You’re on your own. You’ve made the move to run your own home business.
It’s all up to you now to make sure your enterprise is a success. Any support you had in your previous work life, from management, co-workers, and human resources departments are gone. You are in charge. You wake up each morning to a home business that’s waiting for you right outside your bedroom door.
Assuming the setup is complete and you are in operation mode, what’s next? What do you do to keep your business on track on a day-to-day basis?
Here are a few suggestions to keep the cogs moving in your own home-based business.
Seven Steps to a Smooth Running Home Business
1. Set a work schedule: have a plan for what work you need to do and when. Include time for trips to the post office, stationery store, suppliers’ places of business and the like. It’s all part of your business and needs scheduling accordingly. Remember the old business school maxim: “Plan your work, and work your plan”.
2. Set a ‘play’ schedule: You have to know when to stop working. Let your spouse know you’re still the person they married; not a tenant occupying a workspace. Your home-based business will be better for it if you have a proper work-life balance.
3. Have necessary resources at the ready: This is associated with planning. When you begin your work day have everything you need at your fingertips. Don’t find yourself scurrying like a neurotic squirrel to find what you need to meet a deadline.
4. Keep accurate records: Accurate and up-to-date information about your home business’s performance are of great importance. Accurate records tell you if you’re making a profit or not. The tax man needs them too. If you do your own bookkeeping, that’s great. If not, pay someone a couple of hours a month to keep your records up-to-date.
5. Have a proper workspace: A home-based business means a workshop, office, or both. Ensure these spaces are clean, uncluttered and bright. You will be spending a lot of time in your workshop or office; you want them filled with as much natural light as possible. It’s conducive to productivity and a good attitude
6. Keep up-to-date: As you spend time inside, working your home business, you need to look outside once in awhile. Outside, as in, “what’s going on in my business sector?” Are you a bookkeeper working from a home office? Are there any new bookkeeping services in your region? Is there a bookkeepers’ networking chapter in your city? Do you create products from home? Is there a trade show coming up that would be suited to your goods?
7. Continue to learn: Whatever your business is, continue educating yourself on advances in your chosen field. Do you do graphic design, accounting, or writing from home? What new trends are happening in these sectors? What new software will offer the best service to your customers? What innovations are happening in a particular field that you need to learn?
Today, working from home can be the fulfillment of your career dreams. You have the ability and resources to make it happen. You will remain a going concern if you concern yourself with the above suggestions. Implement them to enhance the likelihood that you will be in the percentage that ‘makes it’ in a home business.
Pie for Pi Day, 2011
Image by djwtwo
March 14th is Pi Day (3.14, get it?), and being a big ol’ geek who loves to bake, I celebrate with some Pi Pies. Two of these will get turned into entries in the annual Serious Eats Pi Day baking competetion (along with a whole slew of how-to/making-of pictures), but they’re all to share. As it happens, March 14th is also my employment anniversary, at a company whose business involves lots of math–it’s right there in the name, in fact–so some of these will make it into the office, one is heading to my daughters’ school for their teachers, and we’ll have a little bit at home.
I’ll most likely be posting pics and recipes of most of these over the next few days, as I have time. Since two of them were made for the baking contest, recipes and instructions are up over at www.instructables.com
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