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Kids are great isolation busters for those of us who work
from home. I have to get out with Meghan all the time. We
have playgroup, new moms groups, swim time at the pool and
more. But here are some more suggestions to get you out of
the house and refocused on what you're doing:
1. Find networking opportunities, both official and
unofficial. For example, join your local Chamber of Commerce,
Small Business Association, Networking Club or a volunteer
organiziation. Use their meetings both to help your business
grow and as an excuse to get out of the house. Unofficially,
take yourself to the pool or the park, just to get out, and
pledge to yourself that you are going to meet at least 1
(or 5 or 10, whatever you are comfortable with) new person
while you're there. Introduce yourself to them (comment on
their dog, their child, the weather, whatever) and then just
chat. If you can find a way to work your business in, great.
If not, you met someone new, started a new relationship and
expanded your comfort zone. That's enough for the day. (And
it got you out of the house)
2. When you are feeling cooped up, give yourself "permission"
to go out. Shop for supplies, go to the printers, check out
the competition by visiting local shops. Give yourself a day
off to just relax.
3. Make a date with your spouse for lunch. Make a date with
a friend you haven't seen in a while. You HAVE to eat, so
you're not really taking much more time for yourself, and it
will break up your day and give you a new perspective. Allow
yourself that time.
4. Make a date with a prospective client for lunch. Get to
know them better. Wine and dine -- and have fun!
5. Consider doing home sales parties, at least once per month
(for those of you in sales). It gets you out, helps you meet
new people and possible customers and lets you work your
business while having fun.
6. Find something you enjoy doing -- that gets you around
other people -- during the week and then do it once a week.
See a movie matinee every Monday. Or go to a mid-week church
service. Or eat your lunch in the park. Or call a friend.
The possibilities are endless.
Just implementing one of these suggestions each week will
help you feel less cooped up and will give you some time to
relax. Take advantage of it -- you can only run your business
if you can think straight!
(c) Marybeth Henry, 1999
Marybeth Henry is the Director of WAHMfest TM, dedicated to
helping moms stay home by bringing them face-to-face with
business opportunities and resources. Visit our site for more
information on working from home and be sure to check out our
Resource Library for helpful information. She is also the
Editor of The Backyard Fence, a FREE weekly ezine for parents
that offers money saving tips & recipes, and a place for
parents to call their own.
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