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How to Stay Focused on Your Home Business Goals
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    2004-09-05

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    How to Stay Focused on Your Home Business Goals
    by Stone Evans

    When you are the owner of a home business, you will find
    hundreds of distractions that vie for your time, energy and
    focus.

    Common distractions include: children, family, friends,
    neighbors, pets, phone calls, mail, household chores, video
    games, television, neighborhood children, visitors, and so many
    more.

    As an owner of a home based business, you must always remember
    your purpose in bringing your profession home. What was your
    reason for wanting to own a home business? Was your goal to work
    from home so that you can share in the lives of your children?
    Was your goal to be out from under the rule of a tyrannical
    boss? Was your goal to have the freedom to work when it is
    convenient for you? Was your goal to make tons of money working
    for yourself?

    Here's a few good tips that will help you stay focused on your
    home business:


    TIP #1:
    Whatever your reason for going out on your own, you must keep
    your reason in the forefront of your mind. If you forget your
    reason for starting your own home business, you will not be
    working for yourself for long. It is far too easy to let
    circumstance drive your activities --- and when circumstance is
    in the driver's seat, you are more likely to crash and burn.


    TIP #2:
    Remember --- your own business is a lot like a real job. Some
    people go to work to play, some go to socialize, and others ---
    most often those who are paid in a commission or tip environment
    --- go to work to work and to make money. When you work for
    yourself, your salary is directly proportional to your
    productivity. Therefore, wouldn't it make sense to stay focused
    on getting as much done in as short of a period as possible?

    Go to work to work and to make money. Leave playtime and
    recreation for when your workday has ended.


    TIP #3:
    When you are dealing with family in the course of your workday,
    it is important to schedule your activities as much as possible.
    With small children, you must take time when you must, but you
    should also work hard to make sure you dedicate a specific
    number of hours to your workday.

    With older children, it is much easier to tell them that you
    will be working between the hours of x and y. Your children and
    your friends must understand that certain hours of your day are
    devoted to the activities of your business.


    TIP #4:
    Don't permit your friends and extended family to run over you.
    Many people get the blind idea that if one works from home then
    they are not actually working.

    Well-meaning people may try to fill your doorway to bring advice
    about getting a real job. Others may simply believe that if you
    are at home, then you are fair game for chitchat and
    socialization.

    You must stand firm. You must make certain your friends and
    family understands that when you are working, then you ARE
    working! If they wish to socialize with you, then they need to
    do it during the hours that are not dedicated to your home
    business.

    You are the only one who can stand up for you. Your friends and
    family will seldom be able to appreciate your dedication to your
    home business, unless you make the effort to make sure that they
    have the same respect for your business that you do.


    TIP #5:
    You should allot a certain portion of your day to email and to
    regular mail. For example, allot one hour in the morning and one
    hour in the afternoon to handling your written communications.

    Unless you dedicate certain times to the handling of these
    communications, you will soon find yourself on the downward
    slope of decreased productivity.


    TIP #6:
    When you find yourself spending too much time doing
    non-productive activities, then you should seriously consider
    finding a third-party service provider who will assist you in
    those non-profitable business activities.

    As an example, you might be in the mail-order business. You
    might believe that your time is best spent writing ad copy and
    setting up your advertising, but you find yourself spending far
    too much time taking care of your books to take care of your
    advertising in the manner that you should. In this event, it
    might make more sense to hire a bookkeeper to handle your
    financial records for you.


    CONCLUSION:
    In the end, the success of your home business is entirely and
    completely reliant upon you and the decisions that you make.

    You had your reasons for deciding to start your own home based
    business. You must always keep your reasons in the forefront of
    your mind. You must always be able to rely upon your own self
    and your dedication to the success of your business.

    Your friends and family might be annoyed that they cannot come
    visit upon their own whim, but when success comes to you and
    your business, they will better appreciate you for putting your
    foot down when necessary.

    Success is within your reach, if only you can stay focused on
    your goals. You must decide to reach for your goals, and then,
    you must have the discipline necessary to reach them.

    About the author:
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    Stone Evans owns the Home Business Resource Directory where
    you can find everything you'll ever need to start, run and grow a
    home based business at: http://www.Home-Business.com
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