FREELANCING / DEC. 03, 2014
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How to Keep Your Home-Based Business Running Through the Holidays

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The holiday season is a time we all look forward to. Perhaps the only people who find this a particularly trying time are those who run their own businesses. Adjusting to the holiday lifestyle whilst running a business does present a number of challenges. You need to keep your home-based business going throughout the holidays or you’re going to lose business. At the same time, you have to enjoy the holidays for the sake of your family and friends.

We go through exactly how you can do this below.

Having Realistic Expectations

You have ultimate flexibility when running this sort of lifestyle. During the holiday season, don’t expect to have the hours you normally would. Don’t try to complete the same amount of work now as you would at a quieter time of year. It’s not going to happen.

Learn to sneak in chunks of work when the kids have gone to bed or when you have a spare hour. Don’t feel like you have to get everything done before partaking in holiday activities. You have the flexibility to work when you want. Take advantage of that.

Help from the Family

The holidays mean family. You’re going to have family members young and old surrounding you. Get them to help you out with your tasks. See it as a chance to take advantage of free labour. You could get your daughter or son to help you out with affixing labels to any deliveries you have to send out. Incorporate the family and make helping ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ something fun.

You’d be amazed at how much excitement small children can get from even the most basic cleaning and sorting tasks.

Take Some Time Off

Schedule time off for the holidays. Organise your schedule in such a way that it allows you to take time off. Yes, it may mean working harder than usual for a few days, but you’ll benefit from a small rest period. You could also schedule lighter days where the only work you’ll do is checking emails and making a few phone calls. That way you stay in touch whilst being able to dedicate most of your time to your holiday endeavours.

Family Time Downtime

It’s difficult to completely disconnect from your business. You wouldn’t like a teenager to sit on their phones texting away during family time. They will feel the same way about you if you’re always checking your emails. Turn off all electronic devices during family time. Don’t hesitate to lock your phone and tablet away whenever necessary.

This is a commitment that a lot of people find difficult to make. But this is where planning comes into it. You can still run a successful business whilst disengaging for a few hours at a time. Don’t feel like you have to have a laptop on your lap the whole time.

Workday Plans and Dealing with Family

We’ve spoken about how to schedule time for family, but now we’re going to discuss how to keep them away. Sometimes you will need to lock yourself away to get some work done. Even if your family and friends are important, they can get in the way from time to time. Put your foot down at the start of the holiday season by being upfront about your business.

Tell them when you’ll be at work and when you can’t accept visitors. This will prevent the frustration of a doorbell that never stops ringing and a family that never stops knocking.

Follow these tips and you can enjoy a healthy balance between work and play this holiday season!

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