It is hard running an at home business. Weather it be an online business, service provided, or a sales business from home. I wanted to let people know some of the thing I have done that make my life so much easier.
First thing everyone working from home needs is a day planner. It doesn't need to be a real expensive one. Just one that you can keep your time and contacts in. Shop around for the planner. There are so many options. Make sure you get the one that works best for what you are doing.
Designate your work time and home time. You do not want the intertwining. Let the family know what times you are working, and what times you are available. Plan your chores, shopping, errands, etc. If you plan it out stick to it.
Get your work area organized. A well organized work area will make all the difference in the world. Get 2 file cabinets, one for work and one for your home items, or designate drawers if you have a large cabinet. What I did on my desk was to clear everything off, then start placing things depending on how much they would be used. The first thing I placed was a notepad. You always need a place to jot things down.
Have a folder for everything. Expenses, Customers, contacts, etc.(All depending on your business). If it is all organized then when you need it you know exactly where it is and it saves a lot of time, which we all need more of.
For at home sales:
-Keep your back stock in a designated area, and keep track of your inventory. Your inventory is what you live on so it is very important.
-If you fill and deliver order, make sure you do it in advance. If it is already prepared it takes less time later.