6 Easy Steps to Separating Your Personal Life from your Business

Written by Mike Law

Copyright 2005 Mike Law

If you work from home, chances are you already know that you’re really pulling “double duty”. You probably work on your business while doingrepparttar laundry, corrallingrepparttar 149246 kids, or fixing dinner... and let’s not forget allrepparttar 149247 phone calls from family and friends expecting you to run errands or just "go out" for an afternoon of fun.

One ofrepparttar 149248 hardest parts of running a home business is separating your work from your family and social life. Here are six proven ways to keep your home life running smoothly while keeping your business on track.

1. First, create a work schedule and stick with it. It may be tempting to answer personal calls duringrepparttar 149249 day or take business calls after-hours, but doing this actually shows that you’re expendable – not dependable – and people will take for granted that you’ll “always be there” for any little things that come up. Even though family comes first, stay true to your business hours and resistrepparttar 149250 urge to chat with friends or pick up groceries during working hours.

2. Your friends may consider “working from home” an invitation to chat duringrepparttar 149251 day or just go out for coffee or shopping for an afternoon. Make it clear that your business hours are just that – for business. Leave personal calls for after-hours, and you’ll find that your friends will gradually accept your schedule without feeling slighted.

3. Just because you have to set up a work schedule, doesn’t mean that you have to keeprepparttar 149252 same hours as everyone else. One ofrepparttar 149253 benefits of working for yourself is setting your own hours to fit your most productive times. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you’ll find that you’ll get much more done when you’re attuned to your body’s own natural rhythms. Some people work inrepparttar 149254 morning, take a break inrepparttar 149255 afternoon whenrepparttar 149256 kids are home from school, and work again inrepparttar 149257 evening. Schedule your work time when you feelrepparttar 149258 most productive and you’ll find that things get done easier, faster and better than when you were dragging along during those same rigid work hours that everyone else has.

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Written by Tia Scott

I agree that knowledge should be free, butrepparttar next person I see revealing their hard attained business practices in a public forum, I am going to feelrepparttar 149230 need to approach them, make them choose their own switch from an outside tree, then whip them with it.

This isrepparttar 149231 mistake I see most small businesses make: running their mouths too much. I understand you want to be helpful. I understand you want to pass knowledge around. Telling someone where to find a font is okay. Telling someone where to find cool clip art is okay. Telling someone your methods of placing Google Adsense to maximize revenue is kind of foolish.

The internet gives us a false sense of many things: security, popularity, and most importantly anonymity. People are too quick to blab; not realizing what they post is being indexed, linked, viewed, and monitored. Just think if your competitor came across your post,repparttar 149232 one that revealed your business practices. That could really affect your business in negative ways.


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