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8 Tips to Fight Loneliness When Working from Home

For many entrepreneurs, running a business out of their home is a dream come true. The choice to operate a home-based company comes with perks like a flexible schedule, lower operating costs, and the ability to quickly scale the enterprise up or down, but the opportunity also comes with challenges.

One of the biggest challenges faced by professionals who have a home-based business (or anyone who primarily works from home) is the feeling of loneliness that can come from working in solitude. The lack of social interaction that often accompanies working from home or operating a home-based business can negatively impact your productivity and reduce your job satisfaction. To combat the effects of loneliness, consider the following helpful tips for keeping your spirits up when you’re working from home:


  1. Schedule breaks into your day.

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Split up your day with breaks to clear your mind and keep yourself feeling positive about your work. Getting out of your home office and staying away from your computer and phone during these breaks is a great way to recharge and come back to your work fresh after working inside alone for a prolonged period of time. It can also be a good idea during your breaks to chat with any neighbors or family that may be around at the time to give yourself some socialization. Some professionals recommend a small break every hour and a half or so, while others suggest taking smaller breaks with one hour-long or two-hour-long break midday.


  1. Establish an exercise routine.

Getting into the habit of daily exercise can elevate your mood and offer another way to break up solitary periods during your workday, especially if you participate in regular group exercise classes or just work out on a machine at the gym. While exercise represents a time commitment, it both helps combat the effects of working a sedentary job while also providing an opportunity to socialize.


  1. Change your environment.

Boredom and monotony may contribute to feelings of increased loneliness, but these feelings can be reduced if you change up your office or workspace every once in a while. This can mean moving your laptop to another area of your home some days, such as the patio, or by taking your work to a public place where you can access WiFi, such as a coffee shop, library, or restaurant. Even if you don’t interact directly with many people when you work in public, just being around others can make you feel less lonely. Overall, changing your location can add novelty to your days and stave off feelings of boredom and disconnection.


  1. Communicate digitally.

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While you shouldn’t make a habit of spending excessive time on social media during the workday, taking time over the course of the day to have small, thoughtful online interactions with friends and family can help you feel more connected. Have a chat with a friend during the day when you begin to feel lonely, but make sure you set parameters ahead of time for how long and how often you can chat without slowing your productivity. When it’s time to get off social media and concentrate, you should be able to train all of your focus on your work.


  1. Add audio to your office.

Just because you operate a business alone from home doesn’t mean that you need to spend your day in total silence. Consider playing music softly in the background while you work; if you’re easily distracted, try classical or any other genre of music without lyrics, or songs with lyrics in a language you don’t understand. You might also turn on an upbeat TV show in another room to create a backdrop of white noise. Having some kind of sound in the background while you work can make you feel less lonely and less bored while you complete different tasks.


  1. Have a routine meet-up with other entrepreneurs.

Even if you’re the sole employee of your business, there are bound to be other entrepreneurs in your city who work within your industry and are interested in making professional connections. You can locate groups for professionals using sites like Meetup.com, LinkedIn, or even Facebook. If you can’t find a group that you’re interested in joining or if no one has created a group for entrepreneurs in your area, you can start one yourself. Incorporating weekly meet-ups of this nature into your schedule will provide the professional social interactions you need to reduce loneliness and give you something to look forward to as your week progresses.


  1. Engage in volunteer work.


One of the perks of being an entrepreneur is that you become your own boss, which allows you to set your own schedule. You can make use of this flexibility in your workday by incorporating activities like volunteer work into your schedule. Volunteering will not only provide an outlet for connecting with other people and combating loneliness, but it will also allow you to give back to those in need and may help you feel an overall greater sense of fulfillment in your life.


  1. Look into shared workspaces.

If you’ve tried and failed to overcome intense feelings of loneliness as a home-based entrepreneur, you do have other options. While it can save you a significant amount of money to exclusively work at home, there are affordable alternatives to this arrangement. For example, look into renting a desk at a local shared workspace. Shared workspaces give professionals the opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs working in a wide range of industries. Relocating from your home to a shared workspace can give you the freedom of working on a solitary entrepreneurial venture with the social benefits of working in a traditional office.

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3 Ways to Ensure That Potential Clients Know about Your Home Business

Many people who have been stuck in dead-end jobs for years dream about becoming their own boss at some point. That’s why so many try to start their own home business. In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to do so. Due to the Internet, you can create a legitimate, thriving business without having to rent out office space or hire a marketing team.

