How to create a successful home business.

Running a business from home
Creating your own office.

How to create a successful home business.

This is probably going to be the most important space in your house as it is the source of your income and possible freedom from a 9 to 5 job.

Your home office should inspire you to work and help you achieve your dreams.  A successful home business should not be an afterthought.

This is where you will be spending most of your time in creating your dream business.

First things first.

Choose a location in your house or flat that has a window that you can let fresh air in and if possible a good view that relaxes you or makes you feel good.

Otherwise, buy a realistic poster of a scene that you can look at and inspires you.

Set about decorating your home office.  Even if it's only the corner in a room, paint it to your liking.  It should be very business like without frills.

It must be a professional space like you would expect from visiting a law firm or such.

Find yourself a desk (you can go to second-hand dealers or kerbside throw outs if you can't afford to buy a new one.  Possibly a friend of yours may have one they don't need) that looks professional with drawers that will hold your office stationery.

Why would you do all this?

The main reason to set your space up like this is so that you will treat your business as a business and not as a hobby.

It will change your mindset.  Your mindset must be set for success.  Success is greatly influenced by the space you work in.

This doesn't have to cost you anything.  This can be done using resources that are freely available.  Search on the internet, you will be surprised at what is available for free.

Office mentality.

When running your business from home it is too easy to get distracted.  Decide on your hours and stay focused or it will be just a hobby.

If you are to be successful you need to think about everything you do, is it moving you towards your goals or away from them?

Every activity is either moving you towards your dreams or away from them.

A smart suit
Dressing smartly always leaves a good impression
Smartly dressed woman
Smartly dressed woman

Is attire important?

Although you can run a home business in your PJ's it is not advisable.  Dress up smartly, this is preparation for work.

Dressing smartly also makes you think and act differently.  If you respect yourself other's will respect you.

Sloppy dressing leads to sloppy thinking.  You will see what I mean when you change the way you work.

Think about if you were successful.  How would you dress?  What company would you have around you?

Look at any successful people, whether in films or in real life, they surround themselves with beautiful things and inspiring people.

This is what it means to be successful.

As you become more and more successful you will attract different people into your life.  You will become a mentor to some of them.  You will lead by example.

To be successful you can't be the same person that you were before you became successful.  Your life will change.  Your attitude will change.  You will gather different friends.

Are you ready for success?

Are you ready for success?  I mean seriously?  You cannot be the same as you are today as you will be when you are successful.

Because…

If you keeping doing the same as you have always been doing you will keep getting the same results.

To be successful means to change what you are doing which means you need to take a long hard look at your life and decide if a change is what you want?

Steps to success
The journey is well worth the effort.

Take it one step at a time.

Change comes about by putting one foot in front of the other.  Take one step at a time.

Whenever you change it will be uncomfortable at first until it becomes the new norm.

It is an exciting journey and worthy of your time.  Success is a journey to be savoured and not rushed.  It's not the destination that is exciting, it's the journey.

This is where you learn and grow, you will outdo yourself in ways you never thought possible.  It's risky as well.  One is never certain.

But if you stick to a plan and follow through you will be successful.

It's no different to learning anything else.  If you practice the guitar every day, of course in due course you will become a good guitarist, how good depends on how long you spend in practising.

It's the same with your own business, how successful you are and how quickly depends on how much time you give it.

Never stop!  Success is about not stopping until you have achieved your goal no matter how long it takes.

Good luck with your journey to success!

16 thoughts on “How to create a successful home business.

  1. I agree with setting up a place to work and treating your business like a business. If we put the amount of time we would normally put it into a “normal” job or even school work, we would see great progress. I definitely would be getting dressed each day. I don’t think working in your pjs is best but I’d probably not go overboard and be overly dressed. If I’m at home, I’m not going to be wearing business attire. That’s why I’m working at home. Ready to meet someone at the door? Yes. In uncomfortable clothes? No.

  2. Hello Michael,
    You know I have just recently started a home business and the tips you gave on making your space in your home more professional and to make it the way that it would be outside of your home is really great. Your article has really inspired me to change things up and to be more serious about what I am doing here running a home business. And yes I think it is time to get out of my pajamas and dress for the day too! I am so glad I found your site.. It is filled with really great ideas, thank you so much! And I will be back to check in on what you have new to tell all of us! Really great post! I truly enjoyed it..
    Thanks again! Debra

    1. I am to have been of help to you, Debra. Running a home business is too easy not to take seriously if you don’t dress for the part.

      Thanks,

      Michael

  3. Hello

    People do fall into a rut and a regular routine in their lives very often, many people today are afraid of change and experiencing new things.

    I have heard people complaining about not being able to get motivated to do new things and work on new goals, how would you motivate yourself to start something new?

    1. There are a number of things that stop people from being motivated to do the things that they want to do. I know this will sound odd but energy levels have a lot to do with diet and if someone’s energy levels are low it becomes very hard for them to motivate themselves to do anything.

      Aside from that, desire must be strong. I pick something I am passionate about, then motivating myself becomes easier. If I want it badly enough, that is what keeps me going. It all boils down to making a decision and sticking with it.

      When I first start on something I want it’s hard, but if I stick with it, it becomes easier. So the key is to stick with whatever goal you set yourself until you start to see results and that keeps you going.

      Michael

  4. Hi Michael,thank you for this very usefull information.I am starting a home business myself and right now I am all over the shop.I do not have a proper work space and feel very unprofessional.I hope to clear out some junk and create a proper workspace in next few days.Thank you for the tips and advice.

  5. Hi there,
    This is a great post and has a few great ideas, that I’m sure, a lot of people will be interested in.
    You have a post on being and getting healthy and also an article on making money along the way.
    Congrats on this idea and well done. Not only do you talk the talk but you have walked ( or run ) the walk.
    Well done and congrats
    Cheers….Phil Browne

  6. Yes understanding how to create a successful home business is crucial for people to make their own financial freedom in today’s ever evolving age of technology. So many of the things you highlight in this post are really good tips for people to endorse themselves.

    I mean I really strongly agree with picking the right spot in your home for the centre of operations, and dressing up smartly to help get yourself into that business mindset, and project the right image to others.

    Great work Michael!

    1. Thanks, Marley, it’s funny how home businesses are always presented as; work in your PJ’s all day. In the end everything we do affects how we do it.

      Michael.

  7. Hi Michael
    Thanks for the good advice.
    I have in the past worked from home and was not successful, that is why I am back at the office. I think part of the reason was that I did not create a professional space to work from.
    This has inspired me to create a better space and hopefully have better success working from home the next try around.

    1. Hi Ockert,

      It’s too easy when working from home to be a bit slack and wonder why we are not doing as well as we could be. I am glad this post has been of help to you.

      Regards,
      Michael.

  8. Agreed that having a proper work corner is important. Just make sure that it is clutter free at all times. It is a good idea to have a realistic poster put up. How about a dream house or a dream car? Have it frame up and place it on your desk. Surely be motivated to own one.

    My work corner is near a window overlooking a mini garden outside. Can always look at the greens to relax my tired eyes every now and then or when in deep thoughts.

    All the best!

    1. That’s a good point about having something we desire in front of us in a framed picture sounds great.

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