For many business owners, one of the biggest challenges is separating their work from their family and social life. The following are six proven strategies to keep your home life running smoothly while keeping your business on track.
1. First, create a work schedule and stick with it. It may be tempting to answer personal calls during the day or take business calls after-hours, but doing this actually shows that you’re expendable–not dependable–and people will take for granted that you’ll always be there for any little things that come up. Even though family comes first, stay true to your business hours, and resist the urge to chat with friends or pick up groceries during working hours.
2. Train your friends to respect your work time. Your friends may consider working from home an invitation to chat during the day or just go out for coffee or shopping for an afternoon. Make it clear that your business hours are just for business. Leave personal calls for after-hours, and you’ll find that your friends will gradually accept your schedule without feeling slighted. Read More