One of benefits of working from home is the ability to have a relaxed atmosphere. You can set your own scheduled, work around your family and even lounge in your pajama pants from time to time.
However … one of the drawbacks of working from home is the ability to have a relaxed atmosphere. Yep, you read that right. As much as I love working from the comfort of my home, there is a serious side to my business as well. There are times when I must set aside my comfort and ensure that my clients get the very best from me.
The question that comes to mind then is how do we retain professionalism while we’re working at home? Here are a few ideas:
Take a shower - I smile as I write this because I know how basic this tip is. However, I know firsthand that it can be difficult to get motivated to get up and shower as if you were heading to an office for the day. Some days it can be hard just to find the time to shower (if you have small kids at home, you’re nodding as you read this). And don’t stop with a shower – put on a cute outfit, add a little makeup and get yourself feeling good. You’ll be surprised what a difference feeling good about yourself can make on your attitude, which will in turn impact your family, your business and all those you come into contact with throughout the day.
Clean your room – While it may or may not be true that “cleanliness is next to godliness,” it has certain proven true in my life that cleanliness helps me to focus. When my office is a mess and my desk is piled high with stacks of paper, I seem to get less done. Take 15 minutes each morning and clear your space as much as possible. Not only will you think more clearly, you will also be saved from embarrassment if unexpected company (or a client!) stop by.
Go to school – Never stop learning. The day you think you’ve “made it” is the day your business fails. To continue to grow as a business owner it’s an absolute MUST that you continue to learn. This can come in the form of heading to college for a class or two, or simply picking up a few books on leadership or business from a bookstore or your local library. The more you learn, the more confidence you will build. And the more confidence you build in yourself and, of course, in the Lord, the more confidence your clients will have in you.
Professionalism is oftentimes overlooked by work-at-home business owners, however it’s one of the most important things we can do to grow our businesses to the next level. While the steps necessary to project a professional image may seem simple, I promise you that by practicing them you will see a remarkable difference in yourself and in your business.
Jill Hart's entrepreneurial career began in her teens when she spent a summer working with her father who ran his own business. When he put her in charge of a Coke machine and allowed her to keep the profits, she saw the benefits of being her own boss. She is the founder of the popular Christian work-at-home website, CWAHM.com. Jill has articles published in In Touch Magazine, P31 Woman magazine and Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, as well as across the web on sites like DrLaura.com. She is the author of So You Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom and speaks to audiences around the country about faith, business and leadership topics. Learn more about Jill at JillHart.com and connect with her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SpeakerJillHart) and Twitter @cwahm.
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