~by Emma Sturgis~
Running your own business can always be a difficult task. However, running a business out of your home adds extra obstacles to being a successful entrepreneur. Trying to find a calm and private place to work can be difficult with loud roommates, needy children and house chores that seem to be never-ending. In order to succeed when running a home-based business, you must be able to adapt.
Here are four tips for successfully running a business out of your home.
When working from home, you must have an area of your home that is dedicated specifically to working on your business. This room or area of your home will not only be a great way for you to earn income, but will also turn into a hefty tax deduction. Measuring the area of your home used for your business will allow you to calculate the tax deduction you will receive on your taxes. A designated area of your home will also help your kids, roommates and partner understand your professional limits. As a business owner, you are going to have to put in extra hours. Those who live in your home with you should understand that when you are in your home office you should not be disturbed.
2. Get the Tools Big Offices Use to Succeed
Just because you are running your business from your home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the tools bigger offices use for success. If you are in need of a multi-function printer, don’t buy a cheaper printer that wasn’t designed for business use. Make the extra investment by purchasing a business printer that will be able to withstand your constant workload. Consider working with professionals to help you pick out the office equipment you need.
While it might seem fun to run your business on the couch while watching movies, realistically this isn’t the way that successful businesses get to the top of their industry. Your home office should be distraction free. Remove distracting TVs, game consoles and furniture, and limit the time you spend on social media while working on your business.
4. Set a Strict Schedule
As your own boss, it is important that you stick to a strict schedule. Consistency is key when running your own business, and nothing helps consistency like a solid schedule.
Running a business from the comfort of your home can be very lucrative if you spend the time mastering the art of home businesses. These tips will help you take your business to the next level faster than you could have ever imagined.
Emma is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. When not writing, she enjoys reading and rock climbing. Say “hi” on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.