If you have been in the business world, the transition from going to work in an office every day to operating a home business may be quite astounding. After all, you are used to getting up in the morning, dressing and heading into a building to work and now you have no time clock to punch. Although that is a good thing for many, others may find the transition quite difficult and see it as a reason to sleep in rather than get up early.
Of course, you are not going to get up as early as you did when you had to drive to work but you still need to develop a schedule for yourself. Another transition that may be difficult is that of making certain that friends and family members understand you are still working and are not free to run their errands, babysit their children or go shopping with them during your working hours.
That does not mean that you can not go out to lunch on occasion because even with a home business, you will take time out for lunch and a break from working. What you do not want to do is get into the habit of doing more relaxing than working during the day or you will find yourself seeming to work twenty four hours a day trying to do what you should have done earlier in the day.
Working at home after years of working in an office means that you must learn the concept of time management. You no longer have someone telling you, directly or indirectly, what to do at any given time. Even if your former position involved supervision or management, you had to answer to someone else for your time. Now that you have a home business, you have to plan your day based upon the workload that you have with no one else to help you.
It may take a little bit of time for you to perfect your time management so that you know exactly how much you can accomplish in the time frame that you have allotted for its completion. In the beginning, you may work longer hours in order to accommodate that but once you develop a system, you may be able to work fewer hours than you did when you were working for someone else and make the same or better pay.
The key to making a smooth transition from office to home office is to take it slowly so that you do not take on more work than you can handle in the course of an eight hour day. You do not want to work more hours to accomplish the same thing you did when you were out to work, so you need to learn how to work efficiently so that you will have more time for yourself and your family.
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