The American Dream. Quitting your 9-to-5 job to start your own
business and work at home. More and more people are making their
dream come true. But before you quit that job and set up your
home office, there are a few issues to consider.
On the plus side, part of your home and related expenses are tax
deductible. It's convenient to work while your kids are in school
and home for them when they walk through the door in the
afternoon, and let's face it, not having a boss to answer to is a
But it's not always the ideal situation. Starting a business
from home isn't always easy on families. There are many issues
that will affect your family. First and foremost are financial
issues. Will you be able to handle the hit to your wallet when
you don't have a steady paycheck? If this is an issue, consider
working your business part time while holding down a full down
It takes a very dedicated person to work from home. There are
always distractions to overcome. Unexpected visits from family
members who think you have lots of free time because you don't
work a "real" job. Telemarketers calling in the middle of the
day. Neighbors dropping by to see if you'll babysit, "real quick"
while they run errands. It's important to let family and friends
know your working hours. Tell them in no uncertain terms that
your business is an income producting and you need to block out
regular working hours. Also let them know when you are
Along those same lines, it is crucial that you explain to your
own family that, although you are home, you are not always
available to them. This can be confusing to kids. Set some basic
rules for them to follow. Let them know your work hours and tell
them you expect not to be disturbed. But occasionally, surprise
them by quitting early and doing something fun with them!
Here are a few basic rules that will help you and your family
handle the new working situation.
* Make sure everyone knows not to answer your business phone.
This will save you in a number of ways. You'll be sure to always
get your messages. Kids are never good at getting all the
details. You'll create a much more professional business image if
you answer your own phone.
*If you're children are typical kids, they will want to "borrow"
your office supplies. Give them their own office supply center
elsewhere in the house! Otherwise, you'll start losing your much
*Set a work schedule at the beginning of every week and post it
in a prominent spot so family members can check your schedule to
see when you will be available.
Though these issues can and probably will arise, working from
home is still the American Dream for many people. Learning to
set, and more importantly, enforce boundaries for family, friends
and clients will make your business less complicated.
Mary Rita Earle is the owner of http://www.duchessr.biz Duchess Marketing A complete suite of the hottest work at home ideas, opportunities, tips and tools for the home business entrepreneur. Get free information via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org