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Motivating Yourself When Working From Home

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 16 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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When you’re working from home there may well be a few distractions around, but if you’re going to get any work done and make your craft business a success, you need a good dose of motivation.

Motivation is an essential ingredient for anyone working from home. Without it, you could lose focus, miss deadlines and fail to get any work done. Wherever you’re based in an office or working from home, there will inevitably be potential distractions existing in your working environment, but you have to learn to prioritise your work and not succumb to distractions.

One of the benefits of starting up your own business is that you have control over your work hours, schedule and planning. Because you’ve come up with the idea of starting a craft business, you’re likely to be passionate about the idea and keen to make it thrive. In the early stages of working from home, you should therefore be quite well motivated and keen to get stuck into work – if you’re not, then perhaps it’s not the business for you.

When Motivation Fades

But it’s after a while that motivation may take a knock or begin to fade. There are certain situations or events that can trigger a lack of motivation. For example, you motivation may begin to wane if:

  • Sales figures fall.
  • You lose customers.
  • There’s more competition in your field.
  • You don’t enjoy working from home.
  • Your work-life balance is off kilter.

It is surprisingly easy to fall into the lack of motivation trap. Whilst the odd day here and there when you don’t get tons of work done, you’re not quite so productive or don’t feel massively motivated won’t cause a great deal of harm, it’s when you feel like this every day that you need to worry. If this happens to you, or you think it could be looming then a strong reality check is much needed.

You need to realise what the implications are of not being self motivated. Namely, a loss of earnings, loss of sales and loss of customers. If you begin to fall onto the slippery path of losing earnings, sales and customers, it’s hard to pick yourself up and get back on with it. Instead, it’s much easier to not lose your footing in the first place.

Keeping Your Motivation Up

To help keep your self-motivation up, it’s a good idea to remind yourself of why you wanted to work from home and run a craft business in the first place. You could write out a few positive notes for yourself or periodically read through your business plan – which should be full of encouraging ideas as to why you wanted to a launch your business.

Other useful tips include:

  • Setting yourself working hours and keeping to them.
  • Always working in your designated work area or office, rather than randomly working in various parts of the house.
  • Keeping your work area or office tidy and clean – if it looks tidy and fresh, you can feel more motivated than staring at an untidy desk.
  • Remind yourself of your achievements so far.
  • Keeping charts of your best sales figures handy to look at.
  • Produce a list of aims and goals that you want to work towards.
  • Giving yourself treats when you’ve worked productively or met goals.

Self motivation is vital when you’re working from home, and especially when you’re working on your own, so do all you can to keep yours thriving.

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