5 Considerations to Make When Starting a Business From Home #CP

You always pride yourself on being a driven, enthusiastic and motivated parent. Setting a good example for your children has always been one of your top priorities, so you want to show them that you can do it all. Setting up your own company and being able to work flexibly is something you have always had a keen interest in, so now is the right time to start exploring your options. When it comes to running a business successfully from home, there are a number of different considerations you need to make. Diving straight into the deep end without a clear plan of action may cause some bumps in the road, so consider some of the following ideas before you get started.


  1. Find a Place for Equipment and Stock


Starting a business isn’t something that will simply happen overnight; you need a systematic plan that helps you ease into the process so you can have the best possible chance at making it a success. With this in mind, you may need to consider where you’re going to store bulky equipment or stock you might need to keep your business up and running. You may want to consider short term storage so that your entire home isn’t taken over with everything surrounding your new business venture.


  1. Create a Workspace in Your Home


Now that you have organized where your heavy equipment and large stock items are going to live, you need to figure out where you’re going to work from home. At the moment you may simply have a laptop at your kitchen table, which isn’t going to be the most productive environment when you have tasks to complete and goals to achieve. You need to set up a dedicated work space which helps you to feel inspired to work. This will also help you to turn on your work brain so that you are always focused when you begin your working day.


  1. Work Out Your Day to Day Schedule


Working from home might seem like a walk in the park, but you need to consider how it impacts your day to day schedule and how you’re going to figure out the logistics of taking care of your children. If you have a partner or family member who can help you with school drop offs, playdates and after school activities this would be hugely helpful to discuss with them sooner rather than later. Figuring out your day to day schedule now will ultimately help you to put a good plan in place.


  1. Will You Need Any External Help?


It may seem early in the day to be hiring people to work for you, but this is something to consider now rather than later. You may need an accountant to help with your finances or a HR specialist to help you onboard new people. Consider if you might need any external help now and you can create a budget for it as you map out your business plan.


  1. Learn How to Switch off at the End of the Day


When you run a business from home, it can be very easy to let it consume your life and work beyond your usual office hours. It can be very tempting to work long hours and never switch off your computer, but this will lead to burn out and it can be extremely unproductive. Try to draw a line between your home life and work life if you can. Whether you’re setting specific working times for yourself, or putting an out of office reply on your emails when you have logged off for the day, this will help you to set boundaries for yourself so that you don’t always feel tied to your desk whilst working on your business from home.


Hopefully, the ideas mentioned above will spark some inspiration and give you all of the tools you need to create a business you love from the comfort of your own home. It goes without saying that there are so many advantages to working from home and running a business with your children around. You get to have the best of both worlds in many ways, but you also need to learn how to be disciplined and separate your work and family life. Over time this will become easier, but it may take a few months to get used to. Enjoy the process of setting up your home business and enjoy the results that go hand in hand with working hard to achieve your goals.


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Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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