With online communication turning our planet into a little global village, many people prefer to renounce the traditional office environment and embrace the possibility of operating their business from home.
The advantages are clear: You don’t have to rent an additional workspace; you save precious time by avoiding commute; and you can structure your day any way you like it, knowing that you can stay late “in the office” whenever you want.
But working from home can also have its pitfalls and challenges. Thinking and planning your home office ahead can save you from some serious trouble. Take a minute or two to review this checklist to see whether you have all your bases covered.
1. Designate a space within your home for your work.
This is psychologically important, because you need to know that there is still a distinction between your personal life and your business.
2. Come up with a realistic working schedule.
Set up a goal for yourself and make sure that you are not distracted by the proximity of your TV, kitchen or bed. Set up one or two days a week that are a little more flexible, so you can run errands or sleep in a little. This structure will allow you to be productive without feeling miserable or cut out.
3. Add your company name or brand name to your home mailbox and your doorbell.
You don’t want to get the mailman confused.
4. Find reasons to be outside.
Staying in all day is not healthy and will eventually affect your efficiency. There are plenty of incentives to step outside – work meetings, dropping off mail at the post office, picking up supplies, etc. If you’re able to spread these throughout your weekday you’ll never find yourself slouching in your pajamas until midnight.
5. Make sure you don’t get in trouble with the authorities.
Yes, you may be working from home, but you are still running a profitable business so don’t take your chances and make sure you stand on the safe side of tax and legal regulations.
6. On that note…
Don’t forget to collect receipts for business expenses. Plenty of purchases that you so far considered as household expenses can now be used for tax returns.
7. Be your own interior designer.
One great advantage of having a home office is the ability to design your own working space according to your exact needs. This is your opportunity to assemble that Ikea desk you always wanted, or to finally come up with with a system for sticky note reminders that actually works.
8. Don’t forget your should have a business plan.
Having a home-based business is every bit as serious as having a regular business. Set up goals to measure yourself against, think of a long term marketing strategy and keep working towards your vision.
9. Interact with other small-business owners.
Our experience of working with many small businesses shows us that this is a very supportive community. You may learn valuable insights from peers with greater experience, plus you will not feel isolated or confined to your home/office. To find out about opportunities, try searching for meetups, workshops and conferences in your area.
10. Create a business website and promote your business online.
A powerful site is the most effective tool for expanding your reach to broad audiences and continuously attracting a new clientele. Wix offers small business owners the ability to set up a professional and beautiful website in just a few simple steps!
Start by viewing our business website templates. We offer a huge variety of themes – from catering, through dog-sitting, to consulting services. We’re sure you’ll find a template to match your field of business!
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