If you work from home, you are not alone. With the steep rise in the number of people working from home and the increase in home-based businesses, there are now more people working from the comfy confines of their own home than ever before.
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.
Failure to Create Separation Could Hurt Your Business
Failure to create this separation could have severe consequences on your ability to run your business. It can potentially:
• Limit productivity
• Diminish your motivation and focus
• Hurt your chances of achieving your business goals
• Lower the quality of your work
How to Separate Home and Business
While we all know the common tips for separating home and business (having a dedicated work space, holding regular business hours, etc.) there are other, more important things that you can do to define this distinction and get the best out of both aspects of your life:
No business after business hours
This is easier said than done when you are a small business owner, but you need to do your best to enjoy home life when it’s time to spend time with the family. This means shutting down your computer, closing the door to your office, and focusing your attention on your family. Note: business hours can be defined by you in a way that makes the most sense for your business.
“Part of maintaining a consistent schedule is being committed to stopping work at a given time each day. When clients and business associates learn that you work from home, they often have a tendency to harangue you at all hours of the day and night. If you want to have a healthy home life, however, you need to learn to let work go. Yes, it can be tempting to respond to an email while you’re cooking dinner or pause your DVR to take a late business call, but being functionally open for business 24 hours a day means that you never get any true downtime, which can have a detrimental impact on your home life,” says April Maguire on Business Know-How.
It’s almost impossible to get away from business if you have email and social media notifications going off on your phone. Un-syncing your business accounts on your phone and other devices will be one less reminder about business, especially on the weekends.
No personal stuff during business hours
Even though flexibility is one of the many perks of running a home-based business, you need to be just as careful not to do personal stuff during business hours as business stuff during personal time. This means limiting things like personal phone calls, doctors’ appointments, errands or even doing household chores during business hours.
Another thing that needs to be separated is your home and business insurance. If you are having issues with your business insurance, or if you simply want to explore your options, contact us at uBiz or get a free home-based business insurance quote online, anytime!