Many small businesses are run from the relative comfort of a persons’ own home. There are pros and cons associated with this, obviously. Some find it difficult to increase revenue because they are unable to apply themselves or concentrate on the work itself through distractions. It is important therefore to have some kind of structure – most people find that working within reasonably set hours helps them to focus. Also, try and have a separate space in your home which is just used for working – so as to create a divide between work life and home life.
Time management and getting the balance right between work life & home life can often be difficult. Many people love the idea of being able to be their own boss and work from home. They then find the reality is they can’t focus when there is always something to distract them (daytime television, doing the washing up, Facebook etc.). The best way to focus is to be sure exactly what you want to achieve on a given day, or in a week. Jot down what you would like to do, and stick to it.
Try to reward yourself if you’ve had a good day and achieved your goals. Promise yourself at the beginning of the day that you can have half an hour sitting in the garden with a cool drink provided you complete certain tasks – by way of an example. It is always easier said than done though. You will find that you have good days, and bad days. Don’t beat yourself up too much about the bad days – everyone has them. Just try and make up for the bad days by following them with a good one.