Entrepreneur-ing from Home: What to keep in Mind
If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re working from home, chances are you’ve run into a few problems. The interruptions of everyday home life impose on work time. Staying in your pajamas all day might be a bonus, but it could also cut into your productivity.
Here are some things the at-home entrepreneur should keep in mind:
1. Know when it’s quitting time
Entrepreneurs aren’t really known for working regular hours. Sometimes, you find yourself working 80 hours a week. The entrepreneur is always thinking about their business, startup, store, what have you. If you work from home, this is even more difficult because you never leave the work place. Set some office hours. Have a work number separate from your home number. You need to set up some boundaries between home and work even if you work from home.
Long hours, alone time. Not everyone is an introvert. When you don’t have an office full of people to commune with, you loose a human necessity: companionship. If you have a hobby outside of your entrepreneur-ing, go explore that hobby and make some friends. Most people make their friends at work, but that’s not an option for you. Find other people that share your interests. Grab lunch. Take an afternoon to hang with them and finish up work at a different time. Get your community on.
If that doesn’t work, grab your laptop and head to a coffeeshop. As long as you have your Internet connection, you’re good to go.
3. Marking time
When you work from home, it’s even more important for you to set goals. You aren’t following a set course of action. You need to have a way of measuring your progress. Take some time to reflect on where you’re going and where you want to be. Develop a portfolio of accomplishments as they are achieved. That way, when you evaluate at the end of the year, you have a everything laid out before you.
Working from home can be a blessing and a curse. Some people take to it like a fish to water; others can’t stand being alone for so long. You need to find what works for you.
Have you tried working from home? How has that worked for you? Share in the comments!