So, maybe you’ve recently left your day job, in order to pursue a home-based business. This way of working offers so many advantages, especially for mums, as it fits in so well with childcare and other responsibilities.
But if you find at some later date that you need to move house for whatever reason, then the addition of a home based business adds an extra level of complexity to the whole thing. Not only do you have to pack up and move your personal life, but you will also have to relocate the business with all that entails.
Nowadays the selling part of the house move is much easier. Many Estate agents are based online now and the majority of the sale and purchase can be carried out from your desk. Even better, there are companies like FLying Homes, which make the sale process even quicker – click here to take a look at what they could offer you.
But the house move is just the start for you and your business. If you choose to make it so it can be an excellent opportunity for turning over a new leaf in your career as a solopreneur.
Here are a few tips for using your house move to reinvigorate your business.
Get your boxes unpacked, and have the place as organised as possible, as soon as possible
Many house moves are drawn out almost indefinitely, because people allow some of their belongings to stay boxed up and sitting around in corners, for weeks, months, or even years, after the move itself has officially been completed.
Amongst other things, this leaves an “unfinished” air around the place, and prevents you from fully stepping into the organised and engaged kind of life you should.
As a solopreneur, in particular, it’s essential to get as organised as possible, as quickly as possible, following a move, in order to really turn over a new leaf and get back to business.
If your old home and/or office was messy, take this as your golden opportunity to change things, and to take a radically different approach. Tidy, unpack, and organise like your life depends on it. And don’t waste any time.
Set aside a section of the home to be used exclusively for your work, if possible
Have you ever noticed how there are certain songs you’ll hear that just instantly activate memories of the past, and put you into a certain state of mind, as if by magic?
As human beings, we are all prone to having our mood and focus influenced dramatically by environmental cues. Solopreneurs who make the most of their careers, understand this, and use environmental cues to fast-track themselves into “work mode” every day.
If possible, set aside a section of the home to be used exclusively for your work – ideally an entire home office.
If this isn’t possible, though, at least set aside a desk to be used for nothing but work. And then decorate that corner of your home in a way that puts you in “time for work” mode.
Work on optimising your energy levels in the new home, and quickly tackle any issues that reduced your energy in your past home
It’s good to optimise your use of time in your home business – and to schedule every moment of the day out accordingly.
But none of that is likely to do very much good, if you are in a state of chronic energy depletion, and struggle to focus on anything, or even to keep your eyes open during the day.
As soon as you get settled in your new home, work on optimising your energy levels, and tackle any issues that might have reduced your energy in your past.
The causes of low energy can vary, but will typically include things like a lack of adequate sleep, and a deficiency in vital nutrients such as magnesium (a deficiency which is a lot more common than you might think.)
A change of surroundings can be a great opportunity to begin anew – to chuck out the old unproductive habits and begin again with new ones. It could be exactly what you need to propel your business to the next level.
Did your business take off after moving house? Please tell us about your experience in the comments.