A large number of online businesses involve some form of freelance or consulting work. If you have a valuable skill or specialized knowledge and experience, you can easily sell your services to clients. This strategy is popular because it doesn’t involve creating anything. You don’t need to worry about finding space to manufacture goods and store inventory. You can perform all the work right at your own desk.

It’s one thing to create a business, but ensuring that people know about it is something else entirely. That’s why you should keep the following tips in mind. They’ll help you to attract clients so you can quit your day job and do what you love full time.


  1. Create a Website

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Every single business needs a website. It’s also smart to maintain a social media profile. Quite simply, online searches are how many people find companies these days. They don’t look up anything in the Yellow Pages anymore. They use Google to find people who offer the services they need.

A website allows you to promote your business and gives potential clients an easy way to contact you.

In order to make your web presence even more effective, you should consider maintaining a blog on your site that you update regularly. If this seems like more work than it’s worth, you can hire freelancers to write the content for you. In fact, if you’re not comfortable with your skills as a writer, you may want to hire a freelancer to write all of your site’s content. You want to make the right impression on clients. This means ensuring that you sound professional.

Quality freelancers also understand how to optimize content so a site is more likely to appear in online searches. Hiring one is a smart investment.


  1. Reach Out to Potential Clients Directly


While a website is crucial, you don’t want to passively wait for people to discover your business. Instead, you must be proactive about finding clients.

Begin by creating a spreadsheet filled out with the names and contact information of prospective clients. You can typically find them via a Google search.

For instance, perhaps you’re starting your own graphic design business. Maybe you want to focus on book covers. This is a fast-growing market due to the rise of online self-publishing. Plenty of authors who felt reluctant to follow the traditional publishing route are now selling their books directly to customers online. And while you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, it’s no secret that a professional cover design tends to result in a more successful book.

You could search for self-published authors by browsing Facebook groups and reading writers’ blogs. Find authors for whom you could create effective designs, look up their contact information (the odds are good they’ll have their own websites listing that information), and let them know you have a graphic design business and would love to create covers for their books.

Most people you contact won’t reply. Others will say they’re not interested. However, some will want to hire you. With just a little bit of effort, you can build a substantial client list.


  1. Submit Guest Posts


Find bloggers who cover the industry you work in, but who don’t qualify as direct competitors. To use the graphic design example again, if you want to design book covers, find bloggers who work in the self-publishing niche. Reach out to them and ask if they would like you to contribute a guest post or interview on the topic of “why a professional book cover is important.”

Maintaining a website and regularly updating your blog will eventually result in more web traffic, although it can be difficult to build a following during these early stages. Instead, contribute posts to blogs and sites that already have a substantial following. That’s how you’ll get the word out about your own business.

It’s worth noting that none of this is very difficult. While you will absolutely need to put in some work at first to get your home business off the ground, once you have enough clients to keep you busy, you’ll realize that your dream of working from home has become a reality. Don’t quit early on because no one knows your company exists yet. Follow these tips, and pretty soon you’ll be busier than you ever thought possible.

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This Is How You Can Come Up with a Home Business Idea

Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to start and run your own business from home. Whether you plan on turning your business into a full-time enterprise or you simply want to make some extra money on the side, with just a few tools, you can indulge your entrepreneurial ambitions.

Of course, having the tools to start a business is not the same as having an idea for one. You may know you’d love to be your own boss and work from home, but you might have no idea how to get started.

Don’t get discouraged. Coming up with an idea will take some time, but if you put in the effort, you can generate a plan that may turn into a legitimate business. To start, keep these tips in mind.


Assess Your Abilities and Experience

You’re probably not going to succeed in your goals of running a home business if you start one that requires a skillset you don’t possess. Thus, if you’re struggling to come up with an idea, you should start the brainstorming process by listing all the skills you have that may be valuable. While doing so, review all of your previous work experience and try to determine if you’ve acquired expertise in a particular area.

For instance, if you have a reputation as a strong writer, you could start a freelance business. If you have artistic talent, you may be able to provide clients with freelance graphic design services.

It’s important to incorporate hobbies into your list. Many people who enjoy creating arts and crafts projects in their spare time eventually discover that people want to buy their creations. Although not all hobbies can generate business ideas, you may be surprised by how many can.

