6 Simple Strategies That Can Help You Master The Art Of Being A Homepreneur
It's a blast!
Having decided to start your own home business is such a tough feat. But it's the best decision that you could probably make in this day and age.
Know what? We have varying opinion about working on a regular 9-5 job versus staying home to be a regular telecommuting employee.
Let's see the numbers:
- More than two-thirds of people around the world work away from the office at least once every week, according to researchers.
- As Reported In 2017, 3.7 Million Employees Work From Home For At Least Half The Time and still growing..
- The Number Of Regular Telecommuting Employees (Exluding the self emplyong population ) has grown by 115% since 2005.
Now if your regular schedule entails making home while trying to get some profit, then you're now part of the statistics and must know how to handle being a homepreneur yourself.
There are 6 basic strategies that you have to keep in mind in order to thrive into this kind of industry.
We have different styles and techniques depending on the work at home lifestyle that we set for ourselves. It's always good to note that a daily goal and an organized business structure will always be handy in dealing with the challenges of being a homepreneur mom or dad.
So here's the list:
1. Set your "office" hours at home
Sounds contradictory don't you think? Naahhh...it is what it is.
It is very important to arrange your day carefully taking into consideration all the "momddy" (mom&dad) tasks that you will need to set aside as you create that specific "office" hours for your home business.
It really doesn't need to be an 8-5 job schedule, oh no! It may be a 30 minute period of your home time or a 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon plan or a continuous 4 hours of work during the night after the kiddos have been quietly tucked up in bed.
IT'S REALLY UP TO YOU. But I would suggest that you keep it very, very private.
Just like any other regular job, a home business needs lots of brainstorming and research that if you'd allow yourself to be distracted with a sudden whistle of a kettle or an overflowing water in the washing machine or a baby that's crying for help, then you're doomed to have more wasted time and thoughts than if you'd allow yourself a set of undistracted time to focus on your home business every day of the week (or depends on how many days you plan to work each week). You'll Get More Done If You Work Smarter, Not Harder.
For bloggers & website owners, this Blogging Scheduler might help you organize your schedule.
2. TAKE A nAP
I know that as a "momddy" you're always trying to squeeze in all your time and effort in every available time that you can get hold of in your daily grind. And yes, you must admit that as a homepreneur you're almost always sleep deprived. Oh so true.
Solution: Take a nap.
As home business owners we always burn the mignight oil just to get stuff done. Knowing this, we should prepare our body during the day before jumping to our home "office" hours at night.
Here's what Google says:
Sleep experts have found that daytime naps can improve many things: increase alertness, boost creativity, reduce stress, improve perception, stamina, motor skills and accuracy, enhance your sex life, aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of heart attack, brighten your mood and boost memory.
Actually, naps are good for most people, Mednick says. Her research shows a nap—defined as daytime sleeping that lasts between 15 and 90 minutes—can improve brain functions ranging from memory to focus and creativity. “For some people,naps are as restorative as a whole night of sleep,”
So start getting this chunk of your time a day and plug away without interruption.
3. Set Boundaries
Homepreneurs will always have two roles in the home - a business owner and something else.
You may be a working mom or dad, a student, a single yuppie or just a free soul staying at home and enjoying whatever's making you happy. But for whatever it is that you're busy with apart from your home business, you must always set boundaries between the two.
If you want to have a profitable side hustle or passive income, you must learn to keep your roles apart. Most of you are busy "momddys" (moms or dads) and giving each role your full concentration for a set amount of time will ensure the success of both. But having to mix the two (or three or more) due to a chaotic plan and mismanaged schedule will result to failure.
To separate mentally from the rest of the house, your home office must be set up as your private nook. Here you're to focus on what's important to your home business, a kid-free zone (for "momddys") that could help you detach yourself from the rest of the house.
And this is true.. momddy listen.
If you can't see the dirty dishes in the sink, a pile of laundry in the basket, a broken chair, or just the pure site of your kitchen or garage, then you're less inclined to leave your desk to switch roles. Setting boundaries between your home office and your kitchen will truly help you disengage from your job if you have a door to close. If you don't have an office, try making a list of everything you're going to do the next day, leave it in your work space, and walk away.
4. don't underestimate your children
For parents with grown-up kids just like me, a simple explanation of what's supposed to happen at a certain time of the night will do. In fact, based on my personal experience teenagers (millenials) during the night, are either still out with friends or already in exile inside their rooms at this time giving us enough time and space to do whatever we need to do.
For homepreneur parents with little ones, the task may truly be overwhelming. I might sound repetitive but once again, without a good plan and a well-designed schedule, your business is doomed to fail if the children are not managed well.
For momddys with toddlers, I know that giving them some quality time and helping them understand how important your business is for the family could sometimes help. Well, you can never truly underestimate the intelligence of kids these days.
But of course,
There's always the old trick of giving some awesome toys for your kids to play with. You can also hold a special movie time during your work hours - be sure to let them know. And lastly, incetivizing those kids that will stay quiet for the whole duration of the movie so you can focus on your home business could add a little excitement for them so they will obey.
5. Plan for Interruptions
When you have kids around, anything and everything is possible. Thus, every home business owner should have a plan to shield your client or customer from any sudden outburst from a hungry toddler or unexpected yelling in the background.
I don't know if you're familiar with this video that went viral. But truly, a kid invasion can make or break your home business (well, most of the time it could catapult you to social media stardom).
Be ready for a plan. Watch this.
Every work at home activity will definitely have some horror or hilarious stories at some point. The degree of chaos will just differ from person to person.
Oftentimes, these types of situations call for an apology. And if you are lucky enough to have a good client or customer then you have a lot to be thankful for. These days and with the rising increase of work at home parents, in general, people have become more understanding.
So let's not play the "don't-have-problem-kids" drama as a homepreneur. Because if you have toddlers, then you (might) will encounter kid's invasion one day. Therefore, admitting these types of scenarios might be a solution rather than a problem for you.
And just like this hilarious dad on the video, don't ever forget to lock your home office door.
6. Seek Help
You may think working at home means you can skip a part of your role at home. Nah, it' ain't happening.
Not because you've shifted gear and decided to be a homepreneur doesn't discount the fact that you still have to play various roles in your life, not to skip any. Being oblivious to this fact wouldn't help.
Whether you're catering to a millennial or a toddler, you're still a parent and you have to consider them as your top priority at all times. You'll definitely have some hard days in your home business life - and it's okay not to be okay. This doesn't mean that it's time to give up. Of course not! This means it's time to get your plan into action and follow the basic rules which are to have a plan and schedule effectively.
Having said that, part of your grand scheme should include getting help if needed. Top on the list will be your partner - husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend. It could also be your mom, dad, sister, brother or a friend. These people could be a great source of support.
Seeking assistance could help boost your online career. But don't forget to seal the deal with the proper remuneration and incentive so they can look forward to something whenever you call on them for help.
In summary, preparing for these 6 simple strategies could remove a lot of stress from your life as a homepreneur. And the earlier that you recognize that you have to prepare for these things, the sooner that you can start being profitable at home.