Home business owners often face quiet spells and wonder where their next bit of business is going to come from. Be happy when you are not so busy. It will give you time to catch up on other work.
Every home business owner has busy times and quiet times. It can be quite disturbing when business is slow as you start to wonder whether it will pick up again. If you continue persevering though, the pace will undoubtedly get busy again.
So here is the thing. Say you normally work from 8am until around 4pm or 5pm (for example) but on this particular occasion you are finished all your tasks by 2pm, you grab some lunch and then sit back and relax or...
Free time can be wonderful to the home business owner. If you were working for someone else you would have to fill the time somehow or just sit and clock watch until the end of the day finally arrived. But as your own boss you get to decide what to do next. Do you find things to do or do you take the afternoon off?
Quite often the best way to make this decision is to think about the week ahead. Do you have busy days planned for the following day and beyond? If you do you might benefit from getting ahead on the next day's work. Alternatively you may have been extremely busy recently. If this is the case you might be grateful for a bonus afternoon off to recharge your batteries.
If you decide to opt for the latter you should close your office door, go elsewhere and relax totally. Take the opportunity to go for a walk or do something that is purely for you. It can be tempting to get stuck into household chores or some DIY but why not treat yourself to an experience you don't often have time for? Running a business from home can be tiring and demanding, and when you have a free afternoon, you can really take advantage of it.
Another possibility is to blitz your office and give it a good tidy up and a spring clean. The office is usually the place where proper cleaning is put off, simply because of the amount of equipment and paperwork that is often lying around. If you tackle it on an afternoon off you can make good headway and keep things nice and tidy for yourself. It certainly makes for a much better working environment.
The thing to remember is to make a decision about how to spend this bit of free time as quickly as possible. It is very easy to spend half the afternoon trying to think about what would be best to do. Go with your first instinct if you can. Does it feel right to shut the door on your office and go and relax in the garden? Do it. Are you itching to get the vacuum cleaner in and do some cleaning? Go for it. Does the paperwork need sorting? Just do it.
Provided you make the most of this bit of additional time you can only benefit from it. Whether it is getting some regular exercise or doing something else, it is one of the bonuses of working for yourself in a home business.