Run­ning a busi­ness from your home: What to con­sider

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Victoria Onehi

With the high cost of rent­ing shops es­pe­cially in cities like Abuja, La­gos, Port Har­court and others, many peo­ple are run­ning their busi­nesses from their homes.

If you are an event plan­ner for in­stance, you can work from the com­fort of your home. When you don’t want to bring clients to your home due to se­cu­rity reasons, you can book ap­point­ment with them at restau­rants and gar­dens.

Here are tips to help run your busi­ness from home

Be flex­i­ble but dis­ci­plined

Work­ing from home al­lows you greater flex­i­bil­ity. How­ever you have to be dis­ci­plined to fo­cus on busi­ness when you have a client and get someone else to at­tend to fam­ily is­sues. This will en­able you to be more pro­duc­tive and run a suc­cess­ful busi­ness.

Cre­ate a space to work

When you need to do in­tel­lec­tual work, think about the best space to work in your home. Where will you be able to con­cen­trate with­out any dis­trac­tions? Is there an area where you will be able to fo­cus on work and make phone calls with­out in­ter­rup­tions?

In­vest in equip­ment

You can also in­vest in a good of­fice chair to in­crease your pro­duc­tiv­ity, ef­fec­tive stor­age solutions to keep or­gan­ised and mak­ing sure you have re­li­able tech­nol­ogy such as a com­puter, printer and scan­ner.

Get a Smart­phone

A Smart­phone can help you run your busi­ness from any­where. Smart­phones can cre­ate flex­i­bil­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the in­ter­net where you can re­ceive emails, What­sapp mes­sages and gen­er­ally in­crease your on­line pres­ence.

Get or­gan­ised

The fact that you are at home does not mean you will not do paper work. So, get or­gan­ised. Get a cup­board to keep hard­copy of doc­u­ments. Also, or­gan­ise your files on your com­puter. Sta­tis­tics shows that the av­er­age ex­ec­u­tive spends three hours a week look­ing for things -that is more than 3.5 weeks a year. As your own boss, you can­not af­ford that. You can use colour cod­ing for file fold­ers and flash drives to keep im­por­tant doc­u­ments which will be handy when you need them.

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