Running A Business Out Of Your Home? Make These Moves Today.

If you are a business owner, you are busy. That is a fact. But if you are running a business out of your home – that brings things to a whole new level. Continue reading to learn a few ways to make things easier.

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Store Your Items Properly

If you have been using a guest room, basement, or the corner of your bedroom to store the items necessary for running a business, it is time to make a change to something better. Or perhaps you have used your personal storage unit for business use. Regardless of where your goods currently lie, you need to make a change.

By moving any work items from residential to commercial storage, you draw a clear line of demarcation between your personal and business lives. The benefits of making this transition are significant.

  • You will have dedicated space to store excess inventory and can organize it accordingly.
  • Any pets, children, or curious eyes within your household will no longer have access to your company’s products. As a bonus, pet hair will stay at home.
  • Essential business paperwork and files that must be maintained but are not necessary for daily operations will have a new and secure home and be out of your way.
  • A commercial storage space is something you can claim as a business expense on your taxes with an easier explanation than if you claim a personal storage space where your childhood possessions are kept.

Set Boundaries with the People in Your Home

Boundaries are a difficult thing. You want them. You need them. But they can be easily trampled, especially if you work from home. Make it easier on yourself by deciding what you need while you work to be successful. Once you understand that part of the equation, talk with the other people in your home. Some key points to emphasize may include the following:

  • Inform others of your office or work hours. Place a placard or sign with your hours on the door to your workspace.
  • State that when your office door is closed, you are not to be interrupted unless there is an emergency.
  • Very clearly discuss what constitutes an emergency. Needing a snack or boredom are not emergencies.
  • Tell your housemates that you will come out and check in with them at a specific time, especially if you have children, so they do not try to come. Stick to that time so they know they can count on you.

Ask for Help

Asking for help comes in a variety of forms. Everything from childcare in the home to their transportation elsewhere. If you have a partner, discuss a fair and equitable division of labor. If neither of you has enough time in your day, it is time to outsource. Consider asking family members or hiring a nanny to assist in childcare responsibilities.

Another way to ask for help is by hiring an assistant. Just because you work from home does not mean you have all the time in the world. After all, you are running a business. Hiring an assistant does not necessitate them being on-site to do their job. You can hire them to work virtually or create a hybrid job description.

Running A Business Out Of Your Home? Make These Moves Today.
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Make smart moves to create the business of your dreams right from your own home. Be strategic about where you store your products, make space to work effectively and efficiently from home, and find help when you need it so you can continue on your path to success.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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