Working for yourself means you are the boss. That can be very liberating but also carries with it a tremendous amount of responsibility. Are you doing the right things to be successful with your business? The following self-employed tips can help you put the right kind of focus on your business.
Self-Employed Tips To Be Successful With Your Business
Unless it has something to do with your business, don’t watch television while working. An example of a business that may rely on tv would be a financial trader. Another example could be a journalist. Most other professions, however, do not require television as part of the job. It’s okay to catch a favorite show now and again. But be careful. It’s easy to get hooked on the next show that comes after it and then another after that.
Set down ground rules for family and even neighbors. If you have neighbors that work at home themselves, it may become too tempting to drop by or for them to drop by to your house. What you hoped would be a fifteen-minute gathering turns out to be a couple of hours. It’s also challenging to get back into the swing of work after that happens.
It’s effortless for a spouse to ask you to do tasks outside of your work tasks. While it’s okay to do that once-in-a-while, try to keep that at a minimum. It’s also quite tempting to play with your kids or family pets. Just remember that during whatever agreed-upon working hours, you are to get work done.
It’s a good idea also to come up with a plan for your business. Determine what factors will make you a success and include those in your plan. After you have created your plan, you can set up tasks and actions to accomplish the plan. It’s okay to adjust your goals and even your plan, especially if you find they are not working out the way you had hoped.
See if you can find colleagues that work in similar situations as you. It can get lonely working for yourself at home. By getting together with others and focusing mostly on business, you can exchange ideas and possibly expand your network. Consider joining your local Chamber-of-Commerce or other organizations to help promote who you are and what kind of business you are doing. These groups will also serve as social gatherings so you can escape that lonely feeling.
Self-Employed Tips On What To Outsource For More Quality Time With Your Family
Time is the one minimal resource we all have. We have only 24 hours per day to work with. And while you can’t buy more time, you can hire people to help you do things around the house. As self-employed you spend a lot of time working on your business. Outsourcing will free you up to spend more quality time with your family instead of taking care of chores. Let’s look at three self-employed tips which will help you to outsource in and around the house.
Cleaning Your House
The first thing most people outsource is cleaning inside the house. You can hire a cleaner, or sign a deal with a house cleaning service that will send a maid.
Having someone come in once a week for a few hours to take care of all the basics like cleaning bathrooms, changing and washing sheets, dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping will save you quite a bit of time, and frankly, it’s not very expensive.
Hiring someone to come take care of your yard is another great place to start outsourcing. You can often find an older child in the neighborhood who will gladly mow your lawn or rake the leaves for a few bucks.
Of course, hiring a professional lawn maintenance company is also an option. They will roll in a few times a month with professional equipment and have all the yard chores taken care of in just an hour or two. This can even happen while you’re at work and not interrupt your family time at all.
It can also be helpful to hire a professional when you’re getting ready to redesign your yard. If you have a pool, consider hiring someone to come clean and maintain it regularly instead of dealing with it yourself.
Home Improvements and Upgrades
Last but not least, let’s talk about a big outsourcing task. When you’re getting ready to do some major repair or upgrade work in or around the house, the temptation is to take it on yourself.
You think you can save quite a bit of money by doing all or most of the work. The truth is that in a lot of cases, you’re better off hiring a contractor who knows what he’s doing. Home improvement projects almost always take much longer than anticipated when you first start.
Instead of trying to do everything yourself, find a reliable person or company to hire. It won’t cost you a lot more since these people know what they are doing, have the tools they need, and won’t waste a bunch of materials by messing up once or twice.
More importantly, these self-employed tips for outsourcing these tasks will save you a lot of headaches and not an insubstantial amount of time.
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