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4 Home Business Productivity Hacks You Need to Know

As rewarding as starting a small home business can be, it is a lot of work. That can dissuade some people from starting their businesses in the first place. After all, when you are first starting a business from home, there’s a good chance you’ll still need to keep your day job. That means the amount of time you have to work on your business is limited.

Don’t let this stop you from pursuing your entrepreneurial goals. While it is true that you may need to squeeze growing your business into small windows of time at first, doing so is much easier when you keep the following productivity hacks in mind.

1. Make a schedule.

The times you spend working on your home business may be fairly random and sporadic when you first start out. Depending on the nature of your schedule, you may only be able to work on it during your moments of free time, which might not arrive consistently.

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That’s a reality you have to accept. That said, odds are good you can take a look at the week ahead and identify times you know you’ll be available. Plan on using these times to focus on important business tasks. Although your schedule may not be regular and consistent at first, it’s at least necessary to plan your week ahead of time, knowing what business goals you want to accomplish.

This highlights another important point: you also need to prioritize your to-do list. You don’t want to waste the precious free time you have focusing on tasks that aren’t high priorities right now.

2. Improve your home office.

Busy new entrepreneurs know the value of a home office. You’re more likely to be productive when working in the right environment. Some features of a home office are essential. You need proper lighting (ideally natural light, which helps boost productivity), all the tools and resources necessary for completing business tasks, and a reasonable space in which to work.

Beyond that, you can decide what aspects of a home office are more likely to have a positive impact on your productivity. Maybe you find you focus on your work better when the door is closed. Perhaps it helps to have some relaxing music on in the background. Some people feel they get more done when their home offices are decorated with motivational posters and similar iconography. 

This is an opportunity to indulge your creativity! While a home office serves a practical purpose, it can also be a space that reflects your personality and brand.

3. Track your time.

The nature of every home business is different. That said, in this day and age, odds are good that running yours involves using the Internet to at least some degree.


This can obviously lead to distracting situations. From YouTube to social media, there are innumerable ways you can waste time or engage in low-priority, low-impact tasks related to your new business. This is particularly true when you don’t have a supervisor watching over you. If you’re not used to managing your own time in this capacity, it makes sense that you might become distracted.

The problem is, the more time you spend on such diversions, the less time you have to grow a successful business. Thus, if you’re prone to getting distracted on the Internet, you may want to use a time-tracking app. It can provide you with a report that helps you grasp just how much time you have available. Many people are surprised when presented with a clear breakdown of how they truly spend their time.

4. Wear the right clothes.

This might seem like a somewhat strange tip, but it’s in fact quite valuable. You already know your working environment can have an impact on your productivity. The same can be said about your clothing. Research has actually shown that people feel more productive when they are dressed professionally.

Yes, it may be tempting to wear your most comfortable outfit when working from home, but the effect this could have on your mindset is likely to be negative. You’re better off dressing as if you were going to the office instead. This will trick your brain into entering “work mode,” making it easier for you to stay focused and accomplish key tasks.

There will ideally come a time when your small home business is so successful that you can quit your day job. However, to achieve that degree of success, you need to work hard during the early stages. These tips will help you do so on a tight schedule.

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Home Business Blogging Tips You Need to Know

You probably already know that your small home business needs a website if it’s going to survive in the long run. Although there are exceptions, customers go online when they’re trying to find a business. Without an online presence, you’re missing the opportunity to connect with these customers.

That doesn’t mean a website alone is enough. To leverage yours to its full potential, it often helps to maintain a blog on the site as well. The following points will help you better understand why a blog is important, and what you can do to optimize yours.


Understand the Value of a Business Blog

Let’s be honest: posting consistent blog entries can be hard work. When you run a small home business, you already have plenty of other tasks to occupy your time. Blogging regularly may not seem like the smartest way to use that time.

This is an understandable attitude. However, it’s also holding you back.

A blog is a valuable promotional tool. It helps people find your website: in fact, businesses with blogs receive 55% more website traffic than their counterparts without blogs. This is primarily because the blog helps the website rank higher in Google search results—meaning that when people search for, say, an accountant in your area, your website will appear before your competitors’. A basic website that includes your physical location, hours, contact information, and descriptions of your products or services is essential, but a regularly updated blog gives people even more reasons to visit your site repeatedly. A blog can also help you establish a brand identity and position yourself as a knowledgeable authority in your industry.

