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Another important tip for keeping your two worlds separate is to have separate business telephone, modem and fax lines. Do NOT allow your children to answer your business phone. You may think it's adorable but trust me, it isn't. It's annoying. Arrange for a voicemail service to take your business calls during your non-business hours. Similarly, when you're working, try to ensure your children are otherwise occupied when you make business calls. The last thing you need when trying to convince that prospective new client that you should win his account is a screaming five year old right next to you.
If you have very young children, hire a sitter for times of day or week when you know you'll be conducting business on telephone. If you have older children, deputize one or more of them to occupy younger siblings. You might want to pay your 'deputy' for this service as a way for him or her to earn some income or pocket money. The money you spend on sitting services will be more than offset by new business you'll win as a result of professional image you will be able to project to prospective and existing clients and customers.
As important as it is to choose for your business something you love to do, don't allow your business to take you away from your family. After all, your family was likely one of primary reasons you decided to work from home in first place.
It is one thing to be present physically. It is quite another to be present mentally and emotionally. The more rounded you are as a person, more you bring to table both personally and professionally. The enjoyable activities you engage in in your non-business hours can energize your business life. So, instead of thinking about work you could be doing on Sunday when you're at beach, think of fun you have on that day as an investment in your business for coming week.
Give 100% of yourself to work during time allocated to work. Then shut door on it. Your family deserves 100% too.
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Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ... practical business ideas, opportunities and solutions for work-from-home entrepreneur. http://www.ahbbo.com
Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ... practical business ideas, opportunities and solutions for the work-from-home entrepreneur. http://www.ahbbo.com