Many people have the dream of getting out of the corporate rat race, leaving the stressful commute behind, and starting a business working from home. If you’ve managed to make that happen, Yay you!

So now that your commute is down the hall instead of down the freeway, how do you structure your days so that you succeed? I’ve been working from home for over 15 years and I’ve developed some essential strategies to make things work.

Get up

Okay, this sounds too simplistic. Of course, you’re going to get up. But let me tell you, the temptation to lie in bed late can be strong if you’re not naturally a morning person.

But remember, you’re still getting up and going to work so lazing in bed in the morning isn’t an option.

If you’re like me and live on the west coast, those folks on the east coast who may be your clients have already been up and working for three hours before your eyes open.

Get dressed

One of the perks of working at home is that you can work in your pyjamas. Who’s to know, right?

However, there is a certain mindset that goes with being in your nightclothes and that is that you’re still on leisure hours. Besides, how you do one thing is how you do everything so sloppy is as sloppy does.

If you conduct business via Skype, Blab, Zoom, or other visual media, it is doubly important that you look presentable and professional.

Fix yourself up as though you’re going to the office, because you are.

Clean up

While we’re on the subject of sprucing up, it’s also a good idea to make your work space presentable. One reason for this is because of visual calls online; the other reason is that a neat work space makes doing your job easier.

Besides being a writer, I’m a visual artist, and like most visual people, I’m happier when I can see what I need. But honestly, it gets away on me frequently. The “I’ll just put that here for now” method of dealing with incoming materials means it doesn’t take long until I’m overwhelmed with messes.

I’m not saying that you have to constantly be cleaning up, just regularly tidy up your space. The best way to stay on top of that is with systems, which we’ll look at in the next article.

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