Working from home has a lot of perks. However, it’s not unusual to have these two aspects encroach on one another on a daily basis. It’s either your personal errands distract you from work, or work cuts your family time short.
Thankfully, technology has made juggling these two things easier. You’d be surprised at how having an 1800 number can help you achieve the balance you’ve always wanted. To get started, here are some tips to help you create a healthy mix of the two.
Define your workspace
Create a space specifically for work and limit all your business related tasks to that area. Try to establish phone free areas at home as well. If that isn’t too realistic, create a schedule and include phone free times during dinner, your kids’ bedtime, or the first hour after you finish work. Take advantage of your 1800 number’s routing options and automatically divert business calls to another team member after hours and on your days off.
After defining your work area, the next step is to change your perspective about working at home. Treat your home office like any place of business. Change out of your sweats and dress up before starting work. The same applies to advertising a business number. Don’t lose business by using your home landline or mobile phone number. Instead, use a professional 1800 number that will not only encourage customers from all over the country to do business with you, but also project a stable, larger image.
Mix things up
Do you find yourself stuck at home for weeks at a time except for when you have to get groceries? Homebased entrepreneurs often feel ‘trapped’ at home after working for long periods at home. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and schedule meetings at coffee shops and go outside to do work at other places than your home office. Since you can route calls to your mobile phone, your operations won’t suffer one bit.
Sometimes the best way to get something done is to let someone else do it for you. There is no shame in outsourcing some of your functions, especially if you’re a one-man operation still trying to make a name for yourself.
Focus on the main thrust of your business and take advantage of add-ons to your 1800 number like voice to email services that converts voicemail to email for easy retrieval and filing. You can also get a live answering service that will pick up your calls for you and send the message via SMS and email. This way, you can focus on your main tasks, minimizing errors and wasted time.
Home based start-ups continue to make up the majority of the Australian economy. Thanks to the recent advances in technology, more opportunities are opening up for people who have big and innovative ideas. Let us at 1800 Numbers Australia help you create the perfect solution that will keep a healthy balance between your home and work life. To get started, call us at 1800 900 991.