Many people who toy with the idea of starting their own business and working at home, don’t realise that you need to put in a great deal of effort if you are to be successful. People thinking about working at home day-dream about being able to leave the alarm switched off and lie in bed as long as they want. They picture themselves quitting their job and telling the boss “goodbye forever”. They imagine themselves lazing about on the patio on sunny days and snuggled up on the sofa while less fortunate people are out in the cold doing the daily commuting routine. They imagine themselves as stating their occupation as “CEO” and they picture the healthy bank balance that goes with that particular territory.
Working at home can include all that and more but the whole picture is not all rosy. Strangely, the thing all too many people leave out of their work at home day-dreams is the “work” part. It is, after all, working at home and not “messing around at home” we are talking about; you don’t earn yourself a healthy bank balance by spending your time messing about. To be your own boss you need to possess certain attributes. The following are four attributes you need to have a successful home business.
Commitment. You must be 100% committed to your home business. There is no boss looking over your shoulder ready to tell you what to do and when to do it. If you want to make money, you must be prepared take full responsibility for everything involved in your business. You are bound to encounter obstacles and disappointments, that is the way life is; you have to deal with those things and continue working to build up your business.
Organisation. You must be capable of organising your work and able to recognise the need for a proper schedule. If the work does not get done, there is nobody to fall back on, the buck stops with you. A flexible schedule was one of the things that attracted you to working at home but, before a schedule can be flexed, it has to be planned in detail.
Goal Setting. Working at home in your own business is not like being employed. It’s not a matter of going to the office each day and doing whatever tasks the boss assigns to you. You need to know where you want your business to go and what steps you need to take to achieve your goals.
Focus. This is the hardest thing for most people when they first start working at home. The numerous distractions begging for your attention when you work at home make it easy to lose focus and waste time. These distractions exist in all sorts of forms: for instance, a ringing phone, a friend dropping by or just the allure of the chance to get out for a stroll on a sunny day. You cannot afford to let yourself be distracted and you need to be able to regain your focus quickly if anything intervenes when you are working.
Working at home successfully requires the individual to put in time and effort. People who make a success of working at home have certain character traits that you will need if you are to succeed as your own boss. If you fail to realise what is involved, you will not make money working at home.