Solopreneurs Working From Home – Work More Professionally With These Useful Tips

Working from home is great but equally challenging. You are cut-off from the office environment and have to bear the apparent hindrances at home. However, making it more effective will get you satisfying and amazingly profitable results. Here are some tips to help solopreneurs like you to get the best out of your business.

Build a conducive eco-system

The real benefit of working from home is to avoid overheads like office space, infrastructure and employees and so on; however it is the environment of the office which is most conducive for working. So the foremost thing is to create a work-like environment at home where you will most importantly be encouraged to work. This may require separating some floor space: a spare room, garage or whatever possible space and make it look and feel like a workplace.

Educating your family and disciplining yourself

At home you are in the company of your family, so it becomes crucial to educate them the importance of giving you the much needed space while you are at work. The temptation to get distracted is very high and it takes good understanding and restrain from you and also your family members, especially kids to get things working your way.

In a recent survey on solopreneurs, 19.6% respondent hinted at time-management being a major source of pain, which includes attention to spouse , managing clients and family, time for yourself etc. (Source: TheSolopreneurLife)

Exchange ideas with other solopreneurs

Identify other solopreneurs who can exchange ideas and tips that can help you and them to cut down the demerits of going solo, and also identifying unique benefits that can be garnered by a solopreneur. Solopreneurs often feel the need to socialize as being alone all the time is not as great as it sounds. Participate in small business communities, groups, and events, so that you can stay in touch with the latest and the recent developments in your field.

Use online business tools

Using the internet is really important for solopreneurs. There are plenty of tools and templates, people, social forums, and advisors who offer free or cheap services to accentuate your business growth. Tools like Google Apps for office management and documentation, Quick Books for accounts, task managers, social media platforms, etc., can support your business and make it look like a professionally run organization.

Outsource non-core activities

Compared to 2010, solopreneurs expect to use more outside vendors in 2011 in nearly every service category. (Source: TheSolopreneurLife)

The simple reason for outsourcing is the need to focus on your core business activity and delegate the rest like back office tasks, marketing, customer support, website maintenance, online promotions, etc., to freelancers or virtual assistants, who can do a great job and also bring in that professional outlook to your business.

These are some of the key tips which if followed can increase the productivity of solopreneurs working from home.

About the Author

Dave Otfinoski, CEO of My Business Assistant or “MBA”, has more than twenty-five years of executive, hands-on experience with small and mid-sized businesses. As CEO of MBA, Dave manages a team of experienced virtual assistants who have extensive expertise in the realms of small business operations, bookkeeping services, website design, SEO, content creation and call center operations. Outstanding client service and quality performance are the hallmarks of both My Business Assistant and the MBA team. We look forward to providing you with the Virtual Assistance that you may require to enhance your own business strategies. Please feel free to contact us at http://www.MyBusinessAssistant.com or call us at 800.993.9622 with any questions or inquiries that you may have.