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Another benefit is that you provide clients and customers with a specific times when you are available to work with them. The most important thing to remember, however, is to set hours for yourself that you can live with. Once you decide on a schedule, you need to stick with it long-term, so be realistic about how long you can work without taking a break and how much time you'll need to accomplish everything that needs to get done.
And, no matter how much you may be tempted to keep working, you need to stop when you say you are going to stop. Taking a break allows you to come back refreshed and more alert, so you can be more productive. An overworked, overly stressed person simply is not an effective worker at home or in an office.
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Has this ever happened to you? You and your family have just sat down for a dinner around table when a client calls to talk about your current project or a customer phones with questions about a recent purchase. The easiest way to prevent work from interfering with your family is to keep communications separate. Start by having a second phone line dedicated to your work and attaching an answering machine or voice mail to line.
When your work day ends, you can turn on machine and let it handle any after-hour calls. An extra phone line also allows you to maintain professionalism. Imagine embarrassment of having your young child answer phone when an important customer calls.
You may also want to set up a post office box for all of your business-related mail. Not only will this prevent your important mail from accidentally getting thrown away with junk, but it will also offer you and your family a level of privacy.
After all, you do not want to make your home address available to everyone; it's just not safe. If you use email or instant messaging as part of your business communications, you'll also want to establish separate accounts for those as well.
The key to running a home-based business is balance. While it may be difficult to stop working on that important project or to concentrate on work while your preparing for holidays, striking that balance is essential for your well-being, your family's security, and your business's success.
Vishal P. Rao is the editor of Home Based Business Opportunities - A website dedicated to opportunities, ideas and resources to make money from home. Visit him at: http://www.home-based-business-opportunities.com