One of the best things about doing a direct sales business is the flexibility and freedom to work on your own time.
That being said, this is also one of the dangers and downfalls of having that type of business – Too much flexibility can destroy your business if you’re not careful. You can either fall into the trap of not working enough (thinking, “I’ll get to it tomorrow,” etc.), or of working all the time.
This is why it is important, especially when you’re first starting out, to set up a work schedule for yourself.
Without some kind of work schedule, you will likely find that your business suffers as you’re not putting enough time into it. Or you will find that the rest of your life suffers as your mind is on your business all of the time.
Here are some tips to help you set up a work schedule.
Decide how much time you want to put into your business
There is no right or wrong answer for this; it just depends on what you want to get out of your business.
Obviously, spending more time on it will generally yield the best results financially. But you have other priorities in your life too.
If you’d like your jewelry business to yield a full-time income, you will likely have to put in at least the same amount of hours as a regular full-time job (if not a lot more, especially at first).
But you may simply be wanting to make a little bit of extra cash, in which case you could plan for 20 hours per week, 10 hours per week, or even 5 hours per week.
The important thing is to decide what works for you, your family, and your unique situation.
Decide what times of day and days of the week you want to work
Once you’ve figured out how many hours you’d like to work on your business per week, the next step would be to determine what times of day and days of the week you’d like to work.
You may want to work the normal “9-5 shift” on weekdays.
Or perhaps you’d like to focus your daytime hours on your family and only work evenings, after your kids are in bed.
Or maybe you want to work an hour or two early in the mornings (before your kids get up), another hour in the afternoon, and a final couple of hours at night.
Another option would be to work longer hours, but only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Or to just work on the weekend.
The possibilities are almost limitless; it’s just up to what you want to do and what works for you!
Try to be consistent
Once you have an idea of how many hours you want to work, and what days/times you want to work each week, try to be consistent in sticking to those times, especially when first starting out.
If you start to ease up, you will likely find yourself working on your business less and less.
And when you’re working the hours you’ve scheduled for yourself, really focus on your work as much as you can.
Try not to get too distracted checking your social media or the news or other things.
And when you’re done working your scheduled hours (when you “get off work”), try not to be thinking about and re-checking on business-related items constantly, or you may find your family life and social life suffering.
Although you should try to be consistent with the work schedule you decide on, don’t be afraid to alter your schedule if you find it’s not working for you.
If you plan to work nights yet find yourself too exhausted, try adjusting things so that you go to bed earlier and work early mornings instead.
If you plan to work 9-5 but find that too many distractions come at you throughout the day, try evenings instead.
It may take some trial and error, but find out what groove works for you and your family!
These are just a few tips to help you get started in setting up a work schedule. Having your own at-home business takes some diligence and discipline, but if you’re committed, you can do it!
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