The most important point to keep in mind during this exercise is simple: spend more time on it than you think you should. People often find it difficult to list their skills at first. They think they don’t have much experience or expertise they can leverage into a money-making enterprise. However, if you spend a decent amount of time trying to grow your list, you’ll likely find you actually have more valuable skills than you initially assumed.


Determine What Resources You Have at Your Disposal

Some people who start home businesses choose to take out loans to fund them. Of course, this involves some degree of risk. You need to decide whether or not you’re confident enough in your idea to take that kind of chance.

If you’re not, you likely won’t have a lot of money for equipment, employees, and other resources. You’ll need to take stock of what resources are already available to you.

Luckily, you can start plenty of home businesses on a limited budget. If you’re starting a freelance writing, graphic design, or even consulting business, it may be possible to do so with nothing more than a computer and a fast internet connection. As your enterprise grows, you can hire others to work for you or invest in additional equipment.

Either way, it’s very important to be honest with yourself at first. Don’t take financial risks for which you are unprepared. Once you know what resources you currently have at your disposal, you can more easily determine what type of business to create.


Write Down 10 Ideas a Day

This is a tip from serial entrepreneur James Altucher. It’s also a surprisingly effective exercise.

Each day, set aside a little bit of time to list 10 different business ideas. Don’t stop until you’ve reached 10, but don’t censor yourself because you assume an idea isn’t strong enough to be worth putting on your list.

James Altucher himself admits that when he started doing this, many of his ideas were bad. The goal isn’t simply to come up with 10 business ideas you can develop into profitable enterprises. Ideally, this exercise will yield a strong idea at some point, but that probably won’t happen right away. Instead, this exercise will help you train your mind to start looking for business ideas in your daily life. The longer you practice it, the easier it will be to start seeing the world the way an entrepreneur sees the world.

These tips are primarily useful because they help you overcome the hurdle that prevents so many people from succeeding in their goal of working from home. Too many people give up early because they assume they simply don’t have any ideas. If you actually spend the time to brainstorm, this won’t be a problem.


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5 of the Best Time Management Tips for Home Business Owners

Time – it’s one commodity that all professionals want to have more of, and yet always seem to be chasing. For the home-based business owner, time can be doubly elusive. While home-based business owners actually have many opportunities to recoup time in a way that traditional workers may not, it can be easy to manage time poorly and allow the day to get away from you.

If you want to be a successful home-based business owner, time management is one of the most important skills that you will need to cultivate. Listed below are five useful tips to help you develop the time management skills that will allow you maintain control over your schedule.


  1. Be a list-maker.

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To-do lists can help you manage your work tasks on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, but it’s important to use them correctly. Don’t overload yourself by making long lists of tasks that you cannot feasibly accomplish in the time you’ve set for them.

Professionals suggest keeping to-do lists as simple as possible, and some even promote the idea that there should be no more than three things on your list each day. However you choose to organize your list, set aside a few minutes to write the next day’s list out the night before. This will help you streamline the next workday before it even begins.

Similarly, when you sit down to tackle your to-do list, do not attempt to multitask. Contrary to popular belief, multitasking can actually waste more time than it saves by requiring you to switch mental gears more often, which breaks concentration. Putting your focus on one task until you’ve seen it through can increase your performance level as well as your productivity, saving you more time overall.


  1. Don’t co-mingle your home and work life.

Establish a daily routine and set work schedule to keep your home and work life separate when they occupy the same space. During your workday, make a concentrated effort to keep your mind focused on professional tasks. Save your personal responsibilities for after work hours. Failing to keep personal projects out of your workday can lead to serious time loss and leave you struggling to get important tasks accomplished.


  1. Take up time-logging.


Identify the areas where you might be wasting time during the workday by recording a daily log of your professional activities. The log should be recorded for at least one day, but the longer the period of time you record your activities, the greater point of reference you will have.

Go about your daily schedule and write down everything that you do on paper or in a spreadsheet. Once you’ve logged your activities for a designated period of at least one day, review your log in order to determine where you’re spending time unnecessarily.

Areas where entrepreneurs may find themselves wasting valuable hours include running errands, taking calls, holding meetings, personal breaks, or responding to emails. Reduce these activities where possible in order to engage in better time management and a more efficient workday.


  1. Engage in popular time management techniques.

If you’ve already cut the major time-draining activities from your day, you may benefit from looking into popular management techniques that can help you conduct your necessary, day-to-day tasks more effectively. One such method is the Pomodoro technique, in which you accomplish tasks in 25-minute bursts of concentration, followed by five-minute breaks.

