Working from home is great because you can work on your own time, at your own pace, and have complete control over your work load. A lot of distractions can arise when working from home though that can cause your business to have set backs and problems. You need to be able to manage yourself so your business does not suffer for many reasons.
Your spouse can come to you and ask you to do something for them or create conversation and distract you from your work. Televisions, radios and children can also slow you down or create a huge distraction for you. You need to locate yourself to work in a room in your house that has the least amount of traffic so you are not so easily disturbed.
You must set business hours for yourself and follow through with them. Creating a time log and making a list of tasks is a good way to see that you get a productive amount of tasks done each day. If you do not have much to do on a particular day force yourself to do something like cleaning up your office space, cleaning out your computer, reorganizing anything that needs to be sorted or purchasing supplies that you know you will eventually need.
If something arises that you must stop working and you have to deal with it immediately, recognize the time you lost and make it up as soon as possible. Make break times for yourself during your work period. You do not want to burn yourself out and creating break times allows you take your mind off your work for a little while.
At all costs avoid doing personal errands like the laundry or mowing the lawn when it comes time to do things that are boring grueling tasks that you don’t like to do. Force yourself to stay on task and remind yourself that you could be doing something worse for a living.
If you work a day job and have a home business as a second job you need to allocate specific work days to get smaller tasks done through the week and try working on larger tasks through the weekend.
Working from home and running a business yourself is great. You have to treat it like a real business though, and you have to treat yourself like you would expect any other business to treat you. You must keep yourself productive and limiting the distractions that surround you at home is critical to keeping yourself on task.