Published on March 14th, 2013 | by admin0
Making Your At-Home Business More Professional
Working from home is very rewarding, but there’s a fine line between working in your pajamas and putting forth a professional image. Do you need to wear a suit and tie every day? No, but you do need to understand when it’s time to put on the tie and when it’s time to enjoy your casual clothing. One of the dangers of running your business from home is how the outside world will view it.
You need a professional image and you need to know how to get the necessary image for your specific businesses. Some types of business require clients to come to your office, while others only require online video chatting or phone calls. Below you will find some tips about how you can create an at-home business with a professional image.
Five Tips for a Professional At-Home Business
1. Dress for Success
Working in your pajamas may sound appealing, but many business owners need to dress a certain way to “feel” like they are running a business. For you, it could be jeans and a t-shirt, but it could also be a shirt and tie. If you need to dress up to “feel” ready for work, do it, even in your own home. Dressing properly will help your mindset, which feeds into phone calls and meetings.
2. Fast Internet
Running your business from home may require a faster internet connection than most families require. If you need to perform tasks requiring the internet, such as research, writing, video chat, video creation, website creation and other online tasks, make sure you get the fastest internet connection you can afford. This will save you from many other issues making you look unprofessional. You can get coverage with wireless Internet. Visit: WirelessInternet.net/local/.
3. Separate Work and Home
If clients will meet you at your office, you need a separate office for business. This needs to at the very least be a separate room within your home complete with your desk and chairs for clients. Make sure it’s set up in a professional way and away from all the potential distractions of children, your spouse, pets and any other outside distractions.
4. Organizing your Space
Not only does organizing your workspace help you to stay focused, but it also helps portray a professional image when clients visit. Rid your office of clutter at least once a week, especially if it piles up on your desk, around your feet or anywhere else. Adding a large file cabinet or a set of shelves can help create the right organizational system for your needs.
5. Train Family/Roommates
Another important part of running a business from home, especially if clients meet you there, is training the people you live with. If you live on your own, this isn’t a big deal, but for those with families or roommates, you need to keep strict business hours. Make sure they understand when your office door is closed; you’re not to be interrupted. Of course, for emergencies, you can ask them to call your separate business phone line from the house phone, but you will also need to properly define an emergency, especially to children.
Providing a professional image for your business will attract more clients and help build a trusting relationship with them. Make sure you take the time to address all of the above issues and any other roadblocks keeping you from putting forth the most professional image for your at-home business.