|Three Keys to Achieving Balance Between Your Work
at Home Office and Your Family Life.
By Robert Imbriale
You may think that working your Internet Home
Business from your home is the ultimate freedom. You
may get tingles down your spine at the mere thought of being able to
work in your pajamas, be with your children, and never deal with the
morning commute again. Yes, working from your Home
Business at home can be all of these things and a whole lot more too.
Working your Home Business at home, may not be a
pleasure. It can become a pressure too.So keeping a
good balance between your home business work and your personal home life presents many
challenges. One in particular that comes up is the unending desire to work every waking moment of everyday,
including weekends! It's a real challenge having a lot of work just
a few feet away from where you are supposed to be enjoying quality time with
So what can you do? How can you make your home business work while
keeping your personal life intact? There are three areas that
you should consider to running a successful Home Based
First, your home business is your business, and your family is your family. Try never to mix the two because that can
easily lead to a conflict. When you are in business mode, be focused
on your business. Try to keep your children out of your work area at all
times. If that means telling your wife or your maid to occupy your children
while you work. Being close to your children can be a blessing, but they can
also spell disaster as you try to close that key account over the phone
just as one of them begins to cry or scream uncontrollably right next to
The more separation you create between your business mode and your
personal life, the better. If your home office has a door, close it. Cut
off any temptation to go and do the dishes, laundry or whatever during
your work time. Avoid those frequent mini-raids of the refrigerator
during work time. These types of distractions will only help keep you in
your office much longer than necessary.
Second, make sure you have a business telephone line, a separate fax
line, and a third modem line, if you use the Internet for long periods
of time. Your business line should have an answering machine, voice-mail
system, or an answering service's live operator that answers your phone
in a professional manner when you are not available. Remember that your
goal is not to sound like a Home Business Office, so the more professional you
can sound on the telephone, the better.
Third, keep yourself as organized as if your were working in a corporate
office. Organization prevents contracts and other important documents
from getting buried under piles of files, newspapers, or even last
night's dinner! Just because you work from your home doesn't mean you
are any less of a professional…. so act like one and treat important
documents with respect.
As part of keeping organized, do everything you can to keep food and
drinks away from your desk! Spills cost you many hours of work, and can
even cost you thousands of dollars if they were to damage any of your
delicate electronic equipment. My motto is simple: "Food stays in the
kitchen, and paperwork stays in the office."
In all cases working from home, use common sense. Your
Home Business depends on you being organized and keeping your personal and business lives
separate, even though they co-exist under the same roof. Get in the
habit of turning off your computer at a reasonable hour and use that
time to be with your family, relax and enjoy your life…. Although it may
be tempting to get right back to work after dinner, remember that your
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