I have been working from home for more than 10 years and I have run teresa4cards since January 2011. Here are my top 10 tips to help you make working from home work for you, whether as a Flamingo Paperie Partner or with another home based business and especially when you have children at home!
1. Have your Own Work Space
Find a space somewhere in your home and get a desk or table that is yours and just yours. You need to be able to leave work out that you can come back to and you need to have everything to hand so that you aren’t wasting time getting set up for work each day.
2. Have Everything you Need to Hand
Get your workspace set up so that everything you need is to hand or close by. This will save you time and help you to keep your focus on the jobs that need to be done.
3. Make a To Do List
Make a to do list, or if you don’t like to do lists, have some idea of the jobs that need to be done each day. Break it down into longer tasks and quick tasks. The quick tasks can be fitted into small ten minute time slots around the other things you have going on, it can be surprising how many quick tasks you can get through! You may need to find more focused time for the longer tasks.
4. Find Some Time
Easy to say but it might not be easy to do! If I have a longer task I want to get done, I might get up early, or work later into the evening. Other alternatives are getting someone to look after the kids for an hour or two so you can focus on your project, or getting a takeaway so you don’t have to spend time cooking that evening. Now they are older the kids will quite often keep themselves occupied and I will crack on!
Break down the larger tasks into smaller jobs so you can chip away during shorter periods of time.
5. Be Flexible with your Time
Your work schedule may not always go to plan, if ever! Be flexible and prepared the accept that it may take you longer to get things done than you expect. Be flexible too in that you may have to work early in the morning or later in the evening to get things done.
6. Get Organised
Plan ahead and get lunch prepared as if you were all leaving the house. This will free up some time at lunchtime as the food is already prepared. Set aside some snacks in a box too for those inevitable ‘Mum I’m hungry’ moments! Plan your work around the other things you have going on that day and be realistic as to what you can achieve. Taking small steps everyday will help you to move your business forward.
7. Start with Something Easy
If you are struggling to get started, or are feeling stuck, start with something easy or something you love doing. That will help you to get started and hopefully encourage you to tackle the harder tasks or bigger jobs. I always find having a sort through my cards or getting a basket of cards ready to go out will help me to start some of the tasks I find more difficult.
8. Find Your Motivation
Working from home can make you feel isolated and it can be hard to remain motivated to keep going. Keep your goals in mind and write them down. Track your progress against your goals to keep you heading in the right direction. It really helps if you love what you do too! Join some work from home groups, or networking groups and chat with other people. Lots of us are dealing with the same things and it’s good to share tips.
9. Work on Personal Development
Personal development might be working on your mindset, improving your motivation or developing a new skill which will help you in your business. There is a lot of online training available, some of it is free, so be prepared to spend some time doing training and developing the skills you need in your business.
10. Find time For You
When you work from home it can be very easy to go from home stuff, to work stuff then back to home stuff throughout the day, without taking a moment for yourself. I am very guilty of this! This does not save you time in the long run as eventually your body will go NO, I’ve had enough, timeout! And you will either start to feel overwhelmed, get ill or just feel fed up with it all causing your business to suffer. So try to find some time for you each day!
I hope you have found some things here to help you. To learn about my home based business teresa4cards, I have an information page here.
Love Teresa xx