This can be especially helpful for people who struggle with focus, and can be an efficient unit of measurement when it comes to devoting time to long-term projects. For example, you could set a goal of spending 8 “Pomodoros” on your social media marketing campaign each week.

Another useful time management technique is “blocking” your time. Sitting down with your monthly calendar and dividing it into blocks of time devoted to specific tasks can help you stick to a schedule and leave you with few unallocated hours. This helps some entrepreneurs maintain a tidy, efficient agenda.

For example, you can block out the same hours each week for working on making sales calls, updating your website, or taking meetings. This keeps you in a routine that can help you to regularly accomplish tasks each month. Whichever time management methods you use to get more things done, make sure to remember that methods should be modified to meet your personal business needs.


  1. Work with a mentor.


Sometimes, applying time management best practices is easier to conceptualize than to actually do for yourself. If you find yourself trying to practice good time management but are unable to do so effectively, consider enlisting the help of a mentor to set you on the right path. A professional mentor may be able to provide an objective eye and identify the areas in which you can up your productivity at work without pushing yourself too far.

As an added bonus, an effective mentor will have personal experience with many of the same struggles that you experience as a home-based entrepreneur. He or she may offer a wide range of advice to make you a more efficient business leader all around.

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The Best Tools That an Entrepreneur Can Have in a Home Office

For home-based business owners, having the right office setup is a crucial component of running a company efficiently. Not only should an office be organized, have ample storage space, and maintain adequate lighting, but it must also be equipped with tools that help you work more efficiently.

If you’re a home business owner who wants to create a workspace that makes it easy to run a productive operation, make sure you invest in the following basic, essential tools and equipment for your home office.

A suitable desk

Since you will be spending a lot of time working from your desk, it’s important to choose one that meets your personal and professional needs. Factors to consider when shopping for the right desk include comfort, size, and the amount of storage you would like incorporated into the design.

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It’s also important to consider the type of work that you primarily do. If you will accomplish the majority of your tasks on a computer, you may want to look at desks specifically designed for computer use, with elevated platforms for a monitor or wiring holes that allow you to keep cords organized. If you run a business that generates a significant amount of paperwork, look for a desk with a wider surface area or one that incorporates shelving into the design. If your work involves an even combination of computer work and paperwork, consider a desk in the shape of an “L” or a “U” to give yourself more space to compartmentalize the different aspects of your operations.

A comfortable chair

Though often overlooked, a good office chair can make a significant difference in the workday of the home-based entrepreneur. You will likely spend about as much time in your chair as you do at your desk, which makes it important to choose a model that is comfortable and ergonomic. Find a seat that has the right amount of cushioning and lumbar support, and has a back rest as well as adjustable arm rests so that you can recline in a position that naturally suits your posture.

A filing cabinet

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Even if you tend to conduct the majority of your business digitally, it’s still important to have a locking filing cabinet in your home office. Not only does this piece of equipment serve as a place to safely store important documents, but it also provides you with a useful tool for preventing clutter. Easy access to a filing cabinet may make it less likely that you’ll leave papers lying in stacks around your workspace, which can cause stress and make it difficult to focus. In addition, regularly using your filing cabinet to store documents allows you to know precisely where information is when you need it, cutting down on the time you would otherwise spend searching for specific papers.

A paper shredder

In order to keep your filing cabinet neat and organized, you should avoid filing any documents that don’t truly need to be saved. However, when discarded documents contain sensitive information about yourself, your clients, or your company, it is extremely useful to have a paper shredder on hand. Though you may not need to use it every day, a paper shredder is a small investment that can go a long way toward protecting you from many different forms of theft.

A computer

No matter what industry you work in, having a computer is a universal need for anyone who wants to have a successful business in the digital age. If you’re looking for a business computer on a budget, you may want to consider investing in a desktop PC. If you need a computer that offers a high degree of mobility so that you can work outside your home office, look into purchasing a laptop. You can pair either option with a second monitor to provide two screens to work on, which may increase your overall efficiency during the workday.


Whichever computer you choose to buy, make sure to also invest in a high-speed Internet connection. Having quality Internet service enables you to successfully run cloud-based programs and applications, provides a stable platform for online communications between clients and business partners, and reduces the likelihood that slow Internet speeds will hamper your productivity.

