I usually work from home but not everyone does so I thought I would share some tips for all those working under different conditions which they are used to.
1. As you don’t have to travel to get to work, set the alarm for you usual time and go for a walk. A walk is great for your mental and physical health and as you will be greatly reducing your steps during the day you will need to get some sort of exercise. Your dog will also love you for it.
2. Always dress like you are going to get into the car and go to work. DO NOT think that it is a green light for trackies and moccasins. You will not have the same frame of mind if not dressed properly with proper shoes on, make up done, shaved in all the appropriate places etc.
3. Have a separate area set out for your office. It can be in the “formal dining area” which, as we know is hardly ever used, or the spare room. Even an end of the family room can be used as long as you aren’t in the same room as the kids watching TV, as that will never work out well.
4. Have your proper breakfast before you start work so you won’t think of snacking all morning and always take the usual breaks such as morning tea and lunch time.
5. Don’t think that you can do your housework, hang out washing, clean the floors etc, it is a work day. If you usually work 9am to 5pm or 10am to 4pm then that is when you are at work. Not half and half because that doesn’t work. This may be difficult with young children at home but just work it the same way as you normally would on school holidays. School age kids will have school work to do and you have work to do.
6. This will be a difficult time for businesses, some more than other, so if you feel your business is getting out of control, speak to a business specialist such as Simon Bowden and have some coaching sessions.
7. Marketing plans can work really well with most of the population at home. As you know, you need to have your name out there as you can be the best business in the world but if no one knows about you, you can go out of business quickly. Ask a specialist like Zoe Langenberg from Be Social Media about keeping ahead of your Social Media Marketing and your name in front of the public.
8. With government small business incentives coming up there may be reasons for discussing your accounting needs such as additional items to be claimed at tax time since you are working from home. If you don’t have an accountant and usually just do your own tax it might be time to get one. Matt Kajewski from RJ Sanderson & Associates might be able to help.
9. Buy local. Make sure you are supporting the local small business just like you like to be supported. Go to the bakery, the green grocer the butcher, anyone that is still open. And, of course contact your local insurance broker for quotes!!
10. There are a lot of ways to reduce spending. You will be saving on petrol for a start, not buying lunches or coffee. Get rid of additional television networks, you won’t need them, there is no sport being played anyway and lifestyle programs are on free to air. Contact your bank to discuss mortgage payments or your real estate agent to see if you can reduce your rental payments.Do keep in mind though that a lot of landlords have mortgages on their rentals, they aren’t all rich and can do without the rent being paid.
11. Simple things like not eating meat every night will save money as vegetable dishes such as mushroom risotto, tomato & basil pasta or a frittata with salad are cheaper than meat dishes. Spend a bit of time planning dinners, it may take your mind off your worries for a short time. You will have more time to cook anyway if you don’t have to commute home from work.
12. If you own a business, join an business group such as BNI who are conducting meetings online at the moment. These groups are full of business owners going through the same things as you are.
Lastly, don’t think you are in this alone. Get your online community happening so you have each other for support.
We are all in it together.