I love working from home because it’s convenient for me in a lot of ways. It’s much easier to juggle working and being a parent when I’ve got more control over my schedule. Plus, I can parent and work simultaneously, if I’m lucky! Not having to leave the house for a commute to and from work saves loads of time. And there’s the added benefit of staying warm and dry whenever the weather’s too nasty to go outside. But there are struggles and downsides involved with running a business from home too.
You might already live somewhere that’s suitable for you to work from home. I recommend having a home office at least, and you might need even more space. If you make anything crafty, like I do, you might even want to set up a workshop. If you use a lettings or estate agent like Redbrick Property Services, you can ensure you find what you’re looking for. These are great if you want to find and office close to your home, or if your thinking about moving finding somewhere with extra space.
We have already decided that when we buy a house, we’d like to build a lodge outside for me I have an office/workshop! The idea of this is that it may be cheaper then trying to a home with an extra downstairs or upstairs room! Also I like the idea of having a bit of separation from my home and work life! As at he minute I tend to work mostly in my living room, as my office in archers room isn’t really available now!
Once you live somewhere suitable for your business, you need to make sure you have the space to do your work. Sometimes you need to shut yourself away and get on with it! If you live alone, you might not bother having a separate room for working. But if there are lots of other things going on around the house, it’s a good idea to have someone to go. Make it somewhere inspiring, and fun to work! Otherwise your going to feed everytime you step into your workshop or office!
As someone who has both a business and a baby, let me tell you how important it is to schedule yourself! I’m not the most organised person in the world, but I have to set myself deadlines if I want to complete my orders and also not neglect my family. You might decide not to give yourself a timetable every week. One of the great things about working from home is getting to be flexible. But you can set deadlines and create a daily list of things to do. I’m still learning though! Arch is 6 months old, and I still find days that I just haven’t had a chance to work on my commissions or do a blog post! Poor blog always suffers! But it takes time. And when it comes down to it. Archer and Richard are my main priority so they will always come first.
One of the most important things to remember when you run a business from home is that you can’t work all the time. It’s easy for the business to take over if you’re not careful. Luckily, I always have a fiancé and a baby to distract me! It’s great to have the chance to choose your work hours, but sometimes you have to make room for other commitments and know when to be honest with your clients! I didn’t take a break after having a baby, but I did make sure that my readers, and clients knew that my orders my tight a little longer! You have to realise your only human, as long as clients know in adavance, they then can’t get disappointed or angry if your taking that little bit longer to do their commission!
But the best thing for me, is being able to do something I love! And also being able to stay home with Arch. I feel very lucky and blessed with what I do, and if your thinking of starting your own business, I say just go for it!