In the digital age, entrepreneurially minded introverts are free to run their own business from home, from their favorite coffee shop or from pretty much anywhere else in the world. As we prepare for the rollout of 5G, it’s easier than ever for introverts to command online business empires and liaise with remote workers virtually anywhere in the world. If you dare to live the dream of running your very own business from the comfort of your own home, here are some boxes you’ll have to check…
Set clear working hours and stick to them
When you’re no longer constrained to an office building, you’re also no longer constrained to office hours. Nonetheless, it still behoves you to keep regular working hours every day. You don’t necessarily have to work a 9 to 5 (especially if you do business with countries and provinces with different time zones). You do, however, have to have a clear delineation between working hours and living hours. This will not only help you to remain mentally healthy, it will help you to remain productive as you avoid burning out. Speaking of which…
It’s much harder to make time to take lunch and coffee breaks when you don’t have a boss to relieve you. When you’re on a roll, it can be hard to make time for yourself. Nonetheless, it can be more damaging for you in the long term if you don’t plan lunch, coffee and other rest breaks. Being able to put your brain on ice for a few minutes can work wonders for your productivity.
Invest in the right digital tools
Cost conscious entrepreneurs needn’t spend a fortune on high quality digital tools. There are lots of inexpensive (or even free) digital tools which will allow you to run every aspect of your operation from home. What’s more, since so many of today’s applications are completely cloud based, you can still run your business with aplomb when you go on holiday or if you need to take to the road. There’s a plethora of cloud based tools out there from bookkeeping software to word processing solutions and CRMs which are either completely free or eminently affordable. Take the time to find the right ones for you.
Take a little extra time to vet your employees if you won’t get to see them face to face
No matter how great you are at what you do, your business will rise or fall on the strength of the employees you choose to help you. Since you may not get the chance to meet them face to face you may not be able to rely so much on your gut instincts when it comes to recruiting, training and onboarding. Take extra care when choosing employees and check out our guide to choosing better staff.
With the right knowhow you can run a thriving enterprise in the place where you’re most comfortable!