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Work at home? A little discipline won’t hurt

Everything has its pros and cons, and working from home is no exception.

Whatever the case might be, working from home is a reality with which most working mothers are confronted.

Better to know the pros and cons of such a choice to make more informed decisions.  There are a number of strategies for coping with these “working lifestyle” issues.

Dress for business

You could make a point of dressing for business every day, and going through a ritual every morning to get yourself in the mood for work. This can be as simple as shutting the door to the home office and turning on the computer, but it serves the purpose of focusing your energies on the job.

Screen all calls

Make a practice of using an answering machine to screen all personal calls during your business day.

Network

Attend networking lunches several times a week to avoid feeling isolated. Only you can tell whether you’ll be able to overcome these potential problems, because they’re based on your personality, working style, and your family and other individual circumstances.

Location, location, location

Some businesses operate most efficiently when they are located close to customers, suppliers, or certain other facilities or businesses. For example, law offices are often located close to the county courthouse, in part to minimize the time spent running back and forth to court. Also, many customers or clients seem to feel that a business with a permanent address other than someone’s home is less likely to be a fly-by-night operation, and more likely to be able to deliver on guarantees.

 Make expansion plans

Businesses with outside locations tend to be easier to sell and to bring higher prices. For one thing, the new owner doesn’t have to scout out a new location and go to the expense of moving; for another, customers and clients are already accustomed to visiting a particular office and can continue to patronize it despite the new ownership.

Finally, don’t forget that commercial real estate can be a great investment.


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