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Blogging is also valuable because it’s cost-effective marketing. Depending on the platform you use to host your site, blogging features may even be included. That means blogging costs nothing more than time, if you do it yourself.

Just remember that your blog needs to feature genuinely informative, interesting content in order to deliver value. The following tips will help you do just that.


Provide Value

This is by far the most important principle of content marketing. You need to give your readers a reason to visit your blog. Yes, you’re using it as a promotional tool, but no one will be interested in your content if you only use your blog to advertise your products or services, or spend every entry rambling about how great you are. While you can promote yourself directly, in general, the blog’s primary purpose is to help you maintain engagement with your audience.

That’s why your blog needs to deliver value. The way it will do so depends on the type of business you own.

For example, maybe yours is a graphic design business that creates branded imagery for other business owners. Your customers are likely interested in learning how strong graphic design can improve their marketing. Knowing this, you might write blog posts explaining graphic design concepts—for example, “10 Graphic Design Secrets for Attracting Customers” or “5 Ways Colors Affect Customer Behavior.” Your customers can directly use the information in these blogs in their own businesses.

That said, “value” doesn’t only mean “information.” Everything you post should be factually accurate, but there are instances in which the real value might come in the form of entertainment. Perhaps your business involves public speaking coaching. A blog featuring YouTube videos in which people make funny public speaking blunders could appeal to your target audience. There’s a fine line to walk when you focus on entertainment, however; you don’t want to stray too far from your business’ purpose, and you don’t want to appear unprofessional.

What’s most important to remember is that readers aren’t that interested in your random musings. They’re also not interested in blog entries that do nothing more than ask them to buy a product. If you want people to read your blog, give them a reason to.

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Ensure the Writing is Strong

Not everyone is a naturally gifted writer, and that’s okay. However, a blog needs to be relatively well-written. The prose doesn’t have to be Shakespeare, but it must clear and concise.

Take your time to write strong blog entries and to check them for spelling and grammar errors. To make your writing the best it can be, read your blog post out loud to hear how it sounds—or even better, have a friend or family member critique it. You can also hire a freelance writer. They can create blog entries based on your outlines or notes.


Maintain a Consistent Voice

The writing in your blog should be clear and readable, but the tone and style also matter. Your tone and style should mirror your brand.

For example, if you run a small B2B consulting or accountancy firm, you might want to write in a more restrained, professional tone. This lets your clients know you take your work seriously. On the other hand, if you create jewelry or art and sell it online, the tone of your writing can be more conversational and casual. Most importantly, the tone should remain consistent across each entry. That’s key to maintaining a branded identity.

It’s also important to remember that it takes time to master blogging. Don’t expect your blog to yield major returns right away. The more you practice, the more you’ll understand which blogging tactics are most effective.

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3 Tips for Responding to Negative Reviews of Your Home Business

People start home businesses for a number of reasons. Some are looking for productive hobbies, while others want to eventually quit their day jobs. In addition, some are merely looking for a way to make a little extra money after they retire.

However, successful home business owners do have one thing in common: a dedication to customer service. If your venture is going to succeed, you need to do what you do well, and you need to do it reliably.

That doesn’t mean every single customer will always be thrilled with the results of your work. If you stay in business long enough, then you may encounter a few customers or clients who were displeased with the experience of working with you. They may even leave negative reviews about your business online if they feel that you didn’t meet their expectations.

Don’t worry if this happens. A few bad reviews are not enough to tank what is an otherwise strong business. You simply need to know what to do when customers leave negative reviews. The following tips will help.


  1. Determine Whether the Review Is Fair

It’s easy to get upset the moment that you notice someone has left a bad review of your business online. You’ve worked hard to serve your customers, and you don’t want one person’s negative opinion to drive others away.

This is an understandable reaction. That said, it may not always be a fair one. There are instances when customer complaints are genuine. You need to determine if that is the case before dismissing a negative review as unfair.

