If you are thinking of starting your own business or working freelance from home, even in a network marketing capacity, then you there are many things that can help you. It can be a big leap to start working for yourself. You perform all the roles that an employer has people to do, from payroll to accounting, to bookkeeping. So you need to know the tips and tricks to help you to do well and not feel overwhelmed.
If you are already working from home or are thinking about it, here are some tips to help you help you make the most of it.
One thing that can be a shock if you have been working in an office environment for a long time before, is that you are suddenly by yourself at home. While that can make you more productive, it can be quiet and sometimes feel a little lonely. It will depend on what your work is, but meeting up with others and having client meetings face to face can help to ease you into the working from home routine.
As has been said, you do all the roles when you work for yourself. So instead of having a line manager pestering you to get certain things done, you will need to be that line manager for yourself, to get certain things done. So you need to start by setting yourself some goals so you have something to work towards. Remember to schedule checks to monitor how things are going.
Get Apps To Help
Because so many people work from these days, there are many apps and sites online that can make your job easier for you. If accounting isn’t your strong suit, for example, then look for an app or site that is a paystub generator to help you with your record keeping. Then all you need to do is input your incoming wages, and it will tell you what tax is owed. There are invoice generators online too, as well as money tracking apps and email schedulers. So look for things like that that could make your work easier for you.
Set Working Hours
There is a great level of flexibility that comes from working at home. If you have an appointment to go to, then great, you can take an hour off to go to it and make up the time later. But as a rule, you need to set yourself working hours each day. Not only does it help you to be more focused (and hopefully more productive), but it will avoid the temptation of burnout because you could quite easily keep checking emails until midnight when you’re self-employed. You need to be strict with yourself, but it will make a big difference to your work and life balance.
Do you work from home already? Are there any other tips that you would add to the list? It would be great to hear what you think in the comments below.
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