Multi-function printer

Purchasing a multi-function printer will do more than allow you to print documents. Several models can provide you with the ability to scan, fax, and copy papers without the need to invest in additional, expensive pieces of equipment. Laser printers are best suited for businesses that predominantly print text documents in black and white, while businesses that often print photos and graphics may benefit most from an inkjet printer.

Cost-effective computer applications

There are many online tools that are both economical and extremely useful for business operations. Dropbox, for example, gives you the ability to store and back-up files in the cloud, making them accessible from any device with an Internet connection and protecting them from deletion in the event that your hard drive is damaged. Google Docs is a great way for entrepreneurs to work on shared files with others over distance, and it can be used for free. It’s also a good idea to purchase the Microsoft Office Suite package to secure a top-quality word processor and spreadsheet program for your business. Additionally, business accounting software or software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a necessity for bookkeeping and tax preparation.

Basic desk supplies

For true efficiency, make sure to stock your office with must-haves like a stapler, paperclips, pens and pencils, spare notebooks, USB drives, stamps and envelopes, and a calendar. While these items may seem insignificant and not critical for running a small business, having them available at the moment you need them is a serious time-saver and will prevent you from having to disrupt your workflow with a trip to the office supply store.

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6 Simple Tips You Need to Know for Better Home Business Organization

Whether it’s a large corporation or an entrepreneurial venture with only employee, a business must make business organization a priority in order to thrive. A disorganized company runs the risk of creating a professional environment that is chaotic and inefficient, leading to lost productivity. This is especially true of entrepreneurs who establish home-based businesses, where the line between personal and professional space is often blurred. Company founders who work from home should consider the following six organization tips to allow their businesses to function optimally.

  1. Design an efficient filing system


Paperwork is an inevitable part of running a business. However, you can prevent work documents from cluttering your home office by maintaining an efficient filing system. Purchase a filing cabinet, preferably with a lock for enhanced security, and keep all documents in color-coded, easily accessible files so you can locate paperwork efficiently. A well-organized filing cabinet will keep your workplace free of clutter and save you valuable time when you need to find a specific document.

  1. Create a spot for everything

The proverb “a place for everything and everything in its place” is a useful mantra for every home business owner. To create a dedicated space for every item in your office, place the items that you use frequently together by category to create a more functional space to work. For example, you can group writing utensils together in one specific area, and tools like your stapler, hole punch, and letter opener in another. Not only will this create a sense of cohesiveness in your physical work area, but it will also encourage you to return items back to their dedicated space after using them, as you tend to notice when something is out of place. Reinforce your office’s organization by using containers to store large groups of office supplies.

  1. Clean regularly


When you’re leading the often-hectic life of a home-based entrepreneur, it’s easy for things to physically pile up after long day of work. Don’t go for long periods of time without taking the time to put things away. If you can manage, try to clean up your desk every night before you leave so that you walk in to a clean work area the next morning. In addition, your office space should be deep-cleaned several times a year. During these times, throw out any old documents or inventory that you can no longer use or don’t need to hold on to. Additionally, consider donating or recycling supplies and technology that you don’t use. Mindfully cleaning your workspace several times a year prevents an overwhelming amount of clutter from piling up, helping you create a work environment that allows you think clearly and get more accomplished.

  1. Do away with paper where you can

As a home business owner, eradicating paper entirely from your work may not be the most efficient choice, but there are many opportunities to replace paper-based work with digital work. Consider moving your professional calendar and task lists to cloud storage to eliminate the amount of paper in your office and decrease the likelihood that you will lose or misplace the physical items. Digital calendars and to-do lists can also be more easily edited and updated than their paper-based counterparts, and there are plenty of programs that offer this software for free. Purchasing a scanner or smartphone app that scans receipts and invoices can also help you keep track of expenses and makes it easier to locate these items for accounting and tax purposes.

  1. Streamline your computer files

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While keeping your physical surroundings clutter-free is important, it is also beneficial to make sure that your work computer is organized as well. Make an effort to regularly organize your digital files as you would the documents that go into your office’s filing cabinet, creating a filing system on your hard drive that is easy to navigate. Make a habit of going through your computer files several times a year, deleting those that you don’t need and redistributing any digital documents that may have been saved incorrectly. Do the same for your e-mail inbox. In addition, don’t forget to regularly use a backup hard drive to mitigate the risk of losing important digital documents.

