April 8, 2006 at 8:33 am (Uncategorized)

How to organize your Home Business

What is the best way to organize a home-based business? There is the option of having a completely separate room in your home that keeps business away from the rest of the family life but that is not as popular as it once was. Many families integrate their home business with their family life and do quite well with this type of arrangement.

One of the first considerations you should think about is how do you operate? You want your business area set up in a style that is comfortable for you. If you like looking out the window while you are working and you are very productive this way setting up your business space in a way that makes you look at a wall will not encourage you to work. In fact, you will more than likely find reasons why you cannot work. Do you like plants and artwork? Set this up in your space. It is important to make your business space reflect your personal style this will make you want to sit at your desk and work because you are comfortable there as opposed to dreading going to your work area.

Make your workstation the base of the work that needs to be accomplished but do not limit yourself not to be able to go and sit in your favorite chair or other places in the house to accomplish your work. Do not spread important documents all over your house. Dedicate an area to where those items will be kept. You do not want to feel like your business is taking over your life and that everywhere you look you see bits and pieces of it scattered throughout your home.

If you are a family that has small children at home it will be important to child-proof your office space and make it look unattractive for children so that they will not want to go and color pretty pictures on your financial papers.

Consider purchasing a laptop and cell phone, if you have not already, so that you are not always tied to your desk. Sometimes it is nice to go to a park and sit in the fresh air while you are getting work done.

Decide exactly how many hours you are going to work during a day or how many hours need to be dedicated to a particular project. It is very easy when you are working from home simply to work all day and into the night because your office is so accessible. You need to be able to set boundaries as to when you will and will not work. Take breaks, step away from your work, and go to lunch even if it is in another part of your house or in your backyard.


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