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Honestly assessing if a customer has a genuine reason to be unhappy with the quality of your work is beneficial in the long run. First, it gives you the opportunity to correct the problem. For instance, maybe a project took longer than a customer expected. You could refund some of their money or offer to undertake another project at a lower rate. Taking these steps can help you to make the right impression even after a customer has left a negative review. If they feel that you’ve taken steps to address their concerns, they might either remove the review or come back and leave a positive one, stating you did what you could to correct the issue.

It’s also important to remember that no one is perfect. You are going to make mistakes when running a home business. Honestly reading and evaluating negative customer reviews provides you with the chance to identify weaknesses. When you know what your weaknesses are, you can fix them and provide future customers with a better experience.


  1. Solicit Reviews from Satisfied Customers

The types of people who leave reviews online are often the ones who’ve had negative experiences with the business. When a customer has a positive experience, they might not be inspired to take any action. They’ll only leave a review if they feel they’ve been treated poorly.

Thus, one way to mitigate the damage of negative reviews is to consistently ask satisfied customers to leave positive reviews.

That doesn’t mean “paying for” reviews in the form of discounts or other offers. This is unethical. However, on social media, your website, your mailing list, and in person, you have many opportunities to connect with happy customers who may be willing to review your business if you can help them to understand why this is valuable to you. Let them know that these reviews significantly affect your reputation, and if they are looking for a way to thank you for providing stellar service, this is it.


  1. Attempt to Remedy the Situation

Again, sometimes a negative review is accurate. You should respond to it by contacting the customer who left it and seeing if there are any steps you can take to remedy the situation.

Of course, there may also be times when customers leave negative reviews that are simply unfair. Whether due to unrealistic expectations, miscommunication, or a generally negative attitude towards anything they perceive to be less-than-perfect service, some customers leave negative reviews that don’t accurately reflect the strength of your business.

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It’s tempting to defend yourself when this happens. You want to step in and let people know a customer’s account of their experience isn’t honest.

Don’t make this mistake. Your goal should always be to appear as professional as possible. Even if you’re justified in being upset over a negative review, you won’t look very good to other potential customers if you’re seen publicly responding to it in a defensive manner. Sometimes, the best strategy is to simply ignore negative reviews and focus on earning more positive ones.

You can do so by working as hard as possible to please every single customer. This is key to your overall success. If you consistently do right by your customers and clients, you’ll eventually cultivate the kind of positive reputation that drowns out the few negative reviews that you may collect over the years.

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You Need to Know about These Surprises When Starting a Home Business

Starting your own home business is definitely a smart way to pursue your passion while making extra money. If you work hard enough, you may even be able to eventually quit your day job. Focusing all your attention on work you actually enjoy is certainly an appealing idea.

That’s why you need to prepare accordingly. You’re much more likely to succeed if you know what to expect when starting your own home business. Specifically, you should be aware of the following experiences you may have in the near future. Instead of letting them take you by surprise, begin thinking about how you’ll manage them now.


Surprise #1: You Won’t Be Taken Seriously

Don’t misunderstand; this point isn’t implying people will laugh at you for starting a business from home. They’ll probably admire you.

That said, there is a good chance that some people in your life won’t realize your business isn’t merely a hobby to keep you occupied during your free time. They may think your schedule is more flexible than it is. As a result, they may ask you to do favors for them when you were actually planning on working.

This could take the form of a spouse who asks you to run errands during the time you had set aside to work on your business. It could take the form of relatives who ask for favors during this time. You might even have kids who don’t realize they’re distracting you.

This is an issue that can become even more significant if you actually do reach a point where you can quit your day job. When people know you’re working from home all day long, they may assume you’re more available than people stuck in an office. You might become the first person your friends and family turn to when they need to ask someone to watch their kids, pick them up from medical appointments, etc.

This doesn’t have to happen. You simply need to be willing to set clear boundaries from the start. Let people know your home business is a serious venture, and you can’t stop working simply because they have personal requests.

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Surprise #2: You’ll Be Bored Sometimes

Again, people often start home businesses in order to make money doing what they love. That’s definitely an achievable goal. That said, running a business does involve completing many tasks that are not always appealing. This includes invoicing clients, figuring out your taxes, creating a budget, and more.

