Before you run out and quit your day job, it is important to decide if running a home based business is really suited to you or not. Some people make the decision to stay in the same line of work only they choose to become self-employed while others turn a craft or a hobby into a home based business. While you may be giving up the nine to five grind, the exhausting commute to work and the employer you will probably be taking on more work then you did before. Ask yourself if you are prepared for this as a home based business takes a great deal of energy, dedication and plenty of hard work, not to mention the hours you will have to put into it to get it off the ground and then to sustain it.
Make sure that you have the skills to do what you love and create the home based business of your dreams. In some cases this might involve going back to school part time or taking correspondence courses or perhaps doing a great deal of home study on your own. Hold on to what you have until you are assured that you have the required skills and aptitude to turn a dream into a reality and make a success out of it.
Working at home and running a home based business is often a solitary pursuit and for people who once enjoyed lunching with co- workers and the office chatter this can be difficult to adjust to. Many people find that they miss the social element of working away from home. Be aware that starting a home based business means that you will spend a great deal of time alone and you will put in long hours. For many people this can cause depression and sometimes it is hard to set boundaries for yourself when you work alone. When you work in an office there are designated breaks, lunch hours and the official end of the workday. There are no such things when you are self-employed. Some people sit for hours in front of a computer screen working at home and are surprised when they look up at the clock to see how much time has passed.
When you run a home business it is important to pace yourself and to not let your physical or mental health slide. Many people become more sedentary when they work at home and end up eating too much or too little, putting on weight, not getting enough fresh air and not getting enough exercise. Do not fall into this trap. Make sure to take breaks often and do not neglect your health, your family, and your social engagements and do not stop doing other things that you love.
Some suggestions for taking breaks include occasionally taking an afternoon off to walk your dog in the park or meet a friend for lunch. Other ideas include seeing a movie, strolling around the block or just kicking back in your home and relaxing for a couple of hours before you return to your work. It is extremely important to recharge your batteries, as this will make you more productive in the long run. As well spending too many hours behind a computer is not good for the body or the mind. What happens to so many people is that their drive to succeed is so strong that they end up putting in effort that is closer to 150 percent as opposed to 100 percent and eventually this catches up with them in an adverse way.
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