When I started working from home, my desk space was a real mess, at least if you wanted to seriously run a home based business. It was not organized enough and when I needed a phone number of a contact right away, I could not find it. The organization of your home office is critical to your productivity and success.
Organization is a skill that can be learned by anyone, which is very good news. One key ingredient, which I can't emphasize enough, to becoming better organized, is to take one small step, then take each step after that one at a time. By doing this you will find that some of those things you were putting off for a later time only takes several minutes to a few hours to accomplish. These small accomplishments will keep you motivated to keep moving forward in your business.
This information is designed to help you quickly set up your home office, so you can start building your business in an organized way right from the beginning or if you are a veteran to become more organized, which will also re-energize you!
1) This is Your Business
Think about it, you are now a home based entrepreneur, not someone else's employee. Your success is completely dependent on you because YOU are responsible for your home business, YOU come in at the time you commit to and YOU are the one that is in control of the future of your business. I don't know how else to say this, so I will just tell you the honest truth, if you don't treat your business like a business, you will be lucky to see any financial rewards. If you treat your business like a hobby, you will see a hobby income. BUT if you do treat it like a serious business your income will reveal itself to you quite clearly!
Goals are a major part of having a productive and successful environment, so set realistic goals for your business. Your success depends on it. When you are contemplating what goals you want to set for your business, make sure you have short and long term goals in mind.
Having a home business allows you to save money since you are not commuting to a job everyday, can write off all business expenses when taxes are due and it gives you control over your work environment. When you have a home based business you have numerous perks, but you will also run into many roadblocks that you must overcome. Most of your time, business and personal, will be at home, so thoughtful planning will help the productivity of your business.
4) Create Your Workspace
This is a very important point for you to consider. The ideal workspace is made of a few very important factors: members of your house, the way you like to work and the type of business you have. Pay attention to these environmental factors that make your home office so you can create a pleasant place to work where you can be comfortable, organized, and productive.
Choose the right location for your office. It should be convenient and roomy enough for your computer, printer, and fax. It should also be in a quiet area with minimal distractions because you have to remember that it is a business. Everyone in the house needs to understand that it is a place for your business activities, and it is off limits when you are conducting business.
The freedom that you are working toward will come to you if you take the time to set up your home office correctly, which in turn, will allow you to focus on your normal day to day business priorities.