One of the not-so-fun things about being an employee is that there is often someone looking over your shoulder. Your employer may even give annual performance reviews.
It has been about a decade since I last had a boss. I’ve worked for myself, and I am actually tougher on myself than any employer I ever had.
It can be challenging for those just starting out with their own business to complete all their daily tasks. Many home business owners have difficulty with time management. I often suggest that my team members write out a work schedule to help them accomplish everything each day, week or month.
I recently read an article that basically said the same thing, but the terminology they used was better than mine. In the article, the home business owner suggested that we follow a routine each day. Just getting started each day (going “to work”) can be difficult for some. If we have a regular routine, however, it is less challenging.
I never thought about it before I read the article, but I have a routine that I follow nearly every work day. My morning routine is about the same as if I was working a “job.” I am an early riser and get up and have breakfast with my husband while we catch up on the TV news. I then shower and get dressed. I don’t wear heels and a dress, but I dress neatly, fix my hair and wear makeup.
My husband and I then go to our local mall to walk for 30 minutes. This time together with no phones, no email or other interruptions is physically good for us; and it is our “alone time” when we discuss various topics and connect. It is a good way to start the day.
We arrive home at about 8 AM, and it is time for me to “go to work.” I go to my home office, and my work routine begins. I read and respond to my email first. I write a blog five days a week after processing my email. When I have new team members who need training, I schedule training sessions for late morning if it works for them.
I do not “advertise” my business very much, but I participate quite a bit on forums and network marketing websites. I’ve been in my current business over two years and have accumulated a variety of networking sites that are good places to “brand myself.” I also enjoy visiting and sharing information with other members on these sites. The forum members learn from each other and help one another promote their businesses.
I spend time daily on three sites. I visit a few others less frequently, a couple times a week. My business is network marketing, so I must be flexible. I sometimes receive calls from prospects and team members. I handle the calls and return to my routine. I won’t go through my entire day, because I’m sure you get the idea.
Home business owners who are disorganized and cannot manage their time are unlikely to be successful. Self-motivation is also required since there is no boss looking over their shoulder to be sure they are working. Working a home business is not for everyone, but for those of us who are able to “be their own boss,” the rewards are many.