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It’s Your Business. Treat it That Way!

We all know that working at home sounds like a wonderful thing. No time clock to punch, no boss to answer to, being home for the kids when they need you; all of these things sound great almost fairy-tale like. Why is that? Oh, yes, because they are fairy-tales. You get out of bed, maybe get dressed, feed the kids, grab a cup of coffee and sit down at the computer.

Over the next few hours you kiss a few boo-boos, surf the internet, check 3 different forum sites and 4 different emails at least twice each. You know you have a project due to a client but it’s lunch time and you have to feed everyone.  When bedtime rolls around you realize that only 3 hours of “work” got accomplished  and you wonder where the day went. Does this sound like you? Ok, maybe not everyday, but more days than not, this sounds like your make shift schedule.

Remember why you started working from home. Ask yourself, am I making the most efficient use of my time? Right now, decide that you are going to treat your business like a business. Do you see the CEO of Coca-Cola waltzing into the office at noon because he wanted to sleep in or because he was surfing the internet? Do major company executives play internet games instead of attending important meetings? Not if they are going to be successful. They didn’t get where they are by squandering their time. They decide what needs to be done and they do it.

Your turn. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to write a business plan. If you have written one it may be time to rewrite it. You don’t have to write some elaborate detailed plan that only a lawyer can read. A simple business plan that gives you a firm foundation and a direction in which to lead you. First off, list your mission statement. This is simply a short (less than 50 words) description of the purpose of your company/business. Now create a goal for your company. Not just one, but a series of goals.

I find it easier to work backwards in time to create goals. Where will your business be in 5 years? Now where must your business be  in 1 year or 3 years in order to reach the 5 year goal? Now what must you accomplish in 6 months to get to the 1 year goal? See the pattern. Determine what you want in the future and then figure out what you need to accomplish in order to get there. Don’t write it down and leave it. Just do it!

Michele Casteel is a freelance writer, ghostwriter and novelist who resides with her four rambunctious children and loving husband in the heart of the South. Last year she created her own small publishing company. She has recently released Writing Fiction 101 for beginners

About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website


  1. You know, in various businesses I have had, writing a BP ends up being a fun waste of time that I never use or refer to again. I am good at writing them but they never do me a lick og good. It becomes just a thing to take up mental and physical space.

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