How to effectively run a business from home

July 25th, 2013

I’ll very happily admit that running a business from home isn’t as easy as it sounds. In my case, with 2 small children it is the best option for me as there are so many advantages to being your own boss like working around family commitments.

However…i do find myself being constantly distracted with other things (like the dishwasher needs emptying, clothes need washing, beds need to be made, the letterbox needs to be checked etc, etc).

In my particular situation my children are in care for 2 days a week and my parents have them for 1 day a week so having 3 days with no children at home I really need to take advantage of that and utilize my time effectively. Therefore I’ve come up with a few basic tips that work for me that I’d like to share with you.

1. Firstly you need to get into “work mode” whatever that means for you. For me it’s putting on my “work clothes”, I find that by looking like I’m dressed for the office it will put me in the right frame of mind to get the day started with my business stuff. Many years of working in a corporate environment has trained my brain to kickstart my day in this way.

Also, having a particular area in the house that is set up for you to do your work helps. For those of us that don’t have a ‘home office’ this could be a dining table, a comfy armchair (not too comfy!!) somewhere that you can dedicate to just work. For me it is basically a table, chair and laptop with some paperwork lying around. By keeping this area constant it becomes easier each day for me to start working as soon as I sit down.

2. After you’re seated at your desk (I’ll have my coffee with me) write up a list on what you’d like to achieve that day (e.g. a blog post, call prospective clients, writing up a marketing plan). By manually writing up your list for you to then cross off as you go along, it is amazing the sense of achievement you feel when you can visually see your tasks being done one at a time. This gives me the motivation to keep going with my list.

3. In order to do this I set myself 45 minute blocks with 15 minute breaks in between. So for 45 minutes (you can set a timer/alarm if you like) you power through your list without distractions (this is where it helps having a particular work space) and you set yourself the challenge of getting as much of your list achieved as possible before your time is up. Then spend 15 minutes doing other stuff (e.g. surf the net, sort the washing, stare into space) before commiting yourself to another 45 minutes of work and so on. I find by giving myself permission to have breaks in between makes the list seem less daunting and more achievable.

Of course, this shouldn’t be set in stone, if you’re on a roll then keep going as long as at some stage you at least get up and stretch you legs.

Anyway, I hope this helps you, if you have any tips that help you please feel free to comment below or send me an email.

Till next time


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