Flexibility is a self-management skill that is an integral part of your success when running your own business. It helps to keep you alert to opportunities to learn new things, but it also helps to prepare you for whatever unexpected twists and turns your business may take.
Being flexible in the hours you spend in your home office will allow you to adjust your hours, as much as possible, to meet your specific needs. Many women find that they are most productive in the very early morning hours, perhaps before the rest of the family is awake. Others prefer to rise later and enjoy a few more productive hours at night after the rest of the family goes to bed.
Do you see clients in your home? You may have specific hours that you see clients in your home so as not to disrupt your family’s routine. However, your client may on occasion need to see you outside of those times. Are you willing to be flexible and accommodate your client? Your willingness to be flexible could mean the difference between endearing that client to you and alienating a prospective or current client.
The key to flexibility in your home based business is to establish a routine for your business that works for you and make a commitment to stick to that routine as much as possible while allowing for the unexpected.