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How to maximise productivity when working from home

Anna Morrish shares her top tips for maximising productivity in your home business. Get yourself organised, find yourself a work space, and you will be well on the way to being a home business high achiever.

17th June 2016

By Anna Morrish
Founder of Quibble Content

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Setting up a business is a difficult task. Setting up a business from home with little financial input can be even harder. Having set up Quibble Content out of a passion for writing creative content and for business, I have found working at home to be a great success. Here are my top tips to maximising and increasing productivity:

Have a dedicated workspace

When setting up a business from home, keeping your work life and home life separate is more important than ever. You need a dedicated workspace, one which is fully stocked with everything you require to get your job done, otherwise you’ll be distracted, looking for stationery and tools around the house, which will essentially waste time and money. Making the space your own will help you focus and remain in work mode until you close the office down at the end of each day.

Set work hours

Having a routine is one of the best ways to remain productive

Setting up a business from home enables you to set your own working hours. It may be that you work better from 6am-2pm or you may want to stick to the regular 9am-5pm working hours. Nevertheless, it’s important you keep to the hours you choose as it provides consistency for customers, while allowing you to work when you’re most alert. To make the most of my day, I get up at 7am, have breakfast with my partner and start work at 9am, I have lunch at 12.30pm, and finish work at around 6pm. I’ve found that having a routine is one of the best ways to remain productive, as is ensuring your days are planned out.

Get organised

Creating paper lists, having post-its scattered everywhere and using spreadsheets is ineffective, which is why it’s important to find a system that keeps everything in one place. I use task management apps to help me create order out of chaos. I’ve found Trello to be the most useful task management app for my situation as I can break tasks down into manageable chunks. It’s easy to use, keeps everything in one place and what’s even better, it’s free! As its online I can access it on my PC or on my phone when I’m out and about.

Work in the cloud

Using cloud-based applications will ensure your business systems and the information you require is accessible anywhere, anytime. So if you decide to work away from the office to take advantage of co-working spaces, or you’re travelling by train for example, you can remain productive. What’s more, by backing everything up in the cloud, you ensure you’re covered if there’s ever a problem with power, as you can pick up from where you left off once it’s restored.

Learn to network

Being active on social media can help motivate you and increase your productivity

Being active on social media can help motivate you and increase your productivity. It’s a great way to build brand awareness and connect with like-minded people that will help support you, providing advice and encouragement. Everyone I’ve come across so far has been incredibly friendly, they’ve given me ideas to help manage different aspects of my business and also provided me with referrals.

Stay motivated

Your new career and income relies on you being able to remain motivated to do your job. Being organised, making tasks more manageable and speaking to others in similar situations will give you a sense of achievement, as you’re doing something you love, which many people can only dream of. This will help drive your determination to succeed.

Top tip:
Use cloud-based applications to ensure your business systems and the information you require is accessible anywhere, anytime.

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