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03 January . 2019

5 Keys To Becoming A Successful In-Home Business Owner

In the Estrella master-planned community, there are countless in-home businesses that are building stronger families and a stronger community. Entrepreneurship is no picnic, but often appealing for those who want more flexible schedules and the added perk of being their own boss. So, whether you’re thinking about getting started, have a small business at home, or lead 20 employees, here are a few key pieces of advice to put you on the path to success.

1. Make a schedule and stick to it.
The key to becoming a successful business owner is to be 100 percent present. Since it’s impossible to focus on family and business at the same time, try creating a schedule that designates time to concentrate on your business and give it your full attention. Whenever it is, make sure it works with your personal schedule, too. Your family and friends also need uninterrupted time with you, so be sure to include time on your calendar for sporting events, happy hours, kids’ activities, and family dinners. It won’t be easy, but it will help ease stress and guilt.

2. Get the kids involved.
Owning an in-home business can be an ideal way to spend more time with your family. If you have kids, don’t be afraid to let them pitch in! Children of all ages love when they can work on projects with mom or dad. For younger kiddos, activities like stuffing envelopes or stamping packages can be fun. As they get older, you can incorporate more important tasks like data entry or fulfilling orders. This can be a great way to earn an allowance and teach valuable life skills they are sure to use in the future.

3. Set goals and reward yourself when you reach them.
When you’re in the throws of building and running a business, it’s easy to forget that it’s okay to reward yourself. Did you hit your sales goal for the month? Head out for happy hour with friends or family to celebrate. You can even focus on the little victories, like crossing off your to-do list before noon. Something as small as a coffee run or brisk walk around the Estrella lakes can keep you motivated to push through difficult days.

4. Build a tribe of other business owners.
There is strength in numbers. Building a network of other business owners can provide immeasurable value to your career. They know the challenges you will face and have the insight to guide you through them. This tribe of entrepreneurs will be a crucial support system for you and your business.

5. Know your “why.”
This is likely the single most important key to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Your “why” is the reason you want this business to succeed. It is also your “why” that will push you to be better and stay the course during hard times. When others have given up, you will have the strength to carry on because you are motivated by something bigger. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out Simon Sinek’s website for how to find your “why.”