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How to Separate Home and Business When Working from Home

Each day, thousands of Canadians head to their home office, garage, spare bedroom, or basement to start their work day. One of the biggest issues and most difficult aspects of working from home is creating separation between work and home life.

 

“When you exclusively work from home, physical boundaries between work and play can feel virtually nonexistent. Even if you're highly organized, it can still be difficult to successfully manage your career and a household in the same space, especially if you're raising a family, too,” says Shannon Gausepohl in Business Daily News.

Home Based Business Technology Must Haves

Thanks to advancements in technology and small business friendly service apps (we’ll get to that), there has never been an easier time to start a business from your home. Armed with only your entrepreneurial spirit, even those of us with average computing skills can muddle their way through to launching a website in just one day – thank you WordPress!

But whether you are starting a dog-walking service or finally making the leap and quitting your day job to launch your accounting practice – there are a few technology basics you need to have in place.

Technology Basics

Let’s talk hardware and connection. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to connect effectively and efficiently with a business you are trying to do business with. Customers want exceptional service. If they can’t reach you in the manner in which they are used to,

5 Proven Ways to Inspire Yourself and Stay Motivated When Working from Home

Working from home has its benefits. It’s convenient, relaxed, and satisfying; however, there are also countless distractions that can cut into your level of inspiration — and motivation. From resisting the temptation to hit the snooze button on cold winter days to coping with cabin fever, working from home isn’t always easy especially if your business involves little human interaction on a regular basis.

Keeping your focus is particularly difficult when you’re not accountable to your boss or colleagues. When you answer to yourself, it’s easier to make excuses and let things slide.

Here are 5 proven tactics guaranteed to rev up your internal drive, and boost your inspiration when working from home:

1. Establish a professional network: Networking is one of the most important parts of running a business, especially if you work from home. Being an active part of industry and community groups will not only help grow your brand.

4 Tips for Setting Up Your Home Office Without Breaking the Bank

One of the first things that you will need to do when starting a home-based business is set up a home office. You need somewhere to work, right? It’s important to have an office space that is completely separate from your living area so you can create an effective home-work divide. You also need to have an office that won’t break the bank.

The first thing you need to do is choose a space that will work for the type of business you operate. A digital marketer will need much less space than a person who runs a salon out of their home. Whether you plan to use a spare bedroom, den, room in the basement or convert your garage into an office, here are some great tips to set up your home office without going broke:

1. Use what you have
Look around for items you already have in your home that you can use to create a low-cost workspace.