If you are entering the world of self-employment for the first time, chances are, that you are both nervous and excited – allow Piranha to offer some advice.
Working from home sounds like the dream, right? No more boss tapping at their watch when you walk in a minute late, no more co-workers crowding around your computer desk that think you are interested in what they had for dinner last night, and no more meetings.
It sounds like no work at all… if only that were true. If you have quit your 9-5 job in search of an easier lifestyle, we recommend you pick up the phone and explain that the letter of notice you handed in was just a simple misunderstanding.
Know What to Expect
Starting your own business involves a lot of hard work. At the beginning, you are playing the role of managing director, office manager, accountant, salesperson, technician, customer support and receptionist. Somehow, you have to manage and incorporate the roles of all of these full-time positions into your day.
If you are setting up a start-up business for the first time, you will do well to seek advice from other entrepreneurs and ask about their experiences. Take on board their advice and approach your business with your eyes wide open – there is going to be a lot of work involved.
Keep Out of the Bedroom
Ironically, a bedroom business should not be based in the bedroom. Keep your work and living areas separate when working from home to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Base your business in a home office in a room that you can lock yourself away in away from the normal living quarters. You will find that having a room where you can set up your computer desk will help to keep you focused on running your business.
Do not allow yourself to become too proud to accept the help of others. As a one-man band, any help is like gold dust – this will help to alleviate your schedule, allowing you to focus on other important issues.
Also, having the help of someone else also brings new ideas to the table. While the business is your baby, you run the risk of tunnel vision and missing the bigger picture. A fresh set of eyes can open up opportunities that you may not have realised were even there.
If you want customers to take your business seriously, then you are going to have to take your business seriously. Do not settle for whatever you can get your hands on – invest in proper office furniture to set the tone.
Your home office is the same as any other office just that your commute consists only of walking from one room to another. If your home office is a little cramped for space, invest in a desk with a file drawer to make the most of what space you have.
Finally, you should approach each day with the same discipline as you would if you had to go to work because you still are going to work. Do not allow yourself to fall behind with tasks – implement a daily schedule so you know exactly what needs to be done and when.
Working from home consists of more than purchasing a new computer desk and sitting in your chair watching cat videos on YouTube all day long. That isn’t to say that you can’t spend your lunchtime in such fashion, but you must be willing to work long hours when required, especially in the early stages.
If you are setting up a new bedroom business and are looking to invest in the proper equipment, please take a look through our range of home office furniture.