Home' Border Enterprise : Spring Summer 2010-2011 Contents 19
Vol 3. Summer/Autumn
calls. Procrastination is the enemy of the home-
based entrepreneur, and the urge to put off until
tomorrow what you should be doing today must
be fought at all costs.
Self-discipline and time management skills
are your best weapons in the fight against
procrastination, but here are some more tips:
• Plan. Writing a simple to-do-list each day
will help you set your schedule and keep
you focussed.Take on tasks in manageable
chunks. If spending an afternoon each week
making sales calls sounds daunting, set aside
an hour or so each day and attack the task
• Stay organised. Have an "in" tray, an "out" tray
and a "pending" tray so you can see exactly
how much work is in front of you at any one
• Get someone to monitor your progress. Being
accountable to someone -- a partner, a mentor
or your bookkeeper might be good options
-- may help you focus a bit better. Discuss your
to-do-list at the start of the week, report back
at the end of the week and get prepared for
a tongue-lashing if you haven't got your tasks
• Get started. Just making a start on a task is
the best thing to do -- so what are you waiting
How do I stay business-
like at home and avoid
Home-based entrepreneurs need to become
very good at dealing with distractions. Yelling
kids, family emergencies, and the old trap of the
couch are all potential time eaters than can keep
your focus away from you business.
Your main strategy in defeating these
distractions is self-discipline and focus. But if
you need a bit of extra help, try some of these
bits of advice:
• Put your office in the right spot. Placing your
office near high-traffic areas of the house like
the kitchen or lounge room may increase the
possibility for distractions. An area that is quiet
and a bit removed from the centre of your
home is perfect.
• Set clear working hours and stick to them.
While flexible working hours is a key attraction
of a home-based business, setting work hours
may help you stay focussed. If this is a big
formal, try setting aside a period every day
where you focus on a set task, such as talking
with clients or making sales call.
• Dress properly. Lounging around in your
pyjamas or tracksuit doesn't motivate you
for work, so dress for success and make
sure your head is in the right place. One
entrepreneur likes to wear her high-heeled
work shoes for client phone calls, just to put
her in the right frame of mind.
• Cut down on your web surfing. The internet
can eat up hours of time that appears to be
productive and isn't, so be careful.
• Switch off when it's time to stop work. You
wouldn't stay at work all day and night if you
worked in an office, so don't do it at home
either. Switching off when the work day is over
will help you concentrate when you need to.
l Women in Chamber chairwoman Anne McNaught and deputy chairwoman Helen
Spittal have announced business scholarships for young women on the Border.
YOUNG women are being offered a
$1000 scholarship to study business
on the Border.
Women in Chamber Albury Wodonga
launched a new scholarship program
in late August to give more women in the region the
opportunity to pursue a tertiary education.
Newly appointed chairwoman of the chamber
Anne McNaught said four scholarships would be
offered to Border high school students.
"The scholarship application criteria will not
necessarily be based on achievement, they will be
offered to young ladies as encouragement to further
their education where they may not have otherwise
been able to do that," she said.
"These young ladies must, however, have the
drive, the passion and the capability to achieve
great things in their lives.
"They just haven't got the financial backing or
Ms McNaught said the successful applicants
would also be paired with businesswomen in the
region who would act as mentors and might be able
to offer some work experience.
They will also have the opportunity at a later date
to enter a regional leadership program.
"In the long run, we're hoping that they will stay
and work here in Albury-Wodonga," Ms McNaught
The scholarships are being offered in conjunction
The chamber is liaising with four high schools
on the Border to determine who may be suitable
applicants for the program.
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