Today a big business vision does not require a high rise building and corner office. Tech innovations and communication tools have made it easier than ever to start and run a business from home. In fact, businesses from Microsoft to Baby Einstein started from home.
Working from home can benefit your health, family life, and of course your bottom line. However, the flexibility of a 15 second commute does have its perils from barking dogs and unannounced visits to feeling like you live at work. Below are 5 tips to help you make the most of working at home.
Have a defined work place. No corner office, no problem. But you should have a defined work space in your home. Whether it is a separate room, corner or the basement, it is important to have a space dedicated to work.
The doctor is in. Set working hours. A defined schedule will help you set boundaries for yourself, family and clients.
Have a dress policy. Working in your PJs sounds like a dream come true but dressing for work can help you to make the mindset shift to focus on business. You don’t have to wear a power suit but put on a uniform that shifts you into business mode. It will also be easier to get family and friends to take you seriously when you’re not wearing bunny slippers.
Tap the Cloud. Take advantage of cloud computing to make your work life more efficient. Use resources such as cloud file servers, and cloud business applications to make it easy to access information from any device, anywhere.
Play a little. Build in some play time. A change of pace is a good way to refresh your creativity and reenergize you. Go to a movie, meet a friend for lunch or visit a museum.