Trying to work from home when you lead a busy life is not easy, but it can certainly be accomplished when you know how to do it. I have successfully worked from home for about five years now, and I knew this would be a challenge. From the very beginning I decided to do whatever it would take, and this journey has been an interesting one. If you are just getting started online, I recommend that you speak frankly with your family and friends at the very start, make sure you have a work space that is conducive to your productivity, and that you regularly take breaks to get away from your business.
I asked my family to gather for a family meeting back in 2006. This included the people who live with me, as well as extended family members that I may only see in person once or twice each year. I wanted to share my goals with them so they would know why I was embarking on a new path that would take time and money away from what I was already doing each day. When I presented this to them they were positive and understanding. They felt that they were a part of the decision making process and were more willing to be supportive of my goals.
I set up a desk and a book case in a quiet area of my house. I needed an area where I could write, think, and focus on what I was working to achieve. Even though the area was small, it served this purpose by giving me an office I could call my own. I encourage you to do this same thing. My family knows that when I am at my desk I am working, and that I should not be disturbed unless it is an emergency.
As much as I love working on the computer in my online business, I love getting away from it even more. When I leave the house each day, whether it is to go for a walk with my dogs, do some shopping, or to visit someone, this is the time I cherish the most. I came online so that I could have more money and more free time, and I don’t ever forget that. Schedule some time each day to do some of the things you promised yourself you would do, once you had your own business. You’ll be glad you did.