Working From Home - Five Home Office Ideas for Running a Business Successfully

1. Self-discipline is key

When you work from home you don't have a boss looking over your shoulder. While it can be fun at times, if you want to build a home-based business successfully you will need to be self-disciplined. Now is the time to clear your workspace from distractions such as your TV, printer and mini fridge and to make sure you don't take any phone calls during your business sessions. Giving up these comforts will help you stay motivated in your business.

2. Create an effective workspace

Setting up a home office is something every entrepreneur can achieve. Even if your home is small you can convert your guest room or your garage into a home-based office. By using wall-to-ceiling cabinets and hanging shelves you can take advantage of unused floor and wall space when working from home. Make sure you get the lighting right. Don't sit right in front of the window as the direct light can cause you a headache. Use a light source that you can adjust according to the time of day.

3. When it comes to your home office - size matters

Furniture for real offices is often too big to fit at a home office. Luckily, you can now find smaller tables and swiveling chairs that can fit into your home-based office perfectly. There are also customized keyboards that hang under your table so you have more free space to work.

4. Work in concentrated, focused power sessions

I know what you're thinking. You are a multi-tasker! You can reply to emails while answering the phone, check the news while briefing a new project to your secretary. Well, guess what? Research has proven that multi-tasking is not efficient. Instead, work in power sessions of 2-4 hours each, where you focus on one task. For example, you could do a session of answering emails and another session of creating content for your website. You'll be amazed at how successfully you can work this way.

5. Play the music that makes you tick

What music do you love? Is it rock, classic or maybe jazz? Well, if you like music in the background when you work from home, spend some time creating music playlists that will last you for a few hours. You can use a free program like Apple iTunes to achieve that. Instrumental music is better as words can distract you from your pattern of thoughts.