Don't Become A Slave To Your Business

 Recommended Home BusinessWork at Home Business
Work at Home
Work From Home
· Work at Home
· My Account
· Administration
· Logout
· Home Business Sign Up

· Submit Article
· Work from Home Topics
· Downloads
· Home Business Lists
· Links Directory
· What is Domain Cost Club


Quotes

Login

Username
Password
Remember Me

Join Mailing List
These are the newsletter(s) we have available:
BizWhiz News
Inspiration
Mufads Newsletter
You must login to subscribe to a newsletter.

Alexa Traffic Ranking

Who's Online
We have 17 guests and 0 members online

You are an anonymous user. You can register for free by clicking here



* Work at Home: Don't Become A Slave To Your Business
Posted Feb 15, 2004 - 12:07 PM
Email this to a friend  Printer friendly page Print this story



Inspiration and Advice Run your home business, but don't fall into the trap of letting it run your life.
Although the expressed reasons for wanting to work from home are many and varied, most home based business owners cite the ability to set their own hours as a major factor in their decision to work at home. However, many people that have work at home businesses often fall into a trap that flies directly in the face of their stated desire for time flexibility.

The strong growth in home based business activity continues and, according to the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, fifty-two percent of ALL small businesses are home-based.

Some home based business owners have been known to become "workaholics" because their office is so accessible. Don't become a slave to your business... get out of your home office
regularly to renew and revitalize yourself.

Close the door to your office or otherwise remove yourself from your designated "work area" and go into your "home" area to live your personal life. If your business involves the use of the
telephone and you find it difficult to ignore a ringing phone in the office, simply turn the ringer off and turn the volume o­n the answering machine way down. If your business is internet based, just turn off your computer (or at least get away from the monitor and keyboard).

As a work at home business entrepreneur, you certainly aren't required to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just because your business is located in your home. After all, your office or workspace is just an area in your home...its not your home itself!


Working and living under the same roof has a host of advantages, but it can present some challenges (in addition to the workaholic syndrome mentioned, above) and stress factors.


Here are four ways to create a less stressful home business environment:
  • Remember why you wanted to become involved with a home-based business (i.e. more time for family, work schedule flexibility, etc.)
  • Have discussions with your family members and get their input about the working arrangements and the amount of time they want with you.
  • Use good time management techniques. Keep a list of tasks by order of importance. There are many low cost and effective "day planners" or "organizers" readily available today.
  • ALWAYS take a little time to "smell the roses".

While not experiencing the negatives common to a corporate office working environment, the home-based business owner may occasionally experience stresses and frustrations that are unique to working at home.

Networking with other home-based and small business owners provides an opportunity to connect with others who may be experiencing the same stresses/frustrations that you are. Sharing
stressful and/or frustrating issues with someone else in the same situation can relieve your stress and may bring you good advice from a different point of view.

As a final note, remember to observe Home-Based Business Week (it is always the week of October that includes the second Tuesday).

------------------------------------------------------------------
Kirk Bannerman operates a successful home based business and
resides in California. For more details, visit his website at
http://business-at-home.us
------------------------------------------------------------------
Please Click if you like this on google plus.

 
Related links
· More about Inspiration and Advice
· News by kiriba


Most read story in Inspiration and Advice:
Common Behavior Traits of Highly Successful people


Sponsored Links
Don't Become A Slave To Your Business | Login/Create an account | 1 Comment
Threshold
Comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.
Re: Don't Become A Slave To Your Business (Score: 1)
by wealthsystem on Jul 08, 2004 - 12:40 AM
(User info | Send a message)
It's a good idea to take frequent breaks from your work. It helps to relieve tension and you
will be more productive and profitable overall.
Kevin


You Must Login to Post Comments