I’ve always had dreams of working from home, I thought it would be easy. It turned out to be a challenge. Just because you don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder or a time clock to punch doesn’t mean you can slack on your other obligations, such as your household chores, laundry, cleaning the house cooking dinner etc. You have to make time for this as well. I’m going to give you some tips that I’ve learned a long the way, to make my work from home business work.
First of all make sure that you have a comfortable workspace, you will be spending most your days here so make it inviting. Make sure that things are organized and clutter free to be able to work efficiently. If you don't have an office then purchase a divider, keep your work space separate from the rest of your home.
Your workspace is your workspace don't use it for anything else. In other words don't set up your ironing board and start ironing clothes or fold your laundry on the desk. Keep the household chores out of the office. If you've got a laptop and you want to get away from the desk, feel free to take a walk to another room, except the bedroom you need to set boundaries take a walk outside, sit on your patio if you have one and do a little work. Taking a break from your workspace and getting some air may shed new lite on what your working on.
Some days you might feel unproductive, take a day off reward yourself have a little fun, go have lunch with a friend, go shopping, thats the beauty of working from home you can be flexible in your schedule. When you do work you should set your hours, but make them flexible so you can get other things done and your not tied to your desk for 12 hours a day.
Ok I know you've seen those ads "I work at home in my pajamas" or "Work from home in your PJ's" don't get in the habit of this, get out of those pajamas you can be just as comfortable in a shirt and a pair of sweats.
Even if you work from home you still need to take breaks throughout the day, but a break doesn't mean going from your workspace to doing a household chore. Go for a walk, have a snack, it will give you back some of your energy and perk you up.
Some people think now your working from home it's like your retired, not really working and you have all this time to spare, maybe time you can volunteer for free. If you have time fine, but if not, don't be afraid to say no!