Most people think that working from home is a walk in the park.

What could be better than getting paid to spend time in your own environment, far from annoying workmates and free from office politics?

But if you’re the boss of a home business responsible for a team of home workers, you might have your work cut out keeping calm and making a profit.

With that in mind, here are four helpful hacks for home businesspeople.

Take breaks

You’re probably far more likely to spend your day glued to your desk than watching Jeremy Kyle and eating crisps. And this can affect your physical and mental health.

You should take a couple of minutes each hour to stand up and stretch to improve your circulation and perhaps consider buying a vertical desk.

There are many reasons you shouldn’t eat lunch at your desk too — including the fact that it’ll make you less creative and productive.

So don’t spend your day chained to your desk — get up and get out as often as you can.

Meet your team

Don’t underestimate the value of keeping in touch with your team.

If you live reasonably close to each other, weekly meetings in person will make everyone involved feel far less isolated. And communicate via videoconference or phone rather than exclusively by email if distance makes meetings impractical.

Maintaining morale can be challenging when you’re not working in the same physical location — but it’s still doable. So meet your team regularly to make sure they feel supported and valued.

Remote HR

HR functions are important but hiring a full time HR partner is expensive. But if you try to shoulder it yourself you’ll end up creaking under the pressure. And staff and tax authorities will have little sympathy if they don’t get their money on time every time.

So a remote payroll outsourcing service could take the weight from your shoulders and allow you to concentrate on frontline priorities — leaving you with the peace of mind required to focus on supporting your team and keeping customers happy.

Motivational music

Two thirds of employees believe music motivates them at work — so if you need an extra boost as you bash through those spreadsheets, get into the groove.

The great thing about working from home is that you can listen to your Wu-Tang albums with absolutely no complaints. And you don’t have to put up with Dave from accounts and his folk punk fetish.

Whether you like to tune out to classical music or rock out in your homemade mosh pit, music can inspire you to push on when times get tough. But remember to close your curtains if you’re partial to a little boogie — or you might end up being a surprise YouTube star.

Working from home can be tricky — but it can help you achieve a great work-life balance if managed properly.

Follow these four helpful hacks for home businesspeople and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it years ago.

Do you work from home? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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