Diary of a Home Business Owner

It’s Friday and I’m feeling a little relaxed. I got a major bulk mailing completed for my on-site client a day early and a meeting to review the status of our fundraising efforts yesterday revealed that we have received a $5,000 donation toward our cause. All in all, it’s been a good week. As an added bonus, despite the fact that the calendar says it is January, here in New Jersey the temperature is supposed to reach 60 degrees this afternoon. As a result, I’ve decided to take it a little easy today because next week is shaping up to be a doosey! While I could get a head start on next week’s work, I think I will instead use the extra time to tie up some loose ends. Heck, I might even go out to lunch with a friend so that I can enjoy the nice weather!

That’s pretty much the way things go in my business. I have periods during which I have more work than I know what to do with and other times when I have virtually nothing to do. I’ve learned to take advantage of these “down” times to clean out my files (electronic and paper), scope out new clients and simply re-charge.

It’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day requirements of your business that you forget to take some time away for yourself. The desire to always remain one step ahead of where you need to be in the event you have a sick child or some other calamity derails your plans often prevents us from remembering one of the reasons why we got ourselves into this business to begin with – the desire to have some control and flexibility over our lives.

Having a home business is hard work. Don’t forget to reward yourself every once in a while for a job well done.

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About Michele Blandino

Michele Blandino is a freelance writer based in central New Jersey. She is also a wife, mother (Jennifer - age 9 and Michael - age 4), daughter, sister, scrapbooker, Girl Scout leader, active church member, school volunteer, occasional walker, and long-suffering Rutgers Scarlet Knight fan.