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4 Common Work at Home Mistakes

Posted by Valencia on March 20th, 2008

mistake1.jpgThe average work at home professional didn’t take a class on how to run and operate a successful home business. As a result, many freelancers make rookie mistakes. However, you live and you learn - and hopefully - you don’t repeat past mistakes.

Here is my top four list of common work at home mistakes.

1. Divulging Too Much Personal Information: Before beginning an assignment, you’ll likely have to sign a contract and provide your taxpayer information. While some freelancers supply their Social Security number, I can’t stress the importance of applying for a Federal Tax ID number. Identity theft is a big problem, and freelancers should take every realistic measure to protect their personal identity.

2. Not Putting in Enough Time: If you want your home based business to succeed, you’ve got to build and promote the business. New businesses rarely take off in a few days or weeks. Some people start a new business, devote a few hours a week to the business, and then wonder why the venture failed. The same way you give an employer 40 hours of your time, you should be willing to devote an equal amount of time to your business.

3. Lack of Designated Workspace: Even if you have limited space inside your home, it is crucial to have a designated workspace. This should be a space that’s free of distractions and promotes creativity.

4. Ignoring Your Limitations: We all have different motives for working at home. Whether you want to spend more time with your children or bring in additional cash, everyone has limitations. Freelancers have to balance family and work, which isn’t always easy. If you’re having difficulty managing children and work, or perhaps you’ve taken on more projects than you can handle, think of practical ways to alleviate the problem. In these instances, you might consider hiring a babysitter or decreasing your workload.

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