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5 Mistakes to avoid when starting a business from home

6 November 2012 No Comment

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If you’re looking at starting a family friendly business then you may be considering starting a business which you can run from your home. This, in theory, should give you a great work/life balance,but this is not always the case.

Here are 5 common mistakes you need to avoid when starting a business from home.

  1. Allowing Interruptions. With no one watching over you it is easy to get caught up with day to day tasks such as house work and washing instead of working in your business.  To stop this happening try and schedule in regular quiet times where there are no distractions including phone calls and email notifications and see how much more work you get done.
  2. Spending too much time at home. Working from home can be very lonely so you need to schedule in regular meetings outside your home, attend networking events not only to interact with others but to build your business and try working the odd day in a local cafe. All of these events will break up the monotony of work on your own at home.
  3. Working 24/7. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have to be working all hours. It can be hard to stop working if it is constantly around you but working all the hours will lead you to burn out and resent your business. Ensure you set business hours and keep to them. If you need to work evenings to fit in around children, make sure it is not every evening as you need some time to yourself.
  4. No dedicated workspace. This doesn’t mean a room devoted completely to your business as not everyone has this luxury. You need to create an area where you work from, whether it is a spare room or simply a clear space in your living room or dining room. Having a dedicated area means that you can switch off from being mum and work properly. If you do have a room you can use as an office, you can then shut the door on your work at the end of the day and not have it sat there reminding you that you still have things to do.
  5. Starting the day without a plan. If you do not have a plan to follow for the day then you can find that your time gets sucked up on other things that are unimportant and before you know it the day is gone with nothing productive happening. Plan important activities straight into your daily planner rather than writing a to-do-list so you actually get these thing done.

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