So you think that working from home is easy? You'll enjoy eight hours of uninterrupted, productive time and then get on with the rest of your life, right? That may be the plan, but do others buy into it? Not until you sell it to them straight!
To some, the concept of home office is murky at best. Do you get phone calls from relatives and friends who don't understand why you don't have all the time in the world to chat? Does your spouse expect to come home to fewer responsibilities, happy children, and a home cooked meal? After all, you've probably "quit your job" so why wouldn't you perform all of these "stay at home" tasks? Perhaps you were always a stay at home mom or dad and the added responsibility of an at home business "should" be taken on in your "extra" time? If any of this sounds familiar, brace yourself for a new perspective and enlightening perspective.
For many entrepreneurs, the thought of structure and routine are enough to send them into a tailspin. But they are often drowning in a flurry of deadlines, overwhelming task lists, and utter exhaustion. Usually because they don't set boundaries (for themselves and others) and they don't create structure. In this case, we're talking about creating parameters for your personal and work activities and boundaries for you and your family and friends.
It's not as daunting as it sounds, I promise. If you had a "real" job (don't you love when people say that?) then you wouldn't be taking personal phone calls at 10am; you wouldn't be throwing in a load of laundry while on the phone with a client; and you wouldn't be changing diapers during a conference call. Sure, you want enough flexibility in your day to do these things, but let's put some parameters around it.
So how do you stop the madness?! That's in Part 2 (next week).
Marla Tabaka is a small-business advisor who helps entrepreneurs around the globe grow their businesses well into the millions. She has over 25 years of experience in corporate and start-up ventures and speaks widely on combining strategic and creative thinking for optimum success and happiness.