Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Working from Home & Why It's Awesome!

Working from home— is it good for your business? Some say yes, some say no, and many are on the fence. I think it’s the bee’s knees and not just because I can work while wearing sweat pants (as if that isn’t enough).

People tend to point out that working from home means encountering distractions of all shapes and sizes. I get it. Catching up on your favorite TV shows while responding to emails seems like a reasonable plan, but it’s not. You’re in a place where you’re probably the most comfortable, so the temptation to be counterproductive can be a bit challenging to overcome. Don’t worry, you can do this. Here’s a few ways on how to make it happen and a few reasons why it could be super beneficial to your business.

The How:

Pick a room or a spot in your home and deem it the Work-Zone. You might already have an office set up in your home, which is great. What’s most important about this room or space that you’ve designed to use for work is that at the end of the day you can walk away from it, preferably close the door, and enjoy the rest of your home as a work-free zone.

Have some self-control, my friend. So you’ve created your Work-Zone— that’s just the first step, my friends. Now you have to actually work in it! But that should be easy; you’re a professional, for crying out loud! Just keep in mind you’ll be tempted to wander from your desk, so it’s better if you set goals for yourself each day. If you know you’d love to work from home but you’re easily distracted, time yourself. Hunker down for a three hours and then take a lunch break, just like you would if you were at the office. It’s good for mind, body, and soul to take time away from your Work-Zone so you can recharge, then come back to it after an hour.

Find a good spot locally to meet with clients. You may not want clients paying you house visits, or you may not mind. But then again, your clients may not feel comfortable talking business in your humble abode. Whatever the case may be, it’s a good idea to find a place to meet. The choice may be a cafe, a bookstore, a restaurant— wherever you decide, make sure it offers free wifi and a bit of quiet so that you and your client can focus on the tasks at hand.

The Why:

Save. That. Money. Running your own business can be costly, and one of the most expensive aspects is having an office. Rent and utilities alone can be a huge chunk of the expenses you’re paying for having an office building. You also save on transportation and fuel costs that you’d encounter when driving to and from the office. By working at home, you’ll be able to save on these costs and goodness knows, your business budget could always welcome extra breathing room.

No commute? No problem. Not only do you save money on transportation costs, you’ll also save time. The average commute ranges from 25-30 minutes, which means an hour a day is dedicated solely to getting to work and getting back home. Honestly, it doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but when all you have to do is get up and start working in your home office right at 9am, you’re putting time back into your workflow. It’s amazing what you can do in an hour, so do it!

Get a life! No seriously, it’ll be easier to have one when you’re saving all that extra time by working from home. Whether it’s spending more time with your family, getting out for a happy hour somewhere, or hiking a mountain, being able to go out into the world and enjoy your life— separate from work, mind you— is always good for you. Bogging yourself down with work 24/7 isn’t healthy, even though I must commend anyone that works nonstop to get to the top. Just remember, all work and no play makes for a very dull professional!

So, you see, working from home can be the perfect fit for you and your event business. Whether you’re a newbie to the biz or you’ve been in the game for quite some time, you can definitely reap some major benefits when you create the perfect work set-up at your residence. And things can only get better if you get & stay organized with Inspherio. Working in pajamas and keeping your business in order with a great program like Inspherio— match made in heaven.

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