Working from home can be an excellent way to combine business with family, but it also may be a problem when it comes to keeping the boundaries between work and pleasure. You will need to have excellent time management skills, be clear with your family about when you will be working, and have an area in your home that is designated at your private work space. This can be accomplished, but you must set it up correctly from the very beginning in order to make it all fall into place.
Managing your time is crucial when you are working from home. You will no longer be commuting, so make the best of this time by spending it with your family or getting a jump on the day’s work. I used to commute at least three hours a day, six days a week, so that was eighteen hours that I was able to devote to setting up by Internet business. If you think of it this way, it seems like a real advantage.
I had a serious talk with my family when I started working out of my home office. I told them I did not want to have to close the door while I was working, so the rule is that if I am in my office I am not to be disturbed unless it is an emergency. That put the burden on me to make sure I did not sit at the computer endlessly, or get caught up with phone calls. I make my own schedule and stick to it.
My office at home is an area where no one else is allowed to be. I use two computers and a printer for my business, and this equipment is off limits to everyone except for me. I have another computer that is available to anyone who visits my home, and I never use that one. It is in another area of the house, so there is never any confusion. Everyone has as much access as they want and need to the Internet and other applications. Laying the ground rules in the beginning will make this entire process go more smoothly. Dr. Jeanette Cates and I put together a short report on how to manage your time when you work online that is available for download.