Working from home can be both fun and challenging at the same time. Yes, it’s fun to get up in the morning and only work for an hour or two in your pajamas, but when you are only starting out, it can be very difficult and challenging to get the hang of things, and to develop a winning set of disciplines to follow.
Today I would like to share 5 tips I find important and useful when it comes to starting a home-based career. It doesn’t really matter which niche you are in, or what type of work you do from home, these tips are focussed at anyone that’s only starting out with a home-based career.
Tip #1: Dedicate a private space for yourself
The very first thing to do is prepare a private space for yourself where you will be able to work from without any distractions. This can be a separate room in your house, or even an office if you have some money to spend.
It’s important to work without any distractions, especially when you are only starting out. Distractions like emails, pets and the urge to check up on your Facebook wall can shift your focus to unimportant or irrelevant factors, resulting in the waste of valuable time.
If you don’t have a separate room to use, or the money to spend on an office, you can always just set out some space in the living room or even your bedroom when you are starting out. As you grow and start earning more money, you’ll be able to spend some money in order to create a private space for yourself.
Make sure your family and friends know when you will be working, and ask them not to distract you while you are working.
Remember that working from home is still a job, you’re just working for yourself instead of someone else, which means you have more responsibilities and tasks to take on.
Tip #2: Develop a set of successful disciplines
In order to have success with a home-based career, you need to develop a set of successful disciplines to help you stay focused.
The four main disciplines to develop involves a successful mindset, the ability to stay focused, a “need” for education and the ability to take action.
By developing these four disciplines, you’ll be able to help yourself stay focused, build up your knowledge and skills, and you’ll be able to take action rather than postponing.
Mindset: Train yourself to have a more successful thinking mindset. Believe in yourself, and believe in what you are doing. This way you’ll start thinking more successful. Try to wipe out any doubt you might have about your home-based career, and starting thinking in a positive way.
Focus: Learn yourself how to stay focused on your projects, and get rid of the most common distractions around you while you are working on your new home-based career.
Education: Develop a need for knowledge and skills, and then start educating yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to sign up at the University for advanced courses, it simply means that you should stay in the loop and educate yourself. For example, if you choose to do affiliate marketing from home, you should find high-quality eBooks and courses online to help you learn the skills you need to become a more successful affiliate marketer.
Action: This is probably the most important discipline to develop. Without taking action, you won’t be able to achieve anything. You can create a hundred high-quality eBook ideas that you want to sell, but without you taking action and actually creating them, you won’t be able to sell anything, thus you won’t be making any money. Teach yourself how to go from an idea to a product by taking action on your ideas – and following through until the end.
Tip #3: Start with a plan
You can have a multi-billion dollar idea in your head, but without the proper planning chances are your idea will be failing even before it starts.
It’s true. Without proper planning, you won’t know where to start or how to start, and you’ll soon find yourself jumping from task to task and idea to idea without ever finishing what you started with.
This is why it’s important to plan before you take action. Remember at Tip #2, one of the disciplines of a successful home business owner is to take action – you need to follow through. Take action by putting your idea onto paper, creating a thoroughly researched business plan, and then executing the business plan in order to start creating your own home-based career.
If you’re not sure where or how to start, get out a piece of paper and start writing down ideas. As you write them down, new ideas are sure to pop into your head. Start creating your business plan as you are writing down your ideas, and remember to organize everything in such a way that it will be easy for you to come back and find important information without having to spend hours searching for it.
It’s a good idea to create a new folder on your computer designated to your business. Create an “ideas” folder and a “plans” folder, and then start creating new text documents inside of these folders. Fill the text documents with all the ideas that come to mind, as well as any important notes and information that you want to remember about your plan.
Once you have compiled a great plan, start executing the plan piece by piece and you’ll see how everything starts to fall into place when you have a proper plan to work from.
Tip #4: Stick to a routine
A routine is a very important part of your home-based career, and it can help you be more successful and make more money.
Start by keeping a notepad with you at all times and noting down everything you do that’s related to your home-based career. You can even go as far as noting down all your daily activities. Do this for about a week to help you get an idea of how long certain tasks take, and to help you determine where you can save time and where you can add more time.
Once you have a rough overview of your activities for about a week, start creating a schedule for yourself. Use your notes to help you set up a schedule – you’ll be able to see how much time certain tasks take, and you’ll be able to determine which tasks you can save time on, and which tasks you can delegate more time to.
Be sure to include some break times for yourself as this can help your brain relax a bit at certain times. It’s important to give your brain some resting times during your work time to allow your brain to refresh. This can also help you come up with new ideas while having a lunch break since your brain won’t be occupied by any specific tasks.
Tip #5: Stay motivated and don’t give up
One of the most common causes for failing home-based businesses is giving up. You start your own home-based career, you work on it for about a week or two, see no results and then you lose your hope and give up.
The truth is that there are a lot of individuals who are successful today, but started working from home and didn’t see any real progress for up to 6 months, sometimes even for a longer period – the difference between these and the individuals who are failing is the fact that these individuals didn’t give up. They kept themselves motivated, and they worked on their home-based careers even though they didn’t see any results at first.
So the golden rule is to never give up. If you’re unsure of what to do next, or how to achieve a certain goal for your home-based career, then join some forums, read some blog posts, do a quick search on Google – there are thousands of people out there who can help you, and who can answer your questions.
If you lose motivation and don’t know how there can be any hope left for your home-based career, search for “Home Business Success Stories” on Google or any other search engine. Visit a few pages and read the success stories of other home based business owners and workers – you’ll soon start to realize that most of these individuals was in the exact same position you are in, and you’ll get some insight and thoughts on what to do next, and how to stay motivated.