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How to Find the Right Work-Life Balance When Running a Business From Home

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Running a business from home can often seem like the perfect solution when it comes to balancing your career and financial goals with raising and caring for a family, but in reality, the demands of both can often be a lot more than what you may have bargained for. However, it is possible to achieve the right balance between the two for it to work for you – you just need to put in a lot of careful thought and planning. Read on for some helpful suggestions.

 

Create a dedicated workday schedule

Working from home is often appealing to many as it can offer much more flexibility with how you manage your time. Instead of being fixed to a 9 to 5 working pattern, it can allow you to spend time with family such as by getting involved in daily routines such as preparing breakfast, getting ready for school, or enjoying more activities together – instead of spending time on a daily commute.

While flexibility is definitely a great advantage, it can also lead to losing focus if it is taken too far. While your home-working schedule can be changed to accommodate personal activities, you should also aim to have a regular working pattern that you can stick to. This will help send a clear signal to everyone for when you are and are not available.

 

Invest in something you find rewarding

Working from home, especially if you are running your own business, can give you a great opportunity to invest your efforts in something that you find rewarding and exciting. This does not mean that you have to start things from scratch – if you have previous experience in a particular field, you may want to take that knowledge and start something new in that industry.

For instance, if your previous work had you involved in things like customized float switches and you miss the technical thrill of the industry, you may want to share knowledge and resources online to others in that field.

 

Remember to disconnect

Finally, when working from home, it can be tempting to put in a little more time and brush aside family requirements. It may feel like being physically present in the home is enough. However, it can soon become apparent to other family members around you that you are not interested in paying attention to them and this can lead to feelings of resentment or upset further down the line.

So while it is essential to ensure you have a rigorous and dedicated working schedule for your venture, it is equally important to make time for your family too. Remember to disconnect and leave your workspace separate from your home life. You may want to plan activities and tasks that you can enjoy as a family together, to ensure you spend enough time with each other, or simply incorporate daily routines, such as preparing and enjoying a meal as a family every day. With a dedicated effort to spending time with each other as well as focusing on work, you can find the right balance. 

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