A business in the year 2017 will enjoy more freedoms than ever before. More options than ever are emerging to assist businesses and even start them up. Your business? It can be run from a laptop or a phone. That’s the world right now for business!
What does this mean, though? Well, it means a lot of things – for a business it means that there are more remote working capabilities than ever for employees. Outlook, Slack, Google Drive allow employees to stay connected to a business as long as they have an internet connection. For example, customer service operations can be worked remotely – Twitter and Facebook are emerging as the bedrock of new media customer service platforms. You can even set ‘opening hours’ on them so that you can answer and resolve queries to business hours. Customer service platforms like these can be run from anywhere in the world. Including your home!
The business capabilities of the world wide web mean that businesses can be run from home. Blogs, marketplaces – anything really, can be operated as long as you’ve got a connection to the net and a computing device.
If you’ve got an idea – a blog you want to write or things you want to sell, or even if your boss is allowing you to work from home – you might even be a freelancer taking on jobs for clients that allow you to base yourself in your home – then the internet grants you the possibility to complete your work and run a business from home though.
One thing – though. If you are going to run a business or work from home, it’s going to require a metric ton of discipline. Working in comfortable surroundings can take it’s toll on your productivity and if you’re not focused, working from home might be a big burden. In the house, it’s easy just to get up – clean dishes, do the chores and forget about your work or writing. It’s even easier to get distracted if you’ve got a family. You need to set regimented working hours along with regimented and stick breaks. Staying focused will help you succeed with remote working. Adding discipline and staying productive is absolutely essential for any home worker. This is easier to do when you’re accountable to clients or a manager – but it’s harder to do when you are the bottom line.
Of course, running your own business – from home – isn’t just about selling your products to customers or writing a new blog post. There is additional work that goes into both of these actions. To take blogging as an example – you’ll need to research the topic you are writing about, craft the piece, edit the piece, market your content, reach out to influencers, answer questions about the piece. It’s not just about the ‘doing,’ you see. If you’re running your own business – it’s that much harder as well. You’ll have to do all the above, ship goods, network, market. It isn’t just about the business action and working from home can be a difficult environment in which to be productive in, as we’ve covered. If your home working deals with anything postage related, it’s a good idea to break down your postage with sites like physicaladdress.com that can give you mailbox’s in multiple locations. This is a great idea if you are selling goods as it can help break down returns and other forms of postage that come your way. It also has a good benefit as it keeps your home address private, if that is your business headquarters.
When working from home, it’s extremely important to take a break. While our home is a place of comfort, that’s only really true when we relax. The four walls you live in can drive you to stir crazy if you refuse to get out often. Take a daily walk and grab some fresh air – go out and get a coffee. Your work needs you to be disciplined, and you cannot do that if you are tearing your hair out because of stress. Don’t be afraid to say no to work if it is more than you can handle and reassess your workload on a daily basis. If working from home simply isn’t working, look elsewhere. Being stuck indoors all day is a recipe for disaster.
If you’re running your own business or are simply working from home – above all it pays to be focused. Your home isn’t your home during work hours, it’s your office – treat it as two separate things for success.