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Fresh Content: 6 Tips For Running A Professional Business From Home

With a lot of business now conducted online, it’s easier than ever to start a business and to operate it from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re an emerging start-up or a more established business without the need for office space, running a business from home comes with an assortment of benefits including eliminating your commute time and saving on office rental costs. It would be easy to list a dozen benefits for running a business from home but it’s also important to realize that home working does come with its own set of challenges. Ultimately the challenges of home working must be overcome for a business to be successful, so here are 6 tips for running a professional business from your home

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With a lot of business now conducted online, it’s easier than ever to start a business and to operate it from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re an emerging start-up or a more established business without the need for office space, running a business from home comes with an assortment of benefits including eliminating your commute time and saving on office rental costs. It would be easy to list a dozen benefits for running a business from home but it’s also important to realize that home working does come with its own set of challenges. Ultimately the challenges of home working must be overcome for a business to be successful, so here are 6 tips for running a professional business from your home.

  1. Have a separate workspace

Whether it be a desk in the spare room, office in the outhouse or get-up in the garage, it’s important to try and separate work from home by having a dedicated working space somewhere in your house. This purpose-built space will enable you to focus your attention on work when you are in it and should be set up to provide you with everything you could need to do your job. It may be tempting to work from the sofa, in bed or at the kitchen table but ultimately these places often contain many distractions, reducing your productivity.

  1. Consider your business address

For some businesses, a residential address can be detrimental, putting off potential clients. In these instances consider using a Virtual Headquarters to put your business on the map in a major city and to give it greater credibility. You may also want to consider using a virtual receptionist to answer your calls, saving you time and providing a professional front.

  1. Set yourself business hours

Running a business from home makes it all too easy to work unsociable hours but this can be detrimental to your personal life and ultimately the success of your business. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean that you should be working around the clock and although you may be receiving emails at 3 in the morning you most definitely shouldn’t be answering them. Set yourself some working hours and stick to them and remember this includes also giving yourself a lunch break.

  1. Have a space for client meetings

If you will be taking clients into your home then it’s important to set up a professional-looking space in which to conduct business with them. A client-facing space should be free from too many personal artifacts such as photographs or children’s toys as these can be off-putting and ultimately diminish the professional appearance of your business. Be sure to pay attention to the route your client will need to take through your home to get to the meeting space and try to keep this area neat, tidy and clutter-free too.

  1. Keep track of your business expenses

Running a business from your home means that you are eligible for certain tax benefits and many home business owners often overlook them. Be sure to record all expenses associated with your home office including cleaning costs, material costs, furniture costs, your internet costs and even any maintenance or repairs that occur on this part of your home. Although these expenses may seem small in isolation, they soon rack up and over the course of the tax year could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

  1. Don’t isolate yourself

Believe it or not, one of the most commonly cited negatives associated with running a business from home is isolation. It can be lonely living and working under one roof so be sure to make time for other people and to get out and about. Try working from a cafe or co-working space a couple of times a week to get ou out of the house, pick up the phone instead of just sending emails and push yourself to go to industry events and forums where you can meet other business people and build new connections. There’s no shame in admitting that running a business from home can be lonely and if you’re finding that the isolation is having a negative impact on your mental health then speak to a counselor.

Running a professional business from home can be very rewarding and is often the starting point for many entrepreneurs. To help make sure that your business venture is successful, just bear in mind the above six points and most importantly, keep pushing even if the going gets tough.

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Lynne Huysamen

Mommy to a pigeon pair, blogger and online marketer. Lover of chocolate, good books and buckets of coffee.

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