Being a home-based mom entrepreneur has many benefits; a casual dress code, lots of flexibility, a travel-free commute to your office, and most importantly, getting to do something that you truly love each and every day.
But no matter how happy you are working from home, there will come a time that being cooped up at home isn’t working.
Whether it’s distractions, isolation, or having to meet a client, there are going to be days when working at your kitchen table just isn’t going to cut it.
So when these times happen, use some of the suggestions below to keep yourself productive, sane and inspired.
Are Distractions Getting the Best of You?
Have you ever had one of those days when daily chores, pets, television, and family members were keeping you from getting anything done? This is when you know it’s time to pack it up and take your business elsewhere.
- The Library – Not only quiet, but most public libraries have free WIFI and cozy, little tables for you to work at. Best of all there’s no need to purchase cup after cup of coffee, and because of its quiet environment, you are forced to turn off your cell phone and focus on the task at hand.
- Chamber of Commerce – Your local chamber of commerce is there to help small businesses like yours succeed and thrive. In fact, many chambers offer members conference rooms and office space for temporary usage. Check with your local chapter to see what membership benefits entail.
- A Coffee Shop – Great for people watching and interacting with other human beings, most coffee shops have free WIFI and outlets for you to plug into. And because coffee shops are notorious for housing the work at home crowd, you’re bound to make some new connections. Restaurants can also go into this category, as many of them offer free WIFI for their patrons.
- A Hotel Lobby – Filled with business travelers and conference attendees, hotel lobbies are a wonderful place to work and mingle. Many offer free WIFI and have cushy tables, chairs, and sofas for you to use. With food, coffee, and a business center usually just a few steps away, what else you your ask for?
- An Office Co-Op – Becoming more and more popular everyday, office co-ops allow small business owners to rent office space and conference rooms as needed. Equipped with all of the office equipment a business owner could need, office coops offer a professional and affordable way to meet with clients.
- A Hotel Conference Room – You may be thinking that there is no way you can afford to rent a hotel conference room for the day – not true. Many hotels are able to break their large conference rooms into smaller spaces, and if they don’t have the space filled, you could negotiate a hefty discount. Some hotels will even throw in food and beverages.
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- 7 Ways to Successfully Work at Home with Toddlers in Tow - February 1, 2011
Are you feeling isolated and alone? Is social media interaction not fulfilling your need for human contact? Then there is a good chance that you need a good dose of real life social interaction.
Meeting a Client?
Keeping your house clean on a daily basis is tough enough, but throw in meeting a client at your home and you have to go into double duty. Not to mention the casualness of the environment, might not be appropriate for the situation.
The great thing about being a home-based entrepreneur is that you have flexibility to work when and where you want, whether that’s from home or around town.
Where is your favorite place to work when you’re not in your home office?