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Establish Ground Rules with Family and Friends

Posted by Valencia on March 13th, 2008

rules.jpgAlthough freelancers work from home and have all the time in the world to complete assignments, some find it difficult to stay on task. Too often, a telecommuter’s life is weighed down with interruptions and distractions. Between children vying for attention and the telephone ringing off the hook, you likely have little time to breathe, let alone work on an assignment.

In hindsight, working from home is the dream life. You can set your own hours, work at your own pace, and you have plenty of time to spend with friends and family. Ironically, the latter benefit can create problems.

Regardless of how much income you’re bringing into the home, some people don’t acknowledge telecommuters. Even if you spend 30 or more hours working each week, these people see you as another “housewife” or “stay at home mom.” As a result, they don’t respect your time.

An unannounced guest might show up at your doorstep, or a friend might call in the middle of the day and expect you to drop everything to run an errand. What’s more, your own immediate family members might fail to realize the seriousness of your business, wherein you receive a few dirty looks because dinner isn’t ready exactly at 6:00.

In order to run a successful home based business, you’ve got to lay down a few ground rules with family and friends. Check out these Ten Tips for Setting Family Ground Rules for Your Home Based Business. Stick to these simple rules and your family and business will receive the attention they deserve!

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