You need to be ready to handle these tasks. If you don’t accept that they will naturally be part of growing your home business, you may get discouraged when you realize being an entrepreneur isn’t thrilling all of the time. On the other hand, if you learn to see them as necessary steps towards success, you’ll be more likely to stay enthusiastic and motivated.


Surprise #3: You’ll Need to Learn New Skills

Odds are good you won’t have every single skill you need to grow a thriving business right away. That’s not to suggest you can’t succeed. Quite simply, growing a home business requires many talents. It’s highly likely you’ll need to develop some.

This is another truth that can discourage you if you’re not prepared. For instance, at your day job, perhaps your supervisor plays an active role in determining how you spend your time. Thus, when you begin running a business, you might find you actually lack time management skills. You’ve never been able to easily and effectively plan your own schedule because you’ve never had to.

Don’t worry when you realize you lack some necessary skills. Virtually every home business owner has this experience at some point. Your goal should be to accurately identify where you’re lacking, so you can take steps to improve.


Surprise #4: You’ll Feel You’re Not Getting Enough Done

No matter how hard you work, it’s very difficult to complete every single task on your to-do list when you have other responsibilities. Everyone is juggling their personal and professional lives. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming you’re failing because you aren’t able to get everything done.

There will be plenty of days when you have to call it quits before crossing every item off your to-do list. This is another experience you’ll almost certainly have when starting a home business.

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Surprise #5: You’ll Be Excited to Work

Not every surprise is negative. Although starting your own small business takes effort, if you stay dedicated, you’ll quickly find you’re genuinely excited to start working every day.

This is a major reason running a business is often more appealing than working a typical day job. Most people don’t feel truly charged up and energized when they show up to work in the morning. If you’re devoted to growing your business, and you’re prepared for these surprises, you’ll get to be among the lucky ones who actually feel excited when they wake up for work on Monday.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Growing Your Business from Home

Growing a home business can be enjoyable for many reasons. A simple one, however, is the fact that you get to, well, work from home. Many people find they are both less stressed and more productive when they can complete their daily tasks without needing to commute to the office.

However, there are some pitfalls you should be aware of when building your home business. This is still a job, and you need to treat it as such. In addition, you may also need more self-discipline to run a home-based business than you would if you had a more traditional job. Too many home business owners fail to succeed because the flexibility of working from home leads them to adopt bad habits that sap their productivity.

This doesn’t need to happen to you. If you want to work from home while remaining efficient and productive, keep the following points in mind.


Don’t Work in Bed

It’s easy to understand the appeal of working in bed. Growing your own business without even taking your pajamas off probably sounds like the ideal lifestyle.

However, working from bed isn’t a good idea if you want your business to succeed. You’re too relaxed to get work done. When you’re lounging in bed, you’re not a productive business owner with goals to achieve. Instead, you’re someone who’s too at ease to actually work as hard as they otherwise would.

It’s best to work from a home office instead. While you may not have space in your home to devote an entire room to your business, you should at least set aside a corner with a desk where you can work without distractions and access all the tools you need.

It’s also worth noting that working in bed can interfere with your sleep by making you mentally associate the bedroom with spreadsheets and phone calls, rather than rest and relaxation. Obviously, the less sleep you get, the less productive you’ll be.




Wear Professional Clothing

Studies have confirmed that the clothes you wear have a very real effect on the way you feel about yourself. In one study, people began to feel stronger simply by donning Superman shirts.

Remember this fact when getting dressed in the morning. Yes, you may not have to deal with an office dress code when growing your own business, but it’s still best to avoid wearing extremely casual attire. At the very least, get out of those pajamas or sweatpants. Just like working in bed, loungewear puts you in the wrong mindset. Dress for success, and you’ll be much more likely to achieve it.

It’s also important to keep in mind that your work may involve videoconferences or in-person meetings with potential clients or colleagues at some point. You’ll make the wrong impression on them if you don’t dress professionally. Avoid this mistake by dressing the way you would for any other job.


