In Ditch the Employee Mentality, I talked about the need to move beyond thinking like an employee. When you have a home based business, you will need to direct your own time and direct yourself as a resource. Often you are your only resource, so you’ll have to allocate that resource carefully.
This takes a lot of discipline and the skill to ‘self manage’. This can actually be a difficult to skill to learn. One thing that can help is a little accountability. When you work for an employer at a job, you automatically have accountability built in. At a job, you’re accountable to your boss, your company, and sometimes to peers. But all those things are missing in your home based business. So what do to?
Find someone to be accountable to! Choose someone to be a ‘business support partner’. A business support partner would not be your boss nor would he/she be your business partner. This would be someone who you can share a plan with and (on some sort of schedule) update your partner on the progress of your plan. For example, you might schedule a weekly call to share your progress. And this can be a mutual arrangement too; where you provide accountability for your partner too.
Where do you find such a person? Your spouse might serve as a support partner. Or if you belong to a network marketing home business, try your sponsor or their upline. You might even join a local small business support group and ask someone there to be a support partner.
A good support partner can help fill that accountability void and overcome that missing direction.