Comforts of Home Can Work Against You
By Abbie Frank

Starting any business is rich with
excitement and anxiety.  This is especially
true when stepping into a home based

All the questions about doing everything right, and "Will I be successful?"  are in
every business owner's mind when first starting up.  The big difference between a
home based business startup and a regular or more "formal" business startup is the
way you handle the comfort level in your own home...which can work against you
getting anything actually done.

Going into a store or an office and you'll find that the business owner focuses
attention on the things that need done that day.  Many typically have those "to-do"
lists that outline the goals and objectives of the day.  In a home based business
however, it's easy to fall into the trap of not separating the business or work part of
your life and the home and family part.  The sofa or chair where you watch television
is right in the other room, almost calling for you to take yet another break.  Then
there's the refrigerator and snack cabinet.

Running a home based business, especially a startup one, demands a certain
discipline that works best if you compartmentalize your day.  Work during times
when you've decided to work and be "home" when you've decided to be home. If you
set up a schedule that has you working in your home office from 8 am to noon, be at
your desk working during those hours.

Don't fall into the temptation to visit with the family or walk the dog during business
or work time.  Stay focused.  One of the biggest advantages -- which is also one of the
biggest problems with working from home is having the flexibility to make changes
in your work schedule.  When first starting out in your own home business, stay as
formal as possible.  Keep business hours, or at least stay as close to the schedule
you've set as possible.  The reason for this is to set pattens in your own personal
behavior that allow for the maximum potential for the business success.  Later, you
can relax a bit and add a little flexibility to the schedule.

The key to a successful business no matter if it's a retail store, a technology related
business, home based or office / retail based, is always the same.  
WORK!  Home
based businesses don't mean that there's less work.  It means the business can be
operated out of your home.  The WORK part still is critical to your success.  

We're  all seen how the corporate world wastes time in endless meetings.  In a small
business, we too can fall into patterns that keep us from doing the most important
thing to assure success, and that's

In any home based business, stay focused, develop a schedule, and stay on track to a
bright future in your own business!

About the author: Abigail Franks writes on a variety of subjects such as home, family, and
health. For more information on creating a Home Based Business go to
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