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Separating Your Home from Your Business

At first glance, the opportunity to run a home-based office can look quite appealing; short commute, casual attire, close proximity to the fridge. But if you're considering this option, there are a few things to keep in mind to help separate your business and personal life.

Work Hours

Some work-at-home business people find themselves easily distracted, while others can't pull themselves away. It's important to set clear work goals so you can find a balance. Make a list of things you need to accomplish each day and stick to it. Is your phone ringing at nine at night and you're dying to answer it? Take advantage of voice mail. If the call isn't urgent, respond the next day.

Family Time

Depending on your situation, your family might get in the way of your business or your business obligations might pull you away from family. Establish expectations right away so children (and spouses) know when you will and will not be available to them. Consider blocking family-time into your schedule, so loved ones know they are an important part of your day.

Work Space

Finding a space where you can conduct business without interruptions can be difficult. Ideally, choose a room that is away from high-traffic areas in your home. If this isn't feasible, be sure to set clear boundaries up-front, so family members know your office space and equipment are for business use only. Installing a separate computer and a dedicated phone line will also help.

As your business grows, you might need to expand or add a room to your house so you can work more efficiently. And someday, a separate office outside the home might make sense. PeoplesBank offers home equity and business loans to accommodate your work space needs. Contact us today to learn more about the options available.

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