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
TIP #1: 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.
TIP #2: 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.
TIP #3: 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.
TIP #4: 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 socialization.
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.
TIP #5: 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
TIP #6: 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 business activities.
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
CONCLUSION: In the end, the success of your home business is
entirely and completely reliant upon you and the decisions that
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.
Stone Evans owns the Home Business Resource Directory where you
can find everything you'll ever need to start, run and grow a
home based business at: http://www.Home-Business.com
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