For a confident and prepared home office, keep the following in mind:

Office Hours:

This is especially important for the Network Marketer or the sales based position.  Much like a professor who teaches in the class room and schedules office hours to meet with their students; you must also  create and communicate office hours that outline time to be available for your team as well as office hours dedicated to revenue generating activities.

Filing System:

Identify an area to serve as a place to keep files, supplies and important information.  For me this is a filing cabinet.  If you’re tight on space there are plenty of “furniture” looking ones that fit any décor.  I’m a bit of a multi-media artist so I’ve been making a functioning art piece out of an old metal one but that is another blog.  The point is that you need to have a place reserved strictly for your tools and resources.

Phone calls:

Cell phones make a fantastic business phone.  With the apts of today it’s hard to remember a time without them.  Voicemail messages are a great tool for sharing information.  Customize a customer friendly message that quickly identifies you.  I like to record my messages weekly for the week of and give my caller an expectation of when I’ll be getting back to them.  So I may say something like, “Hello you’ve reached Tami Ross for the week of November 23rd.  I’m sorry I missed your call, please leave me a message and I will return your call before the end of the day.  That is 5pm Central Time.  Thanks for calling.  Have a great day!”

Accounting:

This is important and tends to be over looked.  I believe in setting up a separate business account but you may want to check with an accountant to see what is best for your business needs.  Regardless you should create a spreadsheet to track your expenses and remember to track your mileage!

To your financial health!

Tami Ross

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