that they have experience within your niche. No point in hiring someone who doesn’t know what they are writing about, and can’t create engaging content.
Writing – you should hire someone which writes high quality content. This means structurally, editing, substance and more.
Motivated – you want someone who loves what they do as much as you do. This will ensure they push forward when hit with a barrier.
Previous work – before hiring ask them to send a few samples of previous work so you can look over what they produce. This will help you make a sounder decision.
Dress Up for Work
When you dress up for work, you’ll work smarter, harder and faster. Research has been done on the mental effects of dressing up and it’s shown to motivate the worker because they feel more in control. Even when they are at home, dressing up will help them imagine they are in a workplace. I’m all about smart hacks for big wins. Dressing up is one of those smart hacks.
Treat It Like a Business
One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen made by people working from home is that they don’t treat it like a business. Even though you are at home, you are still running a “business” and should treat it like one. Keep in mind, what you are doing at home is paying for your bills, putting food on the table, and even supporting your family. This is exactly the pattern if you had been working for someone else.
It’s important you change your mind-frame and understand that what you have is a business so set your hours, breaks, and even stay motivated the way you would for someone else.
Create a Schedule
A great way to NOT get overwhelmed is by creating a schedule and sticking to it. One of the biggest challenges I faced when working from home is not knowing when to start and stop. When working at an office, you know once your home your done working for the day, however it’s different when you are at home. Since you have the flexibility of working all the time, you might simply get overwhelmed.
I’ve noticed when I have a schedule, it helps me stay in the productive zone, and knowing I have one helps me stay motivated. It’s funny how some people don’t understand the concept of working from home. They think that since they are at home, they have loads of time available. You must remember at home your working so you should tell your family, friends that you have a schedule to keep or you won’t be able to provide financial support.
Working from home can be very lucrative if you know how to manage your time. Start to implement some of the tips above, and see how they work for you. You can tweak them if you find some of them get I the way of total and complete productivity.