  1. Make lists

Equally important to organizing your workspace is organizing your time efficiently. This starts with making lists of the things that you need to get accomplished in different intervals of time. Set daily, weekly, and long-term goals for your business, and put them in lists. One of the best ways to put lists to good use in your daily work life is to make a list of batched tasks to accomplish in one dedicated period of time. Separate your days, and even weeks, into blocks of time where you complete all similar tasks at once. For example, commit to reading and responding to all of your recent e-mails within a one-hour period. If you have a larger task that needs to be accomplished, such as writing a new business plan, give yourself an entire afternoon and get it done. Not only will this help you get more accomplished, but at the end of the work day, you’ll feel as though you have something to show for all the time that you put in, rather than feeling like you didn’t get enough done.

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Can You Achieve Work-Life Balance When You Work from Home?

Starting a home-based business is the dream of many entrepreneurs and for good reason. Running a company from the comfort of your own home provides you with a high degree of flexibility, eliminates the need to commute, offers greater control over your company’s scalability, and brings many useful tax breaks.

But for all the perks that come with running a business out of a private residence, one common problem that many home-based entrepreneurs encounter is the tendency to forget to set boundaries that prevent one’s work and personal life from becoming comingled. If you’re a business owner who has established a company within your own home, the following tips will help you to create healthy habits at home office in order to separate your personal and professional life and contribute to a better overall work-life balance.

Seclude your workspace from the rest of your home

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Having a designated space for your business within your home will help you to focus solely on your work as a professional, rather than blending the two and blurring the line between your professional and personal lives. Choosing a specific room within your house to become an office can help you to establish a physical and psychological boundary that allows you to eliminate distractions. If you do not have the ability to dedicate a whole room to your job, then easily portable items such as a divider, curtain, or even furniture can allow you to section off a portion of your room to devote exclusively to your job.

Minimize distractions

Apart from eliminating distractions by establishing physical boundaries, it’s important to keep a clear mind in your office space that allows you to tune out pressures at home that may pull you away from work. To do this, you should commit to reducing clutter and other items that may take up residence in your workspace. Additionally, you should resist the urge to check social media and other online activities during office hours.

Dress up for work

While it may seem simple, choosing to get up in the morning and to dress professionally before working at a home-based business can be a particularly effective way to get more things done. While working in your pajamas or comfortable clothes can be a tempting perk of running a company out of your home, it may not necessarily put you in the most productive mindset. Studies show that the way you dress on any given day can affect the way that you feel and approach your business ventures. In order to be successful in a job that involves working from home, you need to treat your home office the same way that you would any other professional environment and commit to a daily schedule that includes donning business-friendly attire.

Enforce strict office hours

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It is important for home-based entrepreneurs to remember that just because you work out of your home does not mean that you can be interrupted by the demands of your personal life. Similar to how you must treat your home office as a workplace in the way that you dress, you must also treat it as a workplace in the way that you enforce office hours. Talk to your family about your work schedule, and let them know when you are available to focus on personal matters versus when you need your attention to be trained solely on work. Make sure to also ignore the pressure of household chores. Recognize that any time you take to perform personal tasks during work hours will likely make you feel the need to perform work tasks during your personal time. While your office hours should be set to provide flexibility and accommodate your personal life, you should make it clear to both your loved ones and yourself that when it is time to work, your focus should not be on anything else.

Say “no” when necessary

When you work from home, it can be tempting to change your office hours in order to accommodate the needs of your family. While one of the benefits of running a business from home is that it offers the flexibility to create a schedule on your own terms, you should treat your time at a home-based business the same way that you would treat any other position. Be prudent about the time you spend away from your office, and learn to say “no” to non-professional engagements if they aren’t planned in advance.

Take small breaks

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As with any other professional role, you should step away from your desk, as needed. While breaks from work may seem like they would reduce productivity, small blocks of time spent clearing your mind can actually prevent boredom and enhance your focus. Set aside enough time throughout the day to enjoy lunch, take a walk, or perform stretching exercises to refresh yourself and come back to your desk with a renewed enthusiasm for your tasks. This can help you to stay focused, get more accomplished, and feel better about leaving work behind at the end of the day.

Shut the door

As a home-based entrepreneur, it is vital to close the door to your home office, both literally and metaphorically, at the end of your designated work day. Running your own business may require you to work more hours than that of the standard work week in order to achieve success. A work-life balance cannot be achieved if you make yourself available professionally 24/7. A lack of boundaries between your professional and personal life will lead to burnout. When you close the door of your home office at the end of the day, remember to close the door to thoughts about your professional life, as well.