If you’re like most people, owning and operating a home-based business seems like the “dream job.” After all, you are your own boss, you don’t have to commute, and you are free to set your own hours.
While working from my home-based business is my dream, I am reminded of the title of a short story by Delmore Schwartz, “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities.” I work with my husband, Dennis, a highly successful, 30-year veteran in the field of health care and science public relations. Every advantage I mentioned from working at a home-based business can become a distinct disadvantage, unless you make it your responsibility to stay healthy.
Here are my “Pro-Tips” for staying healthy while running your home business:
Being Your Own Boss:
In Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, Henry states, “Uneasy lies the head who wears a crown.” Since owning your own business is your crowning achievement, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t go it alone. Establisj friendships and connections by joining professional groups or organizations where you can meet and befriend other small business owners, or veterans in your field. Seek out opportunities such as being on a board or volunteering with your favorite nonprofit organization. Become a member of your local Chamber of Commerce, and stay in contact with people in your line of work. There will be times when you’ll need a friend who can lend you advice, be a sounding-board, and support you when you need it most. Make it your business not to isolate yourself, or your dream job will become a nightmare.
Just because you don’t have to commute, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to move a muscle. A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine last January links the hazards of prolonged sitting to diabetes, cancer, and early death. Do not just sit in front of your computer for hours — take a brisk 30-minute walk in the morning, or after lunch. In inclement weather, you can do stretching exercises, lift weights, or plug in your dusty treadmill and walk a few miles. You can also make a habit of standing during conference calls, walk up and down your stairs a few times per day, and walk to get your lunch, instead of driving. You might even invest in a standing desk. If you cut your seated time in half, you’ll be doing your body a favor. So remember, break a sweat, and keep moving!
Setting Your Own Hours:
Now that you are your own boss running your home-based business, you have the freedom of working 15-hour days, right? WRONG! Your business will thrive only if you are getting enough sleep, pacing yourself, and working reasonable hours. Overdoing it will not make you rich — it will surely lead to burnout, stress, and the feeling that you “can never work enough, or catch up with your work.” People who work outside of the home enjoy outdoor stimuli each day — traveling, walking and going to lunch with co-workers, taking breaks, window shopping on the way to the train, and generally enjoying their day — you should too! Work smarter, not harder, and be more productive during your allotted work hours. Remember, you run your business, your business should not run you!
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