Don’t Give Yourself Too Many Breaks

It’s easy when growing a business from home to give yourself more breaks than you actually need—you don’t have a supervisor telling you not to. However, too many breaks will prevent you from getting work done. You may also be tempted to take unnecessary breaks to complete household chores or run a few errands. These breaks are particularly insidious because you feel like you’re doing work—and you technically are, but it’s not work that will move your business forward. There’s nothing wrong with getting a few chores done while you’re home, but your business has to be your main focus during your working hours. Those dirty dishes can wait.

At any other job, you would probably take a short morning and afternoon break, and a longer one for lunch. The same should go for working from home. Either schedule your breaks the way you would at an office, or give yourself a list of tasks that must be completed by the end of the day and plan your breaks around this list. This strategy can help you avoid taking so many breaks that you end up accomplishing little.




Set Boundaries with Friends and Family

Everyone’s living situation is different. If you’re growing a business from home, there’s a good chance you may be sharing your home with family members or roommates. They could become major distractions if you give in every time they need your attention.

Let the people you share a home with know that when you are focused on your business, you are at work. They should not distract you unless the matter is truly urgent. It can take some discipline to enforce this at first, but it’s important to do so. Many people fail at building strong home businesses because they don’t set proper boundaries.

Admittedly, if you have very young children, this can be difficult. You may want to consider hiring a babysitter (or finding a nearby daycare) to watch your children while you work. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to secure all-day childcare. Even two or three hours of guaranteed distraction-free work time each day can greatly increase your productivity.

Additionally, try to eliminate other potential distractions in the house. That could involve keeping a pet in another part of the house, making sure you’re not working in a room with a TV, and putting a moratorium on mindless scrolling through your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media feeds.

These are all essential points to remember as you grow your home business. Again, working from home can be enjoyable, but if you don’t have self-discipline, you can get a little too comfortable. Keep the above tips in mind to ensure you’re doing enough every day to achieve your goals.

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Growing a Home Business? What You Need to Know about Time Management

Many people who start home-based businesses typically don’t have any employees when they first become entrepreneurs. If you’re in this situation, you know starting a business without any outside help is difficult.

Growing a small business even when you have employees is challenging. When you’re responsible for completing every single task on your to-do list, with no one to whom you can delegate tasks, it’s even more demanding.

This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to succeed as a solopreneur. Far from it. You simply need to understand how to manage your time. These tips will help:

Track Your Behavior

There are numerous apps and programs available for those who want to boost productivity and efficiency throughout the day. These apps, such as Everhour or Timely, track how you use your time.

They let you know how much time you devote to checking email, how much you devote to various other business-related tasks, and how much time you devote to distractions such as social media.


Consider using one of these apps to monitor how you make use of your time when focusing on your business. If you learn you spend too much time on distracting or low-value tasks, you’ll know you should be mindful of these behaviors in the future.


Apply the Pareto Principle

The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, states that in any particular endeavor, 20 percent of your efforts typically yield 80 percent of your results. For a small business owner, that means that 20 percent of the work you do accounts for 80 percent of your growth/revenue.

Although the numbers might not be similar for every individual or activity, you’d be surprised how relatively consistent this principle is. Thus, you can apply it to make the best use of your time.

Review your work to see how you can apply this rule to your business. For example, after reviewing invoices, you may find that approximately 20 percent of your clients deliver approximately 80 percent of your revenue on a monthly basis. Focusing on doing more work for those clients and less for low-paying clients helps you make the most of your time.


Get Sleep

Building a business is probably not the only responsibility you have in life. Maybe you have another job. Maybe you have children. Maybe you care for an aging loved one. Regardless, odds are good you’re busy.

This may lead you to sacrifice your sleep to focus on growing your business. When there aren’t enough hours in the day, it can be tempting to make the day seem longer by waking up earlier or going to sleep later than you typically would.


Don’t give in to this impulse. In the short run, you may feel you’re accomplishing more by sleeping less. However, in the long run, your productivity will suffer. That’s because lack of sleep deprives you of energy, reduces your cognitive abilities, and makes it more difficult to cope with stress.

You need to be in the best possible mental, emotional, and physical health to work efficiently and productively. Taking breaks and getting enough sleep is far more important than waking up an hour early to start working on your business.


Keep Track of Your Schedule

Again, there’s a good chance you have a lot to do with your day. The tasks on your professional to-do list don’t even begin to represent the full extent of your responsibilities. Many of those activities can be distracting when you’re trying to start a small business.

