Working From Home

If you are a home-based business owner, count your blessings. You are providing opportunities for yourself and your family that are unavailable to 9 to 5ers. Research also indicates that productivity rises 15% to 25% when work is done at home vs. the office, and self-employed people are more productive than others. (Working from Home, by Paul & Sarah Edwards)

Here are five suggestions for boosting productivity if you work from home.

1. You can’t multitask between work and kids. Set office hours for yourself and arrange for assistance with your children during those hours.

2. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Outsource tasks you don’t have time for or don’t have desire to do. This is the key to success. Assign housework to family members or outside vendors. Hire professionals like a virtual assistant to support your business.

3. Hire your older children to work with you. You can supervise their work. They will learn more about what you do for a living and be a part of it.

4. Structure your day. You will need self-discipline to focus on only things that contribute to your business during office hours.

5. Take advantage of the flexibility that a home office provides. Set hours that are convenient for you and your family.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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