Become Entrepreneurs At Home

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I’ve heard people say that the main reason that they want to work at home is  
because they can work only when they want to work. It IS true that you can set  
your own work hours when you work at home but it does NOT mean that you  
don’t have to have set work hours.

A ‘hit or miss’ work schedule…or rather, the lack of any work schedule at all,  
simply will not work. Time is of the Essence! YOUR time!  

Working at home can be a very, very good thing. You can be at home to see the  
kids off to school and be at home when they get home. You can put a load of  
laundry in and it can run through the cycles while you are working.

You can have dinner cooked before a hungry family descends like a flock of  
hungry buzzards. All of those things are real perks that you automatically get  
when you work at home.  

Working at home can also be a very, very bad thing if you do not plan your time  
well and if you do not set up a work schedule that you and your family can live  
with. When you work at home, time really is of the essence.

You must make very good use of the time that you spend working. If you are not  
efficient in a   omplishing the tasks that must be done, you will either spend too  
much   time   working   or   you   will   fail   miserably   at   your   work   at   home   job   or  
business.

You must set up a work schedule for yourself when you work at home and then  
you must enforce that work schedule for yourself and insist that you family and  
friends also adhere to your work schedule.  

A job out  in the  brick and mortar  world does two  things;  (1) It  provides  a  
structure for your day and (2) it tells your family and friends that your time  
is spoken for during your working hours.  You will notice that both of these  
things that a regular job provides both relate to your TIME.

First let’s discuss the structure that a regular job provides and how you can apply  
that structure to your work at home job or business. When you have a job that  
you go to outside your home, you are required to be at that job at a specified time  
on specified days of the week.

When you have a work at home job or business, you need that same kind of  
structure. You need to set regular working hours. The freedom that a work at  
home job provides is that you can choose the hours…but you do have to choose!  

Now let’s talk about your family and friends and how they are going to view your  
work at home job. It is a strange but very true fact that your dear mother would  
not DREAM of calling you at your ‘real’ job and asking you to drive Aunt Rosie to  
the beauty shop and wait for her….after all….you are WORKING and can’t be  
expected to leave your job to run errands. Right?

That very same considerate mother WILL call you and ask you to take Aunt  
Rosie to the beauty shop and wait for her when you are working at home. Why?  
Because you are at home and available, that’s why.

Your dear, sweet mother will not see your work at home job as a ‘real’ job. Your  
spouse will also see you as being free to run errands. Your friends will see you  
as being available for long telephone conversations, lunch or for a coffee klatch.

You can see the problem. If YOU do not schedule your time and abide by your  
schedule yourself, others will not. Unless you see your work at home job as a  
REAL job with REAL working hours, your time will be eaten up. You will not  
acomplish the tasks that you need to acomplish.

You will fail and find yourself out looking for a REAL job unless you see your  
work at home job as the REAL THING with regular working hours that make you  
unavailable for other activities.  

The best way to acomplish using your time to your own best advantage with  
your work at home job or business is to make a schedule and tell your family and  
friends what that schedule is.

You don’t have to be rude but you do have to be firm. Make it clear to all. “I will  
be working between 9 AM and 3 PM Monday through Friday. On those days and  
during those hours, I am NOT available to run errands or take personal phone  
calls or entertain company.” Then stick to it!

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