Create a designated work space
This is absolutely critical when working from home. There has to be a space that is designated just for work. Everyone may not have the room to create a home office. But you need to create a space, even if it is temporary, which is only dedicated to work. When I first started out I turned a closet under the stairs into my work storage. I was able to get a bookshelf, some filing cabinets, wall files, and add some storage to hold supplies. I also had a rolling filing cabinet. This way I could easily take my work to a small table I set up in my room. It was not perfect, but it was my work space.
You may have to start with a shelf on a bookcase, storage box for your supplies, or a small laptop table for a desk. But makes sure there is some space that is dedicated solely to your business.
Have a separate user ID on your computer
This simple step really helps. Many people who work from home have one laptop or computer. So, it is important to create a separate user id for your business. You should not do any personal work from your business user id. Use your business id to save only business documents, have only business favorites from the internet, and conduct only business tasks. Make it a habit to change users when you want to do personal tasks.
Set daily goals
One of the benefits of working from home is having a flexible schedule. Some home businesses require set hours, but many do not. If you do not have set hours make sure you set daily goals. For example, your goals for the day could include calling 50 prospects, wrapping up a client’s project, and writing a blog post. It does not matter how many hours your work (or when you work them) just make sure to get the goals done.
Set daily work hours
You may prefer to work a set number of hours a day. If this is the case set daily hours you will work. You may choose to work 3 hours on a project, 2 hours marketing, and 1 hour blogging. You can do this all at once or break it up. Or you may decide to work 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on whatever you decide. Just make sure the hours are actually spent working on your business and not working on other things.
Find some alone time
This may be hard to do if you do not have a home office. However, it is essential to be able to work without distractions. If your spouse works and your kids go to school or daycare you can get the bulk of your work done during that time. You can wake up early or work later when the house is quieter. It may take some creative thinking, but make sure you carve out the time.