Working at Home Doesn't Have to Mean Feeling Alone

Written by Vishal P. Rao

© 2003 Vishal P. Rao

Operating a home-based business may let you set your own schedule, spend more time with your children, and earn more money but it does have its own set of challenges. One of those challenges can be a feeling of loneliness.

Many home-based business workers spend all their time trapped withinrepparttar confines of their house. They eat in their own kitchen, type email on their own computer, and socialize with their own family once they return fromrepparttar 117159 outside world. At first, this might seem like a welcome change fromrepparttar 117160 stressful interactions inrepparttar 117161 average workplace, but when continued day after day, it can dramatically affect your mood and your productivity.

Luckily, you can combat those negative feelings and keep your home-based business. Here are a few suggestions:

1) Establish a Routine

Very oftenrepparttar 117162 flexibility of working at home can deteriorate into disorder and chaos, which usually leads to longer hours and less socialization. A well-established routine allows you to get your work done and have time to mingle. For example, you could set office hours from 8 am to 5 pm. Once you finish working each evening, you'll be free to unwind and interact with people forrepparttar 117163 rest ofrepparttar 117164 night withoutrepparttar 117165 distraction of your business. Plus, you'll be forced to use those time management skills which were so essential when you working for someone else.

2) Take a walk with a spouse, friend, or dog

If you visit any workplace, you are bound to find people walking on their lunch breaks. They don't just do this forrepparttar 117166 calorie-burning benefits, however. It's also a good way to release stress and to enjoyrepparttar 117167 company of other people. You can dorepparttar 117168 same thing, but you may need to schedule your outings so they are convenient for your “walking buddy.” Of course, if you opt to take your favorite canine companion along, he or she will be available wheneverrepparttar 117169 need to wander strikes.

3) Join a health club

Exercise is an excellent stress reliever, plus it fights against two other common work-at-home problems: over-indulgence in food and sedentary lifestyles. But exercising on a stationary bike or treadmill in your bedroom won't be enough to fight that feeling of isolation. A health club, onrepparttar 117170 other hand, is a perfect answer because it provides lots of exercise opportunities and a chance to meet new people. Sure, club memberships can be pricey but your health and well-being are worth it.

4) Get a hobby

One ofrepparttar 117171 bad things about owning a home-based business is that you probably turned your hobby into your livelihood which often takes a lot ofrepparttar 117172 fun out of it, so now you need a new hobby. The best choice would be something that required you to get involved with other people, such as team sports. However, most solitary activities can also be used for socializing. For example, if you like to read, you could join a weekly book club.

Motivate Your Team

Written by Direct Selling Women's Association


One simple word can benefit your team so much. It can help you encourage your team members’ commitment to business and keep them enthusiastic. It can help them envision their goals. In addition, when you share your belief in their ability to succeed, you will in turn help them build self-confidence. By exuding a positive expectation for their success, you will motivate them to overcomerepparttar challenges, which will inevitably come their way.

Here are some tips for motivating your team:

·Recognize success

·Celebrate achievement

·Shower your winners with praise and small rewards

·Offering your sincere congratulations through e-mails, phone calls, hand-written notes, greeting cards.

·Put them inrepparttar 117158 spotlight at team meetings. This will inspire them to accomplish even more! Praise and encouragement are two powerful tools for motivating others.

·Create leadership opportunities. Ask committed Consultants to assist you at trainings and meetings. By asking them to take part in these events gradually prepares them for even greater leadership responsibilities.

·Walk your talk. People follow leaders who go out of their way to lead by example. By livingrepparttar 117159 attributes of a leader, you will encourage others to dorepparttar 117160 same.

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