Out of Control

Written by Bob Osgoodby

Are you in control of yourself; your destiny; your business? There are many warning signs that you might not be, but many times they go unheeded. To be in control of anything, you must first be in control of yourself.

If you are working from your home, it is easy to "loose control" and slip into bad habits. You must exerciserepparttar same discipline that would exist in an office, where you had to arrive at a certain time inrepparttar 118002 morning, and work a full day.

While you can basically start your day, and end it when you wish if you work from home, you must maintain some semblance of order in your workday. Simply being there for a certain number of hours is not repparttar 118003 answer, if those hours are not productive. Butrepparttar 118004 beauty of working from home is that you do not have to have a regular schedule.

If your business is people oriented, you have to be available when your prospective clients are available to you. If it is product oriented, it really makes little difference when you work. Some people are morning people and achieve their best productivity then - so do it then. Others are "night owls" and that is their best time.

If you aren't in a situation where you have to be available during certain hours, pick whatever works best for you. A better way is to establish goals to meet. If you meet your goals each day, it doesn't matter when you accomplish them. Personally, I prefer to meet all of my daily goals inrepparttar 118005 morning when I'm fresh, and then, do what I wish forrepparttar 118006 rest ofrepparttar 118007 day.

You should establish your goals for each day. The best thing is to write them down, and print them out so you can review them. Always leave a bit of extra time forrepparttar 118008 unexpected. For example, you should first check your email inrepparttar 118009 morning to resolve any problems that might have "cropped up" overrepparttar 118010 night. Then, meet your goals established for that day.

The Trap

Written by Bob Osgoodby

ot a day goes by that I don't hear about someone lamenting their decision to leave corporate America and work at home. Maybe they were laid off, opted for early retirement, or just decided that commuting four hours onrepparttar train, coupled with an eight hour workday was simply too much. Possibly, they will keep their job and work part-time at home to earn extra income. Who knows whatrepparttar 118001 reasons are, but that is not important.

With "visions of sugarplums" dancing in their head, they decided to start their own home business. They believedrepparttar 118002 ads about working in their pajamas whenrepparttar 118003 spirit moved them, and after a month or so woke up to reality. They weren't making a dime.

Where did they go wrong? Well, when they worked for someone else, they were expected to be at work at a certain time every day. Depending onrepparttar 118004 business, there was a certain dress code, and they had goals to meet. Granted, these goals were usually determined by someone else, but they wererepparttar 118005 ones who had to meet them.

It is easy to work for someone else, as they arerepparttar 118006 ones callingrepparttar 118007 shots. They actually lived under an umbrella of discipline. Granted it was someone else's umbrella, and maybe they didn't realize this. Possibly they did, and that wasrepparttar 118008 reason they decided to work on their own.

One ofrepparttar 118009 most common problems behindrepparttar 118010 failure of a home business, isrepparttar 118011 lack of discipline. Some think they can work when (and if) they want to, and their mailbox will "overfloweth" with twenty dollar bills. Well, I got news for you!

Running your own business, whether it is a brick and mortar establishment, or a home business, requires work. It usually requires more effort than if you worked for someone else. You will also have to do some things you don't enjoy. But, if you arerepparttar 118012 chief (or only) "honcho", you had better be able to handle all facets of your business.

So, how do you go about working at home? First and foremost, you have to have a regular schedule and adhere to it. This is especially true if you expect people to contact you by phone. If people try to call you, and don't get an answer, they quickly move on. You have to be available during normal business hours. If you are in an online business, this is usually from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Yes there are three time zones inrepparttar 118013 USA. If you live onrepparttar 118014 east coast like I do, when you are getting ready to pack it in forrepparttar 118015 day, folks onrepparttar 118016 west coast may just be returning from lunch.

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