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Tips on working from home

You know what's it's like with both motivation and the sluggard who lives in all of us.

Here are seven tips to make it easier to work from home:

1. Keep working - just as if you were employed. You are at work, not at home.

2. Get a separate phone line for the company. Also get a separate computer that is only used for work (otherwise everyone in the family will mess with your computer and make you mad).

3. Set up a proper workplace, don't work from a corner of the dining table. The best, is of course, to have a separate room where you can work.

4. Set goals for what you should have accomplished every day - it's very effective. For everything you have done, you should check if off a list.

5. Take regular breaks during the day – get out and take a walk at lunch even if you eat at home.

6. Set clear rules for the surroundings. You work at home. That doesn't mean that your buddies can just come by and ring the door without an appointment. Your family also needs to know that there are rules to be obeyed - when you work, you are not at home (I know, it's hard to implement, but you need to set it as a goal so that your time is respected).

7. End the day with a walk. It doesn't have to be long – the important thing is that you leave the house (and work) and when you return home, you are at home, not at work.

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Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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