For example, if you have a side job and kids, you may have days where you have time between getting off work and picking the kids up from school or extracurricular activities. Trying to get extremely complex projects completed might not be the best use of that time. However, there may be smaller or simpler projects that could be easily completed during that time.

Keep track of your schedule to identify chunks of time where you can be productive. Try to use this time to work on your business as often as possible. The more focused you can be, the better.

Again, the main point to take away from all this is that you don’t need to give up on your dreams of being an entrepreneur simply because you’re trying to grow a business on your own. Yes, you’ll need to focus on time management, but that can be easier than you think. Apply these tips to learn first-hand why limits on your time are not automatically limits on your potential.

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6 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Home Business

Many factors can play a role in your success as a home-based business owner. This blog often covers what you can do right to boost your odds of building a thriving operation. That said, it’s also important to understand what can go wrong. Familiarizing yourself with common mistakes that first-time entrepreneurs make can help you to avoid them in the future.

If you’re growing your home business, you should avoid falling prey to the following missteps:


  1. Setting Vague Goals

You are probably already aware that setting goals is very important when starting a business. When you know what you plan to achieve, making real progress becomes that much easier.

That doesn’t mean that all goals are equally important. Vague goals such as “make more money” or “attract more clients” aren’t strong enough to propel you to success, so it’s crucial that you take the time to identify clear, actionable, and realistic goals. This will enable you to stay focused and productive. Instead of wasting time on minor tasks, you’ll know which ones are most important.



  1. Neglecting the Internet

We live in the digital age. Odds are good that your clients will turn to the Internet when looking for a business that offers your services. Thus, you can’t neglect your online presence. Setting up a website, along with social media profiles, is necessary for any entrepreneur.

Allocate funds to hire a freelance web designer or a social media manager if you aren’t confident in your ability to build a website or stay active on social media. The rewards will be well worth the investment.


  1. Not Researching the Market

You may not know exactly what you should charge clients when first starting your business. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you’ll figure it out as you go. Adopting this mindset can lead to several potential consequences.

If you charge too little, you won’t end up making enough money to keep your business alive. On the other hand, if you charge too much, you’ll struggle to attract clients. Make sure that you research what other businesses in your industry are charging beforehand.

Initially, you’ll probably need to charge lower-than-average rates. Clients need a good reason to take a chance on a new entrepreneur. Offering discounted rates is one of the most effective ways to begin building a client list. As you demonstrate your value, you’ll be able to justify increasing your prices.


  1. Not Developing Your Skills

Most people who start home businesses quickly realize that they must face a harsh truth: they don’t have all the skills necessary for long-term success.

This discourages some from moving forward. They abandon their plans altogether, believing that they’ll never be able to work around their own limitations.

Others make the mistake of ignoring those limitations. They pretend that they can compensate for a lack of skill or expertise in one area if their strengths in other areas are sufficient.

You’ll quickly sabotage yourself with either of these attitudes. Before you start your business, accept the fact that you probably need to develop additional skills to succeed. You must also accept that you genuinely have the ability to learn and grow. When you struggle with any aspect of running your business, find resources that can help you to fill the gaps in your skillset.



  1. Not Identifying Your Target Customer

Your products or services are not going to be valuable to everyone. Every single business in the world has a target customer. For some businesses, that’s a broad category. For others, it can be very narrow. A consumer electronics company can typically succeed in targeting people from a wide range of demographic groups. A freelance graphic designer who specializes in book covers for self-published and indie authors will have a more specific target customer.

That’s fine. You can absolutely thrive with a small customer base. However, you won’t thrive if you don’t take the time to determine who your ideal customer is. Defining your ideal client will help you to better understand who to market your services to when you begin seeking clients.


  1. Not Separating Your Personal and Professional Life

This blog has previously covered the process of setting up a home office. That recommendation is part of a larger overall point: the importance of separating your professional and personal life. Allowing your personal responsibilities to distract you when you’re working will prevent you from reaching your full potential. Set boundaries and create a separate home office space for privacy.

Although you may have to keep your day job during the early stages of growth, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be much more likely to see your home-based business thrive.