Welcome my guest author today, Melissa Riley of Merchant Seek as she shares some tips when it comes to working from home. Please leave your thoughts and comments and share this post with your community.
Escaping horrible bosses and the incredible drag we call the morning commute is often a major incentive for folks who move out of the corporate world and embrace online entrepreneurship.
The idea of waking up in the morning, grabbing a cup of fresh coffee and firing up the laptop while still wearing pajamas sounds like a dream! However, the reality is quite different.
You Are Your Own Boss
Being your own boss means that you are your own boss! In other words, you are the only one who has the power to keep yourself on track throughout the day. Not only do you set your own deadlines and work hours, but you are the only one responsible for completing projects on time and staying organized. Therefore, it is essential to approach your home office working environment with a high degree of professionalism and organization.
Dress the Part
Dressing like you just got out of bed tends to make you feel like you just got out of bed, and any feeling that has even a dim relationship to your bed is not good for a productive and efficient working experience. It’s not necessary to dress up in a suit and tie, but taking care of your body and dressing well definitely helps place you an entrepreneur in a positive work mindset.
Stumbling out of bed and being at the office in a few minutes is another bad idea. Make sure to create some semblance of a morning routine in which there is a definite space of time between when you wake up and when you sit down to begin working. Make sure this time is managed in a manner that promotes wakefulness, positive mindset, etc. Taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood or making a quick trip to the gym are two great ways to get the day started right.
Set the Hours
It’s easy to work non-stop as an online entrepreneur who works from home. Since your office is always just a few feet away, it can be tempting to work 12+ hours per day every day. At times, these types of work hours may be essential, such as at the beginning when you are setting up your online merchant account and other developmental tasks, but do not ever let it become the norm. It’s important to create a strong work/life balance. It will keep you energized and refreshed on a consistent basis, which will result in stronger work performance and better efficiency over a longer time horizon.
The Home Office
At first, it may be necessary to work from the kitchen able, but transform a small section of your home or apartment to act as your office as quickly as possible. This will help create a natural boundary and separation between what is home and what is the office. Then, at the end of the day when you “leave the office,” you really can leave a specific space behind until the next day. As an at-home entrepreneur, diligence and discipline are essential. By taking intentional steps toward creating a positive work environment, one will be ahead of the pack and ready to create a successful business.