How to Stay Focused
on Your Home Business Goals
Copyright © Stone Evans, The Home Biz Guy
When you are the owner of a home business, you will find hundreds
of distractions that vie for your time, energy and focus.
Common distractions include: children, family, friends, neighbors,
pets, phone calls, mail, household chores, video games, television,
neighborhood children, visitors, and so many more.
As an owner of a home based business, you must always remember
your purpose in bringing your profession home. What was your
reason for wanting to own a home business? Was your goal to
work from home so that you can share in the lives of your children?
Was your goal to be out from under the rule of a tyrannical
boss? Was your goal to have the freedom to work when it is convenient
for you? Was your goal to make tons of money working for yourself?
Here's a few good tips that will help you stay focused on
your home business:
Whatever your reason for going out on your own, you must
keep your reason in the forefront of your mind. If you forget
your reason for starting your own home business, you will not
be working for yourself for long. It is far too easy to let
circumstance drive your activities --- and when circumstance
is in the driver's seat, you are more likely to crash and burn.
Remember --- your own business is a lot like a real job.
Some people go to work to play, some go to socialize, and others
--- most often those who are paid in a commission or tip environment
--- go to work to work and to make money. When you work for
yourself, your salary is directly proportional to your productivity.
Therefore, wouldn't it make sense to stay focused on getting
as much done in as short of a period as possible?
Go to work to work and to make money. Leave playtime and recreation
for when your workday has ended.
When you are dealing with family in the course of your
workday, it is important to schedule your activities as much
as possible. With small children, you must take time when you
must, but you should also work hard to make sure you dedicate
a specific number of hours to your workday.
With older children, it is much easier to tell them that you
will be working between the hours of x and y. Your children
and your friends must understand that certain hours of your
day are devoted to the activities of your business.
Don't permit your friends and extended family to run over
you. Many people get the blind idea that if one works from home
then they are not actually working.
Well-meaning people may try to fill your doorway to bring
advice about getting a real job. Others may simply believe that
if you are at home, then you are fair game for chitchat and
You must stand firm. You must make certain your friends and
family understands that when you are working, then you ARE working!
If they wish to socialize with you, then they need to do it
during the hours that are not dedicated to your home business.
You are the only one who can stand up for you. Your friends
and family will seldom be able to appreciate your dedication
to your home business, unless you make the effort to make sure
that they have the same respect for your business that you do.
You should allot a certain portion of your day to email
and to regular mail. For example, allot one hour in the morning
and one hour in the afternoon to handling your written communications.
Unless you dedicate certain times to the handling of these
communications, you will soon find yourself on the downward
slope of decreased productivity.
When you find yourself spending too much time doing non-productive
activities, then you should seriously consider finding a third-party
service provider who will assist you in those non-profitable
As an example, you might be in the mail-order business. You
might believe that your time is best spent writing ad copy and
setting up your advertising, but you find yourself spending
far too much time taking care of your books to take care of
your advertising in the manner that you should. In this event,
it might make more sense to hire a bookkeeper to handle your
financial records for you.
In the end, the success of your home business is entirely
and completely reliant upon you and the decisions that you make.
You had your reasons for deciding to start your own home based
business. You must always keep your reasons in the forefront
of your mind. You must always be able to rely upon your own
self and your dedication to the success of your business.
Your friends and family might be annoyed that they cannot
come visit upon their own whim, but when success comes to you
and your business, they will better appreciate you for putting
your foot down when necessary.
Success is within your reach, if only you can stay focused
on your goals. You must decide to reach for your goals, and
then, you must have the discipline necessary to reach them.
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