When your home is also your workplace it is easy for the boundaries to become blurred.
Just because your business is run from home doesn’t mean it’s not a serious venture, in fact many of the biggest companies in the world were started in basements, garages and bedrooms! However when your home is also your workplace it is easy for the boundaries to become blurred. For this reason, it’s important to get in the right frame of mind when it’s working hours- and to run things professionally just like any other business. Here are a few ways you can go about it.
Set Up a Home Office
If you’re trying to work from the sofa, the kitchen table or your bedroom, chances are you’re going to be distracted by your surroundings. It’s oh so easy to put the tv on and get sucked into a program, put the radio on and get carried away by your thoughts or find yourself up and down every ten minutes for snacks and cups of tea. To avoid this, set up your own little office that’s dedicated to work. Decide on your working hours, and once you’re done for the day shut the door behind you. This helps to keep you productive, and stops you from feeling like your work day is all day. You know once you enter your home office it’s a time for work and this frame of mind will help you get things done. Decorate in calming, neutral colours. Remove distractions, and include adequate storage so everything is organised and where it should be.
Invest in The Right Software
There are all kinds of business softwares out there these days, for different areas of business and different departments. These softwares can make your life so much easier, saving you on both time and money. FreshBooks.com for example can tackle all of your daily accounting needs, making sure all of your records are accurate and up to date. If you run a store selling items, CRM software helps to keep all of your customer’s details together and can help you to provide a better service. Presentation software is useful if you have to pitch your business to customers or clients. Have a think about the areas of your business that could use updating and see if there’s software out there to allow you to do so.
Seek Help From Professionals
When you run a home business, especially if you’re working alone, you’re keeping many plates spinning on a daily basis. Chances you’re not an expert in every area, so one thing you could do is outsource different parts of your business. Speak to a marketing company for advice about advertising and marketing. Hire an accountant to sort out your tax return, or hire a freelance writer to create blog posts for your business blog. By doing this you’re not simply guessing or hoping for the best. Every area of your company is being run to its best potential in a professional way.
How do you ensure your home business is being run to a professional standard?