The Linden Method
can waste a lot of time very easily. This is true whether you
work for someone else or for yourself. But people who work at
home have added distractions. There is laundry to do, normal
interruptions such phone calls, and the temptation to work on those
chores which didn�t get done on the weekend. The next thing
you know is you have managed to squander half the day away.
Even worse is the fact you can miss out on potential sales just because
you are disorganized and never found time to return customer calls or
respond to email inquiries.
The foundation of any successful business lies in the ability of
managers to plan their time in a way that promotes organization and
successful business behaviors. Good home business managers
can separate their personal and business lives so that neither is
MAKING TIME FOR BUSINESS
The first and most important thing to understand is that you will only
be successful working at home if you are able to separate your business
and personal lives. You can�t be cleaning the house or
visiting with friends on the phone and also be building your home
business. You have to set aside time to work your business
and only your business.
If you are operating a part-time business, you will need to set aside
as many hours as required to meet your goals. Many home based
business owners must accommodate their family schedules for
example. A typical scenario is the home based business
operated by a stay at home mother. She will probably set
aside business hours during the day while the children are in
school. Another typical part-time home based business owner
is the office worker who is gone all day. The time set aside
for doing business will be in the evenings and weekends.
Managing time efficiently involves a lot more than just setting aside
chunks of time. You also need to determine how much time you
need to do particular tasks.
� Respond to new customer inquiries
� Manage order fulfillment
� Manage customer orders
� Do bookkeeping work
� Implement and manage marketing
No matter how little or how much time you plan on spending on your home
based business, you will have to make time for the activities which
result in sales. Without sales, there is no business.
A good technique for managing the time spent on your home based
business is to use one or more of the many different tools that are
available. For example, you can use a manual calendar, an
online calendar, time management software, electronic handheld time
calendar devices and so on. Some people simply us a spiral
notebook and sticky notes. It does not matter what you use as
long as you develop a system which:
� Insures you spend your time wisely on
the activities which will produce sales
� Maintains the information in a single
calendar so you do not risk mismanagement of contacts, meeting times
and other activities needed to maintain a smooth flowing operations
Though it is important to separate your personal and business
activities, you need to log both on the same calendar. Trying
to maintain separate calendars is too difficult and too prone to
mistakes. For example, if you have a social engagement at 5
PM, you don�t want to schedule a meeting with a new customer at the
Managing your online information, such a customer inquiries, is much
easier if you take advantage of the online tools that come with various
email programs. You can set up folders and file your messages
under a label.
AVOIDING COMMON PITFALLS
People are people and all are prone to make the same mistakes when it
comes to time management. We all have things we like to do
and things we would prefer to avoid at all costs. You may enjoy talking
to your customers and despise doing filing. Or you might enjoy the
email correspondence, but don�t like spending time on the
phone. You may enjoy giving seminar talks to promote your
products or services and try to avoid spending too much time on the
more impersonal online marketing activities.
What you have to watch out for in order to be a better manager in your
home business is avoiding developing a habit of not completing tasks
which need to be done on a regular basis whether you enjoy them or
not. That is where a managed calendar can be critical to your
success. If you set up a calendar and a work schedule, and
follow them, you will have an efficient time management system.
As a home based business entrepreneur, your goal is to work as
efficiently as possible while producing sales and managing
expenses. The very nature of a home owned business is such
there are many pitfalls to avoid which you do not face when working for
� Do not let yourself be distracted by
the home environment
� Do not treat your business like a hobby
� Do not try to manage expenses without a
� Do not treat your home office as an
extension of your family room
� Do not establish an unreasonable work
schedule that is too difficult to follow
� Do not try to take on too much work and
end up making your customers upset due to lack of response
� Do not try to run your business without
establishing a proper financial and/or accounting system
� Do not try to work your business
without prioritizing your work schedule
This may sound like a long list of �do nots�, but it is a practical
list of common sense suggestions. It is so tempting for many
home based business owners to let the more traditional business
management techniques take a back seat. You always have to
remember you are planning on your business being able to generate a
certain level of income.
For those businesses which plan on having clients visit the home
office, you need to make sure they will feel comfortable.
This does not refer to comfortable as meaning big easy chairs and fresh
baked chocolate chip cookies being available. It means the client
should feel as he or she is attending a meeting in a business
environment. Some people will be reluctant to visit a
personal residence unless your home office is clearly for business
purposes only. You don�t want the dog jumping on your clients
or the baby�s milk bottle rolling in the doorway where they must walk.
Your professional image when dealing with clients is
important. When you are only dealing with people online, you
still need to maintain a professional image but in a different
way. Your emails should be well written and friendly business
like. You don�t want to act like you are everyone�s best
friend. You need to respond to all customer inquiries and
give a high level of customer service.
When meeting people in person, it is important to maintain a
professional demeanor so people know they are dealing with a serious
business person. This will make people much more comfortable
with the idea of dealing with a home based business.
One of the big pitfalls many home based business owners make is not
developing a business plan. Every business needs a business
plan which sets goals and defines marketing strategies. The
business plan is how you measure your progress and stay focused when
making business decisions. The plan should define your market
niche, your sales goals and your marketing plan.
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