Just as there are great benefits to working from home in a home business, there are some problems, which inevitably crop up as well. The best example of this is figuring out how your work load is positioned. You will get better at gauging your work load as you become more experience of working at home, but the better you are at it initially the easier you will find it to work on a daily basis.
No matter how hard you try or what solutions you put in place, you will inevitably find that some days are short on work. It doesn't matter too much if this only happens in the beginning or just now and then, but if it happens regularly then you will have to start finding some fresh customers and hunt for more business.
Similarly, there can be problems at the other end of the scale. If your business is too successful you can end up with far more work than you have time for. Always keep a schedule or a diary close by so you can block out some time for every task that needs done. Don't allocate time for potential business though, if you do this and the business fails to materialise, you could turn down other more profitable work for something that ends up not happening.
Being able to schedule your work efficiently is a skill you need to have if your home based business is going to work in your favour. However, it will get better over time, so don't worry too much if you aren't very good at it to begin with. Provided you recognise your shortcomings in this area you can read up on various techniques that can be used to help you get better at it.
It is also a good idea to review your schedule and workload on a regular basis to see how much business you are receiving from different sources. As you deal with regular clients and find new customers, it will become easier to start planning ahead more efficiently. Home working often results in having some freedom to rearrange your schedule if necessary and this can certainly come in handy when the situation dictates. For example, if a rush job comes in it is good to know you can push back other items of work that are not so urgent.
If you do have a day where you have too little work to fill up your working hours, use the time you have in other more productive ways. For example, make contact with new potential customers and also review your working methods to see if there is anything else you can do to enhance your business from existing clients. Can you find other sources of work that may be more profitable than what you are doing at the moment?
In this sense time spent not working does not have to be wasted time. In fact it can be an investment in the future of your business, so bear this in mind and make the most of it. You will be glad you did when your home business benefits from the time you have invested.