Do you want to be self employed or do you want to be a business owner? Yes, there is a difference.
- Define your work hours and stick to them!
- Treat your business like you are employed by someone else who IS ALWAYS WATCHING!
- Use lunch breaks to catch up on your own personal Facebook feed.
- Don’t let friends and family pop around within “Work Hours”
- Research all of your obligations from the very beginning. Having systems and software in place will save you time in the long run.
- Schedule everything. Include work time, free time, lunch breaks, family time,
- Schedule 3-4 tasks per day. Use spare time to get ahead or catch up.
- Write lists and prioritise. Update as needed and use it to motivate you to clear it each day.
- Schedule an hour each week to spend time planning the week ahead.
- Delegate where you can. Friends and family will support you if they wish you to be successful.
- Set longer deadlines where possible. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
- Check emails daily but schedule time each week to catch up on the less important ones.
- Have snacks on hand. Avoid having to leave your desk for a quick distraction.
- Schedule personal appointments outside of your working hours.
- Your work space needs to be separate from the main space in the house. A spare bedroom, outside shed or sleep out is a good idea.
- Keep your work space tidy, even if this means scheduling time each week to get it done.
- Keep your short and long terms goals in sight of your main work space. Use these goals to remind you why you are doing this!
- Dress accordingly. If you do office work, wear office attire. Sure, your pyjamas may be the most comfortable thing you own but they aren’t made for motivation.
- One day a week, change your scenery. It could be the out on your deck, the local gardens, a café or library. Just get away from your everyday work space.
For tips on starting a home business, please read So, You Want to be Self-employed?