5 Time Management Tips for Your Home Dropship Business
If you have a home dropship
business, you may appreciate getting a few tips for managing your time wisely and making the most of your working hours.
While working for yourself from home in your very own dropship business is the closest thing to the perfect job you’re ever likely to find, the fact is that there are traps to snare the unwary and cost you untold amounts of money over time.
One of the biggest pitfalls for the home business owner is time management. Ask almost anyone who works from home and they will tell you that being able to use their time wisely is extremely challenging.
Why is this so?
Well, when you work from home, you’re exposed to a lot more temptation to fritter away your time than when you work in a regular 9-5 job. You don’t have anyone standing or watching over you to notice that you aren’t being productive, for one thing. Plus, there are interruptions in the form of personal phone calls and unexpected visitors to distract you from the work at hand.
Here are 5 tips to managing your time wisely in a home dropship business.
I. Determine exactly where you are wasting the most time. Keep a daily log or even an hourly log and be meticulous about writing down every single instance that you find yourself wasting time. What was the interruption? What were you doing to waste time? By keeping an honest accounting of where your time is slipping away and what seems to trigger the most wasted minutes; you can take steps to remedy the situation.
II. Prioritize. Let’s face it; there are only 24 hours in a day and usually 8 hours in a working day. This means that there is a limit to what you can accomplish within that time span. So, set priorities. Decide what tasks are of paramount importance every morning when you start your work day and make it a practice to get those things done first, before everything else.
III. Set time limits. You might be surprised how very effective this can be! For each task at hand, figure out how long it should take you to get it done, then set a timer and focus on doing whatever it is within that time limit. This can work wonders for keeping your focused and on track to complete the things you need to get done.
IV. Educate friends and family about your work day and make sure they understand that you are not home on vacation---you’re working and need to have the same hands-off policies that apply to the traditional workaday world. Let them know no to interrupt you for anything short of a bona fide emergency. This is difficult when you are a work at home mother with small children, but do the best you can.
V. Make a schedule and a plan of action for every working day, every week, every month. This way, you don’t waste any time trying to decide what you need to do next. A schedule gives you a track to run on so that you always know exactly what you should be doing on any given day.
Use these time management tips in your home dropship business and you’ll be pleased at how much more organized and even profitable it will become!