Friday, September 01, 2006

Home Based Businesses: Planning Your Day

Working from home is the most convenient way for me to earn income. Having 7 kids, I never know when I may get a phone call from the school and the next minute I'll have to drive there. There are way too many things that can go wrong. For this reason, I am grateful that I have found many ways to earn money that I can integrate into my busy lifestyle.

There are a few things that have helped me stay on track and I thought that I would share them with you.

Create Boundaries
1. There are family members, loved ones, neighbors and other people that may not consider your employment to be "real work". Just because you don't leave your home doesn't mean you're not working. Whether you are a blogger, an affiliate marketer, or a tupperware consultant-you need to set boundaries. Don't let others monopolize your time. Don't let others volunteer you to bake goodies for the troops because "you're home anyway".
2. Create a space where you can stay away from distractions. The TV, the phone and the world for that matter can wait. If it's not an emergency, you can TiVo, check your answering machine or take a rain check for that lunch date.

Set Goals
1. You need to write down specific goals.
2. Calculate the amount of money you need to earn and do it. Easier said then done? Not really. If you are involved in a home based business like Tupperware or MaryKay you have easy ways to calculate what you need to do. Figure out how much you need to cover your expenses. The next step is to break down the actions you have to perform to reach your goal. Let's say that you need to make $150.00 a day to meet your expenses. If you sell a product, you can either set a goal to sell 10 $15.00 dollar products or 2 $75.00 purchases per day.
3. Try to meet your goals daily. If you meet your goals earlier that week, you can either take a day off or continue working and save the profit!

Know When to Take a Break
1. Being at home doesn't mean you work all the time. Schedule a time to work and a time to play. Burn out comes quickly when you are in the same situation day after day. Learn to relax, the way you work. Give it 100%!
2. Don't forget to eat! When you're at a place of business, lunch is usually scheduled. Learn to take a lunch break. Your body will thank you for it!
3. If there are too many distractions for you at home to really realx, take a walk. Exercise is good for the body and the soul.

Learn To Adjust to Situations to Complete Your Tasks
In my life, there is little time for a break. I'm either working or caring for the kids. I take a break when I sleep. I can't always get to a computer to write these entries, so I carry a notepad with me. When I am at a park with the kids, I try to jot down the entries. That's why there are weeks that you don't see a post and all of a sudden you see four or five on a Friday. Even then, The Little One often cups my chin to speak to me and .... you'll always know due to the typing errors. I try to type things out so quickly, typing errors often go undetected until days later. Using a pen and paper is how I deal with the disruption in the routine. The writing still gets done, even though it's not on the schedule I would like. There are things that you just can't change, so you need to change to deal with them.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Whew...I can't wait for school to start. I love my kids, but The Little One can drain anyone. He's like the energizer bunny...he keeps ticking and ticking and ticking...

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