How to Make Working at Home Successful

Being self employed is the American dream. Having the added luxury of being able to work from home is especially sought after. You may have visions of being able to pick up the kids from school, help with homework, get some housework done, watch an episode of your favorite show or even grab a nap during the day. But wait a minute. When is it you are actually working from home? You may be getting a lot done but you aren’t bringing in extra income. Often people think working from home is a luxury. However, anyone who is self employed can tell you that being self employed is not a walk in the park. Most people who work from home work longer and harder than those who work for someone else. The reason is, you do not have a guaranteed salary at the end of the week to fall back on. If you do not work, you do not get paid. If you do not get paid you don’t pay your bills. It’s a never ending cycle. However, the upside to this is self employed people who work at home and are successful usually wouldn’t trade it for the world. It can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Most often, the harder you work, the more money you make. You can actually see the fruits of your labors in happy clients, continuing work, referrals and of course, extra income.  Plus, there are benefits to being self employed. You can take some time off and you can work when you want to. You do have time for some luxuries or to deal with an emergency without having to answer to anyone. However, it also takes a lot of planning and discipline to work from home. Take some advice from those who work from home: 
Treat it like you would a job. Have regular hours for the most part and “go to work” even if that means climbing out of bed and walking to your desk. 
Have a schedule of things that need to be accomplished for the day and work through them one at a time.
Have a dedicated office area where you can be secluded and concentrate on the job at hand.  Keep distractions to a minimum.
Make sure you have proper office equipment, a working computer and office supplies.
Be organized. File, sort, staple and keep paperwork in a handy place. Do not have things strewn about. 
Take continuing education classes in your field occasionally. This will not only help you with ideas on how to improve your business but will also get you out of the house from time to time and let you network.
Leave work at a particular time. Family life is important and often those who work at home have difficulty separating the two. Just as you would go home from the office, go “home” from your work too.
Use networking resources with other home based businesses and within your field. Go to classes, conferences and join professional organizations.

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