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Home-Based Business and Setting Expectations

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

I’m often asked what I find to be the most difficult part of being a home-based business. Without a doubt, it is setting the expectations. These expectations that I set are with myself, more than with others. My office for our personal property inventory business is just 12 steps from the rest of the rooms, the line between home and work can blur.

This is a good thing, because I can do laundry while I’m working. When the dryer buzzes to let me know the clothes are dry, I can stop what I’m doing and fold the clothes. I can put dinner in the oven mid-afternoon and being home, I’m able to keep an eye on it (though Mike will tell you I forget about it quite often *shrugs*). But you get the point. So, this means that I often expect too much of myself. Often I put the burden on myself to be twice as much done in a day just because I’m in the house. Not so, because I do need uninterrupted time, and constantly stopping to do laundry, dishes, fix dinner, etc., can really be a hindrance to work.

Often, then, at the end of the day, I find that I don’t get as much done as I should have – as much as I expected to. I have found that if I block out time to do the household items, then I don’t feel overburdened or that I’m not doing enough. I finally realized that when I was in the corporate world, I did all of this on the weekends and in the evenings. By balancing my work/home life properly – by setting proper expectations – I have found a way to make it work to my advantage. I now get groceries and do my other shopping in the middle of the morning, when the stores aren’t as busy. This saves me time and frustration!

I have realized that I’m not working 9-5, but I didn’t work 9-5 before either. I just worked at work 9-5, then at home 6-10. Now my full day might be the same amount of hours, but they are filled the way I choose. The flexibility is great. The expectations remain high, and for type A people like me, I’m sure that will not change!

How about you? Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner who has an office in the home? What do you find to be the most difficult part of being a home-based business?

Cindy Hartman
Hartman Inventory, LLC

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