Ladies' Launchpad / Kathy McShane
Many entrepreneurs dream of falling out of bed and landing in their home office. They are frustrated with the amount of valuable time spent commuting that could be dedicated to their work.
However, many find distractions in their homes that can range from taking the dog out, interruptions from children or putting in a load of laundry. The number of distractions home business owners face is limitless.
Therefore, to be efficient when working for home here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Inform friends and family that although you are working from home that you don't have time for interruptions. Family members should know that unless it is an emergency, you should not be interrupted, just as if you were working away from home.
Have a separate area of the house that is for business purposes only. Working from the dining room table is not good for your family or for your ability to conduct business in a professional manner.
Separate personal and business digital devices. If you use one for business and one for personal use, you are more likely to unplug when your work day is done. This allows you to make sure to take down time, and therefore be more efficient in the long run.
Get dressed. One of the worst things that you can do is to stay in your sweats and slippers all day. There is no need to dress like you are going to a Wall Street office, but you should have clothing that makes you feel like a professional. There are amazing psychological benefits to getting dressed for the part.
Don't let yourself become isolated. Go to a local coffee shop or library. This may seem counter intuitive, but it is important to recharge your batteries. Simply being around others will give you more energy. You can also consider joining a Mastermind Group.
Consider renting professional space if you are meeting with a client. Some clients are uncomfortable meeting at someone's home.
More than 50 percent of small-business owners work from home. There are lots of good reasons for this. However, the trick is to make sure that you treat this working situation in a professional manner.
Kathy McShane is managing director of Ladies Who Launch, Connecticut. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or ladieswholaunch.com.southwestct.