5 Ways to Keep Your Home-Based Business Running Smoothly

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By Guest Blogger Megan Totka, Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com

The number of people who choose to leave corporate America to run a home-based business continues to grow. It’s the ideal situation for people who need additional flexibility or for those who have disabilities. Even people who receive Social Security can return to work with the help of the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program.

For people with disabilities working from home makes perfect sense – the workspace and environment is set up with accommodations for an individual’s particular disability. Working at home can change your life and is a very rewarding experience – as long as you can abide by the basic rules of running a successful business from home. In order to stay on track, take a look at these helpful tips that can help you run your home-based business smoothly.

Structure Your Day
Turn your day into one that mimics what you had when you worked in an office setting.  Create structure so each day is similar to the next: establish a start and finish time and try to eliminate trips to the refrigerator or browsing online at things unrelated to work.  Online task managers like Outlook can provide a virtual reminder of what you need to do each day.

Motivate Yourself
Take the time to sit down and set goals for yourself and your business.  You no longer have reviews or progress reports, so it’s essential that you keep track of whether or not you’re making progress and headed for greater success.  Set goals that are bigger than completing your to-do list – you also have to set goals that motivate you to succeed.  Once a goal is met, further motivate yourself through rewards.

Take Time Out for Good Behavior
When you work in a home-based setting, it can be difficult to turn yourself off and stop working when you know that there is ample work to accomplish.  Take advantage of the flexibility you have and treat yourself on occasion.  While it’s tempting to work all the time, you need to know when to relax.  As your business runs more and more smoothly, reward yourself.  It’s important that you don’t get burned out.

Find ways to network with other home-based business owners.  This is a great way to find leads and potential clients.  Spending time with others who also work from home gives you additional support and exposes you to individuals who may help you build your business.  There are lots of ways to market your local business on Facebook – so don’t forget to take advantage of social media as you network.

Organize Your Family Time
If you have children at home, you may realize the hours you work are based around their needs.  Many people opt to save on childcare expenses, but this can lead to hours away from work. Consider hiring help so you are guaranteed time to work and avoid distractions.

When it’s just you and your computer, the distractions of being at home can be hard to ignore.  But for a person with disabilities, working from home can change your life.  Running a home-based business can give you a chance at another career and allows you to have a job that fits your needs.

How has working from home or running your own home-based business changed your life?

About the Guest Blogger

Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

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