Work at Home | Stay Focuse

Have you ever work at home? Were you distracted? When you are the owner of a home business, you will findhundreds of distractions that vie for your time, energy andfocus.

Common distractions include: children, family, friends,neighbors, pets, phone calls, mail, household chores, videogames, television, neighborhood children, visitors, and so manymore.

As an owner of a home based business, you must always rememberyour purpose in bringing your profession home. What was yourreason for wanting to work at home? Was your goal to workfrom home so that you can share in the lives of your children?Was your goal to be out from under the rule of a tyrannicalboss? Was your goal to have the freedom to work when it isconvenient for you? Was your goal to make tons of money workingfor yourself?

Here`s a few good tips that will help you stay focused on yourhome business:

TIP #1:Whatever your reason for going out on your own, you must keepyour reason in the forefront of your mind. If you forget yourreason for starting your own work at home business, you will not be working for yourself for long. It is far too easy to letcircumstance drive your activities --- and when circumstance isin the driver`s seat, you are more likely to crash and burn.

TIP #2:Remember --- your own work at home business is a lot like a real job. Somepeople go to work to play, some go to socialize, and others ---most often those who are paid in a commission or tip environment--- go to work to work and to make money. When you work foryourself, your salary is directly proportional to yourproductivity. Therefore, wouldn`t it make sense to stay focusedon getting as much done in as short of a period as possible?

Go to work to work and to make money. Leave playtime andrecreation for when your workday has ended.

TIP #3:When you are dealing with family in the course of your workday,it is important to schedule your activities as much as possible.With small children, you must take time when you must, but youshould also work hard to make sure you dedicate a specificnumber of hours to your workday.

With older children, it is much easier to tell them that youwill be working between the hours of x and y. Your children andyour friends must understand that certain hours of your day aredevoted to your work at home business.

TIP #4:Don`t permit your friends and extended family to run over you.Many people get the blind idea that if one works from home thenthey are not actually working.

Well-meaning people may try to fill your doorway to bring adviceabout getting a real job. Others may simply believe that if youare at home, then you are fair game for chitchat andsocialization.

You must stand firm. You must make certain your friends andfamily understands that when you are working, then you AREworking! If they wish to socialize with you, then they need todo it during the hours that are not dedicated to your work at home business.

You are the only one who can stand up for you. Your friends andfamily will seldom be able to appreciate your dedication to yourhome business, unless you make the effort to make sure that theyhave the same respect for your business that you do.

TIP #5:You should allot a certain portion of your day to email and toregular mail. For example, allot one hour in the morning and onehour in the afternoon to handling your written communications.

Unless you dedicate certain times to the handling of thesecommunications, you will soon find yourself on the downwardslope of decreased productivity.

TIP #6:When you find yourself spending too much time doingnon-productive activities, then you should seriously considerfinding a third-party service provider who will assist you inthose non-profitable business activities.

As an example, you might be in the mail-order business. Youmight believe that your time is best spent writing ad copy andsetting up your advertising, but you find yourself spending fartoo much time taking care of your books to take care of youradvertising in the manner that you should. In this event, itmight make more sense to hire a bookkeeper to handle yourfinancial records for you.

CONCLUSION:In the end, the success of your home business is entirely andcompletely reliant upon you and the decisions that you make.

You had your reasons for deciding to start your own home basedbusiness. You must always keep your reasons in the forefront ofyour mind. You must always be able to rely upon your own selfand your dedication to the success of your business.

Your friends and family might be annoyed that they cannot comevisit upon their own whim, but when success comes to you andyour business, they will better appreciate you for putting yourfoot down when necessary.

Success is within your reach, if only you can stay focused onyour goals. You must decide to reach for your goals, and then,you must have the discipline necessary to reach them.

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