Work At Home, But Don’t Become A Slave To Your Bus

Work At Home, But Don’t Become A Slave To Your Business

by: Kirk Bannerman

Although the expressed reasons for wanting to work from home are many and varied, most home based business owners cite the ability to set their own hours as a major factor in their decision to work at home. However, many people that have work at home businesses often fall into a trap that flies directly in the face of their stated desire for time flexibility.

The strong growth in home based business activity continues and, according to the Small Business Administrationกs Office of Advocacy, fiftytwo percent of ALL small businesses are homebased.

Some home based business owners have been known to become กworkaholicsก because their office is so accessible. Don’t become a slave to your business…get out of your home office regularly to renew and revitalize yourself.

Close the door to your office or otherwise remove yourself from your designated กwork areaก and go into your กhomeก area to live your personal life. If your business involves the use of the telephone and you find it difficult to ignore a ringing phone in the office, simply turn the ringer off and turn the volume on the answering machine way down. If your business is internet based, just turn off your computer (or at least get away from the monitor and keyboard).

As a work at home business entrepreneur, you certainly aren’t required to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just because your business is located in your home. After all, your office or workspace is just an area in your home…its not your home itself!

Working and living under the same roof has a host of advantages, but it can present some challenges (in addition to the workaholic syndrome mentioned, above) and stress factors.

Here are four ways to create a less stressful home business environment:

Remember why you wanted to become involved with a homebased business (i.e. more time for family, work schedule flexibility, etc.)

Have discussions with your family members and get their input about the working arrangements and the amount of time they want with you.

Use good time management techniques. Keep a list of tasks by order of importance. There are many low cost and effective กday plannersก or กorganizersก readily available today.

ALWAYS take a little time to กsmell the rosesก.

While not experiencing the negatives common to a corporate office working environment, the homebased business owner may occasionally experience stresses and frustrations that are unique to working at home. Networking with other homebased and small business owners provides an opportunity to connect with others who may be experiencing the same stresses/frustrations that you are. Sharing stressful and/or frustrating issues with someone else in the same situation can relieve your stress and may bring you good advice from a different point of view.

As a final note, remember to observe HomeBased Business Week (it is always the week of October that includes the second Tuesday).

About The Author

Kirk Bannerman operates a successful home based business and resides in California. For more details, visit his website at

This article was posted on December 26, 2003

by Kirk Bannerman