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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.

4 Simple Ways to Create a Mental Divide Between Home and Work Life

Having a good work-life balance is one of the best, and can also be one of the most difficult, aspects of running a home-based business.

Most people are good a creating a physical work-home divide when running a business out of the home. They create a work space that is separate from the rest of the house and use it as their primary place of business. Contractors, landscapers, and renovation professionals have their workshops, while accountants, freelancers, brokers, and marketing professionals have their dedicated office space.

Creating a mental divide between home and work life is much more challenging. While we can build physical walls to separate work from life at home, there’s no “off” switch telling your brain it’s time to shut down and un-wind. Setting realistic limitations in order to avoid burn out and create work-life balance will contribute greatly to your success as a small business owner working out of the home.

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.