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        And Never The Twain Should Meet

        © 2013 Elena Fawkner

        For many people, working from home sounds like an ideal
        arrangement.  You don't have to waste time commuting to and
        from the office, you can be there for your children when
        they come home from school, you don't have to answer to
        anyone but yourself and you can work the hours that suit you
        ... not your boss.  All very well in theory.

        On the other side of the coin, though, are the challenges of
        working from home.   "Working your own hours" all too easily
        can become "working all hours" if you don't set a workday
        schedule, while rowdy children can become an almighty
        challenge when you need to present a professional image to
        the prospective client you're speaking with on the

        The fundamental key to a successful transition to a home-
        based business is to keep your business and personal lives
        as separate as possible.   Decide up front how many (and
        which) hours of the day you are going to allocate to your
        business and stick to this schedule.  What you don't get
        done during today's business hours can and should wait until
        tomorrow.  Don't succumb to the temptation of allowing your
        business to encroach on your personal and family time.

        One trick to keep your business and personal lives separate
        is to have separate areas of the house for each.  If at all
        possible, allocate a room of your house or apartment
        exclusively as your business office.  Make sure that all
        members of your family understand that when you are in that
        room, you are working and are not available except in an
        emergency.  Likewise, don't use that room for any non-work
        activity such as a TV room.

        By strictly separating areas in this way, you will
        reinforce in your mind (and the minds of other family members)
        that your office is a place of business and is to be
        treated as such.  Just as your family will learn to respect
        these boundaries, it will also help you to "switch off" at
        the end of your work day if you can literally shut the door
        of your office and return "home" to your family.

        One temptation that, if indulged, will blur the line between
        your business and personal lives, is attending to non-
        business tasks during the hours you have allocated to
        business.  Avoid leaving your office to run a load of
        laundry, unload the dishwasher, clean the bathroom or
        organize the kitchen cabinets ... any of the myriad of things
        that can assume an almost overwhelming urgency in the face of
        that business task you are putting off starting.  These
        sorts of distractions will only serve to keep you in your
        office much longer than necessary.

        Another important tip for keeping your two worlds separate
        is to have separate business telephone, modem and fax lines.
        Do NOT allow your children to answer your business phone.
        Arrange for an answering service to take your business calls
        during your non-business hours.  Similarly, when you are
        working, try to ensure your children are otherwise occupied
        when you make business calls.  The last thing you need when
        trying to convince that prospective new client that you
        should win his account is a screaming five year old right next
        to you.

        If you have very young children, hire a sitter for the times
        of the day or week when you know you will be conducting
        business on the telephone.  If you have older children,
        deputize one or more of them to occupy younger siblings.
        You might want to pay your 'deputy' for this service as a way
        for him or her to earn some income or pocket money.  The
        money you spend on sitting services will be more than
        outweighed by the professional image you will be able to
        project to prospective and existing clients and customers.

        As important as it is to choose for your business something
        you love to do, don't allow your business to take you away
        from your family.  After all, your family was likely one of
        the primary reasons you decided to work from home in the
        first place.

        It is one thing to be present physically.  It is quite
        another to be present mentally and emotionally.   The more
        rounded you are as a person, the more you bring to the table
        ... both personally and professionally.  The enjoyable
        activities you engage in in your non-business hours can
        energize your business life.  So, instead of thinking about
        the work you could be doing on Sunday when you're at the beach
        with your spouse, think of the fun you have on that day as
        an investment in your business for the coming week.

        Give 100% of yourself to work during the time allocated to
        work.  Then shut the door on it.  Your family deserves 100%


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