Work-at-Home-Career-Path-202x300If you are someone who is fortunate enough to be able to work from home, then you know that there is nothing like the freedom that comes with running business in a home office setting. However, what you can probably also vouch for is that a work-from-home career can easily have you working 10-15 hours a day as you try and keep your business running as smoothly as possible.

One of the best ways to insure that you will get the kind of results that you want is to make certain investments into your home career. If you would like some tips on how to do that, we have provided you with five solid ones below:

Create a good work atmosphere. Even though you are at your house, it’s still a good idea to set up a space that is conducive to working productively. So, make sure that you have an exclusive space to work in, that you have a desk and chair that supports your body (especially your spine) and that you surround yourself with items that will encourage productivity such as good lighting, soothing music, scented candles and all of the office supplies that you’ll need on a regular basis.

Get good (and relevant) software. No matter what kind of at-home career you have, you will need certain online tools. Purchase a copy of Microsoft Office (or use OpenOffice.org for free). Make sure that you have Skype on your computer for video chats. If you make business proposals, Bidsketch is a great kind of software for that. If you do a lot of invoicing, consider using Harvest or Freshbooks. Also, make sure that you have Dropbox for sending and receiving large files and that you use Hootsuite to manage your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Don’t forget about your accounting needs. There are a lot of people who dread April 15 all because they procrastinated when it came to keeping their books in order. Something that can help you to manage your profits and expenses more easily is using some accounting software as well. If you’re not a fan of Quickbooks, Less Accounting is a great alternative. If you need some assistance monitoring your expenses and projecting potential future profits, Wisecash can help you to do just that.

Have a mentor. Say that you took some trading academy stock trading courses so that you could be a financial consultant. In order to provide some really great counsel, it can never hurt to have a mentor–someone who is highly successful in your field, has been doing it longer than you have and will make the time to help you hone your craft. If you want to thrive in your career, a mentor is definitely a priceless commodity.

Take some time off. Here’s the thing: Even if your company is thriving, it’s not going to mean much if it comes at the expense of your health or quality time with your family and friends. Therefore, make sure that you try to have set business hours (as much as possible), that you do pamper yourself on a consistent basis and that you schedule in vacation time at least once a year. You are the most important thing in your business. Always make sure to invest in yourself.

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