Woman at Desktop Computer WorkingWorking from home is the ideal way for many entrepreneurs to both work on their business as well as maintain balance with their personal lives. And hey, the short commute ain’t so bad, either!

Here are a few tips to help you start a business working from home.

First, Decide if it’s Right for You

The truth is, not every entrepreneur is cut out for working from home. There are a lot of distractions waiting to take you away from your focus, and sometimes your family isn’t capable of letting you work in peace and quiet.

So consider: are you able to motivate yourself to get work done without other co-workers around (or even with children running around)? Do you have space in your home that you can dedicate as your home office? Are you able to separate work and home life, or will you end up doing laundry when you should be working?

If the answer to any of these is “no,” think twice before working from home. It’s simply not for everyone.

Next, Get Organized

Start your home office out on the right foot by getting organized. If you’re lucky enough to have a room you can convert to your home office, kudos. Otherwise, try to find a space away from the hubbub in your home, even if it’s a closet or corner.

Get all the equipment you need, including:

  • A desk and chair
  • Computer and keyboard
  • Printer and supplies
  • Paper and pen

Arrange everything in a way that makes sense for you. Keep the items you need each day on your desk and file the rest away.

Get into a Routine

The sooner you establish your patterns the sooner you’ll be productive. Get into a rhythm of how you want to work (and that doesn’t have to be 9 to 5 for everyone). If you have kids at home, you might build your schedule around their patterns, like nap times.

If you find that you’re extremely productive in the wee hours of the morning, by all means, work then. But if you need to be available for clients by phone, make sure you let them know your office hours.

Take Care of the Rest

Now that you’re established, make sure you handle these other key steps for your business